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Our Top Organic Crib Mattresses for 2020
From 13 contenders, we came up with this list of the best organic crib mattresses for this year.
Brentwood Home Wildfern (The Winner): Best organic, waterproof crib mattress for most families
My Green Mattress Emily Crib Mattress (The Runner Up): Best innerspring organic crib mattress
Nook Pebble Pure (The Upgrade): Most stylish organic crib mattress for design lovers
Naturalmat Coco Mat (The All Natural): The best all natural no plastic organic crib mattress
Soaring Heart Organic (The Latex): The best natural latex organic crib mattress
Keep reading for our reviews and ratings.
Brentwood Home’s Wildfern Crib Mattress won us over on affordability and the natural, organic materials used. Additionally, it’s hard to argue with the practicality of a waterproof crib mattress cover.
We believe the Wildfern is the best overall organic crib mattress. In other words, we think it’s the best choice for most families.
Best Organic Crib Mattresses
Our Pick: Best Overall Organic Crib Mattress
The Best Waterproof Organic Crib Mattress (also Great for Vegan Families)
A 2-stage crib mattress, the Wildfern is suitable from birth all the way through toddlerhood. Filled with organic coconut coir and natural latex, the mattress has a waterproof cover achieved with food-grade polyolefin. With no fire retardant chemicals and Greenguard Gold certification, there’s no need to worry about off-gassing. Vegan families will love that this crib mattress is wool free. $295, with free shipping
We think the Wildfern is the best organic crib mattress choice for most families. While it’s not perfect, there’s a lot to love about it, including the price: $295.
The Wildfern’s cover is waterproof, a feature that requires food-grade polyolefin to achieve. Polyolefin is a plastic – the same plastic found in milk carton coatings and food bottles. While we get that some families won’t like this feature, we also believe many will. Crib mattress “accidents” are no joke, after all.
The Brentwood Home Wildfern is also a great choice for vegan families, as it’s wool-free.
Runner Up: Best Innerspring Organic Crib Mattress
Organic Innerspring Crib Mattress
Made of breathable, all-natural coconut fiber, a heavy duty coil innerspring, and a quilted cover with natural organic wool and cotton. The Emily mattress is GREENGUARD Gold Certified as well as GOTS and GOLS certified organic. Handmade to order with a 100-night sleep guarantee, and no plastic whatsoever.
We love that the Emily Crib Mattress is hand-made in the USA from non-toxic materials. It uses all organic and all-natural materials (apart from the innerspring coils).
The GREENGUARD Gold Certification means you don’t have to worry about VOC off-gassing. And the 100-night sleep trial and 7-year warranty means you can buy this mattress with confidence.
The Emily mattress provides a safe, firm sleep surface for a newborn. It combines an innerspring design with GOTS certified organic coconut coir. GOLS-certified organic natural latex is used to bind the coir. And the quilted cover is made from organic cotton and organic wool.
For families that don’t mind sacrificing waterproofing to get a plastic free crib mattress, the Emily is a great choice. With the Emily, parents are free to choose which waterproofing method makes sense for their family. This means the decision remains in your hands – not a company’s.
We also love My Green Mattress’ commitment to ethical and environmental production methods.
Overall, the Emily Crib Mattress is a great innerspring organic crib mattress. It uses all natural and organic materials (with the exception of the innerspring coils!), and comes from an ethical, environmentally-minded company.
The Upgrade: Best Design-Forward Organic Crib Mattress
The Most Stylish Organic Crib Mattress
Covered in the gorgeous and practical Pebble Wrap, the Nook Sleep Pebble Pure is organic, non-toxic, earth-friendly and breathable. The inside consists of organic coconut coir, natural rubber tree latex, and organic wool. The signature Pebble wrap is made of organic cotton, eucalyptus fiber, an organic cotton/non-toxic poly blend, zinc, and a nylon zipper. The cover is removable and machine washable, and can be used without sheets.
For design-forward families, it’s hard to go wrong with the Pebble Pure. If you want an organic crib mattress that’s functional, healthy, and downright beautiful, look no further.
Firstly, it’s covered in Nook’s signature Pebble Wrap, which can be used without sheets. The wrap is made from organic cotton, eucalyptus fiber, an organic cotton/non-toxic poly blend (which adds to the machine washability), zinc, and a nylon zipper. And the eucalyptus fiber provides natural moisture resistance, and the “pebbles” design adds to breathability of the mattress.
