Elevating a Crib Mattress

What You'll Need
Crib with bedding and mattress
Wood blocks

To help ease a baby’s gastric discomfort that may interfere with sleeping, try elevating the crib mattress. This can be done easily using materials that are within your reach. You may prefer to elevate the mattress or the crib itself. Below are instructions on how to elevate a crib mattress in less than an hour.

Step 1: Inspect the Crib and the Mattress

Check the baby’s crib first. Double check if it is clean and ready for use along with its bedding and mattress. To ensure comfort, use a breathable mattress. Remove the mattress to see if the support platform is enough to keep the mattress stay in place. If it is already in place, you can now choose several options to start elevating the crib mattress right away.

Step 2: Elevate the Mattress

You can try to put a pillow underneath the mattress to have it elevated. Consider a soft pillow placed under the head side of the crib mattress. Examine the sides of the crib if it is securely covered with the bedding. The middle part should not sag. Make sure the mattress stays in place.
Another option is to elevate the mattress with the help of a blanket or a comforter. Use a soft type small blanket or comforter. Fold it and place it underneath the head side of the crib mattress. Make sure that the desired elevation is attained. Evaluate if it would help ease baby’s discomfort while sleeping.

Another way is to use a towel. Roll the towel and place them underneath the head side of the crib mattress. Check if the elevation is enough to offer comfort for the baby.

You can also use books on each head side of the mattress. Phone books of the same size will also do. It is very important that these objects are placed under the mattress and not inside the crib with the baby. Equally important is that the elevation is very subtle; it should be just enough to facilitate the burping of any gastrointestinal gas but not enough that the baby will slide.

Step 3: Adjust the Crib

If the options presented above don’t work well, consider the idea of adjusting the crib itself. Measure the crib first. Make sure the adjustment is based upon the growing baby’s size. To elevate a baby’s head, a couple of notches lower is recommended until a 30-degree angle is achieved.

One way is to remove the wheels at the bottom of the crib. A solid support such as wood blocks must be placed underneath the legs below the head side of the crib. The height of the crib must also be considered first. Increasing the height to 5 to 6 inches may give you the preferred inclination.

The crib mattress should suit the baby properly after the adjustment. The elevation must be only a few inches utmost; otherwise the crib will be unsafe for the baby. Lastly and most importantly, check the crib frequently if it is secure and stable after the modifications done to avoid falls or accidents.