You have bought the perfect cot for your baby, and now it’s time to purchase the best cot mattresses. The two most important things when deciding about what cot mattresses to buy are making sure your baby gets better sleep and also the necessary support as she/he grows.
Choosing the right cot mattresses can be overwhelming, but we are here to help with all you need to know to make this crucial decision that will give your baby all the comfort he/she needs and deserves. We’ve put together our top picks so you can really get the best cot mattress for your baby. If you are looking for a bed beside crib, we have also a selection.
What are the different kinds of cot mattresses on the market?
When it comes to choosing a mattress for your baby's cot, you have three main choices: foam, spring or natural fibre. It’s important to understand each of them before making your decision.
Foam cot mattresses are usually the cheapest and the lightest option. They can come in a variety of thicknesses, but it's widely recommended you go for a firmer design to avoid the risk of suffocation and Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS).
Spring mattresses are another popular option. Their main characteristic is allowing air to circulate. They are made with sturdy coils and individual pocket springs, hence why they’re called spring mattresses.
Natural fibre cot mattresses
Natural fibre cot mattresses are the newest type. They are made with coco fibre and latex bringing maximum breathability and firmness.
All these types come in two standard sizes: 120cm x 60cm and 140cm x 70cm. Make sure there isn't more than a 3cm gap between the mattress and sides of the cot-bed to avoid your baby’s hands or feet getting stuck on it. Also, independently of the type of mattress you buy, it’s important to add a waterproof cover, to help you to keep it cleaner.
One more important point you need to be aware of is not putting any extra bedding in the cot such as bed linens or duvets. Read our article about how to choose beddings for your baby's cot. This is an important recommendation to prevent SIDS. If it’s cold, you can give your baby a sleeping bag. It can be pricey but it’s the safest way to keep your baby warmly secure.
What are the best baby cot mattresses on the market?
East Coast Cleaner Sleep Micro Pocket Spring Mattress
This is a Mother and Baby Awards 2019 Gold Winner. It’s a spring mattress which brings superior comfort and support. It’s also cleaner because it has a luxury anti-microbial cover to prevent allergens and dust mites. You can read our review for East Coast Cleaner Sleep Micro Pocket Spring Mattress.
Mothercare Airflow Pocket Spring Mattress, £145,00
This mattress is tough and long-lasting. It comes with a wipeable, waterproof layer to prevent the contamination and deterioration of the mattress core. This Mothercare Spring Mattress was shortlisted for Mother and Baby Awards 2019 and it's an excellent investment, read our full review about it.
Slumberland Slumbertime Luxury Pocket Sprung Mattress
This is also a Mother and Baby Award 2019 silver winner. As it's a spring mattress, it will keep your baby cool and comfortable. It has a washable sleeping surface making the mattress ideal for allergy sufferers. Read more about this mattress.
Merifor Serenity Cot Mattress, £220,00
This Mother and Baby Award 2019 bronze winner is all about protection giving all the support your little one need to rest peacefully. This mattress has a three-year guarantee which is a big plus and you can read a full review about it.
Naturalmat Quilted Latex Mat
With a 4-star review from our mother's panel, this cot mattress is made from organic materials that boast breathability and softness, it's a hypoallergenic and anti-dust mite. There’s a five-year guarantee, so you can rest assured this cot mattress will stand the test of time and will last until your little one grows out of it.
Naturalmat Quilted Coco Mat Cot Mattress
This mattress was given a Mother & Baby silver award for being the best natural product in 2017. A great choice if your baby is suffering from allergies or asthma, it's a naturally anti-dust mite, chemical-free and non-toxic. Using entirely organic materials, such as coconut fibre this cot mattress provides support, breathability, and self-ventilation. Handmade in Devon, it also comes with a 100% cotton machine washable cover for easy cleaning! Read more about it.
Another excellent option for environmentally conscious parents, this mattress is made from coconut coir and bonded with latex. It helps to regulate your baby's body temperature during sleeping times. The removable cover is made from organic bamboo, which is tough on bacteria and odours. With a five-year guarantee for the UK and Ireland, this mattress is an excellent value for money.
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