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There are plenty of tough decisions to make when planning for your new arrival; finding the right mattress shouldn’t be one of them.

Between birth and 2 years old, babies can spend as much as 50% of their life on their cot mattress; and with lots of different options out there, it’s easy to lose sight of what you need.

This handy guide cuts through the waffle to help you find the right mattress, because a good night’s sleep has to start somewhere.

Getting to the core of the matter

All our mattresses are designed so they’re just the right size and firmness for your baby. Cotbed mattresses all come with an adjustable built-in waterproof panel for those night-time accidents; and because we understand the importance of long-lasting value, 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. There are several different types on offer.

pocket airstream


AirStream™ is a material made from 50% recycled foam-free fibres; scientifically proven to stay cool. The individual mini pocket springs contour to your growing child’s shape, providing the very best support.

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.



Providing ultimate support, this mattress is made from 100% natural materials - latex, wool and coconut coir, with a 100% organic cotton cover. Ideal for allergy sufferers or if you have asthma or eczema in the family.



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



AirStream™ is a material made from 50% recycled foam-free fibres; scientifically proven to stay cool, whilst providing excellent support.



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

Covering up

Our mattresses offer a selection of beneficial properties, so that you can choose the one that best suits your baby’s needs.

Features to keep in mind:

anti allergy


Our anti-allergy mattresses are treated with Purotex™, a friendly probiotic, which competes with any bad bacteria to keep baby safe from allergens and germs. This is especially important if you have asthma or eczema in the family.

temperature regulating


Our temperature regulating mattresses feature state-of-the-art fabrics to provide constant heat regulation throughout the night.

machine washable


The covers of all our mattresses are machine washable. Those treated with Purotex™ may be machine washed at 40°; the Essential mattress cover can be machine washed at 60°, to kill dust mites.

The lullaby trust tips for safe sleeping

tip 1

Always place your baby on their back to sleep.

tip 2

Keep your baby smoke free during pregnancy and after birth.

tip 3

Try to breastfeed your baby, if you can.

tip 4

For the first 6 months, place your baby to sleep in a separate cot or Moses basket in the same room as you. Avoid sleeping in the same bed as your baby.

tip 5

Do not sleep in the same bed as your baby if you have been drinking alcohol, smoking, taking medication/ drugs which make you drowsy or if you feel unwell or tired.

tip 6

Never fall asleep with your baby whilst sat in an arm chair or laid on the sofa.

tip 7

Always use a firm, flat, waterproof mattress for baby’s bed.

tip 8

Do not allow loose sheets to cover your baby’s head.

tip 9

Keep an eye on baby’s temperature – do not let them get too hot.

tip 10

Always place your baby to sleep with their feet at the foot of the cot.

mattress covers

Lastly, you may want to think about a spare cover, to protect your mattress from any accidents when your main cover is in the wash.