Though memory foam may seem like a comforting choice for adults, it is not often the best choice for a crib mattress for infants. Memory foam often allows the person sleeping to slip into the bed and become engulfed in the foam, creating a space around them where they have literally sunk into the mattress.
Memory foam causes some concern when being used in crib mattresses, as it has been recommended to refrain from using crib mattresses that are too soft in the crib. Rather than using soft mattresses, firmer mattresses can allow the child to sleep safely, on the back, without being rolled on to their stomach or their side before they are old enough or have the strength to reposition them.
Memory foam crib mattresses are suitable for older infants, that are able to reposition themselves while they sleep – and also for toddlers. The memory foam ensures that the child is going to have the weight of their body supported and that they are going to be comfortable while sleeping. For younger infants, firmer mattresses are recommended.
As an alternative to Memory foam mattresses, there are memory foam mattress toppers that can be used in the crib. These mattresses toppers can be used for older infants and toddlers and can be a great way to increase the comfort of the crib for the older infants, without sacrificing the safety that is required for infants.
Memory foam mattress toppers can be a great and budget friendly way to get the feel of memory foam, without the price tag too. As memory foam is often more expensive, parents that are seeking the option of memory foam may wish to purchase a standard crib mattress that is going to be placed in the crib or on the toddler bed, and choose a mattress topper that has been created from memory foam to ensure that the highest level of comfort has been achieved in the crib. This way, rather than paying several hundred dollars, the parent can often get away with a crib mattress topper created from memory foam for less than one hundred dollars.