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Finding that Perfect Mattress

Everything you need to know when looking for that perfect night's sleep.

By Mamas & Papas

There are plenty of tough decisions to make when planning for your new arrival;
finding the right mattress shouldn’t be one of them. This handy guide cuts through the waffle to help you find the right mattress,
because a good night’s sleep has to start somewhere.

Did you know, that between birth and 2 years old, babies can spend as much as 50% of their life on their cot mattress. Yes, we're incredibly jealous too. But all that sleep needs a strong foundation. And that's the mattress. With lots of different options out there, it’s easy to lose sight of what you need. So let's figure this thing out together.

Getting to the core of the matter

All our mattresses are designed so they’re just the right size and firmness for your baby. We understand the importance of long-lasting value, which is why our sprung, pocket sprung and natural mattresses can be flipped and rotated to prolong their life.

The first choice you need to make, though, is selecting the right supportive core for your mattress. Like with pilates a good core means a happier life (we think that's Pilates, we skipped the class after lesson one), and there are several different types of mattress core to choose from.

Luxury Wool

Manufactured exclusively for Mamas & Papas, by Silentnight, our Luxury Wool mattress features mini-pocket springs for great support and comfort. The innovative Adaptive fabric treatment in the mattress cover regulates temperature helping to maintain the optimum sleep temperature for baby, and the natural Purotex probiotics keep this mattress naturally hygienic and dust mite free.

Pocket Sprung

Individually pocketed springs work independently, meaning they contour and respond to changing weights and shapes - ideal for providing ultimate, long-term support for your growing child.

Pocket Sprung Dual Mattress

Perfect support for both newborns and toddlers, our Dual Mattress has two cores to choose from. The natural coconut coir provides firm postural support for your baby, whilst being naturally anti-allergy, and the second core features pocket springs that contour and respond to the changing weights and shapes of a toddler, providing ultimate support.


The springs encourage airflow and provide excellent postural support for children throughout their development; lasting longer than foam alone.


AirStream™ is made from 50% recycled foam-free fibres; and perfect for keeping your little one cool at night. It also provides excellent support.


Foam mattresses offer a good level of support for baby in the early years

"I'm glad we invested in a pocket sprung mattress when our daughter was born...
It's meant that we are still able to use it after converting the cot to a toddler bed,
knowing it's continuing to provide excellent support for her as she grows."

Alexandra, Birmingham

Covering Up

Don't just a mattress by it's cover, but do make sure to find one that's right for your baby. Our mattress covers offer a selection of beneficial properties, so you can choose the one that best suits your baby’s needs.

Features to keep in mind:


Our anti-allergy covers are treated with Purotex™ - a probiotic that fights bad bacteria to keep baby safe from allergens and germs, great for asthma and eczema sufferers.

Temperature Regulating

The state-of-the-art fabrics on our temperature regulating covers provide constant heat regulation for baby, all night.

Machine Washable at 40° or 60°C

All our mattress covers are machine washable; wash Purotex™ treated covers at 40OC and Essential Mattress Covers at 60OC.

Check out our range of mattresses and covers.

Shop By Size

Depending on where your little one is sleeping, you may choose a smaller cot or crib over a larger cot bed. You may even want to use a Moses basket. To make sure you find the right mattress for your needs, we've made it even easier to shop your mattress by size.

Safer Sleeping

One of the hardest things to do as a parent is leave them to sleep. You'll constantly want to double check everything is OK. It's a perfectly natural instinct, but it doesn't half cut into your box set binging time.

Thankfully, we've come to the rescue with the help of The Lullaby Trust. They’re the UK’s leading charity promoting safer sleep and the prevention of SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome). It’s safe to say they know their thing.

Together, we’ve created some safe sleeping tips to remember at bedtime - important for baby and crucial for giving you peace of mind.

Always place your baby on their back, when putting them down for sleep

Keep your nursery and home smoke-free during pregnancy and after the birth

If possible try to breastfeed your baby as this can help improve their sleep

For the first 6 months let baby sleep in your room either in a separate cot or a Moses Basket

Avoid sleeping in the same bed as your baby, especially if you have been drinking alcohol, smoking, taking medication or drugs which make you drowsy, or if you feel unwell or tired

Never fall asleep with you baby while sat in an armchair or laid on the sofa

Always use a firm, flat, waterproof mattress

Make sure baby’s head is not covered by loose bed sheets

For more information, visit The Lullaby Trust's website.

Feet to foot

The safest position for sleeping is feet to foot. While it might sound like an impossible yoga position, it actually means placing their feet at the foot of the cot.

Tuck them in carefully with sheets no higher than shoulder level. That should keep them from wriggling themselves under the covers. If you’re worried about covers then try a dream pod sleep bag.


No one likes a night that’s too warm. Or too cold for that matter. We’re a fussy lot. But babies are the same.

The right temperature means a good night’s sleep. You want to make sure that baby doesn’t overheat. Take each night as it comes, add or remove layers depending on the room temperature and what they’re wearing.

And that's your lot. Everything you could need to help find the perfect mattress.

If you still feeling puzzled by pocket springs, then don't worry, we're always around to lend a hand.
Book a free in store Personal Shopping experience and let us get you ready for bed (it's not as weird as that sounds).

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