How To Choose A Crib Mattress That Will Last Long – Parents Guide


Here I will be talking about how to choose a crib mattress, the non-organic one. If you are not going to organic crib mattresses, you should keep these things in mind to get the best crib mattress.

When I was pregnant, I chose a wrong mattress first. I was more focused on certain things but didn’t fully realize that a crib mattress could be toxic. I found it out after an incident and became concerned about toxicity. Then I started to research as I wanted to choose the perfect one. I started to research more, contacting manufacturers and asking lots of questions. I do not want to recommend any products without asking questions and gathering knowledge about how mattresses are made in that particular industry.

We Have A Unique Responsibility In Caring For Our Babies…

My husband once exclaimed how I could I spend so much time comparing every crib mattress I could after my first baby was born. “It may seem boring to you but it’s ‘the thing’ that is responsible for our baby’s health and comfort”, I said. It’s obvious, right? Men will never quite understand that unique feeling of responsibility we mothers feel. If you, the reader, is a mom then you can probably relate to what I am saying. If you are a father, please try to put yourself in our shoes. Choosing the perfect crib mattress really is a very important part of nursery furniture for your baby. If you haven’t started looking for a crib mattress, you could try checking out some of my recommendations- they are a good basis to begin with.

What Is SIDS?

There is a term called SIDS. It stands for Sudden Infant Death Syndrome. Yes, you are reading it perfectly. It happens and heart breakingly it happens often. Babies die every year from SIDS so the government has declared minimum specification requirements of crib mattress sizes for your baby’s safety. I personally think it is a shame that U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission has to come forward to ensure our babies’ safety as we cannot rely on manufacturers to do the right thing! A faulty crib mattress can choke your baby to death.

As I said earlier conventional crib mattresses are made of either foam or innersprings. Both types can be marvelous for your baby if they are of good quality and able to keep their shape well. They will give nice support for your child. How to determine both are best of their kind, is given below.

How To Choose A Foam Crib Mattress

How To Choose A Crib Mattress

Guide To Foam Crib Mattress


Always choose to buy the best quality crib mattress. You can determine the quality of a crib mattress by looking for certain things. First of all, look the overall quality of construction. You don’t have to be an expert to do this. The cheapest lightweight foam mattresses have thin edgings and coverings that tend to tear, crack or compress down out over time. Cheap products offer poor quality and you get what you pay for.

Better quality crib mattresses feature certifications such as Greenguard Gold Certified, CertiPUR-US Certified foam, GOTS certified organic or industry awards for quality. They conform to government and industry standards. That is why the best crib mattress is a little expensive than the shabby cheapest ones. Always choose a well known brand name- Sealy, Colgate, Naturepedic. And read the reviews from users! They often give a much more detailed review of the pros and cons.

Foam Density

The  best foam crib mattress are designed from small cell, high density foam. The denser the foam is, the better it will keep its shape and form without contouring to fit your baby’s shape as they spend a lot of time sleeping on it.

Now I’d like to share how do you determine whether or not the density is on the safer side. A  good quality foam pad mattress is firm to touch, a little on the heavier side and springs back to its shape when pressed. It may not be possible to weigh every crib mattress in a store….you’d probably look a little crazy:)

Researching on the internet will tell you a great deal about the specific weights of your crib mattress choices. They are available on the manufacturers products page or related Amazon page. You will find reliable information there. Do try to buy a crib mattress which is heavier and that may be foam or innerspring. Some of the cheap versions are terrible and they won’t last the distance. I strongly recommend you avoid these crib mattresses.

Another way to determine the density of the foam is to press it.  Press down with both of your palms in the middle of the foam mattress with firm pressure. The better quality models will plump back to its previous shape almost immediately. You may find those with denser foam actually won’t allow you to press them down very far and that’s a good thing.

Cover quality

A foam crib mattress always has a cover of some type. Foam itself is very uncomfortable to lie on. It gets hot, sticky, sweaty very quickly. Generally they will be covered with cotton or a synthetic fabric cover. As your baby will be sleeping most of the time during his/her day, it’s important the cover is good quality.

Cheap materials pill, lose color, tear and disintegrate within a short time, making your purchase disappointing. The better quality covers are stain, rip and water resistant or waterproof. You may wonder what if a great quality foam is covered by a cheap covering, is it good or bad? Then I would suggest you not to go for it. Moreover,a better quality foam will never come to you covered with cheap material. A manufacturer will never try to cut the manufacturing cost by cutting the expense from the cover.

Now it comes to the cover ingredient. The cover ingredient is important because air circulates through it and it is important to circulate air through it. As said before, the mattress cover is usually made from fabric or vinyl. Fabric can circulate more air through it than vinyl. The vinyl covers make up these lacking by holding some breathing hole or ventilation hole.  It is best to buy a crib mattress with thicker cover. Look for triple laminated covers. These covers are also known as three-ply cover. It will prolong the life of the crib mattress giving it a shell hard to break and thus making it one with greater longevity.

