When it comes to choosing a crib mattress for your newborn, you really want to make sure you spend some time on choosing the proper mattress, that is not only safe for your baby, but also is comfortable too.  But how do you know which crib mattress to choose and which ones are the best, since there are dozens of different brands of crib mattresses of all different types.  Luckily the Mattress Oracle has taken all of the guesswork out of the equation and have taken the time to thoroughly review well over a hundred different crib mattresses to come up with our top 10 crib mattresses for 2017.

Just like our traditional reviews of various innerspring, memory foam and latex mattress, we not only considered price, but types of materials used and overall comfort.  Many of the crib mattresses we reviewed, simply didn’t make the cut, based on unknown foam materials or country of origin.  When it comes to choosing a crib mattress you have to be even more careful with the types of foam and that’s why when choosing memory foam mattresses we always stayed with organic material construction.  Considering that baby’s on average can sleep up to 18 hours a day, you really want to make sure you are getting a top quality mattress, that provides the support and comfort they need.

 

Top 10 Crib Mattresses For 2017

#Brand & ModelTypeSize (inches)WeightOur RatingPrice
1Naturepedic No-Compromises Organic InnerspringInnerspring54.5 x 29.5 x 7.5 3.2 Ounces⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️$$$
2Safety 1st Heavenly DreamsFoam52.5 x 27.5 x 5.5 7.5 lbs⭐️⭐️⭐️$
3Sealy Soybean Foam-CoreFoam (Plant Based)51.6 x 27.2 x 58.3 lbs⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️$$
4My First Mattress Memory Foam Crib MattressFoam51.6 x 5 x 27.2 11.9 lbs⭐️⭐️⭐️$$
5Moonlight Slumber Little DreamerFoam52 x 27.5 x 510.5 lbs⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️$$$
6Newton WovenaireFoam (Plant Based)52 x 28 x 5.511 lbs⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️$$$
7Colgate Eco Classica III Dual FirmnessFoam (Plant Based)51.7 x 27.2 x 69.4 lbs⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️$$$
8Simmons Kids Beautyrest Beginnings Sleepy WhispersInnerspring52 x 27.5 x 625.6 lbs⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️$$
9LA Baby Natural Triple Zone 2 in 1 Soy Foam Crib MattressFoam (Plant Based)27.5 x 5.8 x 5213.2 lbs⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️$$
10Naturepedic Organic Cotton Classic 2-StageOrganic53.5 x 28.8 x 7.316 lbs⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️$$$

How To Choose A Crib Mattress

Similar to an adult mattress, you want to choose a crib mattress that offers plenty of support and comfort, is made of high quality materials and finally one that is priced reasonably well.  In our crib mattress reviews, price was always the last factor we used to decide and compare crib mattresses, due to their size there isn’t a huge difference in price, in going from a questionable or unknown mattress made of petroleum based foam made with questionable Chinese foams, to going with a USA manufactured crib mattress that you are sure that is 100% safe for your baby.

1. Support And Firmness

When selecting a mattress for a baby, you want to go with a rather firm mattress.  One of the biggest hazards to babies sleeping in cribs, is the potential for SIDS or Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, which can occur if your baby’s head or face is stuck face down.  Choosing a firm mattress, will insure that your child has enough air circulation and is able to breath, even if for some reason they turn over in the middle of the night and are sleeping face down.  While it may seem like a super soft memory foam mattress that you have on your bed that you sink into would be ideal for your child, it can potentially be deadly, so you really want to go with a firm mattress.  So in the event that your child does roll over onto their stomach, they have enough breathing room and air circulation to breath properly, before they roll back over.

2. Mattress And Crib Size

The size of standard crib mattresses are regulated by the US Federal government, the minimum size is  27 1/4” x 51 5/8” and not being thicker than 6 inches.  Cribs themselves are also regulated, however their interior dimensions have a plus or minus tolerance, thus you want to make sure that the mattress fits snugly in your crib.  If you have a gab between the mattress and the crib, this can be a potential area of injury, if your baby’s fingers or toes should become trapped between the crib railing and mattress.