The inside of the mattress is made of coconut coir, natural latex and organic wool.
The Nook Pebble Pure is priced at $419, comes with a lifetime warranty with proof of purchase, and a 100-night sleep trial. Nook offers free shipping and returns within the continental USA.
The All Natural: Best All Natural, No Plastic Organic Crib Mattress
The Best Truly All Natural Crib mattress
The organic crib mattress market is filled with crib mattresses that are semi-organic, at best.
The Brentwood Home Wildfern is our top choice for most families, but it does use a thin food grade plastic coating to achieve waterproofing. The Emily Mattress uses innersprings – there’s no such thing as organic steel! And the Nook Pebble Pure uses a cotton/poly blend in the pebble wrap/cover.
There’s nothing wrong with this, per se – these mattresses are all well-certified as safe and healthy choices for your little ones.
However, we also understand that some families will want an all natural crib mattress with no plastic whatsoever. Enter Naturalmat’s Coco Mat.
The Coco Mat is made from simple materials that you can pronounce: organic coconut fibre, organic wool, and unbleached natural cotton. Quite uniquely, it doesn’t have any plastic products in it, although you can add their mattress protector if you want waterproofing.
It measures 52” x 28” x 6”, which is a standard crib size in the USA, and has a 5-year warranty.
The All Natural Latex: Best Organic Latex Crib Mattress
All Natural Latex
Soaring Heart is another company that makes an all natural organic crib mattress. Instead of using a coconut inner mattress, like Naturalmat, Soaring Heart uses all natural organic latex, along with organic wool and organic cotton. No fire retardant chemicals here, folks.
Soaring Heart’s organic latex is firm, making it suitable for newborns and older babies.
This crib mattress measures 28 ⅝” x 52 ⅜” x 3 ½” and fits in US standard cribs. Their mattresses come with a 20-year-warranty and 30-day comfort guarantee.
Organic Crib Mattress Buying Guide
Brentwood Home offers one organic, all-natural crib mattress, The Wildfern. At the heart of the company is an ethos of protecting your baby’s and the planet’s health.
“a combination of organic, nontoxic, and natural materials with no chemical retardants, phthalates, ozone depleters, or heavy metals.”
The Wildfern is Greenguard Gold Certified.
My Green Mattress
My Green Mattress is a company with a great story to tell. Parent-led, Tim Masters started the company when his daughter Emily was born. Emily suffered from a number of environmental allergies, so Tim built a natural crib mattress to help alleviate her symptoms. That’s how the Emily Natural Crib Mattress was born – as a mattress good enough for Tim’s own daughter.
All My Green Mattress products (they also make mattresses for adults) are handmade in Lagrange, Illinois. The factory is GOTS/GOLS certified, and the products contain only organically grown, harvested and processed materials. They’re made in an environmentally and socially responsible manner.
Importantly, all their products are free-from harmful and potentially harmful chemicals. This means no formaldehyde, flame retardants, or VOCs, which often come hand-in-hand with materials like polyurethane foam and polyester.
My Green Mattress has multiple 3rd party certifications. They use GOTS certified wool and cotton and GOLS certified natural latex. They have a OEKO-TEX certificate for textiles. And they hold an Eco Institute Certificate, UL compliance, Carbon Neutral certificate, and Greenguard Gold certifications.
Nook is another parent-led company born out of the birth of the founders’ own children. Back in 2008, there weren’t a lot of organic crib mattresses on the market. Their own crib mattress shopping experience left them disappointed, and they figured they could do better!
Nook makes a range of really cool mattresses and other products. Not all of them are organic (the Pebble Pure is their all-natural and organic crib mattress). However, those crib mattresses that aren’t organic have really cool features. The Dream Cotton uses upcycled denim, and the Pebble Lite, uses recycled PETE bottles, for example.
Nook’s certifications include: Greenguard Gold, GOTS, OEKO-TEX, CertiPUR-US® (for foam products), and FSC certification.
Naturalmat has been making mattresses since 1999. The company started out with a mission to change the industry by creating mattresses with natural (instead of synthetic) materials. And without any chemical additives, to boot.
Today, they claim ALL the ingredients that go into their products are 100% natural and from a sustainable source. Taking it a step further, Naturalmat mattresses are 100% biodegradable at the end of their life.
