When I hit my second trimester, I did some major research on SIDS especially since I had a lot of items stored from when my first daughter was born 5 years ago. They say that you should never re-use a crib mattress from one baby to the next. Some mattresses can contain phosphorus, arsenic or antimony and there’s a possibility that certain household fungi have become established in the mattress during previous use by another baby. The generation of toxic gas commences sooner and in greater volume when the mattress is re-used for the next baby. Scary! So much so, that when I read that fact to my husband, he left the room and I found him dragging our old crib mattress out to the garbage can! They tell you not to place your baby to sleep in an adult bed, one major reason for this is that our beds are very soft. Infants need to sleep on a firm mattress with no covers, bumper pads, no positioning devices and no toys. I started doing A LOT of research on safe crib mattresses. I kept going back to Colgate, a family run business of crib mattresses. Take a look at all the awards they’ve received here. Not only are they made in the USA, but Colgate uses only the finest materials available in all of their products and offers the largest selection of innerspring crib mattresses, foam mattresses and organic mattresses in the industry. I guarantee you that you will not find a better mattress than the ones from Colgate.
Did you know that an infant will spend 70% of their time in their crib? With such a high percentage of their time being spent on a crib mattress, shouldn’t this be your highest priority item when purchasing items for your nursery? I know that it is for me. Do you know the difference between a foam mattress and an innerspring mattress? One of the biggest advantages of a foam mattress is that it weighs fewer than eight pounds, as compared to an innerspring mattress which weighs 30+ pounds for a quality model because of the thicker gauge coils and extra padding. It’s nice to know that the difference is simply preference. How about organic mattresses? Please know that there is no such thing as a 100% eco-friendly crib mattress. Only some of the components are natural. Foam mattresses that fall into this category are made with plant oils and innerspring mattresses are made with organic cotton layers. Colgate holds themselves to a higher standard than others in the industry. Most of Colgate’s innerspring mattresses contain coir fiber (coconut husks) insulator layers and cotton and already have a greater percentage of natural components than their competitors use in models they market as organic or green.
Picking a mattress is a little overwhelming, OK make that A LOT. I had a hard time deciding on what was best for us and what made me feel the most comfortable that my baby was safe and comfortable. Colgate actually has a Buying Guide that I’m completely smitten with. It really helped me narrow down what I was looking for out of a mattress. In the end I decided on the Colgate Organic Cotton EcoClassica III. This mattress is a dream, only weighing 9.6 lbs! One of my favorite features is that it’s actually two-sided. The firmer supportive, orthopedic side is for infants and the less firm, more comfortable side is for toddlers. The foam is made with plant oils, which replace petroleum based oils that others use. This mattress passes all federal and state requirements for flammability and chemical composition and has been GREENGUARD® certified to have no harmful air emissions. This gives me such peace of mind. Plus it’s light enough that changing the sheets is a breeze and the texture of the mattress is so unbelievably luxurious and comfortable, I can’t even explain it!
Now let’s talk about Colgate’s certified organic cotton mattress cover. I have never and I repeat, I’ve NEVER seen or felt a cover like this. Most covers are made of plastic and are completely miserable to sleep on. But people put up with it because it saves their mattresses from spills, accidents, etc. Colgate’s cover fits all standard American crib mattresses. This pad is waterproof and can be tossed into the washing machine to clean and even in the dryer on low heat. What impressed me was how this pad actually became even softer once I washed it! The waterproofing is on the back side of the cover, which means the extremely soft cloth is closest to baby’s skin while keeping any liquids from reaching the surface of the mattress. My only annoyance is that they don’t make these for adult mattresses. :) My older daughter and nephew sleep on adult beds when they do sleepovers at my parents house. They have the plastic covers on the beds and it makes them instantly uncomfortable.
I made the collage to the left to show you first of all the front and back of Colgate’s latest organic cotton mattress cover. It’s so new that you can’t even buy it just yet. The back has a shiny texture to it and the front is incredibly soft. The second photo is Colgate’s cover compared to it’s plastic competitor. Which would you prefer to sleep on? If you wouldn’t want to sleep on it, why would you make your child do it? Then you wonder why your toddlers don’t sleep well and walk to your room in the middle of the night asking to sleep in your bed.
If you’re interested in purchasing the mattress I spoke about, the Colgate Organic Cotton EcoClassica III, you can purchase it at Amazon or Way Fair. If you want to see all of the mattresses Colgate has you can head over to their site directly and then head back to Amazon or Way Fair to purchase. The mattress pad cover that I reviewed isn’t available just yet, but it’s an upgraded version of this Colgate Mattress Cover. You can see their other options available on their site here as well. These are definite MUST-HAVE items for any nursery.
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Special thanks for product provided to facilitate this review.