This post was originally part of the Lucky Little Ones giveaway hop with Irresistibly Green, Just Add Cloth, Our Piece of Earth
We're a bed sharing family - Penny slept in our family bed from night one through actually exactly 18 months old when we moved into our new house. We never got her a crib; she always slept in our bed where ever we where. Towards the end of our co-sleeping time we had her start out the night in a Pack N Play next to my side of the bed and I'd pull her up into my arms when she was done sleeping alone.
Transitioning her into her own bed was surprisingly very easy. I was so thankful and vindicated that we waited until she was truly ready (even though it was honestly more of the progression of my second pregnancy that pushed us towards that milestone) and because of that there was no muss and no fuss. We were gifted a handmedown cute little wooden toddler bed that came with a mattress and I set her up with her own special blankets and we incorporated the Sleep Buddy nightlight system.
I've always been aware that organic mattresses exist but just never took the time to research what the true benefits were. Big surprise, coming from the writer of this blog, right? I know, I tout the benefits of organic, green and natural where ever I can but to be honest we're not all perfect, are we? And mattresses honestly were a big hole in my research that I knew I needed to get around to.
I realized that my daughter, the great sleeper that she is, spends upwards of 16 hours a day in her bed. That's a lot of time to spend with a product that I know very little about.
I learned that Naturepedic is one company that offers organic, high quality mattresses (for babies, children and adults). Just like the organic food that I strive to feed my family, organic mattresses do not have the same chemical treatments done to them like standard mattresses do. Naturepedic uses organic, US grown cotton (read about all their certifications) and still maintains fire safety standards for mattresses. Fire safety has been on my mind since this past summer when the neighbor's house burned down and I watched it all happen in less than 10 minutes - and there was an unattended 9 year old inside. A mother's worst nightmare, for sure.
Switching to an organic mattress is a worthwhile investment for everyone in the family and Naturepedic's commitment to higher standards is really what has stood out to me:
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.
Materials aside, let's talk about our experience with the quality of the mattress.
Putting my daughter to sleep, though it is rarely with a fight, can be time consuming. Miss Penny loves to soak in her last minute snuggles with either myself or Adam as we lay her down for bed. We had spent countless hours laying in that little bed with her, gently guiding her to peaceful sleep. Her original mattress was not comfortable but I always chalked it up to being a pregnant adult trying to fit herself into a toddler bed with a toddler. Bless that girl for sleeping so well; I don't think I'd be able to do the same!
We have had the chance to review the Naturepedic Organic Cotton Quilted Deluxe baby/toddler mattress for about 2 months. From night one, if it was even possible, Penny slept even better. This mattress has a quilted top but it is also very firm and flat (as is recommended by the CPSC). I can feel my weight being transferred evenly across the mattress as I lay with her and don't feel like she is rolling down into me when I lay with her for the time that it takes for her to fall asleep. When she calls for us in the middle of the night to rub her back or lull her back to sleep, I have found myself actually getting a little bit of sound sleep for the few times that I have fallen asleep in bed with her!
I love supporting companies who do their research, provide high quality products and have a heart for their customers. We've been so pleased with Penny's mattress that when the time comes to replace our mattress I'd love to invest in a Naturepedic replacement for us as well.
Here's your chance to win your choice of Naturepedic organic crib sized mattress! These fit both cribs and toddler beds.
This giveaway has ended. Thanks to all who entered!
Disclosure: I received product in exchange for my honest review. All opinions expressed are my own. None of the above statements are meant to diagnose or treat any disease; please consult your care provider if you have any questions because I am not a health care professional! Just another mom telling you about my experience :)