It’s always hard to name the “best” because each type of mattress fits different needs. First, decide what are the most important aspects of a crib mattress for you and your child before buying a top ranked mattress. It maybe top ranked for reasons not important to you. Here we try to explain the top three crib mattresses and why we named them as the best.
Created by a diverse team of scientists, designers, social psychologists and parents, Nook Sleep Systems specializes in top quality bedding for children. When making their products they only focus on what is best for the child: breathability, non-toxicity, and cleanliness.
The Pebble Pure is the ultimate crib mattress with a certified organic coconut core layered with 1” of natural latex foam, and wrapped in moisture-wicking eucalyptus cover. Wow, pretty cool huh? The inside also contains mold-preventing zinc, temperature-regulating organic cotton, and flame-retardant organic wool all of which isn’t cheap in the mattress industry. Plus there is no need for a mattress pad or protector. The cover itself will protect the mattress and is machine-washable. Don’t forget the vibrant color options.
Nook claims to be the only infant bedding system to consider infant health for breathability, non-toxicity and cleanliness when making their mattresses. They look at all the details down to the zipper and they also take any customer feedback seriously.
If you can’t afford the price tag, go for The Pebble Lite. Its more affordable than the Pure. Thinner in profile, half the weight and missing the organic core, the Lite offers many of the benefits but misses a lot of what makes the Pure great.
No one wants their baby to be sleeping on a mattress with harmful chemicals. Naturepedic has researched conventional mattresses and their materials and have created a line of crib mattress that puts the health and safety of the child as first priority. Here are their priorities as laid out on their website:
Priority #1: No harmful chemicals.
Priority #2: No allergenic materials.
Priority #3: Natural, organic and renewable materials wherever possible.
Priority #4: Practical design (e.g. easy-to-clean waterproof cover).
Priority #5: Third party independent testing and verification.
Naturepedic touts that their mattresses are preferred by hospitals which could be for other reasons than quality mattresses. However, if you look through the Naturepedic website you will be pleasantly surprised with the quality of information. They are very clear on what is and is not in their mattress. That’s an important sign of a quality manufacturer. Also, they have tons of certifications: Organic this and green that and toxin free all over. You can’t help but be impressed.
Sometimes listed under the Kolcraft or Sealy brand, this mattress hits the top category because of the sheer number of mattresses manufactured. Kolcraft claim to be the #1 crib manufacturer in the US which I won’t argue with since they list about 35 different types of crib mattresses on their website and you can find at least one of those at all the major retailers.
The variety of mattresses have different type of features. All of them say they are firm but some emphasize that more than others. Some feature soybean used in the foam. Others claim more “luxurious” foams. Typical of the mattress industry, their names vary almost to the point of confusion.
Another sign of the quality of Kolcraft crib mattresses is the amount of positive reviews on retailers websites. You will notice that there are some negative but the majority of customers were happy with what they got. It seemed that those that had negative things to say would have done better purchasing from the two companies listed above.
It may be more fair to classify the Kolcraft mattress outside of Naturepedic and Nook because of price. Kolcraft is much more affordable. But that’s exactly why I mention it here. When it comes to quality many times you get what you pay for. If you’re on a budget or not willing to spend a lot then look to the Kolcraft and Sealy options.