Can we talk? The less pretty side of parenting involves clean up duty. If your child has frequent diaper leaks or spits up a lot, you may want to invest in a waterproof crib mattress protector.
That’s because conventional mattresses often have quilted covers that are “water resistant” but not waterproof. Ditto for eco-friendly mattresses that are not even minimally water resistant.
Translation: if you have one of these crib mattresses, “moisture” can sink inside your crib mattress and create an EPA Superfund site before you know it.
Even if your crib has a waterproof cover, it might be easier to use a waterproof pad that can be thrown in the wash rather than wiping down the crib mattress several times a day.
Note: our recommendations here fit full-size cribs—not portable cribs or travel bassinets. Those sleep solutions have smaller mattresses.
Our top pick for crib mattress protector, American Baby Company’s Waterproof Fitted Crib and Toddler Protective Mattress Pad Cover, topped our testing—it was waterproof, quiet and a good value. In general, we like the American Baby brand as well, which has a good reputation over the 20 years we’ve been researching crib bedding.