The first months of your baby’s life represent the most precious time you will spend with her, and you will fill a need to protect her that will be unparalleled by anything you have or will ever feel. However there is very little you can do except let nature take its course and make your baby as comfortable as possible. Needless to say, during this time all a baby does is lie on her back, so the only thing you can do is try to make that experience as comfortable as possible for her. There are different schools of thought about how you should position the baby, if you should use any blankets, wraps or crib protectors, or not, but the one thing that everyone agrees with is that the mattress you place in the crib is essential and has to be of the very best quality. So taking into consideration all the factors that are important for a baby crib mattress – softness, bacterial protection, being waterproof – we came up with the following top 10 best baby crib mattresses on the market today. And since we have also tested and rated everyone of these mattresses, we decided to also give you a detailed review for each one of them so you will know exactly why one mattress may be more expensive than another and decide if it is worth for you and your baby to pay that premium.
1. Sealy Nature Couture Cotton Bliss Crib Mattress
There are not many mattresses on the market today that even get close to how comfortable the Sealy Nature Couture Cotton Bliss Crib Mattress actually is. One of its biggest advantages is the fact that it was designed to work for both newborns and toddlers, and all you have to do is flip it from one site the other. The outside surface is made from 100% natural cotton, so it is both very strong and very soft, and it allows your baby’s skin to breathe naturally. The weave pattern is done in such a way that the fabric is naturally water resistant and stain resistant, so you can use this crib mattress for more than just one child. However there real secret behind how comfortable this mattress is are the layers of different textures and fabrics that make it up and also the high-quality coil spring system that distributes the weight perfectly along the surface of the mattress. We were also very impressed by the fact that the breathing pockets are not holes like in adult mattresses, so the child cannot focus his fingers in, but instead they are comfortable pockets that will not call cause her any injury whatsoever.
2. Simmons Kids Beauty Rest Crib Mattress
If you need to keep an eye on the budget, but still would like to get the very best mattress for your baby, then your best choice would be the Simmons Kids Beauty Rest Crib Mattress. They did away with the extra layers that gave the mattress extra long life, so they were able to lower the price somewhat. That is not to say that the Simmons mattress is not very comfortable or will not last for how many years your baby needs it, but simply that if you have a second child you will need to buy a second mattress if you want seem to enjoy the same level of comfort, while with the Sealy Nature mattress you were guaranteed that it would last for two or three children. It is important to know that the Simmons mattress also has a 100 % cotton exterior that is both waterproof and stain resistant, and it to can be flipped so that both the newborn and toddler can use it.
3. Sealy Baby Posturepedic Crib Mattress
In the world of crib mattresses there is a name that will come up again and again, no matter what you do, simply because they are the very best on the market today, and that name is Sealy. The Sealy Baby Posturepedic Crib Mattress is a more budget friendly mattress because they decided to give up the 100% cotton exterior, and decide to go with the hospital grade waterproof cover instead. Is that not only were they able to lower the price but they also were able to use much more expensive Posturetech coils that respond and adapt to every movement that the baby makes. They still get the pocket system that allows the mattress to breathe and the edges too use a special type of weave that prevents the water from getting inside.
4. Safety 1st Heavenly Dreams White Crib Mattress
If it was up to us we would hope that every one of our readers could enjoy the benefits of a Sealy mattress. However we know that many parents needs to save their money in order to buy all the necessary items that the baby requires. So if you need to cut some corners in choosing the crib mattress, then your best alternative would be the Safety 1st Heavenly Dreams White Crib Mattress. It is hypoallergenic and very comfortable since it uses a high density thermo bonded core. The only thing we dislike about this mattress is the fact that it does not have a cotton or natural fiber exterior, but given the fact that it costs less than half of what the other mattresses cost, it is well worth buying a simple pure cotton cover.
5. Sealy Soybean Foam-Core Crib Mattress
Taking care that your baby sleeps in an all natural environment is one thing, but taking care that she grows up to enjoy a world that still looks and feels natural is a job for everyone of us. That is why we have a great deal of respect for the Sealy Soybean Foam-Core Crib Mattress. It uses the same waterproof and stain resistant exterior that the Sealy Baby Posturepedic Crib Mattress uses, but it has a soybean oil foam core. In case you are not exactly sure how that works let us reassure you that most mattresses today are made from the same type of crude oil that is eventually processed to fuel your car, so it is quite easy for manufacturers to use soybean oil to create the same type of product without, however, causing any damage to the planet.
6. My First Mattress Memory Foam Crib Mattress
A few years ago there was a craze sweeping America about memory foam mattresses, and the truth is those things are probably the most comfortable and relaxing thing you can sleep on. So the team from My First Mattress used the same type of fabric to create a crib mattress. It is just as comfortable as you would expect and it comes with its own waterproof cover, so you get all the protection and comfort you need at a significantly discount price compared to what you would have to pay for the Sealy mattresses.
7. Safety 1st Transitions Baby and Toddler Mattress
If you need to save even more money, but still need a mattress that will be perfect for both babies and toddlers, than you need to check out the Safety 1st Transitions Baby and Toddler Mattress. It can be flipped to provide the different resistance levels that babies and toddlers need. Although the basic fabrics that go into the makeup of the Safety 1st Transitions Baby and Toddler Mattress are not particularly natural, we did not find anything in its makeup that was 100% cotton, it still has managed to earn a Greenguard Gold Certification, which makes it a relatively safe mattress for your baby. We particularly liked the fact that the toddler side has an extra layer of cushioning material that makes the entire mattress feel more comfortable regardless of how big your baby gets.
8. Dream On Me Crib and Toddler Bed Mattress
Where most high end mattresses we have talked about so far use in excess of 200 coil springs to provide the perfect type of weight distribution, the Dream On Me Crib and Toddler Bed Mattress uses just 88 spring coils but they are interwoven. That translates into a mattress that is both very comfortable, especially when you consider just how light newborns and toddlers are, and that is also very cheap. In fact this would be our best baby crib mattress if you are on a tight budget choice. It is hypoallergenic and also waterproof, it is free of any lead or phthalate compounds, and all you need is a 100% cotton cover to make it perfect.
9. Sealy Soybean Serenity Organic Crib Mattress
If you liked the idea of our first Sealy mattress of using all natural ingredients in the manufacture of your baby crib mattress, but simply cannot afford that model, you have a second chance with the Sealy Soybean Serenity Organic Crib Mattress. It uses the same type of soybean oils in the make up of the mattress, thus creating an all natural product and helping local, American farmers at the same time, but the outer cover is not as fancy as therefore the price point is somewhat lower. However, the good news is that they are still using organic cotton in its manufacture so your crib is perfectly safe and comfortable even to the sensitive skin of a newborn.
10. L A Baby Organic Cotton Baby Crib Mattress
The last product on our list of the top 10 best baby crib mattresses on the market is also the most affordable. The L A Baby Organic Cotton is made with extra strength steel coils and a 9 gouge border rod that will help the mattress keep its shape for many years, thus making it the perfect choice for families that plan to have a lot of kids. The thing to keep in mind is that all that steel only gives the mattress its strengths, but it is actually covered in organic cotton filling and cover, so your baby will only feel smooth comfort.