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Best Crib Mattress in 2021

Best safest crib mattress 2021

What is the best crib mattress in 2021?

Your baby will spend over 70% of their first year sleeping in their crib.  Therefore, finding the best crib mattress in 2021 is an important decision. 

Additionally, baby’s good health starts with good sleep.  Thus, creating an ideal sleep setting starts with choosing the best crib mattress in 2021.

In this article we explore the following:

SafeSleep® is our top crib mattress choice in 2021 

SafeSleep® was designed by a pediatrician to create

  • the healthiest, safest, & most comfortable sleep for your baby. 
  • Air flows freely up & down through the surface for maximum breathability & ideal temperature control. 
  • Scientifically tested showing 100% oxygen-rich air while breathing through the SafeSleep® Crib Mattress.

The SafeSleep® Breathe-Thru Crib Mattress is rated safer than breathable crib mattresses by leading AAP physicians and safe sleep policy makers.

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Federal Regulations Mattresses Must Meet

Flammability Testing:

Crib mattress makers must conform to two basic regulations.  The first is Federal Standard 16 CFR 1633.   This law is also known as, “Flammability” or  “Open Flame” test.  All mattress sets must pass this test, including crib mattresses.  As an act of Congress, with the control of the Consumer Products Safety Commission (CPSC), this law has been in effect since July 1, 2007. 

Federal Standard 16 CFR 1633 requires mattress manufacturers to put their mattress design through a 30-minute flammability test. This test, which follows a very strict plan, is conducted over an open flame. Hence, the name “Open Flame” test.  If the mattress design passes the test, then it has approval for selling.  However, if it fails the test, then the manufacturer cannot legally create the mattress before making changes that allow it to pass the test.

Testing of Flame Retardant Chemicals/Methods:

Currently, there are no required tests to tell if the flame retardants manufacturers use contain harmful chemicals.  Consequently, a crib mattress that does not use flame retardants is the best crib mattress in 2021.

Proper Size Requirements:

The other regulation crib mattresses must meet is proper sizing.   For example, a mattress for use in a standard-size crib must be at least 27 1/4 inches wide x 51 1/4 inches long.  Further, the crib mattress height cannot be more than six inches in height.  Length and width limits are set for preventing wedging and suffocation between the mattress and crib sides.  The height limit prevents an infant from falling out of the crib while standing.

Other suggested requirements, such as proper labeling of fiber content, are voluntary.

CPSC and FDA Guidelines

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), Consumer Products Safety Commission (CPSC) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regularly update guidelines and recommendations to promote infant safe sleep.  In particular, these guidelines and recommendations are useful in helping parents make safe product choices. 

Retrospective Studies:

Recommendations and guidelines given by safety organizations are based on retrospective analysis of infants who have been injured or died while sleeping. By definition, a retrospective study is an observational study that looks at death and injury cases that already happened before the study begins.  In other words, retrospective studies look backwards and study causes of suspected risk or safety conditions with similarities to a result that is set at the start of the study.

CPSC Crib Sheet Recommendations:

The CPSC was the first to suggest all crib mattresses requiring sheets, use sheets that are “tight fitting.”  In 2001, the CPCS issued a warning to parents to avoid using loose-fitting crib mattress sheets.  This recommendation is based on retrospective studies showing 17 babies, most under 12 months old, who suffocated or strangled.  These infants became entangled in sheets in their cribs.  Most notably, two of these deaths were the result of tight-fitting sheets coming off a crib mattress and strangling the infants.  

Based on these warnings, a crib mattress that does not use a sheet is the best crib mattress for your baby in 2021.

FDA Sleep Positioner Warning:

The FDA makes similar recommendations to parents which includes avoiding the use of sleep positioners and bumper pads.  And most recently, they warn against using an inclined sleeper or putting an infant in an inclined sleep position.

Using AAP Guidelines to Choose the Best Crib Mattress

AAP crib mattress recommendations focus on eliminating the following:

After a careful study of peer-reviewed published data used by the AAP to create their safe sleep guidelines, we list the top ten things to consider when choosing the best crib mattress in 2021 for your sleeping baby.

Peer-reviewed published studies require looking for the following when choosing the safest and best crib mattress in 2021:

 1.  Firmness: 

Most crib mattress makers want parents to believe a firm crib mattress is recommended to support an infant’s growing bones.  This is not accurate (“The Truth About Firm Crib Mattresses”).  In fact, there is a large increase in plagiocephaly  (flat head syndrome) and hip dysplasia in young infants.   Known as an unintended consequence of the back-to-sleep campaign, flat head syndrome was virtually unknown until the popularity of the back-to-sleep campaign which includes back sleeping on firm mattresses.

The reality is, the AAP states, “Soft bedding can increase the risk of suffocation.”  The fact is, a soft mattress allows a baby’s face to compress into the mattress surface and block the infant’s nose and mouth.  In contrast, firm mattresses don’t allow face compression.  The nose and mouth will not be blocked.

Consequently, the best crib mattress in 2021 is firm,

2.  Tight fit in crib: 

The mattress should fit tight against the sides of the crib and the crib mattress.  To test for a tight fit, place two fingers down the side of the mattress close to the inside walls of the crib.  Make sure no extra space exists. Additionally, the same rule applies for all infant mattresses and pads. A tight fit helps avoid entrapment of the baby’s head and tiny arms and legs.

In conclusion, the best crib mattress in 2021 fits tight in the crib.

3.  No vinyl, padded, or quilted covering/surface:

Vinyl covers, and padded or quilted surfaces can trap heat.  If heat is trapped, it causes an infant’s core body temperature to rise.  According to the AAP, it is important to avoid overheating with infant’s.  Moreover, the AAP warns against use of padded surfaces.  The fact is, padded surfaces are known to trap harmful carbon dioxide.

Additionally, the materials used in vinyl crib mattress covers off-gas phthalates.  Phthalates are considered harmful chemicals.  

Therefore, the best crib mattress in 2021 has no vinyl, padded or quilted covering/surface.

4.  Air Permeability: 

Science proves infants thrive both physically and emotionally in an oxygen rich environment. In 2011, the AAP recommends air permeable sides in play yards and bassinets.  This recommendation is based on infants  found unresponsive with their face wedged against the side of the bassinet or play yard. In 2016, the AAP recognizes air-permeable mattresses as being safer than air-impermeable mattresses for infants who roll.  

Based on these recommendations, the best crib mattress in 2021 is air permeable.

5.  Carbon Dioxide Retention:  

While there are no scientific studies to demonstrate a direct prevention of SIDS or suffocation, the AAP Safe Sleep Task Force relies on the hypothesis of rebreathing of carbon dioxide as a likely reason for unexpected infant deaths.  A basic pathophysiological principle is the hypothesis that rebreathing carbon dioxide is associated with SIDS and asphyxia.  Crib mattresses that contain fiberfill, loose cores, quilted surfaces, and even crib sheets have all been shown to trap harmful carbon dioxide.  

Therefore, the best crib mattress in 2021 eliminates carbon dioxide retention.

6.  Are  Waterproofing Chemicals Used:

A crib mattress containing any type of fiberfill, needs waterproofing chemicals.  The fact is, fiberfill crib mattresses become contaminated by a baby’s excretion if there is no waterproof barrier.  Consequently, crib mattresses with fiberfill, have a waterproof coating. Many times, the waterproofing coating contains harmful chemicals.  Common chemicals include silica, monomers, or other toxins. 

Consequently, the best crib mattress in 2021 uses no waterproofing chemicals.

7.  Are Fireproofing Chemicals Used:

All crib mattresses must pass flammability testing.  If a crib mattress has fiberfill or a cover made from flammable fabrics; foam, cotton, linen, or other cellulose fibers, fireproofing chemicals are used.  Notably, fireproofing chemicals include boric acid, ammonium polyphosphate, silica, or antimony trioxide.  The fact is, these harmful chemicals are considered carcinogens. 

Therefore, the best crib mattress in 2021 has no fireproofing chemicals.

8.  Washable:

Scientific studies point to the relation of Staphylococcus aureus (Staph) colonization with stomach sleep position.  It is believed, stomach sleep position increases the risk of ingestion/inhalation of bacteria contaminating the sleeping surface.  According to scientific studies, this bacteria risk could account for the increased risk of SIDS in babies who are tummy sleeping.  Consequently, the AAP warns against using second-hand crib mattresses to avoid the risk of bacteria and pathogens in mattresses. 

