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The right baby mattress helps your newborn sleep peacefully

You've chosen the perfect crib and an adorable set of baby sheets, but the most important item in your baby's sleeping gear will be the mattress. Guarantee that your bundle of joy will sleep peacefully by investing in a well-built baby crib mattress. Baby mattresses range in thickness from two inches to five inches and can be either rectangular or round. Innerspring mattresses are a classic choice and provide great support for growing bodies, while foam mattresses are naturally hypoallergenic and can be constructed of all-natural materials.

Start by measuring your crib and selecting a mattress that will leave no more than two fingers of space between the mattress and the crib frame, because you don't want your little one's limbs slipping into the extra space. Otherwise, your mattress selection will depend upon the shape of your baby's crib or bassinet. Rectangular cribs are most common, but round cribs are popular as well, and bassinets often feature rounded ends.

Whether you opt for a foam mattress or an innerspring mattress, make sure that it's firm enough to support your baby's growing bones. Babies need firmer surfaces than young children's or adult's mattresses provide, not only because their bodies are smaller, but also because a soft sleeping surface could pose the risk of suffocation. Test how resilient a mattress is by pushing down on it with your fist and seeing how quickly it springs up again. Many foam mattresses have the advantage of being naturally hypoallergenic, so you needn't worry about baby developing a latex allergy.

Innerspring mattresses tend to be more expensive but also more durable than foam mattresses. On the other hand, foam mattresses vary greatly in thickness and price, with thicker and denser mattresses holding up best over many uses. If you're concerned about chemicals used in making your baby's mattress, look for a model that is certified as being made with organic materials. Whatever type of mattress you choose, remember to add a waterproof mattress pad to protect it when you and baby don't quite make it to the changing table in time.

With so many choices, buying a baby mattress comes down to the parents' preferences. You'll find safe, comfortable options in every size and style in Kmart's collection of high-quality baby crib mattresses.

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