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Crib mattress selection - innerspring vs latex with some budgeting 07 Jan 2016 06:17 #1

I previously used this forum to select my king size bed about 2 years ago, and I'm still very happy with it! Now it's time to select a crib mattress for my baby (ETA 4 weeks!) and I'm behind the curve ball on this one. I was going to go with a well-reviewed, cheap foam mattress until I read some suggestions that a mattress made with natural materials might be more likely to prevent SIDS (although the evidence is sparse on that one).. I'm also a little concerned about offgassing. I read the post on materials for children's mattresses, and I am most likely to consider innerspring or latex for the breathability. So I'm looking for a natural crib mattress that will be safe for under $300. My problem is that one way I make decisions is by looking at reviews, and a lot of the crib mattresses I am considering (that I found here) don't have very many reviews so I am somewhat paralyzed by indecision about what's best.

My coworker previously mentioned Naturepedic, and I could go that direction.. It does have reviews, and both the 150 ($299) and 252 ($379) crib mattresses seem good to me, with the 252 being firmer. Both options are dual firmness, which means they can be used later as a toddler bed. I have a 15% Baby Registry completion discount still to use at Amazon, so that helps the price somewhat. What seems like a good competitor is the My Green Mattress crib mattress ($219 for the month of January). It seems very similar to the Naturepedic but on the higher coil count and therefore firmer. It is not dual firmness, so it can't be used as a toddler mattress. Presumably I might later use some added comfort layer at the toddler stage, right? One other small difference between Naturepedic and My Green Mattress is the corners - the former is square, and the latter is more rounded, leading to possible safety issues.
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Both of these are innerspring mattresses with cotton batting. Cotton is more likely to deform over time but is not going to cause allergies and breathes well. As I mentioned, I like to decide with the aid of reviews, and the My Green Mattress crib mattress is a relatively new offering and doesn't have a ton of reviews, but I like the price and the sale for this month. I know they are founding members of this site - do you think they are a reliable enough mattress company that I could purchase this instead of the Naturepedic even without reviews? One thing about their warranty that concerns me is that only deformations greater than 1.5 inches apply, and 1.5 inches is a lot relative to the size of a baby.

I am also considering latex mattresses based on what I read on this site, specifically the SleepEZ crib mattress ($295) and the Pebble Lite ($295). I'd rather a 6 inch mattress over a 4 inch mattress in general. I believe both could be dual firmness (Pebble explicitly is, and SleepEZ might manufacture it that way if I ask). I'm also concerned about the weight of a latex mattress. The crib I purchased has a metal spring foundation (looks like this one ). I've contacted the company to see about the safe weight limits, but I remember reading on this forum that a latex crib mattress might need more support. My other concern with latex is allergies. I've read conflicting information on the internet about whether or not latex crib mattresses affect babies' allergies, and it seems to be something of a messaging war between companies. I won't know in advance if my baby has a latex allergy, and it's unlikely, but I just want to know if a latex mattress affects people with latex allergies or not.
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Crib mattress selection - innerspring vs latex with some budgeting 07 Jan 2016 10:20 #2

I want to mention that the company who manufactures the crib I purchased responded. They stated that they do not currently have a weight limit for the crib. Instead, they rely on a height limit (to prevent the child from climbing out). So I still don't have a good idea of how much weight the metal spring foundation will take without deforming.

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Crib mattress selection - innerspring vs latex with some budgeting 07 Jan 2016 12:12 #3

Hi cabert,

I read the post on materials for children's mattresses, and I am most likely to consider innerspring or latex for the breathability. So I'm looking for a natural crib mattress that will be safe for under $300. My problem is that one way I make decisions is by looking at reviews, and a lot of the crib mattresses I am considering (that I found here) don't have very many reviews so I am somewhat paralyzed by indecision about what's best.


While other people's comments about the knowledge and service of a particular business can certainly be very helpful ... I would be very cautious about about using other people's experiences or reviews on a crib mattress (either positive or negative) or review sites in general as a reliable source of information or guidance about how suitable, how durable, or how "safe" a mattress may be for your child because most people that write reviews have very little knowledge about what they purchased or the materials inside them.

If you have spent time reading the children's reference post here (which includes several links to topics about crib mattresses) then you would likely know more than the large majority of the people who are writing reviews so using reviews as a guideline would be using the opinions of mostly uninformed consumers to guide your purchase which really wouldn't make much sense.

