Scientific Testing on Breathable Crib Mattresses

Breathable crib mattress testing proves SafeSleep® rates superior in eliminating suffocation and rebreathing risks.   

Results:  The SafeSleep® Crib Mattress has a 10 fold decrease in carbon dioxide accumulation compared to a firm crib mattress.  It takes 2 minutes for carbon dioxide to dissipate on a firm crib mattress with a tight sheet; it takes less than 1/2 a second for it to dissipate on the SafeSleep® Crib Mattress.  An infant takes a breath every 1-2 seconds, meaning the carbon dioxide (poisonous gasses) would be gone before the infant takes their next breath of air – even if face straight down.


Testing for Harmful CO2

Rebreathing is when babies breathe in their own exhaled air -CO2.  As the baby rebreathes exhaled air, the oxygen level in the body drops and the level of carbon dioxide rises.

Based on scientific testing developed and conducted under the supervision of Dr. William W. Fox, Division of Neonatology, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, and Dr. Thomas H. Shaffer, Department of Biomedical Research, Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children, the SafeSleep® breathable crib mattress poses a significantly lower hazard for carbon dioxide rebreathing and suffocation.

Scientific testing on breathable crib mattresses with core materials are shown to trap much higher levels of carbon dioxide than the SafeSleep®. 

The SafeSleep® testing also confirms there is 100% rich oxygen when a baby is breathing through the crib mattress when face straight down.


SafeSleep® Breathable Crib Mattress Firmness Testing

“There is often an assumption that the firmness of baby sleep products is regulated but, alarmingly, it isn’t.  This is an oversight and an area of infant safety that has been neglected. The United States has been slow in recognizing this.”  Dr. Ron Somers.

Australia and New Zealand have adopted a standard for crib mattress firmness, known as AS/NZS 8811.1:2013, and the SafeSleep® Crib Mattress is the only mattress in the United States that has passed the Australia and New Zealand baby mattress firmness test.

Australia and New Zealand’s standard, also known as “method 1: Crib Mattress – Test for firmness,” is the only standard to formally address the issue of minimum safe firmness for all infant sleep products.

Dr. Sommers’ endorsement of SafeSleep® crib mattress>


ASTM Air Permeability

A Consumer Product Safety Commission accredited lab, Intertek breathable crib mattress tesing of the air permeability of the SafeSleep® Breathe-Through Crib Mattress. This testing was conducted using the ASTM D737 – 04(2008)e1 Standard Test Method for Air Permeability of Textile Fabrics. The data is recorded in ft3/ft2.min of air. Based on this test data, the SafeSleep® Breathe-Through Crib Mattress has an air permeability rate over 330 times ((average flow (ft3/ft2.min:) 335)) compared to a standard baby mattress with vinyl cover ((average flow (ft3/ft2.min:) .15))


CPSC Flammability

Our products have been tested by an approved Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) lab, and meet all the CPSC standards for safety and flammability including compliance with California T.B. 117 and CPSC 16 CFR part 1633 for flammability.  Our mattress topper is constructed from an advanced medical grade spacer fabric that contains NO toxic chemicals or fire retardants.

ASTM F2933-13 Compliance

All SafeSleep® products are in voluntary compliance with ASTM2933-13 crib mattress safety and labeling standards.

We are more than just a baby mattress manufacturer!

We know firsthand the devastation of an infant who was simply placed down for sleep who never woke up.  It is our mission to create sleep products that eliminate the risks associated with infant sleep related deaths.  We are committed to using scientific data and testing to ensure our products are the safest.  This is why the SafeSleep® breathable crib mattress testing goes beyond normal or mandated crib mattress testing.  

We continue to advocate for stricter standards for infant sleep products, including high air-permeability and low carbon dioxide retention rates, removal of toxins from crib mattresses, including fire retardants and waterproofing chemicals, and eliminating the use of potentially harmful crib mattress bedding.

We are the first U.S. Company to send our products to other countries with higher safety and testing standards for analysis.  We continue to push U.S. safe sleep policymakers to adopt these stricter standards, and develop better guidelines and recommendations to help parents address the issues of infants who roll or have difficulties back sleeping.

Your baby will spend 70% of their first year in their crib.  Make sure the testing on the crib mattress you choose provides you with the assurance your baby is sleeping safely.  

Find more scientific studies and information from top medical professionals and safe sleep experts on the topic of crib mattresses by reading, Crib Mattress Facts and Information.