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Care Tips After Buying the Right Baby Mattress
With the right crib mattress, your baby can sleep well without worry of inhaling chemicals or other common concerns that parents have. You’ll know that your baby is getting rest with the right firm mattress needed for healthy bone development. But here are a few tips for proper care and the best sleep for your baby.
- Air out the mattress. When your baby’s crib mattress arrives, air it out for at least two days before using. Airing out the mattress reduces the common scent of a new mattress and releases any potentially harmful VOCs trapped in the mattress from the packaging.
- Wipe away messes immediately. Spills and accidents often pose a sanitary concern if not cleaned up properly. Some spills include harmful bacteria and harsh chemicals that you don’t want your baby to breathe in. Follow your mattress care tips for wiping up stains without ruining the mattress. Remember to use a mattress cover or pad to catch stains for a quick and easy clean up.
- Regularly clean the mattress. Vacuum the mattress to remove built-up dirt and dust that the eye may not see. You’ll also want to scrub away any stains and rinse the areas thoroughly. Lastly, disinfect the mattress regularly and leave time for it to air out before placing your baby back on the mattress to avoid breathing in harsh chemicals and harmful bacteria.
- Rotate it regularly. To avoid one side of the mattress sinking or wearing long before the other side, rotate it regularly. You’ll avoid a lumpy or sunken mattress that might not be as comfortable or safe over time from using it on only one side. Start by rotating it every two weeks or follow your mattress provider’s recommendations.
As a parent, your baby’s safety is your number one priority. When shopping for the perfect mattress, remember to keep you and your baby’s needs top of mind. Start by browsing our recommendations and check out a full list of Disclaimer: While many crib manufacturers state their mattresses are free of chemicals and toxins, Safety.com cannot affirm this or any other claim from the manufacturer regarding the crib mattress. Our experts also cannot guarantee the safety of each crib mattress for infants or toddlers.