How to choose a mattress for a crib

Before buying a children's mattress, you need to take into account its rigidity and design features, make sure it is safe and free from toxic materials, and choose a good manufacturer. Otherwise, you can harm the baby's health.

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The best manufacturers of mattresses for children

If you want to protect yourself from an unsuccessful purchase, choose products from well-known brands. Such manufacturers value their name and do not produce bad products. They create mattresses from materials that do not contain toxic substances and are tested for durability, safety and environmental friendliness.

The most popular manufacturers of children's mattresses:

  1. Plitex-S (Plitex) – develops models of mattresses for newborns together with pediatricians. The materials used in production have received international quality certificates.

  2. Ormatek – Has been working since 2001. Besides mattresses, it produces bedding and furniture. The materials used in production are safe for children.

  3. Ascona is one of the largest manufacturing companies in Eastern Europe. Has been producing mattresses since 1998. In addition to children's orthopedic mattresses, it creates furniture and bedding.

  4. Afalina – specializes in the creation of orthopedic mattresses for the little ones. The company's products can be used from the first days of a baby's life to toddler age.

  5. Vegas is a Belarusian manufacturing company, has been operating since 1997. Produces mattresses for children from 0 to 4 years old. Produces models of standard sizes and mattresses according to individual measurements of the customer.

Types of mattresses

Spring loaded

Spring mattress

Such products are based on a spring block. He can be dependent and independent:

The springs in the dependent spring block are interlocked with each other. These mattresses are durable, high strength and low cost. But they, like old box-spring beds, shake and do not evenly distribute the load. Not suitable for small children, as they do not have the proper orthopedic and anatomical effect.

The springs in an independent spring block work separately from each other. They ensure the correct position of the baby and prevent the development of scoliosis. The more springs in the mattress, the better it affects the child's musculoskeletal system.

Springless

springless children's mattress

The inner part of the product does not consist of springs, but of special foam materials: coconut coir, polyurethane foam, natural latex. These models have moderate to high rigidity, making them ideal for newborns. They ensure the correct position of the child's back and contribute to the development of the musculoskeletal system.

What characteristics to pay attention to

Rigidity

Mattress hardness

Mattresses can have different levels of firmness. For newborn babies, it is best to buy products with an above average or moderate level of hardness and good elasticity. This is necessary for the normal development of the musculoskeletal system. Children 3-7 years old can sleep on moderately hard mattresses.

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Pay attention to double-sided models with varying degrees of rigidity. Such products usually have one side with high rigidity and the other with medium. Thanks to this, they are suitable not only for newborns, but also for older children.

Material

Spring and springless models are produced using the same fillers: artificial and natural.

  1. Coconut. Natural and very tough filler. It is often used in the manufacture of mattresses for babies. If not properly stored, it starts to rot and bacteria grows in it.

  2. Natural latex. Suitable for children prone to allergies. Moreover, it has high elasticity and strength.

  3. Linen felt is a natural, resilient and rather rigid material. Often combined with other fillers.

  4. Polyurethane foam. Used in the manufacture of many mattresses. Differs in hypoallergenic and increased elasticity, it can be of varying degrees of rigidity. It is not recommended for children under 3 years of age. To test the quality of the PU foam, press down on the mattress with your hand. The stronger the pushing effect, the better the filler and the longer it will last for you.

  5. Holofiber is a soft, moisture-proof and anti-allergenic material. Not recommended for newborns.

'Winter summer'

Mattresses with a 'winter-summer' effect have a winter and summer side – layers of wool and cotton, located on different sides. The woolen layer perfectly warms in winter, while the cotton layer provides freshness and comfort in the warm season.

The size

The length and width of mattresses for children usually correspond to the sizes of standard cots (60×120, 65×125, 70×140).

Selection recommendations

Selection recommendations

  1. Before buying, ask a consultant for a product quality certificate.

  2. When buying a mattress for a newborn, pay attention to hard springless products and two-sided mattresses with different firmness.

  3. Don't buy soft or thick mattresses. Such products can lead to deformation of the baby's spine.

  4. Choose mattresses with hypoallergenic fillings and a cover made from natural fabrics.

  5. If you have a small child, place an oilcloth on the mattress or buy a waterproof mattress topper. This will extend the life of the mattress. Even if the baby goes to the toilet or spills something, nothing will happen to the product, and the mattress topper can be washed.

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In the following articles, our experts will tell you how to choose the right mattress for a crib, the secrets of choosing a pillow for a child and practical advice on choosing a mobile for a crib.


Attention! This material is the subjective opinion of the authors of the project and is not a purchase guide.

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