Cot Bed Mattress

If you've gotten or are thinking about purchasing a cot bed, you must first figure out the important safety features that a good bed should have. After you have scrutinized the possibilities and settled on a cot bed, you must think about an equally important sleep component- the cot bed mattress. Since your baby or toddler will technically be sleeping not on the cot bed, but on the mattress, you'd do well to choose something that will be comfortable to sleep on as well as non-toxic and long lasting. There are several different types of cot bed mattresses on the market, and even more manufacturers of cot beds, so it's wise to get a handle on the characteristics of each before getting your child's mattress.
A cot bed mattress may contain springs nowadays. As one who has slept on springs most of his life but made the transition to sleeping on a solid futon, let me join the experts in saying that springs leave a lot to be desired in terms of back support. Why not get a solid mattress which contains no springs, thus providing better support for the back? You might as well start kids off young and get them such a mattress for their first. As someone who recognizes and believes in keeping things as natural as possible, I would recommend a "natural" mattress. The Cot Mattress Company offers one such mattress for £69.99. The mattress consists of sandwiched materials. The core consists of coir, which is made from coconut husks. Coir is excellent for several reasons- it is a natural and sustainable material that grows on trees, it is anti-allergy and anti dust mite, and it also provides breathable support. The breathability is a great temperature regulator and does much to prevent your baby from getting too hot. A layer of wool goes on top of the coir core on both sides, and we should all know that wool is an excellent natural material that insulates while at the same time providing ventilation. The final layer is a cotton cover which is 100% chemical free! Contrast this to foam mattresses which must, under British law, be treated with chemicals to be flame retardant. I personally would not want to expose my baby to such chemicals, and I would urge any parent to do the same. Of course, the law also requires that mattresses for babies be non-toxic. If the cost of a natural mattress is too high for some, a synthetic mattress should also be a safe choice, especially since mattresses are designed for 6 months of use. Just make sure the cot bed mattress you get doesn't contain PVC, which is definitely toxic.