Green Sleep for Baby: Naturepedic Organic Crib Mattress (+Giveaway)

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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 on Unclutterer, 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!


The awesome folks at Naturepedic have agreed to give away an Organic Cotton Ultra 252 Seamless 2-Stage crib mattress (the same one I received) to one lucky reader. Just enter via the Rafflecopter widget below. Javascript must be enabled to to see the Rafflecopter. If you still cannot see it, wait for the page to load completely, or refresh the page.

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19 comments… add one
  • Avatar Diana January 21, 2014, 6:20 pm

    My daughter has used this mattress for my new grandaughter and she has been very happy with it. I would love another one for our growing family of grandchildren.

  • Avatar Laurie January 21, 2014, 11:44 pm

    I learned that you can have an organic, allergen free mattress that is still waterproof! great!

  • Avatar Stephanie January 22, 2014, 12:32 pm

    We’re long time fans naturepedic, but I had no idea they made pillows!

  • Avatar James Paulson January 22, 2014, 12:48 pm

    Naturepedic cribs are great! A close friend of mine just had her first daughter and I recommended going the green route for baby. After reading up on various blogs (including this one!), I was surprised to see over the weekend that she had bought one! Good timing on the post! 🙂

  • Avatar serena January 23, 2014, 10:31 am

    I learned that Naturepedic uses food-grade polyethylene which is easy-to-clean, stain resistant and is a barrier to dust mites and allergens.

  • Avatar sara haaf January 23, 2014, 1:03 pm

    I learned they sell matresses and everything you need to put on it, sheets, pillow cases, etc.

  • Avatar Lisa E January 23, 2014, 3:18 pm

    i learned they are certified by GREENGUARD® to meet their strict standards. This mattress looks amazing!

  • Avatar Tracie Trump January 23, 2014, 3:52 pm

    I learned that they are certified by GREENGUARD!

  • Avatar Shannon January 23, 2014, 11:08 pm

    The fact that it’s GREENGUARD is a sign that the mattress is trustworthy for my babies!

  • Avatar Shannon January 23, 2014, 11:11 pm

    GREENGUARD *certified* – (it’s above and beyond what I’ve seen in other natural mattresses).

  • Avatar Camille January 25, 2014, 10:44 am

    Wow! Nice to learn that organic cotton is naturally less flammable than conventional mattresses, and that they don’t need to use dangerous fireproofing chemicals on these!

  • Avatar Rachel January 25, 2014, 3:41 pm

    I can go green by having my baby sleep on a mattress than doesn’t reek of toxins.

  • Avatar Vanessa January 25, 2014, 3:45 pm

    The organic mattresses are much easier to clean!

  • Avatar Tammy January 25, 2014, 3:47 pm

    My baby will not be sleeping on a chemically laden mattress.

  • Avatar Ben January 26, 2014, 3:44 pm

    I am expecting my first child in just a few weeks so all this is new to me and everything is a learning experience.

  • Avatar manda January 27, 2014, 10:59 am

    I learned what an organic mattress is.

  • Avatar Em Ma January 27, 2014, 2:40 pm

    I learned that Naturepedic is used by over 150 hospitals across the U.S

  • Avatar Stephanie Ann January 27, 2014, 8:21 pm

    I learned Naturepedic was founded by parents, grandparents and scientists who understand the potential harm that can come from toxic chemicals

  • Avatar Nicole of Bumps & Beginnings March 26, 2014, 9:17 pm

    Hi! My hubby and I are expecting our first baby, and recently registered for a Naturepedic crib mattress ourselves! I recently wrote about it here:

    I actually came across your blog through a search for rooms painted with Olympic’s “First Light”. I saw your post about using that color for your bedroom, and was wondering if you have a larger photo? I chose the color thinking it would be a good pale blue, for a boy or girl, but we bought it and for some reason the sample area we painted looks like a mint green?! Did you have this experience? Just hoping to see a larger area of a room painted with the color.


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