Selecting the Perfect Cot Mattress for Your Little One

Perfect Cot Mattress for Your Little One

Welcoming a new baby is a joyous occasion and overwhelming for some, but it calls for some preparations on your side. Among these, arranging a comforting and safe sleeping environment for your newborn is a must. One of the most important aspects is the cot mattress.

Why is the Cot mattress so important?

Your baby will be spending a lot of  time in their cot, making the cot mattress an important purchase. A well-chosen mattress not only ensures better sleep for the baby but also aids in their growth by providing necessary support they need for development.

Dream Furniture only uses the best mattresses for our cots, Sealy cot mattresses with 300 coils to keep your baby resting peacefully, 

Unlike adult mattresses, a baby  mattress should be firm rather than soft. Soft surfaces can pose potential risks..

Types of Cot Mattresses​

Typically, cot mattresses are available in two main types: foam mattresses and innerspring mattresses.

Foam Mattresses are usually more affordable, ranging from R400 to R1500 and are available in a variety of thicknesses and densities. The preference for thickness varies depending on the parent or your child’s needs, but high-density foam is preferred for baby mattresses. Heavier foam mattresses are denser and offer better support. Before purchasing, you can test the foam mattress by pressing your hand into its center. A good mattress will regain its shape quickly, ensuring your baby can change positions easily during sleep.

Innerspring Mattresses are generally spendier, ranging from R1500 to R4000, and are known for their durability. The firmness of these mattresses depends on the number of coils and the gauge of the wire used. More coils and lower gauge (thicker) wires contribute to a firmer mattress. For an innerspring mattress, aim for one with 135 or more our mattresses have 300 for the perfect support

Considering Organic Mattresses

For parents who are  concerned about their child’s exposure to chemicals and industrial compounds, organic mattresses are an excellent option. These mattresses, made from organic cotton or all-natural wool, may not be budget-friendly but offer peace of mind, as they do not contain potentially harmful substances such as polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDE), vinyl, and polyurethane foam.

We do understand some parents will want a organic option for your child, other approved mattresses are safe as well for your baby, this is about your personal preference.

Should You Buy Used?

While there is no harm in purchasing a used mattress, you should be aware of its previous environment and whether a mattress cover was used. If you’re unsure, it’s safer to buy new, as recent research indicates a possible association between used mattresses and an increased risk of, bacteria and fungus are also potential hazards with used mattresses.

Baby Sleep Do’s and Don’ts

The phrase “sleep like a baby” is often misleading. As new parents would tell you, babies often have interrupted and irregular sleep patterns that can turn nights into a round-the-clock job. However, the right cot mattress can significantly improve your baby’s sleep quality.

Here are some tips to ensure that your baby gets the best night’s rest possible:

  • DON’T opt for a soft mattress: While a soft, fluffy mattress might seem comfortable, it can hinder your baby’s growth and development. A soft mattress can mold around the baby’s body and head, increasing the risk of suffocation. A firm mattress significantly reduces risks.
  • DO ensure a snug fit: The mattress should fit the crib perfectly. If you can fit more than two fingers between the mattress and the crib, the mattress is too small.
  • DO buy a new mattress: While a hand-me-down mattress might seem like a budget-friendly option, it might expose your baby to harmful elements like mold, bacteria, and bed bugs.

Pros and Cons of Different Mattresses

There are several types of cot mattresses available in the market, each with its own set of pros and cons. Let’s take a closer look at each of them:

Foam Mattress

Foam mattresses are the most affordable choice, offering excellent support and maintaining your baby’s natural posture. They come with easy-to-clean or removable covers,


  • Value for money
  • Lightweight
  • Easy to clean


  • Tendency to sag and lose shape quickly
  • Might need to replace sooner than other mattresses

Coil Spring Mattress

These mattresses feature a coiled spring interior with layers of foam padding, offering excellent support. They tend to hold their shape well and are a good choice for cot beds as they last longer than foam mattresses.


  • Popular choice among parents
  • Suitable for warmer months due to the cotton cover


  • More expensive than foam mattresses
  • Difficult to clean unless it has removable panels

Pocketed Spring Mattress

Pocketed spring mattresses have each spring set within its own pocket, providing improved support for a longer time.


  • Excellent support
  • Durable


  • Expensive

Dual Core ™ Mattress

These mattresses have a patented design that includes two cores in one, designed to support your child from early stages to later years. The first core is made of coir and orthopedic foam, providing a flat and firm sleeping surface for your newborn. As your child grows, the second core, composed of micro-pocketed springs, adapts to your child’s changing weight and shape.


  • Superior back support
  • Excellent longevity
  • Retains shape


  • Expensive

Natural Fibre Mattress

Natural fibre mattresses have a coconut fibre core with layers of different materials. These mattresses are available with a soft cotton or wipe-clean covering.


  • Good choice for parents concerned about synthetic materials
  • Firm and long-lasting


  • More expensive than foam or spring mattresses
  • Not sold in general stores / hard to find

Hypoallergenic Mattress

For babies with asthma or allergies, a hypoallergenic mattress is a good option. These mattresses come with a quilted top layer that can be easily removed and washed at 60C to kill dust mites that may cause allergies.


  • Great choice for babies with asthma or allergies
  • Easy to keep clean


  • More expensive than other types of mattresses
  • May be a luxury buy for most parents

Dream Furniture Cot Mattresses

When it comes to choosing the perfect cot mattress, Dream Furniture offers a range of high-quality, custom and locally-made options that are designed to provide your baby with a safe and comfortable sleeping environment. With a strong emphasis on safety, longevity, and style, Dream Furniture cot mattresses promise a great night’s sleep for your little one.
So, as you embark on this exciting journey of being a parent, remember that your baby’s comfort and safety is up to you. A well-chosen cot mattress is not just a purchase, but an investment in your baby’s well-being and development.

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