3. Do I need A Mattress Cover?

Let’s face it babies have accidents and you want to make sure that you keep your babies crib as clean an sanitary as possible.  Therefore you really want to make sure you purchase a machine washable waterproof mattress cover that you can regularly clean and wipe down.

4. Should I be Worried About Warranties?

While a warranty on an adult bed is something you want to be concerned about and should factor into the overall purchase price, with a crib mattress, you really don’t have to focus that much on the length of the warranty.  Keep in mind that your baby is only going to be using the crib mattress for a short while and then chances are you are going to throw it out or donate it after you are done with it, so having a 5 or 10 year warranty on a crib mattress isn’t that important.

5. Certification And Government Compliance

certipur-certification-crib-mattressesOne of the major things you want to make sure of if you are considering a memory foam mattress, is that is is CertiPUR-US certified, which means that it is made up of safe foams that meet or exceed the US standards.  We cannot stress this enough, there is NO reason to choose a cheap or inferior memory foam mattress that you don’t know what chemicals are going into the foam, in order to save a few dollars, your child’s health and well being is not worth it.  Of course if you purchase an innerspring mattress, you don’t have to worry about this, but still go with trusted brands that you know are safe for your child.  All of the crib mattresses we have selected are CertiPUR-US certified and safe for your baby.

Types Of Crib Mattresses

There are two different types of crib mattresses that you should be aware of when choosing a new mattress for your child.  There are pro’s and con’s to each, that said they will both work, provided you get the correct size of crib mattress for your child’s crib.

1. Innerspring

Innerspring baby mattresses typically will cost a bit more than foam mattresses, simply because they are more expensive to produce.  Similar to an adult innerspring mattress, a crib innerspring mattress has coils or springs in it, that provide support for your child.  The firmness of an innerspring crib mattress will depend on the thickness of the steel gauge wire used and number of coils.  Most crib innerspring mattresses will have somewhere between 50- 250 coils in them.  The lower gauge of wire used, means the thicker the wire is and thus the firmer the mattress will be.  Generally speaking you want to choose a mattress with at least 150 coils and a gauge of 15.5 or lower wire.

2. Foam

Foam crib mattresses are far more common, since they are more affordable to produce and still provide excellent support.  This may sound strange, since the exact opposite is true in adult mattresses, however since a crib mattress is smaller and less thick than a traditional mattress, foam mattresses are actually cheaper.  They are either made out of some type of polyurethane foam, unless they are made from organic foam.  The main thing you want to make sure of, is that they are CertiPUR US certified or Greenguard certified, so you know they are made from materials that are safe for your child.  The other benefit of foam crib mattresses are the fact they are generally lighter in weight, so they can be easily removed from your baby’s crib if you need to move it or clean it and they wipe down much more easily.

 

Crib Mattress Reviews

Naturepedic No-Compromises Organic Innerspring

naturepedic-innerspring-crib-mattressIf you are looking for a high quality organic innerspring mattress and don’t mind paying a few hundred dollars for it, then the Naturepedic No-Compromises crib mattress maybe just what you are looking for.  This particular mattress has 150 coils, made from 13 gauge wire, that provides plenty of firmness and comfort.  It meets GREENGUARD certification and is also made of GOTS certified organic materials.  It is made in the USA and includes a limited lifetime warranty, so while it may cost a bit more than some of the other crib mattresses we have reviewed, you know that you are getting a high quality product that your baby will love.  The great thing about this particular crib mattress is the fact that it was a luxurious organic cotton fabric surface, that is also waterproofed, so you can easily wipe it down should your baby have an accident.

Safety 1st Heavenly Dreams

safety-first-heavenly-dreams-crib-mattressThe Safety 1st heavenly dreams crib mattress, is made up of high-density thermo-bonded foam.  It is not only GREENGUARD gold certified, but the cover is hypoallergenic, and since it is vinyl it wipes down easily. It also meets federal flammability standards 16 CFR 1633 without the use of potentially harmful chemicals, which is super important when shopping for a crib mattress.  The mattress itself is lightweight, at only 8 pounds, which makes removing it from the crib super easy.  If you are looking for an extremely affordable foam mattress that is firm and is made from quality materials, then this maybe just the mattress for you.

