What Are The Best Crib Mattresses?

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best crib mattressesWhen it comes to your baby, you want nothing but the best for them in life. That starts from the beginning of their life. A crib mattress is a critical decision that you make in your baby’s life.

A good crib mattress must meet all of the critical safety standards because your baby’s health and safety is your number one concern.

But you also need to take some other factors into consideration before making this important – and sometimes costly decision. We are going to go over a few of the top choices available.

*All product links in this article will take you to the latest prices on Amazon.com, scroll down for our in-depth reviews below.

What to Look for in a Crib Mattress

You would think that looking for a mattress for a space that you can barely stretch your arms would be a no brainer, but you might be surprised. Just like when you go shopping for a mattress for your own mattress, there are several things that you need to keep in mind.

  • SIZE – By law, all crib mattresses must be a uniform 27.25†x 51.625†and no more than 6†thick. To ensure a proper fit, the best way is to find a model that is on display in a store inside a crib.  If you can place more than 2 fingers between the mattress and the railing of the crib, then this is not the mattress for you.

 

  • COVER – Believe it or not, there is more than one choice in the cover for the outside for the mattress.
    • Fabric is a durable mattress cover and breaths better than the next choice. However, it stains easily and you definitely will need a cover in order to preserve the mattress.
    • Vinyl offers more stain resistance and some air circulation is offered with ventilation holes. Look for multi-layered vinyl options to prevent tears, stains, leaks, and punctures.
    • Cloth mattresses covers are for those who want a truly organic mattress. These cloth covers are normally organic cotton or bamboo yarn. Once again, you will want to protect the mattress from stains and leaks.

 

  • LONGEVITY – If you would like to use the same mattress for a crib and a toddler bed, you may want to consider a mattress that converts from a crib into a toddler bed when the time is right. How this works is that they are firm on one side for infants when you need them as a crib mattress as to reduce the risk of SIDS. The other side of the mattress is more standard or plush for a toddler bed. Do NOT flip too soon. Also, if you choose just a standard crib mattress, you can always still use as a toddler mattress as most toddlers won’t notice a difference in the mattress and won’t mind a firm bed mattress.

 

  • TYPES – Just like an adult size mattress, crib mattresses come in different types depending on what you think will offer the most benefit to your baby.
    • FOAM – Foam mattresses are generally firm and should snap back quickly when pressed in the center. A foam mattress should also not form to whatever you place on it. For a foam crib mattress, the denser the better.
    • INNERSPRING – An innerspring mattress is essentially made of layers of material, rods, and springs. The more layers of high quality layers, generally, the better the mattress. Rods will go around the top and bottom perimeter of the mattress to provide durability and firmness. Rods also support the sides add to the strength of the sides of the mattress to help prevent edge sagging. As for the coil count, look for the gauge of the coil (the lower the better) in addition to the number of coils (the higher the better). Often, a combination of the two is your best choice. Look for an innerspring where the insulator pad (that keeps the coils from poking through) contains coir fiber. They insulate better than cloth or polyester wrapped insulators. The last layer is the cushioning. The best cushioning is foam or cotton while polyester is less than ideal.
    • ORGANIC – An organic mattress can be more expensive than traditional choices as it is made from organic or all-natural materials. These materials may include food-grade polymers, plant-based foam, cotton, wool, coconut fibers, and natural latex.

 

  • ECO-FRIENDLY – If you are all for the green movement and using cloth diapers and trying to leave the smallest footprint possible, you can do it even with your baby’s crib mattress. Just be aware that in some products not ALL of the mattress is organic but just parts of it.

How to Purchase a Safe Crib Mattress

There is a lot of hype out there on what is safe and what is not when you go to purchase your baby’s crib mattress.  Some companies will even go so far as to say they are “Eco†friendly. Having this label does not make their product any safer. Here are a few guidelines that you need to follow to help ensure that you purchase a safe mattress for your baby:

  • Go for food-grade polyethylene plastic covers over PVC.
  • Especially look for labels that say that the mattress does not contain: chemical fire retardants, toxic adhesives, formaldehyde, PVC, phthalates or polyethylene unless food grade.
  • Choose mattresses made from natural materials when possible.
  • Choose mattresses that have the Greenguard or Global Organic Textile Standards (GOTS) stamp. These are third-party certifications that inspect to ensure that materials are free from harmful materials.
  • Avoid mattresses made from polyurethane foam, synthetic latex foam, soy foam, polyester, and bamboo or memory foam as these materials can sometimes have high levels of chemicals or petroleum.
  • Stay away from a mattress that is labeled “Made in Chinaâ€. Some mattresses imported from China may still have hazardous flame-retardants that have been banned in the United States.
  • PVC (vinyl) releases a harmful chemical that can be inhaled by the baby over time so avoid crib mattress that is made of this.
  • Many labels can be misleading. Some mattresses labeled “plant-derivedâ€, “bio†or “made from soybeans†may contain high levels of petroleum or chemicals and should be avoided.
  • Choose the mattress that is firm. According to WebMd, a firm baby mattress may reduce SIDS.

What to do Before Purchasing a Crib Mattress

Before you go out and lay down your cold hard cash, there are some last things you need to consider.

First of all, it makes since to buy the crib first. This makes will mainly come in to play if you choose a specialty crib (such as round) that requires a special mattress. Also, while all cribs should be a standards size, you want to measure your crib – just to make sure.

While it is true that all crib mattresses in the US must meet certain safety standards, there is nothing like the extra peace of mind that independent certification can provide you.  Be on the lookout for these labels.

I can’t say enough about ventilation holes. They allow for increased airflow and allow moisture to escape to help prevent mold, mildew, and odor. Look for those reinforced, small vented holes along the sides of the mattress when you are shopping for your baby’s crib mattress.

There are growing concerns about the number of chemicals that can be left over from the manufacturing process on many common household items; the concern is that they can aggravate existing or cause new and potentially dangerous health problems. When possible, buy organic to ensure to buy as chemical free as possible.

You should highly consider purchasing a water resistant mattress or cover.  There will be leaks. Whether it be a mattress or a cover, you don’t have to worry about a suffocation hazard because the sheet is a layer in between that will protect the baby from the water resistant material.

You may also want to check out the best baby cribs and baby crib mobiles.

Now that you know what there is out there, let’s take a look at some of the products that there are available.

Best Crib Mattresses

Moonlight Slumber Little Dreamer Crib Mattress by Moonlight Slumber

The Little Dreamer Crib Mattress is one of the more expensive crib mattresses that we will be looking at.  With this cost comes a lot of benefits such as hypoallergenic and easy to clean. Let’s take a deeper look at the Little Dreamer.

PROS & CONS
Here are some of the pros for the Little Dreamer:

  • The Little Sleeper is a Dual Surface, two-stage crib mattress. What this means is that you can use this for your infant as well as for your toddler. One side has an extra firm plant based foam layer that is eco-friendly for your infant. The other side is plusher for your toddler.
  • The hypoallergenic material of this Moonlight Slumber mattress is 100% waterproof. That makes cleaning this mattress much easier. It is water resistant so it can be cleaned with a damp cloth.
  • The mattress also has SafeSewn Seams so it is dust mite and bed bug resistant.
  • The Little Sleeper by Moonlight Slumber uses medical grade fabric. This ensures that the fabric is durable with tightly sewn seams and is waterproof.
  • The Little Sleeper is performance tested and is certified to have a low impact on indoor air due to low VOC and be free of toxic flame-retardant chemicals. It is also tested for performance, safety, and durability.
  • The Little Dreamer is CertiPUR and GreenGuard Certified.
  • This crib mattress is constructed in the USA.
  • The crib mattress by Moonlight Slumber is a lightweight 11 pounds making it easy to change sheets.

Here are a few of the cons for this crib mattress:

  • This crib mattress is one of the more expensive mattresses that I reviewed.
  • The actual tag on the mattress says 100% polyurethane foam while the website claims to be made from plant based foam.
  • Much harder than an innerspring crib mattress.
  • Not any noticeable difference in softness between the infant side and the toddler side.
  • There are some discrepancies with the sizing being off and being able to sometimes fit more than 2 fingers between the mattress (which should be a standard size) and the crib (which should be a standard size). (Always test for yourself to be on the safe side.)

While the Little Dreamer seems to be a good crib mattress overall, there are a few too many cons for me to be comfortable with it.

While foam mattresses are okay for the most part, this is much harder than an innerspring model and the tag clearly says that it is 100% polyurethane foam which is not acceptable to me while it is passable in the industry.

It is nice to see that the mattress is constructed in the US because that normally means use of chemicals are more strictly monitored.


