Preventing SIDS with a Proper Crib Mattress

Crib mattresses are one of the most essential safety items that are going to be used in the nursery. Choosing the right crib mattress can ensure that the child is going to remain safe while sleeping in the crib – and give the parent peace of mind while the child is sleeping.

Though there has been no confirmed correlation between SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome) and the choice of crib mattress used in the nursery, there are some features of the crib mattresses that should be chosen to ensure the safety of the infant.

Choose a Firm Mattress
There are two types of crib mattresses that are available – firm and soft mattresses. Firm crib mattresses can ensure that the child remains safe while sleeping as they are not going to get that feeling of ‘sinking into’ the mattress. Infants that are unable to turn over pose the risk of suffocating in the mattress.

Choose a Supportive Mattress
Crib mattresses should not only be supportive throughout the depth of the mattress but should ensure that there is support throughout the edges of the mattress. Reinforced edges of the mattress will avoid the infant from becoming stuck between the crib and the mattress, reducing one of the biggest risks of infants sleeping in cribs.

Choose Organic Crib Mattresses
Organic crib mattresses do not contain the potentially harmful chemicals that are found in traditional crib mattresses. Throughout the manufacturing process there are chemicals that are left on the mattress. There has been some thought that the chemicals on these mattresses can increase the chances of infants suffering from SIDS.

Choosing an organic crib mattress eradicates these chemicals and can be an effective way to provide a safe sleeping environment that is not going to become absorbed through the skin, and through the lungs of the infant.

The more you are aware of SIDS, the more prepared you are going to be as a parent. Do your research and make sure that you only buy the safest crib mattress that you can find.