For your crib, you will need… a serviceable baby crib mattress.
While your baby might not care which kind of crib mattress he sleeps on, most parents do. With more and more parents opting for organic crib mattresses due to concerns over chemical flame retardants, we decided to cover them separately (see best organic crib mattresses).
No matter what brand of mattress you pick, you want it be FIRM. If it feels uncomfortable to you, that’s good. And remember, babies weigh nothing (comparatively) and don’t exactly have back or hip pain like us old geezers, so their mattress needs are quite different (in response to a lot of emails asking, “won’t it be too uncomfortable for him?”). Stay away from anything cushy or plushy.
If you’re in the market for a “regular” crib mattress, our favorites are:
$ — Safety 1st Heavenly Dreams ~ $52+ — Economy Pick
$$ — Sealy Baby Posturepedic ~ $119 — Great Value
$$ — Baby Trend Respiro ~ $100 — New on Our Radar
We’re really excited about Baby Trend’s new crib mattress. It’s totally different than any other kind of mattress out there. It’s empty — check it out:
The Respiro isn’t stuffed with anything, so it doesn’t need any synthetic flame-retardants or other chemicals, is totally hypoallergenic, and carries virtually no risk for allergens or bed bugs and the like. It’s also double-sided, with different firmness levels for babies and toddlers, so you can use it beyond infancy. The mesh covering is totally breathable, machine-washable, and the whole mattress can be folded up for easy travel.
The Respiro crib mattress is a bit unconventional in terms of how you “use” it, since it’s not designed to be used with sheets, and we think there are still a few kinks that need to be worked out, but we’re keeping an eye on this one. If you’re pregnant now, generation 2.0 might be ready for prime time — we’ll have our full review coming to you shortly :).
$$$ — Little Dreamer from Moonlight Slumber ~ $196 – Dual Firmness Crib Mattress
Little Dreamer is a neat mattress with two sides: a firm “infant” side for safe infant sleeping and a softer “toddler” side for a cozier night after the days of SIDS danger are over. (Other companies make this type of dual-sided mattress as well, for cheaper, just FYI… like this one, from Safety First, for about $75).
$$$$ — Newton Crib Mattress ~ $299
There are so many good things to say about this mattress — the Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association (JPMA) gave it the 2015 innovation award.
This mattress is known for its breathability and temperature regulation. Wovenaire technology means that it’s made of safe, food-grade polymer that’s free of biocides, toxic fire retardants, foam, latex, springs, and glue… meaning, it’s not off-gassing and it’s completely hypo-allergenic.
The best part is that this mattress is fully washable (say what?!). Yes, the whole thing. You can remove the zipped cover and and give the mattress a bath. Yes, like… in the bath tub. With soap and water. Great for passing down to younger kids. You can also recycle it at the end of its life. Love the Newton!
OK — now for some organic crib mattress options… or you can skip ahead to sheets ‘n blankets ‘n such.