Safety 1st Heavenly Dreams Crib Mattress by Safety 1st

If you are looking for an affordable choice when it comes to a crib mattress, then you may want to consider the lightweight Safety 1st Dreams Crib Mattress. It has a lot of great features that you are looking for in a crib mattress.  Let’s go over a few.

PROS & CONS
Here are a few pros:

  • The Heavenly Dreams is very lightweight at only 7.5 pounds – making it easy for middle of the night emergency sheet changes.
  • The Safety 1st crib mattress is hypoallergenic.
  • For easy cleanups, the cover is waterproof cover is vinyl. The cover is also tear resistant.
  • This crib mattress meets all of the safety standards that you would expect in a Safety 1st product. It is free of phthalates and lead and meets federal flammability standards without the use of potentially harmful chemicals. It also meets standards for low chemical emissions.
  • The Heavenly Dreams by Safety 1st has achieved GreenGuard Gold Certification.
  • This mattress with fit standard cribs and toddler beds.
  • The Heavenly Dreams has a high density thermos-bonded fiber core.

Now for just a few of the cons:

  • The Heavenly Dreams tag states that it is composed of 100% polyester fiber pad. That right there has the word that should warn you off – “padâ€.
  • While you can use this mattress for infants or toddlers, it is not dual sided.
  • The Safety 1st crib mattress is not as breathable as some other crib mattresses.
  • Since there is no heat regulating features in this mattress, the mattress retains heat longer than some other models that have this feature.
  • Because of the vinyl cover, it is very noisy against the sheet which could disturb the baby while trying to sleep.
  • After use, or especially with heavier babies, the mattress begins to sag in the middle.
  • The edges around the mattress, where it is stitched, are hard and may snag the sheet.
  • After sagging starts to occur, it may not fit as snuggly as before and gaps may appear between the mattress and the crib causing a hazard.
  • The vinyl cover may crack causing a choking hazard for the baby if the vinyl breaks off.

For the most part, I was disappointed in this crib mattress. Safety 1st is a well-known brand that has been around since people started putting the little yellow signs from them in their cars.

That being said, the fact that the vinyl cover can crack causing a choking hazard is a major concern. But most of all, it is not worth any price to buy a product that just a couple of months later will be sagging and uncomfortable for your baby. It would be worth to spend a little more or do a little more research and purchase a product that stands up a little better.


Milliard Crib Mattress by Milliard

When looking at your options for your baby’s crib mattress, you want to be sure to look at all of your options; that includes memory foam.

Milliard has a memory foam crib mattress that is reasonably priced that has a number of features that we will be looking at.  In addition to the mattress, it comes in a waterproof encasement.  Let’s take a look at Milliard’s crib mattress.

PROS & CONS
Here is a list of some of the positives of this crib mattress:

  • The Milliard Foam is CertiPUR-US Certified.
  • The Milliard crib mattress meets all safety regulations with an inner fiberglass lining free of toxins and chemicals.
  • The waterproof mattress encasement has air flow features to help keep your baby comfortable.
  • The memory mattress has a sturdy foam that won’t flatten over time and is safe and comfortable for your baby.
  • The mattress is constructed of 5.5†of high quality foam.
  • The Milliard is antimicrobial, hypoallergenic and resistant to bacteria, mold, allergens, and dust mites.
  • Milliard foam is designed to conform to your baby’s curves to help relive muscle pain, stress, and aches. Due to the high density construction, it will not lose its shape.
  • The Milliard crib mattress is affordably priced.
  • The waterproof cover is washable and has an attractive pattern.
  • The Milliard mattress weighs only 11 pounds making for lightweight sheet changes.

Here are some of the negatives about this crib mattress:

  • When you first get the crib mattress, it smells awful and it takes several days to degas.
  • The zipper is not high quality and unreliable.
  • The cover does not appear to be as waterproof as it claims to be. Leaks will go through the cover and saturate the foam.
  • One of the foams in the construction – Polyurethane – is highly flammable.

Overall, not a bad crib mattress. The Milliard offers a lightweight foam mattress for ease of changing the sheet, a 5.5†thick foam mattress that conforms to your baby’s body and an encasement that regulates air flow.

That being said, I would air the mattress out in advance in a well ventilated area and I would invest in a better waterproof cover. For the money, a pretty good option.


