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Last updated on August 6th, 2018

 

Non-Toxic Crib Mattress I Like

I’d like to share with you which non-toxic crib mattress I ended up buying for my son based on its non-toxicity, certified organic materials, and relatively affordable price.

 

When I was pregnant, we bought the wrong mattress first. At the time, I was focused on certain things and didn’t fully understand the full range of toxins to which our baby would be exposed. It did not occur to me that a crib mattress could be toxic. It wasn’t until several months later, as I was researching more and more, that I realized the importance of avoiding toxins in crib mattresses. When I realized this, I started doing what I routinely do now – calling and writing manufacturers and asking lots of questions. Now, as you know, I do not buy or recommend any products on my blog without asking questions of manufacturers and gaining insights into how products are made in that particular industry.

 

Quick Overview of the Crib Mattress Industry

 

Unfortunately, most crib mattresses are made with polyurethane foam – a petroleum-based product that emits volatile organic compounds (VOCs). Soybean foam is not much better than polyurethane because, despite its name, soybean foam is mostly polyurethane foam with a small percentage of soybean foam (normally made from genetically modified soybeans).

 

Every crib mattress has to pass smolder and open fire flammability testing to meet federal government standards. Because polyurethane foam is so flammable, manufacturers can only meet the test by adding flame retardant chemicals.

 

Also, most waterproof mattresses have PVC (vinyl) covers, which is the most toxic type of plastic. PVC may also contain phthalates and heavy metals.

 

Why I like the Naturepedic Quilted Organic Cotton Deluxe Crib Mattress

 

Instead of polyurethane foam (or soybean foam for that matter), Naturepedic uses organic cotton batting. They also use a spring system to prevent the mattress from sagging. And their system works! Three years later, the mattress still holds firm, with no sagging (and I have a big, strong boy!). Simply put, I have no complaints about the quality of this non-toxic mattress.

 

The cover of the mattress is also made of organic cotton.

 

Most importantly, perhaps, Naturepedic uses no flame retardant chemicals in this non-toxic crib mattress whatsoever. To begin with, cotton is much less flammable than polyurethane foam, so it passes the open flame test. To pass the smolder test, Naturepedic adds polylactide (PLA) to the quilt underneath the organic cotton cover. PLA, Naturepedic uses, is derived from the starch of non-GMO potatoes; and it is approved by the Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS), which certifies all Naturepedic mattresses. The PLA also meets the Greenguard Gold standard. Greenguard Gold is a business unit of UL (Underwriters Laboratories). Naturepedic also provided me with the actual test reports that showed “below quantifiable levels” for gas emissions. (This is really admirable. Most manufacturers withhold information from me, but Naturepedic goes out of its way to provide me with all of the information I seek. I even sat down recently with Barry Cik, Naturepedic’s Technical Director, Founder & CEO. I had a lot of questions for him, and he answered each one of them to my satisfaction.)

 

This non-toxic crib mattress does not contain materials that may cause allergies in some babies, such as wool or natural latex. (By the way, I do not recommend natural latex for crib mattresses, because of questionable vulcanizing agent used to go from tree sap to foam.)

 

The Naturepedic non-toxic crib mattress we bought has no waterproof cover. I like that because I want to minimize the use of plastic. (Personally, I use a wool pad to protect this non-toxic mattress from accidents. I am comfortable doing this because our son has grown from the time when Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) is a concern.* However, you should do your own research and draw your own conclusions about what you will and will not allow in the crib.*)

 

On the other hand, with non-waterproof mattresses, you have to be very careful because bacteria, mold, and mildew can grow from frequent dampness. So if you are not going to be absolutely vigilant against the growth of bacteria, mold, and mildew, you may want to try the Naturepedic Organic Waterproof Fitted Crib Pad or one of the Naturepedic waterproof mattress. Although I have not tried the pad myself, I believe it is a good solution to protect a non-waterproof mattress. I am impressed with Naturepedic’s description as to how they make it.  It does contain a thin plastic layer to actually do the waterproofing job.  However, it is encased on both sides with soft organic cotton.  And it is a breathable material, so the mattress will be protected and your baby does not have to sweat for that.

 

In short, I happily endorse Naturepedic Quilted Organic Cotton Deluxe Crib Mattress. It has served us well for about three years, and still looks and works as well as it did when we first bought it.

 

*By the way, you may have heard about SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome).  That is a scary topic and I am by no means an expert in this area, and nothing I say on this blog should be relied upon in trying to reduce the risk of SIDS.

 

Where to buy this non-toxic crib mattress

 

Naturepedic has its own retail website.  You can find Quilted Organic Cotton Deluxe Crib Mattress here.