A completely washable crib mattress eliminates the buildup of pathogens, mold, and other microorganisms.  Consequently, the best crib mattress choice in 2021 is a completely washable crib mattress.

9.  Positional Pressure: 

A firm mattress is necessary.  However, choosing a firm crib mattress that does not cause positional pressure on an infant’s delicate skull, is also an important consideration. Positional pressure is caused by too much time on a hard flat surface. Firm mattresses with dense cores and fill create direct pressure on the back of an infant’s head while back sleeping.  Additionally, they can cause the same type of pressure on an infant’s hips if lying on their side.

Therefore, the best crib mattress choice in 2021 eliminates positional pressure.

10.  Can Liquids Pool on the Surface:

Infants often spit up in the middle of the night.  Many fiberfill mattresses have waterproofing barriers that cause liquids to pool on the surface.  These potentially dangerous water barriers are intended  to make spit up and other messes easy to wipe clean.  Additionally, waterproofing barriers are used to make the mattress stain resistant.  However, if an infant is not being supervised, pooled liquids can be dangerous and uncomfortable. 

Finally, the best crib mattress choice in 2021 is one that forces liquids to immediately travel away from the baby.

Types of Crib Mattresses – Pros and Pros and Cons of Each

There are many different types of crib mattresses.  Let’s go through the different types so you can choose the best crib mattress in 2021.  Remember, our choice is based on peer-reviewed published studies used by the American Academy of Pediatrics’ Safe Sleep Task Force to create safe sleep guidelines.

Innerspring Crib Mattress:

A standard crib mattress with steel coils with an over layer of various cushioning materials such as foam, wool, polyester, cotton, or other cellulose fibers.  This type of mattress is encased in a fabric or vinyl overlay.  Innerspring mattresses manufacturers differentiate themselves by describing their coil count and the steel gauge thickness of the coils.  The larger the coil count and the thicker the steel, the denser the mattress is.

Pros: 

Innerspring mattresses are firm and create a tight fit in the crib.

Cons:

Innerspring mattresses have some type of vinyl, padded, or quilted topper.  Notably, innerspring mattresses have low rates of air permeability.  Consequently, they have high carbon dioxide retention levels. 

Innerspring mattresses require waterproofing and fireproofing chemicals.  Moreover, innerspring mattresses cannot be washed or disinfected. In addition, a mattress pad is normally used that can also trap additional harmful carbon dioxide.  In fact, the AAP warns against using mattress pads.  Mattress pads trap carbon dioxide, reduce air permeability, and can cause suffocation if an infant is in the tummy position.

Positional pressure cannot be avoided with innerspring mattresses.  Lastly,  liquids pool on this type of crib mattress.

Best safest crib mattress 2021

Innerspring mattresses require additional bedding such as mattress pads and sheets.  They range in price from $60 on the low end to $350 dollars on the high end.

Using the AAP’s Safe Sleep Guidelines, here is a summary of the pros and cons of an innerspring mattress:

Rating

Good:

  • Firm
  • Tight Fight

Bad:

  • Vinyl Cover or Quilted Topper
  • Low to No Air Permeability
  • High Rate of Carbon Dioxide Retention
  • Use of Waterproofing Chemicals
  • Use of Fire Retardants
  • Cannot be Completely Washed to Disinfect
  • Can Cause Positional Pressure
  • Allows Liquids to Pool on Surface

Foam Crib Mattress:  

Foam mattresses are typically made from polyurethane, a foam resin. There are different densities of foam and different chemical makeup of the foam.  Consequently, some foam mattresses will pass the firmness test, while others will not.  To be sure a foam mattress is firm enough, press your hand on the mattress and see how far it sinks in. It should not sink in more than a 1/4″.

Pros: 

Mattresses made from foam are often lightweight and inexpensive.  Additionally, they generally have a snug fit.

Cons: 

Foam mattresses have vinyl  or waterproof cover to protect the foam from contamination.  Further, they have very low rates of air permeability – if any at all.  Additionally, they retain carbon dioxide for long periods of time. 

Since foam is a petroleum-based product, foam crib mattresses contain a fire retardant.  Specifically, petroleum-based products are highly flammable.  If a foam mattress does not have a vinyl cover, it will have some type of waterproofing chemical.  The fact is, there has to be a water barrier between the surface material and the foam.  Otherwise, the foam will become contaminated. 

The vinyl surface of a foam mattress is washable.  However, there is no way to wash or sanitize the foam interior. 

Some foam mattresses will cause positional pressure while others will not.  Positional pressure is contingent on the density of the foam.  For example, the denser the foam, the more positional pressure it will cause on an infant’s head. Notably, the vinyl or waterproof coating causes pooling of liquids.

Best safest crib mattress 2021

Popular Foam Crib Mattresses

Foam mattresses also require extra bedding.  Mattresses made of foam range in price from $39 to $200.

Using the AAP’s Safe Sleep Guidelines, here is a summary of the pros and cons of a foam mattress:

Rating

Good:

  • Firm
  • Tight Fight

Bad:

  • Vinyl Cover or Quilted Topper
  • Low to No Air Permeability
  • High Rate of Carbon Dioxide Retention
  • Use of Waterproofing Chemicals
  • Use of Fire Retardants
  • Cannot be Completely Washed to Disinfect
  • Can Cause Positional Pressure
  • Allows Liquids to Pool on Surface

Latex Crib Mattress: 

Latex mattresses are similar in construction to foam crib mattresses.  Additionally, they also share many of the same features.  There are different densities of latex mattresses.  In spite of popular belief, pure latex will not cause allergic reactions. 

Most latex mattresses pass the firmness test since they are normally denser than foam.  Latex mattresses are much heavier than foam.  As a result, if you have to change sheets, it can be difficult to lift the mattress.

Pros: 

Mattresses made with latex are firm and create a nice snug fit in the crib.  Furthermore, they help keep baby’s core temperature stable by eliminating the buildup of heat, 

Cons: 

Latex mattresses have minimal air permeability.  In addition, carbon dioxide retain rates depend on the density of the latex.  Most latex crib mattresses contain a fire retardant.  Otherwise, they have a wool overlay.  Notably, wool creates a natural fire retardant. 

Moreover, Mattresses made with latex have some type of waterproofing chemical to act as a water barrier. The surface of latex mattresses is usually fabric which cannot be wiped clean.  Further, most latex crib mattresses require a mattress pad.  Additionally, there is no way to wash or sanitize the latex core. 

Because of their density, latex mattresses cause positional pressure .  How much positional pressure is contingent on the density of the latex.  Additionally, liquids will also pool on the surface of a latex crib mattress.

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Popular Latex Crib Mattresses

Latex mattresses also require extra bedding.  The mattresses range in price from $350 to $800.

Using the AAP’s Safe Sleep Guidelines, here is a summary of the pros and cons of a latex mattress:

Rating

Good:

  • Firm
  • Tight Fight
  • Some Air Permeability

Bad:

  • Vinyl Cover or Quilted Topper
  • High Rate of Carbon Dioxide Retention
  • Use of Waterproofing Chemicals
  • Use of Fire Retardants
  • Cannot be Completely Washed to Disinfect
  • Can Cause Positional Pressure
  • Allows Liquids to Pool on Surface

Plant Based Fiber Crib Mattress:  

Coconut coir is the most common type of plant-based fiber used in crib mattresses.  Normally, Coconut coir is used in combination with a foam or cotton layer overlay.   Surprisingly, coconut coir is heavier than foam. 

Pros:   

Coconut coir is very firm and dense.  It creates a tight fit in the crib.  Notably, coconut coir is moisture resistant.  However, it does not do well if it gets saturated.  Consequently,  it needs some type of water barrier.  This plant based fiber has a high level of air permeability if not mixed with other materials.  Unfortunately, we could not find a crib mattress of this type that did not contain a mixture of other materials.  

Cons: 

Coconut coir crib mattresses retain high levels of carbon dioxide.  Additionally, they require some type of vinyl covering or waterproofing chemicals.  If there are no waterproofing chemicals, the coir will become contaminated if saturated.  And, fire retardant chemicals must be used for compliance with CPSC regulations. 