Air circulation

I said earlier that it is important to pass through the air within the mattress cover. It prolongs the crib mattress’s lifetime. Many seek a crib mattress with ‘waterproof’ feature. If you are one of them, be known that if your baby’s crib mattress is waterproof than it will not circulate air through its cover. A cover is waterproof only then when it does not have pockets or air hole. It is native to worry about diaper leakage because that will ruin the crib mattress. So if that is the case then I would suggest you buy an innate crib mattress with no water blocking capability and use a washable waterproof mattress pad on top of it.
Moreover, whatever makes the cover waterproof usually contains toxic materials. That will hamper your baby’s health in the long run. Be cautious about that.

How To Choose An Innerspring Crib Mattress

Guide To Innerspring crib mattress

An innerspring crib mattress is the crib mattresses with spring inside it. Greatest crib mattresses made of spring maintains its quality by maintaining the quality of several things like spring layer ingredient, cover and border rod. Here’s what to keep in mind.


Try to buy the one that holds the qualities of the best crib mattress. It can be done by giving the keen look over certain things. First of all, go for the overall build technique. You do not have to be innerspring crib mattress geek to do so. The unworthy cheap mattresses will reveal themselves now. Innerspring crib mattresses also covered with coverings like the foam crib mattresses. The bad quality cheap crib mattresses have sleazy edgings and coverings that tear with time. The best crib mattresses will have solid and puncture resistant coverings. This is a reason for a quality crib mattress cost you a little more than the cheap ones. The cover of a good innerspring crib mattress will be stitched with premium fabrics.

Spring layers

Whenever buying an innerspring crib mattress, always keep in mind that the number of quality spring layer rules. The more the spring layers, the better the crib mattress is. One other thing to consider. If there are a lot of spring layer, but the springs are of bad temperament, the mattress is also below average quality. So look for a greater number of spring layer with the quality of those springs as well. You can determine it by weighing the mattress.

Border rods

I mentioned earlier, some innerspring crib mattresses comes with no border rods and that is very bad. Border rods are a very important aspect of an innerspring crib mattress that holds the whole mattress in shape. They keep the edges of the mattress closer to the crib thus minimize the likeliness of the baby to fall while he/she stands to hold the crib boundary. The border rods also provide extra safe strong structure.

Coil Count and Steel thickness

Coil count indicates the number of the spring coils. A very popular form of marketing nowadays. Cheap china manufacturers have come forward with this in their hand and try to prove that they are producing good quality spring crib mattresses showing that they have a better number of coil counts. The coil counts do have a significance to indicate good spring crib mattresses but the springs or steels forming the coils have to be greater in amount.
However, some expensive crib mattresses also show the number of coil counts over 300. Actually, it is not necessary to have more than 150-200. The spring mattresses filled with 150 coils but with thicker steel can be firmer than the one filled with 250 coils but of wicked quality.

Insulator pad

A well-concentrated layer of insulator exists on top of the spring coils. It prevents the coils from poking through. It’s an important aspect to keep in mind because a cheap and shabby insulator pad will eat up all the significance of other exclusive parts. A job of spring is always awkward whether the spring is great or not, right?  The best insulator pad is usually made with shredded coconut shells. Another pad named ‘rag’ is also available in the market wrapping spring crib mattresses. It is made from pressurized scrapped cloth. The cheap quality pad I was talking about, is made from woven polyester. It is less durable and form holes overtime.


Cushions are usually made from foam, polyester or cotton. As above, foam or cotton is a better cushion solution. So don’t go for the polyester cushion even though it costs a little bit less. Be sure what your baby’s crib mattress’s cushion is made of. You can find information regarding this on the official product page or related Amazon page.


A cover wraps the entire mattress up. It is made from fabric or vinyl. Both fabric or vinyl ensures top quality product. Fabric circulates more air than the vinyl, but vinyl covers contain air circulation holes and thus it acquires the same efficacy as the fabrics. What really matters the most is the layers.Try to buy a mattress with minimum three layered cover. It is known as three-ply cover. It also enhances the longevity.

Airflow holes

Some mattresses are completely waterproof. These mattresses lack airflow holes. The feature “waterproof” seems appealing but it is unhygienic. Moreover, the holes will help your baby breath. It’s a very important thing to keep in mind. So I would suggest not to buy waterproof mattresses. Buy a mattress with ventilation holes. Despite all of these facts, if you need waterproofness, Use a separate waterproof cover instead. That will meet your necessity.

Well, that’s all about what I got after analyzing best crib mattress reviews. You will be updated more whenever I get something more. It is always best to purchase an organic crib mattress over these. You may check the key things of organic crib mattresses here.

If you are still up for normal foam or innerspring crib mattress, you should keep the things mentioned above in mind.

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