When you are shopping for a crib mattress as a new mom, the last thing you want to think about is the possibility of your child suffocating on it. But some brands are capitalizing on those fears to sell something that could potentially be more dangerous. Mamavation community members discovered what looked like mold inside one of their “breathable” crib mattresses and told us their stories about products that we investigated and are concerned about too. We are bringing these stories to you as a warning about the dangers of microbes around infants. You’ve trusted Mamavation to bring you topics like best organic mattresses, best non-toxic shampoos, and best infant formula, now join us for a cautionary tale concerning crib mattress marketing and the dangers behind brands promoting “breathability” and stick around till the end for an investigation on over 40+ crib mattresses.
Disclosure: This post was medically reviewed by Sondra Strand, RN, BSN. It contains affiliate links.
New Dangerous Crib Mattress Trend–“Breathability”
We all want to keep our babies safe and have that peace of mind, but brands sometimes use those instinctual feelings we have to protect our young to sell us things that could potentially be more dangerous over time. This is very true in terms of the marketing of “breathability” in crib mattresses.
“Breathability” is a new trend in crib mattresses where they are designed to be air permeable. They have a “breathable” mattress cover that allows for airflow through the mattress so the baby can breathe easier if they roll onto their bellies in the prone position (tummy down).
Every brand selling a mattress with “breathability” makes claims this helps reduce suffocation & some even go as far as to say it reduces Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). However, there isn’t very much proof of any of this at all, and some studies point to quite the opposite. We also found that several of these brands are using this angle as a way to get away with adding more toxic chemicals to their crib mattresses (like PVC or vinyl) during a time when parents are looking for fewer chemicals. Then there are some brands that are not waterproofing the mattress at all. This allows microbes to grow and concentrate on the inside of the mattress, giving no guidance on how often to clean the insides of the mattress.
So is this “breathability” marketing angle too good to be true and are there any downsides? The answer we found is YES! And this post will go over the points as to why you should avoid this trend.
Mamavation Community Members Complain of Mold Inside “Breathable” Mattresses Without Waterproof Covers
Mamavation received some complaints about mold and smells developing inside some “breathable” mattresses, so we set out to search out the community to see if there were other examples of possible mold. And sure enough, we found them (including one community member who had pictures of the potential mold developing).
The story went like this. One mom started washing her mattress more often and lived in an area that was prone to mold. She didn’t notice the black spots inside the mattress until after several washes, then started noticing black and dark brown spots (pictured above) and smells. When she contacted the company and showed them the pictures, they told her the plastic rayon fabrics were being burned at the factory, which was why they had black spots, and there was no problem but they were happy to replace the mattress. They also wanted the mattress shipped back to the company. But the odd thing was she did not notice those spots during several washes before. This got our attention.
Other community members have complained of smells coming from inside similar mattresses, however, they did not take any pictures or notice what looked like developing black mold.
According to Dr. Tanya Altmann, a board-certified pediatrician, best-selling author, and founder of Calabasas Pediatrics: “I’d recommend replacing any mattress where you see or smell mold.”
These types of “breathable” mattresses that do not have waterproof covers seem to be a catch-22 for parents who are concerned with the issues of mold and may live in more mold-prone places. From our analysis and interviews with consumers who purchased this type of mattress, here are your two choices:
- Clean your mattress often: mold is attracted to cellulosic fibers, which is exactly what the insides are made of. And when they are not dried to completion, which can take half the day, mold can start to accumulate. Not to mention the fact that you are instructed to clean it in the bathtub or shower where bacteria from those surfaces can be transferred onto the crib mattress.
- Don’t clean your mattress often: mold can start to develop based on the vomit, drool, urine, feces, and sweat that is being deposited inside the mattress over time. In other words, if you don’t clean the inside, you’ll eventually grow a garden of microbes.
Either way, it seems like it’s a breeding ground for different types of issues, including mold, bacteria, and other microbes for your infant to breathe in while they are sleeping on this permeable mattress that is not waterproofed.
