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Everyone deserves a good night’s sleep especially your newborn. Frankly, if they aren’t sleeping well, you won’t be either. Here are some key tips for buying a crib mattress.

Prevent SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome)

As we all know, SIDS is a common and tragic problem. Here’s how choosing the right mattress can aid in preventing it.

Be sure to choose a firm crib mattress made specifically for babies, because a soft sleeping surface can be a suffocation hazard and raise the risk of SIDS.

Physical Considerations

According to TheBump.com, these four physical features must be taken into account when selecting a crib mattress:

Weight: You’ll be changing the mattress bedding often. Try and keep it to no more than 20 pounds for ease of lifting.

Waterproofing: Even if you plan on using a sheet saver and crib mattress pad — both smart ideas, since there are bound to be diaper blow-outs — you should also make sure your mattress is waterproof. Having that extra layer of protection means that accidents can’t seep inside the mattress.

Chemicals: You definitely want to safeguard your child’s skin and overall health. Look for a certification from GREENGUARD, which measures the chemical emissions from the mattress.

Organic content: Two things to know off the bat. You’ll pay more for an organic mattress, and no crib mattress is composed of all-organic material, since they also contain steel and plastics. When shopping for one, check that the mattress contains another, firmer material to help keep it in shape.

How Much To Pay

When it comes to baby mattresses, like adult mattresses, the options are endless. TheBump.com suggests that a higher price doesn’t mean a higher quality and in fact if a manufacturer has been around for a long time, it’s pretty safe to assume that any of their mattresses are good to go.

And in case you’re wondering about the general price range, Babycenter.com states:

Thinner foam mattresses start at about $50, and denser models can cost as much as $100. Innerspring mattresses range from $100 to more than $250. Organic mattresses start at about $150 and can reach more than $500.

Happy shopping!

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