written by Simone
Editor and mother of two children
The selection of baby mattresses is large and expectant parents often quickly lose track of the search for the right baby mattress for their child. So that this does not happen and you quickly and easily find the right mattress for your baby, we have summarized the key points in this guide. This should help you with your purchase decision. Furthermore, you will find here recommendations and offers and interesting facts about baby bed mattress.
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Our baby mattresses recommendations
The Träumeland baby mattress Polarstern has a point-elastic cold foam, the cover is removable and can be washed and gently dried and has an integrated moisture protection. A special ventilation system ensures optimal air circulation. The whole thing is rounded off by a safe edge, which is also ventilated.
This cold foam mattress has two lying sides – one for babies up to two years, another side for infants from two years. The cover can be removed and washed, and thanks to vertical ventilation channels, the child has a sound sleep. A kick-resistant edge ensures the child’s safety.
The cube profile of the soft foam mattress ensures good reclining properties and vertical air ducts allow the air to circulate well. The cover is removable and can be washed at 60 degrees. This mattress has a baby and toddler side and is equipped with kick-resistant longitudinal edges.
The different types of mattresses for your baby
If you want to buy a mattress for your baby, you will soon realize that there are different mattress types. The baby mattresses, as well as mattresses for children, adolescents and adults, consist of very different materials. Common in Germany are the materials foam and cold foam, coconut and latex, as well as spring core and gel mattresses. In the search for the right baby mattress for you, of course, the question of which of the mattresses is now best suited for your newborn.
Natural fiber mattress – Mattresses made of coconut or natural latex
Natural fiber mattresses are made only from materials found in nature. In addition to natural fibers, this can also be straw, hemp or coconut. Since natural mattresses can be problematic for allergy sufferers, you should speak to the pediatrician before purchasing, so that it can rule out allergies. Also, make sure when buying that you are really buying a natural product. You can tell by the seal “Eco Control”, which confirms that the mattress consists of at least 95% natural latex.
- hardly artificial substances, therefore no chemical smell
- The mattress hardness is adjusted directly during production and can be customized
- purely biological material – can be recycled in an environmentally friendly way
- flexible yet supportive and firm
- moisture control
- Not suitable for allergy sufferers, as mites like to nest in natural materials
- In natural mattresses form unfortunately hollows, which are not good for the physical development of your baby. The result: You have to replace the mattress more often
- High acquisition costs
- requires a lot of care (natural fibers dry longer and should be aired regularly, otherwise it can lead to germ formation and rot)
Cold foam mattress – foam mattresses
Suitable for a baby are mattresses made of cold foam and foam. This adapts very well to the body and your baby does not sink too deeply. Babies should not sink more than two inches into the mattress, otherwise the spine will not support well and may be damaged in the long term. The mattress should be 10 cm high and be ventilated for at least 24 hours before first use, so that the unpleasant odor disappears. Also, make sure that the mattress has air ducts to keep it airy and breathable.
- very air permeable
- the price-performance ratio is right
- easy to clean
- very hygienic and therefore suitable for allergy sufferers
- thermal insulation
- often unpleasant odor, especially when it’s new
- too much heat insulation can cause sweating
Mattresses made of spring core or gel mattresses
Spring mattresses are made of steel springs. The lower the point elasticity of the springs, the more the mattress gives way. Therefore, you should buy a mattress for your child, which has a high point elasticity and thus supports the entire body better. Thanks to the many cavities through the springs, the mattress can breathe and regulate the moisture better. On the other hand, it also absorbs moisture faster and fast cleaning is difficult in this case.
- very stable
- good ventilation
- low acquisition costs
- long lifetime
- less suitable for allergy sufferers
- high dead weight
- Cavities can form hollows faster
A gel mattress is filled with a heavy and viscous gel and works much like a waterbed. Although it is optimal for allergy sufferers and strong Schwitzer, but it provides little support and does not support the ergonomically correct lying. Therefore, this is not recommended for babies and toddlers.
What is important when buying a baby mattress
The right material
In the upper points you have already been explained the most important features of different materials. To these you should absolutely make sure that the mattress is free of pollutants.
The step edge
A mattress with a step edge prevents your child from getting caught on the mattress and thus injured. Mattresses that are already solid do not need a step. These are z. B. the mattresses made of natural fibers.
This is an absolutely important point for me! Your baby secretes fluids such as saliva, urine and sweat, which can be absorbed by the cover. You can just take it off and wash it. Once the fluid penetrates the mattress, mites and bacteria can spread. This is exactly what is prevented by the cover. With the regular care you ensure hygienic cleanliness and do your child a great favor, also for technical reasons.
It is important that the mattress can breathe. Sufficient air circulation prevents bacteria and mites from accumulating and prevents your child from sweating profusely during sleep. In addition, your baby gets enough air in case it should turn on his stomach.
Oeko-Tex® Standard 100
This seal on the mattress indicates that it has been tested for harmful substances. The 100 seal guarantees pollution-free yarns, fabrics and textiles. The label “Confidence in Textiles” guarantees that all pollutant guidelines are strictly adhered to. It really only refers to the textiles, not the mattress core.
