Product Reviews Nursery
Now that you’ve just spent several hundred dollars on a crib, you’re done, right? Wrong. Despite their hefty price tags, most cribs don’t come with mattresses.
Here’s a look at the top brands, models and our recommendations.
Top Picks: Brand Recommendations
Crib Mattresses and Changing Pads
Good. The Sealy Soybean Foam-Core crib mattress ($154) is GREENGUARD certified to be low emission. Yes, the foam is made from soybeans. At just 8.3 pounds, this lightweight but firm mattress makes changing sheets easy.
Another great pick: The Lullaby Earth’s Super Lightweight mattress ($169) is made of polyethylene foam (a non-toxic, food-grade foam that requires no fire retardant chemicals) and weighs just 6.5 lbs. Most other foam mattresses on the market are made of polyurethane. It features seamless edges and GREENGUARD-certification.
Better. Moonlight Slumber’s Little Dreamer foam crib mattress ($196) and features stitched seams and a PVC-free, “hospital-grade” vinyl cover. Bonus: it has two firmness zones (firm for baby, more comfy for toddler).
Best. Naturepedic’s No Compromise Organic Cotton Classic Lightweight mattress (pictured below) features closed-cell air pockets made from food-grade polyethylene. As a result, this mattress is half the weight of a traditional coil mattress. It runs $260; a dual-firmness model is $290. If you want a coil mattress, Naturepedic’s Organic Cotton Classic 150 coil mattress is a good bet at $300. In a nutshell, Naturepedic balances the best of both worlds: organic cotton filling, a firm foam or coil innerspring AND a waterproof cover. All of Naturepedic’s mattresses contain no PVC’s, polyurethane foam or chemical fire retardants.
Green Mattresses. Naturepedic would be our top pick here—see above for model info. A runner-up best pick in the green category goes to Naturalmat’s Coco Mat ($350, not pictured), made from coconut fiber. The only bummer: the cover isn’t waterproof (you have to add a $70 mattress protector to get that feature).
Changing Table Pads. Changing table pads turn a dresser into a changing table. A couple of shopping tips: look for a pad with elevated sides (see photo). This will help keep your baby on the mattress pad. A word of caution: elevated sides don’t guarantee your baby won’t still roll off the mattress pad, so never walk away when changing your baby.
The best pick: Simmons’ Two Sided Contour Dressing Table Pad with Non-Skid Bottom ($25, pictured). Also good: Summer Infant’s Contoured Changing Pad ($18, pictured). Both pads are available at Amazon.com, Target, Babies R Us and Walmart. If you’re looking for an organic or natural changing pad, consider Naturepedic’s Organic Cotton Contoured Changing Table Pad ($100).
A EXCELLENT-our top pick!
B GOOD-above average quality, prices, and creativity.
C FAIR-could stand some improvement.
D POOR-yuck! Could stand some major improvement.