Moreover, there is no way to sanitize coconut coir without ruining its structure.  Since the mattress requires either a vinyl cover or waterproofing chemicals, liquids will pool on the surface of a coconut coir filled crib mattress   In addition, coconut coir is dense; therefore,  it does create positional pressure on the baby’s skull.

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Popular Plant-Based Crib Mattresses

Plant-base crib mattress range in price from $260 to $1,250 dollars.  Some models we identified need extra bedding while some do not.

Using the AAP’s Safe Sleep Guidelines, here is a summary of the pros and cons of a plant-based mattress:

Rating

Good:

  • Firm
  • Tight Fight
  • Some Air Permeability

Bad:

  • Vinyl Cover or Quilted Topper
  • High Rate of Carbon Dioxide Retention
  • Use of Waterproofing Chemicals
  • Use of Fire Retardants
  • Cannot be Completely Washed to Disinfect
  • Can Cause Positional Pressure
  • Allows Liquids to Pool on Surface

 

Types of Breathable Crib Mattresses – Pros and Cons of Each

The idea behind a breathable crib mattress is that air can flow through the surface of the mattress.  However, there are many types of breathable crib mattresses, so we will explore each type:

  • Open Celled Covers and Traditional Foam or Fiberfill

  • Hollow Cut-Outs or “Air Channels”

  • Spongy, Food-Grade Polymer Core

  • No Fill or Core

Breathable Mattresses with Open-Celled Covers and Traditional Foam or Fiberfill: 

Breathable crib mattress of this type is either a foam filled or Innerspring mattress that has an open channel, 3D spacer fabric cover.  The cover is often removable.  However, removing it from the crib is necessary to remove the cover.

Pros: 

Breathable crib mattresses with open-celled covers and traditional fiberfill are firm and provide a tight fit in the crib.  Additionally, the covers are not vinyl or thick.  Instead this mattress type has an air permeable cover. 

Cons: 

Since breathable crib mattresses with open-celled covers and traditional foam or fiberfill use traditional foam or fiberfill, they can trap high levels of carbon dioxide. Even though the cover does not have waterproofing or flame-retardant chemicals, the same cannot be said for the core. 

Additionally, foam and fiberfill mattress can cause positional pressure.  The open-celled cover is washable, but the core is not.  Consequently, the mattress cannot be completely disinfected.  Liquids will still pool below the open-celled cover.

Best safest crib mattress 2021

Open Celled Covers and Traditional Foam or Fiberfill

 

Breathable crib mattresses with open-celled covers and traditional foam or fiberfill range in price  from $200 to $350.

Using the AAP’s Safe Sleep Guidelines, here is a summary of the pros and cons of a breathable crib mattresses with open-celled covers and traditional foam or fiberfill:

Rating

Good:

  • Firm
  • Tight Fight
  • Some Air Permeability
  • No Vinyl Cover or Quilted Topper

Bad:

  • High Rate of Carbon Dioxide Retention
  • Use of Waterproofing Chemicals
  • Use of Fire Retardants
  • Cannot be Completely Washed to Disinfect
  • Can Cause Positional Pressure
  • Allows Liquids to Pool on Surface Below 3D, Open-Cell Cover

Breathable Crib Mattresses with Hollow Cut-Outs or “Air Channels”: 

This type of breathable crib mattress is a foam crib mattress with large cut-out areas in the interior center of the foam.  In theory,  air pockets form in the center of the mattress.

Pros: 

Breathable crib mattresses with hollow cut-outs or “air channels” are firm and provide a tight fit in the crib.  However, the covers are made from either synthetic or natural fibers.   These covers impede airflow.

Cons:  

Since the air channels are on the interior, breathable crib mattresses with hollow cut-outs or “air channels” offer limited passive airflow on the surface. For this reason, these mattresses can actually trap harmful carbon dioxide.  Most notably, these mattresses offer no advantage in reducing carbon dioxide levels. 

Moreover, breathable crib mattresses with hollow cut-outs or “air channels” use waterproofing chemicals by admission.  Waterproofing chemicals are used to prevent the foam interior from becoming contaminated.  Further, fire retardant chemicals are also used. 

Additionally, the risk of positional pressure exists since the mattress is comprised mostly of foam,   The cover is washable, but the interior core is not washable.  By design, liquids pool on the surface.

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Hollow Cut-Outs or “Air Channels” in the Mattress

 

Breathable crib mattresses with hollow cut-outs or “air channels” range in price from $199 to $299.

Using the AAP’s Safe Sleep Guidelines, here is a summary of the pros and cons of a breathable crib mattresses with hollow cut-outs or air channels:

Rating

Good:

  • Firm
  • Tight Fight

Bad:

  • Vinyl Cover or Quilted Topper
  • Low to No Air Permeability
  • High Rate of Carbon Dioxide Retention
  • Use of Waterproofing Chemicals
  • Use of Fire Retardants
  • Cannot be Completely Washed to Disinfect
  • Can Cause Positional Pressure
  • Allows Liquids to Pool on Surface

Breathable Crib Mattresses with Spongy, Food-Grade Polymer Core: 

This type of hybrid mattress creates a firm surface and a tight fit in the crib.  However, the quilted topper is questionable.  The AAP warns against the use of quilted toppers and pads.  In particular, they trap carbon dioxide.

Pros: 

Firm, tight fit, high air permeability rate, and completely washable.  One of the three mattresses listed uses waterproofing chemicals and the two others do not.  Additionally, liquids will not pool on the surface.  However, one of the products claims to have a “waterproof” cover.  In this instance, waterproofing chemicals are used.

Cons: 

Breathable Crib Mattresses with Spongy, Food-Grade Polymer have a firm core that may cause positional pressure.  The topper is removable for laundering. However, the core is cumbersome to wash or disinfect.  For example, the manufacturers recommend soaking the core in a bathtub or washing it in a shower.  For this reason, the mattress is susceptible to further contamination from bathroom pathogens. 

In reference to fire retardants, Newton® recently switched from using a phosphorus-based flame retardant chemical on their plastic core to a flame-resistant viscose (wood pulp based) barrier fabric that fits over the plastic core.  Viscose is a man-made cellulose fiber which is flame retardant by incorporating “phosphorus” in the viscose matrix. The phosphorus flame retardant is incorporated at the fiber spinning stage. Halo® uses flame retardants.

Liquids will not pool on the surface.  On the contrary, liquids flow into the spongy, polymer core.  Consequently, requiring a cumbersome and risky cleaning process.

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Spongy, Food-Grade Polymer Core

 

Breathable crib mattresses with spongy, food-grade polymer range in price from $250 to $350.  Some models have a waterproof covers and some do not.

Using the AAP’s Safe Sleep Guidelines, here is a summary of the pros and cons of a breathable crib mattresses with spongy, food-grade polymer:

Rating

Good:

  • Firm
  • Tight Fight
  • Air Permeability
  • Lower Rates of Carbon Dioxide Retention
  • Can Be Completely Washed and Disinfected

Bad:

  • Quilted Topper that can Trap Carbon Dioxide Close to The Baby’s Face
  • Use of Waterproofing Chemicals 
  • Use of Fire Retardants
  • Can Cause Positional Pressure
  • Allows Liquids to Pool on Surface of Waterproof Models
  • The Core Must be Removed and Washed in a Bathtub or Shower Making it Highly Susceptible to Bathroom Pathogens

Breathe-Through Crib Mattresses with No Fill or Core: 

The two-part crib mattress system consists of an open frame with side openings.  Additionally, there is an open-celled, air permeable top (topper) surface creating passive airflow.  Oxygen rich air circulates in and harmful carbon dioxide circulates out.

Pros: 

Firm, tight fit, very high air permeability rates promoting an oxygen rich environment.  In addition, the mattress is completely washable without the hassle of having a core to bathe or shower.  For example, the mattress topper slides off easily and is machine washable.  Next, wipe the open frame section with a disinfectant to sterilize.  Since there is no fiber fill or core, there is no reason for waterproofing.  No waterproofing; no waterproofing chemicals!  

Similarly, with no fill or core, there is no need for fire retardants.  Additionally, the absence of fill or a core, eliminates the risk of positional pressure on an infant’s delicate skull.