Sealy Soybean Foam-Core

sealy-soybean-crib-mattressThis Sealy crib mattress is made from renewable soybeans, to create an ultra-durable foam, that is 100% plant based and safe for your child.  It provides just the right amount of softness and firmness that your growing baby needs and is made of CertiPUR-US certified foam.  Not only that but it is also GREENGUARD gold certified, so you know that your baby is not inhaling any toxic gasses from the foam core, that can sometimes be found in inferior foam mattresses.  It also has an easy to wipe down waterproof surface, with lock-stitched binding.  If you are looking for a quality crib mattress, from a well known bedding manufacture, then this should be one of your top choices.

My First Mattress- Memory Foam Crib Mattress

my-first-mattress-crib-mattressYou maybe thinking is it safe for my baby to use a memory foam crib mattress and in this case it’s absolutely safe.  This particular crib mattress is made up of high density foam, which gives the crib mattress a firm feeling.  It’s CertiPUR-US certified, and is hypoallergenic and phthalate and lead free.  It also comes with an included cover, that you can take off and throw in the washing machine if your child has a little accident in the middle of the night.  It is also relatively light weight, weighing in at just over 10 pounds, so you can easily remove it from your child’s crib, should you need to clean it or move the crib to another room.  For the price and quality of this crib mattress, you really can’t go wrong.

Moonlight Slumber Little Dreamer

little-dreamer-crib-mattressThe Moonlight slumber little dreamer crib mattress is an extra firm, plant based foam mattress that has two sides, which makes it quite unique.  It has the extra firm side for newborns and babies and a slightly softer more plush side for when your baby gets a bit older.  The mattress itself is 100% waterproof and hypoallergenic, making it super easy to clean, and it is both CertiPUR and GreenGuard certified, so you know it is safe for your child.  Since it is a foam mattress it is also surprisingly light and weighs just 10.5 pounds, making it super easy to remove from your crib when you want to clean or transport your crib or move it.  It is slightly more costly than some of the other foam mattresses we have reviewed, but when you think about it you are really getting two mattresses for the price of one, since it’s a completely reversible mattress.

Newton Wovenaire

newton-crib-mattressThe Newton Wovenaire is one of the most unique crib mattresses we have reviewed for 2017 and also by far one of the most superior crib mattresses on the market.  The mattress itself is a foam mattress, but what’s really unique about it is the fact that its 90% air and 10% food grade polymer.  It has a fully machine washable 3-D spacer cover, which is great because it goes without saying that you are going to want to wash it at some time.  But what is really the unique part of this foam mattress is the fact, that you can take the foam piece out and wash it in a laundry tub or bathtub and then just air dry it.  And since the mattress itself is 90% air, it transfers heat throughout it remarkably well.  The only downside to this particular crib mattress is the price, it is one of the more expensive mattress’s we have reviewed, but if you are looking for an organic mattress that is CertiPUR and GreenGuard certified, then this is the mattress for you.

Colgate Eco Classica III Dual Firmness Crib Mattress

colgate-eco-classica-crib-mattressThis Colgate Eco Classsica crib mattress is Colgate’s best selling baby mattress, it is a full 6 inches thick and has dual firmness so that when your child get’s older you can flip the mattress over and get a slightly less firm crib mattress.  It is made of plant based materials, so you know that it is safe for your child and it is both CertiPUR-US certified as well as Greenguard certified.  The mattress itself is only 9.3 pounds, so you can easily remove it from your crib if you need to wash it or move your babies crib.  Not to mention it has an organic waterproof cover, so that you can easily wipe it down and keep things clean.  Overall we consider this one of the top crib mattresses for 2017, not due to the quality construction, price and dual firmness properties of this mattress.

