It's a bit of a minefield when it comes to shopping for a baby mattress. Here's a few points to consider to help you on your way...
When choosing a mattress for your baby, it's important to get one that’s the right fit. You don’t want any gaps or folds from a mattress that just doesn't fit it’s base - this could be a potential health hazard for your baby.
No more than two finger widths between the cot side and mattress. For newborn/younger babies, a crib mattress should not be thicker than 6 inches
The cheapest mattresses are just made of foam and are most likely start to dent relatively soon – and will need replacing! A fully sprung mattress is generally more durable than foam and will have a far longer lifetime.
Many parents like to cover their mattress with a protector - not surprising as some mattresses come with a high price tag! But be mindful with covers, some wipeable ones can limit airflow and babies can get very hot, especially during the summer season. Breathable, mesh type ones are a good option as they still offer protection and are fully washable.
To reduce the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS), your baby should always be put to sleep on their back. Reserve tummy time for when your baby is awake and you are present to ensure their safety