There is an endless list of items that you’ll need for your newborn, but deciding on the best cot mattress for your baby is arguably the most important.
Like with other mattresses, finding the right cot mattress is difficult and confusing. There are hundreds of options available, with varying quality, at many different price points. Based on our experience of the market, you can get a good cot mattress for around $300, but the mattress that you choose will depend on several factors, not just price.
Another thing to consider before buying a cot mattress is the range of sizes when it comes to baby cots. Obviously the cot mattress needs to fit the cot bed itself, so make sure that both are size compatible. A standard cot mattress in Australia is 69 cm x 130cm.
The time at which you decide to use a cot for your baby will depend on your preferences and life situation. With that said, he is a guide as to when you may want to progress your baby from a bassinet to a cot:
Recommended bed sizes for babies
0 – 6 months: bassinet mattress
6 months – 2 years: cot mattress
A good cot mattress should be firm and supportive, but should also offer adequate pressure relief for your baby. This will help to accomodate your baby’s growing spine, and also make it safe in terms of breathing. Cot mattresses should also be made with breathable materials to encourage ventilation and healthy respiration.
In terms of practicality for parents, a good cot mattress should also be easy to clean! This will enable you to keep your baby’s sleeping surface hygienic. It won’t be long until you realise that there will be many accidents in the cot!
So what are the best cot mattress options on the market? Bedbuyer’s expert team gives you our top 5 picks in 2022! Be sure also to read to the end for a few handy hints before you purchase!
Australia’s best cot mattresses
Please note: the following products only include the mattress. To see Bedbuyer’s list of baby cots, click here.
The Airnest Mattress is one of the best cot mattresses that we have tested. Its special design allows for supreme ventilation. If you’re after a hypoallergenic cot mattress that is supremely well ventilated, the Airnest Mattress is one of the best products on the Australian market. Here is our full review.
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The Ecosa Cot Mattress is an outstanding product that allows you to adjust the firmness level as your baby grows. Perhaps even more impressive though, is the special ‘Woven Nestflow™ Core’ that offers exceptional ventilation and temperature regulation. It is also well certified as non-toxic. Here is our full review.
The Numu-roo Mattress has an innovative design and is exceptionally well ventilated. It offers very good support and can be easily cleaned to maintain a high level of hygiene. A definite contender in the Australian baby mattress market. Here is our full review.
This baby product from P’tit lit is a highly impressive, practical mattress which allows parents to choose an ultra ventilated surface to maximise air circulation and breathability for their baby. It has a handy removable, washable, and waterproof cover. Both sleeping surfaces offer excellent support and is a strong contender in the market. Here is our full review.
This is an outstanding product that contains two different sleeping surfaces (ventilated surface and a support surface) to accomodate a growing child. It is well ventilated and its foam core has been treated to prevent dust mites & bacterial growth. Here is our full review.
A few handy hints
When it comes to buying a new cot mattress, there are a few important things to consider before buying. Here are a few handy hints to keep in mind!
When we talk about a ‘cot bed’ we are technically only referring to the cot frame structure (not the mattress). The products above relate to the mattress only, but if you also need a new ‘cot bed’, here is our full list of cot beds in 2020.
Health and safety
We always recommend a firm feel for baby sleep surfaces. Soft and ‘cushiony’ surfaces do have the potential to inhibit breathing that may cause Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) through asphyxiation (suffocation). Interestingly, the Australian standard that tests for cot mattress firmness is not mandatory, but cot beds are required to meet the AS/NZS 2172 standard for Children’s Household Cots.
Still need help?
We hope that these recommendations help you in your decision, but if you would like to read more, check out our Complete Buyer’s Guide for buying a new mattress in 2022.
If you have any questions for our team, comment below or please contact us. We are here to help you find the perfect mattress for your baby!
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