I am ready to move my baby from her bassinet into a crib and I want to buy the best (but affordable) organic mattress. I know you do a lot of research before you purchase anything- do you have any suggestions?
Los Angeles, CA
I am always so amazed at how often a question will pop into my inbox about something I have very recently researched to death and made a decision about.
Just last week we bought a new mattress for our 2 and a half year old who has slept with us up until now. We decided not to buy a crib because we knew we wouldn’t use it, but we did have a Arm’s Reach Co-Sleeper which I highly recommend.
He reached a point where it just seemed clear that he wanted his own sleeping space, but not necessarily in his own room. Combined with the fact that we will soon have a newborn in our bed, we knew it was time to get him his own mattress.
You’re right- I did tons and tons of research, discovered that there are even more green-washers out there now than there were three years ago when I was looking for an organic mattress for our Co-Sleeper . Disheartening, yes, but once again this gives me the opportunity to “vote with my dollar.”
I found a great mattress, and it is the only one endorsed by Healthy Child, Healthy World.
Naturepedic Dual Firmness Organic Cotton Classic Crib/Toddler Mattress – Seamless
It’s made in the USA and doesn’t contain cancer causing fire retardants or other toxic chemicals. It also has a firm side for the crib, a softer side for your toddler and fits both crib and toddler beds.
So one could potentially get 4-5 years out of this mattress. Considering your child will spend 10-14 hours a day on this, while NOT breathing in an harmful substances, I find the $300 price tag to be quite a bargain.
My child’s health is worth any amount of money I have.