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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 At-a-Glance Comparison
|Best For||Single or 2-Stage Dual Firmness||wavesupport™ or Innerspring||Weight||Price (USD)|
|Classic Lightweight||Most Affordable||Single Sided||wavesupport™||10 lbs||$259|
|Classic Lightweight||Best Value Overall||2-Stage Dual Firmness||wavesupport™||11 Ibs||$289|
|Classic 150||Best Value Innerspring||2-Stage Dual Firmness||150 inner spring||19 lbs||$299|
|Breathable Lightweight||Best Breathable||2-Stage Dual Firmness||wavesupport™||14 lbs||$349|
|Breathable 252||Best Breathable Innerspring||2-Stage Dual Firmness||252 inner spring||19 lbs||$379|
|Breathable Ultra Lightweight||Luxury Choice||2-Stage Dual Firmness||wavesupport™||14 lbs||$399|
Choose from 3 Styles of Naturepedic Crib Mattress
Naturepedic recently simplified their crib mattress offering. Now you can choose between 3 main lines of mattress (Classic, Breathable, and Ultra), with the Classic and Breathable offering a few customizations on top of that: innerspring vs. lightweight support core, and single vs 2-stage dual firmness. All told, there are 6 different mattress variations to choose from, plus the oval bassinet mattress and the organic rest pad, meant as a daycare nap mat.
All Naturepedic mattresses are made from safe, certified organic materials, without harmful chemicals such as flame retardants and without icky chemical emissions. Add to that, they all have a waterproof surface.
The 3 baby mattress lines are as follows:
- Most Affordable & Customizable – Naturepedic Classic Crib Mattresses – Comes with a wipe-clean waterproofing surface, and the option to choose between Naturepedic’s lightweight support system or Classic 150 with innerspring coils. If you go with the Lightweight, you can also choose between single or dual firmness. There are 3 different Classic models, with prices ranging between USD $259 to $299, depending on which options you choose.
- Breathable & Affordable – Naturepedic Breathable Crib Mattresses – Comes with a removable and washable breathable surface and dual firmness. Choose between Naturepedic’s lightweight inner support system or 252 innerspring coils. There are 2 different Breathable models and prices ranges between USD $349 to $379.
- Luxury Choice – Naturepedic Breathable Ultra Crib Mattresses – Comes with a removable and washable breathable surface that’s an upgrade from the Breathable series. Uses Naturepedic’s lightweight support system (instead of innerspring coils) and comes in dual firmness. There’s only 1 Breathable Ultra model, and it’s priced at USD $399.
Choose Between a Single Sided and 2-Stage Dual Sided Mattress
With the Classic model only, you can choose between single-sided or dual firmness. Both the Breathable and the Ultra lines of mattresses are dual-sided, meaning they have a firm side for baby, and a slightly plusher side for toddlers.
The main reason to get a single-sided crib mattress instead of a dual-sided one is price: the Classic Lightweight single sided is $259, vs. $289 for the dual sided Lightweight model.
Personally, I’d choose dual sided every time, as it means the mattress will live beyond the infant and baby years, serving as a comfortable and safe mattress into the toddler years and potentially beyond.
Lightweight vs Innerspring
With both the Classic and the Breathable models, you can choose between Naturepedic’s lightweight wavesupport™ core, or more traditional inner spring mattress support (the Classic 150 and the Breathable 252).
Which brings me to the next point …. what’s the difference?
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 means mattresses that use this system (as opposed to inner spring) will be much lighter – about half the weight of an innerspring.
Want an Innerspring Baby Mattress? Choose Between the 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.
Naturepedic Crib Mattresses are Easy to Love
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 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 chemical emissions such as VOCs
- 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 cotton waterproof surface (organic)
- 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
Because this company uses waterproof surfaces, it’s natural to wonder how they achieve this.
“The surface of every waterproof Naturepedic mattress is so pure you can eat on it.”
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.
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 – Classic, Breathable, and Ultra. We researched them all to help you understand the differences.
The Classic Series ($259 to $299)
All Classic series mattresses have wipe-clean waterproof fabric made from baby-safe organic cotton and polyethylene, contain organic fabric and filling, and heat-sealed seems that don’t use glue.
From that base, you can choose an inner support made from either wavesupport™ technology, which replaces the coils of a traditional innerspring mattress, or 150 innerspring coils.
You can also choose between single or dual firmness.
The Breathable Series ($349-$379)
The breathable series is an upgrade from the Classic series, as it comes with a removable, breathable mattress pad that maximizes airflow around your baby, which the company logically argues also increases your baby’s comfort.
The breathable pad goes over the waterproof mattress – what’s cool about this is you can use the mattress with or without the breathable pad, in case of middle of the night accidents that require you to remove the pad for washing (you can also buy an extra breathable pad for situations like these).
All the Breathable Series mattresses are 2-stage dual firmness – making them great for a baby or toddler.
However, you can customize this mattress by choosing either 252 innersprings or lightweight wavesupport™.
In the past, the company has used 15.5-gauge coils for the mattress, and super firm 9-gauge coils along the edges for added support. Since updating their line, they no longer provide this information in their marketing materials, but we expect it’s probably the same.
The Breathable Ultra ($399)
Like the Breathable Series, the Breathable Ultra has a breathable and removable cover. The mattress can be used with or without the cover, but in the case of the Ultra, the cover is quilted, making it a bit more comfortable and durable for your little one. This is a dual firmness mattress using the lightweight wavesupport™ inner construction – no innerspring option here.