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BABBLE BEST: CRIB MATTRESSES

Buying a crib mattress is usually a last-minute afterthought. Let's be honest, it's not as glamorous as the crib's design or as high profile as the car seat - but shouldn't it be? Crib mattresses are an investment in your child's health and development, especially considering your baby will be on it for up to 70 percent of his or her first four years. And to top it off, some of those hand-me-down mattresses might not be safe.

Many longstanding baby products have been rethought and redesigned because they contain chemicals (BPA, PVC, phthalates, etc.) that are now considered dangerous. As of February 10, 2009, the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CSPIA) banned certain varieties of phthalates from crib mattresses (most notably found in standard vinyl coverings) after evidence linked them to endocrine system problems and possibly cancer. And the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) reported that phthalates could cause more damage to babies than adults because their bodies are still developing.

The following mattresses all adhere to the government's new standards, and most go above and beyond, eliminating vinyl coverings altogether. Keep in mind that some of these substitutions require spray treatments to keep them wet and stain-resistant, and other mattresses require a mattress pad to keep odor, dust mites and bacteria from creeping in over time. Use your discretion as to how "natural" you're comfortable with, but have peace of mind that the mattresses in this guide (including the runners up!) are safe choices for your little one. Some might have a higher price tag than the norm, but most have been modified with organic and/or naturally derived products so both you and your baby can sleep better at night.

BEST ECO-FRIENDLY | Natura Classic II Crib Mattress

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This mattress also costs quite a chunk of your baby budget, but if you’re looking for the most natural yet highest quality, there’s not much competition to the Natura Classic II Crib Mattress. Coconut coir makes the infant side firm and supportive, and Talalay latex provides a more comfortable and contoured bed for toddlers. Honestly, the quality of the foam mattress is exceptional. Although the mattress’s natural materials make it breathable and allergen-free, the terry cloth cover won’t stop leaks, dust-mites or mold from eventually seeping in, so a mattress pad is required (like this one by Natura). The downside: The terry cover isn’t machine washable, so it has to be hand-washed and air-dried for freshening. Definitely a bummer – but on the bright side, nixing the wash-and-dry cycle certainly is eco-friendly.

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3 thoughts on “Best Crib Mattresses for Baby 2010

  1. Ailie says:

    Choosing a crib mattress is not an easy task. Consider cost, comfort, and durability, as your child will probably sleep in his crib for up to three years.

  2. Tierney says:

    This mattress is amazing. We’ve had it for our son for almost a year. I wanted a mattress without toxic flame retardants and this one is perfect. Non-toxic, durable, comfortable, and stylish!

  3. Jack says:

    These mattresses are awesome. They all are eco-friendly and affordable. You have good designs and color.

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