It is possible to lift the mattress of your infant’s crib for a variety of reasons. It’s either to safeguard your baby from falling or to allow you to operate the crib. Whatever the reason it is important to be safe. Here’s a helpful tutorial to how to make your crib mattress more comfortable!
Is it safe for you to raise the mattress of a crib?
It is perfectly safe to raise the ceiling that your mattress is so long as the distance between your bed and its top rail is not less than 26 inches. The measurement is taken starting from where the mattress is and not including its thickness, that varies between 5 and 6 inches, based on the brands.
Why do we need 26 inches? The reason is safety.
Children who are younger than 5 months age aren’t able to stand just yet, which means you don’t be worried about any injuries in the crib.
However, once he is able to and especially grasp onto the rail and climb to the floor, the mattress must be lower to keep the child from being thrown over.
83.2 percent of injuries to infants are caused by cribs as per The American Academy of Pediatrics. So, it’s highly recommended for mothers to raise the crib mattress to an appropriate level so that their infants aren’t able to pull themselves up and out of the crib, to prevent accidents from happening.
How can I make the crib mattress more affluent?
If your crib has adjustable heights for your crib you can alter the height to suit the different stages of your baby’s growth before transitioning to a toddler bed.
But, if your crib isn’t equipped with the feature you want, do not be concerned you can find other options to what to do in order to elevate the mattress of your crib.
#1 Place blankets, towels or pillows underneath the mattress.
It is possible to fold or roll up a blanket or large towel, or put some pillows underneath the mattress to elevate it. It’s fairly easy to accomplish and can make you cash.
Begin by taking the mattress off and marking the amount of inches you’d like to raise it using measuring tapes or an ruler. This will let you decide how much blanket or towel or pillow to add to the mattress.
Be sure to keep in mind the safety of the mattress as mentioned above. It is also important not to elevate the mattress more than 30 degrees. This could be too high for your baby to sleep on.
Lay your rolled blankets or pillows into. You’ll want to make an even and stable foundation for the mattress to rest on. There should be no loose blankets being pulled through the mattress that could be a hazard of suffocation for babies.
When you place your mattress, be sure it’s level and isn’t too shaky. You do not want it to sink or sag into the middle, or it could be uncomfortable for your child to lay on.
#2 Use a crib wedge
If you’re comfortable paying an extra sum of money , compared to taking on the risk of your pillows or blankets buying a crib wedge can be an ideal choice.
The crib wedge a piece of furniture that is designed to raise the level of the mattress to a specific angle, typically less than 30 degrees.
As it is designed to serve as an the height of the crib The crib wedge is able to raise the mattress , and still keep it secure. It’s also available in various sizes to fit in the crib well, and prevents any material from sticking out.
#3 Use bed riser
Another alternative is to use objects such as books or blocks to elevate the crib mattress.
While it might seem more difficult and more complicated to make the mattress stay in place this way numerous parents have claimed they are in favor of this method.
Therefore, if you don’t need to purchase anything similar to the crib wedge, or even use towels, blankets, pillows, etc This might be the best option for you.
When should you lift the mattress of your crib?
The height or the depth at which your crib mattress be is dependent on the baby’s age. Here’s the best way to help you determine when to adjust the crib’s mattress height for the most common cribs that have height adjustable mattresses:
- The most advanced option is intended for newborn babies under 5 months old who aren’t capable of standing or crawling at this point.
- Middle setting comes in the second lowest following the highest. It is suitable for infants who are at or above five months of age (about 6- 8 months) and are able to sit up or roll over.
There could be multiple middle levels in various cribs that lets you freely adapt to the needs of your baby. However, we strongly advise you to lower your crib mattress to its lowest level at the time your baby is standing up.
- This lowest setting is recommended for the time your baby is eight months old or gained an ability to sit, stand or pull himself onto the rail. This is the best setting to prevent him from falling over.
If your mattress has reached it’s maximum level and the child is at least 3 years old generally around 35 inches It is the ideal time to start a toddler transition from crib to bed.
In addition, if you are feeling an immense burden on your shoulders each time you pick up your child due to you feel that the bed isn’t high enough particularly in those with short parents raising the mattress’s height could aid. Keep in mind all safety considerations for your child.
How high should the crib mattress be for babies?
As we mentioned earlier the infants who are less than five months old cannot stand up.
Because it is not likely that they will leave the crib at this point It is recommended to put the crib’s mattress on the most elevated setting, as per AAP.
Do I have to stack 2 crib mattress in order to increase the height?
Even though a second mattress could raise the height of the baby’s bed it is not recommended. The reason is because a mattress is designed to be used by itself.
A mattress that isn’t used could cause it to be too high that the infant can lie on, which could pose a risk especially for babies who are over 5 months old.
We hope that this article has been helpful to you. Please tell us about your experience or other suggestions of your own regarding how to make your baby’s the mattress more comfortable! Enjoy your parenting!