How many mattresses does the crib need?
Im just a little confused about this because I cant see just one being enough. When I look at pictures it looks like they have at least two. Im worried that with just one mattress he wont be up high enough in the crib and I will have to bend down far to reach him.Could someone please help me because if I need two I would like to go ahead and order it.
I’ve wondered the same thing! Even my mother commented on how low the mattress sits in my crib. It’s in the highest setting. I’ve wondered if it’s a design flaw of the lifetime cribs.
I’ve never heard of a crib needing two mattresses. A lot of cribs are adjustable so you can change the height of the mattress. I’m 5’1" with pretty short arms and I will be able to reach him just fine on the middle of the three settings.
You should be able to adjust like kaateelyyn said. I know mine can be lowered and put at a higher setting.
I’ve never heard of a crib needing more than one mattress. My crib has multiple mattress settings and the front rail also has two stationary settings (not a drop rail). That said my mattress is at the highest level with the front rail at the low setting. I’m only 4’11" and have always reached mine little ones just fine.
my LO(little one)crib is huge and it was set to the highest level, after putting the matress and sheet it looks so much better for a newborn but once he begins to stand up I will lower the height so he wont fall over
I intentionally tested cribs for their height for me to lay down/pick up the baby. some cribs did seem to have lower "highest settings" and some cribs were just lower in general, making it seem like a long way down. But I’ve never heard of using 2 mattresses.
You just need one mattress. There are many settings on the cribs to adjust the height. 2 mattresses can be extremly dangerous. You’re baby will flip out. Dont be silly. It’s just like any other bed.
i know what ur talking about i always thought it was a mattress and a box spring or something. but i think its the bed skirt that makes it looks like its another mattress underneath because its designed to hide the empty space underneath the mattress if you have it on a high setting. i have my crib and mattress and bed set and when i set it up this weekend ill let you know what it looks like
How Many Crib Sheets Do I Need?
Crib sheets might not be your top priority when preparing for baby, but it’s good to know how many you’ll need to keep on rotation.
Whether you’re a new mom or you’ve been in the trenches for years, being informed about the best baby products is essential to making smart choices. As exciting as it is to buy new cute baby items, it’s crucial you are shopping for safety as well as comfort.
The list of what you need for such a tiny human is never-ending, and preparing a comfortable and clean sleep environment for your baby is just one small part of your overall checklist.
Your babies’ bed is where she will spend a lot of her time in her first year. Not only do they eat, poop, and sleep their first few months away, they sometimes even combine these all into one.
So, how many crib sheets do you need to be armed with to make sure you have a fresh set readily available for baby? The consensus is about 3 three crib sheets: one for the crib, one for the drawer, and one for the washer.
You will lose track of the many loads of laundry those first few months, so no need to go overboard and purchase a set for every day of the week, but having at least three crib sheets will give you some wiggle room for unexpected accidents.
The Best Types of Crib Sheets
There are plenty of types of crib sheets on the market, and some of the most commonly used include cotton sheets, polyester sheets and flannel sheets. Here’s a look at what to consider with each type.
Cotton sheets are a common pick among parents for baby’s crib. It’s a breathable material that absorbs moisture and helps to keep body temperature regulated, making them a useful choice for the winter and summer months.
They are also hypoallergenic for baby’s delicate and sensitive skin. A disadvantage to cotton sheets is they wrinkle easily and tend to need ironing more often than some of the other options.
One of the most popular cotton sheet sets for new parents are Magnolia Organics’ fitted cotton crib sheets . They’re 100% organic cotton and designed with eco-friendly processes.
“The sheets are very warm, durable and high quality, and shouldn’t shrink after drying,” says Jennifer Taylor at Mom Tricks.
We also recommend organic cotton sheets from Burt’s Bees, The Land of Nod and Pottery Barn Kids.
Polyester is extremely durable and long lasting due to its elastic properties. Polyester sheets will sustain many years of wear and tear and thousands of washes through the years, and they’re tear-resistant.
This material is more budget-friendly than the other options and when you are preparing for a new baby any amount saved is a relief. The disadvantage to buying polyester is they are less breathable to cotton and won’t fare quite as well in the summer months.
Mom Tricks recommends American Baby Company Heavenly Soft Chenille for those looking at polyester options. These are one of the top-selling sheets online, and reviews are overwhelmingly positive.
“Don’t be fooled by the polyester; these sheets are very soft,” says Jennifer Taylor. “They’re also great for colder weather, and should keep baby warmer than standard cotton sheets do, as they hold in warmth pretty well.”
Pottery Barn Kids, BreathableBaby and Disney also offer popular polyester crib sheets.
