mattress help!

10 posts / 0 new
Last post
Joined: 09/30/10
Posts: 204
mattress help!

Are mattresses something you shouldn't buy used? It seems like it but I don't really know. Any suggestions on where to get the best deal buying new?

Kate83's picture
Joined: 01/04/11
Posts: 587

I have used, you can surface clean it with a gentle bleach spray or wipes and you can get a mattress protector to cover it. Should be fine!

4sweet's picture
Joined: 11/19/08
Posts: 404

Personally I would not buy a used mattress for myself so I would not do that for my child. I am terrified of bed bugs and I would not want my child subjected to them. I think it is a personal preference.

Kate83's picture
Joined: 01/04/11
Posts: 587

"4sweet" wrote:

Personally I would not buy a used mattress for myself so I would not do that for my child. I am terrified of bed bugs and I would not want my child subjected to them. I think it is a personal preference.

waned to clarify, ours is used from a friend, not from a store or yard sale.

jac81's picture
Joined: 11/22/10
Posts: 1131

I wouldn't buy used either unless it's like Kate's situation where its from someone you know. Crib mattresses are pretty cheap. I think we only paid $175 for our Sealy crib mattress and they have some even cheaper than that.

K_Lo's picture
Joined: 11/16/07
Posts: 1201

Using a used mattress is recognized as a SIDS risk. Studies have shown that using an old crib mattress, even the one you used with your own previous baby increases the chance of SIDS. I think it has to do with baby's body oils and fluids getting into the mattress and then that causing mold or fungus to grow inside releasing gases up to your baby that she will breathe. That's just off memory though.

Now there are a lot of things that increase the risk of SIDS and people do them all the time no big deal. It's all a matter of personal choice and comfort. And even with an increase chance its still a small chance. If you do get a used mattress I've heard you can do something called crib wrapping which is supposed fight SIDS. There's a specific product out there that claims 100% success, even with a used mattress, but of course I forget the name lol.

Personally I've gotten a new one with both my kids, I plan to do the same for Caleb. In my mind a good mattress is important. I know I made sure to get a nice one for myself so DH and I could get good comfortable sleep. I want to do the same for my babies. Both my kids had the organic serta(dd still used hers). Which is not really organic! The cotton inside is but it's completely covered in vinyl and flame retardant, which is obviously not organic lol. But it seemed like the best quality one they had at BRU at the time :).

Joined: 09/30/10
Posts: 204

$175 for just the mattress? Wow. I was thinking 75 bucks was pretty expensive for a baby's mattress.

Joined: 03/07/05
Posts: 1595

"sweetusagi" wrote:

$175 for just the mattress? Wow. I was thinking 75 bucks was pretty expensive for a baby's mattress.

Exactly!!!

I think we paid $40 for the one we initially bought for our first dd at target. I researched a lot and the one we bought was rated top for safety! The most important thing is to have a firm mattress, so the baby can't sink into it in any way.

jac81's picture
Joined: 11/22/10
Posts: 1131

"sweetusagi" wrote:

$175 for just the mattress? Wow. I was thinking 75 bucks was pretty expensive for a baby's mattress.

I bought it 5 years ago so I could be wrong. I just remember that we bought one of the more expensive mattresses and it was over $100. I guess when I look at what we paid for our own mattress, $100 for a crib mattress was pretty cheap to me. LOL!

K_Lo's picture
Joined: 11/16/07
Posts: 1201

"jac81" wrote:

I bought it 5 years ago so I could be wrong. I just remember that we bought one of the more expensive mattresses and it was over $100. I guess when I look at what we paid for our own mattress, $100 for a crib mattress was pretty cheap to me. LOL!

We paid a lot for ours too, just a bit under $200. I feel the same you do, and considering my kids sleep in them every night since we bring them home until they're ~3 it's not that big of a deal for us.

That being said there are tons of high quality mattresses out there that are less expensive. Like Laurie said, you can get top rated ones for $40! It really doesn't matter what you spend on it as long as it is extra firm and fits tightly in the crib :).

Log in or register to post comments