Most parents using cradles for their baby need will also need something just as important – a cradle mattress. Since most cradles don’t usually come with a mattress – parents have to go out and get one. So if you’re one of them, how do you know which mattress to buy? Or how do you choose a good one? First of all, what is a cradle mattress? As cradles are usually smaller versions of cribs, then these mattresses are smaller versions of baby crib mattresses, which in turn, are also smaller versions of adult mattresses!
Cradles and cradle mattresses also come in standard sizes, but some cradles are custom made or shapes (some are so small and compact – they’re even portable) same like adult beds which are popularly known as captains bed full. If the baby’s cradle isn’t custom – sized, most manufacturers or mattress stores can have the mattress custom – sized to fit it snuggly. Remember that mattress should fit the cradle perfectly, and that there shouldn’t be any space in between the edge of the cradle and the mattress. That’s why it’s always important to measure the size of the cradle when you’re going out to buy one. Or better yet – bring the cradle to the mattress store to make sure that you get the perfect fit!
As most cradles are smaller and shallower than cribs, most cradle mattresses available are also relatively thinner in comparison to regular mattresses and baby crib mattresses. Most are only one to two inches thick. They actually look like baby exercise mats rather than mattresses. But you shouldn’t need to worry about your baby’s comfort. Babies will need a firm surface for them to sleep on; so a mattress thinner that what adults are used to wouldn’t really be an issue.
Most cradle mattresses are made of the same materials as regular mattresses. They can be regular foam mattresses or foams with viscoelastic (the material used in back pain mattresses) or innerspring mattresses. Regular foam or viscoelastic mattresses are more lightweight than innerspring mattresses, and can be used as changing pads for your baby. Viscoelastic foam mattresses are more expensive that regular foam mattresses because they provide proper back and support for you baby. Innerspring mattresses are heavier but are firmer and can be used for a very long time. There are also mattresses made of organic material. They may be a little more expensive than regular mattresses, but they do have added benefits for your baby. The cotton filling inside organic mattresses have not been conventionally farmed – meaning they have not been used with pesticides and chemical fertilizers. Organic mattresses are not treated with any chemicals such as formaldehydes and solvents which are found in foam mattresses.
Make sure that your baby cradle cover is also water proof, as babies are usually messy little creatures. Having a waterproof mattress can save you from the hassle in case of urine leaks or messy stools. Other cradle mattresses have anti-microbial layers that keep the mattress germ free for a certain amount of time.
In choosing a mattress for your baby’s cradle, it’s also best to take your budget into consideration – as long as you can afford it, then you should never compromise the health and safety of your baby by buying a cradle mattress of low quality. And remember to choose sensibly, as expensive mattresses aren’t necessarily the best ones!