Flannel sheets are a smart option if you have to deal with harsh winters. They’re great for cold months and keep your baby warm by trapping the heat. Flannel is also a lightweight material and extremely durable making them last longer than cotton.
They’re not great for warmer temperatures, and are more likely to shrink in the wash, so they’re not generally the best all-around option for milder climates.
Thoroughly Reviewed recommends the fitted flannel sheets from TillYou because of their comfort, support and durability over the years. The flannels sheets come highly reviewed and more than 70% of all reviewers gave the TillYou set 5 stars.
Other popular flannel crib sheets can be found from Aden + Anais, The Land of Nod and Bed Bath & Beyond.
The Key to Safe Sleeping
No matter which type of crib sheet you choose to go with, make sure you have nothing else in your baby’s crib except the sheet. Any soft items such as blankets, pillows, stuffed animals, or bumper pads are considered a safety hazard and increase the chances of SIDS.
“Parents can safely start using pillows for children who are 1½ years old, about the same age at which parents can safely move children out of the crib and either into a toddler bed,” says the Consumer Product Safety Commission.
It’s also important to ensure the crib sheets are fitted tightly and correctly. According to the Office of the Federal Register, a mattress used in a full-sized crib must be at least 27 1/4 inches wide by 51 5/8 inches long and no more than 6 inches thick.”
The type of sheets you decide to go with will play a role in your baby’s temperature while sleeping depending on your location and as always-safety first. Your baby will spend a lot of time in his crib and being knowledgeable about what products to use is a sure way to create a safe and healthy sleep environment for your baby.
Luckily, there are many options on the market today to have the two things most of us desire most when it comes to products for a new baby: safeandadorable.
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How to buy a crib mattress
The lowdown on crib mattresses
A good mattress not only makes bedtime cozier – it supports your growing baby and keeps her safe. Consider cost, comfort, and durability, as your baby will probably sleep in a crib for up to 3 years.
Types of mattresses
Foam mattressesare generally the lightest option. These are available in a variety of thicknesses, usually between 3 and 6 inches. Look for foam mattresses that are firm, on the heavier side, and resilient when you press your hand on them. Too soft a surface can conform to a baby’s shape and create a risk of suffocation and a sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) hazard.
Innerspring mattressesare coils covered with foam, padding, and fabric.
Better-gauge steel and higher-quality cushioning is heavier and more expensive, as well as firmer and more durable.
Organic mattressesare made with all-natural or organic materials, including cotton, wool, coconut fibers, food-grade polymers, plant-based foam, and natural latex. These mattresses can be innerspring, foam, or other – it’s hard to classify a mattress stuffed with coconut-husk fibers.
Organic crib mattresses can be expensive, but some people say the peace of mind is worth the price. They contend that chemicals and industrial compounds used in standard mattresses – flame retardants known as PBDE (polybrominated diphenyl ethers), vinyl, and polyurethane foam, for instance – emit toxic gases, and that the substances used to make mattresses could harm babies. Others say materials like latex can produce an allergic reaction in infants.
As researchers continue to analyze issues of toxicity, advocates for going organic point out that if these chemicals could be harmful, the safest thing to do is to buy a crib mattress that doesn’t use them.
“Breathable” mattresses, made of materials that are supposed to allow a baby to breathe freely even if his or her face is pressed up against it, are getting more popular. Experts haven’t yet weighed in on their efficacy.
What to look for when buying
The right size:A mattress needs to fit snugly in the crib, with no space between the side of the mattress and the crib frame. If there’s a space, the mattress is too small and could be a suffocation and entrapment hazard. The size of both crib mattresses and cribs is standardized by the federal government, but due to slight variations in each, not every mattress will fit perfectly in every crib.
Firmness:The firmer the crib mattress the better (mattresses designed for older children and adults may not be firm enough). Even if it feels very stiff to you, your baby will adjust to it.Consumer Reportssuggests this test: "Press on the mattress in the center and at the edges. It should snap back readily and should not conform to the shape of your hand."
Density:You want high density so it’s firm enough to keep your baby safe while sleeping. Most foam mattresses don’t list density on the packaging, but weight can be a good indicator. As for innerspring mattresses, manufacturers often equate the number of coils with firmness, but the gauge of the wire is just as important. Lower gauge means thicker wire, which is stronger and therefore firmer. Look for a mattress with 135 or more coils and a gauge of 15.5 or lower.
Resiliency:When you push your hand down into the middle of the mattress and remove it, how quickly does it regain its shape? Faster is better; sleeping babies make an impression on the foam, and it can be difficult for them to change position if the mattress retains their shape. Some foam mattresses are “2-stage” or “dual firmness,” with a firm side for infants and a softer side for toddlers.
