Most cribs come without the mattress and even though it makes for an added expense, it can be a good to pick a mattress of your choosing. From personal experience I have found that a comfortable mattress will make a huge difference in your baby's sleep time. We picked an 'egg crate' mattress from IKEA and the minute we put our baby girl on it she was in sleep heaven! Mind you, she's always been a good sleeper, but she sleeps even longer and better than before on this mattress.
You don't necessarily have to go to IKEA to get an 'egg crate' mattress, they are sold in most baby stores, but we liked IKEA's price and quality. Another idea is to try out the mattresses in the store, if they have them on display see if you can lay your baby on them. Even if the baby can't tell you she likes the mattress, you should be able to tell if she's comfortable on it in most cases. Try going at a time when your baby is not cranky or fussy and you should get better results.
No matter what style works best for you and the baby, making sure to choose something that the baby is comfortable in will make a big diffrence in her sleeping. Just like us adults, we get a better night's sleep when we are comfortable and naturally, the same goes for babies.
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|Jennifer Mathes, Ph.D.|