Cons: 

With all the scientific testing on the two-part breathable crib mattresses with no fill or core, we did not find any cons based on our criteria.  In fact, breathable crib mattresses with no fill or core are the only crib mattresses recognized by American Academy of Pediatric Policy Makers as reducing the risks associated with SIDS and other infant sleep related deaths.

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No Fiberfill or Core

 

Breathable Crib Mattresses with no fill or core range in price from from $300 to $400.

Using the AAP’s Safe Sleep Guidelines, here is a summary of the pros and cons of a breathable crib mattresses with no fill or core:

Rating

Good:

  • Firm
  • Tight Fight
  • No Vinyl or Quilted Topper
  • Significantly High Rate of Air Permeability
  • Significantly Low Rate of Carbon Dioxide Retention
  • No Waterproofing Chemicals 
  • No Use of Fire Retardants
  • Can be Completely Washed and Disinfected
  • No Positional Pressure
  • Liquids do not Pool on Surface

Additionally, the test data on breathable crib mattresses with no fill or core is impressive!

Conclusion:

A good night’s sleep really sets the tone for any day, especially for babies. With the risk of SIDS and other fears while a baby sleeps, you can now rest assured you will make the safest and best crib mattress choice in 2021.

Our Top Pick:

SafeSleep® is our top crib mattress choice in 2021.  The SafeSleep® addresses every safety and comfort concern:

  • Firmness
  • Tight fit
  • No vinyl, padded, or quilted topper
  • Air permeability rate of over 330x of fiberfill mattresses
  • Significantly low carbon dioxide retention to prevent rebreathing
  • No need for waterproofing chemicals since there is no fill to contaminate
  • No need for fireproofing chemicals
  •  Easy to wash and sanitize
  • No positional pressure on infants skull
  • Liquids are wicked away, prevents liquids from pooling on the surface

The SafeSleep® allows an infant who is face down to breathe-normally.  The open sides and open celled topper eliminates the buildup of carbon dioxide.  Carbon dioxide is a known risk factor in infant sleep related deaths. The Company uses natural and organic components. 

The SafeSleep® is a crib mattress you can use for many children.  It is completely and easily washable to prevent mold and bacteria growth.  We love the fact it is non-toxic and even recyclable.  Above all, it is the only crib mattress recognized by leading AAP policy makers as significantly reducing SIDS and other infant sleep related risks.  

The ultimate goal is your baby’s safety and comfort.  Moreover, when your baby sleeps better, you sleep better.  Therefore, sleep comfortably with the piece of mind you have chosen the safest and most comfortable crib mattress for your baby. 

Make sure to follow these additional safe sleep recommendations to keep your sleeping baby safe:

Avoid Second-Hand if Possible:

Because of the dangers associated with mold and bacteria, it’s best to avoid a used mattress, especially if you don’t know the history of the product. Reusing one from another one of your children? Make sure there aren’t any openings in the waterproof cover where mold could’ve taken root. 

However, breathable crib mattresses with no core are reusable since they have no fill or core where mold or bacteria can accumulate.

Keep the Crib Empty:

Although they look lovely, pillows, bumpers, stuffed animals and blankets shouldn’t be in a baby’s crib. That’s because they can wind up covering your baby’s face and be a suffocation or rebreathing hazard. In addition, crib sheets have been associated with infant sleep related deaths, so don’t use them if you don’t need to.

Breathable crib mattresses with no core do not use sheets or other bedding.  The topper is easily removed for washing.

Place Baby on Back:

The safest sleeping position for your baby is on their back.  However, if your baby should roll in the middle of the night, have the peace of mind they can breathe normally if they are on a mattress they can breathe right through.

Now that you know what the best crib mattress is in 2021, please share with other parents so we can keep babies safe while sleeping.   From tragedy to innovation, check out the story behind the safest breathable crib mattress! 

Breathable Crib Mattress

Is a Breathable Crib Mattress Worth it?

Is a Breathable Crib Mattress Worth it

Is a Breathable Crib Mattress Worth it?

We are hearing a lot more about the benefits of “Breathable Crib Mattress.”  But is a breathable crib mattress worth it?   

Breathable crib mattresses hit the consumer market in early 2000.  Prior to breathable mattresses, crib mattresses were made with a core material with a fabric overlay.  Popular core materials include polyurethane foam, memory foam, cotton, wool batting or other plant based fibers.  Also, they have a vinyl or waterproof cover to prevent the “fill” from becoming contaminated.

Crib Mattresses and Flame Retardants

In 1975, all crib mattress manufacturers are subject to stringent flammability requirements enforced by the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC).  Flammability standards are put in play after foam crib mattresses become engulfed in flames during house fires.  Consequently, new regulations force crib mattress manufacturers to use flame retardants such as boric acid and other harmful chemicals. 

The Popularity of Organic Crib Mattresses

In the mid 80’s, organic crib mattresses are gaining popularity based of their eco-friendly and natural fiber content.  Moreover, organic mattresses eliminate the need for flame retardants.  However, certified organic cotton and wool crib mattresses still need chemical coatings to protect the fill from contamination.  Popular coatings include, sprayed on nano-coatings or silicas.  Nano-coatings are not toxic, but the monomers binding the coating are.  Monomers are a known carcinogenic.  Still, parents are willing to spend more on these hybrid crib mattresses for two basic reasons.  The first reason is preventing their infants from exposure to flame retardant chemicals, and the second reason is avoiding off gassing caused by heat buildup on vinyl covers.

Scientist Begin Studying the Connection Between Crib Mattresses and SIDS

The early 90’s, scientists are noticing the effects of infant bedding, including crib mattresses, in Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) cases.  Should these findings alone answer the question, is a breathable crib mattress worth it? 

Carbon dioxide risk discovered

During the late 70’s, Dr. James Kemp and Dr. Brad Thatch are the first scientists studying the effects of various types of infant sleep surfaces and mattresses.  They quickly realize surfaces retaining high levels of carbon dioxide (or low carbon dioxide dispersion rates) prove to be significantly more dangerous than surfaces that do not allow carbon dioxide to accumulate.  Additionally, one such study concludes the dangers of infants sleeping on sheep skin.  Sheep skin was a popular infant sleep surface used in many Scandinavian Countries. 

Known high-risk hazards

Kemp and Tatch label sheep skin as a high-risk hazard in an infant’s sleep space.  It is a hazard because of to the high levels of carbon dioxide it retains.  The scientists use similar methods to point out the dangers of crib mattresses with porous interiors.  Notably, Kemp states, “Mattress filled with tea tree bark made in Australia in the 1980s and ’90s and marketed as breathable crib mattresses turned out to increase the risk of SIDS and caused more rebreathing of carbon dioxide.”

Additional Studies helping to answer the question, “Is a breathable crib mattress worth it?” include:

The Year of the Breathable Crib Mattress

First breathable crib mattress

Breathable crib mattress designers are awarded patents dating back to 1950.  However, it  is not until 2000 the first breathable crib mattresses are readily available for consumer purchase in the U.S.  One of the more notable breathable crib mattresses is the Halo® Active Airflow Mattress by Halo® Innovations. 

About the Halo® breathable crib mattress

The Halo® crib mattress is a solid plastic frame with a hollow core and a fan in it to get rid of carbon dioxide.  Unfortunately, the Company discontinues sales of the product in 2011.  Notably, the design is bulky making it difficult for consumers to change the bedding.  Additionally, it requires constant replacement of the fan’s filters.  The product has a lot of merit on the safety front.  However, it  falls short on ease-of-use. 

The first breathable crib mattress doesn’t meet expectations

Because of the difficulty in using the product, consumers do not believe the Halo® breathable crib mattress is worth it?  However, the product does bring about an interest by future manufacturers of breathable crib mattresses to have their products scientifically tested

Testing of breathable crib mattresses

Similar testing methods used by the Halo® brand breathable crib mattress, are used by other breathable crib mattress makers.  Ultimately, these studies scientifically prove a breathable crib mattresses is significantly safer than a traditional or organic baby mattress.

