Priva, now a division of Fiberlinks Textiles , is a manufacturer and distributor of branded and private label programs specializing in waterproof and absorbent textiles. The company offers waterproof sheet protectors, organic cotton flannel bedding, 100% cotton knit sheets, and organic cotton bedding. Available on Amazon and other online retailers.
Whether you want to keep your toddler in the crib or start with a toddler bed, you have a few mattress options. The crib organic moisture pad by Pure Rest in a fitted cover style retails for $195. The Natura Puddle Pad mattress protector, another wool pad, is about $70. Some mattresses sold in the U.S. carry the Oeko-Tex label, but in many cases the label only relates to part of the mattress, not the whole thing. For example, the Colgate Natural I mattress has a 5-inch layer of coir fiber with natural latex that's certified by Oeko-Tex.
In Sealy, Texas, in 1881, Daniel Haynes, cotton-gin builder, filled a request for a cotton-filled mattress. His business grew exponentially, which led to several patents—among them, a machine that compressed cotton. Its crib mattresses are sold under the name Kolcraft.
Foam and cotton are signs of quality, and they add to the price. Polyester, which is less expensive and increasingly pervasive because the cost of mattress components has been rising, isn't ideal because of its tendency to form pockets. Never buy an innerspring mattress that lacks these rods, which go around the perimeter of the top and bottom. They provide extra firmness, durability, and strong side and edge support so a mattress won't sag when your baby stands or walks near the edge.
Before you pick out your favorite patterns, consider the design of your child's bedroom or nursery. Does the room revolve around an outer space motif, with an area rug that features our neighboring planets, and a solar system mobile above the bed? Look for on-theme quilts and shams that are stitched with smiling suns and stars. More neutral bedrooms provide a muted background for minimalist quilts and geometric prints—these designs will suit your toddler as their personality and sense of style begins to take shape. Make your toddler's bed in crisp black and white sheets or polka-dotted duvets, and add a pop of color to the neutral bed with decorative pillows or a cozy stuffed animal.
Some have standard foam or springy memory foam for the toddler side. (You can flip the mattress after your baby's first birthday, when the risk of SIDS decreases.) The Sealy Posturepedic Springfree crib mattress, about $180, has a side made of soybean foam for infants and a softer latex foam side with a water-resistant soft fabric cover for toddlers. Still, you don't have to spend a fortune or try as many mattresses as the Princess and the Pea to get a good-quality one.
Twenty-five years ago that may have been true, but not anymore. "A top-quality foam crib mattress will hold up just as long as an innerspring crib mattress with normal use," says Dennis Schuetz, director of marketing for the Colgate Juvenile Products Company, a manufacturer in Atlanta. That's because foam crib mattresses have become much more durable.
For parents, this means that having a crib that’s comfortable and fun for them is a big decision to make. Babies are attracted to fun colors and soft materials so make sure you pick out the perfect baby bedding. Infants will spend a large amount of time in their cribs, so why not make it as enjoyable an experience as possible. Fortunately, there’s tons of different types of crib bedding that you can find, so getting something that they’ll like is easy.
Colgate claims that eco-friendly foam and innerspring mattresses tend to be made with fewer chemicals, plastics, and PVC (vinyl), and a greater percentage of renewable and sustainable materials, such as cotton, fast-growing bamboo, coir, plant-based foam, and natural latex (rubber from tree sap that's been injected with air). Plus, "the manufacturing process for some eco-friendly crib mattresses tends to produce fewer carbon emissions," says Dennis Schuetz of Colgate. A division of Kastel International, Natural Mat’s mattresses are made in Devon, England, of natural, organic materials such as lamb’s wool, natural latex foam, coir, mohair, and cotton.
These mattresses are usually made from polyurethane. The orthopedic firm foam crib mattress by Dream On Me, shown here, for example, is waterproof, weighs only 8 pounds, and sells for $70. Whichever type of mattress you chose, look for quality. The cheapest foam and innerspring mattresses have thin vinyl coverings and edgings that can tear, crack, and dry out over time. As prices increase, coverings tend to be thicker, puncture-resistant, reinforced double or triple laminates, or very fine organic cotton.
