Choosing a Naturepedic Organic Crib Mattress: A Complete Guide for Parents

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Choosing the surface your baby is going to spend thousands of hours on is no easy task. 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!

Naturepedic Crib Mattresses are Easy to Love

Choosing a crib mattress is not for the faint of heart – there are a lot of decisions to make. If your crib mattress budget allows, buying Naturepedic is an easy choice.

Naturepedic has strict standards for all of their mattresses, which makes it easy to shop within the brand. Knowing that all Naturepedic crib mattresses meet high quality, safety, health and environmental standards means you can focus on other aspects of the mattress.

The company offers eight different crib mattresses to choose from. They’re all great options made out of certified organic materials.

But with eight fantastic options, you might find it hard to choose the one that’s best for you. 

We’re here to help.

So Much Goodness In Naturepedic Organic Crib Mattresses

Organic, Safe and Non-Toxic: The Baseline Across all Naturepedic Mattresses

When you buy any Naturepedic baby mattress, you can rest easy they all have the following in common: 

  • Made from GOTS and GOLS certified organic materials
  • All materials are Non-GMO verified
  • Materials meet Organic Exchange Certification 100 Organic Content Standard
  • None of the materials are known or suspected to cause harm to humans (MADE SAFE certification)
  • GREENGUARD Gold certified, meaning low VOC emissions
  • Formaldehyde Free Verified
  • Are made in the United States by Amish craftsmen
  • Meet CPSC standards 
  • Provide a firm sleeping surface that is safe for infants
  • Come with a limited lifetime warranty
  • Use organic cotton waterproof fabric
  • Have an allergen-friendly design and contain no latex or soy
  • Free from flame retardant chemicals (while still meeting all flammability standards)
  • Fit snugly in standard US cribs

Many of these features mean Naturepedic mattresses are quite environmentally friendly. However, studies show they might also make them safer for your baby.

For example, researchers found increased respiratory rate and fewer incidences of airway irritation in lab mice placed on mattresses with organic cotton padding.

Other Naturepedic features that may help reduce the risk of SIDS include meeting CPSC standards, providing a firm sleeping surface, and offering a snug fit in standard US cribs. 

After investing in a safe crib mattress, we recommend pairing it with a non-toxic crib as well.

It’s All About Priorities

Naturepedic prides themselves on five priorities. If we had to guess, we’d bet most parents have similar priorities when it comes to their baby’s crib mattress.  

  • No harmful chemicals. 
  • Allergy-friendly design. 
  • Natural, organic and renewable materials wherever possible. 
  • Practical design (e.g. easy-to-clean waterproof cover). 
  • Third party independent testing and verification.

A Closer Look at Naturepedic’s Waterproofing and Fireproofing

Naturepedic Waterproof Crib Mattresses

Most Naturepedic crib mattresses are waterproof, so it’s natural to wonder how they achieve this.

The waterproof mattresses use a food grade polyethylene surface, which is a plastic, derived from non-GMO sugarcane. According to their website,

“The surface of every waterproof Naturepedic mattress is so pure you can eat on it.”

Sugarcane fields near the town of Murwillumbah and Wollumbin National Park (Mt Warning) in rural New South Wales, Australia
Sugarcane fields

Other than the obvious benefit of being waterproof, some of the pros of choosing a waterproof mattress include resistance to mold, mildew, and dust mites. 

Additionally, Naturepedic offers a waterproof mattress pad. The mattress pads use polyurethane as waterproofing, which the company points out is not the same as polyurethane foam.

Fire Safety

Naturepedic designs their mattresses to be naturally fire resistant. By using materials that smolder rather than burst into flames when exposed to fire, they can meet flammability standards without chemicals. These materials include organic cotton, PLA batting, and steel innersprings.

Naturepedic Crib Mattress Comparison

When we look at the list of things Naturepedic does to make their crib mattresses safe and healthy for your baby, we have to wonder…

Shouldn’t all baby products automatically be free from formaldehyde, phthalates, and other harmful chemicals?

Yes, they should be. But unfortunately, they aren’t.

Being chemical and hazard free is especially important in a crib mattress, since babies spend so much time on their mattresses. And since all Naturepedic mattresses make the grade, you can focus on the different features you want for your little one.

Naturepedic breaks their mattresses up into three categories – Lightweight, Innerspring, and Quilted and Breathable. We researched them all to help you understand the differences. 

The Lightweight Series ($259 to $399)

All lightweight series mattresses have three things in common: wavesupport™ technology, organic cotton batting, and seamless waterproof edges.

wavesupport™ replaces the coils of a traditional innerspring mattress. Naturepedic makes the “waves” from food grade polyethylene plastic, instead of polyurethane foam (which is commonly used in lightweight mattresses).

