I purchased a Naturepedic crib mattress to review and see how it compares to some of the other crib mattresses found on this site. Naturepedic crib mattresses are made in the USA in Chagrin Fall, Ohio. and the company has been around for a while.
Ordering and Unboxing
You can purchase this crib mattress via the Naturepedic website or from Amazon. Naturepedic is a relatively big brand so they can also be found in local retail stores. For this review I bought the Ultra Breathable 2-Stage Organic Crib Mattress. I bought mine at a local store.2 stage means that one side is firm for infants and the other is a little softer and can be used when the baby gets older and graduates to a bed.
Here’s a video that gives an overview of the mattress:
This mattress measures 27.5″ x 52″ x 6″ which conforms to the U.S. ASTM standard for crib mattresses and weighs 17.6 lbs.
This mattress is constructed as follows:
The crib mattress is covered by a breathable mattress pad. This pad has a sort of grid system underneath which allows air to circulate.
Underneath that is the waterproof cover. According to the Naturepedic website, this is a organic cotton cover with polyethylene to provide the water proofing. This Polyethylene is food grade which means that it doesn’t contain any harmful phthalates. This also serves as a dust mite and bed bug barrier.
Below that is organic cotton from USDA sources that supports U.S. farmers. The cotton is on both sides of the mattress for padding since this is a 2 stage mattress.
The middle layer is the unique wave support technology made from polyethylene. This is used in lieu of a spring system and provides support and thickness to the mattress. It also makes the mattress light since no steel is used.
According to the website, this mattress is also GOTS (Global Organic Textile Standard) certified. Since the majority of this mattress is made from non-organic textile I think that the GOTS certification is from the organic cotton used for the batting and partially in the cover.
I opened this mattress to take a look at the inside. In the video below I confused this crib mattress with the coil mattress hence my surprise.
Overall I think this is a fine crib mattress. However I worry that consumers will confuse this with an organic mattress which it is not. The only thing organic about this mattress is the inch or so of cotton batting. However, since it is sealed in plastic, I’m not sure what the benefit of that is except that it is better for the environment. It really does nothing to improve the sleep environment of the baby. I like that Naturepedic is focusing on breathability and quality material but I have seen many other bloggers get their facts confused.
The 2-stage design is a great concept but in the end, I really didn’t notice much of a difference in firmness. There is a little more cotton batting on the toddler side as opposed to the infant side but in my opinion not enough to make a significant difference. This mattress retails at $399 which is a steep price to pay given the materials used.
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