 

You can also find other Naturepedic crib mattresses on Amazon including the Naturepedic dual crib mattress with one side waterproof and other side is quilted.

 

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Non-Toxic Crib Mattress I Like

 

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49 Responses

  1. Yvonne

    Is this mattress suitable for infants? I heard it was too soft? Thanks!!

    • Irina Webb

      It is safe for infants. It is softer because it does not have a rigid plastic cover, which is a great thing. I am not a big fan of babies sleeping on plastic. 🙂 I really like this mattress.

  2. Huette

    Did you encounter any information on Naturepedic’s other mattresses? In searching for mattresses I noticed that Babies r’ Us sells several other organic cotton Naturepedic mattresses, but not the one you reviewed. They are much less expensive. Honestly I’m having trouble differentiating the different models and deciding whether they are comparable. Do you believe they are made to the same standard?

  3. Huette

    Did you encounter any information on Naturepedic’s other mattresses? In searching for mattresses I noticed that Babies r’ Us sells several other organic cotton Naturepedic mattresses, but not the one you reviewed. They are much less expensive. Honestly I’m having trouble differentiating the different models and deciding whether they are comparable. Do you believe they are made to the same standard?

    Updated: there are also several reviews on amazon citing problems with the mattress indenting in a short time period with normal use? Have you had similar issues?

    • Irina Webb

      Hi Huette! Yes, Naturepedic makes all mattress to the same standards. Yes, I read those reviews too before I bought the mattress. And I have not had this problem. We have been using the mattress for almost 2 years now.

  4. Paola

    Hi, I bought a Naturepedic Lightweight Organic cotton baby/toddler mattress (2 sided) and used it since baby was a newborn. When baby was around 5 months I noticed the mattress was indenting right in the center, to the point where it was making it hard for my baby to roll over in his crib, when he was able to do it perfectly fine everywhere else. I contacted Naturepedic and they were extremely helpful, they sent a new mattress right away. After only 5 days of using it, it started indenting again. Because I trust this brand, I decided to give a different model a try, one that had actual springs in it, the one I had did not have springs, so I thought maybe this would solve the problem. I did and unfortunately the mattress was too large for my standard crib. We tried forcing it in and it just didn’t fit. I had to sent hat mattress back as well and Naturepedic was nice enough to give me a full refund for my purchase.

    • Irina Webb

      Thank you, Paola! Before I bought the Naturepedic crib mattress, I had my concerns over the quality as I had seen mixed reviews. We have been using the mattress for almost 3 years now and have no problems. In fact, we are considering to buy Naturepedic for us, too.

  5. Rachel Muller

    After a ton of research I bought for my daughter the Greenbuds mattress ,they are truly organic with out any polyethylene or plastics which others do have and for a reasonable price considering other brands who have this mattress model, and I am very happy knowing that my daughter is sleeping on a healthy mattress.

  6. Mare Wagenbach

    Thank you, Irina! We have a new grand baby coming and I want him to have a safe crib mattress! I appreciate all your research and will go with the Naturepedic brand.

  7. Shana

    Hello Irina,
    What are your thoughts on using the Naturepedic organic mattress pad on top of a “plastic” mattress? We were given a crib and mattress as a handy me down but I was concerned about the toxins too. I figured at least the outer layer would be organic. Your thoughts?

    • Irina Webb

      Hello Shana: The pad may help some. However, if there are phthalates and flame retardants in the old mattress, they will settle into the household dust that can be inhaled and ingested. To prevent something you would need something that completely seals the mattress.

  8. jennifer

    Hi Irina, thanks for your wonderful blog. I too discovered all the ins and outs of toxic baby items after having my baby, because everything I used for her was hand-me-downs, so I didn’t have to look into anything until more recently (She just turned 6 months). I’ve spent the last 2 months reading everything and anything on mattresses, cribs, car seats, toys, clothing, you name it (scary stuff, not bedtime reading!). Anyway, my question is regarding the coils in the Naturepedic mattress. I recently decided to purchase the Lightweight version (haven’t yet), specifically because it doesn’t have coils. I’ve read that the springs can act like a magnet for emfs. Dr. Mercola has an interesting article about it on his site. So what are your thoughts/findings on metal springs for the baby mattress? I’m a bit concerned that the lightweight version would indent more easily and I have a chunka munka, as the woman commented hers did here. That’s the only reason I was going to get the Lightweight, since it’s actually slightly more expensive than the one with metal coils that you bought. Thanks for your advice!!