Scientific Studies on Crib Mattresses Marketed to be Breathable

  • Dr. Kemp and Colleagues – 2000

  • Ephraim Bar-Yishay and Colleagues – 2011

  • Dr. William W. Fox and Dr. Thomas H. Shaffer- 2012

2000 Dr. Kemp and Colleagues

Test procedure

In 2000, the Halo® Active Airflow Mattress is one of five products marketed to prevent rebreathing of carbon dioxide.  Dr. Kemp and colleagues study all five products along with a firm crib mattress with a tight-fitting sheet.  An infant mannequin with its nostrils connected via tubing to an 100-mL reservoir filled with 5% CO(2) is used. The mannequin is positioned prone face-down or near-face-down. Each sleep surface is studied with the crib sheet tight, crib sheet wrinkled, and with the mannequin arm positioned up, near the face.

Products tested

 According to Kemp, “We measured the fall in percentage end-tidal CO(2) as the reservoir was ventilated with the piston pump. The half-time for CO(2) dispersal (t(1/2)) is an index of the ability to cause or prevent rebreathing. Compared with the face-to-side control, 5 of 6 surfaces allowed a significant increase in t(1/2) in all 3 prone scenarios. The firm crib mattress and 4 of the 5 surfaces designed to prevent rebreathing consistently allow t(1/2) above thresholds for the onset of CO(2) retention and lethal rebreathing in an animal model (J Appl Physiol. 1995;78:740).” 

This means, 4 of the 5 products tested along with the firm crib mattress with a tight- fitting sheet pose a hazard for an infant placed or rolling to the prone (tummy) position. 

Test results

Kemp states, “With very few exceptions, infants should be placed supine (back) for sleep. For infants placed prone or rolling to the prone position, significant rebreathing of exhaled air is likely on all surfaces studied, except one – the Halo® Active Airflow Crib Mattress.  The four other products tested; Bumpa Bed, Breathe Easy, Kid Safe/Baby Air, and Sleep Guardian never achieve commercial success.

2011 Dr. Ephraim Bar-Yishay and Colleagues

2nd test study

In 2011, Dr. Ephraim Bar-Yishay and colleagues provided the second study on CO2 accumulation and rebreathing on six infant sleep surfaces—an air permeable crib mattress marketed in Israel, two conventional firm crib mattresses and three mattresses with an additional layer or topper (mattress pad) designed to improve air flow (Bar-Yishay 2011).

Test results 

The breathe-through crib mattress has a significantly faster rate of CO2 elimination.  Moreover, the air permeable mattress is able to prevent CO2 accumulation with maximal CO2 levels significantly lower than that of the other baby mattresses.  In conclusion, the breathe-through mattress exhibits significantly better aeration properties compared to the other five mattresses including the firm mattresses with tight sheet.  

2012 Dr. William W. Fox and Dr. Thomas H. Shaffer

3rd test study

SafeSleep®, a U.S. manufacturer of a breathe-through crib mattress, chooses to use a CPSC accredited lab to conduct similar tests on aeration properties on their product.  The test methods are designed by Dr. William W. Fox and Dr. Thomas H. Shaffer.  Notable, the testing uses a similar mechanical model and methods as designed by Dr. Kemp.

Products tested

The lab compares CO2 elimination on four different surfaces—the SafeSleep® air permeable crib mattress, a firm crib mattress with tight fitting sheet, sheepskin, and a bean bag chair. Sheepskin and bean bag chairs are known high-risk hazards for rebreathing (kemp 1991, Kemp 1993) and have been implicated in a significant number of SIDS fatalities.

Test results

Just as in the studies by Kemp and Bar-Yishay, the SafeSleep® breathable crib mattress showes significantly less CO2 retention than the firm crib mattress and the high hazard comparators. The lab concludes the SafeSleep® breathe-through crib mattress is a much lower risk hazard for rebreathing than the firm crib mattress.

Additionally, the lab also compares the air permeability of the SafeSleep® breathe-through crib mattress to a firm baby mattress using the ASTM-D737-04 standard test method of air permeability of textiles.  Based on the test data, the SafeSleep® air permeable crib mattress has an air permeability rate over 330 times greater than the firm mattress with tight sheet.

These well-designed, well-conducted case controlled studies strongly support a recommendation for the use of air permeable/breathable crib mattresses in reducing the risk of SIDS and suffocation.  So is a breathable crib mattress worth it?

Safe Sleep Policy and Carbon Dioxide Rebreathing

Today, SIDS experts and Safe Sleep Advocates believe many SIDS deaths are caused by infants rebreathing their exhaled air, carbon dioxide.   In fact, this is noted in the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) 2016 safe sleep policy.  The AAP Safe Sleep Policy titled,  “Recommendations for a Safe Infant Sleeping Environment” is used by all safe sleep organizations and advocates.

Looking at the following quotes taken from the AAP’s Safe Sleep Policy Statement, do you think a breathable crib mattress is worth it?

  • Supine sleep position: “The prone or side sleep position can increase the risk of rebreathing expired gases, resulting in hypercapnia and hypoxia.”
  • 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.”
  • 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.”
  • 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.”
  • 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.”

There are no studies that demonstrate a direct prevention of SIDS or suffocation by the avoidance of rebreathing carbon dioxide.  However, this is the hypothesis the AAP Safe Sleep Task Force uses to make the majority of their safe sleep recommendations.  For example, back sleeping and using a firm crib mattress with a tight-fitting sheet.

Lack of gold standard studies

Some will argue, there is no evidence a breathable mattresses is safer or will make any difference.  If this is the case, the same has to be said about a firm crib mattress, back sleeping, co-sleeping, and the majority of the other safe sleep recommendations.  The fact is, no gold standard studies exist in reference to SIDS prevention.  Unfortunately, in order to have this type of scientific evidence, unethical testing would have to be done. 

How rebreathing occurs

The risk of rebreathing exists when a baby has an object covering their face, they are positioned face down, or they have their arm or hand near their face when tummy sleeping.  Rebreathing occurs when, they repeatedly inhale the carbon dioxide they’re exhaling.  This is depriving them of oxygen and causing carbon dioxide to build up in their body.

“There hasn’t been any definitive evidence that that’s what’s going on, but it seems to make sense,” says Dr. Rachel Moon,  Chair of the American Academy of Pediatrics Task Force on Sudden Infant Death Syndrome.  

Flow Control Laboratory, Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, in Israel demonstrates how rebreathing occurs on a fiberfill crib mattress

If a breathable crib mattress eliminates the risk of rebreathing carbon dioxide, is a breathable crib mattress worth it?

The Arousal Defect

Most SIDS and Safe Sleep Experts believe some infants do not respond when they are rebreathing their carbon dioxide.  In fact, most infants will respond.  These infants have the same natural instinct as an adult to move their head or roll over if their oxygen becomes compromised.  However, babies who die from rebreathing are believed to have an “arousal defect.”  The arousal defect prevents them from waking up even when they’re not getting enough oxygen.

Arousal defect and rebreathing

 Dr. Umakanth Katwa, Attending Pulmonologist and Director of the Sleep Laboratory at Boston Children’s Hospital and professor at Harvard Medical School states, “Babies with SIDS not only need to suffocate, but they need to have the abnormal arousal response.  Thus, even though they are rebreathing their carbon dioxide, what happens is the brain doesn’t wake up.  So that means they cannot lift the head, turn on the side, or roll over.”

Crib mattress showing carbon dioxide dispersion rates

Dr. Katwa, states in an article published in Fatherly points to simulations done by mattress companies that show some mattresses disperse carbon dioxide more quickly.  According to Katawa, “Theoretically, this increases the amount of time it takes for carbon dioxide levels to become lethal, giving babies more time to wake up and move… This is what makes the idea of a breathable mattress so appealing and makes sense.”  

In reality, crib mattresses that do not allow carbon dioxide to accumulate faster than the rate of an infant’s breathing, would prevent the baby from rebreathing lethal levels of carbon dioxide even if still asleep

Since we have no way to tell which infants will or will not have an abnormal arousal response, is a breathable crib mattress worth it?

Not All Breathable Crib Mattresses are Created or Scientifically Tested Equally

  •  Open Celled Covers and Traditional Fiberfill

  • Hollow Cut-Outs or “Air Channels”

  • Spongy, Food-Grade Polymer

  • No Fill or Core

Breathable Crib Mattresses with Open Celled Covers and Traditional Fiberfill

There are many crib mattress companies using the word “breathable” as loosely as manufacturers use the word “organic” to market their products.  A few examples are Lullaby Earth® , Avocado® Green, Bundle of Dreams®, Serta®, and Naturpedic® .  In reality, most crib mattress claiming to be breathable, are using an open-celled or 3D fabric over top of a fiberfill mattress.  In reality, these crib mattresses are shown to trap carbon dioxide. It is no wonder these breathable baby mattress companies don’t reveal any scientific test data on carbon dioxide retention or dispersal rates.

