Pack ‘n Play Mattress Q&A – Expert Answers

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These are frequently asked questions by parents who have their baby resting on a Pack ‘n Play.

Does a pack ‘n play ever need a mattress?

Some parents put their baby in a pack ‘n play in their room, to be as safe as possible from SIDS. But the pack ‘n play mattress is basically made of wood underneath and they want a more comfortable mattress for their little one. What we recommend is only to use the hard mattress of the playard because it leaves no gaps in the corners or edges. These gaps can cause entrapment and suffocation.

Yet, if you plan to use one, make sure there are no gaps on the sides. The mattress has to be firm, but it’s better than wood. Roll up a sheet and make sure everything is flat and fit tightly.

Is there a mattress for Pack ‘n Play?

There are several specific solutions for corrals. Some are mattresses and others are padded sheets.

A recommended mattress is the Dream On Me. It fits beautifully into the playpen. Baby may like it a lot more than the original “mattress” of the pack ‘n play.

There are also organic products: the Sproutwise Kids soft organic folding playpen mattress. It remains firm but much more comfortable and fits the playard perfectly. It is placed on top of the playpen mattress and then both are wrapped in crib sheets.

little one quilted sheet

Finally, you can get Little One’s quilted sheet. This offers a little more cushioning but keeps the firmness of the mattress. First you put this padded sheet on the pack n’ play, then a regular crib sheet, so if she spits or has an accident, all you have to do is change the crib sheet.

How do you clean a Pack ‘n Play mattress?

Here we offer three different ways to keep your playpen mattress completely clean.

  1. The first is to clean it with a baby wipe, it could remove stains. However, if you want to do a deep cleaning, you can soak it in a tub full of hot water with laundry soap, vinegar, and baking soda.
  2. Maybe you couldn’t get the smell of vinegar out and it drives you crazy. In this case, we recommend Oxi clean baby stain stainover spray or powder with no perfume. Simply fill your bathtub and soak the mattress if necessary. This option removes 99% of stains.
  3. The last option is quite simple. Just buy crib sheets for the baby pack ‘n play mattress and wash them whenever you need to.

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