Having a pack n play, playard or mini-crib around for your baby or toddler is so handy. Not only will it provide a comfortable bed at home, but it can be taken around with you for some napping on the go.
A pack n play needs to be three things – comfortable, reliable and portable. Often the base of the playard is hard, cold and uncomfortable so many parents add in a specially sized mattress for increased coziness. To choose the best pack n play mattress, you need to make sure it ticks all these boxes.
Your pack n play mattress can offer a comfortable sleeping space for your baby, or extra cushioning for playtime in the pack n play cot. It is versatile enough to fill many roles in your baby’s life, cutting out the need for many different products.
To help you make a decision on which pack n play is best for you, here are some things to consider before buying one, and a list of the best pack n play mattresses for your baby!
What To Consider
There are a couple of considerations you need to factor in when purchasing a mini-crib mattress:
If you already have a pack ‘n’ play at home, you will need to purchase a mattress that fits into the pack n play, and one which suits the style as well. Some pack n plays have an attachable bassinet sitting at the top, and others are just an open structure. Make sure that the mattress you choose will fit the style of the pack n play you have at home.
Just like the style of the mattress, the fit is so important. Most pack n plays are made to the same size, but there might be a small difference between each. The best way to determine the best fit is to actually test the mattress in the pack n play, or try and get as close-to-perfect measurements as possible.
The mattress should sit snug in the pack n play, and you should not be able to fit more than one finger between the edges all the way around. The right fit goes a long way to ensure your child is safe when inside the pack n play.
To keep your baby cool and dry, and to create a hygienic sleep and play place, you should choose a mattress that has good ventilation. Some mattresses are naturally breathable, while others come with built-in vents on the sides. Further to this, the mattress should have a hypoallergenic cover and be breathable.
As comfortable as it might sound, a soft mattress is not ideal for a baby. Soft bedding is considered to be a possible SIDS risk and should be avoided.
If you are able to, you can test the firmness of the mattress by pressing a finger down on the surface. If it indents easily, it is too soft for your baby.
There are two types of mattresses you can choose from – foam and innerspring. An innerspring mattress is not always best for a pack n play, and they tend to tear, however, a good quality innerspring mattress is better than a cheap foam mattress.
A good quality foam mattress is best for pack n plays, they are comfortable and safe, and often lightweight and hypoallergenic.
When it comes to buying a mattress, it is always a better option to buy a new one. You can never be sure of what a second-hand mattress has been through, and it might be harboring bacteria or fungi growth. Rather; spend a little bit extra to buy a brand new mattress for your baby.
It does make life a lot easier if you choose a pack n play mattress that is easy to travel with, and which folds away easily. Some roll-up and some fold together, but whichever you choose, make sure it can be carried around easily.
Some pack n play mattresses come with a protector, but if not, it is a good idea to purchase one. The protector pad will keep the mattress safe and clean. Our Stuff4Tots Protector Pad is 100% waterproof, with a breathable layer, to keep the mattress dry, clean, and free from odors.
While protecting the mattress, it is still incredibly soft and comfortable for your baby.
Why You Need A Pack N Play Mattress
For busy parents, a pack n play can be such a useful baby item. It gives your baby a safe place to play during the day, while still allowing you to keep an eye on them. A pack n play, with a comfortable and safe mattress, is also a great sleep space for your baby. It can be moved around the house as you do, or be taken out when on holiday or visiting family and friends.
Most pack n plays do come with a matt or pad, but these often are not comfortable enough for sleeping, so an additional pack n play mattress will finish it off perfectly.
The Best Pack n Play Mattresses
Now that you know what to look for in a pack n play mattress, here are some of the better ones on the market that will be the perfect addition to your pack n play at home.
NapYou Pack n Play Mattress
The NapYou Pack n Play mattress is a great option, it is comfortable, portable and safe for your baby to use.
Made from an organic cotton and polyester blend, the mattress is both durable and super soft to the touch, making it one of the most comfortable choices for your little one.
