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Cot mattresses

Advice on what to look for when you purchase a mattress for your baby's cot, travel cot, crib or cot bed plus the opportunity to purchase a range of cot mattresses.
Mattresses are usually bought separately from a Moses basket, crib, cot or cot bed.

Mattresses are a wise investment, so buy the best you can afford.

Check the mattress is the right size. Cot mattresses are available in standard and continental sizes and a cot bed needs a bigger mattress.

Mattresses usually come with a wipe-clean cover. Choose a mattress which can be easily cleaned. The cheapest mattresses are made from foam, fine for very young babies in a Moses basket or crib.

Natural fillings such as coconut coir and wool are available for mattresses and are particularly useful if you have a history of allergies in the family.

A sprung mattress will give the best support, these are often the most expensive, but are a good investment.

Ensure the mattress is a good fit, there should be a gap of less than 4cm between the edge of the mattress and the sides and ends of the cot or cot bed.

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JUST BUYING A SINGLE BED AND WONDERED IF ANYONE HAD ANY ADVICE ON WHAT SORT OF MATTRESS IS BEST TO BUY?? SO MANY OUT THERE, LITTLE BOY IS 3 AT CHRISTMAS, HE IS VERY BIG FOR HIS AGE AND QUITE HEAVY! THANKS IN ADVANCE??
by darith 22nd Sep 2010, 4:51pm
I'm thinking of buying a Therapedic Sweet Baby Crib Mattress - should I get firm or extra firm? This is for my grandson. It's been a long time since I've had little ones around.
by murnanc 12th Aug 2010, 10:37am
I bought my son a new memory foam mattress because i want to make sure he is having a resting sleep. I use the same type of mattress for myself too, so i suppose if i feel great sleeping on it, he should feel the same too, after all he is like a little man, who needs to feel comfortable the hole night.
by carla33 11th Jun 2010, 5:24pm
I got an organic cot mattress form The Little Green Sheep - more expensive but definately worth it!
by toon5672 22nd Jul 2009, 9:32am
I found a cheap, brand new mattress in TK Maxx; only £25. Bargain! :)
by louiser2402 12th Mar 2009, 9:04am
it is best to buy a new mattress for ur new born because old mattress is not as comfortable as new .
by s154 5th Jan 2009, 9:15am
Does anyone have advice on whether it's ok to use second hand mattresses? I have been given a moses basket and a cot from close friends, but is it advisable to buy new mattresses?
by Eva2 3rd Nov 2008, 10:07am
has anyone bought a "sleep curve mattress"
I saw them advertised at the baby show and they look very good.
Does anyone know where I can get one a bit cheaper though?
by Doodlebump 25th Jun 2008, 8:45am

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