What Makes A Crib Mattress Safe?

As an update from a previous post on the safety of crib bumpers– we decided not to get one for our crib. Besides the concern of safety, our crib is shaped in such a way that crib bumpers just don’t work well with it so it makes my job much easier! Plus, this is one less thing that I have to buy or decide what color/shape/pattern I want! 

Yes, we have a crib with no mattress. It’s totally fine. 

And also, I know nothing. I thought I would pick a mattress and it would be $50 or something. Wrong. These things are expensive! At my local Target, they start at $35 for the cheapest one and go all the way up to five hundred dollars with average being around $100- $150.

So how do you decide on a crib mattress? What is firm but not too firm? What is soft but not too soft? Is coil better or foam? Organic or non organic? What brand? Seriously, these are the things I think about! 
What about a crib sheet? Does that matter? Well, of course I think it does! 
Some say that the chemicals in non organic sheets can be harmful to newborn babies. I would agree with that. Ideally, it would be nice to have an organic mattress and an organic sheet but if you have to choose one, I would think a sheet would be more important since that is the closest thing being breathed in by the baby. 
Honestly though, I really researched this topic hoping to find some information on the importance or lack-of-importance on organic sheets and I didn’t really find much. I think the most important thing is to have a firm mattress that isn’t to soft. 
I’m planning on (eventually) getting an organic sheet, I just haven’t found one yet! 
What about you? Do you think it matters- organic vs. non organic mattress and crib sheet?

Published by Samantha Mellen

Certified personal trainer & health coach helping women transform their lives through fitness, abundant mindset coaching and internal peace. Mom of two boys, living life in Alaska.

5 thoughts on “What Makes A Crib Mattress Safe?

  1. If I were choosing between mattress and sheet, it would be the sheet. My mattress didn’t even cost five hundred dollars!I would also look for an organic mattress pad, just another layer of pure unadulterated cotton between your baby and potential harm!

  2. You should definitely get in on the free sheet deal. <>Nice.<> I would also think that <>if<> it matters, it would be more important for the sheet and mattress pad to be organic. Esp if the mattress pad is thick and absorbent because then you might miss getting the mattress wet and if it’s not wet, the chemicals shouldn’t get near your babe. Good Luck. And get ready for the best thing ever- any day now….

  3. Samantha- I like that you post information on keeping your baby safe. I can tell you are concerned about the safety and well being of your son (and who woulndn’t be? Right?!). Just one piece of advice from one mother to the next…Don’t forget about the well being of YOU! THE MOTHER! We spend so much time worrying about our children and the who’s what’s where’s and when’s that we forget about what our own body’s go through. I, along with many of my closest friends suffered with post pardum depression. Don’t forget to take care of you too:) Just wanted to mention it as the time gets closer for you to have your baby boy!

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