For kids, you want to pick something that’s fun to look at. So, you could pick baby bedding with zebra, polka dot, or even animal patterns to make it more interesting for you child. On top of choosing patterns that they might like, you can think about the color that they might enjoy as well. For instance, you can find bright colors like pink, light blue, or yellow. Or if you want something more low key and soothing there are pastel colors like beige, cream, or green.
Ask about each component to find out whether it's more organic or natural. It's also helpful to know what's typically used so you can gauge the difference in value. "If a mattress is waterproof, it is not natural or organic because of whatever is being used to make it waterproof," Schuetz notes. We haven't tested organic mattresses, so we can't say whether they're safer for your baby.
You know your baby best, so check with your child’s doctor if you feel it might be time to flip. Lastly, you can choose the material that your child would enjoy.
All you need to know are some of the features you can choose between. For baby bedding the main factors you should keep in mind is bedding type, patter or color, and material.
Put convertibility in the "not necessary" category. Your baby will still be happy with a firm mattress when he becomes a toddler. If he's exposed to a more-forgiving mattress, he probably won't want to go back. So if you buy a dual-firmness mattress, be sure not to flip it too soon. The next layer above the coils in the mattress sandwich is the cushioning, which is made of foam, cotton, or polyester.
Both will keep their shape well and provide excellent support for your infant or toddler. Use a tightly fitting, washable waterproof mattress cover to protect the mattress and keep the baby's sleeping environment as clean and sanitary as possible. Buy a new crib mattress, if possible. For one thing, it ensures that the mattress is sanitary. If you buy a used mattress or accept a hand-me-down, you won't know for sure how it was cared for or stored.
We've learned that you can't depend on sales staff, even at reputable retail outlets, to give you accurate information. One told us, quite convincingly, that innerspring mattresses were better than foam because foam tends to "break down" after 18 months.
The gauge of the steel in those 150 coils might be thicker than the steel in the 200-coil mattress. The thickness of crib-mattress coils ranges from 19 to 12.5 gauge (the lower the number, the thicker the steel). "Look for a moderate to high coil count," Schuetz advises. "About 135 to 150 is a good midrange." Also consider a steel gauge of 15.5 or below. The best foam mattresses are firm, on the heavy side, and resilient.
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Mold can grow in improperly stored crib mattresses, and bacteria can fester on the surface from liquids (diaper leakage, spit-up) that weren't properly cleaned up. If you buy a new one for your first child and keep it clean, you can use it for your next child if you store it in a dry environment and it stays firm. Once you get a sense of options in different price ranges, you should go to a store to see what a quality crib mattress looks and feels like. One place to start?
Organic top mats and bedding are also available on the company website. Family owned and operated since 1988, the company’s mattresses and bedding are made in the U.S., including the patented Convoluted Foam mattress, and the patented Innerspring Convoluted mattress. Other products include portable and full-sized cribs, strollers, toddler beds, bassinets, and other juvenile products. Available at most juvenile retailers.
Or if you have a regular crib, you can find crib bedding, mattress pads, or blankets that will work well for them. In addition, there are plenty of crib bedding set options that combine sheets, covers, or quilts all with the same pattern so you don’t have to mix and match. During a baby’s childhood, sleep is a crucial part of their growth and health.
Infants (and adults if we’re being honest) love having super soft covers and sheets to sleep in, so baby bedding materials like fleece or silk are going to be great materials to pick out. Other common materials that parents choose for their children’s crib bedding are cotton, flannel, or polyester. Each of these materials have their own benefits in comfortability, breathability, and warmth. So, depending on your area you may want to choose different baby crib bedding.
