If you’ve ever stayed up for a very long time and sighed with relief once you touched your bed, then you understand how important sleep is. You can make decisions for yourself: softer or harder pillow, firmer or softer mattress… but what about your baby?

Do you know what is better for your baby, foam or coil crib mattress? Babies and young toddlers sleep for up to 12 hours, and infants up to 14 – that’s over half of their life spent sleeping! That is why you must choose the best option for your baby – and we are here to help you.

The short answer is that both have their pros and cons and that your decision might boil down to personal preference or budget. Foam mattresses are comfortable and cheap, but can be too soft, deform over time, and don’t excel at edge support.

Coil mattresses are more durable and provide great edge support, but they are also expensive, heavy, and less comfortable. It is up to you to make the choice and decide what is better for your baby because your child is unique as well as its needs. Take everything into consideration before making your choice, because it’s an important one.

Which one to Choose: Foam or Coil Crib Mattress?

What is better for your baby: foam or coil crib mattress?
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We are going to go over the pros and cons of these two types of mattresses to help you decide which one you want to get for your bundle of joy. After reading this article and you are ready to make your decision, we would recommend you our top picks for 2020.

Foam Crib Mattresses

Foam mattresses are usually quite cheap, lightweight, and easy to clean. Their comfort level varies based on what it’s made of – gel foam, memory foam, organic foam, or just regular foam. These subtypes have different prices and offer different benefits, so keep that in mind.

Foam mattresses tend to be soft and might sink if they are not well-made, which is not good for your baby. More expensive foam mattresses are denser and hold up better than cheaper ones.

The best (and the most expensive) foam mattresses are usually the ones made of organic foam. They aren’t made with the same chemicals the regular foam mattresses are made with, which makes them safer for your child.

You are also more likely to find organic foam mattresses than organic coil mattresses because it is difficult to produce some parts – like the coil springs – from organic materials.

 If you are looking for comfort, then you should turn to memory foam mattresses, which mold to your shape thanks to your body heat while also providing decent support.

On the other hand, gel foam mattresses excel at regulating body temperature by keeping its surface cool, which can help your child if it has problems with overheating. If you choose to get a foam mattress, then your choice should chiefly depend on what your child needs.

However, foam mattresses also have their cons. The foam is soft so foam mattresses aren’t very durable. Because they break down or deform over time, it’s better that you consider them a short-term solution, rather than a permanent one.

Many foam mattresses also don’t have edge support, and the lack of edge support can endanger your child – they can get stuck between the bedrail and the mattress, or even fall off the bed!

That is why you should consider buying a foam mattress with reinforced edges and corners. The reinforced edges should also help the mattress retain its shape for a longer period.

You should also keep an eye out for mold – it might develop if the mattress gets wet, which poses a health risk. Finally, some models might come with a chemical smell that might take a long time to dissipate, or might not disappear completely.

Coil or Innerspring Crib Mattresses

Coil mattresses are more expensive, but also more durable than foam mattresses. This is because they are multi-layered and composed of more elements than foam mattresses, which are usually just blocks of foam.  The durability also means that they may be handed down as your kids outgrow them.

If you wish to make your coil mattress last longer, take care of the spills so mold doesn’t develop, and don’t do anything that could damage the coils (like jumping on it). Coiled mattresses can be waterproof, so in case you’re concerned about spillage, it could be an option for you to consider.

Coil mattresses provide great edge support, which is very important for babies and toddlers. They will not sag nor sink as much as foam mattresses do because they are reinforced with coils. A baby crib mattress should have at least 150 coils if not more. The number and the thickness of the coils will define how firm the mattress is.

Coil mattresses are thus harder and less comfortable than foam mattresses, but that means that they will support your child better, keep their spine well-aligned, and provide adequate resistance to help the child develop healthy muscles and bones. Keep in mind that these mattresses are also quite heavy, which might make it difficult to turn it around or change the sheets.

Other than the weight and the price, coil crib mattresses have a few other cons you might want to consider. It is more difficult to find an organic coil mattress, as we have already mentioned. You should make sure that you buy a good quality product if you decide on getting a coil mattress – if the cover of the coils gets damaged, the coils might get exposed and harm your child. Coil mattresses might also sag over time, but they should hold their shape much longer than foam mattresses do.


What is better for your baby: foam or coil crib mattress?
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Both the foam and the coil crib mattress have pros and cons for you to consider. You should choose based on your child’s preference (if they’ve already slept with you on your mattress), their needs, and your budget.

After all, sleep helps your child grow, and it is equally important in the early and in the later stages of our lives. Choose wisely to ensure that your little one gets the rest they need and deserve.