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Pregnancy Awareness Month: Win a FREE Crib Mattress!

May is Pregnancy Awareness Month and we would like to celebrate all expectant mothers out there by giving away a FREE crib mattress.

Pregnancy is a wonderful time for families as they begin to prepare for the arrival of their child. For first time parents, choosing the right crib mattress can prove to be overwhelming. A few very important facts about crib mattresses are:

Babies and toddlers can spend up to 70% of their growth and development time on the crib mattress. That’s more than the stroller and car seat combined.

Babies can sleep up to 18 hours a day so it’s worth the effort to be sure you buy the safest, best crib mattress available.

About Pregnancy Awareness Month

Author & lifestyle expert, Anna Getty and social worker, producer and mompreneur, Alisa Donner, established May as Pregnancy Awareness Month in 2008. Their goal to educate and provide support to pregnant women has grown to now include a a wealth of online resources and several national events. To learn more about this great organization, visit www.pregnancyawareness.com.

It’s Easy to Enter!

To enter for the chance to win a FREE Classica I crib mattress, all you have to do is follow us on Pinterest! Click this link, follow the easy steps and good luck!

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Colgate Launches breathe-flex Fully Breathable Crib Mattress

After years of research and development, Colgate Mattress Company, the oldest family-owned crib mattress manufacturer in the US, is proud to introduce breathe-flex™. The first crib mattress of its kind, the new breathe-flex marries technical engineering with practicality and safe design to create a healthier sleep environment for baby. Now available at select retailers, the affordably priced mattress is GREENGUARD™ Gold certified and features a soft, modern “baby owlet” cover.

The power of breathe-flex lies within its multi-layer Flex-PE™ foam, a breakthrough material with micro-channels designed to optimize airflow. Unlike traditional crib mattresses, breathe-flex’s innovative coil design enhances its overall breathability, while also providing firm support for baby’s proper growth and development. The durable breathe-flex cover is made with food-grade waterproof backing that prevents moisture and unwanted matter from penetrating the mattress.

“Colgate’s hallmark has always been its commitment to safety, quality and family, so when Moms asked for an affordable alternative to existing ‘breathable’ crib mattresses– we listened,” said Dennis Schuetz, director of marketing, Colgate Mattresses. “The result is a unique, thoughtfully designed product that truly meets the needs of both baby and Mom.”

Signature features of breathe-flex™ include:

Breathable support — Innovative Flex-PE foam micro-channels improve airflow by acting as filter and providing more open spaces for air to circulate

Optimal comfort — As baby moves, coils flex to create an internal micro-climate that provides optimal comfort for baby

Waterproof layer — Durable cotton/poly cover protects the life of the mattress, keeping the inside of the mattress clean while also providing a soft surface for baby’s sensitive skin

Safe and toxin-free — breathe-flex earned the coveted GREENGUARD Gold certification and is C.P.S.I.A. compliant to ensure there are no harmful chemicals. It passes Federal Flammability Standard 16CFR-1632 and 16CFR-1633

Lightweight Construction — Weighing fewer than 10 lbs, breathe-flex mattress’ light weight makes lifting and changing sheets easy

Best Value —10 year warranty; Suggested retail price, $199.99

“Colgate’s breathe-flex allows us to market a premium quality mattress at an affordable price,” Schuetz added. “The response has been extremely positive thus far, both in- store and online. Beyond safety and quality, the fresh modern cover design appeals to today’s stylish, new and expectant Moms. The new breathe-flex is a win-win for everyone.”

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Motherhood: If I Only Knew Then, What I Know Now

Motherhood is a wonderful journey filled with beautiful moments, celebrations and milestones. It is also filled with anxiety, worry and, at times, even fear. For some it is a chance to relive their childhood and be a kid again. For others, it is a struggle to stay organized and prepared for all that parenthood throws at us.

It’s truly one of the hardest jobs out there. There are no owner manuals for raising kids. There are no “Cliff Notes” for parenting. A lot of it is going with your gut and flying by the seat of your pants.

Every mother looks back at some point in time and says to herself, “If I only knew then, what I know now!” So we decided to ask a few mothers to reflect on that question and share a piece of advice they would give to themselves about motherhood.

Here’s what they had to say:

Amy D {29} – 1 child {9 months}

Have lots very comfortable underwear ready for when you get back from the hospital! If you choose to nurse, your nipples will heal (with the help of a little lanolin and breast milk). Take advantage and enjoy the time before they can crawl. I would also have started her on solids earlier since that is when she started sleeping through the night.

Sarah {36}  – 1 adopted child {2 years old}

Relax. “Good things come to those who wait”

KP {41} – 1 child {18 months}

Stop stressing. Follow your gut. There is no one way. Every baby is different. And yours is yours!

Ashley {44} – 2 children {19 & 16}

You can’t take all the blame for the “bad/hard stuff” or all the credit for the “good stuff.” Embrace them for their uniqueness.

Angie {43} – 1 Daughter {9 years old}

Allow your children to ask tough questions at a young age and answer them simply. The questions that we as adults feel are too hard for a child can be addressed with simple to the point response. Leaving the emotion out of the response.  This allows the child to process and feel understood at a young age. Building self-confidence and allowing a child to move past the question and go back to life as they know at those young ages.

Tess {45} – 4 children {17, 15, 13, 7}

No matter how much you think you are prepared, you’re really not. Accept you can’t be in total control.

Karen {55} – 2 children {26 & 22}

“If at first you don’t succeed, lower your standards.” It is the motto I live by to maintain my sanity.

Terry {68} – 2 children {45 & 42}

Don’t save all the stuff you think will be important to your kids when they are grown. Except photos.

Bonnie {69} – 2 children [44 & 41]

Spend as much time as your can with your kids….the laundry can wait.

Grandma Shirley {95} – 6 kids, 12 grandkids and a whole bunch of great grandkids

Keep your sense of humor!

One last piece of advice…..

Don’t skimp on a crib mattress. It’s as important a decision as choosing a car seat!

……..OK we admit that was a shameless plug by our own Aunt Mimi. But she’s right!

 

Happy Mother’s Day

………from the Colgate Mattress family to yours.