Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

We've gone over all the different types of mattresses and things you should consider before buying, but do you still have some questions or still a little confused? Don't worry, you're not alone! We’ve gathered some of the questions we get asked the most and answered them all for you. Take a look at our frequently asked questions to help...

Can I use a second hand mattress?

As a general rule, experts advise that parents buy a new mattress for each child instead of handing them down. This helps parents know that their child is getting the best support and quality of mattress possible from day one. If, for whatever reason, this is not possible for you, ensure the mattress you reuse is one you know the history of, that is clean and in suitable condition with no sagging or tears. If you do plan to reuse your mattress, make sure it is stored in a clean and well aired environment.

How do I know what size mattress I need?

It completely depends on the space your little one will be sleeping in, so make sure you buy their cot or moses basket first before buying the mattress. Many cots and cribs are sold alongside mattresses designed specifically to fit the cot size. If you opt for an alternative mattress, you will be able to find the cot's dimensions either on a sticker on it's base or detailed on the product page on our website.

Why do you recommend organic mattresses?

We do suggest, if you can, to pick a natural mattress made from organic materials. Natural and organic mattresses will use only organic materials, meaning they tend to be chemical free and don’t contain synthetic foams so they are thought to be the healthier option for baby and better suited for babies with allergies or asthma. They are also noted for providing superior breathability and support, as well as helping baby regulate their body temperature better throughout the night.

Are there any mattress laws or legislation that I should know about?

With mattresses, you need to be looking for products marked with a BS number. Mattresses should carry the BS number BS 1877-10:2011+A1:2012, as well BS 7177:1996 which guarantees it has passed flammability standards. There’s also a much newer cot mattress standard called BS EN 16890:2017, which was approved in September 2017. Although it’s currently a voluntary standard, it encompasses a wider set of tests and risks than the current mandatory standard and we feel it goes further in regards to child safety.

What's the best mattress type for my baby?

The choice is completely up to you; your own preferance, budget and experiences can help sway your decision. Ultimately, the most important points to remember when choosing your mattress is that it is firm and flat, the right size, made from breathable materials and in good as new condition.

What is a 2 stage mattress?

A 2-stage mattress essentially has dual sides offering different levels of firmness. The idea is to use the firmer side for newborns and infants, then turn the mattress over to the slightly softer, but still supportive side, when they're old enough. The mattress should be clearly marked which side is for each stage. Mattresses with dual firmness are a popular option, and offer long-lasting, customisable support as your little one grows.

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