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Best Baby Crib Mattresses

First and foremost, mattresses need to be comfy. But they also need to meet several 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: 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 mattresses on the market, so there’s one less thing to stress about.


Babyletto Pure Core Mattress

We’re still singing the praises of this year’s Best of Baby winner. Not only is this crib 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: $199, Jet.com

Photo: Babyletto

Nook Pebble Air Crib Mattress

A Best of Baby finalist, 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 seven pounds, it actually weighs less than baby.

Buy it: $195, Jet.com

Photo: Nook

Newton Wovenaire Crib Mattress

With its hypoallergenic materials and breathable fabric and foam core, this mattress was also a BOB finalist. Parents have raved about how the breathable material allows their tummy-sleeping babies to roll over without parents worrying about their breathing. The cherry on top, though, is that the 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, Amazon.com

Photo: Newton

Sealy Signature Brilliant Nights 2-Stage Crib and Toddler Mattress

Parents love this mattress not only because it works when baby becomes a toddler, but it’s also really durable and easy to clean. There’s 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:: $139, Babies R Us

Photo: Sealy Signature

Kolcraft Baby Dri 80 Coil Crib and Toddler Mattress

At just $50, this mattress doesn’t sacrifice quality for a low price. Its coils are perfect for babies who need a firm sleeping surface, and its waterproof cover makes late-night accidents easy to clean. Everything is hypoallergenic too, ensuring that baby has a good night’s sleep without any reactions.

Buy it: $50, Babies R Us

Photo: Kolcraft

Naturepedic Organic Baby Crib and Toddler Bed Mattress - Classic 252 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:: $300, Babies R Us

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: $500, Amazon.com

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: $89, Jet.com

Photo: My First Mattress

Moonlight Slumber Little Dreamer Dual Firmness Crib Mattress

With one extra-firm side for baby and one softer side for toddlers, this mattress has a pretty great value for transitioning between ages. Its high density foam also doesn’t contain any vinyl, polyethylene or PVC. Its smooth surface and simple shame make for a pretty beautiful bed, too.

Buy it: $197, Jet.com

Updated June 2017

PHOTO: Lucy Schaeffer / Ceci New York