Using “waves” instead of innersprings makes the The Lightweight Series mattresses – well – light weight! They’re about half the weight of an innerspring.

Within the Lightweight Series, you have three choices. All three have a waterproof cover made from organic cotton and polyethylene.

Lightweight Organic Cotton Classic Crib Mattress ($259-$289)

Weighing just 10 to 12 pounds, you can choose between a single-sided or dual-firmness version. The dual-sided mattress has a firmer side for infants and a plusher side for toddlers.

Lightweight Organic Cotton Ultra 2-Stage Crib Mattress ($329)

Under 12 pounds, this is a 2-stage/dual-firmness mattress. The toddler side uses organic kapok batting to make it more comfortable (kapok is a natural fiber from a kapok tree).

The Ultra is more durable than the Classic as it uses an upgraded fabric cover.

Ultra Breathable 2-Stage Organic Crib Mattress ($399)

This is a waterproof mattress with a removable, breathable mattress pad that maximizes airflow around your baby. You can use the mattress with or without the mattress pad, and can choose a dual firmness option.

The Innerspring Series ($259-$379)

Naturepedic uses steel innerspring coils in all of its innerspring crib mattresses.

Innerspring coils are heavier than the polyethylene used in the lightweight series. However, they provide firm, uniform support for your baby. 

The Naturepedic innerspring crib mattresses comes with a choice of either 150 13-gauge coils or 252 15.5-gauge coils. All of the Innerspring Series mattresses use super firm 9-gauge coils along the edges, and all use the same thin polyethylene layer in the waterproof cover.

What does this mean?

Naturepedic 150 vs 252

Typically, the more coils, the better weight distribution. And the lower gauge the steel, the heavier and more supportive.

Basically, you have a choice between fewer coils with heavier steel or more coils with slightly lighter steel. Both are great, safe options for your baby’s crib mattress.

The higher coil count mattress (the Naturepedic 252) will be a bit smoother with better weight distribution.

Organic Cotton Classic Crib Mattress ($259-$299)

This mattress comes with either 150 or 252 coils, however it’s only available as a “single-sided” mattress – no infant and toddler dual-sided option.

It weighs 20 pounds and has a traditional decorative trim around the sides, as opposed to the waterproof. seamless edges found in the others. 

Organic Cotton Classic Seamless Crib Mattress ($279-$299)

The Classic Seamless has 150 coils, and you can choose between single- or dual-sided.

The waterproof, seamless edges on this mattress are heat sealed, not glued. In addition to being waterproof, this helps keep out dust mites and bed bugs, and makes the mattress more durable.

Organic Cotton Ultra Seamless Crib Mattress ($379)

This dual firmness mattress has 252 coils, and a nicer finish than the Organic Cotton Classic crib mattresses.

It uses organic kapok batting on the plusher toddler side, and also uses seamless waterproof edges.

Quilted & Breathable Series ($349-$399)

Nautrepedic lists three mattresses in the quilted & breathable category: the Organic Breathable 2-Stage Crib Mattress, the Organic Cotton 2 in 1 Ultra/Quilted 252 Crib Mattress, and the Ultra Breathable 2-Stage Organic Crib Mattress.

We’d call the Ultra Breathable 2-Stage Organic Crib Mattress a “cross-over” since it’s listed in both the :Lightweight Series and the Quilted and Breathable Series.

The other two mattresses in this category don’t have too much in common, so continue reading about each to learn the differences. 

Organic Breathable 2-Stage Crib Mattress ($349-$379)

This is a dual firmness mattress, and you can choose from two different base constructions: lightweight wavesupport™ or 252 coil innerspring.

Either way, you’ll get a breathable cover with a polyurethane waterproof backing to go over the mattress. Like Naturepedic’s other options with covers, the mattress can be used with or without the cover. The mattress itself features seamless waterproof edges and a polyethylene layer for waterproofing.

Organic Cotton 2 in 1 Ultra/Quilted 252 Crib Mattress ($399)

This 252 coil 2-in-1 mattress differs in more than just firmness between the infant and toddler side. The firmer infant side is waterproof, while the toddler side is not, instead made of organic quilted cotton for more comfort for older kids.

One of the unique features of this mattress is that you can flip to the toddler side beginning around 12 months, and then flip back to the waterproof infant side when your toddler is potty training.

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    1. So happy to hear! I was pretty overwhelmed by the choices when I first checked out their website – hopefully this helps 🙂

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