Crib Mattresses vary from expensive inner-spring models to economical polyurethane-foam styles. An innerspring mattress gives good support, but may be heavy to lift. Foam mattresses, on the other hand, are lightweight and easier to handle.
- Choose a snug-fitting mattress for the crib. This will prevent your baby from slipping between the mattress and the sides or ends of the crib. When your baby's crib mattress is pushed into one corner of the crib, there should be no more than 1 1/2 inches between the mattress and any side of the crib. Foam mattresses may break down at the edges over time, creating dangerous gaps.
- Check the mattress support. Rattle the metal hangers, and push on the mattress from the top and again from the bottom. If the hanger mechanisms dislodge, they need to be replaced or secured. There also should be safety clips that lock the hangers into their notches.
- Cover the mattress with a protective pad. A quilted mattress pad with a waterproof backing is placed over the mattress and under a fitted sheet will keep your baby's mattress sanitary in case of diaper leaks.
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