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New baby? Get a new mattress

As tempting as it is to borrow a cot mattress from friends or relatives, buying a new mattress is one of the items experts advise you to buy for each child you have. This is because the interior of an already used mattress may have been permanently compressed by the previous baby's weight, making it less comfortable and less effective.

What kinds of mattresses are available?

Pocket sprung mattress - individual steel springs sewn into small fabric pockets. Each spring is free to independently respond to the contours of the body, providing superior support for your babies head, neck and back.

Spring interior mattress - sturdy, coiled springs offering firm support.

Foam interior mattress - a core of foam encased in a wipeable, waterpoof cover, providing good support and comfort.

How To Choose The Perfect Mattress For Your Baby

What extra features are available?

Some mattresses come with CoolmaxActive - a unique zip-off top panel that helps stop your baby overheating. The CoolmaxActive panel helps draw moisture away from your baby's skin and because the panel breathes and reacts to body temperature it is the safest base on which your baby can sleep. The panel can be fully removed and washed at 60簞c to kill dust mites and reduce allergens.

Amicor Pure ??this is an anti-fungal and anti-bacterial fibre woven into the fabric enclosing the mattress. This fibre prevents dust mites living inside the mattress, dramatically reducing the likelihood of irritation caused by their allergens.

What size mattress do I need?

Getting the right size and shape is essential as little limbs can easily get caught in gaps at the sides and ends. That's why we always recommend that any gap should be no more than 3 cm. We have mattresses to perfectly fit all our current nursery furniture from Moses baskets up to single beds, as well as special sizes for items outside of our range. To measure the size of the mattress you need, measure the internal length and internal width of the furniture.

Caring for your baby's mattress

Keeping your baby's mattress clean is essential, as uninvited dust mites may lead your baby to develop allergic reactions. Our mattresses are made from a material that makes it easy to regularly wipe the surface. Mattresses with non-removable covers should be vacuumed or sponge cleaned. Depending on mattress type, turn regularly to maintain shape and/or rotate it head to foot so both ends are used equally.

Mind the gap

Little arms and legs can get caught in gaps, so it's crucial to get the right mattress size and shape, with no gaps of more than 3cm. We have mattresses to fit all our current cots and cot beds perfectly, and special sizes for any non-Mothercare items you might have.

Think about location

Never place the cot near a hot radiator, a sunny window, shelves, ledges or appliances that your baby can get hold of. Also avoid locating it beneath a wall-hanging frame (especially one with glass or a mirror).

Careful of overheating

For babies less than 12 months old we recommend that quilts and duvets are NOT used, and advise against a pillow, sheepskin or hot water bottle. The amount of bedding to use depends on the room temperature (18簞C is ideal) and what your baby is wearing, but we recommend a mix of sheets, blankets and a coverlet so that you can add or remove layers as necessary. For a cosy alternative to traditional top sheets, try a baby sleeping bag. Ideally get a room thermometer to monitor the room's temperature as the seasons change.

The safe way to tuck up - 'feet to foot'

All our sheets and blankets are a good size for tucking in, allowing you to dress the cot 'feet to foot' - the recommended sleeping position to prevent your baby from shuffling too far under the covers. Their feet should be placed at the foot of the cot with covers firmly tucked in and coming no higher than the shoulders.