If you need a crib mattress, heads up: There’s a major mattress sale going on. So while a crib mattress may not be the most sexy of topics, bear in mind that baby sleep is a major thing because infants spend up to 18 hours a day in their cribs. So picking the right baby crib mattress is fairly essential for parents.
Hand-me-downs are fine for sweaters. But Consumer Reports suggests that parents always buy a new mattress. For one thing, you’ll know it’s sanitary. For another, you’ll know there’s no mold or bacteria living on it, because it was stored in dicey conditions.
If you choose a foam mattress, keep in mind that they’re usually made from polyurethane, petroleum-derived synthetic material. If that’s a concern, look for mattresses that have been certified GREENGUARD or Oeko-Tex Standard 100, and mattresses made without polyurethane foam. So we dug around and found ones that fit the bill, at pretty sweet prices.
Crib Mattress Sales
Colgate's top-rated crib mattress is normally $219.99, so this is quite a savings. It's six inches thick. It has two sides: One firm, one less firm. And it's GREENGUARD-Gold, and CertiPUR-US certified.
This crib mattress is six inches thick, which is what the law dictates as the max thickness. It has an organic cotton cover. The foam in this mattress is CertiPUR-US certified, and it’s made with plant-based oils, as opposed to petroleum-based oils. All told, it’s one of the best crib mattresses you can buy, especially at this price.
This Serta crib mattress does not contain toxic fire retardants and instead of foam, is made from 120 heavy-duty innerspring coils. It's normally $149.99.
This crib mattress is dual-sided for infants and toddlers. It’s GREENGUARD-Gold certified for having low chemical emissions. Plus it’s made without PBDE fire retardants, lead, formaldehyde and other harmful materials.
Usually priced at $119.92, this crib mattress uses soy foam instead of a petroleum-based product. The foam is made without phthalates, lead, mercury, formaldehyde, PBDES, TDCPP or TCEP flame retardants.
This crib mattress, which is solid and firm due its soy foam core, can be wiped clean. Its foam is CertiPUR-US certified for durability, air quality, and chemical content.
This is one of the pricier mattress options, normally clocking in at $350. For that, you get an exceptionally breathable crib mattress that contains no polyurethane foam, adhesives, metal springs or glue.
First off, you can wash this crib mattress. Yes, really. Its core is made up of air and food-grade polymers. It contains no foam, latex, springs, and glue. It’s GREENGUARD-Gold certified for having low emissions.
Graco's crib mattress runs $70. For the price, you get a GREENGUARD-certified mattress that comes with a water-resistant, removable, and hand-washable outer cover.
This crib mattress is made from breathable foam, and because it comes in a box, needs a week or so to fully expand.
Here's another baby crib mattress option from Serta, down from $200. This breathable memory foam mattress does not contain fire retardants and it's GREENGUARD-certified.
Like many other baby mattresses, this one has a two-sided design with different levels of firmness. It also has a waterproof backing to keep things dry and clean.
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