Although these crib mattress covers don’t cost a lot of money (you can buy a decent one for under $20) some parents simply just don’t want to waste the money or are on an already tight budget.
In my personal opinion, with the experience I have had raising four kids, I would definitely recommend you use a good quality crib mattress pad that is waterproof and comfortable for your baby.
Just like having extra fitted crib sheets comes in handy, having a waterproof mattress cover definitely comes in handy with a baby. As you probably know (or may not know) babies tend to drool, spit up, and have leaky diapers a lot.
This often happens at night when your baby is sleeping and there is nothing worse than realizing at 3 in the morning that you can’t lie your baby back down to sleep because her crib mattress is soaked with pee or spit up.
It is so much easier to simply take off the mattress cover and toss it in the washer then to sit there and try to scrub the stain out of the mattress when you are half asleep and your baby is crying.
Not only is this a pain and inconvenient for you but your baby’s bodily fluids can easily ruin your crib mattress as well. You don’t want stains all over your crib mattress and you don’t want the mattress to get wet and stay wet as this is a breading ground for bacteria and mold to grow.
I would recommend that you buy two crib mattress protectors so that when one gets wet you can easily place a new one on right away as you wash the other one.
The protector also makes the mattress a bit more comfortable as it does offer a soft surface to lie on but is still safe for babies.
My Recommendation for a Good Waterproof Crib Mattress Protector Pad
As mentioned you don’t have to spend a lot of money on a good crib mattress cover. You can buy the American Baby Waterproof Crib Mattress Protective Pad for less than $18 (price is subject to change) and it works great.
It fits just like a fitted crib sheet would as it has elastic all around the corners that makes a snug fit on the mattress. It is even quilted to provide comfort to your little one and does a great job keeping any liquid off of the actual mattress.
There are more expensive mattress pad covers that you can buy and there are organic ones if you are going with all organic crib bedding but this mattress pad is inexpensive and it works great and I would recommend it to all new parents.
How To Use a Crib Mattress Protector Pad
It’s really simple to use the mattress pad is you simply place the cover over the crib mattress making sure that it securely fits around the mattress.
Then, you place the fitted crib sheet over the mattress pad. The protector does go under the sheet and is not seen. You still do need crib sheets when you use a crib mattress cover.
Most covers are machine washable and should be switched out on a regular basis. If your baby has an accident or spits up all over you should take the cover off and wash it according to the directions and not leave it wet on the crib.
If you are still on the fence about needing a crib mattress pad protector then let me just tell you that it is so worth the money. You want to keep your baby’s mattress as clean and safe as possible and the protector helps you do that. Plus, it really is no fun trying to clean up a puked on mattress at 2 in the morning while your baby is crying. Spend the extra money (or register for your baby shower) and get the waterproof crib mattress cover.