Let’s face it, your baby doesn’t really care about his or her crib. Of course, that shouldn’t stop you from making sure they have a comfortable and safe sleeping space. Babies though, don’t really care what they sleep on. They don’t beg for two pillows, and they don’t care about the firmness of their mattress. If they have to pee in the middle of the night, they just do it in their pants. That said, you can’t just throw any old beach towel in your baby’s crib! There are a few guidelines that ought to be followed when purchasing a crib mattress for your little thing.
Once you choose a nice crib, its time to choose a nice Natural Baby mattress. Some mattresses are made up of materials that release toxic chemicals into the air during the night. Your baby has a good chance of inhaling these chemicals in his sleep. Choose organic materials that are certified. The fabrics that you put over the mattresses are also equally important. You should wash them in warm water before you use it for the first time.
Your newborn baby will spend up to 20 hours a day on his or her baby mattress. It is a place where your baby will both rest and play. For this reason it is important that you buy a baby mattress that will not expose your baby to harmful chemicals or allergens.
A firm surface. Experts recommend that babies, especially newborns, be put to bed on a firm mattress to reduce the risk of SIDS. In a similar vein, parents are advised not to put soft toys, comforters or pillows in cribs because these are suffocation hazards. Furthermore, a resilient surface will also help your baby’s physical development as it provides adequate support for rolling over and crawling. If you wish, you can get a double-firmness mattress that has a hard side for infants and a softer one for toddlers.
Foam or coils? It’s actually not that much of an importance. Foam tends to be cheaper and they are just as safe as long as you do not choose a soft mattress. Foam is also lighter. If you’re worried about having a firm mattress, choose coils. The more coils, the firmer it is.
A good size bed mattress. The standard size mattress measures 27 inches by 52 inches. This is the mattress for beds that are available today. It would be good if exact, removing the possible problem that extra space between the pad and the side of the crib can cause. But if you have an old cradle, the dimensions of the plate might not be exact or similar to what is stated above. It would then be preferable to know the exact size of the crib that you have before actually buying a mattress pad. In both cases the thickness should not exceed 6 inches, so your child would not be able to crawl out and experience a fall.
Many conventional paints will release toxic chemicals into the rooms. Look for non toxic and zero-voc paints that are milk based, for painting your baby nursery.
For quality assurance, you can verify the manufacturer details by checking whether it is a member of the Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association. This is like a gold plated assertion that the product has meet the quality and safety standards.