Innerspring Baby Mattress Buying Tips

Did you know that the best innerspring baby mattress will always have:

  • More layers of support than lower quality mattresses
  • These layers will be of higher quality than other mattresses

Let’s talk about coil count and coil gauge!

Coil count – refers to the # of springs or steel coils inside the mattress

coil gauge – refers to the thickness of the steel coils and ranges between 12.5 and 19. Where 12.5 is the thickest gauge and 19 the thinnest.

So What Are We Looking For?

  • We want a fairly high coil count! (135-150 is a good range)
  • We want the coil thickness or gauge to be 15.5 or lower

Crib Mattess Guide

One of my favorite mattressesNaturepedic Crib Mattress contains 150 coils. Please don't settle for a really cheap one that contains 88 coils or something like that, you'll regret it.


Please keep in mind that a 160 coil baby crib mattress with a thicker steel gauge can be firmer than a 280 coil baby crib mattress made of thinner steel.

Watch Out For The Sales Pitch!

I encountered a sales associate that tried to convince me to purchase a crib mattress that contained over 280 coils. Fortunately, at that point I knew that super high coil count was not a benefit if the coils were not thick enough. Instead. I chose a mattress with less but thicker coils.

Make Sure The Mattress Has A Good Insulator Pad

Do not buy innerspring mattresses that don’t have border rods

Border rods provide:

  • Extra firmness
  • Durability
  • Edge support

In this case the Naturepedic No Compromise is one of the healthiest crib mattresses offered. It is made of 100% organic cotton grown in the USA. Made with organic cotton promotes a non toxic healthy chemical free sleeping environment. It meets the GREENGUARD certification standards and is recommended by the "Healthy Child Healthy World" national children’s advocacy coalition.

  • 100% organic cotton fabric & filling
  • Waterproof wipe clean surface
  • Strong side and edge support
  • Firm & comfortable support
  • Hypoallergenic
  • Non-toxic fire protection
  • Traditional & seamless options
  • Meets and exceeds all Federal and State flammability standards
  • Standard crib size measures 27.75 x 52 x 6

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