Choosing Baby’s Mattress & Bedding
Choosing a mattress
You’ll want to choose a mattress that’s compatible with your baby’s bed. Make sure that the mattress is firm and flat, and it’s protected by a waterproof cover – you’ll be thankful for that when there’s inevitable little accidents! You’ll be able to wipe the mattress down, keeping it effortlessly clean and dry.
How should the mattress fit?
It’s essential to get a mattress that’s the correct shape and size so your little one can’t get their limbs stuck down the side. There should be no more than a 3cm gap around the edges, meaning they can’t get stuck but you can easily tuck your little one in.
The mattress should be at least 8-10cm deep, offering plenty of support to your baby as they sleep. Check that the mattress conforms to both BS 7177 1996 for flammability and Part 10 1997 for safety and performance.
What type of baby mattress should you get?
Whichever type of mattress you go for, make sure that it’s firm and flat. It should have no signs of any wear and tear, and it shouldn’t sag. Some of the mattresses you can choose from include:
Lightweight yet supportive, foam mattresses are a good short-term mattress for uses in a Moses basket or crib, but they tend to lose their shape over time so might not be the best choice for a cot. They usually have a PVC wipe-clean material on one side, so they’re easy to keep clean.
These mattresses are supportive and keep their shape well over time, with a coil sprung interior and layers of foam or felt padding that allow for increased airflow to keep your little one safe and comfortable.
In this type of mattress, each spring has a pocket around it to provide more support and ensure it keeps its shape for longer.
This style of mattress has one side that’s firm and flat, suitable for use from when your little one is a newborn until they’re preschool age. The other side is softer, perfect for using when your child is older.
If allergies are common in your family, an organic choice could be a good choice. This type is made from chemical and allergen-free natural materials like bamboo.
What to look for when buying a cot mattress for a newborn?
There are a few things to look out for when choosing a mattress for your little one. Think about the following features:
• Waterproof: the mattress cover should be wipeable, making it easy to keep clean.
• Breathable cover: it should come with a cover that promotes air circulation, helping your little one to have a safe night’s sleep.
• Heat regulation: it’s important that your little one doesn’t overheat during the night, so look out for a mattress that keeps baby at the right temperature and channels moisture away to keep them fresh and dry.
• Hypo-allergenic cover: if allergies are an issue, look for a mattress that comes with a hypo-allergenic cover to reduce the risk of allergies and asthma.
Choosing baby bedding
You should put your little one to sleep in the ‘feet to foot’ position, that is, with their feet against the end of the bed.
Essential baby bedding items
Fitted bed sheets are the best option for a newborn because they won’t detach themselves from the mattress if your little one wriggles around during the night.
You’ll also need a light sheet to put over your little one whilst they sleep. Flat sheets are a good option for this. They can be used on their own if it’s warm, or with a blanket if it’s a little cooler.
A blanket can be a nice addition to keep your little one cosy when they’re sleeping. Cellular blankets are a good choice as they can be layered, so you can add or remove covers to get your little one to the right temperature. If you’d prefer to go for woolen blankets, make sure that they’re machine washable – trust us, it’ll make your life much easier!
Baby sleeping bags
Like adult sleeping bags, baby sleeping bags come in different togs, so you can choose the most appropriate one for the season. Depending on what tog you go for, you’ll want to dress your baby in a different outfit so that they stay at the right temperature. Check out what to dress baby based on the tog and room temperature in the table below:
|Room Temperature||0.5 tog bag||1 tog bag||2.5 tog bag||3.5 tog bag|
|12-15°C||Too cold for baby||Too cold for baby||Long-sleeved bodysuit or pyjamas||Long-sleeved bodysuit|
|15-19°C||Too cold for baby||Too cold for baby||Long-sleeved bodysuit or pyjamas||Short-sleeved bodysuit|
|19-21°C||Too cold for baby||Long-sleeved bodysuit||Long-sleeved bodysuit or light pyjamas||Too warm for baby|
|21-23°C||Short-sleeved bodysuit||Short-sleeved bodysuit||Short-sleeved bodysuit||Too warm for baby|