Even if you love a bed that you can literally sink into, or if you’d prefer to lie on a completely firm and rigid mattress, it’s worth considering whether it’s good for your health in the long run.
A mattress that is too resilient and flexible will not give your body the right support – at night your body will be bent over too much, almost like in a hammock. A mattress that is too firm may exert too much pressure on the body, which in the long run may impede proper blood flow and cause various types of back and leg pain. It is best if your body is gently “submerged” in the bed while you sleep. This is why we need to take our body weight into account when choosing a mattress – the higher the weight, the firmer the bedding should be.
How to choose the best mattress for your baby?
Let’s start with what the “best cot mattress” even means. For some, the best is a certified one that meets all possible safety standards. For others, the best is an ecological one, made only of natural materials, and for still others, the best baby mattress is one that won’t make too much difference to the weight of our wallet. Therefore, today we will give you a hint on what you should pay attention to when choosing a mattress for your baby.
Does the height of the mattress matter?
Newborns sleep up to 20 hours a day, waking only for feeding and very short activities. Such a large number of hours of sleep means that it is necessary to provide solid support for the spine. That’s why the right thickness or height of a mattress for your baby should be at least 10 cm, and preferably 12-14 cm. Normal mattresses are approximately 11 cm, and those from the premium lline 12-14 cm, depending on the selected type of mattress pad and cover. A cot mattress must be of the right height and density to support the proper development of your child’s spine.
What firmness of mattress for my baby?
There is a widespread belief that a mattress for a newborn baby must be firm. Nothing could be further from the truth! A hard mattress simply presses down and does not allow the muscles to rest. The baby’s body is under constant tension and it fights and searches for a comfortable sleeping position – completely unsuccessfully, causing crying and frustration of the baby and the mother. Therefore, if your baby does not want to sleep in his cot it is possible that he is simply not comfortable there.
Nowadays, physiotherapists say that the best mattress for a baby needs to be medium-firm, but actually it needs to have the right elasticity and resilience, especially point elasticity. This is why there are more and more zone mattresses. What are they? These are special mattresses for cots, which are divided into hardness zones. This makes them work and adapt to the shape of the child’s body, which can sleep peacefully. These are the mattresses by Baby’s Zone.
Remember good quality means safety!
A cot mattress that is thin, of poor quality, too soft or that has already been used may pose a risk to your baby. How is this possible? Mattresses which are thin and have a low foam density may not support the spine well enough. As a result, your baby will not be comfortable and will not want to sleep in his cot. What is more, a badly chosen mattress can cause abnormal muscle tension, and further be the cause of postural problems in your child.
Second-hand or too soft mattresses are a direct threat to babies, as the baby’s body can start to form deformations in the mattress due to its long use. What is more, if your baby cannot turn from his stomach to his back on his own, he may collapse such a mattress and lead to cot death. This is extremely dangerous, which is why it is important to ensure that the mattress for a newborn is of the right rigidity/hardness and that the materials from which it is made are of the right quality. It is also worth paying attention that the materials (e.g. covers) are skin-friendly and certified e.g. by Oeko-Tex Standard 100.