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Best Baby Crib Mattresses

First and foremost, mattresses need to be comfy, but they also need to meet several safety regulations. Here are nine that fit the bill.

Baby will (hopefully!) be spending many hours slumbering away in her crib, so there’s lots to consider before buying a mattress: Is it firm enough? Made without allergens and harsh chemicals? Will it last? Is it comfortable? Is it safe? From firm sleepers to two-in-ones, we’ve got the best crib mattresses on the market, so there’s one less thing to stress about.


Moonlight Slumber Little Dreamer Dual Sleep Surface Crib Mattress

With an extra-firm side for baby and a softer side for toddlers, this convertible mattress gives you plenty of bang for your buck. Named best crib mattress by The Bump Best of Baby 2018 awards, its high density foam also doesn’t contain any vinyl, polyethylene or PVC. Plus, it’s water-resistant, stain-resistant and odor-resistant, so messes (and there will be messes) won’t stress you out.

Buy it: $196,


Babyletto Pure Core Mattress

Not only is this crib mattress double-sided and waterproof, but it’s also made from non-toxic, vegan materials. Its firm side is perfect for infants while the softer side supports toddlers’ sleep needs.

Buy it: $197,

Photo: Babyletto

Nook Pebble Air Crib Mattress

The Pebble Air is made of a special foam that helps make it breathable and comfortable for baby, and it’s made of non-toxic materials to boot. It’s designed for baby to sleep right on top of—no crib sheet necessary. It won’t break your back to carry into the nursery, either; at a mere 7 pounds, it actually weighs less than baby.

Buy it: $195,

Photo: Nook

Newton Wovenaire Crib Mattress

Parents rave about how the breathable material of this crib mattress allows their tummy-sleeping babies to roll over without parents worrying about their breathing. The cherry on top, though, is that this hypoallergenic mattress doesn’t contain any foam, latex, springs or glue and therefore is completely recyclable. You can even throw it in the washing machine.

Buy it: $300,

Photo: Newton

Sealy Signature Brilliant Nights 2-Stage Crib and Toddler Mattress

Parents love this mattress not only because it’s good through toddlerhood, but it’s also really durable and easy to clean. There are nearly 200 innerspring coils inside with three additional layers, providing firmness for baby and comfort for toddlers. And since it’s basically two mattresses in one long-lasting package, the price is pretty sweet.

Buy it: $130,

Photo: Sealy Signature

Naturepedic Organic Baby Crib and Toddler Bed Mattress - Classic 150 Coil

As with the rest of Naturepedic’s products, this crib mattress is notable because of its organic cotton and hypoallergenic materials. It’s also equipped with a solid innerspring and firm surface for proper support, and a waterproof, wipe-clean surface.

Buy it: $260,

Photo: Naturepedic

Natural Mat Quilted Coco Mat

This is the most expensive mattress on our list, but it’s also made entirely with organic materials, from its removable cotton cover to its springy coconut fiber center. It’s designed to be as breathable and insulating as possible, with organic lambswool that helps regulate baby’s body temperature.

Buy it: $384,

Photo: Natural Mat

My First Mattress: Premium Memory Foam Hypoallergenic

This mattress is made of high-density memory foam that provides enough support for baby while making sure sleep is comfortable. Its cover is both waterproof and washable, and parents rave about how well their babies are sleeping on it.

Buy it: $80,

Photo: My First Mattress

Stitch & Cradle 2 in 1 Natural Foam Crib Mattress

A Best of Baby finalist, this crib mattress is made from foam with an open cell structure, making it naturally breathable. Since air can flow freely through the mattress, it also provides great temperature control. Plus, it comes with a washable cover and waterproof crib sheet for those inevitable accidents, and the dual infant/toddler sides extend the life of the mattress.

Buy it: $100,

Updated February 2019

Photo: Stitch and Cradle
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