A quality foam mattress is as good as a quality innerspring mattress and lasts just as long. Now, how to determine quality? Here are a few things to keep in mind:
- Weight: heavier foam usually means a better mattress
- Firmness: firmer foam is better
- Resilience: it regains its original shape quickly
A foam mattress is lightweight compared to an innerspring crib mattress, weighing about 7lbs. This helps tons when you’re changing the sheets. Plus, a quality foam mattress should have clear-cut corners that will prevent fitted sheets from slipping off.
My Top 3 Affordable Foam Mattresses
Beware of the saggy foam mattress! Go for firmness always. If you’ve heard of memory foam crib mattresses check out the section for examples.
Another example of a high quality mattress is the L.A Baby Memory Foam Crib Mattress , which is two-sided. One side is specially designed for newborns and contains firm innerspring support which is crucial for your baby’s safety.
Testing Foam Density
There are two tests you can do:
Place the mattress edge under your arms while in a standing position, and put your weight on it. If the mattress curves into a bow, it’s not dense enough and therefore unsuitable for your child.
Place the mattress in between your palms and press. A dense mattress won’t compress inward.
Foam Mattress Qualities
Look a foam mattress with a quality vinyl cover that includes these features:
- Waterproof: it’ll be easier when accidents involving liquids occur.
- Durable: make sure it’s double stitched, it will resist wear and tear.
It’s likely you’ll have heard of qualities such as ‘antibacterial’ and ‘hypoallergenic’ with crib mattresses. What do they refer to exactly? A mattress with antibacterial qualities is one that has had an antibacterial chemical added to the vinyl to help fight bacteria on the surface. Personally, I think a good quality crib mattress pad (I would recommend the Naturepedic Waterproof fitted crib pad is all you need since they’re washable and the best defense against bacteria.
A hypoallergenic mattress is just a fancy way of saying it’s made out of foam and not fibers such as cotton that can cause allergic reactions by attracting dustmites.
Also don’t forget to checkout out the crib mattress reviews page to see which crib mattresses were rated the highest.
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