The size for all standard crib mattresses is regulated by the Federal government. The size is 27 ½” x 52” and not being thicker than 6 inches. Cribs are also regulated, but their interior dimensions have a “plus or minus” tolerance from the standard 28 x 52 rectangle. Therefore, depending on the specific crib and mattress combination, the mattress may be either very snug or moderately snug in the crib. The Consumer Product Safety Commission sets the standards for crib and crib mattress sizes and how the combination should fit. At Colgate, we abide by all government regulations. If you would like more specific information, please refer to the CPSC website, requirements for full-size baby cribs.
Here are three particular qualities to consider when identifying a high quality foam crib mattress:
- Total weight of the mattress (also referred to as density) - Generally, the heavier the mattress, the better the mattress.
- Firmness - Most medical experts recommend that you put your baby on as firm a mattress as you, the parent, feel comfortable putting them on.
- The reputation of the actual mattress manufacturer, not just the name on the label.
An innerspring crib mattress is more complicated internally than a foam mattress. Here are some important things to consider before your purchase:
- The total number of layers in the mattress - Generally, the more layers the better.
- The quality of each of the layers inside the mattress - This is the most complicated and important step.
- The reputation of the actual mattress manufacturer, not just the name on the label.
- The reputation and quality of the retailer from whom you are buying the mattress.
The layers in an innerspring crib mattress are:
- The innerspring unit - It is not just the number of coils that is important, but it is also the amount of steel. Buy a mattress with the thickest and greatest number of coils, and, even more importantly, buy a mattress with an innerspring unit that has a border rod. This will add firmness and extra edge support.
- The insulator - This is the layer that prevents the soft cushioning layers from sinking into the coils. The best insulator is a coir fiber pad made from coconut shells. This is far superior to a fiber pad or cloth pad, particularly over an extended time period. Besides the coir fiber pad, some better quality mattresses offer a permanent insulator which reduces the gap between the coils. Some manufacturers even offer two insulators.
- Cushioning layers - These usually consist of one layer of foam. There are sometimes two layers of foam, and some manufacturers offer a layer of foam and a layer of 100% all natural cotton batting.
- The cover - Triple layer nylon reinforced vinyl is the best.
Do you use Chlorinated Tris (TDCPP), PBDEs, Mercury, Lead, TCEP, Heavy Metals, or Formaldehyde as a flame retardant?
Some of the chemical agents mentioned in these news articles are chlorinated Tris, Penta-BDE (aka PBDE) and TCEP. These agents have been suspected of causing cancer.
We at Colgate Mattress Atlanta want to assure you, our customers, that we have never used any of these chemical agents in the manufacture of our crib mattresses.
When the State of California passed TB603, which required mattresses of all types to pass an “open flame” test, Colgate Mattress Atlanta complied with this regulation by adding a barrier fabric (rayon) to our polyurethane foam mattresses. We did not use FR (fire retardant) agents to comply with this regulation.
In 2007 when the Federal Flammability standard (16CFR 1633) was enacted, which was an even more stringent “open flame” standard than California’s TB603, we had to change nothing. Our fire barrier easily passed the new and tougher standard.
We produce our mattresses in the United States and use independent third party testing labs to ensure health and safety. Further, all of our products are Greenguard Certified for children and schools, and we use Certi-pur certified foam.
Colgate Mattress Atlanta is a family owned business. Our founder, Solomon Wolkin, put his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren on the same mattresses that we produce for you, our customers. Our products are made with premium quality materials by dedicated employees. Your baby’s health and safety is our priority.
Most consumers are unaware that many crib mattresses with brand names identical to those found on national adult mattresses are not made by the same companies. They are usually just names licensed by, or shared with, a crib mattress manufacturer from the adult mattress company so that they can take advantage of the name recognition to increase sales. Another tactic by questionable manufacturers is to buys its foam on the close out market. It feels heavy and firm, but it doesn't hold up over time because it’s a type of foam that is not designed for crib mattresses. It’s very important to choose a reputable manufacturer.
Colgate makes custom sized mattresses and pads when purchased from an authorized Colgate retailer. Talk to your local Colgate dealer about ordering a custom sized product.
Colgate's website only lists mattresses and other products that are part of Colgate's regular product line. Private label mattresses and other products made exclusively for specific retailers are not listed on the website. Also, we are constantly adding new products to our lineup, and some of these may not have made it onto our website yet. If you have questions regarding a specific mattress not on the Colgate website, feel free to contact us.
Your best resource for purchasing our premium products is your local authorized retailer. To find one conveniently located near you, visit our Store Locator. If you have a problem locating a dealer, please e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org, and we will make sure to find a way to accommodate you.
Because Colgate has such an extensive line of crib mattress models, it’s impractical for any one store to carry them all. Generally, our authorized retailers will carry 4-5 units that meet the needs of their local market, but they will gladly order the Colgate product you want and have it shipped to the store.
Effective January 1, 2005, the State of California enacted Technical Bulletin 603 (TB 603). This regulation addresses an “open flame” test for mattresses. This is a more stringent regulation regarding flammability than the previous Federal standard (CFR- 1632). The Federal government adopted a slightly more stringent standard on July 1, 2007. All of our standard innerspring mattresses were already compliant with the new code without any changes needing to be made. In addition, we use a flame-blocker barrier fabric on all our foam mattresses. The safety of your child is of the utmost importance to us.
Do you recommend mattress pad covers for your mattresses? Why use a mattress pad cover if the vinyl covers on the mattresses are wetproof?
While all of our crib mattresses have wetproof covers, many parents still choose to use an additional wetproof mattress pad for extra protection. Not only will a mattress pad extend the life of your mattress so it can potentially be converted into a toddler bed/ daybed, but also a waterproof mattress pad can be thrown in the washing machine for easy cleaning.
All of our materials are non-toxic. While there are specific Federal regulations that manufacturers must meet with regard to the chemicals used in raw materials, our approach has always been to not just meet, but to exceed, those regulations. For additional information on this topic, please refer to the “Health and Safety” section of our website.
For infants, the crib mattress is much more than just a sleeping surface; it’s their growth and developmental center. In fact, infants will spend up to 70% of their day on a crib mattress. They need a firm, flat, even surface to maximize their development. The firm surface is particularly important both during periods of sleep and when the infant begins to become more active in the crib. They need the firm surface as they begin to push up, turn, and eventually stand in the crib. A solid base provides the resistance necessary for developing and strengthening muscles. Ask yourself this: “Is it easier for an adult to walk on a wooden floor or a waterbed?” Firmer is better.
While there are industry standards for the size of cribs and crib mattresses, strangely there are none for crib sheets. Some lower-quality crib sheets are not manufactured to fit a quality, firm mattress like ours. Read reviews online, check the dimensions, and be sure to check the return policy before you purchase crib sheets. Here are the quality crib sheets that we would recommend.
ISPA – International Sleep Products Association http://www.sleepproducts.org
First Candle SIDS Alliance - http://www.firstcandle.org/
JPMA – Juvenile Products Manufacturing Association - http://www.jpma.org
Consumer Products Safety Commission - http://www.cpsc.gov
Consumer Reports Buying Guide - http://www.consumerreports.org/cro/crib-mattresses/buying-guide.htm