When you can't test a mattress in person (or when it isn't necessary such as in the case of a crib mattress where you already know that you need a firm mattress) then the most reliable source of guidance is always a more detailed phone conversation with a knowledgeable and experienced retailer or manufacturer that has your best interests at heart and who can help "talk you through" the specifics of their mattresses and the properties and firmness of the materials they are using (fast or slow response, resilience, firmness, temperature regulation etc) and any options they have available that may be the best "match" for your child.

Other than that ... there really isn't too much that I can add to the information in the posts about crib mattresses that are linked in the topic about mattresses and children.

My coworker previously mentioned Naturepedic, and I could go that direction.. It does have reviews, and both the 150 ($299) and 252 ($379) crib mattresses seem good to me, with the 252 being firmer. Both options are dual firmness, which means they can be used later as a toddler bed. I have a 15% Baby Registry completion discount still to use at Amazon, so that helps the price somewhat. What seems like a good competitor is the My Green Mattress crib mattress ($219 for the month of January). It seems very similar to the Naturepedic but on the higher coil count and therefore firmer. It is not dual firmness, so it can't be used as a toddler mattress. Presumably I might later use some added comfort layer at the toddler stage, right? One other small difference between Naturepedic and My Green Mattress is the corners - the former is square, and the latter is more rounded, leading to possible safety issues.

Both of these are innerspring mattresses with cotton batting. Cotton is more likely to deform over time but is not going to cause allergies and breathes well. As I mentioned, I like to decide with the aid of reviews, and the My Green Mattress crib mattress is a relatively new offering and doesn't have a ton of reviews, but I like the price and the sale for this month. I know they are founding members of this site - do you think they are a reliable enough mattress company that I could purchase this instead of the Naturepedic even without reviews? One thing about their warranty that concerns me is that only deformations greater than 1.5 inches apply, and 1.5 inches is a lot relative to the size of a baby.


A warranty is just to cover defects and aren't particularly important in a crib mattress which you won't be using for a long period of time anyway. In the My Green Mattress a defective coil system is really the only thing that would cause an impression that deep (although any mattress that uses natural fibers will develop some impressions as the fibers settle and compress) but the warranty isn't something that I would be nearly as concerned about with a crib mattress as the type and quality of the materials inside it.

My Green Mattress/Quality Sleep is one of the members of this site which means that I think very highly of them and I believe that they compete well with the best in the industry in terms of their quality, value, service, knowledge, and transparency and I certainly wouldn't hesitate to purchase a mattress from them (or any of the other members of this site).

I wouldn't be concerned about corners that are slightly rounded as long as a mattress fits the crib without "gaps" in the sides, top, and bottom.

Outside of the relative "safety" of the materials in a mattress ... the most common allergens would be to dust mites and other particulate allergens and there is more about dust mite allergies in post #2 here and the posts it links to. A good mattress protector or encasement (waterproof in the case of infants and young children) that can be removed and washed would make a bigger difference with dust mite allergies than the materials in a mattress.

I am also considering latex mattresses based on what I read on this site, specifically the SleepEZ crib mattress ($295) and the Pebble Lite ($295).


The Pebble Lite is polyfoam (which is CertiPUR-Us certified) ... not latex.

My other concern with latex is allergies. I've read conflicting information on the internet about whether or not latex crib mattresses affect babies' allergies, and it seems to be something of a messaging war between companies. I won't know in advance if my baby has a latex allergy, and it's unlikely, but I just want to know if a latex mattress affects people with latex allergies or not.


There is more about latex allergies in post #2 here and I haven't read any information in many hundreds of hours of reading that would give me any cause for concern for infants or children with the foamed latex that is used in mattresses.

I want to mention that the company who manufactures the crib I purchased responded. They stated that they do not currently have a weight limit for the crib. Instead, they rely on a height limit (to prevent the child from climbing out). So I still don't have a good idea of how much weight the metal spring foundation will take without deforming.


I don't know their weight limits either but if it meets the current CPSC crib safety standards then it "should" be OK.

IMO ... any of the crib mattresses you are considering (whether they are a single firmness or dual firmness) would be suitable in terms of firmness for infants or younger toddlers until they are ready to transition into a larger bed (generally between about 18 months and 3 years).

Phoenix
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