How to prop a crib mattress


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Read this description to know more about how to prop a crib mattress. A baby spends more than 14 to 18 hours a day and night in the crib. So, it’s pretty natural that you want to make the right choice when choosing the crib mattress as a parent. While other factors, such as quality and foam and Comfort also play a vital role in this regard. Crib mattresses are the one which fits a standard-sized baby crib. But it is very necessary to have such a platform so that your baby can comfortably sleep and there is no danger of any incident.

To make your baby more comfortable it is necessary to slightly elevate the head of the baby during sleep. It will prevent them from choking, coughing due to secretions in the neck etc. So this description will help you, with how to prop a mattress with to choose less almost all doctors and pediatricians prescribe that the baby’s head should be elevated during sleep feeding or any other activity because this slightly inclined sleeping position is a very good and comfortable position for kids and babies especially. In this article, we will tell you about different ways to elevate the crib or to buy a type of crib which is slightly inclined.

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How To Prop a Crib Mattress In 2022:

Elevate a crib mattress at home:

There are two main options to do this, some are as follows:

First Method:

1. The first and the easiest thing you can do is you can simply take a towel
2. Now rolled up the towel
3. Prop the head of the crib up about 4 to 6 inches for the proper incline position.
4 . Now put the rolled towel under the crib mattress.
caution: you should be 100% sure that no loose blankets or material is hanging or sticking out of the crib because it can lead to Sudden Infant Death Syndrome.

Second Method

Tilt the mattress or crib:
You can change the height of the crib mattress by simply raising or lowering the mattress’s supporting platform or the framework
Remove all the sheets and mattress cover then remove the mattress.
The mattress will be resting on a supporting platform. Where this platform attaches to the crib frame there may be some attachments or hooks that allow you to lower the mattress as the child grows older. While maintaining the head portion of the mattress in its current location, lower the feet portion one or two positions.

Third method

1: Buy a crib wedge from the market.
2: Place the wedge underneath the t you have the right amount of incline and fit perfectly so the mattress shouldn’t budge or be unsupportive.
Crib wedge:
The crib wedge is flat and level, so the sleeping surface should be very secure.
They’re designed in such a way that it fits in crib width, so no extra material is hanging out of the crib
They’ll give you the right amount of incline position every time for your baby.

Fourth method:

Bed riser:
In this method, you can simply put books or some other hard material on the bed foot.
It should not be Slippery material
It should be more than 4 inches high.
You should properly fix the bed so that it should not slip from its position.

Why vote for a crib mattress?

The REASON behind sleeping babies in an inclined position is that an inclined or elevated position is very necessary for the drainage fluid to fluid the head, neck and face area.
For babies, all the doctors and padiatricians recommend that while sleeping or feeding the baby’s head should be in an inclined or slightly elevated position to prevent them from choking or ear infections.
Some doctors will recommend that babies sleep on a slight incline of elevated position to help with:

  • A stuffy nose from a cold
  • Other congestion
  • Reflux or gastroesophageal reflux
  • Ear infections
  • Cough
  • Vomiting

Recommended angle for babies:

The most commonly recommended angle for babies sleeping on an incline or head elevated position is between 15-30 degrees.
Many doctors still prescribe inclined sleeping to help and prevent certain conditions.

The exact method of propping the crib mattress:
Step one:
Mark the height:

Remove the mattress from the crib:

Using a tape measure or ruler, mark a spot around 4-6 inches from the bottom of the bed support. You should elevate or incline angle of between 15-30 degrees. Don’t do anything more than 6 inches otherwise, the angle will be too steep.
Step two:
Now place rolled-up blankets, towels, or a 1or 2 pillows under the mattress

You want the base of the mattress to rest firmly at the new height you’ve marked off.

Step three:
Replace the mattress again in the crib to make sure that no loose cloth or towel or bed sheet has been hanging out of the mattress because it can lead to sudden Infant Death Syndrome in a few minutes.

To prop your baby’s crib mattress up safely during sleep when your baby has a cold, always try to elevate the head of the crib by placing a firm pillow or cushion under the mattress. Never put pillows or any soft bedding in your baby’s cribs

Always keep in mind a few things while inclining the crib mattress ;

Stop using sleep positioners because they may be dangerous
Using a sleep positioner to hold an infant on his or her back for sleep is hazardous and unnecessary.
Never put pillows, wedges, comforters, or quilts under an infant in a crib because if they are loose and hanging out your baby can be caught in it and it can lead to suffocation and death ( Sudden Infant Death Syndrome)
Always put an infant to sleep on his or her back at night and at nap time to reduce the risk



When your baby suffers from a disease called reflux, also known as acid reflux or GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease). Gastro-oesophageal is a very common complaint of all mothers as babies’ grows the digestive systems are still getting used to the whole digesting thing. after eating, their stomach can’t digest all of the milk, so it comes back up. For many babies, it will go away all by itself without much other than positioning management. Simply elevating the head of the baby will solve the problem, by putting a towel pillow beneath the crib mattress will give you the right position.


Many babies in their early life usually suffer from some very common illnesses common cold, sore throat, and respiratory infections and these can lead to severe cough during the night as the secretions fall in the throat so simply elevating the baby heads will solve the problem, so prop up the crib mattress by putting towel pillow or crib wedge.
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It is concluded that When a baby lies down to sleep he or she loses the necessary effect of gravity, which helps keep the stomach’s contents in the stomach and helps in digestion. Oftentimes, nights are the worst times for children suffering from acid reflux or gastroesophageal reflux which leads to choking. So the most common and important suggestion to reduce bad or harmful reflux to the stomach up is to have the baby sleep on a prop crib mattress so that the feet of the baby is slightly lower than its head, by simply propping the baby’s crib mattress, which is easiest and safest.

Frequently Asked Questions:

Q: Can you elevate a crib mattress?

Ans: No it’s not a good idea to elevate your crib mattress, Avoid devices designed to maintain head elevation in the crib. Elevating the head of a baby’s crib is not effective in reducing gastroesophageal reflux. It’s also not safe as it increases the risk of the baby rolling to the foot of the bed or into a position that may cause sudden Infant Death Syndromes.

Q:Are crib wedges safe?

Ans: yes the crib wedges are safe but they should not be higher than the required amount. Using a sleep positioner to hold an infant on his or her back for sleep is dangerous and unnecessary. Never put towels, pillows, wedges, comforters, or quilts under an infant in a crib, Always put an infant to sleep on his or her back at night and at nap time to reduce the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome.

Q: What should you do if the baby slides down on the crib mattress:

Ans: it is theanine of concern because if your baby slides down in the crib it can lead to serious conditions like sudden Infant Death Syndrome. This is one of the main reasons some doctors and pediatricians are prescribing against elevating cribs because sometimes babies will slide down due to the incline and leading to suffocation and eventually death.

But for very young babies without much movement and skills, this method of inclining is very useful, and will prevent your baby from coughing, blocked nose and choking. Now If you find out that your baby is sliding, you should always reconsider the height of your incline or elevation. It should not be more than 20 to 30 degrees, usually higher than the required amount that can lead that baby crib.

Q: Is it helpful in elevating a baby’s head during the flu or common cold?

Ans It helps a lot, Placing a folded towel underneath one end of your baby’s mattress slightly raises the head while they sleep. The added height, even if it’s just an inch or two, will allow mucus to drain from your baby’s nose and mouth while they’re resting and your baby will sleep comfortably.

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By Muhammad Asim