You love all your children, however, your second or succeeding child may be prone to hand-me-downs including cribs. While it can be seen as being practical and cost-saving to reuse a crib mattress there are some things you should be aware of
Sleep and Your Baby
Your baby spends a lot of time sleeping, more than half a day. This is reason enough to invest in a good crib mattress. Sleep plays a vital role in his development so give him the best sleeping experience you can.
If you give your child a hand-me-down used crib mattress there are a lot of things that this mattress has already gone through – from diaper leaks to spilled milk and other moisture. Moisture can encourage mold, bacteria and fungi growth and they are the last things you want your baby to be in contact with. Another thing is that older mattresses, those that were manufactured before 2009, contain harmful chemicals that are no longer used in new ones.