Buying a cot mattress for your child is way more difficult than buying a mattress for you as you can’t do any compromises.
You can’t say: “Well, it might get bulky, but I’ll manage, I’ll get used to it”. You have to think at the child’s safety and level of comfort and this might end up being a difficult task. The following list contains some key issues that you have to be careful about so your baby feels great in the long run:
1. Level of comfort. Cot bed mattresses should pass this test as a bulgy, edgy mattress will make your child toss and turn instead of enjoying his/her sleep and can even cause serious health issues, more precisely the child can develop spine problems.
2. Size. This is simple. Most cot mattresses have a standard 55.1in X 27.6in (140cm X 70cm) and the 120 x 60 cot mattress is also a favorite being the second most popular size. If you like to have a bigger one, there’s no need to be worried as most companies started manufacturing them in more sizes and you can even get a custom made one if you need a perfect pit. This will be enough for most kids until they reach the preteen age and it will have enough space to play in the bed and to enjoy a restful sleep. Don’t go shopping without having the actual cot mattress size thinking you will find the right one as you have big chances of coming home with a mattress that doesn’t fit. An ill fitting cot bed mattress can also cause accidents as your child might get a leg or an arm stuck under it or it can even get under it.
3. Price. The price usually runs between $100 and $500, depending on the size and quality of the mattress. If you look more deeply, you might find some that are under the 100 mark or you can benefit from free shipping. In most cases, buying an used baby cot mattress is not a good idea because it’s not healthy and these mattresses have a moderate level of usage so they will not last long and aren’t comfortable. Kids are passionate jumpers and the bed seems to be the best accessory in the room and a secondhand mattress might not be the best idea for this.
4. Cot mattress protector. You will be so glad that you bought this thing. Even if your child passes the toilet training test, he still has a gazillion things to spill on it: a drink and the cereal bowl are just some pointers. If you have a crafty child, the danger is even more as all those crayons, pens, glues and other supplies can seriously mess up the mattress. Depending on your needs and the child’s age, you can go for waterproof protector a regular one, but think twice before deciding.
5. Label. Companies nowadays seem to forget the client and use all sorts of cheap, productive materials that can help them make lots of mattresses that can be sold at a more attractive price. A cot mattress has to be anti allergic, hygienic and the materials have to ensure the child’s safety.
6. Materials. Foam, wool, coir or sprung coat are some of the available options and your budget and preferences will be the deciding factor. Foam is usually non-allergenic and has holes that increases the airflows but it’s a tricky element as foam cot mattress are sold for a low price but having a low quality. IF you want a foam mattress, be careful to test it carefully and to make sure you are buying from a reputable company so in case of nay problem you can ask for a refund. Natural fillings like coir and wool are the option for parents that like to have a natural, ecofree lifestyle while the sprung cot mattress provides the best types of support for the spine and they also have the most advantages: durability, best support and safety but they’re also the most expensive.
These advices will help any parent into choosing the cot mattress they think is suited for their child and the whole store browsing process will be reduced if you know what to look for.