Of my first posts about buying baby gear, buying a mattress truly ended up being something we researched thoroughly. We had already bought a bunch of things during Cyber Week Deals including a stroller, crib and pack ‘n play. Even got many boxes of diapers (learned later probably only a months worth). But choosing a mattress was our first seriously researched item. I wanted to write about our findings before we forgot.
The one recommended
Friends highly recommended a mattress from Dormio.This Canadian company sells organic cotton and natural mattresses for adults and babies. Super expensive, but worth the investment. I wanted to understand why this was a luxury and top choice, compared to others
What we knew
We agreed that we definitely wanted a breathable, non-toxic and chemical free sleeping environment for baby. A lot of the conventional mattresses are made with chemically treated and processed plastics that emit toxic gasses into the air.
We also knew that we wanted a foam mattress. Less parts, less dust mites, lasts longer.
Organic vs natural? Not sure. Organic would mean that any natural fibres would not have used pesticides. But does something labelled “organic” actually mean it?
Lots of reading and learning
This was one blogger that really did their research and compiling lots of info on the good the bad and the ugly to do with mattresses.
Polyurethane foam (not to be confused with polyethylene, which is good) – has lots of chemical additives, is highly flammable, and causes lots of illness. This is used as the foam filler in conventional mattresses.
Polyvinyl, vinyl and phthalates are used as waterproofing layer in mattresses. This not only doesn’t allow for a breathable surface, if the baby sweats, can cause rash on the back. In addition, they are highly flammable and emits gasses that can be harmful.
Fireproofing materials are also chemically treated and emits gasses.
What the site suggested was looking into Naturepedic mattresses. They are actually organic and natural when they say they are, along with all the real certifications and awards. It’s non toxic and has a waterproof covering of 100% cotton with a polyethylene layer that is breathable. It’s a food grade simple plastic that is non toxic. It’s still plastic though. The foam is also made from polythylene.
On the other hand, Dormio is not waterproof but the filling is made of cotton and natural latex. The surface is made of wool which is fast drying and breathable, not to mention all natural.
I figured we would go with whatever was cheaper. Naturepedic mattress start from around $350+ but we found a lightweight version that was $289 (all in CAD). Dormio has a sale right now, $455 down to $249, but it’s not waterproof. We might want to buy an additional mattress topper that is waterproof. Dormio sells these too, but at $119 CAD. Naturepedic also has a mattress topper, cheaper at $69 (cotton layers with polyethylene inside).
After a lot of back and forth between the options, and a brief look at Lullaby Earth mattress, we couldn’t decide. On one hand, the waterproofing built into the Naturepedic mattress was appealing, but the filling was also PE compared to the natural latex of Dormio.
I did mention that if the Dormio wasn’t on sale, I would go with Naturepedic. We finally decided with a really trivial criteria: technically the Dormio mattress was more expensive. We also liked that the filling can be removed or added to make it customized feel.
Now, I’m concerned about the mattress we’re currently sleeping on, and wondering if we should buy a Dormio!