Best Mattresses for Babies and Toddlers

According to the American Academy of Pediatrics Childhood Sleep Guidelines, infants should sleep between 12 to 16 hours, while growing toddlers should grab between 11 to 14 hours of shut-eye. That's why picking the perfect crib mattress is key for a good night (and naptime) slumber for your little lamb.

While there are several factors to consider when choosing a crib mattress and setting up a safe sleep environment for your child. Parents should select "a firm mattress that is made for the crib, meaning perfect in size with a tight-fitting sheet," suggests S. Daniel Ganjian, MD, a pediatrician at Providence Saint John's Health Center in Santa Monica, California. "There should be no space between the mattress and the sides of the crib."

And other than a fitted sheet, there shouldn't be anything in the baby's bed, particularly during the first year. "The most common mistake that parents make is putting something in the crib besides a tightly swaddled baby," says Gina Posner, MD, a pediatrician at MemorialCare Orange Coast Medical Center in Fountain Valley, CA. "There should be no stuffed animals, no crib bumpers and no sleep positioners. Just make sure it is a new crib that is up to current standards."

Dr. Ganjian also advises against using an old crib and mattress. "Hand me downs used to be great, but now you really have to watch out for them, since many have been recalled or are dangerous because there is some subtle defect that you might not be aware of."

In celebration of Sleep Awareness Week, we've rounded up our top picks of comfy, crib mattresses with quality features to ensure that tired newborns and tots transitioning to a toddler bed sleep like babies so Mom and Dad can rest a whole lot easier.

Bundle of Dreams Classic 100% Breathable 6-Inch Crib and Toddler Mattress photo

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Bundle of Dreams Classic 100% Breathable 6-Inch Crib and Toddler Mattress

Making safety a top priority, this dreamy Bundle of Dreams Classic 100% Breathable Crib and Toddler Mattress is crafted with a quality, recyclable 6-inch Bundle Fiber core with Memory technology that allows air to pass through freely for breathability without the fear of harmful chemicals. The machine washable, certified organic cotton cover comes with a water repellent shield for swift cleanup. The two-stage mattress style offers a firm surface for infants and softer support for toddlers and is equipped with safe, equal-edge support to prevent slippage between the mattress and crib frame. Eco-friendly and easy-to-clean? For Mom and Dad, that really is a dream come true! ($230; buybuybaby.com)

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Sealy Soybean Foam-Core Crib and Toddler Bed Mattress photo

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Sealy Soybean Foam-Core Crib and Toddler Bed Mattress

This heavenly, hypoallergenic Sealy Soybean Foam-Core Infant/Toddler Crib Mattress is a dream for green parents looking to create an eco-friendly environment for their little one. The soy foam mattress is made with renewable soybeans sourced in the U.S. and designed to provide a comfortable firmness for infants and toddlers while meeting the highest standards of safety. The lightweight foam mattress makes changing sheets a breeze with a waterproof surface for easy cleaning to guard against allergens. Square corners give it a snug fit in the crib. ($152; amazon.com)

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Moonlight Slumber The Little Dreamer Crib Mattress

Time to hit the hay, little one, on this Moonlight Slumber The Little Dreamer Crib Mattress. The dual-sided bedding features a foam mattress designed to grow with your kiddo, with an extra-firm, eco-friendly, plant-based foam layer for newborns and a cozy, plush side designed for toddlers. The waterproof mattress is covered with a medical-grade fabric and is GreenGuard and CertiPUR certified. Mom and Dad will be over the moon with this top-rated mattress! ($190; buybuybaby.com)

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Newton Baby Crib Mattress and Toddler Bed

Sweet dreams are made of this Newton Baby Crib Mattress and Toddler Bed, which features a patented, non-toxic Wovenaire core that is zipped into a breathable, hypoallergenic cover designed to prevent suffocation and regulate your baby's body temperature to avoid overheating. Machine washable and made to keep your babe snoozing soundly through the night. Easily transitions from an infant to a toddler mattress. Available in white, grey, pink and blue. ($80; amazon.com)

