Many of you have asked me for specific crib mattress recommendations so I decided to create a post around this topic. I think a crib mattress is a really important purchase and you should definitely do some research on the options. A lot of things in a nursery are just to look beautiful or cute, but a mattress provides a safe, supportive, and comfortable sleeping area for your baby. Crib mattresses are all about function, not style! In this article, I will discuss several of the best rated crib mattresses so you can make the choice that’s right for you!
Here’s a sneak peak of the mattresses I’ll be discussing today:
Similarities and Differences Among Mattresses
Baby mattresses have a few things in common. These are pretty standard features that you’ll find in nearly all new crib mattresses.
- Firm or extra firm
- Waterproof or water-resistant
- Standard crib size (27″W x 52″L)
- GREENGUARD Gold certification (lower harmful emissions)
So when you’re evaluating a mattress, you are looking at the other “optional” features. Some of these include:
- Reversible (some mattresses have a firm side for babies, and softer side for toddlers)
- Washable cover
As we take a look at my recommendations, I’ll be sure to provide this info for you to consider. I’ve chosen a budget mattress, an organic mattress, and a foam mattress that are all great buys.
Best Budget Mattress
My favorite budget mattress is the Safety 1st Baby and Toddler Mattress.
I love that this mattress can be turned over to the softer side to be more comfortable for toddlers. Extended use is definitely good for the budget! It has all the basic features, and the price is definitely right.
Consider purchasing an organic washable cover for this mattress to up the safety and convenience factor.
Pro Tip: Invest in an EXTR fitted sheet and waterproof cover. Make the bed with a sheet, then the waterproof cover, then another sheet. If there happens to be an accident in the middle of the night, you can take off the sheet and cover, and the bed is made and ready. No changing sheets in the middle of the night!
Best Organic Mattress
My favorite budget mattress is the Naturepedic Classic Organic Baby Crib Mattress.
You will notice that the organic feature jumps the price WAY up. But more and more data shows that the fumes from pesticides, flame retardants, and other chemicals can be harmful to baby. This is the one place in the nursery where I feel the extra expense is worth it. If your budget allows for this type of mattress, it’s a must-have.
This mattress has a lifetime guarantee, a generous return policy, and very high customer reviews.
Best Foam Mattress
My favorite foam mattress is the Graco Premium Foam Crib and Toddler Mattress in a Box (Amazon).
This mattress is also super budget-friendly, and has the added benefit of shipping in a small, lightweight box. You open the box and unroll the mattress – it will automatically expand to its full size. Make sure to give it at least 2 weeks before use to fully expand.
It has excellent reviews, a great price, and I love the washable outer cover.
I would feel good about my baby sleeping on any of these mattresses, but I suggest you opt for organic if you can. If that’s not possible, consider using an organic mattress cover and organic sheets. The less junk we expose baby to, the better.
And as always, my first choice is to borrow or buy pre-owned! It’s better for the budget and better for the environment.
I hope you enjoy many, many moments of gazing at a peacefully sleeping baby.
P. S. Please feel free to reach out in the comments. I’d love to hear what you have to say!