The mattresses are handmade in Devon, England (Naturalmat is a UK company, but you can buy them in the US).
Naturalmat hasn’t gone “certification wild” like some of their organic crib mattress competitors. However, they’re pretty darn transparent on their website. No glues, no fire retardant chemicals, all natural and organic.
Soaring Heart is another company that’s easy to love. The company sources materials from small farms and ranches. And they choose suppliers that operate according to sustainable principles and strong animal welfare practices.
Soaring Heart is also super transparent. You can actually order a box with small samples of all the materials used in your baby’s crib mattress!
Their mattresses are made in Seattle, and are safe and chemical free. According to the company, they’re all about keeping it simple with all organic, toxin-free materials. We can get behind that!
Soaring Heart holds multiple certifications. They are GOTS and GOLS organic certified, USDA organic, Oregon Tilth organic certified, and Texas Department of Agriculture certified organic cotton.
Organic Crib Mattress Buying Guide: Considerations
All of the company’s we’ve chosen to feature are reputable. So what else should you consider when buying an organic crib mattress?
In the world of organic crib mattresses, there are a crazy array of independent third-party certifications out there. If this is your first time choosing a crib mattress, all the acronyms may feel a bit mind boggling.
These are some of the most common certifications you’ll come across when shopping for an organic crib mattress.
GREENGUARD Gold Certification is an independent certification that measures VOC emissions from products.
When a product is GREENGUARD Gold certified, this means it is a low emitting product. The specific values are no greater than 1/100 of currently published ACGIH® Threshold Limit Values (TLVs) and no greater than one-half of California’s Chronic Reference Exposure Levels (CRELs).
GREENGUARD Gold certified products are safe for use with sensitive people and in sensitive settings. In other words, with children, the elderly, and education and healthcare facilities.
We also suggest you purchase a greenguard certified and non-toxic crib, in addition to the crib mattress.
Validated Formaldehyde Free
Like GREENGUARD Gold, this independent certification/validation scheme is run by UL Environment.
The Formaldehyde Free validation means a product is independently verified to be free from formaldehyde and formaldehyde precursors. One problem with formaldehyde is the fact that many products don’t actually contain added formaldehyde. However, they do contain chemicals that, when mixed together, create formaldehyde. This means companies can say their products are formaldehyde free, even if those same products emit formaldehyde.
The UL Formaldehyde Free verification ensures your product doesn’t contain AND won’t emit formaldehyde.
Products that hold the Validated Formaldehyde Free label must also hold GREENGUARD Gold Certification.
MADE SAFE® Certification
The MADE SAFE® program is a hazard-based independent screen that checks that products are made without known toxic chemicals.
Getting the certification means a product has been independently screened. They look for known behavioural neurotoxins, carcinogens, developmental toxins, endocrine disruptors, fire retardants, heavy metals, neurotoxins, high risk pesticides, reproductive toxins, toxic solvents, and harmful VOCs.
GOTS and GOLS
GOTS stands for Global Organic Textile Standard and GOLS stands for Global Organic Latex Standard. Both standards certify ecological and social aspects of the entire product supply chain, from processing to distribution.
STANDARD 100 by OEKO-TEX®
The Standard 100 is an independent verification for textiles. It tests all aspects of the textile for human and ecologically harmful chemicals. According to their website, if a textile carries the Standard 100 certification, “the article therefore is harmless in human ecological terms.”
Materials & Chemicals
When it comes to buying an organic mattress, it’s all about the components!
We’ve seen some crib mattress manufacturers claim there mattress is organic – even though it’s made out of foam.
And there’s no such thing as organic foam, you know?
Same goes for plastic.
Avoid the following crib mattress materials if you’re looking for something that’s truly organic:
- Polyurethane foam and plant-based/soybean foam
- Polyethylene terephthalate
- Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC), Phthalates And Phthalate Alternatives
- Chemical Fire Retardants
Shipping, Warranties, and Satisfaction Guarantees
Most of the companies we’ve listed provide some sort of satisfaction guarantee and warranty. However, it’s worth double checking before hitting the buy button. Policies change. While we do our best to stay on top of changes, we can’t guarantee info is still up to date.
Final Thoughts & Conclusion
We hope you found this guide helpful – and that you found an organic crib mattress that meets your family’s needs.
If you still have questions let us know in the comments. And if you think this article would help a new parent or parent-to-be, we hope you’ll share it!