How to Clean a Bassinet Mattress?

How to Clean a Bassinet Mattress

In this post, I will answer your question of how to clean a bassinet mattress so read on…

Bassinets are sleeping beds designed meticulously for babies. In light of recommendations by doctors, parents buy bassinets to keep their babies safe and comfortable. AAP (American Academy of Pediatrics) suggests that keeping your baby in a bassinet can significantly reduce the chances of SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome). 

With that out of the way, it’s important to keep the bassinet clean. We all know that babies can get infected easily. They are more vulnerable to germs as their immune system is not fully developed yet. To keep your baby healthy, you have to keep his surroundings clean. The bassinet is the first and foremost thing that needs your attention. 

But how to clean your baby’s bassinet? It’s important to know the right procedure because it would help you clean it properly. Cleaning a mattress could be challenging as if not carried out carefully, you might need to buy another one. In this article, we aim to discuss the procedure to clean the mattress of a bassinet. We’d also tell you how you can prevent the mattress from getting dirty. So let’s delve further without any further ado.

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How to Clean a Bassinet Mattress?

It goes without saying that a mattress can get dirty over time. There are many activities that can make the mattress dirty, such as your baby’s leaky diaper, drooling, spilled juices, little scattered pieces of biscuits, dust, pets, and whatnot? So it’s a good idea to clean your bassinet’s mattress every now and then. This would ensure your little one’s safety.

Here is how you can clean the mattress of your baby’s bassinet properly in an easy way.

Things You’ll Need

These are some things that you’ll need in order to clean the mattress properly. Make sure you don’t miss out on any of them, as there is nothing more annoying than realizing midway that you have forgotten something. 

  • Vacuum Cleaner
  • Warm water
  • Liquid soap or laundry detergent
  • Sponge or a clean cloth
  • Scrubbing brush
  • Lemon juice (if there are harsh stains)
  • Towel

Remove the Debris By Hand

Start the cleaning procedure by removing the loose debris. If there is any loose debris that is clearly visible, you’d be able to remove it using your hands.

Vacuum Both Sides 

The next step is to vacuum the mattress. This would make sure that there is no more debris left. This will remove all the dust that can result in allergies for your baby. Be mindful that using a vacuum cleaner is important as it’s more efficient. You can’t remove all the dust and debris by yourself. And yes, always use an upholstery attachment on your vacuum cleaner. That will get the job done nicely. When you’re done vacuuming the front side of the bassinet, turn it over and vacuum its backside as well. Vacuum both sides and edges too so that there is no more dust left.

Prepare a Solution

Now it’s time to prepare a solution to clean the mattress. Take a big bucket and prepare a solution of warm water and your laundry detergent. As an alternative to detergent, you can also use liquid soap. Whatever you choose, make sure it is baby-safe. Now make the mixture of six cups of warm water and one tablespoon of detergent. Make sure it has properly dissolved, or else it won’t be as effective. 

Scrubbing

Now take a sponge or cleaning cloth and dampen the mattress with the solution of warm water and detergent. Scrub the mattress with a scrubbing brush to remove the stains from it. Remember, you only need to scrub it, not soak it. Don’t pour the solution onto it as it won’t dry properly. Scrub both sides and all edges of the mattress to make sure there are no stains left. 

If there are harsh stains that are not going away, use undiluted lemon juice. Dip a cleaning cloth or sponge into juice and softly rub it on stains. Bear in mind that this has to be rubbed softly, or else you may end up spreading those stains. 

Rinsing

Now refill that bucket and don’t add the detergent or liquid soap this time around. Take a clean cloth or towel to wipe down the mattress. This is to remove the detergent thoroughly as the detergent can also make your little one sick. Repeat this process several times just to be sure that there is no detergent left in the mattress.

Let it Dry

Now that the cleaning process is finished give the mattress some time to dry. You can take a towel and press it on the mattress to absorb the water. Press that cloth into both sides of the mattress. It’s also recommended to place it under sunlight to fasten the drying process. This will also help lemon juice to eliminate stains. If you can’t put it under sunlight, you can put it under a fan or in a ventilated area to speed up drying. 

How to Clean a Bassinet Mattress

Things to Keep In Mind

Be mindful that it’s important to dry the mattress completely before putting it back into the bassinet. Even a small amount of moisture can harm your little angel. So make sure that the mattress is completely dry and safe for your baby. 

Also, bear in mind to use that detergent or soap which is safe for your baby. Make sure there is no bleach in it. The thing with bleach is that it will get the job done, but it may damage your cutie pie’s skin. 

FAQs

What can I use to clean a baby mattress?

Here are the things that you’ll need to clean the mattress of a bassinet. Make sure to gather them before starting to clean the mattress. 

  • Vacuum Cleaner
  • Warm water
  • Liquid soap or laundry detergent
  • Sponge or a clean cloth
  • Scrubbing brush
  • Towel

If there are harsh stains that don’t seem to go away, use undiluted lemon juice. 

How do you clean a baby bassinet?

To clean a bassinet properly, prepare a solution of warm water and detergent or liquid soap. Take off the mattress first and clean it using a laundry detergent or a liquid soap. Then clean the bassinet using a spray bottle. Dampen the frame and rub it gently using a cleaning cloth. Before cleaning the bassinet, read the user manual as it will have instructions regarding the cleaning process. 

Can you put a bassinet mattress in a washing machine?

Most of the bassinets could not be put in a washing machine, and you would have to do all the hard work in order to clean them. We have discussed how you can clean the bassinet mattress properly. Read the user manual to know whether you can put it in a washing machine or not. If yes, then fill the machine with warm water and then put the mattress into it.

Conclusion

Cleaning the mattress could be a challenging task if you’ve never done it before. However, we have discussed an easy way of doing it. Before cleaning the mattress, make sure that the detergent is baby-safe. It should have no traces of bleach, as bleach can hurt your little one’s skin. Furthermore, give the mattress some time to dry before putting it back into the bassinet. 

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