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One thing that my husband and I both can’t stress enough is how important a mattress protector is, whether it’s for a bed or a crib. A protector will make your life so much easier and keep the mattress so much cleaner and sanitary. Even most mattress manufacturers won’t honor a warranty if the mattress has any stains. For me, as a Mother, it’s mostly about what makes my life easier and keeps things clean for my baby. Even in a few months I have had a handful of times that between Lily getting sick or having a major diaper fiasco while in her crib that I have had to strip down the bed and remake as quickly as possible so she could get back to sleep. Having to not worry about the mattress getting dirty and trying to clean it is beyond reason to always have a protector. This Sealy Protection Crib Mattress Pad is not only a good protector but is about ¼” thick and adds a little bit of an extra layer of cushion.