Because a newborn will develop so rapidly over the first two years, Colgate crib mattresses are designed to cater to an infant’s growth. We as adults are already fully developed and therefore choose a mattress for the most comfortable sleep. With an infant, however, the mattress is more than a sleeping surface, it is their growth and developmental center. During sleeping periods, an infant needs a firm, flat, even surface to maximize his or her development. This is particularly important when the infant becomes more active in the crib. They need the firm surface to provide the resistance as they begin to push up, turn and eventually stand in the crib. A solid mattress base provides the resistance necessary for developing and strengthening muscles. Ask yourself this: Is it easier for an adult to walk on a wooden floor or a waterbed? That is the same concept when an infant begins to stand in the crib.
One of the latest innovations in crib mattress design involves breathability or the ability to enhance airflow. A well-designed, breathable mattress creates an internal microclimate that can both cool or warm baby, depending on the environment, thanks to internal air circulation. If the nursery is cool, a truly breathable mattress allows baby’s natural body heat to warm the air inside the mattress and as it circulates inside the mattress, it warms baby. If the room is warm, the heat from baby’s body goes inside the mattress and dissipates to help cool baby.
Some manufacturers call their mattresses breathable even though it’s only the cover that’s truly breathable. The most breathable mattresses are those that allow air to freely circulate inside the mattress as well as allow outside air to pass into the mattress. Most foam crib mattresses have only a very small degree of breathability, but Colgate uses high quality, open cell foam and PE foam engineered with air channels to enhance circulation. All innerspring mattresses have a degree of breathability due to the natural space between coils.