Graco Premium Foam Crib Mattress by Graco

Graco is a top baby product name so it should surprise nobody that they have thrown their name in the hat with a crib mattress. Their Premium Foam Crib Mattress comes compressed so it is easy to get home and it comes with a mattress cover. Let’s go over some of the other details.

PROS & CONS
Here are some of the pros:

  • The Graco mattress comes in a small box so it is easy to get home.
  • This crib mattress comes with a 6 year limited warranty.
  • The Graco crib mattress has 5 inches of foam for added comfort for your baby.
  • The crib mattress is made of anti-microbial, anti-static materials with no phthalates and no lead. The Graco crib mattress meets federal flammability standards for your child’s safety.
  • For ease of changing the sheet or flipping the mattress, this mattress only weighs 7 pounds.
  • The water-resistant inner lining helps keep your baby dry and clean.
  • The crib mattress comes with a removable mattress cover.
  • The Graco mattress will fit standard cribs and toddler beds.
  • The Graco mattress is one of the least inexpensive models on the market.

Here are some of the negatives of this mattress:

  • The packaging says to allow at least 72 hours for the mattress to fully expand to full size but there have been many instances where the mattress has not fully expanded on both sides (did not expand evenly) or fully well after this period of time.
  • Because of inflation issues, the mattress may be lumpy or bumpy.
  • After time, it seems to decompress back with use in well used places.
  • This mattress may not hold its shape well after extended use.

As the old adage goes, you get what you pay for. This inexpensive model may be a good model – if you can get it to “inflateâ€. But we are not talking about a pool float here. We are talking about a mattress for your child’s crib or toddler bed.

When you are looking for something as important as this, it might be more important to spend a few more dollars to get something that will hold its shape.  When a crib mattress will not hold its shape, you take the chance of a child being put in danger; safety should ALWAYS be our number one concern.


Sealy Soybean Foam-Core Crib Mattress by Sealy

When you look for a mattress for yourself, Sealy is a name that you may turn to – so why not look to them when you are looking for a crib mattress.  Sealy is a name synonymous with quality when it comes to mattresses.

The Sealy Soybean Foam-Core Crib Mattress has a lot to offer in its own right. From its waterproof surface to its high-density soybean foam-core, this may be the mattress that you have been looking for all along. We will now take a look at the Sealy Crib Mattress.

PROS & CONS
Let’s take a look at a few of the positives:

  • Made in the US, the foam used in this crib mattress is CertiPUR Certified and made without formaldehyde, lead, phthalates, mercury, PBDES, TDCPP or TCEP flame retardants that are sometimes concerns for non-certified foam mattresses.
  • For a healthier indoor environment, the Sealy Soybean Foam-Core Crib Mattress is Greenguard Gold Certified.
  • Sealy uses a percentage of natural and renewable soybeans to create a firm foam with the right amount of comfort and firmness for infants.
  • This mattress has a stain-resistant, waterproof, reinforced embossed cover with lock-stitch binding to help keep allergens such as dander and dust from sticking to the surface and most importantly, helping to lock moisture and liquids out so they cannot get inside to the mattress itself.
  • The Sealy is a moderately priced crib mattress model so it is affordable.
  • At only 8.3 pounds, changing the sheets and flipping the mattress are not back breaking at all.
  • The square corner design of the crib mattress allows for a more snug fit in most standard cribs.
  • Unlike some older, more traditional crib mattresses, the Sealy has multiple layers (five) to ensure optimal comfort to your child.
  • The seam stitching is lock-stitched with sturdy edges to ensure that they won’t pop open or unravel.
  • All mattresses from Sealy must pass a 60 point or more inspection to ensure quality.

Here are some of the negatives:

  • While it is great for an infant, since it is not dual, it may be too firm for a toddler.
  • Due to the embossed cover, if the sheet slides, it may make noise if the baby moves and disturb them.
  • The mattress has pinched seams instead of flat seams – may not be a big deal to most.
  • The wording on how it is labeled can be misleading. The foam inside the mattress is 22% soybean oil. The tag on the mattress itself lists 27% cotton felt and 73% Polyurethane foam.
  • The edge support for toddler beds is lacking as the edge drops significantly. If you are concerned, you may want to consider a safety rail.

With a name like Sealy, I’m not surprised that I like this crib mattress. With its moderate price tag, certifications, light-weight design and comfort in mind for the baby, this is definitely a top contender in my mind. I really had to dig deep to find some negatives for this one. Overall, I think this is a good choice.