Weight:A typical foam mattress weighs about 7 to 8 pounds, although mattresses made of memory foam (an especially dense form of polyurethane) can weigh close to 20 pounds. Innerspring crib mattresses are heavier in general, weighing in at about 15 to 25 pounds. Keep in mind that you’ll be hoisting up a side of the mattress, or lifting the whole thing, when changing your baby’s sheet.
Mattress cover (ticking):For water resistance, look for double- or triple-laminated ticking reinforced with nylon. This composition is also more resistant to tears, holes, and soggy diapers. Organic mattresses usually have cotton covers; parents may want to consider a fitted waterproof mattress cover.
Venting:Look for small holes on the sides of the mattress that let air flow in and out. A mattress will smell better if it has plenty of vent holes to let odors escape. Diapers do leak, so this is important.
Cleaning:Most traditional mattresses suggest spot-cleaning only. Some have removable covers that can be machine-washed. The innards of at least one crib mattress on the market can be hosed down in the tub once its washable cover is removed.
Certification seals:Crib mattresses for sale in the United States must meet safety standards defined by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and the American Society for Testing and Materials. (The Juvenile Products Manufacturer Association does not test or certify crib mattresses.) A manufacturer’s claim that a product is organic can mean a variety of things, but look for an Oeko-Tex Standard 100 certification (a worldwide uniform certification), which assures you that certain flame retardants and heavy metals were not used to make the mattress.
Important safety notes
- Use caution with used or secondhand crib mattresses. Some studies link used mattresses to an increased risk of SIDS, although researchers aren’t sure whether the mattresses caused the increase in risk or were simply correlated with an increased risk. (Theories that fungal activity or toxic gases in used mattresses caused SIDS have been largely laid to rest.) Experts recommend that parents avoid old, worn mattresses, particularly those with foam/padding exposed – which can increase the potential for bacterial growth – or those that hold an indentation after your hand is placed firmly on the surface, then removed.
- Air mattresses are not safe for babies. The soft surface is a suffocation hazard. As the CPSC warns, "Never place infants to sleep on air mattresses or other soft surfaces (such as water beds and adult beds), which are not specifically designed or safe for infant use."
- No matter what mattress parents choose, they should continue to follow the American Academy of Pediatrics’ safe-sleep guidelines and put babies to sleep on their backs on a firm, bare surface.
What it’s going to cost you
Crib mattresses start at about $40 and can range to more than $350. Organic mattresses start at about $80 and can reach $400.
How Many Springs Does a Crib Mattress Have?
Your newborn spends a lot of time sleeping, up to 18 hours a day, according to BabyCenter.com 3. If you choose an innerspring mattress over a foam mattress, you may notice that various mattresses have different numbers of coils. Dennis Schuetz of Colgate Juvenile Products Company, quoted on ConsumerReports.com, recommends a range of 135 to 150 coils for a mid-range mattress.
All Coils Aren’t Equal
When it comes to coil count, you may be wondering if more is better. Taken alone, the coil count number can be deceptive. A mattress with 80 coils can actually be firmer than one with 100. It depends on how thick the steel is in the coils. The steel in crib mattress coils ranges between 19 and 12.5, with the lower number representing thicker steel. Thicker steel makes the mattress firmer. ConsumerReports.org recommends a steel gauge count of 15.5 or lower.
Coils vs. Coil Count
When you’re dealing with crib mattresses, there can be some confusion about coils vs. coil count when looking at information from the manufacturers. For example, a tag may list the mattress as having 150 coils and a coil count of 420. The first number is the actual number of coils in the mattress. The second, higher number is the equivalent number of coils that would be found in a full-sized mattress. It lets you compare the coil level in the crib mattress to your mattress, which may help some parents judge the comfort level and firmness of the mattress.
A key feature to consider, along with the coil count, is how many layers the innerspring mattress has 1. A general rule of thumb is that the more layers a mattress has and the higher the quality of those layers, the better the mattress is. Better cushioning and better gauge steel make for a comfy rest for your child. It also makes the mattress heavier. When you’re shopping, try picking up different mattresses to get a feel for the difference in the materials used inside.
What do I need for my baby’s crib?
For your baby’s crib you’ll need:
- 1 quilted mattress pad
- At least 2 fitted crib sheets (smaller sizes are sold for cradles, bassinets, or port-a-cribs)
- 2-4 waterproof mattress pads or waterproof sheets
Reviewed by Renee A. Alli on October 26, 2018
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