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Welcome to our big pram mattress test 2022. Here we present all the pram mattresses that we have tested in detail. We have compiled detailed background information and added a summary of customer reviews on the web.

We would like to make your purchase decision easier and help you find the best pram mattress for you.

You will also find answers to frequently asked questions in our guide. If available, we also offer interesting test videos. Furthermore, you will also find some important information on this page that you should definitely pay attention to if you want to buy a pram mattress.




Summary

  • Pram mattresses can significantly improve your child's lying comfort, as they provide back-friendly cushioning.
  • Most pram mattresses are foam mattresses, with a distinction being made between cold foam and hard foam mattresses.More rarely, you will find coconut mattresses or 2-season mattresses.
  • Some foam mattresses are especially suitable for allergy sufferers, and they also generally have very good lying properties. What makes coconut mattresses so special is that they are made of pure natural fibres, and their firmness is said to be particularly healthy for children's backs.

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Guide: Questions you should ask yourself before buying a pram mattress

Do you need a pram mattress?

Your baby is likely to spend a lot of time in the pram. To ensure its healthy development and a restful sleep, a comfortably soft padding is therefore essential. For this reason, a pram mattress should be part of every pram kit. Whether or not you need to buy one depends on your choice of pram.

Newborn prams have either a soft carrycot or a carrycot with a hard shell. Carrycots are usually well lined on the entire inside, including the lying surface, so they have a kind of integrated baby mattress. An additional mattress is therefore not necessarily required, but is definitely recommended.

Combination prams in particular are often available as a complete set with numerous accessories, but other pram models are also often equipped with a pram mattress at the time of purchase. Depending on the price and manufacturer, the quality can vary greatly.

You should therefore check whether the mattress meets your requirements in terms of softness and stability. If not, it can of course be retrofitted without any problems.

However, soft padding is not only for comfort, but also to protect the child from bumps and knocks. Finally, the insert of the pram can also protect against the cold by taking on a kind of insulating function.

If you choose a mattress that is not too thick, you can also put a lambskin in the pram for this purpose. Certain mattress fillings and outer fabrics can also serve to regulate the temperature, i.e. counteract sweating at high temperatures.

The softer the better? No way! The most important thing is evenness. Even light padding is enough to sweeten a baby's dreams. Mattresses, nests and cavities that are too soft cause the little ones to "sink" and accumulate heat.

Did you know that in the future there could be prams with electric motors?

The technology is developing rapidly. It is possible that there will soon be self-propelled pushchairs, or pushchairs with automatic rain protection.

Do you need special protection for the pram mattress?

For hygienic reasons and to ensure that your pram mattress lasts as long as possible, we recommend that you only use it with extra protection. If you pay attention to high-quality materials, you can increase the sleeping comfort even more.

An ordinary fitted sheet is actually sufficient. This sheet keeps the worst dirt away from the sensitive mattress surface and the mattress core and can be removed and washed at any time. Alternatively, you can also buy a mattress topper.

What does a pram mattress cost?

Buying a mattress for the pram does not cost too much. Depending on the brand and material, prices range from 15-70 euros.

The cheaper models are usually foam mattresses. More expensive models, on the other hand, are often characterised by particularly high-quality, partly hypoallergenic materials such as coconut fibres in terms of outer fabric and core.

There are also special 2-season mattresses, where the properties of the top and bottom sides are optimally adapted to summer and winter respectively. They also belong to the higher-priced mattresses.

Type Price
Foam mattress approx. 15-30 euros
2-season mattress approx. 30 euros
Coconut mattress approx. 50-70 euros

Decision: What types of pram mattresses are there and which is the right one for you?

Basically, you can distinguish between three different types of pram mattresses:

  • Cold foam mattress
  • Latex mattress
  • Coconut fibre mattress

All types offer different advantages as well as disadvantages, which are mainly determined by their breathability and material properties. When choosing a suitable mattress for the pram, you should consider very carefully in advance which properties are most important for your own baby.

In order to be able to guarantee the highest lying or sleeping comfort for one's own child when on the move, factors such as the material, weight or material composition should be taken into account, as well as lying position, cosiness or temperature sensitivity.