How “Breathability” Crib Mattresses Can Pose a Threat to Infants
The problems around “breathability” are (1) permeability and microbe growth, (2) potential higher temperature sleeping, (which is counter-intuitive but science-based), (3) the potential for improper washing and drying, and (4) additional harmful chemicals you don’t need like formaldehyde, PFAS, fire retardant chemicals, or vinyl.
Permeability, or the ability for air to get inside the crib mattress, can be a problem for microbe development. According to a 2016 study in Toronto at the Hospital for Sick Children, they sampled 77 different crib mattresses and found that 57% of mattresses with permeability issues had bacterial growth on the mattress cover.
Think about all the times a baby spits up, defecates, urinates, drools, or sweats on that mattress. With no waterproofing, it will seep inside and potentially grow a garden of microbes. Some crib mattress companies boast on their website, “In a third-party CPSC accredited laboratory, tests showed that a baby gets 97% more air while breathing through [omitted because we don’t want to get sued] Mattress Pad than on a conventional waterproof crib mattress,” I’m not so sure that’s a good thing. What’s inside that air they are breathing?
The Temperature of the Infant
Although the temperature of the infant is linked to SIDS, the “breathability” mattresses do not lower the infant’s temperature as advertised. This seems counter-intuitive, but it’s backed by science. We found studies looking at the temperature of infants during their sleep and ironically found that babies that slept on “breathable” mattresses had higher temperatures when sleeping, not lower temperatures as you would think from the “breathable” mattress ads.
“The ‘evidence’ the manufacturers of these crib mattresses provide is not evidence of reduced risk of suffocation or SIDS,” said Dr. Fern Hauck who is part of the American Academy of Pediatrics Task Force on SIDS. “As long as the mattresses meet government safety standards, they can be used, but they should not be marketed as preventing SIDS or suffocation,” she added.
Improper Washing & Drying
Mattresses that expose the insides to microbes need cleaning in order to keep them from collecting bacteria, mold, and fungus. In order to keep this from happening, the insides will need to be fully cleaned and then dried before the baby is able to sleep on it again. The problem with this is very common user error. Companies do not give details on how often this should happen. Should it be monthly, daily, or weekly? No one really knows.
There is also another issue. Washing the mattress could expose the insides of the mattress to more microbes based on what is present in the bathtub or shower. Microbes live inside our bathrooms and when this happens, they can be transferred onto the mattress and start growing after it’s zipped up.
There’s also the problem of not allowing the mattress to dry long enough. The user error in the Mamavation community was great because the drying process was so cumbersome. It took 6+ hours for some mattresses to dry. In places that are wetter and mold is more common, like Seattle, more time was needed to ensure the mattress was dry. Expecting consumers to understand the proper way to dry the mattress is too cumbersome. And it’s also greatly disruptive to an infant’s napping schedule.
Additional Toxic Chemicals Added to Mattress
We also found that several brands are using this “breathability” marketing angle as a way to get away with adding more toxic chemicals to their mattresses. As consumers are getting wiser to the inherent problems of toxic fire retardants and PFAS chemicals, they are demanding less of these contaminants. But in terms of “breathability,” you will need waterproofing in order to keep microbes from forming so chemicals are added to accomplish this. We found more fire retardants and potential PFAS chemicals added to “breathability” mattresses than other types.
What Board-Certified Pediatricians Say About SIDS, & Prone Sleeping
It seems pretty obvious to us that “breathability” mattresses are simply not needed because babies should not be placed on their bellies during the times that SIDS is most common–the first three months of life. Babies start to gain the function of being able to roll over on their bellies at about 3-4 months and that is when rates of SIDS plummet. So as long as you are abiding by the advice set out by your doctor, who takes their queues from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), your baby should not need a “breathable” mattress.
According to Dr. Manasa Mantravadi, a board-certified pediatrician & mom of 3 young kids here are some guidelines,
” The American Academy of Pediatrics advises Back to Sleep for every sleep to decrease risk of SIDS and other sleep related infant deaths.
- Infants should be placed for sleep in a supine position (wholly on the back) for every sleep by every caregiver until the child reaches 1 year of age.
- Some other tips to help families create safer sleep environments for their children include placing infants on a firm sleep surface (eg, mattress in a safety-approved crib) covered by a fitted sheet with no other bedding or soft objects to reduce the risk of SIDS and suffocation.
