Organic cotton and wool are the two most important materials in My Green Mattress’ Emily Crib Mattress. Not only are these natural materials comfortable for your baby, the wool is a natural flame barrier, so this crib mattress is super safe, too.
One of the growing concerns about mattresses, and specifically crib mattresses, are the chemicals many companies use to create a flame-retardant barrier. Those chemicals and their off-gassing can be dangerous, especially for those who already suffer from respiratory problems. My Green Mattress focused on providing an organic and natural solution that you can feel good about.
Wool also acts as a natural wall of sorts for dust mites, mold, and mildew. This crib mattress is GREENGUARD Gold Certified, and the cotton and wool used are certified organic and natural. You won’t have to worry about polyurethane foam either – this crib mattress from My Green Mattress has an innerspring core, which makes it easy for babies to roll over. The crib mattress is only available in one size, which measures about 27.5 x 52 x 6 inches.
Features & Benefits
My Green Mattress is a small family-owned business that’s dedicated to creating all-natural mattresses. This idea stemmed from owner Tim Masters’ daughter’s allergies. Eczema and allergies are often exacerbated by synthetic materials and chemicals that can be found in all sorts of fabric, including mattresses. All of the My Green Mattress beds are made in the United States, and they are handcrafted. Even the wool is sourced locally – My Green Mattress uses wool from sheep raised and shorn in Northern California and Southern Oregon.
So, Masters set out to solve not only his daughter’s issue, but for other families who had similar concerns. The factory-direct mattress company doesn’t have to pay big bucks to get mattress stores to sell its beds, so the savings is passed along to you. Of course, the cost of a My Green Mattress is a bit pricier than some of the big-box beds you can find out there, but that’s because of the all-natural materials used in these mattresses.
Mattresses must pass rigorous burn tests, and most mattress companies make it easier and cheaper for the mattresses to pass, chemicals are used. My Green Mattress never uses chemical flame retardants, relying instead on natural wool to ace those tests.
How Wool Works
It’s important to note that wool is flame resistant, but not totally non-flammable. When set on fire, wool won’t shoot up into flames, rather it smolders. The benefit of this is that fire isn’t likely to spread on wool. Additionally, when a fire’s source is gone, the wool sort of extinguishes the fire itself. This is why it’s used by militaries, airlines, and more for natural flame resistance.
Wool is also naturally resistant to mold and mildew. So, the only smell you should notice in the Emily Crib Mattress is a slight farm-like or barn-like smell. Let the mattress air out for a bit before using, and you shouldn’t notice much of a scent at all. Wool wicks away moisture quickly – it absorbs and then releases, so nothing stays in the fibers for mold or mildew to grow.
Because of the natural properties of wool, it’s also dust mite-resistant. Without a consistently warm and moist place, dust mites won’t be able to survive. Plus, there’s no need to worry about a baby scratching because of the wool. The material can be itchy, but not the finer, softer wool. Also, this crib mattress is made with a combination of wool and cotton, which makes it super soft.
Although it’s difficult for a full-grown adult to test out a crib mattress, reviews are largely positive. The babies who use this mattress can’t exactly say, “Hey Mom, this mattress is awesome!” But many parents say their children sleep soundly on this mattress, and often wake up obviously rested.
The comfort is two-fold. The innerspring mattress is well made with 150 tight coils that help give the mattress give and bounce. This is important, as babies need to be able to easily turn over. Memory foam is considered potentially dangerous for infants, as there’s a possibility of smothering if a baby cannot turn over from belly to back when necessary. It’s a firm feel, but still soft enough to be comfortable.
Organic cotton that’s woven into the mattress cover along with the wool creates a soft, cloud-like top to make it comfortable for the baby sleeping on it. If any accidents occur – and let’s face it, babies are all about accidents – you can simply flip the mattress over. It’s the same on both sides, which gives you more life out of the mattress.
An innerspring coil mattress is heavier than a foam mattress, but this contributes to its durability. You’re going to use this crib mattress for about three years, most likely, and the Emily Crib Mattress should outlast your baby’s growth spurts. It could easily work for a second baby on the way, even.
An innerspring mattress has good resiliency, which is important. If a baby sleeps on its stomach, which is common and recommended, the mattress needs to not conform to the baby’s body. If a mattress leaves an indent then it could make it difficult for a baby to change positions.
There are also cotton insulator pads in this Emily Crib Mattress that are punched with needles to create the necessary ventilation that a mattress needs. This allows for the air circulation a crib mattress needs to prevent odors or heat from being trapped in the mattress.
Additionally, this crib mattress has excellent edge support, so you don’t have to worry about your baby rolling over to the edge and falling in between the mattress and the crib. The Emily Crib Mattress is standard crib size, so it should fit snugly.
Unlike a memory foam mattress, innerspring coil mattress don’t retain heat. There’s plenty of air circulation in a My Green Mattress Emily Crib Mattress to help keep things cool. Plus, there’s no plastic cover that’s often added to crib mattresses that can make it really hot for your little one.
Wool is kind of like this magical fiber that wicks away moisture to keep you cool in the summer, but it’s insulating and can keep you warm in the winters. So, your baby should be comfortable on this mattress year-round.
Maintenance, Protection, Care, and Warranty
Like most natural mattresses, the best way to care for your Emily Crib Mattress is to spot clean any messes. You can flip and rotate the mattress regularly to keep it comfortable for the life of the mattress. Be sure to use a solid foundation to prevent any sagging.
My Green Mattress offers a 100-night trial for all of its mattresses, including the Emily Crib Mattress. That means you can purchase this mattress, try it for more than three months, and if you’re unsatisfied for any reason, you can return it for an exchange or a refund.
You also get a 10-year warranty with a My Green Mattress purchase. This means that if you notice any defects in your mattress, you can ship it back to the manufacturer for a repair or replacement – it’s up to My Green Mattress. All you’ll be out is shipping costs.
The reviews of the My Green Mattress Emily Crib Mattress are largely positive. The mattress has proven to be comfortable for the babies who have slept on it. They typically wake up happy, obviously refreshed, and no allergic reactions as in the past when sleeping on standard mattresses.
The biggest complaint about the Emily Crib Mattress is the scent. In some cases, the woolly barn-like smell was powerful and lasted for months, but most parents reported a slight smell that dissipated after just a few days.
Compared to other crib mattresses, My Green Mattress’ Emily Crib Mattress hits on all the right points: organic, all-natural, comfortable, and long-lasting. You won’t find any chemicals sprayed on the fabrics of this mattress, so your little one shouldn’t have any reactions to dangerous off-gassing.
The wool in this crib mattress is naturally fire-resistant, so you won’t have to worry about this mattress being unsafe. Plus, the wool acts as a moisture-wicking material to help keep your baby cool when it’s warm, and warm when it’s cold out.
The Emily Crib Mattress is firm, but comfortable, and it offers good edge support. Once your baby starts standing and bouncing in his or her crib, you’ll be grateful for that strong edge.
Although the Emily Crib Mattress is more expensive than most standard crib mattresses, it’s a well-made bed for babies to keep them cool, comfortable, and safe. Putting a price on all of that is nearly impossible for parents.