In addition, it should always be remembered that the ideal mattress can vary greatly from person to person. In order to make an informed purchase decision, we will look at the advantages as well as the disadvantages of the individual mattress types below and show you which pram mattress is best for you.

How is a cold foam mattress constructed and what are its advantages and disadvantages?

The cold foam mattress is usually made from a plastic called "polyurethane". For this purpose, the raw mass is foamed by CO2 or water - at a low temperature. This is why this mattress is called a cold foam mattress.

After curing, cuts are added to the material to shape the lying zones. Cold foam mattresses are the cheapest option and offer a low weight for the pram and good thermal insulation and flexibility when lying down for the baby. The biggest disadvantage here is the lack of breathability and therefore also strong odour formation.

Advantages
  • Low weight
  • High flexibility
  • Good heat insulation
Disadvantages
  • High odour formation
  • Very low breathability

How is a latex mattress constructed and what are its advantages and disadvantages?

Latex mattresses are made of synthetic or natural rubber and are more environmentally friendly and also more hygienic than cold foam mattresses. The latex mattress is manufactured by heating the latex mixture in a steel mould and then providing it with holes, which are responsible for the flexibility and point elasticity of the mattress.

Due to the material, latex mattresses are ideally suited for babies as they prevent dust and thus mites, making them perfect for allergy sufferers. They also offer the ideal adaptability for any lying position. However, due to the material, latex also has the disadvantage of being heavier than other materials, which may be unsuitable for the pram.

Advantages
  • Prevents allergies
  • Hygienic
  • Adaptable
Disadvantages
  • High weight

How is a coconut fibre mattress constructed and what are its advantages and disadvantages?

Coconut mattresses have a core made of untreated coconut fibres, which are usually covered with a layer of natural latex. Due to the natural hollow fibre, the mattress has good breathability and a low weight.

In addition, the coconut mattress is free of synthetic or chemical substances, which is not only environmentally friendly, but also prevents allergic reactions. However, coconut mattresses are priced much higher than the other variants.

Advantages
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Hypoallergenic
  • Light weight
Disadvantages
  • High price

In summary, the following table compares the above materials.

Material Weight Allergies Breathable Adaptable Thermal insulation
Cold foam Low Not suitable for allergy sufferers Low Good Good
Latex High Prevents allergies Good Very good Good
Coconut Low Hypoallergenic Very good Very good Good

Buying criteria: Use these factors to compare and rate pram mattresses

In the following, we would like to show you which factors you can use to compare and evaluate pram mattresses. In this way, we would like to make your purchase decision easier.

In summary, these are:

  • Dimensions
  • Filling/ allergy suitability
  • Outer material/ Washability
  • Certifications

In the following paragraphs, you can read about the individual purchase criteria and how you can classify them.

Dimensions

Manufacturers usually offer their pram mattresses in several different sizes, as only an optimal fit in the pram can ensure satisfactory lying comfort. When comparing different pram mattresses, you should therefore make sure that they are available in the right size for your pram.

If the mattress is too small, there will be gaps and the space that the carrycot or soft carrycot would actually offer your baby will not be used to its full potential. If it is too big, however, you will have difficulties placing it in the pram.

At least on the Internet you can usually find a very large selection of different sizes. To make sure you buy the right one, we recommend that you measure the inside dimensions of your carrycot.

If it fits but is not the perfect size, the lying surface may not be flat. This would be very uncomfortable for your child.

The importance of a high-quality mattress for prams has been underestimated for a long time. Today, however, young parents know that because their offspring spends a large part of its first weeks and months in the pram, it is existentially important to equip it with a high-quality pram mattress. (Source: madeloneugelink / pixabay.com)

Filling/ allergy suitability

A good pram mattress is characterised by the fact that the baby lies straight on it without sinking in too far. This is important to protect the baby's back, because the spine of newborn babies is particularly sensitive. The quality of the mattress core is therefore of great importance because it is decisive for the degree of firmness of the mattress.

As a rule, coconut mattresses are somewhat harder than foam mattresses, but the degree of hardness can vary depending on the type of foam and the structure of the mattress. Furthermore, the filling has an effect on the breathability of the mattress.