    • Irina Webb

      Hi Jennifer, on the one hand, bau-biologists who Dr. Mercola sides with believe that coils in mattress amplify EMF. One way to check if your mattress became magnetized would be to use a compass. On the other hand, there are a number of You Tube videos showing no connection. You can see the videos here and here. And this is a write up that speaks of the opposite of Dr. Mercola’s views.

  9. Ali

    Do you have any insight on Nook Sleep Systems? We have the Pebble Pure mattress for my daughter and she loves it but I would love your feedback also!

    • Irina Webb

      Hi Ali, while I am fine with natural latex in adult mattress, I prefer not to have natural latex in crib mattresses. Natural latex is not free of VOCs because of undisclosed vulcanizing agents.

  10. jennifer

    Hi there. So I did a massive amount of research into crib mattresses, only to have my 6 month old now move into a phase where the refuses to sleep in the crib. And not only is my mattress my parent’s 50 yr old toxic one, but it caves in the middle. No fun. My mom (who’s house I’m living in) wants to get a keetsa mattress because they are cheaper than the organic one’s I’ve found that I like (without having researched much yet into adult mattresses, I like Savvy Rest). What is your take on Keetsa? My parents and brother have it and love it, and it’s supposedly organic. Thank you SO much for taking the time to answer all these questions from people like me!!!

  11. jennifer

    I’m sorry to write again, but it looks like Keetsa is a greenwash. So lame. I know you recommend Naturepedic, but it’s a bit out of my price range as a single mama. If you have any more affordable recommendations for an adult mattress, please do let me know. I was looking at Savvy Rest’s Earthspring mattress (https://savvyrest.com/products/simple-fit-mattresses/earthspring), which is $1799… do you know anything about it? (They are also currently throwing in a free wool waterproofer and 2 pillows ; )) Also I was wondering what your take on innersprings in relation to EMFs? I know you sleep on a mattress with innersprings and was wondering if you think there’s anything to the idea that they attract emfs to the body. Thank you again, you’re a lifesaver.

    • Irina Webb

      Hi Jennifer: I truly want to help! However, there are not enough hours in a day. I am planning to launch monthly Q&A calls starting in early November. You will be able to submit your question when I send an announcement. Please sign up here to receive the email. As for EMF, it is a controvercial issue. Here is what I can tell you right now. Bau-biologists who Dr. Mercola sides with believe that coils in mattresses amplify EMF. One way to check if your mattress became magnetized would be to use a compass. On the other hand, there are a number of YouTube videos showing no connection. You can see the videos here and here. And this is a write up that speaks of the opposite of Dr. Mercola’s views. I will looking more into it and we can talk about it during the Q&A session.

  12. jennifer

    Irina, I totally understand (and relate). Thanks for taking the time to respond, and I’ll sign up to get the email about the Q&A.

  13. Brian

    Hi Irina, totally love your website it is the gospel for me now 🙂 I purchased your crib guide and am wondering if you have any brand suggestions for crib bumpers, I know using them at all is controversial however we have decided to go with one but having a lot of trouble finding ANY that have any style once so ever let alone 100% organic, any brand suggestions on organic crib bumpers and bedding??

    • Irina Webb

      Hi, Brian: I missed your comment somehow. Do you still need help? Let me know if you need help with anything else. ~Irina

      • jam

        Hi! I would love to know about organic crib bumpers.
        please let me know if you have any recommendations! really appreciate it.

        • Irina Webb

          Hi, Jam! Welcome to my blog! The reason bumpers are controversial is because of risk of suffocation. That’s why the safest bumpers would be that allow the air through such as cotton and wool. You might want to check out this bumper. Let me know what you think. You might want to wait until you know you need a bumper. Not all babies need them. ~Irina

  14. Sara Woods

    Hi Irina,

    I opted for a Naturepedic crib mattress for both of my children. Now, my oldest is ready to transition to a full size bed. I think he would prefer a soft memory foam mattress but I obviously want to avoid a toxic choice. Have you ever researched Essentia?

    • Irina Webb

      Hi, Sara: you should ask them if their mattresses are certified to GOTS and the latex foam is certified to GOLS. If they are, they should be able to show current certificates. On the website, it says that their facilities are certified but there is no information about the mattresses. Ask them also for VOC reports that they say they will disclose upon request. If you want me to proceed with this research, let me know. Once I obtain the certificates and reports, I can read interpret them for you. I would be more than happy to do it for a fee: https://ireadlabelsforyou.com/services/consultations/ Thanks! ~Irina

  15. Cynthia

    I have the Pure Core Non Toxic two-sided crib mattress. Have you heard of them? Do you have thoughts on them? Also do you recommend any safe crib sheets and pack n play sheets? I have the ABC organic cotton sheets for both, do they look good to you?

