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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