Updated: May 9, 2015
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.
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.