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Safety 1st Heavenly Dreams Crib and Toddler Bed Mattress

Your babe will be on cloud nine sleeping on this Safety 1st Heavenly Dreams Crib and Toddler Bed Mattress. This extra-firm mattress is made with a 5-inch, high-density, thermo-bonded polyester filling and features a water-resistant cover for easy cleaning. It also fits standard cribs and toddler beds and can hold a maximum weight of 50 pounds. GreenGuard Gold certified, Safety 1st also earned the 2019 Women's Choice Award for America's Most Recommended Baby Mattress. This winning style is available in white, pink and blue. ($70; amazon.com)

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Colgate Classica III Crib Mattress

Beddy-bye time, baby! Time to start counting sheep while drifting off on this high-quality, foam Colgate Classica III Crib Mattress. Made in the U.S.A. and featuring an orthopedic foam, dual- sleep-support mattress designed for newborns and toddlers, the bedding also comes with a triple-layered, reinforced, waterproof cover. Lightweight and designed to fit all standard cribs and toddler beds securely, this supportive, hypoallergenic bedding is GreenGuard Gold and CertiPUR certified. No losing sleep over that! ($160; amazon.com)

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Simmons Kids Beautyrest Beginnings Sleepy Whispers Ultra Crib and Toddler Mattress photo

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Simmons Kids Beautyrest Beginnings Sleepy Whispers Ultra Crib and Toddler Mattress

The snuggle is real while resting on this cozy Simmons Kids Beautyrest Beginnings Sleepy Whispers Ultra Crib and Toddler Mattress. This quality bedding ranks up there with the brand's adult models while complying with the strict safety standards of crib mattresses. The chemical-free baby bedding is made with a patented 231 luxury-pocketed coil spring design that keeps baby's comfort key. Features a firm surface for infants and a comfy cushion side for toddlers. Perfect to lull your little one to sleep. ($174; amazon.com)

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Graco Dual-Comfort Natural Bamboo Foam Crib and Toddler Bed Mattress photo

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Graco Dual-Comfort Natural Bamboo Foam Crib and Toddler Bed Mattress

This Graco Dual-Comfort Natural Bamboo Foam Crib and Toddler Bed Mattress is designed for the sweetest snoozers. The 6-inch, super soft mattress is Infused with natural bamboo charcoal extracts designed to absorb excess moisture while regulating your baby's body temperature. Breathable and supportive, the bamboo-polyester-blend bedding comes with a removable, hand-washable cover for quick cleanups. GreenGuard certified and guaranteed to deliver a good night's sleep. ($130; walmart.com)

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Sealy Premier Posture Dual Sided Crib Mattress photo

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Sealy Premier Posture Dual Sided Crib Mattress

When taking a firm stand on selecting the proper mattress for your sleeping beauty, this Sealy Premier Posture Dual Sided Crib Mattress should rank high in the running. A top choice featuring patented Six EverEdge strength pillars designed to keep baby safe when standing close to corners, a waterproof cotton cover and comfortable, firm bedding with the support of 204 premium steel coils. Your little one will be out like a light in no time flat. ($100; target.com)

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Naturepedic Organic Dual Firmness Crib Mattress photo

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Naturepedic Organic Dual Firmness Crib Mattress

Your newborn may not sleep through the night just yet, but your bouncing babe will definitely catch a few winks while nestled on this Naturepedic Organic Dual Firmness Crib Mattress. Crafted with organic cotton fabric and made with a patented WaveSupport technology, the eco-friendly, JPMA-certified bedding provides full support and features squared corners for a secure fit between the frame and the mattress. A 100% waterproof surface with heat-sealed seams makes it easy to clean with a damp cloth while protecting against dust mites. The dual-sided, hypoallergenic mattress provides quality comfort with extra-firm support on one side for newborns and a softer side for toddlers. ($300; target.com)

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