- Infants also should never be left to sleep on sofas, armchairs or in sitting devices.
- You should keep soft objects and loose bedding away from the infant’s sleep area to reduce the risk of SIDS, suffocation, entrapment, and strangulation.
- Soft objects such as pillows and pillow-like toys, quilts, comforters, sheepskins, and loose bedding can obstruct an infant’s nose and mouth.
- Infant sleep clothing is preferable to blankets and other coverings to keep the infant warm and Bumper pads and similar products that attach to crib slates or sides are not recommended for infants.”
(Dr. Manasa Mantravadi also has the best stainless steel dishes for children available here.)
Mold & Other Microbes Can Be A Health Concern for Infants
Although mold in our every day is inescapable, too much of it is very bad for infants and in rare cases can lead to death.
Mold is quite common according to The American Academy of Pediatrics, “Molds readily enter indoor environments by circulating through doorways, windows, heating, ventilation systems, and air conditioning systems. Spores in the air also deposit on people and animals, making clothing, shoes, bags, and pets common carriers of mold into indoor environments. The most common indoor molds are Cladosporium, Penicillium, Aspergillus, and Alternaria.”
The problem lies in the fact that infants may be particularly susceptible to the effects of these inhaled mycotoxins because their lungs are growing very rapidly.
Several studies have been reported on by the American Academy of Pediatrics:
- This study links airborne exposure to mycotoxins with health problems in humans. Specifically, an upper respiratory tract irritation and rash in a family living in a Chicago home was linked with a heavy growth of Stachybotrys atra (also known as Stachybotrys chatarum)
- This study links potent toxins with acute pulmonary hemorrhage among infants in Cleveland, Ohio. Physicians and public health officials in Cleveland reported a cluster of eight cases of acute pulmonary hemorrhage and hemosiderosis that had occurred. One of these infants died from pulmonary hemorrhage.
- Another study found infants with pulmonary hemorrhage were more likely to have resided in homes with major water damage from chronic plumbing leaks or flooding. The number of molds, including the toxigenic fungus Stachybotrys atra, was higher in the homes of infants with pulmonary hemorrhage than in those of controls.
- A study in animals found intranasal administration of toxic spores of Stachybotrys atra to mice resulted in severe interstitial inflammation with hemorrhagic exudates in the alveoli.
- In terms of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) and microbes, one study from the Cleveland county coroner re-examining 172 infant deaths from 1993 to 1995 found the presence of hemosiderin-laden macrophages in alveoli indicating alveolar bleeding at least two days before their death in 5% of the infants.
Cellulose substrates, including paper and paper products, cardboard, ceiling tiles, wood, and wood products, are particularly favorable for the growth of some molds according to the American Academy of Pediatrics. Unfortunately, this is exactly what the insides of some of these crib mattresses are made of. They refer to it as “reconstituted wood pulp” but it’s actually a form of rayon made from wood pulp.
Some “Breathable” Crib Mattress Companies Brag About Replacing Plastic with…More Plastic
We reached out to a certain “breathable” Crib Mattress company with questions about flammability and how was it possible to remove the chemical flame retardants and also pass the flammability standards set out by the Feds without the use of polyester. Their answer was interesting.
“We use a layer of viscose material sewn into our cover. Viscose material is made from reconstituted wood pulp and is chemical-free. We quilt this material into our mattress covers for a safer, non-toxic solution.”
Just so you know, “natural viscose” is rayon. You know, plastic.
I’m not sure you can really say this process is “chemical-free” but okay. Basically, they are removing one plastic for another plastic that sounds good, but is actually less environmentally friendly.
However, some details have been left out about these “natural” fibers they are using, so we decided to fill in those gaps for you.
The Dark History of Rayon Isn’t Something a Crib Mattress Company Should Brag About
Rayon, even when made from plants, undergoes a very intense chemical and mechanical process to get it from solid tree bark to soft usable fiber. This process includes sodium hydroxide and carbon disulfide viscous liquid that is later spun into thread using sulfuric acid. The process is so toxic, it’s not even allowed to be made in the United States because of how rayon workers and the environment is exposed to toxic chemicals.
