Carter’s Waterproof Fitted Quilted Crib Mattress Cover

Last updated date: September 17, 2020

DWYM Score
9.5

Carter’s Waterproof Fitted Quilted Crib Mattress Cover

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Overall Take

This mattress cover is built to fits a standard size crib mattress, 28" x 52", snugly. If fitted around the correct mattress size, it won't move around and will provide both comfort and protection to your baby during sleep. The cushiony quilted top will provide an extra layer of softness to ensure comfort throughout the night. In our analysis of 22 expert reviews, the Carter's Carter's Waterproof Fitted Quilted Crib Mattress Cover placed 2nd when we looked at the top 7 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

Editor's Note September 17, 2020:
Checkout The Best Crib Mattress Cover for a detailed review of all the top crib mattress covers.

Expert Summarized Score
9.4
2 expert reviews
User Summarized Score
9.6
2,933 user reviews
Our Favorite Video Reviews
What experts liked
The quilted polyester top has a cushiony, comfortable feel with a waterproof vinyl pad to keep the crib mattress protected.
- Good Housekeeping
Secure fit. It goes on easily and won’t move out of place. When you’re ready to take it off, it removes easily as well.
- Baby Know How
What experts didn't like

From The Manufacturer

Carter's - Fitted Crib Pad - This fitted crib pad fits a standard size crib mattress 28" x 52". Featured in solid white. Made of soft polyester fabric. Perfect baby basic every nursery needs. Fabrics are 100% Polyester. Solid White. Fits a Standard Size Crib Mattress 28" x 52". Machine wash separately in cold water, gentle cycle. Use only non-chlorine bleach when needed. Tumble dry on low heat. Do Not Iron. Do not dry clean.

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An Overview On Crib Mattress Covers

As you’re setting up your baby’s nursery, one of the biggest purchases you’ll make is a crib. From birth to at least the first year of your child’s life, hours will be spent on that mattress, so you’ll want it to be as safe and comfortable as possible.

One issue most parents will face with crib mattresses is moisture. Moisture can come from a variety of sources, including diaper leaks, saliva, sweat and tears. You’ll want to not only keep your baby dry throughout the night but also prevent the bacteria that can build up over time with excessive moisture.

A good mattress cover will collect that moisture while also providing a protective layer that keeps the baby above it dry. But mattress covers also help keep irritants like dust mites tucked safely inside. Over time, mattresses collect dead skin and hair, even when a baby is resting atop one, and the dust mites that result can serve as allergens to babies that are sensitive.

When looking for a crib mattress, though, safety and waterproofing aren’t the only factors to consider. You can still get those features without sacrificing comfort. Many feature quilted tops that provide an extra layer of cushioning between the baby and the mattress. This will combine comfort and safety to give both baby and parents a better night’s sleep.

DWYM Fun Fact

Mattresses are very absorbent in nature, which means they tend to soak up things throughout the night. This starts with the moisture that emits from you as you sleep. Humans produce as much as 26 gallons of sweat each year, and your body heat only exacerbates the issue, creating an ideal breeding ground for bacteria.

But perhaps the biggest reason for a mattress cover is the skin you shed each night. On any given day, you shed about 500 million skin cells, and since you spend a good chunk of those hours in bed, many of those cells end up in your mattress. This leads to dust mites, which can aggravate your allergies.

The Crib Mattress Cover Buying Guide

  • Pay close attention to the size of your crib mattress. Standard size is 28” x 52” but depth also matters. Many mattress covers are built to fit over a mattress that’s 6 inches thick, but you can find some with deeper pockets that can handle a mattress of up to 9 inches in height.
  • As with your other bedding, you’ll need to regularly wash your mattress pad. Look for one that’s machine washable and can also be tumble dried.
  • A tight mattress pad will resist moving around as your baby moves, but some can be tough to remove and put on. Look for one that has at least a little wiggle room so that you don’t have a struggle making the bed.
  • Some mattress covers have a zipper that ensures every inch of the mattress is fully covered. This also makes it easier to get on and off.
  • The waterproofing feature inside some mattress covers can cause it to rustle as the baby moves. That rustling can wake infants up as they sleep. Many mattress pads are labeled as “quiet” for that reason.
  • You may want to keep an extra set of sheets, along with a spare mattress cover, in case your baby has an accident during the night and you need to make a quick change.