My First Mattress Memory Foam Crib Mattress by My First Mattress

It used to be that memory foam was not safe for crib mattresses. But time and technology have changed. Some of the most advanced crib mattresses available now are memory foam and one of them is by My First Mattress.

Not only does this mattress meet CertiPUR-US standards, but it has a 10 year warranty and is hypoallergenic.  Let’s see what else this crib mattress from My First Mattress has to offer.

PROS & CONS
Here are a few pros for this memory foam crib mattress:

  • The memory foam crib mattress is constructed of premium CertiPUR-US certified flexible polyurethane foam for durability.
  • The baby mattress meets and exceeds all federal flammability and CPSC standards.
  • The crib mattress is hypoallergenic, mite proof, and phthalate, lead, and microbial free for those who are sensitive to certain materials.
  • The plush velour crib mattress cover is soft, waterproof and washable.
  • The square corners of the crib mattress allow for a more snug fit in a crib.
  • The My First Memory Foam Crib Mattress comes with a 10 year warranty.
  • At 11.9 pounds, the crib mattress is still easy enough to lift for sheet changes.
  • The memory foam crib mattress is on the low side of mid-priced.

Here are some of the cons of this memory foam mattress:

  • After more than adequate amount of time, the foam mattress failed to inflate to the full 5 inches as it is supposed to.
  • Due to not inflating fully, the mattress is lumpy and not level in areas.
  • The mattress had an odor upon arriving that may take a while to go away.
  • Crib mattress does not fit snugly into some cribs and leaves too large of a gap resulting in a dangerous hazard.
  • The waterproof cover may be more water resistant than waterproof. It may be advisable to use another waterproof cover on top to ensure that the mattress itself does not get soiled.

My first concern is always safety. As the main concern with this product is that the mattress does not fully inflate and can leave areas that are not level, that concerns me.

In addition, large gaps in between the mattress and the crib itself and a strong odor compel me to look elsewhere when it comes to looking for a crib mattress.


Dream On Me Spring Crib Mattress by Dream on Me

Are you looking for an affordable crib mattress that is good for an infant or a toddler? Well, the Dream on Me Spring Crib Mattress might be exactly what you are looking for.

This coil mattress has a firm foundation for both infants and toddlers, waterproof lock stitched binding and airflow pockets. This may be a very simple crib mattress but it will get the job done.  Let take a closer look at the Dream on Me Spring Crib Mattress.

PROS & CONS
Here are some of the pros:

  • This mattress is lightweight at only 12 pounds. That makes for easy sheet changing when it counts.
  • The Dream on Me has 80 interwoven, heat tempered coils for the support of your baby.
  • There are 2 hypo-allergenic layers in this mattress.
  • To allow airflow, there are airflow pockets in this crib mattress.
  • The Dream on Me has waterproof lock stitched binding that is antibacterial to help prevent odor, mold, and mildew.
  • The Dream on Me meets Federal flammability standards as well as ASTM standards. The crib mattress is phthalates and lead free.
  • The crib mattress has a 10 year limited warranty against manufacturer’s defects and materials.
  • The mattress has full perimeter border wires to help corners, sides, and edges maintain their shape.
  • The Dream on Me crib mattress is 5 inches thick for extra comfort for your little one.
  • This crib mattress is very affordable.
  • There is a cute design on the cover of this crib mattress.

Here are a few of the cons for this mattress:

  • The Dream on Me may be a little too soft for an infant.
  • The plastic cover on this mattress looks cheap.
  • As this mattress is on the softer side, it might be more appropriate for a toddler.
  • Due to the plastic cover, the mattress makes noise when the baby shifts or moves.
  • The vinyl cover rips easily on this model of the Dream on Me.
  • After continued use, sags and/or dips may develop in this crib mattress.
  • The crib mattress may not fit snugly in standards size cribs.
  • Air seems to get trapped in the crib mattress which could present a hazard.
  • The seams on the Dream on Me can bust open more easily than on some other models.
  • The waterproof material is not as breathable as some other materials and may cause babies to sweat.

All in all, I feel that this may be just too inexpensively made of a crib mattress. If you take away the superficial things like the cheap appearance of the cover you have some serious issues to get around.

Seams ripping, air trapped in the mattress, sagging, dips, and the bed being too soft are all hazards that can’t be overlooked.