According to Author Blanc of Fake Silk: The Lethal History of Viscose Rayon, “throughout most of the 20th century, viscose rayon manufacturing was inextricably linked to widespread, severe and often lethal illness among those employed in making it.” He goes on to testify that regular exposure to high levels of carbon disulfide has been shown to damage the nervous system and for the workers in viscose rayon factories poisoning caused insanity, nerve damage, and increased risk of heart disease and stroke.
Not exactly the vision I got when they called it “reconstituted wood pulp.”
Mamavation’s Recommended “Breathable” Crib Mattresses & Mattress Cover
Now that we’ve spent all this time warning you about the dangers of most “breathable” mattresses, is there any crib mattress we DO recommend? Yes, indeed there is! If you STILL feel like you need some “breathable” action, but don’t want to put the baby into any potential danger, select the following:
- Naturepedic Breathable 2-Stage Mattress (Lightweight OR Innerspring)
- Naturepedic Ultra Breathable 2-Stage Crib Mattress (Lightweight OR Innerspring)
- Naturepedic Ultra Breathable Mattress Cover
The Naturepedic mattresses are made with FDA food-grade sugarcane plastic waterproofing below the certified organic cotton. With both of these standard size products, the baby will have plenty of oxygen required to breathe and no off-gassing of problematic chemicals or microbes. Below we will describe the features in detail so you can see why this would be superior to other brands we’ve ranked.
Naturepedic Ultra Breathable Lightweight 2-Stage Crib Mattress
This is the ultimate breathable mattress that is safe for infants, where the baby can breathe and they are not accumulating toxic chemicals or microbes.
- Has GOTS 3rd party certification. (They also have GREENGUARD Gold Certification, but this certification isn’t as meaningful in terms of mattresses so don’t be fooled by other brands relying on this certification alone. )
- Made from GOTS organic cotton & GOTS organic wool.
- Contains no chemical fire retardants or other types of harsh chemicals.
- Contains no polyurethane foam, (which is incredibly flammable, so no wonder brands put a ton of fire retardants inside these types of mattresses inside the fire barrier) but is still soft bedding.
- Has a waterproof barrier made from a tiny food-grade plant-based polyethylene sheath made of sugarcane, which is the safest plastic.
- No adhesives are used. Everything is sewn together by a factory full of Amish workers that are picked up early in the morning and dropped off before dinner every weekday.
- Very easy to clean. You simply wipe it with a damp cloth. That’s it.
- Pricing: Naturepedic Ultra Breathable Organic Crib Mattress is $399 to $450. (Or you can purchase the Naturepedic Breathable Organic Crib Mattress for $349 to $379)
Mamavation reached out to Naturepedic for you and got a discount for you to use. Take 15% off your Naturepedic total purchase with code MAMAVATION15. While supplies last. Cannot be used with other promo codes. Cannot be applied to past purchases. Valid one time per customer. Other restrictions may apply.
Naturepedic Ultra Breathable Crib Mattress Cover
This Naturepedic Ultra Breathable Crib Mattress Cover offers a layer that combines breathability and waterproofing for a safer, healthier, and more hygienic design.
- GOTS Organic certified crib mattress cover
- The cover features a soft organic cotton surface and a 3-dimensional polyester lattice structure that creates a breathable space under the baby for increased airflow and air permeability.
- This results in improved temperature regulation for less sweaty backs and a reduced risk of overheating.
- It also allows the baby to breathe directly through the breathable cover if necessary.
- The cover also features a waterproof backing that protects the mattress from urine, spit-up, and other messes, making crib changes easy. Waterproof backing is made from plant-based food-grade polyethylene sheath, which is the safest way to waterproof a crib mattress.
- Pricing: For a regular crib is $99 or a mini crib is $69
Get all the safety and comfort benefits of a breathable mattress with the convenience and practicality of a removable and washable layer.
Mamavation reached out to Naturepedic for you and got a discount for you to use. Take 15% off your Naturepedic total purchase with code MAMAVATION15. While supplies last. Cannot be used with other promo codes. Cannot be applied to past purchases. Valid one time per customer. Other restrictions may apply.
