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mattress buying guide

Choosing a mattress for your baby can be confusing but it's one of the most important purchases you'll make. With numerous types of cot mattress on the market and increasing concerns over the use of harmful chemicals during manufacturing, there's a lot to consider when choosing the best cot mattress for your little one.

It's crucial your baby gets good quality sleep to ensure they have the time needed for essential mental and physical development.

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Slumberland have made it easy for parents, developing a collection of just two cot mattresses; the Slumberland Classic Sprung Mattress and Slumberland Luxury Pocket Sprung Mattress, available in standard cot mattress (120 x 60cm) and cot bed mattress (140 x 70cm) sizes.

Manufactured in the UK to the highest safety and quality standards, every material used has been carefully selected to give parents peace of mind they've chosen the very best for their baby.

what to look out for?

make sure the mattress is firm

make sure the mattress is firm

A soft mattress can sag and also poses a risk of smothering your baby and has also been linked to an increase in SIDS, so make sure the mattress is firm.

keep it flat

keep it flat

It is easy for little hands, arms, feet and legs to get trapped if the mattress is not flat and doesn't fit the cot properly.

ensure it's in good condition

ensure it's in good condition

A damaged mattress can cause injury, or a foam mattress can lose its firmness quicker than a sprung or fibre one, so always check on its condition.

consider a waterproof panel

consider a waterproof panel

A waterproof panel that can be wiped down and kept clean is vital for keeping the mattress hygienic.

keep your baby's sleep space simple

keep your baby's sleep space simple

Less is definitely more. Adding lots of heavy bedding including duvets, quilts and pillows can pose an overheating risk to your baby and can even obstruct breathing.

regulate your baby's temperature

regulate your baby's temperature

Look out for products with covers that help regulate your baby's temperature like the chemical free cover on the Slumberland Luxury Pocket Sprung mattress for example.

purchase a new mattress

purchase a new mattress

For safety, we advise purchasing a new mattress for every new baby due to the bacteria that can amass over the years making it unhygienic for a second baby. If it's not possible to replace the mattress then check it's still firm and flat with no sagging or tears and ensure the waterproof layer is clean and dry before dressing it again.

mattress interior types

Generally, cot mattresses are firm to provide support for your baby, but their cores can include a variety of different fillings - just like adult mattresses. Below are some brief descriptions of different mattress types:

foam

Generally available at an entry level price point, foam mattresses are designed to provide support for your baby but aren't usually as durable as springs. The foam is very lightweight and easy to keep clean, but they can lose their shape over time. We recommend a foam mattress for occasional use, a sleep over at the grandparents' house for example!

fibre

Superbly soft and eco-friendly, a fibre mattress has an inner core made from fibrous materials. The natural fibres are incredibly resilient, providing firm support for your little one and offers excellent heat distribution to regulate your baby's temperature.

open coil sprung

Traditional mattresses have a coiled spring interior and sometimes have a cotton cover on one side and a wipe-clean material on the other. An open coil inner core will support your baby and hold its shape well over the years. The space between the springs, as you can see in the image, allows increased airflow throughout the mattress keeping it fresh and cooler.

pocket sprung

These mattresses work in a similar way to open coil springs but with the added benefit of each individual spring being packed in its own pocket to provide improved support for longer; a great choice if you're looking for a cot bed size mattress that will last until they get their own bed. The pocket springs provide targeted comfort and support, contouring to your baby's individual body shape ensuring correct alignment of their head and spine.

PVC Cover
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The cores in the Slumberland Cot Mattress Collection are protected from inevitable accidents by a waterproof and wipeable PVC cover – a feature parents certainly welcome!

Designed to keep your little one safe from newborn to the age of five, every Slumberland cot and cot bed mattress comes with a two-year guarantee, so you can choose your baby's mattress with confidence.