Re-breathing Carbon Dioxide is the major factor that can cause suffocation among children and the best way to avoid is through a breathable crib mattress. We have compiled the list of the best breathable crib mattress available right now, to help you make a better buying decision.
If you are looking to provide your kid the most natural and breathable sleeping environment, Natural Mat Coco Mat, will be our top recommendation.
However, if you are looking for a budget option, you can go for the award winning Sealy Soybean Foam-Core Mattresswhich features air pockets for breathability.
You would have to change sheets often, and most moms prefer lightweight crib mattresses that require minimal effort. Here are our top recommendations:-
Some parents look for a firm sleeping surface for their babies, and innerspring mattresses give best results in this regard. Here are two solid mattresses:-
Breathable crib mattresses are essentially mattresses with good ventilation. Crib mattresses are generally firm and some babies tend to sleep on their faces. This increases the risk of suffocation and your kid might develop complications like SIDS. Although it is advisable to ensure your baby sleeps on his back, but you can’t always guarantee that.
To prevent any complications a breathable sleeping surface is advisable. Generally manufacturers rely on additional pads for this. However few organic mattresses use natural materials which offer great ventilation.
Organic Mattresses also serve the purpose of providing ventilation during humid conditions. Sweat formation can lead to harmful bacteria and adequate cross-flow of air prevents that. Some mattresses like the Coco Mat, use lambswool which keeps your baby warm during cold conditions.
Overall, breathability is something which you need to pay attention on before buying a crib mattress.
Coconuts are grown in humid conditions, and since air is scarce in such areas, the plant uses ultra-breathable husks to survive.
Natural Mat uses these grown organically husks to make the coir and this forms the core of the crib mattress.
You can literally breathe through the mattress, and even if your baby sleeps face down, there will be zero suffocation problems.
Excellent Thermal Properties
The coir is covered by lambswool and this keeps your baby cool when he or she is sweating and the insulation properties of wool help in keeping your child warm during winters. This makes the Coco mat a winner in all weather conditions.
And yes the lambswool is dipped in natural oils like lavender & eucalyptus so it’s resistance to dust mites and bacteria (like fungal sores).
Solid Support & Convenient
The coir is made into a solid fibrous layer which is thick and provides the desired firmness. The removable organic cotton cover takes care of the comfort and since it is removable you can wash it easily.
Thanks to the ideal breathability, you won’t need any additional pad and this saves you the trouble of handling separate accessories.
This mattress is not for everyone and the cost will be ‘too-much’ for most parents. But this 100% organic ultra-breathable mattress is surely worth the cost.
The Coco mat is only recommended for parents who want to give their child an organic and breathable sleeping environment, and are dead serious to provide for a healthy start to
A standard crib mattress that uses innovative design to enhance breathability. It has dedicated air pockets at the sides, and this boosts circulation. During humid conditions these will help in keeping your baby cool.
However for best results, we recommend added Softest Protector Pad, which covers the mattress and the breathable surface provides all-around circulation.
Unlike the Coco Mat, this mattress is mostly made of synthetic materials like polyurethane. In spite of that it passes all safety guideline laid down by the ASTM. CertiPur-US and Greenguard certifications manifests that the mattress is free from deadly materials.
It is fairly firm, and doesn’t sag even after continuous use. The cotton wrapping around the soybean core provides a cushiony surface to raise the comfort.
Apart from that it includes the standard water & stain resistant cover which can be cleaned fairly easily by using damp sponges.
Sealy heavily advertises the use of soybean in this mattress. However in reality less than 30% soybean has been used. Even though it uses ‘safe’ materials, the lack of organic material might put off some parents.
Overall, the Sealy Soybean, is recommended for parents who are tight on budget and can do with partially organic environment.
(Top Recommendation for Breathable Innerspring Crib Mattress)
If support and firmness is your major concern, you are better off with an innerspring crib mattress. This Naturepedic mattress apart from being firm offers top notch breathability. It uses 100% organic cotton and food grade polyethylene to form the core. This organic cotton has excellent ventilation properties and you can easily breathe through the mattress. It works well in windy (or humid) conditions but provides average insulation during winters.
It uses 150 high gauge coils which are firm and solid. An additional 6 gauge wire is used to strengthen the edges. It also features a more comfortable side for your toddler but that side is thicker compared to some other mattresses in our list.
It has standard water, stain and dust-mites resistance, and since it uses organic materials there is no risk of harmful emissions.
The size of the mattress is somewhat smaller and doesn’t completely fit in some well-known cribs. You should verify the size of the mattress with your crib before buying. However using additional Naturepedic Pads and Sheets will lead to a snug fit. Also it is expensive compared to traditional innerspring mattresses but organic material choices and superior breathability account for the cost.
Overall, this mattress works well as an all-rounder and gives your child an organic environment to sleep peacefully.
This mattress uses a natural cotton protector and a woven fabric cover too meet the necessary fire standards. To make this possible the surface of the mattress offers standard breathability. This means that you can’t breathe through the mattress but it provides some relief during humid conditions.
If your baby has the tendency of sleeping on his face you can use the American Baby Company Protective Mattress Pad, which uses a breathable material for the upper and prevents suffocation to some extent. The breathability of the Beautyrest isn’t as good as our top recommendations but if you live in areas with pleasant weather conditions, the mattress will give desired results.
Firm & Waterproof
This mattresses uses 231 dense coils which give serious support. Newborns need a firm sleeping surface, and this is exactly what you get with this. As your baby grows, you can switch to the more cushiony comfortable side.
Both the sides of the mattress are waterproof and stain resistant however a waterproof cover would be necessary. It also has the standard certifications which assure that materials are safe.
What left most parents outraged was the below par quality of the seams. Many parents complained that the seams near the sides ripped off and exposed the inner of the mattress. This is experienced especially while changing sheets. The manufactures do offer limited warranty against tears but you need to be extra careful while handling this.
This mattress is recommended for areas with calm weather conditions, and if you maintain extra care (which will be necessary) you will be happy with the results.
If you are budget is tight and you are not willing to spend a lot of money on your baby’s crib mattress, Heavenly Dreams is a good option.
It uses a simple thermo-bonded foam based core which is firm and stable. For waterproofing standard vinyl coated cover is used, but it is susceptible towards stains.
You will need additional pads and covers to increase the durability and breathability of the mattress.
It relies heavily on synthetic and chemical based materials. It passes the guidelines for safety, but elements like vinyl are known to be harmful. The seams locking the mattress are also shabby and with large crevices dust gets accumulated in the corner. This mattress requires regular cleaning and maintenance.