The mattress measures 28 x 40 x 1.5 inches and has rounded corners to ensure it fits snug into the larger pack n plays. The mattress is also foldable, which allows you to travel around with it easily, and to pack it away compactly when not in use.
This mattress is the perfect addition to a pack n play and will turn the pack n play into a safe sleeping place for your baby.
Pack n Play Mattress Pad
The Memory Foam Pack n Play Mattress pad is a dual-sided mattress, one side featuring dense foam, and the other side featuring memory foam. It offers great versatility and is one of the most comfortable mattresses around.
The soft, washable cover is removable with zips and offers ultimate softness and the best healthy sleep for your baby. The cover can be easily removed and cleaned in the wash, for easy and convenient cleaning of any spills or messes.
The rounded corner mattress measures 36 x 26 x 2.25, which is the right size to fit gap-free into most standard-sized pack n plays. The dual firmness system is great for both toddlers and infants and will last throughout their infancy and childhood.
The cover and the mattress are odor, mold, and mildew resistant, and free from any harmful toxins. The lock stitching of the cover also keeps out all external contaminants, creating an incredibly safe sleep space.
Covering all the bases in comfort and hygiene, this pack n play mattress will be one of the safest bets for your little one.
Milliard Memory Foam Pack n Play Mattress Topper
Give your baby the ultimate comfort with the memory foam mattress from Milliard, with soft foam contours to cradle their little bodies for a restful night.
A waterproof, washable cover is your defense against spills and nappy accidents. It can be easily removed and thrown into the wash for quick cleaning. Being waterproof, the cover protects the mattress from staining and bacteria.
The mattress itself is free from harmful toxins and chemicals, making it completely safe for your baby. The mattress can roll up into a smaller carry size and comes with a carry strap that makes it so much easier to travel with or to store away until needed again.
Made with 2-inch-thick 100% memory foam, the mattress weighs only 2.5lbs and will last for many years without losing shape.
Comfortable, safe and long-lasting, your baby can use this mattress all the way through toddlerhood for restful nights and happy play!
Dream On Me Play Yard Mattress
Suited for a pack n play and play yards, the Dream On Me mattress will be your go-to for sleep solutions, and for playtime during the day.
The waterproof lock-stitch binding is antibacterial and ensures the mattress is free from mold, mildew and other odors that may occur. Measuring 25.5 x 37.5 x 3, it is suitable for many different pack n plays and will fit in snug for safety.
The product is certified by GreenGuard to have low chemical emissions, giving you peace of mind that it is free from harmful toxins and chemicals, only offering the safest sleeping space for your baby.
With a dreamy design, this pack n play mattress will fit in perfectly to your baby’s sleeping space and can be easily moved around when needed.
Dourxi Tri-Fold Pack n Play Mattress
The optimal design of this mattress allows it to see to your growing baby’s needs, is thoughtfully designed to be thicker and more comfortable for the best safety support.
The mattress is the perfect balance between firmness and soft comfort, offering a cozy, yet safe, sleeping space for your little one.
Folding up in three parts, the mattress can either be used at home in the pack n play or can be taken out when traveling, for nappy changes or for visiting family. The carry bag fits the mattress easily when folded, and makes traveling that much easier.
Suited for a standard pack n plays, the mattress measures 37.5 x 26 x 3, with square corners to fit safely in the standard pack n play.
The removable and washable outside cover fits tightly over the mattress, for extra safety, and is easily maintained by being completely washable.
For the parent on the go, this is a great option. It is safe, hygienic and comfortable, all while being easy to travel with.
The Best Pack n Play Mattress
Choosing a good pack n play mattress will not only give your little one the best space for a comfortable rest, but it will give you peace of mind knowing that you have provided the safest and coziest sleep space for your baby to enjoy.
Keep in mind that you should consider the measurements of the mattress to fit into your pack n play to ensure there are no free spaces for your baby to fall into while asleep.
Your pack n play, with a mattress, will be so handy to have at home, for sleep time, playtime, traveling, or even nappy changes on the go!