The different sizes of baby mattresses
A cot has a mattress with the size 70 × 120 cm. This size is common and for these you will also find the matching fitted sheets. At IKEA you get mattresses in 60 × 120 cm. The matching beds and fitted sheets you get then only there.
Mattresses for extra beds are usually 50 × 90 cm, 45 × 90 cm or 55 × 90 cm in size. The mattresses for parlor cars are mostly oval and are bought together with the car itself.
rule of thumb: Your child should be at least 10 cm away from the head and foot. So if a height of 1.20 meters is reached, it should switch to a larger bed.
No matter what size you need – the higher the quality of the mattress, the longer it can be used. You really should not save here.
The most famous manufacturers of baby mattresses
Julius Zöllner, Paradise, Dreamland, IKEA, Bed ABC, Alvi, Paidi, Raccoon
Questions and answers about baby mattress
Single purchase or set – baby mattresses in the complete set are qualitatively worse?
From my own experience, I can tell you that mattresses in the extra bed (depending on the manufacturer) can be very thin and are therefore not recommended. It is said that babies hardly sink because of their light weight, but that is no reason for me to let them sleep on such a thin pad.
If a mattress meets the above points (material, height, step edge, pollutant testing, etc.), you are not doing anything wrong. It’s not always that the most expensive mattress is automatically the best. So nothing speaks against a complete set. Often it is worth a comparison, because sometimes you can buy mattresses individually cheaper.
Does it make sense to use a used mattress?
For a used mattress it depends on the condition. If it has spots, it is rather discouraged, because bacteria could be in it. You should also know how long the mattress has been used. Baby mattresses are more intended for a short life. So if she had been sleeping on her for several years, she should not be used anymore. If you are offered a used mattress, look at it carefully. Looks her well-groomed and is she in good condition, does not mind.
What is the difference between cheap and expensive mattresses??
Inexpensive and expensive mattresses can hardly or only partially differ from each other. A high-quality mattress is often recognized from the outside, it is usually better processed and has a clearer mattress thickness. The more a mattress has, the higher the price. Here are factors such. As material, cover and comfort a role. But even cheaper mattresses can look like that, even if you buy them at the discount store. Discounters and chain stores have an advantage: they buy large quantities and can thus offer lower prices. You see, it can not hurt to look for a cheap mattress. Maybe there is something here! But even with the cheapest mattress on the important points and do not save in the wrong place.
How baby mattresses are best maintained and cleaned
So that your baby can enjoy a good night long sleep, you should prevent. How to care and clean the mattress best:
- Ventilate a new mattress enough! Unpack them and place them, if possible, in the open air or in a room with open windows. Let it air for at least three days, so that the chemical smell disappears. Incidentally, this is safe for the health.
- Ventilate the room in which the mattress is lying, daily well and put the mattress regularly into the open air
- Leave enough space under the mattress for optimal air circulation
- Buy a mattress with removable and washable (60 degrees) cover
- Turn the mattress over each time you change the fitted sheet and vacuum it every now and then
- Protect the mattress from moisture by using a waterproof pad
- Does your child have allergies, look for a cover that is suitable for allergy sufferers
Important airing information: Regular airing ensures that mites and also bed bugs have no chance to settle permanently on the baby mattress. Bed bugs can cause rashes, skin irritation and stings. In contrast, dust mites can lead to intolerance in the long term, which can lead to an allergy and possibly to a respiratory disease such as asthma.
What to do if something goes wrong? The right cleaning
If the mattress has a cover made of cotton or a blended fabric, wash it just as it stands in the care instructions. As a rule, covers can be washed at 60 degrees. For coconut and foam mattresses, the cover must be removed and the mattress rinsed out in the bath. For stains on a latex or cold foam mattress, a microfiber cloth, some water and soap help.
For every cleaning, it is important that covers and mattresses are completely dry before you replace them. Otherwise mold or fungus forms and these endanger the health of your child. It may take one to two days for the mattress to be used again.
Baby mattresses test- The test winner of eco-test
In the special issue of Öko-Test, the yearbook children and family for 2017, various mattresses were tested for safety criteria. A new European standard, the DIN EN16890, is intended to prevent the pinching, strangulation or swallowing of small parts. In addition, the mattresses were tested for harmful substances. Two out of 15 mattresses finished with a grade of “good”, while others had several problems:
- Too soft mattresses, sink into the babies and nose and mouth can be closed – there is a high Erstickungsgefahr
- Too large mattresses, the wrong fit in the bed frame (positive, however, was that no mattress was too small and the baby can not slip between the bed and mattress)
- glued on labels that can be withdrawn and swallowed by infants or by sticking to the mouth and nose can cause respiratory distress
- Toddlers get too easy on the mattress fillings (the exception here is IKEA – the cover can only be opened with a paper clip, because the handle on the zipper is missing)
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