Using a mattress cover or protector is highly recommended to keep the cot mattress clean and extend its lifespan. Waterproof or water-resistant covers are particularly useful to protect against accidents and spills. Look for covers that are easily removable and machine washable for convenience.
As your child grows, their needs and preferences may change. Consider their age and developmental stage when choosing a cot mattress. For newborns and younger babies, a firmer mattress is generally recommended to provide proper support for their developing bodies. As they become older and more active, a slightly softer mattress may offer additional comfort.
It’s important to periodically check the condition of the cot mattress and consider replacing it when necessary. Signs that indicate the need for a new mattress include visible wear and tear, sagging, loss of firmness, or if your child’s sleep quality is consistently affected. As a general guideline, it’s recommended to replace a cot mattress every five years or as needed.