Mamavation’s Investigation of Baby Crib Mattresses
Mamavation analyzed close to 40+ crib mattresses for materials used, transparency, fire retardants, “waterproof” chemicals that may be made of PFAS, use of petroleum, legit certifications, and marketing materials. These breathable baby mattresses are very common today. Most are for standard-size cribs. Below you’ll find our rankings based on the best information that was available online which is what every consumer looking for a mattress is relying on.
We also pulled all the prices down from websites so you can price compare them. We did not test any of these mattresses for fire retardants, but some brands we can assume use them inside fire barriers based on the flammable materials they are using inside the mattresses. In other words, some materials when used make the mattress very flammable and you would need to use some type of fire retardant in order to keep it from becoming a fire hazard.
Not Our Favorite Baby Crib Mattresses
These baby crib mattresses have one or many of the following issues: polyurethane foam is present which means it’s made of mostly petroleum, has Certipure certification which means they are using polyurethane foam, uses fire barriers that contain fire retardants, doesn’t have any waterproofing inside the mattress which means it could potentially be collecting mold, doesn’t have any 3rd party certifications at all, or uses nanotechnology. Some of these brands were tested by Clean & Healthy New York & The Ecology Center and were found to have toxic chemicals inside.
- BABELIO Premium Memory Foam Crib Mattresses (Price: $99)
- Bubble Bear Premium Foam Hypoallergenic Infant Crib Mattress (Price: $62.99)
- Colgate Eco Classica III 2-Stage Baby & Toddler Mattress with Organic Waterproof Cotton Cover (Price: $219.99)
- Colgate Natural Crib Mattress (Price: $374.99)
- Dourxi Crib & Toddler Mattress (Price: $159.99)
- Dream on Me Breathable Two-Sided Crib Mattress (Price: $29.99)
- Foundations Infapure Crib Mattress (Price: $69 to $159)
- Graco Premium Foam Crib Mattress (Price: $79)
- Ikea Pelleplut Crib Mattress (Price: $45)
- L.A. Baby 2 in 1 Memory Soy Foam Core Extra Firm with Jacquard Cover (Price: $120)
- Milliard Premium Memory Foam Hypoallergenic Infant Crib Mattress and Toddler Bed Mattress with Waterproof Cover (Price: $66.99)
- Modera Organic Cotton Dual-Sided Crib Mattress (Price: $119)
- Moonlight Little Dreamer Crib Mattress (Price: $199)
- Moonlight Slumber Little Dreamer Crib Mattress (Price: $199)
- My First Mattress Breathable Memory Foam Crib Mattress (Price: $89.99)
- Newton Baby Crib Mattress (Price: $250 to $350)
- Nook Breeze Breathable Crib Mattress Sleep Systems (Price: $419)
- Nook Organic Mini Crib Mattress (Price: $219)
- Royal-Pedic Crib Mattress (Price: $760)
- Safe Sleep Breathable Crib Mattress (Price: $299)
- Safety 1st Heavenly Dreams White Crib & Toddler Bed Mattress (Price: $61.49)
- Sealy Baby Firm Rest Antibacterial Waterproof Standard Toddler & Baby Crib Mattress (Price: $85.44)
- Sealy Nature Couture Cotton Bliss 2 Stage Crib Mattress (Price: $129.98)
- Serta Nightstar Eco Balance Ultra Innerspring Crib and Toddler Mattress (Price: $119.99)
- Simmons Beautyrest Crib Mattress (Price: $149.19)
- Wonder Dream Baby Crib Mattress (Price: $189.99)
Better Baby Crib Mattresses
These baby crib mattresses contain one or more of the following issues: Claims to be made with organic materials but doesn’t have GOTS certification for the entire mattress to prove it’s only organic, uses allergenic materials that should be avoided around infants, uses fibers and/or materials that are known to collect mold, or may use some chemicals to waterproof that are unknown and could potentially be PFAS. Some of these brands rely on GreenGuard Gold certification as their main certification, but sadly this certification is not as stringent as one might think in terms of crib mattresses.
