It is not surprising to find that there are as many types of crib mattresses as there are regular mattresses. You can find all foam, coil and foam, and specialty foam crib mattresses (memory foam and such). The market has provided many options because each parent wants the best for their baby. But what is ultimately the best depends on the perspective of the parent.
All Foam Crib Mattress
Judging from the options, an all foam mattress seems to be, arguably, the best crib mattress. Babies need a supportive bed with slight give in the mattress. If the baby is noticeably sinking into the mattress there is a potential for suffocation. A good high density foam crib mattress usually does the trick. It is sturdy, easily manufactured, low in cost, and has a long life.
Coil & Foam Crib Mattress
Manufacturers claim that having coils in a crib mattress adds extra support. It really doesn’t seem necessary because a baby doesn’t weigh enough to engage the coils. Also, coil mattresses aren’t any cheaper than the foam counterparts. A coil crib mattress can be better than a foam mattress only if the foam mattress uses low density foams and is more soft. A coil mattress can provide slightly better support if the baby is heavier than average or as my wife calls them “chunkers”.
Specialty Foam Crib Mattresses
Don’t be fooled by all the unique foams that can be used in a crib mattress. For example, memory foam is a popular foam in many adult mattresses. Manufacturers want to ride on that excitement so they created a memory foam crib mattress telling you that its the best for you the parent so it must be the best for your child. You may pay a premium just because the mattress carries a popular foam but whether it really provides a better sleep for your child is debatable.
Many specialty foams claim to be made safer than other foams by being all natural. Not to say these claims aren’t true, but be careful not to get carried away. The differences may be small and the price tag significantly higher.
Important For Any Crib Mattress
Make sure your crib mattress is made according to industry standards free of known harmful chemicals (BPA, PVC, phthalates, etc.). Look for an explanation in the product description about the materials used in making the mattress.
Even though the crib mattress you choose is waterproof, it would be helpful to have a quality mattress protector. This will help keep out odor, dust mites and bacteria. Depending on the protector, it will also make the mattress hypoallergenic. I am a big fan of protectors as you’ll probably see in other articles.