Crib Mattress 101: Ultimate Crib Mattress Guide

Ask any parent-to-be the hardest thing to shop for, and chances are most of them will give the same answer: the crib mattress!

Information About Crib Mattresses

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In your baby’s first year, she’ll spend an average of 13 to 17 hours per day sleeping on her crib mattress. Our job as parents is to ensure she’s safe, choosing a healthy, non-toxic crib mattress to ensure she has plenty of time for safe sleep – an important building block for healthy development.

Crib Mattress Buying Guides

by Alicia Betz, M.A.Ed

How to Choose a Crib Mattress

How to Choose a Crib Mattress – Without Going Crazy. If you’re overwhelmed by all the choices and wondering what to consider when buying a crib mattress, we’ve got you covered with this guide!

by Katie Matthews, M.A.

The Best Organic Crib Mattresses

Organic crib mattresses are big business, but there’s a lot of greenwashing in the industry – and even some foam mattresses that claim to be organic! We’ve found the best of the best, and given our honest assessment of which ones are truly organic, and which are best value with a few “organic” sacrifices.

by Katie Matthews, M.A. I Medical Review by Dr. Daniel Zoller, M.D. F.A.A.P.

The Best Breathable Crib Mattresses

Is a breathable crib mattress worth the hype? This guide breaks down the pros and cons of buying a breathable crib mattress so parents can decide what’s best for their baby (and their budget).

by Katie Matthews, M.A.

The Best Coconut Crib Mattresses

Is a breathable crib mattress worth the hype? This guide breaks down the pros and cons of buying a breathable crib mattress so parents can decide what’s best for their baby (and their budget).

Non-Toxic Crib Mattress Basics

A non toxic crib mattress is an essential nursery item. Unfortunately many crib mattresses contain harmful chemicals
by Katie Matthews, M.A.

Non-Toxic Crib Mattress: Materials to Avoid

These days, a non toxic crib mattress is a nursery essential. If you’re looking for a safe and healthy crib mattress for your baby, here are the materials to avoid (and what to choose instead)

VOC chemicals - or volatile organic compounds - can exist in our homes at 2 to 5 times the level as outdoors. Sofas and foam furniture are one of the culprits.
by Katie Matthews, M.A. I Medical Review by Dr. Daniel Zoller, M.D. F.A.A.P.

What You Need To Know About VOCs Emissions, Off Gassing & Your Family’s Health

Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) are carbon-containing chemicals used in many day-to-day products, including crib mattresses. Even though they are omnipresent in our lives and homes, scientists, and health care professionals are concerned about VOC chemicals in our homes. Keep reading to find out what you need to know and how to minimize your family’s exposure.

Exposure to fire retardants may cause reduced IQ, learning disorders, reduced fertility, thyroid disruption, and cancer. If you’re concerned about these chemicals and ready to rid your home of toxic flame retardants, we’ve got 7 easy steps to make it happen.

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by Katie Matthews, M.A. I Medically Reviewed by Pat Bass, MD

Polyurethane Foam Might Just Be a Toxic Nightmare

Polyurethane foam is one of the most common crib mattress materials on the market – but it comes with a lot of health and environmental concerns. In this article, we break down the pros and cons of buying a foam crib mattress.

Man spraying fragrance. Eliminating perfume is one way to help your family go phthalate free
by Katie Matthews, M.A. I Medically Reviewed by Pat Bass, MD

Why Go Phthalate Free

Phthalates are known as an “everywhere chemical” because they are so common in our lives. They can be found in plastic waterproof covers of crib mattresses, and have concerning health effects. Here’s everything you need to know about becoming a phthalate free family.

When compared to polyurethane foam, are soybean foams and other plant based memory foams really better for the environment or your kids’ health?

PET or PETE is best known as the material that makes up single-use plastic water bottles. Some manufacturers use recycled PET in their crib mattresses – but is it safe?

Considering a latex crib mattress for your baby? In this guide, we explain what natural latex is, how it’s made, and what the pros and cons are for baby!

If you’re considering a foam crib mattress, you’ll want to look for this certification. Find out how the CertiPUR-US® program can help to keep your family safe.

Helpful Crib Mattress Articles

When it comes to crib mattresses, you really can’t compare what’s comfortable for an adult with what’s comfortable (and safe) for a baby. And when it comes to babies, the firmer the crib mattress, the better.

by Katie Matthews, M.A.

