Updated: Oct 11, 2017

Crib Mattress Reviews:

Perhaps the most important piece of baby furniture you will ever buy is a crib mattress. Considering a baby will spend up to 18 hours/day sleeping during the first few months, a quality baby mattress should be a top priority. Crib mattresses for your newborn should be firm, although your first thought is probably for a nice cushioned mattress. The firmer the better say most experts since babies may potentially get their face sunken in too far on a soft crib mattress and this could pose a safety concern. The baby crib mattress should fit snugly into the crib - a good test is to see how many fingers can fit between the mattress and the crib frame. You should not be able to get more than 1 finger between the two. Most crib mattresses these days are pretty much standard in size, but you should still measure to be sure. The top mattress brands for baby cribs are Sealy, DaVinci, LA Baby, Naturepedic, Colgate, Kolcraft, Simmons, and Serta. Expect to spend anywhere from $80 to $300 for a baby mattress.
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We found some excellent buying guides on both the About.com and Consumer Reports websites. The first thing you'll need to consider is whether you want a foam crib mattress or one with innersprings or coils. The foam baby mattresses are cheaper than the coil variety and they are much lighter. As long as the foam mattress isn't too soft, then both the coil mattresses and baby foam mattress types are equally safe to use. If you do go with a coil crib mattress, try to buy one with more coils since this equates to a firmer mattress. In terms of durability, those with multi-layer covers will last the longest. Also, having an anti-microbial layer on the mattress top keeps germs to a minimum. Some experts advise parents with infants that have allergies to consider the latex crib mattresses. The new organic crib mattress from manufacturers like Naturepedic are expensive, but have become quite popular amongst environmentally concerned parents. Consumer Reports recommends that you check with the Juvenile Products Manufacturers Assocation if you want to check on the quality and safety standards behind the baby mattress you choose. We found lots of crib mattress reviews on websites like About.com (baby products section), the Berkeley Parents Network (online parenting forum), Epinions, Babies R Us, Target, and Walmart. Browse the top selling crib mattresses online here.

Best Crib Mattress:

RECOMMENDED - The Sealy Baby Posturepedic Mattress is a solid crib mattress for about $100. Your infant will get a nice firm mattress with heavy gauge steel border rods all around the mattress. To increase durability, the mattress features two non allergenic layers that insulate it and a 3rd layer adds extra support while a 4th layer gives your baby a slightly softer sleeping surface. The Posturepedic baby mattress offers 220 Posturetech coils for support. There are more expensive options on the market for firmer mattresses, but at this price it's affordable and does the job just fine. Parents comments include "excellent mattress" and "quality construction". You can check out the most popular baby mattresses online here.

Firm Baby Mattress:

In all the research we did online and in parenting magazines, we found that Simmons makes the best firm crib mattresses. You can find them in most baby departments of stores like Babies R Us, Walmart or Target. You can get really firm mattresses, but it is not totally necessary say most experts. Just make sure the mattress you choose to buy isn't too soft. We suggest you browse the firm crib mattresses online here.

Organic Crib Mattress:

RECOMMENDED - The Naturepedic No Compromise Organic Cotton Classic 252 Crib Mattress is a clear winner in this category and it appears that parents don't think twice about paying more for the organic mattresses. Parents say the Naturepedic is "very firm" and we thought about putting it in the category above, but decided it was best placed in a separate section for "organic crib mattresses". Features a waterproof surface of 100% polyethylene, organic cotton filling, and a hypoallergenic/dust mite barrier cover. Our daughter had a severe allergy to dust mites and her eczema flaired up all the time until we purchased one of these organic baby mattresses. The support on this mattress is quite firm with a 252 coil orthopedic innerspring. Parents wanting a chemical free sleeping environment should definitely consider the award winning and top selling Naturepedic mattresses.