Who knew there was so much to learn about mattresses? Before planning my registry, all I’d really heard about crib mattresses was that they should be (a) new and (b) firm.
Now that I’ve seen what’s out there in the wide (global) world of crib mats, I feel guilty for bedding my toddler upon a cheapie synthetic mattress for the last three years!
This particular mattress—the Quilted Latex Mat from British company Naturalmat—is handmade in Devon, England using only the finest organic materials. In fact, all Naturalmat mattresses are certified 100 percent organic. There are no chemicals or synthetic materials whatsoever. The materials that are included promise awesome benefits:
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- Pure cotton (cover) is breathable and chemical-free (and washable for practicality!).
- Lambswool from local Devon farms provides ventilation and insulation. It’s not only naturally fire retardant, but it is also very breathable. It even helps regulate your wee one’s body temperature, so she never gets too hot or too cold.
- Organic coconut coir ensures plenty of airflow, breathability and support.
- Natural latex foam is springy and hypoallergenic. (For some reason, I had always thought of latex as a synthetic material, but this latex is made from the sap of the rubber tree—cool!)
The standard size mattress is fairly firm but also comfy and springy. I’m seriously excited to witness it working its wonders with my new little guy. And I love that while he is resting easy (literally) I can, too, knowing that he is snoozing on natural and safe materials. Babies spend so much time sleeping with their heads against their crib mattresses, so it only makes sense to ensure that they aren’t breathing in any harmful chemicals.
It’s also worth noting that Naturalmat is a super eco-friendly company. Their mattress materials come from renewable, sustainable sources that comply with Fair Trade policies, and the packaging is biodegradable and recyclable. So, a Naturalmat mattress does a lot of good even beyond baby’s nursery!