Simmons Kids Beautyrest Beginnings Sleepy Whispers

simmons-beautyrest-crib-mattressThis is a pretty unique crib mattress, since it is an innerspring hybrid mattress.  Similar to some of the other dual firmness mattresses we have reviewed, this innerspring mattress also has a firm side that is supported by 231 pocketed coil springs and a slightly softer side for when your baby grows older, due to the addition of foam on top of the springs.  Not only is this mattress Greenguard certified, but it is also CertiPUR-US certified, so you are 100% sure that it’s safe for your baby to sleep on.  It has a waterproof woven cover that you can easily wipe down, in the event of an accident or spill.  Finally this crib mattress is made by Simmons Beautyrest, a well known industry leader in the bedding industry, so you know you are getting a quality product.  If you are looking for an innerspring mattress, that served a dual purpose and will grow with your child, then this is an excellent choice.

LA Baby Natural Triple Zone 2 in 1 Soy Foam Crib Mattress

la-baby-natural-slumber-crib-mattressThe LA Baby Natural 2 in 1 Soy foam crib mattress, is fantastic for families that are looking for a 100% safe mattress that also doesn’t harm the environment.  The soy foam that goes into each LA baby crib mattress is CertiPUR-US certified, and it also has dual sides.  Similar to other mattresses we have reviewed, it has one side that is quite firm that is made up of high density soy foam and another side with a memory foam layer for when your child is at the toddler stage.  The mattress itself has a blended organic cotton cover that is also waterproof so that you can easily clean it and it’s proudly manufactured in the USA. At 13 pounds it isn’t the lightest foam mattress on the market, but it is still easy for a single person to move around, should you need to take it out to clean or move your child’s crib.  Overall this is an excellent priced foam mattress that is made of quality materials, and that you can feel safe allowing your child to sleep on.

Naturepedic Organic Cotton Classic 2-Stage Crib Mattress

naturepedic-organic-crib-mattressThe Naturepedic organic cotton lightweight classic 2-stage crib mattress, is made from food grade polyethylene foam core with several layers of luxurious organic cotton.  This particular mattress meets the strictest Greenguard and GOTS certification, so you know it is safe for your child to sleep on.  It’s weighs only 16 pounds, so it’s easy to remove in and out of your babies crib for cleaning.  There are a lot of things to love about this particular crib mattress, from the quality products that go into it, to the fact that it’s reversible and has dual firmness sides, so that you can continue to use it as your child grows.  The only real downside to this particular mattress, is that it does cost a bit more than other crib mattresses we have reviewed, however you know you are also getting a top quality mattress.

Conclusion

As we wrap up our top crib mattress choice for 2017, one thing is for certain there are a lot of choices to choose from and a lot of different types and technology that goes into making crib mattresses as safe as possible for our little ones.  Keep in mind while these are our top picks for 2017, the decisions and preferences you may have could be different and you may find another one of our mattress’s a bit better for your child.

newton-crib-mattressWhich comes to choosing our top mattress pick for 2017, which is quite easy.  By and far the Newton Wovenaire, crib mattress impressed us the most.  Not only does it transfer heat away from your child the best, but the entire mattress cover, and foam mattress core is washable.  While most of the other crib mattress’s we have reviewed do allow you to wipe down or wash the top cover, you really don’t know whether or not there could be contaminants or something growing on the inside of the mattress itself.  The fact that you can wash the entire mattress and see the inside core and know 100% for sure the crib mattress is as sterile and clean as you can get it, is pretty important for us and likely for you.  The only downside to the Newton crib mattress is the price, it’s one of the more expensive crib mattresses we have reviewed at just under $300.  But considering that your child is going to be spending most of their time sleeping in their crib, really you cannot put a price on the ability to know for 100% sure they are sleeping on a clean mattress.

sealy-soybean-crib-mattressWhich brings us to the next best crib mattress for 2017 that we have reviewed and that would be the Sealy Soybean Foam Core mattress.  The reason the Sealy soybean foam mattress got our second top pick for 2017, is the fact that it’s made from 100% safe soybeans and it is priced exceptionally well.  This particular Sealy crib mattress retails for just over $100, so it is quite a bit cheaper than the Newton mattress, yet still offers an excellent all around support and firmness that your child needs.  It has an easy to wipe down and wash waterproof cover and is made by a leader in mattress and bedding.