Breathable Crib Mattresses with Hollow Cut-Outs or “Air Channels”

Nook®’s breathable crib mattress features hollow cut-outs within what they call “air channels.”  The Company fills their Pebble Pure mattress with coconut husk. Dr. James Kemp, pediatric pulmonologist at St. Louis Children’s Hospital and SIDS researcher, called this “exactly the wrong idea,” in an email to a reporter at Slate Magazine.  Noting, a porous interior might actually trap carbon dioxide. As noted prior, a study conducted by Kemp on mattresses filled with tea tree bark made in Australia in the 1980s and ’90s and marketed as a breathable turned out to increase the risk of SIDS, and allowed more rebreathing.

Breathable Crib Mattresses with Spongy, Food-Grade Polymer

Newton® makes their breathable crib mattresses out of a spongy, food-grade polymer that they say is “90% air by volume.”  According to the FDA, Food grade does not mean the plastic is edible. Additionally, it is different from environmentally friendly, sustainable, or biodegradable. Food grade means the plastic can come in direct contact with the food we consume as part of the harvesting, processing, or packaging of the food.

Suffocation testing

Newton® claims its breathable mattresses have the lowest suffocation rate based on independent testing.  The Company compares their breathable crib mattress to three other crib mattresses.  Two of the crib mattresses are designed with  open celled covers with traditional fiberfill.  These two mattresses are marketed as breathable crib mattresses.  The third mattress is a foam filled mattress with a vinyl cover.  Using a simulated six-month-old mannequin, the suffocation-risk test measures the blockage of the infant’s airway when face-down. 

Test results

The mannequin is placed on the mattress being tested and pressure is applied to the back of the mannequin’s head. If the mattress is soft, the head compresses into the surface and blocks the infant’s nose.  In contrast, if the crib mattress is firm, the infant’s nose is not be blocked.  According to Newton®’s test data, all the crib mattresses tested passed the suffocation test.  The traditional vinyl encased mattress scored lowest, but still passed.

The reality

In reality, all firm crib mattresses will pass this test–even crib mattresses with vinyl or plastic covers, unless the vinyl or plastic cover is loose fitting.  Imagine breathing for any extended period of time when your head is face down on a plastic surface and you understand why this test is not reassuring.  It’s not measuring the right risk! 

The Company also offers a waterproof topper.  A crib mattress with a waterproof topper cannot be air permeable.  Obviously, if liquids cannot pass through it, than air is also impeded.

Breathable Crib Mattresses with No Fill or Core

The SafeSleep® breathe-through crib mattress is the only breathable baby mattress that does not contain any type of fill or core material.  Therefore, there is nothing  interfering with passive air flow.  Fresh air flows up and down through the open celled topper.  The topper is firmly suspended over a frame with side openings that facilitate constant air flow.

Best Breathable Baby Mattress

From Tragedy to Innovation, the SafeSleep® Breathe-Through Crib Mattress is Designed for Maximum Breathability, Safety, and Comfort.

 

Recognized by AAP policy makers

SafeSleep® is a revolutionary two-part system allowing an infant who is face straight down to breathe normally right through the mattress.  It is the only crib mattresses recognized by American Academy of Pediatric Policy Makers as reducing the risks associated with SIDS and other infant sleep related deaths. 

Scientific testing

Scientific testing reveals carbon dioxide dissipates in less than half a second on the SafeSleep® breathable crib mattress.  An infant takes a breath every 1-2 seconds, meaning the carbon dioxide on the SafeSleep® breathable crib mattress is gone before a baby takes their next breath– even if face straight down. It takes, on average, 160 seconds for carbon dioxide to dissipate on most crib mattresses.  For some crib mattresses that claim to be “breathable,” it takes as long as 180 seconds, meaning carbon dioxide is always present for baby to breathe in if in the prone position.

Additionally, there is no fill to become contaminated.  Consequently, there is no waterproof cover or coating.  And for the same reason, there are no fire retardants.  By design, SafeSleep® is the only completely non-toxic crib mattress.

With all its features and benefits, the SafeSleep® breathable crib mattress is a logical choice.  But with a $299 price tag, is the SafeSleep® breathable crib mattress worth it?

Compare the Cost

The SafeSleep® breathable crib mattress uses no sheets or mattress pads.  On average, this is a cost savings of  $70.  SafeSleep® has a removable topper.  The topper is both easy to remove and wash in a conventional washing machine.  A damp cloth with liquid soap is used to sanitize the base; there is need to remove the base from the crib.  Additionally, there is no cumbersome core to bathe or shower.

Crib mattresses and pathogens

The American Academy of Pediatrics warns parents against using second-hand mattresses since the fill can be contaminated with pathogens and micro-organisms.  Since the SafeSleep® breathable crib mattress has no core or fill that can become contaminated, it can be used for additional children.  This feature makes the SafeSleep® the same price as a bargain crib mattress if used for two children, and a cost savings if used for more. 

Breathable crib mattress for infants and toddlers

The SafeSleep® also transitions for use in a toddler bed with no additional cost.   SafeSleep® hold the weight of an 80 pound child.  With no core to wash, it is ideal during potty training and bed-wetting phases.

Your baby spends 70% of their first year-of-life in their crib, so your baby’s crib mattress is an important decision.   The SafeSleep® breathable crib mattress brand is offering babies scientifically tested, safer, better, longer sleep™ and offering parents complete peace of mind since 2010.

So is a breathable crib mattress worth it?  Yes, but be sure to choose a breathe-through crib mattress which is a lot different than the breathable baby mattresses that are marketed.

Breathe Easy Baby and SafeSleep®

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Breathe Easy Baby and SafeSleep®

What are the differences between Breathe Easy Baby and SafeSleep®?  There are more similarities than differences between the Breathe Easy Baby and SafeSleep® Crib Mattress. 

Breathe Easy Baby and  SafeSleep® Comparison Chart

Check out the comparison chart.  We also give you descriptive detail explaining both the similarities and the differences between Breathe Easy Baby and SafeSleep® so you can make an informed decision.  Your baby will spend over 70% of their first year sleeping, so what they sleep on is a very important decision.

Breathe Easy Baby vs SafeSleep Crib Mattress

What is the difference between Breathe Easy Baby and SafeSleep®?

The fact is, there really isn’t much of a difference between Breathe Easy Baby and SafeSleep®.  How do I know?  I am one of the patent authors on the original Breathe Easy Baby design – US Patent Number US8607390B2

The original, and may I add, revolutionary breathe-through crib mattress design was launched in 2010 under the company name Secure Beginnings®.  

Leaving the Past Behind

So now let’s fast forward to 2018.  After irreconcilable differences between the three founders of Secure Beginnings®, two different companies emerged; SafeSleep® and Breathe Easy Baby.  Slight  differences between Breathe Easy Baby and SafeSleep® exist.

The Divorce

Yes, even businesses can end up in divorce.  As with most divorces, we focused on the children.  In this case, our baby!  Our revolutionary crib mattress that addresses all the safety and comfort issues that no other standard crib mattress can.  

The Baby

However, like many divorces, we did not agree on how to best raise “our baby.” Like most divorced couples sharing custody of a child, we took different approaches  to nurturing “our baby.”  We didn’t want to change our perfect baby.  We just had some fundamental differences on how to best raise her!  Hence, the difference between Breathe Easy Baby and SafeSleep® emerged.

Similarities and Differences

What are the similarities and the differences between Breathe Easy Baby and SafeSleep®?:

Let’s start with the similarities: 

Now, the differences:

  • Only SafeSleep® uses Infant friendly water-based paints for the wood sides
  • Breathe Easy Baby’s locking bar mechanism must constantly be tightened or the bars randomly pop open
  • Only SafeSleep’s® new locking system has a secondary latch to ensure the bars cannot pop open
  • SafeSleep’s® fabrics are OEKO-TEX® certified fabrics, ensuring no harmful substances.  Breathe Easy Baby admits to using low-cost polyester fabrics that are not certified
  • Only SafeSleep® uses a lightweight mattress bottom made from virgin plastic with no VOC’s or off-gassing.  Breathe Easy Baby use a heavy solid plastic that is difficult to control tolerances so it  known to pop out of the frame which is problematic for dispelled liquids and cleaning
  •  SafeSleep® believes parents shouldn’t have to wait for weeks or even days for their products, that’s why we ship all our products the day you place your order.

