After all my research it came down to a few companies. Naturepedic (the most main stream brand), LifeKind, Savvy Rest, Soaring Heart and Holy Lamb Organics. Soaring Heart and Holy Lamb Organics are smaller, independent companies who I found after we purchased our crib mattress. I love how transparent both Soaring Heart and Holy Lamb Organics are (basically they use three materials – wool, organic cotton and / or organic latex). Lifekind and Savvy Rest are both very transparent as well. Soaring Heart has moved over to being 100% certified organic. When we bought our crib mattress we decided to go with the Naturepedic quilted (non waterproof) mattress. We have a Naturepedic waterproof crib cover.
After doing all my research, we decided on the Naturepedic quilted mattress mostly because we had a local, non-toxic baby product store here and they carried it. Right after my son was born and I started getting into this more I wished I had purchased one from the other brands. They use natural materials, like wool, to make it flame resistant. I’m a big fan of wool and keeping things simple and easily understandable. However, Naturepedic’s mattresses are GOTS certified. I always feel 100% comfortable when I see this certification. It’s the certification I always look for, the most stringent certification out there for textiles. Naturepedic doesn’t use wool to make their mattresses flame resistant. According to Naturepedic’s website “At Naturepedic, we take a different approach. Organic cotton is a far superior filling material and is significantly less flammable to begin with, allowing for more creative solutions. Our exclusive fire protection system is based on the unique fire-retardant properties of baking soda and hydrated silica permanently bonded to cellulose.”
As far as why I didn’t go with one of the waterproof mattresses – it’s made with 100% polyethylene which they also state meets food contact standards. That doesn’t make me feel any better. I don’t feel we have the best standards in our food industry (GMOs anyone?). So I decided to do the waterproofing with wool (which I haven’t gotten to yet). We already have the Naturepedic waterproof crib cover. When we bought it I was less educated about this stuff and trusted the sales person when they said it was all organic cotton. Turns out there is a plastic liner between the two layers of organic cotton but for me, for now, that’s ok. The nice thing about Naturepedic though is that has the GreenGuard, GOTS and other certifications on all of their products. Like I said above, I always feel 100% comfortable when I see the GOTS certification.
Don’t be misled by the many different choices of organic crib mattresses out there. They can have some organic material and be labeled organic. They can also have organic cotton in them then be covered in a nasty plastic or vinyl (which is very toxic). To be labeled organic is one thing and to truly be organic, certified and non-toxic is another. Why do you even want an organic mattress? Because if it’s not organic it’s filled with toxic chemicals, including flame retardants, and synthetic materials. Since this is one the places you and your children spend the most time, investing in a certified organic mattress is top priority!
What I wish I had bought: A certified organic, absolutely no chemicals, crib mattress from Soaring Heart. We have since purchased our mattresses from Soaring Heart and I’m a huge fan! Everything is certified organic and I don’t have to worry about seconding guessing anything. They use the best materials and I truly don’t think there is a better company out there that makes mattresses. Soaring Heart offers my readers a 5% discount by mentioning Natural Baby Mama blog.