I'm shopping for crib mattresses, and am looking for some real world recommendations. My son is 6.5 months old, and has been in a co-sleeper since birth.

I think I want to go with a foam mattress, but am stymied by the various choices. The dual-sided ones seem interesting, but I'm not sure if they're worth the extra $$. This is one of those items where I feel a little like I'm being manipulated into buying a more expensive option because I should want what's "best" for my baby. Any suggestions out there?

asked 03 Oct '09, 18:18

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Wow, I didn't even realize they made foam mattresses for babies. Looks really interesting: http://www.babyearth.com/sealy-sealy-soybean-foam-core-crib-mattress.html

(06 Oct '09, 21:29) Sabrina

Yeah, the main appeal of the foam mattresses is the lighter weight. It's supposed to make changing the sheets easier, especially when you're doing it in the middle of the night. ;)

(07 Oct '09, 13:54) BetsyB

We have a Serta and it seems to work great! We didn't get the cheapest one but we got a middle range one. We did get a firm mattress, since that is what is recommended is best for infants and children to have.


answered 03 Oct '09, 19:29

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We chose to buy the following crib mattress from IKEA http://www.ikea.com/ca/en/catalog/products/60099461

It's not as thick as a regular crib mattress so the baby is lower in the crib. She's been sleeping on it for almost a year now and there has been no problems. The reason we chose a mattress from IKEA is that I had read a statement from them when I was pregnant stating that they did not use toxic flame retardant chemicals. However, I will be honest and say I didn't do a lot of research on the toxicity of these chemicals so I can't speak to that.


answered 04 Oct '09, 02:45

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Make sure to get one that has a vinyl cover. They also have some that provides anti-bacterial protection.


answered 04 Oct '09, 02:52

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On top of what others have mentioned in terms of material, I've always heard that you want to get a relatively firm mattress. This is especially important for infants, as it's supposed to help reduce SIDS.


answered 04 Oct '09, 04:52

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I was trying to find a reference to back this up because it sounds plausible and all I came accross were claims from people selling mattresses. These websites don't provide any references so it would be nice to see more information on this.

(06 Oct '09, 03:10) Tammy ♦♦

Reference for a firm matress: http://sids.org/nprevent.htm

See #2 under the Parents title

(06 Oct '09, 21:24) Sabrina

@Sabrina: Thanks!

(19 Oct '09, 01:10) Scott ♦♦

I think what matters more than the price is the material its contains and is covered in. You want to try and pick one with good firmness and the least toxic chemicals. There is all kinds of debate out there on how harmful they can be. I would suggest a known brand and don't be affraid to email them and find out what they contain.


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