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Do I Need a Crib Mattress Pad or Mattress Protector?

Do I need a crib mattress pad or mattress protector for my new or other online mattress? This is by far one of the most common questions I receive on my blog, and it’s long over due for a quick question and answer post. First off, it’s important to note the differences between crib mattress pad and mattress protectors.

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What is a crib mattress pad?

crib mattress pad is a relatively thick piece of quilted material that sits on top of your mattress, but below your sheets. A mattress pad can help to protect your mattress to some degree from general wear and tear, and help reduce allergens, but in general you’d purchase a crib mattress pad to add comfort to your mattress. The primary reason I would suggest buying a mattress pad is because you’re unhappy with your current mattress and a crib mattress pad can be a nice short term solution to add comfort to an older or uncomfortable mattress.

What is a mattress protector?

A mattress protector also sits directly on the surface of your mattress, but below your sheets. It’s similar to a fitted sheet in the way it covers the mattress. They are generally made from cotton, polyester, or other materials, and are designed to help repel liquid and prevent other sources of damage. The most common use for a mattress protector is simply as a liquid protector.

In the event you were to spill a drink, have an accident prone child or pet, or have a sexy-times accident, the mattress protector will help to ensure your expensive mattress stays fresh, clean, and unsoiled.

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Do I need a crib mattress pad?

If you have an older mattress that you’re not terribly happy with I would recommend a mattress pad. Crib mattress pad are an inexpensive way to add a little life to older or otherwise uncomfortable mattresses. If it’s a new mattress, there is no need to purchase a crib mattress pad (assuming you are happy with the mattress).

A mattress protector on the other hand is all but required. It’s inexpensive, protects your investment, has no visible impact, and shouldn’t dramatically change the way the mattress feels. In my book it’s a no brain. 

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