While this is a lightweight model that is super easy on your wallet, sometimes you have to bite the bullet and add a few dollars to get a product that will last longer and is safer – which is more important than anything.


Naturepedic No Compromise Crib Mattress by Naturepedic

Some people are looking to go organic these days.  That can extend into your search for the perfect crib mattress.  If you are one of those people, you may want to consider the Naturepedic No Compromise Organic Cotton Classic 150 Seamless Dual Firmness Crib Mattress.

It is made from 100% organic cotton here in the US and is dual purpose for use with both infants in cribs and toddlers in toddler beds. Let’s take a look at some of the other positives and negatives this crib mattress has to offer.

PROS & CONS
Here are some of the good things about this Mattress:

  • The Naturepedic is made from 100% organic cotton.
  • This crib mattress is made in the US.
  • The Naturepedic No Compromise Organic Cotton Crib Mattress is a dual purpose crib mattress so you can get years of use from this mattress. There is a firmer side for infants to sleep on and when they get older, transition them to the toddler side which is softer.
  • The waterproof cover wipes clean and the waterproof seams prevent moisture from seeping in for easier cleanup.
  • The Naturepedic is made up of several things: a certified organic cotton material, food grade polyethylene (in the waterproof material), there are 150 steel innerspring coils of 13 gauge coils and 9 gauge border wire. The fibers of the mattress are made from Non-GMO potato starch PLA batting which is made from plants.
  • The fire protection is chemical free because organic cotton is less flammable and eliminates the need for fire retardant chemicals.
  • Naturepedic has a No Compromise promise that includes: no questionable chemicals, no allergenic materials, no flame retardants, no insulator pads, no GMO fibers or GMO cotton, no antibacterial treatments or biocides, no glues or adhesives, no latex, wool, or other forms of polyurethane foam.
  • Naturepedic is a GOTS certified organic mattress manufacturer. Naturepedic also has GREENGUARD Certification.

Here are a few of the not so good things about the Naturepedic crib mattress:

  • This is tied for the most expensive crib mattress that we will be looking at so it is very costly.
  • At 20 pounds, this is not a lightweight mattress. That is mainly due to the quality of the coils. But at 3 am when you are trying to change sheets from a sick baby – you DON’T care what the weight is from – it’s just plain heavy!
  • There is higher than average heat retention with this crib mattress.
  • The square corners of this crib mattress make it difficult to fit some cribs.

Overall, this is a wonderful crib mattress. This organic crib mattress means that it is constructed with no harsh chemicals so it is safe for your baby. And the top grade construction with the upper line coils and gauge make the construction top notch.

This would be a mattress that you could use for many years – and possibly a couple of children if you took care of it. On the flip side, the heat retention, weight of the crib mattress and hefty price tag make you think twice before you make that ultimate purchase.


Kolcraft Pure Sleep Therapeutic 150 Crib Mattress by Kolcraft

Kolcraft began producing crib mattresses over 70 years ago. Since then, they have provided quality products such as the Pure Sleep Therapeutic 150 Crib Mattress.

This crib mattress is great for many reasons. Some of the things it has going for it is the 150 coil support, waterproof cover and being certified. Let’s take a deeper look at what all the Kolcraft Pure Sleep has going for it.

PROS & CONS
Here are a few pros:

  • The Kolcraft has 150 heavy gauge steel coils that offer firm support for your baby.
  • The Pure Sleep is suitable for both infant cribs and toddler beds.
  • The Kolcraft Pure Sleep has an embossed reinforced waterproof cover that is lock-stitched with waterproof binding to help resist mildew, stains, and moisture.
  • The crib mattress meets or exceeds all lead, phthalate, flammability and CPSIA testing and does not contain toxic fire retardants. The mattress is GREENGUARD Certified for indoor air quality and low chemical emissions.
  • The Kolcraft is proudly made in the USA and comes with a 10 year warranty on materials and workmanship.
  • The Pure Sleep Therapeutic 150 has a hypoallergenic layer for protection.
  • The Kolcraft is affordably priced.
  • At a lightweight 11.6 pounds, sheet changes are easy to manage.

