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Cot Bed Mattress Guide

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Babydeco guide to buying the right cot bed mattress

Buying the right cot bed mattress is important, babies spend a lot of time sleeping, as much as 16 hours a day (or even more); hence their mattress must be comfortable and safe.

Finding the right mattress can be quite a daunting task, with the range of mattresses on the market.

As a general rule: the gaps between the bars are less than 6.5cm, the space between the mattress and cot is no more that 4cm. This is to prevent baby from becoming trapped.

Choosing the right cot baby’s bed mattress

Foam Cot Bed Mattress

These are generally the least expensive and will normally have a PVC covering over the foam interior. A foam mattress is easy to keep clean.

Cot Bed Foam Mattress Cot Bed Mattress Guide

Cot Bed Foam Mattress


  • Lightweight
  • Inexpensive, good value for money
  • Easy to clean


  • PCV cover might be a concern, as it make a baby feel a bit clammy in hot weather.
  • Mattress with ventilated holes can be difficult to clean, especially if a baby is sick or a dribbler as the residues can be hard to gather in the holes and mesh.

Spring interior cot bed mattress

This type of mattresses offers excellent comfort and support as it has a coiled spring unit underneath a non- PVC surface.

Spring interior cot bed mattresses Cot Bed Mattress Guide

Spring interior cot bed mattresses


  • Many parents like the familiarity of a traditional spring mattress.
  • The wipe-clean side is the recommended surface for your baby to sleep on because of the practical advantages, but you can flip it over onto the cotton side if you prefer – eg if it’s hot and your baby feels clammy.
  • More expensive than foam mattresses.


The cotton side may be preferred for comfort but can be more difficult to keep clean (unless you buy a mattress with a removable panel).

Fibre Cot Bed Mattress

This mattress is the most expensive and also the longest lasting. Their padding is made of natural fibre mattress, usually coconut fibre coated in latex for waterproofing. They are known to withstand considerable abuse (jumping and bouncing etc).

Fibre Cot Bed Mattress Cot Bed Mattress Guide

Fibre Cot Bed Mattress


  • Good choice for parents that are concerned about baby’s sleeping on synthetic material.
  • Lont lasting, because it hold its shape well.


  • More costly that foam or spring mattresses.
  • Less widely available in comparison to other Mattress.

Hypoallergenic Cot Bed Mattress

This type of mattress has a non–allergenic inner foam core combined with an anti-allergenic and water resistant surface. As a result makes it an excellent option if allergies or asthma are a concern in your family.


  • Excellent choice for babies with allergies or asthma
  • Very easy to clean


Other Aspects to Consider When Buying Baby Mattresses

  • Check the mattress meets the safety standards, which are depicted by a kite, lion symbol or a BS number from the British standards institution and a fire resistant symbol.
  • Unless you know the history of a second-hand mattress, purchase new one.
  • According to The Foundation for the Study of Infant Deaths, it doesn’t matter which kind of mattress you use as long as its firm not soft, fits the cot without any gaps, doesn’t sag at all or show any signs of wear and tear.
  • ‘Ventilated’ mattresses with holes are not recommended as it is not possible to keep the inside clean.




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