What Makes A Good Quality Cot MattressBy Clark Rubber | 17th October, 2019
A good quality cot mattress should have the right level of firmness to provide your baby support, comfort and most importantly a safe place to sleep.
The safest way for a baby to sleep is on a firm, flat mattress that should be hard enough in every part, especially where the child’s head might rest.
Ensuring your baby is sleeping in a safe environment not only improves the quality of their (and your) sleep, but it also reduces any potential health risks associated with poor quality bedding.
What makes a good quality cot mattress?
A good quality cot mattress will be built for comfort and safety. While it is important for a cot to be comfortable, it is essential that the mattress surface is reasonably firm and suitable as a safe sleep surface for an infant- bedding that is too soft can be a serious health and safety hazard.
Another key factor to ascertain, is whether the mattress will adequately fit the baby’s cot. The gap between the mattress and the cot sides should not exceed 20mm so as not to have the potential to trap your child’s arms or legs. Cots come in different forms and sizes, especially if they have been custom-made. Measure the cot’s dimensions so you know whether a standard size mattress will fit or if you need a custom-cut foam product. A perfectly flat mattress is vital - raised edges or gaps may cause a baby to roll or get stuck.
Finally, a good quality cot mattress should be treated to prevent germs and bugs. Many products on the market are protected with antimicrobial compounds that will keep your baby clean and safe.
Comparing different products
Consumer advocacy group Choice tested a range of cot mattresses available in Australia on parameters such as firmness, construction and thickness. The testers found that some mattresses performed much better than others and gave recommendation scores ranging from very low (20%) to very high (100%). The following are some of the top performers:
This mattress features a cotton cover that can be unzipped and washed in a washing machine or sponge cleaned with a damp cloth. It comes in a range of sizes, and is protected by UltraFresh, an anti-microbial compound that helps control germs and dust mites.
This mattress has the same features as the standard MyBub cot mattress. It is however thicker with an additional layer of memory foam.
If a standard size cot mattress doesn't quite fit your baby's cot, then custom-cut-foam is the answer. Clark Rubber’s range of foam can be cut to your needs, and all grades are treated with UltraFresh, an antimicrobial agent.
Where can you buy these mattresses?
If you are interested in any of the cot mattresses recommended above, please come down to your local Clark Rubber store. Our experts will be happy to help and ensure you get the best product to meet your individual needs.