Which Is The Best Crib Mattress?

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Which Is The Best Crib Mattress

 All the information you need to choose the best Crib mattress for your baby

Your baby will weigh on average between 7 and 16 lbs during their time  time in the crib mattress.  Vital  that the crib mattress offers firm support and comfort for the  2000 hours you baby could be using  this mattress


The current recommended EU Standard is that there should not be more than a 3 cm gap between the cot edge and the side of the mattress. This is to avoid any possible trap.  

Comfortable Supportive and Durable 

The  majority of crib mattresses are made from a thin layer of foam 3 or 4 cm deep  with a polyester cover, The quality of the  foam in the majority of crib mattresses sold  will be the minimum needed to pass the British Standard.

There is a huge variation between the quality of  foam used in crib mattresses.   Most crib mattresses are made to hit a price point and  use terms to describe the quality as "nursery foam". 

Look for a product where the weight and quality is in the description i.e. 50 /150 foam. 
There are available 5 cm deep crib mattresses made from  a heavier  foam that give much better support more comfort   This mattress will last for several babies. 

 TCPP  Free Foam 

These crib mattresses offer the ultimate in  Safety  support comfort and durability and will probably last as long as the crib.  Are they over spec for the job in hand?

Well put one of these 5 cm deep heavier duty foam crib mattresses next to a basic foam crib mattress, press down on it and ask the question which one do i want my baby to sleep on?
The phrase of the future will be Re-use and and not commit to landfill  and the crib and the mattress will  both tick this box.      

Fibre Instead of foam    

Fibre has an advantage over foam that it is not so hot, does not have a petroleum smell, more breathable and made from recycled plastic bottles and cheaper.
Normal fibre is cheaper than foam, but it is not as comfortable, or as durable as foam and does not give the support of foam. 

Natural Coir and Lambswool

Quality coir with a good depth of lambswool will be as safe and  supportive and durable as a the ultimate quality  TCPP FREE 150/50 foam crib mattress.   The comfort will be dependent on the type and depth of lambswool used.

Of course you are helping the environment with a natural mattress, sustainable purchase, easily biodegradable. foam free and not a petro-chemical product.

Easy To Keep Clean, Hygienic, Waterproof Protection, Breathable.

This is the responsibility of the covers. Choose machine washable breathable  covers where the waterproof protection is under the cover and over the mattress core. and perhaps a spare cover (one for the wash). 
Here is an  example of how this can be done :- The Easychange® mattress  has a waterproof cover to fully protect the mattress. This cover has a perimeter zip that takes toppers. The toppers hold a considerable amount of air and are fully breathable and offer temperature control.

So along comes the untimely night-time accident, unzip the topper, if necessary wipe the crib mattress protective base cover and zip on the clean topper, pop the soiled one in the wash, easy!

 If you buy a  crib mattress with no built in waterproof protection you will need to buy a waterproof protector 

If you put the waterproof cover over the crib mattress cover, your baby will be lying on a non or partially breathable cover. Consider siting a protective cover under a breathable mattress cover for maximum breathability

All Cot Mattress Company crib mattresses have waterproof protection built in

Natural cotton covers for natural coir crib mattresses

Cotton covers are supplied with many coir and lambswool natural crib  mattresses, but they are not waterproof.

If you want a fully waterproof mattress you have to get some form of non-natural cover. There is a fabric called Outlux, fully waterproof, 93% natural, but not totally breathable.

There is a compromise; consider "The Easychange®  Cover System" over your natural crib mattress core. or Coolmax and Maxispace cover with waterproof liner underneath 


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