Crib Mattress Height Guide

Brentwood Home’s Wildfern is a 2-stage baby crib and toddler mattress. Filled with coconut coir and natural latex, it’s a safe, non-toxic choice for your baby. Keep reading to find out the pros and cons of this crib mattress.

Expecting a baby on a budget is a daunting experience! Our guide to used crib mattress safety will help you decide on either a new or used crib mattress.

If you’re trying to decide between a foam or coil crib mattress, we’ve outlined the pros and cons of both options.

A memory foam crib mattress isn’t safe for babies. Baby crib mattresses should be firm to prevent suffocation, and memory foam is soft. Babies need a cool sleep surface because they can’t regulate their own body temperature, and memory foam is warm to sleep on. Find out the other reasons memory foam isn’t safe for a baby.

Baby crib mattresses range for $60 up to $1600 – but how do you know how much is reasonable to spend? We’ve broken it down.

Crib Mattress Reviews & Brands

If you already have a basic idea of what you’re looking for, or already have a brand in mind, take a look at our crib mattress reviews to see what we think about some of the most popular crib mattresses on the market today,

Our philosophy is that we do the research, so you don’t have to.

Wildfern Coconut Crib Mattress with Natural Latex by Brentwood Home
by Katie Matthews

Brentwood Home Wildfern Crib Mattress Review

Brentwood Home’s Wildfern is a 2-stage baby crib and toddler mattress. Filled with coconut coir and natural latex, it’s a safe, non-toxic choice for your baby. Keep reading to find out the pros and cons of this crib mattress.

by Alicia Betz, M.A.Ed

Colgate Eco Classica III Crib Mattress Review

The Colgate Eco Classica III Eco-Friendlier Crib Mattress is a dual sided foam mattress handmade in the United States. Foam is a common choice for mattress materials, but it’s not without its drawbacks. We dug in to the information Colgate provides on this crib mattress so you can make an informed decision when deciding on a crib mattress for your baby. Continue reading to learn more.

by Alicia Betz, M.A.Ed

Emily All Natural Organic Crib Mattress Review

The Emily Natural Crib Mattress is an organic crib mattress made of natural materials such as coconut coir, latex, and wool. It doesn’t have any off-gassing or chemical odors, and it’s a safe, green option for your baby or toddler. Continue reading to learn more about the pros and cons of the Emily Natural Crib Mattress from My Green Mattress.

If you’re looking for a non-toxic breathable crib mattress, chances are the Lullaby Earth Breeze and Wisp are on your list. We look at the pros and cons of these popular crib mattress to see if they’re worth your money and safe for your baby.

by Katie Matthews

Naturalmat Coco Mat Crib Mattress Review

The Naturalmat Coco Mat is an organic baby crib and toddler mattress made from organic coconut fibre, organic wool, and unbleached natural cotton. Quite uniquely, it doesn’t have any plastic products in it. 

If you’ve decided to buy an organic crib mattress, chances are you’ve come across Naturepedic crib mattresses. While Naturepedic has strict standards for all of their mattresses, it can be confusing to figure out which model is best. This guide will help you learn more about the company and their commitment to healthy and non-toxic crib mattresses. And – of course – it will help you choose the best Naturepedic crib mattress for your baby!

by Katie Matthews, M.A.

Newtown Baby Crib Mattress Review

Parents love it, health professionals aren’t sure. The Newton crib mattress is a market leader in breathable crib mattresses, but is it really worth it?

If you’re like us, you love the look of the Nook Pebble crib mattresses, and the fact that you can use them without sheets. But just because these crib mattresses are design-forward, dowan’t mean they’re the right choice for your family. In this article we break down the different between the different Nook Pebble crib mattress models.

by Katie Matthews, M.A.

Nook Pebble Lite Crib Mattress Review

The Pebble Lite Eco Friendly is Nook’s most breathable crib mattress. As with all Nook Sleep crib mattresses, it has a distinctive and beautiful Pebble cover, which will look like a million bucks in your baby’s nursery.

Nook Pebble Air Crib Mattress Cross Section
by Katie Matthews, M.A.

Nook Pebble Air Crib Mattress Review

The Pebble Air crib mattress is Nook Sleep’s lightest-weight crib mattress. A 2-stage crib mattress good for infants and toddlers, the Nook Pebble Air is made entirely of certified foam. 

by Alicia Betz, M.A.Ed

Nook Pebble Pure Organic Crib Mattress Review

The Nook Pebble Pure is an organic, non-toxic, earth-friendly and breathable crib mattress. Even better? It’s a 2-stage crib mattress suitable from infancy to toddlerhood.

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