When I first became a mom, going green was the furthest thing from my mind. No. Really.
My husband and I had only been married a little more than a year, and we had gone through a lot in that year. He was in a near-fatal car accident, and much of our time and money was spent trying to get him well again. So when I found out I was pregnant, I will completely admit that budget — and a very young and questionable sense of style — were the only things that dictated what I purchased for my new baby at the Baby iDesign site. This meant cheap, traditional products, including a crib, dresser and changing table that were made of particle board (and didn’t last more than a year or two), and a crib mattress covered in offgassing vinyl.
Fast forward 8 years later to my new baby, and let’s just say that my priorities have shifted. I now understand the importance of being mindful of indoor air quality and what toxins I bring into my home. This means that though we’re still on a budget, my husband and I have done everything we can to make the shared nursery as green as we can afford. But nothing was more important to us than finding an organic crib mattress, since for the first few months of her life, our new princess will spend a lot of time sleeping in her crib.
I’ve been aware of Naturepedic for about as long as I’ve published Green Your Decor, and their brand is practically synonymous with searches for the phrase “organic crib mattress.” So when they offered to send me one, I was ecstatic! The difficult part, however, was choosing a mattress.
There’s the lightweight series, the classic series, the ultra series and the quilted and 2-in-1 series — all of which are, in part, organic and have various pros and cons. I’ll let you take a look at the features of each.
In the end, we chose the Organic Cotton Ultra 252 Seamless 2-Stage crib mattress. The mattress is indeed covered with organic cotton, but it is treated with food-grade polyethylene to make it waterproof. Polyethelene is one of the less toxic plastics, and I knew if we went with a mattress that wasn’t waterproof, we’d end up buying a waterproof cover probably made of something more toxic. It is a spring mattress, but it is filled with organic cotton as well.
Having chosen this from just website descriptions and other people’s product reviews, we couldn’t wait to receive it in person. Now that we have, I can honestly say I love this mattress.
Rather than a quilted pad, the surface of the mattress is smooth and it has a seamless edge, both of which should make cleanup easy. It fit perfectly inside our secondhand crib, with no dangerous gaps or shifting.
More than anything else though, it feels great to have the peace of mind that my baby will be sleeping on an organic mattress, covered with organic bedding, that won’t put her at any unnecessary risk.
At just two weeks old, she’s still sleeping in our room in a sleeper next to our bed, but when she’s a little older, she’ll start sleeping in the crib, and I’ll double back and let you know how it has worked out. In the meantime, I have a little something for you!
It’s Giveaway Time!