The Most Surprising Difference

The “Most Surprising” difference between the Breathe Easy Baby and SafeSleep® Breathe-Through Crib Mattress is the price!  The SafeSleep® Crib Mattress is $299 and the Breathe Easy Baby Crib Mattress is $399.  Both Breathe Easy Baby and SafeSleep® offer free shipping.  

Check out the SafeSleep® Breathe-Through Crib Mattress here!

If you still want to pay $100 more for the “almost same” crib mattress by the “Other Company” go here!

Over 80 thousand infants have slept safely and comfortably on the SafeSleep® Breathe-Through Crib Mattress with not one single reported incident, injury or death.

Order Your SafeSleep® 100% Breathe-Through Crib Mattress Today!  

 

Inclined Baby Products are Proven Unsafe

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Safe Sleep in Car Seats

Inclined sleep products are proven unsafe for your baby.  On October 31, 2019 The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) issues a warning to parents and caregivers about the dangers of popular inclined sleep products for infants.  The CPSC is basing this warning on a scientific study they conducted.  This study is part of a growing body of evidence showing that inclined sleepers do not provide a safe sleep environment for infants. 

Study Data on Safe Sleep in Inclined Sleep Products

The CPSC received reports of 1,108 incidents, including 73 infant deaths, related to infant inclined sleep products.  These incidents and deaths occurred from January 2005 through June 2019. CPSC hired independent expert Erin Mannen, Ph.D., a mechanical engineer specializing in biomechanics, to conduct the testing. Dr. Mannen measured infants’ muscle movements and oxygen saturation while in various products and positions.  These products include a flat crib, an inclined crib, and several inclined sleep products.  Dr. Mannen’s findings reveal none of the inclined sleep products her team tested are safe for infant sleep. Dr. Mannen’s report is conclusive that products with inclines 10 degrees or less, with flat and rigid surfaces, are likely safe for infant sleep. Dr. Mannen’s findings also reveal soft and plush-like sleep surfaces pose dangers to infants.

It is not surprising that Dr. Mannen’s study concludes infants should be placed to sleep on a firm, flat surface in a crib or bassinet. 

Car Seats and Safe Sleep

So, what is the American of Pediatrics’ (AAP) take on infant car seats?  Infant car seats puts infants in an inclined position.  We all know infants fall asleep in the car.

The AAP advises against letting babies sleep in car seats, strollers and other sitting devices.  In a recent article published in Reuters Health, Dr. Jeffrey D. Colvin of the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine told Reuters Health. “Car seats are for cars, and they’re not a substitute for cribs or bassinets,” Most infant deaths in car-safety seats happen when the seat is being used as a napping spot, rather than for transportation.

Ben Hoffman, M.D., chairman of the AAP’s Council on Injury, Violence, and Poison Prevention Executive Committee, agrees. “All the data that we have on car seats indicate that there aren’t risks associated with babies sleeping in the car for short periods of time when they’re properly restrained in a car seat that’s been installed with appropriate positioning.”

Car Seat Safe Sleep Data

Colvin and his colleagues reviewed U.S. data on 11,779 infant sleep-related deaths in 2004-2014, of which three percent took place in a sitting device, such as a car seat, stroller or bouncer. Car safety seats accounted for nearly two-thirds of these deaths, and when the sitting devices are being used as directed, less than 10 percent of the time.

According to the study, most deaths occur while a child is at home or at a friend or relative’s home, and while a child is being supervised by a parent or guardian. Deaths in sitting devices are almost three times more likely to occur when a child is being supervised by a child-care provider rather than a parent and are twice as likely when a babysitter is watching the child.

In many cases, infants are not strapped into the seat properly, Colvin notes. “What we are seeing a lot as well, is the infant is being placed in the car seat in the house for hours and hours, and the parent who is supposed to be supervising the child goes to sleep.”

Car Seats are Not For Sleep

Because car seats are safety devices, and the safest place for babies to be while in a car, parents and caregivers may mistakenly believe that the seats are safe for sleep too. Low-income families are often forced to let their child sleep in a car seat because they can’t afford a crib or a bassinet at home.

“All parents, including me, have been guilty of taking a sleeping infant in a car seat out of the car and not wanting to risk waking them up,” Colvin said. “The safest thing to do for a sleeping infant outside of a car is to place them in a bassinet or a crib, but at an absolute minimum, that infant should be directly observed and fully strapped in.”

Safe Sleep for Infants

The AAP continues to emphasize that the best place for a baby to sleep is on a firm, flat surface in a crib, bassinet or play yard. Parents and caregivers should never add blankets, pillows or other items to an infant’s sleeping environment. Babies should always be placed to sleep on their backs. 

According to the AAP;s 2016 Safe Sleep Technical report, air permeable surface may be preferable to air impermeable surfaces for infants who roll.  There are many safety features of a completely “breathe-through” crib mattress that the AAP recognizes as safe sleep for babies.

You can check www.cpsc.gov often to see if your nursery products have been recalled.  If your product has been recalled, promptly follow the recall instructions to receive a refund, replacement, or repair. Consumers who register their nursery products with the manufacturer’s registration card (included with nursery items) can be contacted directly by the manufacturer if there is a recall.

5 Amazing Resources for New Moms

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These five amazing resources for new moms will be your favorite go-to’s. Becoming a mom is surely life-changing – they say when a baby is a born, so is a mom. I know that I completely changed as a woman after having my son. I felt a new found confidence and a feeling that I could do anything. Having a baby is not easy so once it’s done there’s an immense feeling of pride.

As a new mom I found these five amazing resources to be extremely helpful with tips, stories from moms, and just good reading to make motherhood fun. Let’s face it, even the basics for first-time moms is sometimes a hidden secret.

#1 Red Tricycle

With over a million mom readers each month, Red Tricycle will become one of your favorite basics for first-time moms.  Red Tricycle is an amazing website I love and frequent often.  The websites tagline says it best — “Find the coolest ideas for things to do, eat, see and make with your kids. Our mission is simple, help parents have more fun with their kids.”

I love reading the articles from their contributor network of moms too. Here’s an article that shares how to keep toddlers entertained at restaurants without using technology.

#2 Romper.com

With 82 million readers Romper.com is another guaranteed favorite for first-time moms. Their Instagram bio says it best:  “A new generation figuring out what motherhood means for us.”

They have really fabulous round-up articles like this one:  Winter Gear for Babies to Keep them Warm & Cozy

I also love their heartfelt stories like this article about honoring our little babies on World Preemie Day.

#3 Family Sleep Institute

As first time parents we learned the hard way about not letting our baby learn how to self-soothe back to sleep on his own. Instead he needed mommy to rock him back to sleep. So 16 weeks straight of our baby waking up every one to two hours all night long turned our world upside down.

We tried everything and nothing worked. You can learn more about what saved us and how to get baby to sleep in a crib all night long after JUST ONE NIGHT.

So this is why we chose The Family Sleep Institute (FSI) website as a top resource for new moms. They certify sleep consultants and their program is amazing. So any certified sleep consultant that comes from FSI you know will be amazing.

You can find a certified child sleep consultant anywhere in the US and it’s all done virtually so you do not need to be local to them.

#4 Faust Island

I adore this blogger and her articles are awesome. This website offers a ton of green living and family tips and some fun posts too.

Some of my favorites basics for first-time moms are:

#5 Baby-Chick.com

This is last on the list but certainly not least. It’s one of my favorite resources for first-time moms and most frequented websites.

This site is all about giving moms education, inspiration and a smile. With nearly 500k social media followers and growing fast, bookmark this website too – you won’t be disappointed.

Baby-Chick says it best, “We believe in celebrating this time in a woman’s life and supporting each mother through her parenting journey. Through our website and social media channels, we provide an empowering, educational and uplifting experience to expectant women and mothers by giving them helpful information so that they can make better informed decisions for themselves and their family.”