- Avocado Green Crib Mattress (Price: $1,249)
- Brentwood Home Eco Air Waterproof Baby Crib Mattress (Price: $299)
- Earthsake (Coyuchi) Crib Mattress (Price: $499- $675)
- Essentia – Natural Memory Foam Crib Mattress (Price: $649)
- Lullaby Earth Baby Breath Safe Breathable Crib Mattress (Price: $259-$318)
- Lullaby Earth Baby Healthy Support Waterproof Crib Mattress (Price: $169-$199)
- My Green Mattress Emily Crib Mattress (Price: $259)
- Naturalmat Baby Crib Mattress (Price: $424)
- Organic Dream Crib Mattress (Price: $279 to $350)
- Saatva Crib Mattress (Price: $445-$524)
- Savvy Rest Organic Crib Mattresses (Price: $399)
Best Baby Crib Mattresses
These baby crib mattresses are few but have legitimate GOTS organic certification for the entire mattress, meaning there are no chemical surprises. These mattresses use appropriate waterproofing with food-grade plant-based polyethylene sheath which is the safest way to waterproof a mattress for infants, therefore no mold will be developing within the crib mattress. Contains no chemical fire retardants or other types of harsh chemicals and no polyurethane foam. Has GOTS organic certification for the entire mattress, and not just one part of it. Does not rely on GreenGuard as their only certification and does not use any sort of allergenic materials, like latex, inside the mattress.
- Naturepedic Breathable Organic Crib Mattress (Price: $349-379) Take 15% off your Naturepedic total purchase with code MAMAVATION15. While supplies last. Cannot be used with other promo codes. Cannot be applied to past purchases. Valid one time per customer. Other restrictions may apply.
- Naturepedic Ultra Breathable Organic Crib Mattress (Price: $399-450) Take 15% off your Naturepedic total purchase with code MAMAVATION15. While supplies last. Cannot be used with other promo codes. Cannot be applied to past purchases. Valid one time per customer. Other restrictions may apply.
- OMI OrganicPedic Organic Mattress (Price: $599)
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Can you share more about the Newton and why it’s on your “not our favorite” list? I am now panicked that I made a really bad and expensive choice!
There are many examples for such problem, I have read a lot about it because of my work, but still there is no concrete solution.
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First of all, thank you for all the detailed information.
I have been reading a lot of your blogs and found that you recommend Naturepedic as the best for most areas.
I just wanted to ask what you think about their “Organic Waterproof Protector Pads” as I remember seeing that you do not recommend anything that says water, stain, and/or dirt proof.
Naturepedic’s is a GOTS approved polyurethane barrier and I am not sure if that means that it is ok.
I would truly appreciate any reply back.
Also, could you please do a pillow testing??
The cane sugar based barrier is completely fine. It’s allowable in the GOTS certification for waterproofing. What is not okay is PFAS chemicals for waterproofing and those types of things. Most of this article was dedicated to that idea being a very good and responsible thing for brands to do.
Thank you so much for your reply! I have been relying on your information to change out so many items in our home!
We would love for you to put the SafeSleep® Breathe-Through crib mattress to the test. It was designed by a leading AAP physician and has unsolicited endorsements from top AAP policy makers. The SafeSleep® allows an infant who is face straight down to breathe normally. The mattress has been scientifically tested showing 100% oxygen rich air when breathing through it. It has no fill or core material of any kind. So nothing to cause mold or build up of pathogens. Only free flowing air. Also, it’s not waterproof. This is an added safety benefit. Pooled liquids on the surface of a mattress can be dangerous. Consequently, the design of the SafeSleep® breathe-through crib mattress is such that any dispelled liquids pass through the 3D open-cell surface on to a bottom of the mattress that is 5″ below the sleeping baby. The bottom is easily wiped cleaned while the mattress is still in the crib. The entire surface is easily removed for machine washing. Check it out – http://www.safesleeptech.com
I will also point out, that most of these crib manufacturers are making claims they “reduce SIDS” risks. Not that they reduce SIDS. SIDS is a diagnosis of exclusion so it would be like saying we can reduce death by natural causes. Even though there is no gold standard scientific study to support what causes of these unexpected infants deaths, a basic pathophysiological principle is the hypothesis that rebreathing C02 is associated with ALTE/SIDS/asphyxia. Indeed no studies have substantiated this hypothesis; however, this is the same hypothesis used by the AAP Safe Sleep Task Force to support the majority of their recommendations including the following with quotes taken from the AAP Task Force report (AAP 2011):
1. Supine sleep position: “The prone or side sleep position can increase the risk of
rebreathing expired gases, resulting in hypercapnia and hypoxia.”
