Choosing a Cot Bed Mattress

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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.

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  1. What should I consider?
  2. The Ickle Bubba mattress range
  3. Comparing mattresses

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.

Close up image of the top of a cot bed mattress.

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.

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Fibre cot and cot bed mattress

The Ickle Bubba Fibre mattress is made with 100% recyclable fibre material, making it an environmentally friendly choice. It comes with a removable cover for easy washing at 40 degrees. Its features include hypoallergenic properties to reduce the chance of baby having an allergic reaction, it’s 100% breathable for a better night sleep and it absorbs moisture to keep baby dry at night.

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Sprung cot and cot bed mattress

The Ickle Bubba Sprung mattress is made with flexible and robust springs cocooned in soft foam padding. It includes a removable quilted cover to provide extra easy-clean comfort for baby, and the features include hypoallergenic and moisture absorbing properties, as well as being 100% breathable.

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Pocket Sprung cot and cot bed mattress

Providing plenty of support, the Ickle Bubba Pocket Sprung mattress is made up wot 190 individually pocketed springs, which offer a greater level of support and more flexibility. It’s surrounded with a removable quilted flat-weave microfibre cover that provides luxurious comfort and includes that same great features as the rest of our range – it’s 100% breathable, with hypoallergenic and moisture absorbing benefits.

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Elegant cot bed mattress

The Ickle Bubba Elegant Mattress comes with 190 individual pocket springs which provide a supportive core and features a dual sided cover that lets you use either side. The surface uses Tencel fabric which is more environmentally friendly than some fabrics while also being high quality, absorbent and breathable. It has a high moisture wicking ability which means is pulls sweat away from baby’s skin and evaporates quickly. It includes an inner waterproof cover ideal for night time accidents and has a water resistant surface.

All that plus:

  • 100% breathable
  • Hypoallergenic and moister absorbing
  • Removable cover
  • Washable at 40%

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Deluxe cot bed mattress

The Ickle Bubba Deluxe mattress is made with 190 individually pocketed springs that a encased in high-grade foam layers – to provide even more robust and durable support. It features a dual core, with one side firmer for baby and the other softer for toddlers. The quilted fabric includes Coolmax all-season performance which means the mattress cover which provides the right level of protection in summer and winter, keeping baby cool or warm when they need it.

All that plus:

  • High moisture wicking
  • Inner waterproof cover
  • Water resistant sleep surface
  • 100% breathable
  • Hypoallergenic and moister absorbing
  • Removable cover
  • Washable at 40%

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Finest cot bed mattress

The Ickle Bubba Finest mattress is made with 220 individual pocket springs encased in high-grade foam layers, for durable, robust support that responds to your child as they move in the night. The dual core design provides the right level of comfort for baby and toddler and the Coolmax all-season performance will keep them at the right temperature no matter what time of year.

All that plus:

  • High moisture wicking
  • Inner waterproof cover
  • Water resistant sleep surface
  • 100% breathable
  • Hypoallergenic and moister absorbing
  • Removable cover
  • Washable at 40%

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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.

A chart comparing the various Ickle Bubba mattresses and their features.


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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