Has anyone ever attempted to make a cradle mattress? or could anyone give me input on things to consider? My father made a beautiful cradle when my first was born, but i could never find a mattress to *quite* fit right. so i stuffed the gaps with tightly rolled receiving blankets. Our next is due in Dec, and figure i can make a mattress in plenty of time before then.
Most fabric stores carry high density foam that you can get cut to size. I'd buy some of that, cut it down to about 1/4"-1/2" smaller the the bottom of the cradle, wrap it in a layer or two of batting, and then cut down waterproof mattress cover and make a cover for it all.
I am using a heirloom bassinet (I was calling it a cradle, but its size makes it a bassinet) and I too need a mattress. I want to make my own, but haven't found a way to do it, besides using high-density foam. Not sure how much that foam will off gas but I felt better when I read that you can make layers over the foam that will slow/stop any off-gassing. So I plan to air out the foam for several days and then layer it with organic/natural cotton batting and then make a wool soaker pad layer and a slipcover for the mattress.
I've noticed that the pads for cradles or bassinets are really thin (traditionally they are), so if I do buy a mattress, I plan to make a slipcover for the mattress (pattern above) with a padded top to it (using quilting batting) and then place a wool soaker pad on top for waterproof protection.
Hope some of this helps you, good luck!
Bekah (33): Doula and CNA sharing a great life with DH for 10 yrs now, momma to DS Baron (7/10)
I made a mattress for a cradle that we had. I felt weird about using the foam you can buy at fabric stores--wasn't comfortable with the chemicals. So I bought several packs of cotton quilt batting and folded them to the dimensions I wanted the mattress to be. Then I wrapped the folded layers in muslin and sewed it down and then used a big needle to 'tuft' them (sew through all layers and tie knots). Kind of like a futon mattress. I made a cover for it as well. I can probably find a picture if you want to see one.
It was perhaps a little softer than was ideal for a baby, but she was always laying on her back in it so I felt it was safe enough.