How awesome is this?!

My favorites (so many to choose from):

How we Potty Trained in One Day

5 Products that Celebrity Moms Love

As moms we are so busy, so it’s great to take time to read an article each day not only to learn from other moms and relate to our fellow mom superheroes.

Hiccups May Help Babies Regulate Breathing

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Scientists have discovered hiccups may help babies regulate their breathing.  Baby’s who can regulate their breathing are less likely to get in stressful situations while sleeping.

About the study:

In a study led by University College London (UCL), researchers monitored “13 newborn babies” and “found that hiccuping triggered a large wave of brain signals which could aid their development.” The study’s senior author Lorenzo Fabrizi said the observed brain activity might help babies “learn how to regulate their breathing muscles.” The study, which was published in Clinical Neurophysiology, suggests that hiccups “may play a crucial role in our development – by helping babies regulate their breathing.”

The highlights of the study reveal:

1)  Diaphragm contraction in newborns evoked a sequence of three event-related potentials.

2)  Hiccups can be encoded by the brain as early as ten weeks prior to average time of birth.

3)  Hiccups – frequent in newborns – provide afferent input to the developing brain

Ectroencephalogram (EEG) activity

The CNN Health Study tested whether diaphragm contraction provides afferent input to the developing brain, as following limb muscle contraction. In 13 infants on the neonatal ward (30–42 weeks corrected gestational age), ectroencephalogram (EEG) activity were analyzed.  EEG is a test that detects electrical activity in the brain.   All bouts of hiccups of the infants occurred during wakefulness or active sleep.

Why Hiccups May Help babies regulate breathing:

The study confirms, Involuntary isolated body movements are prominent in pre-term and full-term infants.  Hiccups are involuntary contractions of respiratory muscles, primarily the diaphragm.  Hiccups, observed in newborns, provides nerve impulses to the brain to the developing sensory cortices in pre-term and full-term infants – helping babies regulate breathing

Further, Hiccups are frequent throughout the human perinatal period during active phases of the infant. The perinatal period starts at the 20th to 28th week of gestation and ends 1 to 4 weeks after birth.  Involuntary contraction of the diaphragm can be encoded by the brain from as early as ten weeks prior to the average time of birth.

The study’s senior author Lorenzo Fabrizi states, “When we are born, the circuits which process body sensations are not fully developed, so the establishment of such networks is a crucial developmental milestone for newborns.”  This leads to our theory that hiccups may help regulate breathing in babies.

See the full study on why hiccups may help babies regulate their breathing here 

Helping babies regulate their breathing is an important safeguard for infant safe sleep.

 

 

Safe Sleep Holiday Travel Reminder

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With the Holiday season fast approaching, many families will be traveling over the coming months to celebrate the holidays with friends and family. Make sure your baby has a safe place to sleep, for nap time and nighttime while away from home this Holiday Season.

Make sure to communicate Safe Sleep Protocol with the friends and family members who may be assisting with your baby’s care during travel.  You want to make sure everyone understands the safest place for you baby to sleep is in a crib, or bassinet.  Make sure the sleep surface is firm.  Remember to keep soft bedding and items out of the sleep area; this includes stuffed toys, mattress pads, bumper pads, and blankets.  These items have been found to cause strangulation deaths, and they are known to trap carbon dioxide. 

A Breathe-Through Crib Mattress or play yard is always your safest option since they protect your baby from rebreathing carbon dioxide.  Rebreathing carbon dioxide is believed to be the biggest risk factor in infant sleep related deaths and SIDS/SUDI.  The SafeSleep Breathe-Through products are the only products in the U.S. to pass the Australia/New Zealand firmness standard making them the perfect sleep environment to keep your baby safe.

Arrange for a safe sleep space at hotels and at your final destination. The Consumer Product Safety Commission has a Safe to Sleep® Crib Information Center, which explains that federal crib standards.  Steer clear of inflatable air mattresses, as they pose a deadly danger.

For information on crib safety, contact the CPSC at 1-800-638-2772 or www.cpsc.gov.

Keep Baby & Toddler Safe at Home

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Keeping baby and toddler safe at home can sometimes produce high anxiety.  We try to watch our kids every moment and be there to catch them for every tumble.  Unfortunately we cannot be there 100% of the time. It’s very important that we prevent injuries to our little ones as best as possible.One way is to identify and know hidden hazards around the home.

#1 Hidden Hazards in the Crib 

Many parents are unaware of the risks that a traditional crib mattress poses. Fiber-fill crib mattresses trap carbon dioxide.  If baby rolls over and breathes face down, or even has an arm or hand up near their face, there is a high risk of trapping and rebreathing carbon dioxide.  Rebreathing carbon dioxide leads to hypoxia, a form of suffocation.  In many instances, rebreathing deaths are coded as SIDS. 

One way of keeping your baby and toddler safe from this hidden danger while sleeping, is to use a Breathe-Through Crib Mattress.  The Safe Sleep Breathe-Through Crib Mattress is the only crib mattress where babies can breathe normally even if face down all night. There’s no crib sheet, or fiber fill to cause the hidden danger of carbon dioxide rebreathing.  Instead, the air permeable topper sits over a hollowed airspace producing constant airflow.  Baby’s face down can breathe normally right through the mattress without trapping carbon dioxide. BONUS: it’s made from recycled and eco-friendly products!

#2 Door Hinges

My son had a play date with his friend from school, and his mom had to cancel because he had a horrific injury happen. His middle finger was in the door hinge when someone closed the door and it cut the tip of the finger right off!

It is so sad to see our little friend sitting in the hospital with his cast.

After this happened. I was determined to prevent this hidden hazard.
I found some great solutions. They have many different door shield guards that are easy to install and protect against pinched fingers available on many e-commerce sites.

#3 Small Coins & Button Batteries can be Lethal Hidden Hazards

Always keep coins and button batteries far out of reach and tucked away where babies and toddlers cannot get to. According to poison control, “swallowed batteries burn through a child’s esophagus in just 2 hours, leading to surgery, months with feeding and breathing tubes, and even death.” SOURCE

If your child begins vomiting consistently for no apparent reason, chances are they swallowed  something that is lodged in the throat.  Many parents mistake this reaction as a food allergy.  Be sure to insist on a chest X-ray in the ER.  A chest X-ray can determine if your child did swallow something.

#4 Dressers, Bookshelves & TVs 

“In the U.S., a child dies every two weeks from furniture tipping over, and 42 percent of those fatalities occur in the bedroom.” (SOURCE)

We all probably remember that big IKEA recall due to the death of six children, but it’s not just IKEA furniture that poses a risk.

By securing all dressers, shelves, and TVs to the walls so if a child tries to climb up it, you can easily prevent this hidden danger.

#4 Things in the Crib

We have come a long way educating parents on safe sleep for babies, but we still have a ways to go because we see photos of babies sleeping in cribs packed full of stuff like pillows, blankets, bumpers, toys, and stuffed animals. NO. NO. NO. Please never have anything in the crib with your baby.These items all pose a hidden danger to your sleeping baby.

A SafeSleep Crib Mattress, the best breathe-through crib mattress for babies, and a wearable blanket on baby is all that should be in the crib EVER.

Get in the habit of not putting anything in the crib even during awake times. The crib is for sleeping and, babies can become confused if they play in the crib with toys.

#5 Crib Rail Covers

When babies start to teethe they chew on everything including the rails of the crib. Ingesting toxic chemicals and paint is a hidden hazard for baby, but there’s a simple solution.

KidKusion invented these amazing gummi crib rail covers that stick right on. Babies can now safely chew on their rails and get relief from the unique texture, but without ingesting anything toxic.

#6 Corners

When my little onestarted cruising around (holding onto furniture to “walk” around) anytime he was near a corner I would dash over to protect him. Kid Kusion has these awesome furniture edge and corner cushions to protect babies and toddlers from falling on sharp furniture.

#7 Eco Cleaners

Most parents lock up their cupboards so babies cannot get into cleaning products, but cleaning with toxic chemicals still harms your children.  Instead, make a swap for green cleaning products so that you and your family don’t have to be exposed to the hidden hazards in chemicals.

Favorite all time cleaners:

Let’s protect our little ones and make sure these hazards are not hidden anymore in your home. What other safety tips do you have?