Here are a few of the cons for this mattress:

  • The waterproof material of the Kolcraft is not the most breathable and may cause the baby to be hotter than some other models.
  • The seams of the Pure Sleep are not as secure as they need to be and have a tendency to pop open which may cause a hazard.
  • While the Pure Sleep has 150 coils, the gauge is higher resulting in a weaker coil. This has resulted in some sagging after months of use of the crib mattress.
  • Due to the high gauge of the coils, the mattress is not as firm as one might want or recommend for an infant.
  • There is a significant amount of bounce in the Pure Sleep.

Overall, the Kolcraft Pure Sleep Therapeutic 150 crib mattress is a lightweight crib mattress that seems to be affordably priced and can fit a crib or toddler bed.

On the flip side, while the mattress, does have 150 coils, the gauge is high (the lower the better) and results in the coils not being supportive enough.

The mattress can sag, bounce, not be firm enough or support enough, and none of this is good for an infant or even a toddler. In addition, the seams begin to show wear and tear over time and this can present a significant hazard. While the price may be right, it might be advisable to take that money and put it toward a safer product.


 Colgate Eco Classica III Dual Firmness Crib Mattress by Colgate

The Colgate line of crib mattresses has been around for many years. They take pride in every model of crib mattress and the Eco Classica III is no different.

This crib mattress is wonderful because it is a dual purpose mattress – meaning you can use it for an infant or a toddler. It is also GREENGUARD and Certi-PUR-US certified. There are many other factors that make this mattress a good choice, let’s go over the specs.

PROS & CONS
Here are a few of the pros for this crib mattress:

  • The Eco Classica III is a dual purpose mattress. It is firmer on the infant and then you can flip it over to the toddler side when it is plusher.
  • The Colgate crib mattress is only 9.4 pounds; this makes emergency sheet changes and mattress flips less of a back ache.
  • The crib mattress is 6 inches thick with 6 layers for comfort, safety, and support.
  • The Colgate Eco Classica III is GREENGUARD Certified and made with Certi-PUR-US Certified foam.
  • The water resistant cover on the Colgate allows water to bead so you have time to clean up before a mess can become – well – a mess.
  • The Eco Classica III comes with a lifetime warranty.
  • The six layers (2 repeating) of this crib mattress are: the certified organic cotton cover, the natural cotton flammability barrier, the firmer plant oil based eco foam for the infant side, the less firm eco foam for greater comfort for the toddler side, another layer of natural cotton flammability barrier and a last layer of certified organic cotton cover.

Here are a few of the cons for the Colgate:

  • The Eco Classica III is pretty pricey.
  • If you do not catch a stain soon after it happens, it can set in.
  • The edges of the Colgate are round and not square which may cause a gap or move around in some cribs.
  • The Eco Classica III does contain 92% urethane and 8% rayon according to the tag.

Overall, the Colgate Eco Classica III is a pretty good crib mattress. What I like most is the noticeable difference between the sides of the mattress – you can tell which the infant side is and which the toddler side is.

This being said, the toddler side is still firm enough to be safe. In addition, being certified means a lot when it comes to your baby’s health and safety. Add in the extra light weight and we have a product that sounds like a winner to me.

The only major concerns that I have are that you don’t always catch when a stain occurs and the fact that there is urethane in the mattress (while being within legal standards) is still bothersome to some degree.  And this mattress comes with a heavy price tag. Well, no product is perfect so we just have to weigh all of the factors.


Newton Wovenaire Crib Mattress by Newton

If you truly want a breathable crib mattress, Newton Wovenaire Crib Mattress might be exactly what you are looking for.  This crib mattress is truly unique in design as it is 90% air! As if that is not enough, it still offers your baby or toddler all of the support they need to thrive.  Let’s see what else the Newton Wovenaire has to offer.

PROS & CONS
Here are some of the pros:

  • The core of the Wovenaire is 10% food grade polymer and 90% air. This hypoallergenic mattress contains no latex, foam, springs, glue or allergens! This mattress is also 100% recyclable.
  • The entire crib mattress is washable. The core can be washed in a tub or spot cleaned as needed.
  • The Newton is GREENGUARD GOLD certified.
  • The Wovenaire is perfect for an infant or a toddler.
  • The Wovenaire has a 100% breathable design that helps reduce the risk of overheating or suffocation.
  • The two layer breathable spacer fabric cover has an attractive pattern and is water resistant and machine washable.
  • At only 11 pounds, and full of air, the Wovenaire is lightweight and makes it easy to take in and out of the crib.

