#ProjectNursery takes a break from the fancy and goes a little practical. In building Bean’s little nursery where he will spend many hours in, parents like me do have to consider the practical aspects of the nursery. The little details sometimes drive me crazy.
What material of the baby mattress, what material should his little clothes be made of, what material should the baby cot be made of to prevent any poisoning if my baby chews on it, and the LIST, GOES ON.
Well, at least for the bedding portion, I’m super lucky to have the experts at Babysafe guiding me through the whole selection of bedding for Bean’s Baby Cot. And here I was, thinking a mattress is a mattress and there is no science in it. Here’s sharing what I learnt from Babysafe.
When choosing a mattress for your baby, there are 2 KEY things you must think about – DENSITY & MATERIAL of the mattress. Here’s why:
#1: Choosing the RIGHT DENSITY & RESILIENCE
A firm mattress is good because when it’s too soft, it will conform to a baby’s shape and create a suffocation and SIDS hazard. Plus it usually doesn’t give good support. Consumer Reports (USA) suggested this test: “Press on the mattress in the center and at the edges. It should snap back readily and should not conform to the shape of your hand”.
#2: Choosing the RIGHT material
The material you choose for your baby’s mattress is of paramount importance. Mattresses need to be well-ventilated as babies do not regulate their body temperature well. So we need a mattress that does not retain heat.
Look for small vent holes on the mattress that allow air flow in and out. A mattress will also smell better if it has plenty of vent holes to let odours escape.
The commonly available baby mattresses are made from polyurethane (PU) foam, innerspring and latex.
Here’s why I choose Babysafe for my little bean.
I really like the fact that I can remove the cover and wash it! Bean’s going to grow up well, sleep safe and comfortable! :)
IMPT: Please also make sure that the mattress you buy fits snugly in the cot, with no more than two fingers of space between the side of the mattress and the cot frame. If there’s more space than that, the mattress is too small and could be a suffocation and entrapment hazard.
Babysafe has a whole range of pillows, bolsters and mattresses produced from 100% natural latex and with covers made from fine 100% sateen cotton fabrics. Here’s where you can find Babysafe products in Singapore.