Frequent question: How do I choose a baby crib mattress?

How do I know what mattress to buy for my baby?

Your baby’s cot mattress should be firm, flat and supportive. This is because a soft surface is more likely to contour to your baby’s body and could increase the risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS). Don’t choose a mattress that feels comfortable for you!

How do I know what size crib mattress to buy?

The inside of your crib should measure between 27 3/8 to 28 5/8 inches wide and between 51 ¾ and 53 inches long. Mattresses are designed to be slightly smaller than these standard dimensions, to be sure, use your tape measure to check that there is no more than a 1 ¼” gap between the mattress and crib.

Is a foam or spring mattress better for babies?

A spring inner core will support your baby. These mattresses also tend to hold their shape well. If you choose a cot bed, you may prefer a coil spring mattress as they tend to be longer lasting than foam. The space within the spring lattice allows for increased airflow through the mattress.

Are Ikea baby mattresses safe?

All of our baby cot mattresses meet strict safety standards so both you and your baby can rest easy each night. Our removable, machine-washable cot mattress covers are designed to provide good ventilation and have child-safe zippers, too.

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What is the safest position for an infant to sleep?

​​​At this time, the best measures to prevent Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) are to place your baby to sleep on his back, in a crib close to your bed in a smoke-free environment, without any bedding. Since 1992, the American Academy of Pediatrics has recommended that babies always be placed on their backs.

How do I know if my baby mattress is firm enough?

To test a crib mattress to determine whether it’s firm enough, press on the mattress in the center and at the edges. The mattress should snap back readily and shouldn’t conform to the shape of your hand if it’s indeed firm enough for your baby.