Did you know that the first prams were called "perambulators"?

They became widespread from the 1900s onwards. In 1920, the first prams were made of steel. Because the bureaucracy was concerned about road safety, it was compulsory to put number plates on prams in Germany in the beginning. In England, it was forbidden to drive on the pavements with prams.

Some foam mattresses, for example, have built-in ventilation channels that ensure optimal air circulation. This prevents the child from sweating in warm temperatures and also prevents moisture from accumulating in the mattress.

Regarding the different types of foam, it can be said that cold foam is both particularly air-permeable and light due to its open pores. Furthermore, this material is considered to be environmentally friendly and hard-wearing. Finally, cold foam has excellent lying properties due to its good point elasticity.

PU or soft foam mattresses are somewhat cheaper to produce. For a long time, the quality of soft foam mattresses was generally worse than that of cold foam mattresses. In the meantime, however, improved manufacturing processes have made it possible to produce soft foam mattresses that can easily compete with cold foam mattresses.

Foam mattresses can also be suitable for allergy sufferers because their material is hypoallergenic and easy to clean.

Coconut mattresses are made of pure natural fibres, which in some cases are coated with latex to make them water-repellent. This material is often found in combination with other high-quality natural materials, such as virgin wool, hemp or linen fibres. The firmness of this mattress is ideal for your baby's back.

Outer material/ Washability

When buying a mattress, you should look for a high-quality cover material to increase your baby's sleeping comfort. It would also be an advantage if the cover could be cleaned in the washing machine.

A high cotton content is desirable for the outer cover of the mattress, as it is a natural material that is kind to the skin and also very absorbent. In combination with polyester, cotton is particularly easy to care for, and such a material composition also has good heat-balancing properties.

Due to the hygiene factor, the cover should be removable and washable if possible. Light stains can also be cleaned by hand, but a really thorough cleaning is not possible in this way. Machine washing at a higher temperature, on the other hand, kills all germs and even mites that are a health hazard.

Certifications

As the baby comes into direct contact with the pram mattress, it should be free of any harmful substances. The most common certifications for pram mattresses are the LGA seal of approval and the Oeko-Tex 100 standard. Some pram mattresses also have the FKT test seal.

The former confirms that the product has withstood the strict criteria for testing for harmful substances set by the Landesgewerbeanstalt Bayern (Bavarian Trade Institute). The Oeko-Tex Standard 100 is an independent, international certification system for textiles of all kinds, which tests the content of heavy metals, pesticides and other toxic substances, among other things.

There are different test classes. If textiles can withstand the strict criteria of test class 1, they are also safe for babies and small children in direct contact.

The FKT test procedure is a two-stage process. Here, the textiles are not only tested for known harmful or toxic substances, but are also examined for their actual body compatibility. More precisely, the FKT seal stands for "medically tested - tested for harmful substances".

Facts worth knowing about pram mattresses

What alternatives are there to pram mattresses?

Some parents decide against buying a pram mattress and instead put a blanket or lambskin in the pram.

Baby tubs only offer enough space for a few months; they are specially designed for newborns. Your baby will therefore quickly become too big for them, so you will have to switch to the pushchair attachment if you have opted for a combination pushchair.

Otherwise you will have to buy another pram from that point on. This means that a pram mattress designed for the carrycot will also only have a very short useful life.

Parents who want to save themselves this short-term investment therefore simply place a folded blanket in the carrycot. Soft carrycots, in contrast to hard shell baby tubs, are usually already equipped with a lightly padded bottom, which is why padding with a folded blanket is considered sufficient in some cases.

However, pram mattresses can already be purchased for about 15 euros, so one cannot speak of high acquisition costs.

Lamb skins are also popular for the pram. A lambskin insert clearly offers softer padding than a blanket, and lambskin is also said to have a thermoregulating effect. In winter, it keeps your child cosy and warm and prevents them from getting cold, while in summer it ensures that your child does not sweat excessively.

However, there are also many critical voices about lambskin. The fluff, which can easily get into the child's respiratory tract on direct contact, is considered particularly problematic. In addition, there is sometimes talk of heat accumulation, impeded air circulation and allergy triggering. You should decide for yourself what you think about this.

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