What to Look for in a Crib Mattress Pad

close up image of the corner of a crib mattress showing proper fitting of mattress encasements

A crib mattress pad helps protect your baby and toddler mattress from liquids and messes while providing an additional layer of comfort. When purchasing a mattress protector your toddler or baby mattress, here are some things to look for:

Fitted Skirt

The crib mattress pad should have a deep-pocketed, stretchy skirt that safely wraps all the way under your baby’s mattress. This will prevent any sliding, shifting, or bunching.   

Easy clean

A machine washable and dryer friendly crib mattress pad makes clean-up quick and easy!  Be sure to have at least one additional pad on hand for use while the other is in the wash. Some mattress pads have a waterproof barrier too.

Flat Surface

It’s essential to find a crib mattress pad with no raised or bumpy designs that could create a hazardous sleep environment. A crib mattress pad with a flat surface helps keep baby safe and protected.

Quilted Comfort

Keep baby cozy and comfortable with a quilted top crib mattress padWhile your crib mattress pad should have a fitted skirt, be easy to clean, and create a flat surface for baby, there are many options on the market that have additional benefits for baby.


Hypoallergenic materials help protect babies and toddlers from allergens.

Organic or Natural

Some crib mattress pads feature an organic cotton top for natural comfort for baby.

Cooling Comfort

Crib mattress pads with temperature regulating fabric can adapt to baby’s body temperature to keep your little one cool and comfortable by absorbing and evaporating moisture.

Stain Repellent

Some crib mattress pads feature added stain protection, to repel and release stains and odors to act as a mattress protector for your baby.


A crib mattress encasement is a popular item to use underneath a crib mattress pad. In addition to providing waterproof protection, encasements guard against household allergens and bed bugs! Look for a laboratory tested encasement that zips all the way around the crib mattress to protect infants and toddlers from allergens, pet dander, bed bugs, and other asthma instigators.