  16. Heather

    Hello,
    Have you looked into Newton Breathable Crib Matress? It is Greenguard Gold certified.

  17. Abby

    Hi! Just wondering what you think of the Nest Love and Sleep mattress which is made of foam:

    1st Layer: 1” Thermic Phase Change Cooling Cover
    2nd Layer: 3” 2.8lb Energex Cooling Comfort Layer
    3rd Layer: 1” Convoluted SmartFlow Layer
    4th Layer: 5” 1.8lb Support Foam

    The 2nd, 3rd, and 4th layer would be considered to by a poly-foam (polyurethane based foam). Each foam layer in the Love & Sleep mattress is going through the stringent certification process through the not-for-profit CertiPUR-US. This means you are getting a mattress that has been made without ozone depleters, without PBDEs, TDCPP or TCEP (”Tris”) flame retardants, without mercury, lead, and other heavy metals, without formaldehyde, without phthalates regulated by the Consumer Product Safety Commission, and with lLow VOC (Volatile Organic Compound) emissions for indoor air quality (less than 0.5 parts per million.)

    Do you think a polyurethane-based foam would be toxic even though they’ve passed the CertiPUR-US?

    • Irina Webb

      Abby, CertiPUR-US certification is not an independent certification; it has been created by the polyurethane foam mattress industry. Their standards are lenient and do not mean much. I don’t recommend this mattress. Choosing the right mattress is such a big decision for your health. I would love to talk to you on the phone with you to help you make an informed decision: https://ireadlabelsforyou.com/pick-brain-product/ ~Irina

  18. Olivia

    Hi! Would love to hear your opinion on Happsy as well as Avocado Green mattresses!

  19. Daphna Rubin

    Hi Irina,

    What is your thoughts on the Natural Coco Mat mattress?

    • Irina Webb

      Hi, Daphna: Last time I checked it was not GOTS certified, which is important for something unusual like coco foam. Otherwise, we do not really know what is involved in making it. What do you think? ~Irina

  20. Daphna Rubin

    I hadn’t thought about how it was made; just what’s it made from. Organic Coir, organic wool and an organic cotton cover.

    I see that you recommend Naturepedic Organic Cotton Quilted Deluxe 252 Crib Mattress. Is it firm enough for infants who sleep on their stomachs? They offer an optional wool filling. Would you recommend this option?

    • Irina Webb

      Daphna: in the absence of GOTS certification, we have to be more careful. Coconut coir by itself would fly around. There should be some material that keeps shredded coconut together. At the moment, I do not have enough information as to what that material is. By the way, Natural Mat mattress cover is cotton, not organic cotton. If you ask Naturepedic, they will tell you that all their mattresses are safe for infants. But that of course what your comfort level is (the pun is not intended). Let me know if you’d like to discuss this more on the phone. Buying a crib mattress is such an important decision. And I applaud you for doing research! ~Irina

  21. DS

    Hi Irina, what about the other Naturepedic crib mattresses? (not the Quilted Organic Cotton Deluxe Crib Mattress, but the Lightweight Organic Cotton Classic Crib Mattress and the Organic Cotton Classic Crib Mattress)? They seem to be similar, but also waterproof. Do you recommend those as well?

    • Irina Webb

      It is a personal choice whether you want a waterproof mattress. I prefer to use a waterproof pad instead. Overall, I recommend all Naturepedic mattresses. ~Irina

  22. DS

    I guess there is no harm in getting the Naturepedic mattresses that are waterproof? Planning to get the lightweight one or the classic one and probably also add the mattress protector sheet from Naturepedic on top of that. Wondering why you didn’t want waterproofing, and if waterproofing/plastic is not desirable for some reason? By the way, mine will be for a just-born infant…

    • Irina Webb

      I did not want a waterproof mattress because I felt it was necessary (we used a water-resistant pad at first and now we use a waterproof pad). Plus, I feel it is not comfortable for a baby. Would you want to sleep on plastic? ~Irina

  23. Stella

    Hi Irina, what about the Newton Crib Mattress, it seems to be a great mattress, but I am a bit worried about the patented Wovenaire. They say it’s 90% air and 10% food-grade polymer. But wanted to get your thoughts. Thank you.

  24. Setareh Fadaee

    Hi Irina – what do you think about Newton Crib Mattress. What about the 10% polymer, they say it food-grade, but then again the Wovenair technology is patented, so how can we be sure?

    • Irina Webb

      I do not want to give you a hasty response. And with the bad air quality in California and the holiday, I do not have the capacity to do this research. Have a nice Thanksgiving! ~Irina

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