A crib mattress is as important a purchase as the crib itself. Your baby will sleep on it for most of his first year of life. Depending on the quality of your mattress and how well it is taken care of, it can last long enough for your needs, especially if you plan to use it for your next baby. The main considerations for using a crib mattress are adequate firmness, proper sizing and condition.
A crib mattress that only has a single layer of vinyl covering cannot be expected to last as long as one with a reinforced double or triple layer covering made of durable materials such as nylon. If your toddler likes to jump on the mattress, an inferior covering will tear easily.
Foam or Innerspring
Foam mattresses are lighter and easier to handle than innerspring crib mattresses. Foam mattresses have improved greatly in quality and durability over the years, leading to an increase in popularity.
Care and Maintenance
Proper care of a crib mattress is also important to ensure longevity. You may purchase an expensive, top-quality crib mattress with a 10-year warranty, but if you do not protect it from diaper leaks or drool, it will not be in good condition for long. Protect the mattress with mold and moisture resistant mattress covers and always make sure the covers are in place.