How to Choose a Crib Mattress in 7 Easy Steps

Good sleep is paramount for your baby’s health and how comfortable his sleeping place is will determine the quality of his sleep. Because of this, it is of utmost importance that you find the best crib mattress for your baby. But with all the different types, sizes and thickness of mattress in the market, how can you know which one is the best for your baby? If you wish to know how to choose a crib mattress, keep on reading. This article will give you the steps to take!

What You Will Need

To find the perfect crib mattress, you will need the following materials:

  • Measuring Tape
  • Baby’s Crib

Step Instruction

Are you ready to find the perfect crib bedding for your little one? Well, you do not have to wait any further! Here are some of the steps that you should take:

Step 1. Get the dimensions of your crib.

Dimensions of crib

Of course, the first step that you should take is to measure the length and width of your crib. Yes, there are standard sizes for a crib mattress, but you need to find a mattress that will snugly fit your crib. Make sure to jot down the measurements and bring the list with you when you go shopping.

Pro Tip: When choosing the size of your crib mattress, make sure that only one finger can squeeze in between the gap of the crib and the mattress. Any gap larger than this is dangerous as there is a risk that your baby might slip in the gap and suffocate.

Step 2. Decide on what type of mattress you need.

There are actually two types of crib mattress, and it is important that you know the difference between the two kinds so you can determine which best suits your needs.

The first category is the foam mattress. This type of mattress is loved by many because of its pliability, making it the most comfortable type of mattress to use. However, it is not that durable. The second type is innerspring mattress which is known for its durability and excellent support, but it does not distribute weight evenly.

Step 3. Check the mattress’ firmness.

Check mattress firmer

The National Institute of Child Health and Human Development states that firmness of the mattress is one important factor to consider to prevent SIDS or Sudden Infant Death Syndrome.

Pro Tips:

If you opted for foam mattress, the thing that you have to consider to ensure its firmness is its weight. The heavier the mattress is, the denser it is and the denser it is, the higher the quality it has.

If you have decided to buy an innerspring mattress, the thing that you have to take a look at to ensure its firmness is the number of coils that it has. It is a must that you opt for a mattress that has over 150 coils, and it must also contain a border coil to provide additional support for the baby.

Step 4. Look for certification.

Keep in mind that quality of the mattress is important and you can determine the quality of a mattress through its certification. A certified mattress is one that complies with the safety standards that have been set forth by the American Society for Testing and Materials and The CPSC.

You can usually find the certification at the side of the mattress. If the mattress has no certification, it means that did not pass the minimum requirement, and it is not safe for use.

Step 5. Inspect mattress for vent holes.

Vent holes of mattress

Have you noticed those covered holes located at the sides of the mattress? Those are what you call vent holes, and they are incorporated into the design of the mattress for a good reason—to allow the air to properly circulate in and out of the crib mattress.

These vent holes allow odors to escape from the mattress, keeping the mattress smelling good and fresh for a long period of time. So if you plan to buy a mattress, opt for one that has these holes.

Step 6. Choose a mattress cover.

The mattress cover

Last but definitely not the least, you also need to decide on the type of mattress cover you wish to have. When it comes to choosing a mattress cover, there are some qualities to look out for. These include triple lamination, nylon support, and thick vinyl material.

When a mattress cover has these features, it can be able to withstand wear and tear, and it can be used for a longer period of time.

Step 7. Make the decision.

After considering all these important factors, it is time that you make the decision. Whatever decision you have made, it is important to do a final inspection of the product to make sure that it has no defects or damages.

Pro Tip: Keep in mind that providing your baby a safe and comfortable sleeping space does not end in choosing the right crib mattress. You also have to properly maintain and take good care of the mattress. That means cleaning it regularly and following the care instructions that the manufacturer has provided.


Choosing the right crib mattress is important in ensuring that your baby will have quality and sound sleep. Unfortunately, the selection process is not as easy as you would want or expect it to be. With all the types and brands of crib mattresses available in the market, how would you choose the best one?

We have provided the steps you need to take on how to choose a crib mattress. All you have to do is follow these steps and take into consideration the factors mentioned above, and you can certainly find the best crib mattress for your little one.

So, what do you think of this article? Feel free to ask your questions and share your sentiments in the comments section! I am excited to know what you would have to say!

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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