How to Elevate Crib Mattress and Make Baby Feel Comfortable

Have you ever been to your baby’s pediatrician to ask about your child’s condition only to be advised that you should raise your child’s crib mattress? I know this doesn’t make sense to you but changing the sleeping position of your child can help alleviate a few medical conditions. You may be wondering what these possible conditions are and how elevating the crib mattress is necessary for your child’s condition. Or better yet, you may be wondering - how to elevate crib mattress?

Well, you do not have to wonder any further! I am here to help you out with your dilemma! Here are some of the information you need to know:

Why Elevate Your Child’s Crib Mattress

Let us address the first order of business - why would you need to elevate your baby's crib mattress. For you to understand this, you must first have a better understanding of the medical conditions that this simple intervention can benefit. These are as follows:


GERD or Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease is a condition wherein the acid in the stomach push back into your baby’s esophagus which comes as a result of the failure of muscle that connects the esophagus and stomach to close and relax at the proper time.

Many babies suffer from this disease mainly because they are in a lying position most of the day. The best way to prevent the acids from pushing back to the esophagus is to elevate your child’s head, and you can do that by elevating the crib mattress.


When your baby has cold, allergic rhinitis, or any other viral infection, there’s a high chance that he will experience nasal congestion because of the buildup of mucus. The best way to prevent that from happening is to elevate your baby’s head by raising his crib mattress a bit.

What You Will Need

Now that you know how raising the mattress can help in relieving the said conditions. Let us start preparing for this simple process. Here are some of the things that you will need:

  • Measuring Tape or Ruler
  • Crib with Mattress
  • Pillow or Comforter

If you do not have additional pillows or comforter, you can try using books or towel instead.

How to Elevate Crib Mattress in Easy Steps!

If you already have everything you need on hand, let us get started! Here are the steps that you need to take:

Step 1. Inspect mattress and crib.

Crib and mattress

The first thing you need to do is to check the crib and mattress of your baby. Inspect if the mattress, crib, and bedding are clean and safe for your baby to use. In addition to that, you should also make sure that the mattress has enough support platform that can keep the mattress in place.

​If it does, then you can continue elevating the mattress.

Pro Tip: For the comfort of your baby, opt for a breathable mattress.

Step 2. Mark the spot.

Mark the spot


Using a measuring tape or ruler (whichever you have), measure six inches up from the crib’s platform at the part where your baby’s head is placed. Mark the point on each side of the crib.

Pro Tip: When you elevate the mattress at 6 inches, the mattress will be raised at an angle of 30 degrees which is the elevation angle recommended by The Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center.

Step 3. Elevate the mattress.

Now we are ready to elevate the mattress. There are plenty of ways on how you can do this - using a pillow or comforter, a few books, and towel.

Using a pillow

Using a pillow

Try putting a pillow underneath the crib mattress. Continue to add pillows until the mattress has reached the mark that you have placed.

Pro Tip: For your baby’s comfort, place a soft pillow in the middle of the mattress, where your baby’s head is located.

Using a comforter

Simply fold the comforter and place it on the head side of the mattress. Add comforter or adjust the fold until you have achieved the desired height.

Using a towel

Using a towel

If you are using a towel, the best thing that you can do is roll it up and place it on the head side of the comforter.

Using books

If you will use books, make sure to use books that are of the same size as you will be placing them at the sides of the mattress.

Pro Tip: Whichever object you have decided to use, make sure that they are placed underneath the mattress and not inside the crib to prevent suffocation of your baby.

Step 4. Check if the elevation of the mattress is right.

After you have elevated the mattress, place your baby inside the crib and see if the height is just right for him. If it is too high, remove a few pillows, books or change the fold of your towel or comforter. If it is too low, add more pillows or books and change the way you have folded the towel or rolled the comforter.

Pro Tip: You will know that the elevation is too high if the baby slides on the mattress.

Final Take

If your baby has GERD, colds or viral infection, one of the best methods to relieve the discomfort and pain that he is feeling is to elevate crib mattress.

I have already provided all the information you need on how to elevate crib mattress. Make sure that you follow the simple steps and keep the pro tips given above in mind to ensure that you can appropriately and safely elevate your baby’s mattress.

Did you enjoy our simple tutorial? I do hope that you have learned a thing or two from this article. For comments and questions, please head to the comments section.

If it is not too much to ask, I also encourage you to share it with some of your friends so they can be able to provide their baby the relief he needs too!

Josephine Lesley

Hi! I am Josephine G Lesley. I love children! In fact, I am an obstetric nurse and my passion is to ensure that each and every child on my watch will receive the proper care and utmost love that they deserve. I treat each child that I meet as my own and I am happy to be always surrounded with cute and loving children not just at work but also at home. I am actually a mom to a 4-year-old child and I am preparing to welcome another child soon! Because of my work and my family life, I believe that I have gained some amazing insights on child care and rearing and I want to share with you all of my knowledge through this blog. I am doing this in the hopes that I can be able to help other people in their motherhood journey! I hope you will enjoy reading my blog as I enjoyed writing it for you!

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