Best Organic Crib Mattress, and an Eco Friendly Crib

by drcharles on March 9, 2014

If finding products that are organic and eco-friendly is important to you, then shopping for a baby shifts this impulse into high gear.  One of your most important searches will be for a high quality, organic crib mattress and a safe, healthy crib constructed from good materials.  After considerable searching my wife and I chose these:

Oeuf Sparrow Crib
NaturalMat Coco Mat Mattress
giggle Better Basics Organic Cotton Flannel Mattress Pad

If you found this page through a random search for the best organic crib mattress or crib, then please know that I personally put in at least 10 hours researching these products! Although they are expensive, when you consider the amount of time babies and toddlers spend in their cribs, it is important to choose materials that are not cheap, hazardous, and off-gassing chemicals directly into the nursery air.

Why the Oeuf Sparrow Crib?
ecofriendly crib
I liked this crib because of the solid wood construction. Pressed wood is made with glues and often puts out formaldehyde. There is a solid birch option which is not painted, but we went with the white color. The paint used by Oeuf is water-based and free of harmful VOC’s. The cribs are made in Europe under the strictest environmental standards, not in China. Aesthetically the Oeuf Sparrow crib is very attractive and in my opinion appears mid-century modern. One downside for me was that the base of the crib was some sort of plywood, not solid wood. I suppose this makes sense because solid wood can crack and warp, and the base needs to be sturdy. Oeuf provides reassurance thusly: “Engineered hardboard panels are made from recovered wood fibers, meeting European E1 emissions standards as well as California’s CARB 1 and 2 emissions standards.” In my paranoia I actually painted the base anyway, using a zero VOC Mythic Non-Toxic Paint, let it dry outside for a day, and plywood smell problem solved. The eco-friendly crib is made from sustainably sourced wood in a Forest Stewardship Council certified facility.

Why the Coco Mat Organic Crib Mattress?

organic crib mattressWe chose NaturalMat’s mattress over Ouef’s crib mattress. Either would have been excellent choices, but NaturalMat’s organic crib mattress won us over for these reasons: there is no latex, it is made from organic coir (coconut husks) and organic wool (thermally insulating), yet it is very breathable. Lavender, eucalyptus, and lemon extracts help make it dust-mite resistant in a natural way, and from experience lend no detectable smell. The Cocomat is naturally fire retardant without any harmful PBDE retardants.  It is made in England and seems completely non toxic with no polyethylene or synthetics.

Why the Organic Cotton Flannel Mattress Pad?

It looked cozy, and the material is made of two layers of 100% Egyptian Certified Organic Cotton Flannel with ultra-thin waterproof membrane in center. No vinyl/PVC, phthalates or latex are used. You could go without the mattress pad but chances are your baby will have some accidents, snotty nights, etc…

Are Organic and Green Materials Worth It?

Is this level of concern about materials excessive? Perhaps. With all the other crap in our daily environments, choosing the best organic crib mattress and eco friendly crib might seem absurdly reductionist. Your baby will be exposed to countless chemicals regardless, right? But once again, the amount of time spent in the crib, and the intimate proximity of the materials to the baby’s skin and respiratory system compelled us to fork over some big bucks on a green, high-quality crib and mattress. If it is only for peace of mind, and less than scientifically proven to keep your child healthier, then so be it. That mid-century modern crib aesthetic in the age of Mad Men is valuable, too.

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Heidi Ihrke May 16, 2014 at 4:56 pm

Just wanted to thank you for the effort and time you put into this. There is so much intentionally poor infomation out there that it is nice to stumble upon a site that has done the research and been willing to share. I started looking for a crib that would be safe and long lasting for my baby due in August. As I continued down the rabbit hole, I realized how many more chemicals and flame retardants are used on infant and kids products and how ‘ease and portability’ is emphasized in marketting, rather than health and real safety. Anyway, we took your advice after our own research and managed to find a Sparrow crib used on Ebay, which came with a Moonlight Slumber mattress. I researched the mattress on the company’s own website, which touted it as ‘natural, no harmful chemicals, no fire retardants,’ and later discovered they use petroleum based foam and questionable chemicals. Was glad I kept looking and with the money we saved on buying the crib used, we ended up in the same place you did, with the Natural Mat Coco Mat mattress. Yes, the mattress pad came next and we landed in the same agreement on that, too. Thanks for the help on keeping our baby free from chemicals and happy about it!

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