All Naturepedic natural and organic mattresses have been designed with the help of pediatricians, orthopedic specialists, chemists, and engineers. Research and design is coordinated by G.E.M. Testing & Engineering Labs in Cleveland. Also available are organic bassinet, cradle, and portable crib mattresses, organic twin, full, and queen mattresses, organic changing pads, sheets, and pillows. Manufacturers say these covers can slow the growth of odor-causing mold and bacteria, though they won't prevent them. Do you need this trendy feature?
It also has a "chemical-free wool layer" made from organically raised sheep, according to the manufacturer, and meets federal flammability requirements. If you are concerned about the safety of chemicals used in the manufacture of your baby's bedding, or if buying eco-friendly products is important to you, you'll find plenty of options for crib mattresses labeled "natural" or "organic." Unfortunately, there are no legal standards for the claim. "Organic" might mean something (the cotton used on the covering might be grown organically) but there's no guarantee. With a mattress, almost everything that matters is on the inside. Some crib mattresses feel great in the store but begin to falter once your baby starts to use it.
If you're concerned about chemicals used to prevent fire damage, there are natural materials like wool that might not require additional chemicals to make them flame resistant. The Atlanta-based Simmons Company is one of the world's largest mattress manufacturers, with a range for adults that includes the Beautyrest, BackCare, Olympic Queen, and Deep Sleep mattresses. Children's mattresses include Simmons Kids, BackCare Baby, and BackCare Kids. Available wherever mattresses are sold and at juvenile retailers.
There are several different types of bedding you can find for you infant depending on what you need. If you have a bassinet, there are bassinet or cradles specific types of bedding you can find.
"The amount of the steel in an innerspring is how you evaluate the spring unit in an innerspring mattress, not the number of the coils," says Dennis Schuetz of Colgate Juvenile Products. The cheapest innerspring crib mattresses might have fewer than 80 coils and more expensive models might have more than 280. Still, a model with 150 coils could be firmer than one with 200. How is that possible?
The Colgate Cradletyme Ultra II 150 coil innerspring crib mattress, (about $170,weighs 22 pounds, has border rods, and contains coir fiber. (You'll find more information about coir fiber below.) It's covered with ticking made with nylon to keep it waterproof, and has ventilation holes and 150 coils of 13.5-gauge steel. The layers of its construction are shown here. Some mattresses offer warranties for one year, seven years, or even a lifetime. Don't be swayed by a long warranty, and don't pay extra for a mattress with a warranty. "Warranties are mostly a marketing tool to entice the consumer to spend more," Schuetz says.
It’s time to transition out of the crib into a toddler bed if your child outgrows the crib, climbs out of it or shows interest in sleeping in his or her own bed. Having another baby on the way might also necessitate the transition to a bed. Before you flip your mattress from the infant side to the toddler side, ask your pediatrician if your child is ready. Children typically start moving around the crib, sitting up or even pulling up to a standing position between 9 and 12 months. If you don't want to use a product made with chemicals but still want to protect your baby's mattress, you can opt for pads made with wool to absorb leaks.
The two sides of this mattress differ (a feature you'll see in other models); a firmer "baby" side is covered in foam, while the toddler side takes advantage of innerspring coils. For more on dual-firmness mattresses, see Convertibility in Features. If you're planning to convert your baby's crib to a toddler bed, consider dual-firmness convertible mattresses, which are in the middle to top price range. They're extra firm for infants on one side and cushier for toddlers on the other.
Definitely not. In fact, there's concern about what some people think is an overuse of antibacterials in consumer products. To prevent the growth of bacteria, keep your baby's mattress clean by wiping it down with soap and water after any leaks. When you're done with it, put it in a snug-fitting crib mattress storage bag, preferably one you can see through (light inhibits bacterial growth).
A mattress that costs between $90 and $200 will generally serve your baby well. Prices for foam and innerspring mattresses are comparable, ranging from $50 to $400 and up. (The more expensive ones are made with organic cotton or natural latex.) Low-priced models (less than $90) might be too soft and flimsy. Higher-priced models tend to be firmer and therefore safer.