If you're in the midst of designing a nursery you're probably looking for somewhere for baby to sleep (or you should be...). Babies spend nearly half of their early months asleep, which is also when they do all their best growing, including developing their brains and immune systems. A good mattress plays a huge part in giving your household the best chance of decent sleep.
You’ll need one that supports baby’s spine properly – experts say the firmer the better in the first six months. Also look for practical features like removable covers that can be washed at a germ-busting 60 degrees because there will be spillages from one end of your baby or the other (possibly both), sorry.
- Find out how to design a nursery in our practical guide, and choose the best cot in our buyer's guide, too.
1. Cool as a cucumber
Stop stressing over whether your baby is sleeping too hot with the Eve Baby cot mattress. A mini-me of its popular memory foam mattress, we applaud its cooling properties, which are achieved using highly breathable Cairful 3D fabric that encourages air circulation. Apparently Cairful 3D is 400 times more breathable than standard mattress fabrics – wowsers! Made with advice from the BPA (Baby Products Association) for extra peace of mind, it measures L120cm x W60cm x D12cm.
2. Smart features
A pint-sized version of Simba’s award-winning Hybrid mattress, the Simba Hybrid Cot mattress is fully loaded with the latest bed-in-a-box benefits. As the name suggests, it’s a mix of mini springs and memory foam. The cover is hypoallergenic, can be washed at 40 degrees and its zip faces inwards to prevent the risk of it catching or scratching baby – clever. It measures L120cm x W60cm x D10cm.
3. Double protection
With its extra waterproof cover, John Lewis’ Pocket Spring Cotbed mattress is perfect for puke-prone babies. Basically, the waterproof outer cover is washable at 60 degrees, while the inner cover is also waterproof so works as a good temporary surface while your washing machine is doing its thing. Construction is a foam and spring combo offering medium firmness. It measures L140cm x W70cm x D10cm.
4. Long lasting
You can’t move for enthusiastic reviews of The Little Green Sheep’s best-selling Twist Natural Cot Mattress on parenting chat sites, so we’d be remiss not to include it in our list. The Twist’s main USP is that it’s dual-sided – the firm side is recommended for birth to 12 months, while the medium side will carry them comfortably up to five years. It measures L140cm x W70cm x D10cm.
5. Luxury springs
Mothercare’s top-end cot mattress also has allergy protection at its heart, this time using a clever probiotic textile treatment that naturally deters allergens created by dust mites. Pocket springs (230) provide zoned support and a waterproof barrier keeps the core protected from ‘little accidents’. It measures L140cm x W70cm x D10cm.
6. Great value
It may be the cheapest cot bed mattress in Silentnight’s new Safe Nights range, but the Essentials covers all the basics for a decent sleep. Foam and chemical free, it’s made from 100 per cent recyclable Eco Comfort fillings – so you can start baby off with a clean eco conscience - plus the cover is washable, which is always a good thing. It measures L120cm x W60cm x D10cm.