How to pick the right mattress for your baby?

Among all of the pieces you need for your nursery, your baby’s mattress is an important purchase. There are a lot of options on the market, but there are some helpful tips to consider when looking for a mattress.

Safety Standards

All mattresses sold in Australia, need to meet the following standard; Australian Cot Mattress Standards, AS/NZS 8811.1:2013.

If the mattress you are looking at does not reference that the mattress meets this standard, it isn’t a mattress to be considered. 

At Tasman Eco, we’re proud to create some of Australia’s favourite baby mattresses. We have a few different mattress types, at different price points and using different material variations. 

It’s important to note that all Tasman Eco mattresses meet Australian standards.

Mattress Firmness 

Choosing a firm mattress is a good place to start when searching for a mattress. Initially, a firm mattress might not make sense and seem uncomfortable, but a firm baby mattress is an important safety measure for your sleeping baby.

Your baby’s mattress should be a firm sleep surface, as sleeping on a soft surface can increase the risk of sudden unexpected infant death, especially if the baby rolls over onto their stomach. Firm baby mattresses are as they give a sleeping baby a stable and firm surface that prevents them from sinking into the bedding and mattress. Additionally, a firm mattress provides a good and strong resistance when the baby eventually pushes or stands up in the cot.

It is important that any plastic packaging is removed before using the mattress with your baby. Also, if using a mattress protector, it should be strong and a tight fit on the mattress. Red Nose recommends never to use soft bedding under the bottom fitted sheet as these materials/fabrics can make the surface too soft for your baby.

Mattress Size 

The size of the mattress is another important factor to consider when purchasing your baby mattress. Most manufacturers, like Tasman Eco, will always suggest and recommend the correct mattress size when purchasing a cot.

There should be no more than a 20mm gap between the mattress and cot sides and ends, any gaps larger than 20mm puts your baby at risk of getting stuck in the space between the mattress and the cot.

Mattress Types

We’ve broken down the different mattress types for you and popped some shopping links down so you’re easily able to check out the different mattress options available to you.

Pocket Spring Mattress

The Tasman Eco Pocket Spring Mattress is a good one. However, when we talk about pocket spring mattresses (in general), they are generally considered to be ‘better’ than an innerspring mattress which has connected springs. Pocket spring mattresses, like ours, use an individual pocket spring base, providing excellent, individual support, as each spring is working on its own. 

The mattress also features layers of foam and felt, for increased comfort and firmness. It also has a 100% polyester cover that is breathable and light. 

The Pocket Spring Mattress is also available at a price point that is cheaper than some of our other mattresses, but ensures excellent value. It’s ‘cheaper’ price point is purely because we’re able to roll and compress the mattress into a small box. It means our shipping costs are significantly less because we’re able to ship over more mattresses at a time, saving on shipping costs and storage costs (because the box is so small), and we’re then able to pass the savings directly over to the customer. 

This mattress does not have a removable cover and no latex topper.

Our Orthopaedic Pocket Spring Mattress is a well-loved mattress. Similar to our rolled pocket spring mattress, it uses an individual pocket spring base that provides greater support as each spring is working on its own. The Orthopaedic Pocket Spring mattress comes with a 20mm latex and foam topper, helping to take pressure from the springs and also to ensure a cool sleeping space.

It comes with a removable washable and bamboo cover that also has a non-slip mesh base. The mesh base improves airflow (especially when paired with our slatted cot base) and also ensures the zipper for the cover is positioned at the bottom side, ensuring a seamless user and sleeping experience. Important to note that the orthopaedic mattress can only be used on one side. 

Innerspring Mattress

At Tasman Eco, we have two different innerspring mattress types; 

The Essential Innerspring Mattress has an innerspring base, similar to the foam mattress, they can be used on either side and they come with a non-removable polyester cover. The Essential Innerspring Mattress is recognised as a better option for airflow, more than foam. In addition, the Premium Innerspring Mattress has more of a luxurious cover, which is functional in the sense that it is removable, and the springs themselves are better. 

The Premium Innerspring Mattress also has an innerspring base, and when compared to the Essentials Innerspring Mattress, it is considered the premium option simply because of the quality of materials used. As mentioned previously, the Premium Innerspring Mattress has a removable cover, which is machine-washable, made of both polyester and cotton. The mattress can be used on both sides and the quality of materials throughout the entire mattress is more luxurious and of a slightly higher quality. 

Important to note that we will be discontinuing our Innerspring Mattresses in the coming months. 

Foam Mattresses









All of the Tasman Eco foam mattresses are made with a high-quality sponge, with a removable and polyester cover. Our foam mattresses can be used on both sides and are really an excellent and durable option. 

Foam mattresses are the best cost-effective option. They are safe, firm and comfortable for your little one. It’s important to know that our foam mattresses are available for compact cots and bassinets.