Are cots safe for newborns?
A cot can be used as soon as a baby is brought home. As it will be its bed for the next two or three years, it is important they sleep in comfort. A restless baby equals sleepless parents. To this end, it is important to choose a mattress wisely. There are five main mattresses to choose from: foam, sprung, pocket sprung, natural fibre and Purflo. A foam mattress is one of the cheapest, made from mainly a synthetic sponge-like material. Sprung mattresses, though heavier than foam, help disperse heat and usually last longer. Pocket sprung mattresses – made from individual steels coils – provide great support for a child’s head, neck and back. Natural fibre mattresses – often made form wool, mohair or silk – have no synthetic materials and are known to keep a baby cooler at night. Purflo mattresses are hollow and foam-free, meaning they are not a breeding ground for dust mites or fungi. They have an air permeable surface, meaning that air flows constantly around the baby.