Good quality of sleep is essential, whatever the age of the sleeper. But this is even truer when it comes to a newborn baby. If we spend about 25 years of our life sleeping, a baby spends on average 16 hours a day!
It’s not just about comfort, support or size anymore. One of the most important criteria for your baby is his safety.
Should you only buy an organic mattress? What about anti-dust mite treatments? Should we choose it firm or flexible? Do not panic! We explain how to choose your baby mattress.
The dimensions of a cot
For a newborn, it is advisable to choose a bed of dimensions 60cm x 120cm. This bed size can be suitable for your child up to 3 years old.
You also have the option of opting for a convertible bed.
What is that? It is a bed of dimensions 70cm x 140cm, whose base is adjustable in height to respond to your child’s evolution (and to avoid back pain). The bars or walls are retractable, but it is advisable to keep them until your child is 3 years old.
The classic bed is the crib, but it is common to find beds with sides. If you opt for a crib, be sure to check the spacing so that your baby’s head does not get stuck in it! These same safety reasons need to take a box spring and a mattress of the same size.
The convertible bed can be used up to the age of 7.
What type of baby mattress?
We recommend that you choose a mattress that:
- Complies with the fire standard EN 597-1
- Provides perfect support for his spine because your baby is growing.
- Either hypoallergenic, antibacterial and anti-mites. But beware of chemical treatments! Choose a cover that has the Oeko-Tex standard 100 labels. This guarantees that the textiles used are not harmful to the body or the environment.
- Either breathable, because your baby sweats a lot!
- Either removable, for better maintenance; because the diaper or dismissal accidents are frequently the first months.
Many mattresses have characteristics suitable for babies. Also, the price being proportional to the size, it is an affordable investment.
What thickness for a baby mattress?
Most baby mattresses are between 12cm and 15cm thick.
But there is no minimum thickness.
This depends on the materials used: a latex mattress, for example, will be thinner than a polyurethane foam mattress because it is more resistant.
What density of mattresses for a baby?
We must not confuse thickness and density. The density guarantees comfort and support. The higher the size/weight ratio, the greater the density must be. Baby mattresses have a density between 20 kg / m3 and 25kg / m3.
What firmness for a baby mattress?
- From 0 to 12 months, firm support is recommended to avoid the risk of suffocation. If the mattress is too soft, your baby’s body will tend to sink in, and he may have a blocked mouth and nose without being able to stand up.
- It is therefore very dangerous to choose a soft mattress for a baby. It is to be avoided!
- From 12 to 48 months, it is possible to opt for medium support with a soft reception. Once the muscles in the neck and arms are more developed, your baby will be able to roll over more easily.
What technology for a baby mattress?
As with adult mattresses, baby bed mattresses benefit from several technologies and/or materials:
- Polyurethane foam: very comfortable; it allows air to pass through.
- Wool is a very soft natural material that ensures great comfort and perfect body temperature for your baby.
- Organic cotton: it gives your baby a high quality of sleep. But it is less absorbent than other materials.
- Latex: prefer natural latex to synthetic latex. It offers a lot of comfort and support, repels dust mites and has breathable properties.
- Tencel: it is a natural material made from eucalyptus wood pulp. Thermoregulatory, it keeps baby cool in summer and warm in winter.
- Coconut fibre: collected from coconut bark, it adapts perfectly to your baby’s fragile balance.
- Bamboo fibre: naturally hypoallergenic, it has breathable and absorbent properties. Your baby sweats less—besides, it and very soft to the touch.
Should I return a baby mattress?
Because in the first months of his life, your baby will spend a lot of time sleeping, it is advisable to turn his head/toe or summer/winter so that the filling does not sag too quickly and better distribute the wear.
It is recommended to do this every two weeks for the first 2 months, then at each season change.