You've already bought the perfect cot, and now it’s time to find the very best cot mattress for your baby. In order to make sure that your little darling is getting the best support and sleep possible, we tell you all you need to know when choosing a baby cot mattress, along with our top picks of the very best.
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What are the different kinds of baby cot mattresses?
When it comes to choosing a mattress for your baby's cot, you have three main choices: foam, spring or natural fibre.
All types come in two standard sizes: 120cm x 60cm and 140cm x 70cm, which will fit most cots.
It's important to avoid adding any extra bedding in the cot such as bed linens or duvets, as they can increase the risk of SIDS. If it’s cold, it's recommended you opt for a baby sleeping bag instead of extra blankets or covers.
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What are the best baby cot mattresses?
Give your little one the perfect start with eve’s award-winning baby mattress with its iconic yellow design. The clever innovation gives your baby the supportive, safe and clean sleep they need as they grow. Available in two sizes, the mattress is suitable from birth until your tot turns six.
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.
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 here.
With a 4-star review from our mothers' panel, this cot mattress is made from organic materials that boast breathability and softness, and it is 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.
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 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 sleep. 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 excellent value-for-money.