Different types and sizes of mattresses & How to Measure
There are many different types and sizes of cot mattresses to cater for all the different types of baby furniture. Follow our handy guide to help you find the right type of mattress for you, and how to make sure you get the correct size.
1. You have most likely already decided on the furniture you want to buy, you might have already ordered it or already have it to hand. If you are still deciding or have ordered it but it hasn’t arrived yet, you will need to rely on the manufacturers recommended dimensions for the required mattress. They will usually note this on their website, and the store you bought the furniture from should also be able to tell you the dimensions needed.
2. If you already have the furniture to hand, or you have been given an older piece of baby furniture, you must measure it yourself. It is important you measure the base of the furniture, which is where the baby mattress will sit. Measure the interior length and width of the base. We recommend taking 1-2cm off the base size of the mattress has enough room for bedding and sheets.
3. You then also need to decide on the depth of the mattress. Most manufacturers have a standard size, however requesting a thicker mattress should prolong the life of the mattress, as thicker mattresses last slightly longer.
4. Once you have the correct measurements, you need to decide on the type of mattress you want. The types of mattresses available can be summed up by basic foam, deluxe foam and foam sprung. Basic form is your standard foam mattress, which are usually the cheapest. They are fine for temporary purposes as they do not last as long as more expensive options. The deluxe foam is the basic foam mattress with a softer or quilted cover. This provides added comfort for your baby. Finally, the sprung foam is the foam mattress with springs inside. These are perfect for cot beds and last a lot longer than regular foam – if they are taken care of, they can last up to 5 years.
Once you have decided on the size and type of mattress you require, you need to find where you can buy your baby mattress. The store where you bought your furniture may give you a good deal on the correct size and type of mattress for your furniture, or you could try searching online. By buying your mattress online, you are often ordering direct from the manufacturer and will therefore find some great bargains.
The Mattress Factory