i got a regular hard mattress as advised. my baby would never sleep on it. the poor thing could not get comfortable on such a cold, hard surface. i ended up buying a softer, thin foam mattress from ikea and putting it on top of the hard mattress. the difference was night and day. she slept so well after that.
i do have to say that my little one was 8 months when i did this. She was in her bassinet until 6 months (a soft mattress) and her pack n play in our room until 8 months (another softer mattress). this is probably part of the reason why she couldn't stand the crib mattress. i'm not sure what i'll do when the next one is born- if i'll keep the foam one in or not. chances are, the baby will be in my room again until s/he is older, so i'll probably be comfortable with the softer mattress. but, like i said, the bassinet and pack n play are softer, but are still considered safe.
my baby consumer report book says the foam is better for the heads, it just says to make sure its got a saftey sticker on it. it said a hard foam is just as good as a spring mattress. i was just wondering what babies like better! i guess you cant really know that until they sleep in it.
I did a lot of research on consumer reports - I ended up going with a foam mattress.
Consumer Reports had a lot to say about both foam and coil mattresses, so I was very excited when found a foam mattress that was 2 sided and was very light. The mattress I got is less than 4 pounds, which will be great for middle of the night sheet changes. A friend of mine got a coil mattress and it is between 10 and 15 lbs.
You can check it out at walmart . com search for item # 10391803
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