Types of Mattresses

What are the different types of mattresses?

There are 4 main types of mattresses on the market that all offer slightly different things. It is good to know the difference between each type of mattress so you can make an informed decision on which mattress is best for you and your little one.

So what is the difference between each one, and what are the pros and cons? Let’s take a closer look;


Foam mattresses are usually the cheapest option. They are generally the lightest type and are easy to clean as they often have a PVC wipe-clean material one side and offer good support. However, they do tend to lose their shape over time so these would be better for short-term use in a moses basket or crib. Foam is also considered to be less breathable than some other options on the market.


Sprung mattresses have a coil sprung interior with layers of foam or padding, that allow for increased airflow. Whilst being on the more expensive side, parents tend to like this option as it is a familiar and traditional style of mattress, not dis-similar to what you as an adult would have on your own bed.

Dual Sided

This style of mattress is becoming increasingly popular as it offers great longevity and value for money. This style will have a firmer side for newborns to infant and then slightly softer side that can be flipped over for when your child is older to meet their changing needs.

Organic + Natural

Organic and natural mattresses are made from organic materials such as bamboo, coconut fibres and natural latex to name a few. Organic mattresses are one of the firmest varieties of baby mattresses, providing optimal support as recommended by safe sleep experts. They are also commonly made without any chemicals and use allergen-free and breathable materials, which helps regulate baby’s body temperature. Organic mattresses can be more expensive, but some people say the peace of mind is worth the price.

Now let's look at how to care for your mattress