2. Room-Sharing Without Bed-Sharing Is Recommended: “Bed-sharing might increase the
risk of overheating, rebreathing or airway obstruction, head covering, and exposure to
tobacco smoke, which are all risk factors for SIDS.”
3. It Is Prudent to Provide Separate Sleep Areas and Avoid Cobedding for Twins and
Higher-Order Multiples in the Hospital and at Home: “Furthermore, there is increased
potential for overheating and rebreathing while cobedding, and size discordance might
increase the risk of accidental suffocation.”
4. Pillows, Quilts, Comforters, Sheepskins, and Other Soft Surfaces Are Hazardous When
Placed Under the Infant or Loose in the Sleep Environment: “However, such soft
bedding can increase the potential of suffocation and rebreathing.”
5. Avoid Overheating and Head Covering in Infants: “It is not known whether the risk
associated with head covering is attributable to overheating, hypoxia, or rebreathing.”
Further, the Task Force recommends air permeable sides when bassinets are used. This
recommendation is based on a retrospective review and analysis of infant deaths occurring in bassinets between June 1990 and November 2004 that were reported to the CPSC (Pike/Moon 2008). The authors identified at least six infants who were found with their “face wedged against the side of the bassinet.” While there is no mention of any bassinets having air permeable sides in the study, the study authors (including R Moon who is on the AAP Task Force) recommends “a bassinet with vertical sides of air-permeable material, such as mesh, may be preferable to one with air-impermeable sides.” The Task Force makes the recommendation for air permeable sides based on infants with face wedged against side of sleep environment. Logic would dictate that air permeable mattresses as being preferable to air impermeable mattresses to address infants face-straight- down on firm mattresses.
If you would like more insight into the AAP Safe Sleep task force and their constraints when it comes to consumer products, I would love to shed some insight. I am a SIDS and Safe Sleep content expert.
Oddly, I don’t see any 3rd party certifications on this mattress. Am I mistaken? That’s very odd.
We recently got the mattress in for our son and since it’s made for up to 80lbs I used my upper body weight to push in and the hammock was very sturdy and when I put my mouth up to the “mattress” as well as the more padded “sides” I was able to breathe in and out freely! I washed the top fabric piece after my husband had put it together and we tested it and for the fit being as tight as it has to be it was very easy to get back together! You should definitely test out yourself!
If your child doesn’t have a latex allergy, what is wrong with the regular Avocado crib mattress? It is GOLS, GOTS, Greenguard and Made Safe certified.
Nothing we consider “best” for infants will ever have allergenic materials. That’s just irresponsible.
Jalene N Gilbert
What about Nook organic mini crib mattress?
Their materials listed are:
SafeSleep™ Crib Mattress Cover Materials
Organic Cotton, Organic Eucalyptus Lyocell, Organic Cotton/Non-Toxic Poly Blend, Easy-Close Nylon Zipper, Breathe-Thru Technology™
Organic Coconut Coir, Organic Wool
Sadly coconut coir is usually held together by latex. They don’t tell you that on the materials, but that’s usually true. It’s possible that this one is not, but what we DO know is these materials are also not GOT certified so we really have no idea what is going on here in terms of is it really organic or not. Nano is also something I’m very concerned with around babies. It’s kinda like a dirty word in organic. This goes into “not our favorite” based on nanotechnology. It might have been “better” had they had real certification somehow but you can’t have nano in real organic. Also, coconut coir without the latex is more of a material that can get moldy so I hope the waterproofing works.
The polyurethane foam mattresses that are certipure– are those not acceptable standards of low VOC?