Buying a cot mattress: what to look for
When buying a baby mattress for the first time there are many things you need to look out for. To ensure that you are buying a quality mattress that will be fit for purpose, you need to ensure that you buy the correct type, the correct size and a mattress that meets all British standards.
There are a few checks you can do if you’re out shopping for a baby mattress. If you’re in a store, you can test how firm the mattresses are by squeezing them in a central point. If the mattress re-shapes itself back to its original shape in good time (a few seconds) then it is likely to be of good quality and will not sag. Mattresses of lower quality tend to sag in the middle where the baby will lay more often. If you can find a mattress that re-shapes itself quite quickly, it will last your baby longer.
Also remember to ask any staff that are available if their mattresses comply with British standards. The most important ones to look out for are BS 1877 part 10 for safety and performance and BS 7177 for use of any antimony, phosphorous or arsenic based fibre retardant treatments.
Decide on the type of material you want for your baby. There are many to choose from and your choice will depend on your budget, but to make the most of your money we recommend buying a sprung foam cot mattress. This will last your baby until they are ready for a cot bed or junior bed, will not sag as the springs re-enforce the shape and will provide added comfort and posture support for your little one.
Finally, ensure you are buying the correct size by checking with your cot manufacturer or by measuring the furniture yourself. Always make sure there is no more than a 4cm gap each side.
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