Choosing a Cot Bed Mattress

When you’re getting your nursery ready for baby, you need to find the cot mattress that’s right for them. A good mattress will help baby to sleep better – which means you may even get some shuteye too! This guide will tell you what you need to consider and take a look at the Ickle Bubba mattress range in more detail.

Choosing a mattress | What should I consider?

When it comes to mattresses, it’s important to understand your choices. Our cot mattress guide covers lots of important information, so once you’ve read that, it should hopefully be a little easier to make an informed choice. But first, let’s look at some of the simple considerations…

How to choose a cot bed mattress

There are a number of things to consider when looking for a cot bed mattress, these include:

  • Budget
  • Space
  • Comfort
  • Support
  • Longevity
  • Easy cleaning
  • Sustainability

Budgeting for your cot bed mattress

When it comes to shopping for baby, a budget is everything. While it would be great if the sky was the limit, with so much to buy, you have to make smart choices. It’s worth considering your cot mattress in your initial budget. The more you can put aside for it, the better your chances of getting a mattress that offers the right level of support and quality.

Think about your nursery size

The size of your child’s nursery can affect your options for mattresses. There are a range of sizes available to suit various cots, but not all mattress types are available in all sizes.

If your nursery is short on space, or you’re looking to fit your child’s cot in your room, you’ll need to identify what mattresses are available in these smaller sizes. Figure out the type of cot you need – standard cot bed, mini cot bed, space saving cot, etc. then you can find the right mattress to suit it. At Ickle Bubba, we have mattresses to suit every cot size we offer.

Understanding mattress cores

Comfort is a huge factor when picking a mattress. After all, you want your little one to enjoy long, cosy sleeps. But you also want to ensure that they have the proper support. The best way to look at this is to compare the various types of mattress cores. There are a range of cot mattress cores available, including:

  • Fibre
  • Foam
  • Sprung
  • Pocket Sprung

The different cores reflect different levels of comfort and support, along with additional factors such as sustainability and longevity. 

How long do you intend to use the mattress?

This is worth considering, as some mattresses offer more longevity. Mattresses that have a dual core design have one side that’s designed to be suitable for babies, while the other has been adapted to provide maximum support for a growing toddler.

Easy cleaning mattresses

Everyone knows that babies and toddlers can have occasional accidents at night – especially as they start to potty train. So, it’s always useful to find mattresses that are easy to clean. Look for whether they come with a removable and washable cover as that makes it much easier. It’s also important to look out for features such as waterproof and water resistant, as these can be a lifesaver too.

Sustainable mattresses

Sustainability is an increasingly important issues, and something many of us try to factor into our shopping habits. While not every mattress core is sustainable, some such as Fibre, are often made from recyclable and organic materials, so you can shop in an eco-friendly way. Be sure to check the product information to see if this applies to your mattress of choice.

Choosing a cot bed mattress | Ickle Bubba mattress range

Now you have an idea of what you’re looking for, let’s look at the Ickle Bubba cot bed mattress range in more detail.

Fibre cot & cot bed mattress

The Ickle Bubba Fibre mattress comes with a supportive fibre core that provides firm comfort. It's breathable with increased airflow to keep baby cool and comfortable. The mattress also includes a removable cover which is water resistant and machine washable at 30 degrees. 

Not only that but it's hypoallergenic and includes a waterproof nursery-grade PVC sleep to protect the mattress from nighttime accidents.

It is available in the following sizes:

Space Saver Cot: 100 x 50cm

Mini Cot Bed: 120 x 60cm

Classic Cot Bed: 140 x 70cm


Premium Sprung cot & cot bed mattress

The Ickle Bubba Premium Sprung mattress has a core made of high tensile springs encased in supportive, dent-resistant nursery grade foam to provide firm and comfortable support that doesn't loose its shape. Its core also comes with breathable fibre inner ways to keep air flowing through the mattress.

The core is wrapped in a soft, quilted removable cover that has hypoallergenic properties and can be machine washed at 30 degrees. It also features an additional adjustable waterproof nursery grade PVC sleep to protect against leaking nappies.

It is available in the following sizes:

Space Saver Cot: 100 x 50cm

Mini Cot Bed: 120 x 60cm

Classic Cot Bed: 140 x 70cm

All Seasons Pocket Sprung cot & cot bed mattress

The Ickle Bubba All Seasons Pocket Sprung mattress has a core that's made up of individually pocketed springs encased in supportive, dent-resistant nursery grade foam. This means the mattress contours to your child's body as they grow and provides comfortable support that holds its shape. Its breathable fibre walls promote airflow through the mattress.

The mattress cover dual sided meaning it regulates baby's temperate in all seasons. The spring/summer side features airflow mesh that provides enhanced breathability and cooling properties ideal for warmer weather. The autumn/winter side of the cover features bubble textured soft jersey fabric that helps to retain warmth in colder months. The cover can be washed at 30 degrees, is hypoallergenic and includes the adjustable waterpoof nursery grade PVC sleeve for little incidents.

It is available in the following sizes:

Space Saver Cot: 100 x 50cm

Mini Cot Bed: 120 x 60cm

Classic Cot Bed: 140 x 70cm

Choosing a mattress | Comparing mattresses

One helpful way to identify which mattress you want, is by comparing those on offer. By putting them side by side, you can see which ones offer the most features, and also figure out which elements are most important to you.

Mattress comparison chart

Below is a handy comparison chart for all Ickle Bubba cot bed mattresses, so you can find the one that’s right for you.


So, there you have it. That’s the Ickle Bubba cot bed mattress range in more detail, as well as some top tips for finding the mattress that’s right for you. Hopefully that gives you everything you need to make the right choice for baby, you, and bedtimes all-round.

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