Here are a few things that we didn’t like so much:

  • The Wovenaire is by far the most expensive crib mattress that we have looked at (tied for this honor).
  • It is suggested not to use a crib sheet with the Wovenaire because of the breathability. However, because of the material of the crib cover, some irritation to the skin may occur. A muslin sheet can be used as it is still breathable but somewhat softer.
  • Edge support is not as great as some other models. This only comes into play when using in a toddler bed as in a crib the edges are up against the railings. As a preventative, it might be best to use a guardrail until your toddler is used to the edge.
  • The mattress cover is only water resistant. All other liquids go straight thru to the inner core. This really isn’t a problem through because it is a polymer material and completely washable. You just have to rinse it off.

I really liked this crib mattress. The idea that your baby can sleep on air without harsh chemicals or materials is a real game changer in my eyes. This would really be beneficial to children who suffer from asthma or who may be sensitive to allergens.

This mattress is very breathable and the fact that you can wash the ENTIRE thing is a real bonus. Most of the down sides have factors that I can wiggle around except for a couple.

You are supposed to use the mattress without a crib sheet for the ultimate in breathability but this may cause irritably to the skin. In addition, the huge price sticker is a hard pill to swallow.


Simmons Kids Beautyrest Sleepy Whispers by Simmons Kids

If you have ever been mattress shopping for yourself, and I’m sure you have, then you have heard of Simmons. Well, they take their kid’s line of mattresses just as seriously.

The Simmons Kids Beautyrest Sleepy Whispers have a lot of features that you look for in a mattress such as pocketed coil springs, GreenGuard Certified and made in the USA.

Put this in conjunction with being affordably moderately priced and we have something to discuss. Let’s take a closer look at the Sleepy Whispers.

PROS & CONS
Here are a few of the positives:

  • The Beautyrest has even support by the 231 luxury pocketed coil springs. The springs have reinforced border protection and Innofoam corner protectors that provide stability.
  • The Sleepy Whispers is perfect for both an infant and a toddler with its dual-purpose design. One side provides ideal firmness for newborns to help protect them while the other side has a layer of foam for comfort for toddlers.
  • The mattress boasts a natural fire protection wrap and woven fabric that features a waterproof barrier.
  • This mattress meets or exceeds all federal flammability standards. GreenGuard Gold and CertiPUR-US Certified. Certified foam products are made without lead, mercury, formaldehyde, prohibited phthalates, PBDE fire retardants and other potentially harmful materials.
  • The Sleepy Whispers is made in the US.
  • The Simmons Kids crib mattress has a limited lifetime warranty.
  • The Sleepy Whispers by Simmons Kids is affordably moderate in price compared to other similar products.
  • This crib mattress is made of materials which allow it to breathe and keep the baby at a comfortable temperature.

Here are a few of the negatives:

  • At 21.3 pounds, you do not want to have to change the sheets in the middle of the night while trying to soothe an unset baby. It is entirely too heavy.
  • There seems to be an issue with the seams ripping. One cause can be from being pulled by them since the bed is so heavy. This might be prevented if the bed is picked up from the bottom and not by the material of the bed.

I liked this crib mattress. The coil count and dual purpose design make this a great option. Throw in the fact that it is certified and has a limited life time warranty and we have a winner. Where the problem comes in is the weight. If the weight of the crib mattress causes such a fatal flaw as seams to start to separate then this is probably not a crib mattress I would choose.  I feel this is a shame. If I could trust myself to always pick it up from the bottom and not be bothered by the weight of the mattress, then I might strongly consider it.


The Winner

When it comes to purchasing a crib mattress, the top concern will always be safety and then everything else. After I weighed in all of the pros and cons, my top choice will have to be the Colgate Eco Classica III Dual Firmness Crib Mattress.

While the Colgate may cost more than some other models, it is lightweight, certified and comes with a lifetime warranty. That means you will get years of use out of it – even multiple children if you take care of it.

The Colgate Eco Classica III is dual purpose so you can start your infant out on the firmer side in the crib and then flip to the plusher side when you move your toddler to their toddler bed.

The Colgate also has a water resistant cover to allow you amble time to get to those emergencies.

In short, the Eco Classica III has it all and should last you for years.

I hope this review helps you – and your baby – find a peaceful nights rest.

Peter
Peter
Father of two wonderful kids, love parenthood and feel blessed to have an amazing family.
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