You probably spend months deciding on the best cot and bedding for Baby, but don’t neglect the choice of mattress.
After all, your precious one will sleep an average of 16 hours a day every day. Even toddlers spend half their time in bed.
Most mattresses are made in standard sizes to fit snugly inside the cot.
To play safe, you should still make sure you can’t easily push more than one finger in between the mattress and cot frame.
Spring, natural latex, foam… There are so many types of mattresses available, but which is the best for your baby?
Actually, it’s all about the firmness, says Dr Natalie Epton, a specialist paediatrician and neonatologist.
Push down on the mattress. If it’s soft, her face might sink into it and she might suffocate.
You should also add a mattress protector (there are waterproof versions, too). Wash it once a week.
No matter which mattress you choose, always put your newborn to sleep on her back, says Dr Epton. This minimises the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome.