If you are looking for an organic mattress which provides solid support, you should go for the Naturepedic No Compromise Organic Cotton Ultra 252. It features 252 high gauge coils for the ultimate sturdiness. You can’t get more firm.
However if you are looking for something which is lightweight, Naturepedic No Compromise Organic Cotton Classic Lightweight Mattress. At just 10 pounds, changing sheets will be a breeze.
Naturepedic leads the industry when it comes to organic crib mattresses. Many parents are realizing the disastrous results posed by traditional mattresses, and organic environments give the best possible start to your child.
But choosing the right mattress that suits your needs can be a bit difficult, so we have first listed the common features in all Naturepedic Crib mattresses followed by the main differentiating features in each of them.
Top Common Features in Naturpedic Crib Mattresses
Organic Cotton and food grade polyethylene are the major components of Naturepedic mattresses. But what exactly is organic cotton?
Naturepedic sources cotton from the most organic farms of the country which use 100% natural ingredients for growing cotton, and no pesticides are used. This makes the cotton completely chemical free right from the start.
Polyethylene might make you think it some kind of harmful chemical. Well the manufacturers use food-grade polyethylene, certified by the USDA, which assures that it is suitable for human consumption (don’t eat it though ;)).
Also its mattresses’ have received many certifications like the GreenGuard Gold and GOTS, which guarantee that it is 100% safe.
Since they are manufactured & packaged in safe environment there is absolutely no chemical smell.
All Naturepedic mattresses feature dual firmness. This means that there are two different sides, the firmer side for new-borns while a much comfier side for toddlers.
Infants need a firm hard surface which provides proper support and prevents suffocation (Major reason for SIDS).
However as they grow up and become impressionable they despise sleeping on such hard surfaces. You can then switch to more comfortable cushiony side. Both these sides are clearly labelled in Naturepedic mattresses.
Also all these mattresses are highly durable and will last for a long time. You can even use them for your second baby and you will experience zero drop in firmness or comfort.
Water Proof and Fire Safe
Organic Cotton cover is used for waterproofing and it shields liquid from entering the core of the mattress. Even if you find stains on the surface you can easily clean them with a damp cloth.
The organic cotton cover also proves to be a great fire barrier as the natural fibrous layer meets all requirements laid by Fire Regulatory authorities.
Unlike other organic crib mattresses naturepedic doesn’t use latex or coir which are prone to cause allergic reactions among babies.
Naturepedic mattresses aren’t the most breathable, and if you live in humid conditions we recommend to use the Naturepedic Waterproof Pad or the Softest Protector Pad.
There are few size issues with Naturpedic crib mattresses and some of them maybe small for you crib. We highly recommend you to verify the size of the crib with the mattress before buying.
Naturepedic No Compromise Organic Cotton Ultra 252 (http://www.amazon.com/Naturepedic-Compromise-Seamless-Firmness-Mattress/dp/B001W2YCG8)
This variant uses 252 high gauge coils which give the mattresses solid construction and provide top-grade support. Added 6 gauge wire is used around the edges which increases the durability.
A seamless design prevents cervixes and you won’t have to encounter that stubborn dirt while cleaning.
Finally, this is as firm as you can get in a crib mattress and this mattress provides the best protection against suffocation or SIDS.
Naturepedic No Compromise Organic Cotton Classic 150 (http://www.amazon.com/Naturepedic-Compromise-Seamless-Firmness-Mattress/dp/B001W2YCH2)
This is quite similar to the above variant, the only major difference being it uses lesser no. of coils (150 to be exact).
It makes the infant side comparatively less firm and the toddler side is a lot comfier. If you don’t want your kid to sleep on a really hard surface, you can go with this one.
Naturepedic No Compromise Organic Cotton Classic Lightweight Mattress (http://www.amazon.com/Naturepedic-Compromise-Lightweight-Firmness-Mattress/dp/B004IPLFNO/)
The above two variants are a tad heavy with weight close to 20 pounds. Sometimes managing the baby and changing the sheets at the same time is unavoidable and it is sure shot nightmare for moms.
A lightweight mattress comes really handy in such situations and this variant comes at weight which is less than 10 pounds. Changing sheets with this will be really easy and won’t require any assistance.
Furthermore, Naturepedic with its wave support technology has managed to bring the same level of strength and support as 150 coil variant into a much lighter model. All this makes this a recommended choice for parents with convenience.
A mid-budget crib mattress, Classica III combines, comfort, durability and versatility into one single package. It is manufactured using organic materials and is quickly emerging as the preferred choice among parents looking provide the safest sleeping environment for their kid. Here is how the Classica III performs in all areas.
Like other organic mattresses, there is no dreadful chemical smell once you open the packaging. In fact the pleasing smell near the cover is satisfying. It has two separate sides for the toddler and the new born and they are clearly labelled. It is quite thick (6 inches to be exact) and this ensures tight-fitting sheets in the crib. The seams on the top are inverted and this gives it a smooth finish.
The mattress has dual firmness which means there are two different sides in the mattress with different sturdiness. Infants need a sturdier side to protect them from SIDS or suffocation but as they grow they despise sleeping on such a hard mattress and in that case you can switch to the more comfortable side.
Some parents complained that it is too thick and firm even on the toddler side. The Naturepedic No Compromise Organic cotton classic (An organic inner spring mattress) can be a good organic alternative in this regard.
Classica III uses plant based foam which means that plant bases oils have been used in manufacturing instead of petroleum oils and polyurethane. It has also been certified CertiPur US for low emissions. Increasing studies have shown that traditional foam mattresses can cause serious complications like Asthma among kids and use of plant based foam is encouraged.
The waterproof cover is made of 100% organic cotton and is free from lead or formaldehyde. Overall, these organic materials guarantee a sound irritation-free sleep for you baby.
At 9.6 pounds it is the lightest organic crib mattress available in the market. Even moms with a petite body can easily change the sheets on their own. It is a pound heavier than the Sealy Soybean Foam Mattress but that is because of the dual firmness in the Classica III.
Firstly, the organic waterproof cover is non-removable. It is more susceptible to stains and cleaning this can be exasperating. An additional waterproof cover is highly recommended with this.
Overall, if you can deal with the few cleaning woes and get a cover, you will be pretty happy with the Colgate Classica III.
Highly Recommended by magazines like “Baby Bargains”, Little Dreamer is the expert’s choice when it comes to crib mattresses. From material choices to construction, everything is high end with this.
Here is our in-depth review.
Right off the bat, you’ll fall in love with the smooth surface. It uses a medical grade nylon cover and the velvety finish will be enjoyed by your baby. The 5 inch thickness seems to hit the sweet spot and the dual sides are clearly labelled. The side stitched seams are truly innovative and can save you a lot of trouble (discussed later).
Comfort and Dual Firmness
Little Dreamer uses a plush memory foam for the toddler side and a much firmer plant based foam for the infant side. Even after regular use the mattress shows no sag, and the mattress will be able to retain the position even if parents keep kneeling on it.
Unlike the fairly wide Colgate Eco Classica III, heavenly dreams isn’t that thick and with the 10 pound weight changing sheets will be fairly easy.
The seams of the mattress are bonded near middle of the sides. This makes the corners of the mattress free from any mold. Fungus and other dirt can accumulate near the corners of regular mattresses because of the crevices and cleaning those takes quite a lot of effort. This feature is truly innovative and should be an industry standard.
Water and Dust Resistant
Apart from the seams, the cover is water and stain resistant. You can easily clean it with a damp sponge. It is also treated with antimicrobial protection to protect your child from harmful bacteria and keep it odour free. The manufacturers also claim that a natural barrier is used for fire protection.
The antimicrobial protection also keeps dust mites or bed bugs away. Overall this has all the security features you would want in a crib mattress.
The Moonlight Dreamer is an all-rounder with no noticeable flaws. It can be considered a premium crib mattress, but with high-end features, innovative design and durability, you give the best sleeping environment to your baby, it’s definitely worth the price tag.
There is a reason why this the expert’s choice, Heavenly dreams excels in every area.
Safety 1st Heavenly Dreams has been the best-selling crib mattress on Amazon for over two years and over 1500 parents have given it positive ratings. What makes this the No. 1 pick for budget crib mattresses, let’s find out.
From a low-budget product you generally expect a synthetic plastic smell, but you are pleasantly surprised with this mattress. There is absolutely no smell and you can place it in the crib immediately. It seems firm, passes the resiliency test (explained later), the zipper of the removable cover works fine and overall it is well-built especially considering its price.
Comfort & Firmness
A crib mattress needs to be firm so that your baby doesn’t suffocate. This mattress uses a high density thermo bonded core which makes the mattress sturdy. A good test to determine firmness of a mattress is through a resiliency test in which you press your hand on centre of the mattress and quicker the mattress returns to its original shape, the better. The heavenly dreams performs exceedingly well at this and your infant will have the right amount of support. However, some parents feel that it lacks the comfort required for toddlers and is too thick but you can’t ask for much from a budget mattress.
With regard to sturdiness it manages to give inner spring mattresses like LA Baby Organic Cotton 2, a run for their money.
The cover of the mattress is removable and waterproof. Since it is stain resistant, cleaning hardly takes any effort. The light weight of the mattress will help you when you have to keep an eye on the baby and change the sheets simultaneously. This Heavenly Dreams mattress will require minimum maintenance from your side.
Drawbacks – It’s all synthetic
The heavenly dreams is essentially a synthetic crib mattress. It uses vinyl for the cover and the foam is made of polyurethane. Although, it passes all the standards and has Greenguard Gold certification, studies have shown this synthetic materials, can result in complications among children.
Our personal recommendation would be to go for slightly organic mattresses like the Sealy Nature Couture Cotton Bliss 2 Stage. They definitely cost more, but you can have the peace of mind knowing that your baby is sleeping in a safe environment.
The Final Verdict
The ‘Heavenly Dreams’ has everything you need in a crib mattress but since it is completely synthetic, it is recommended only for parents who are dead set on a budget.
The Sealy Soybean comes with quite a reputation. Voted as the best pad for two consecutive years (Women’s Choice Awards), this mattress uses a soybean based foam to provide added comfort and to give the mattress a natural touch.
So does it actually stand to the reputation? Let’s find out!
When you open the packaging there is no smell whatsoever and the mattress seems firm and well-constructed. The edges also seem firm. However the labelling states that the mattress uses 25% cotton felt and the rest is polyurethane (More on that later). It’s also lightweight and waterproof cover seems secure.
Foam mattresses are generally comfortable, and the Sealy Soybean is no different. With a 1.5 pound density foam, it is firm enough for new-borns and the generous cotton wrapping around the mattress provides ideal comfort for toddlers. However advertised soybean doesn’t have a direct impact on the overall comfort.
Finally the CertiPur-US certification puts a stamp on the durability and the mattress will easily last for four years.
Changing sheets won’t be a tedious task with this. It weighs close to 8.5 pounds and moms can lift the mattress easily with one hand. Sealy has managed to keep the weight down without compromising on durability and comfort. In this regard it gives tough competition to Colgate Eco Classica III (which costs a little more).
The Sealy Soybean does a reasonable job at waterproofing. The firm binding near the edges shields the core of the mattress from liquids. The cover keeps the stains at bay and you can easily wipe it clean. If you need further protection from liquids you can buy the American Baby Mattress pad cover.
Even though Sealy heavily advertises soybean, the mattress doesn’t have much of that. Manufacturers are allowed to brand their mattresses as soy based even if they have less than 5% of that. We couldn’t find exact amount of soybean used in this particular mattress.
So the question arises, is the mattress safe?
It has the respected Greenguard gold certification which validates that this is free from any harmful substance like formaldehyde, lead or PBDEs. The Certipur-US certification checks that this is also free harmful gas emissions. If you want to give you a completely organic & natural environment, the Naturepedic No Compromise mattresses would do a much better job.
The Final Verdict
Overall this mattress is recommended if you want hassle-free cleaning and a comfortable, durable mattress for your little one.