Let’s start with two facts that often help parents gain perspective on the importance of choosing the right crib mattress for their child. First, by the age of two and a half, most children have reached half of their full adult height. Secondly, an infant will spend 70% of their time on a crib mattress. Sure, it’s fun to pick out that fancy stroller with dual cup-holders, but ask yourself this: where will your child really be spending most of his or her time? At Colgate, it’s not enough to simply produce the world’s highest quality crib mattresses. Our job is also to educate parents about creating an environment conducive to proper child development. In fact, we don’t believe the words “crib mattress” alone do our products justice; they are more like “growth and development centers” (but we realize that’s a mouthful!) We want parents to feel confident with their purchase decision, and we believe that they will feel confident with any Colgate product.
Foam versus Innerspring
The Truth About Organic
Innerspring Crib Mattresses
One of the first questions parents ask is, “What’s the difference between a foam mattress and an innerspring mattress?” Thanks to scientific advances in the making of foam, the quality of foam mattresses
has improved dramatically over the past few years. The innerspring mattresses
design is the tried-and-true industry standard and still a great option. A leading consumer magazine published a Top 5 list of crib mattresses and the number one mattress was made from foam, while #2 through #5 were all innerspring.One of the biggest advantages of a foam mattress is that it weighs fewer than eight pounds, as compared to an innerspring mattress which weighs 30+ pounds for a quality model because of the thicker gauge coils
and extra padding. This does make a difference when changing the sheets. In the end it comes down to personal preference, there is no wrong decision. Our rule of thumb for parents is to buy the best quality mattress that fits within your budget.
Eco-friendly mattresses are called by many names: green, organic and natural to name just a few. While we at Colgate feel that being environmentally responsible is very important, we are troubled by the amount of misinformation out there about what constitutes organic mattresses
. Have you ever seen a biodegradable, metal coil spring? We haven’t either. Currently there is no industry-wide standard for qualifying a mattress as being natural or organic. There’s no such thing as a 100% eco-friendly crib mattress. Only some of the components are natural. Foam mattresses that fall into this category are made with plant oils and innerspring mattresses are made with organic cotton layers.We hold ourselves to a higher standard than our industry. We believe that any mattress that claims to be natural, green, organic or eco-friendly should have a greater percentage of green components than traditional components. Most of Colgate’s innerspring mattresses contain coir fiber
(coconut husks) insulator
layers and cotton and already have a greater percentage of natural components than our competitors use in models they market as organic or green. Make sure that the crib mattress company you choose is giving you verifiable facts versus using scare tactics to upsell you on a more expensive model.
When shopping for an innerspring crib mattress
there are two guidelines to keep in mind. First, the more layers a mattress has, the better. Secondly, the higher the quality of those layers, the better the mattress. Let’s briefly dissect the common innerspring mattress layers:
Spring: The spring provides the main mattress support and the best springs have border rods and thick coils. Border rods provide firmness
, durability and edge support. The thickness of the coils is more important than the number of coils. While it may seem counterintuitive, the lower the gauge of steel, the thicker they are. So 12.5 gauge steel coils are thicker than 13.5 or 15.5 gauge coils. We always recommend buying an innerspring mattress with more than 100 coils in the spring.
Support Layers (or Insulator Pad): We cannot stress enough how important the Support Layers are in a quality mattress. The Support Layers lie directly on top of the springs and prevent the cushioning layers from sinking into the coils and creating an uneven sleeping surface. For the majority of our innerspring mattresses Colgate insists on using coir fiber made from coconut husks that are hands-down the highest quality and most supportive. Permalators
, which are a wire mesh, are also found in the highest quality crib mattresses. Cushioning Layers Cotton, wool and foam are the best cushioning layers. Some lower priced crib mattresses use Polyester. Cover A higher quality cloth material makes for a higher quality cover. Covers come in cloth and vinyl. The more layers there are in a vinyl cover, the better. Most cloth covers have some type of waterproofing layer applied.