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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.

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10 Essential Apps for Parents

Is there an app for that? Some may be resistant to the fact that life seems to revolve around our smartphones while others praise the Apple Gods who created a phone that can keep our calendars, store our photos, give us quick advice and help us manage the chaos of everyday life. We recently rounded up some of our favorite apps to help today’s busy parents.

Here are some of our favorite apps:

  1. Kid’s Time Out – $0.99

If you are not sure how much time is appropriate for a time out, then load this app to your phone. The timer is based upon the child’s age and parents are given a list of steps to take before, during and after the time out.

  1. Cozi – Free

Let the Cozi app help manage your family with features that keep track of appointments, schedules, activities, chores and general to do’s. Create and share grocery lists and more with anyone in the family from any mobile device or computer.

  1. White Noise – Free

Excited to arrive at your destination only to find your room is right next to a busy street? Download this FREE app to help block out any unnecessary noise during those essential naps and throughout the night. Choose from a variety of sounds. A rested family is a happy family.

  1. Canvsly – $2.99

Can’t decide which masterpiece to hang on to? Or maybe you have held onto all of them and have no more room in storage? Canvsly lets you capture, organize, and share your child’s precious artwork, so you can cherish them anytime, anywhere forever.

  1. Baby Monitor 3G – $3.99

Limit your nursery gadget purchases and use something you are already glued to – your phone! Baby Monitor 3G can turn any two phones, tablets or Macs into one single baby monitor. Hear every noise, see live video or picture and soothe your baby remotely.

  1. Sit or Squat – Free

Picture this: You’ve been potty training for weeks. You remind everyone to go to the bathroom before you head out. 30 minutes later s/he has to go and you need to stop….FAST. The SitOrSquat by Charmin mobile app allows you to search, view, and rate public restrooms, including those with changing tables and handicap accessibility.

  1. WebMD Baby – Free

Get quick access to baby health and wellness information. Search hundreds of articles and videos from trusted WebMD doctors. Create a baby book with all your child’s milestones through pictures and videos.

  1. MamaBear – Free

We encourage our kids to be independent but that doesn’t mean we don’t want to know where they are and who they are interacting with at all times. The MamaBear app alerts you when your kids arrive or leave a place you’ve set on the map. There is also an option to notify you if your teen driver is exceeding the speed limit. MamaBear can even monitor their social media communications – notifying you with alerts to risky language, signs of bullying and inappropriate content.

  1. Shutterfly for iPhone – Free

Create photo books and much-loved gifts right from your phone! Shutterfly for iPhone allows for easy upload and easy photo share. You can order prints and more directly from the app.

  1. Total Baby – $4.99

Total Baby is the most Complete Baby Logging and Tracking Application available for the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch. Total Baby offers a variety of trackers and timers including those for diaper changes, nursing, pumping, solids, sleeping and baths. You can keep a diary to track important milestones, doctor visits, growth, vaccines and allergies.

Bonus App: Show Your Disney Side – FREE

For hours and hours of joy, download this app and transform your child into dozens of Disney characters. Have your little one snap a selfie, upload it to the app and presto, you’ve launched your kids into the magical world of Disney. #DisneySide

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Spring into Green

With Spring and St. Patrick’s Day approaching, a lot of folks are getting ready for “the wearing of the green.” At the same time, more and more people are “going green,” and demonstrating an awareness of how environmental issues affect them and their children. More and more parents are now choosing organic products wherever they can, including the crib mattress their child sleeps on.

Who is the Greenest in all the Land?

Whether you call them natural, organic, green or eco-friendly, the same golden rule applies to all our mattresses: the firmer the better. Separating a quality, well-crafted organic crib mattress from the others is easy. Just remember that the higher the percentage of natural or organic products, the better the crib mattress. All of Colgate’s Organic crib mattress line meets the most rigorous GREENGUARD Gold standard, which is determined by the use of materials that don’t off-gas or use harmful chemicals. These include all-natural, organic materials, such as plant oil based foams and certified organic cottons.

However, some of our mattresses are still made with metal innersprings, which we all know are not organic, but provide a high-quality sleep area for your child. Therefore we prefer to call our mattresses “Environmentally Friendlier” in order to be completely transparent with our customers.

Coconut Husk? Why Yes!

The most important organic material used in the construction of Colgate’s organic line, is the renewable and durable Coir fiber, extracted from the husk of coconuts, between the shell and the outer skin. Coir is a strong and nearly waterproof fiber, valued for centuries in the construction of ropes and lines for sailing ships, as it is one of the few natural fibers which has been shown to resist damage by sea water.

Colgate Mattress’ Organic line has many different models to choose from, the flagship green product being the Natural I, a 5” thick crib mattress with 100% natural components. Any parent who is looking for a safe, comfortable and environmentally friendly crib mattress needs look no further than Colgate.

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Colgate Wins The Bump “Best of Baby 2015” Award for Nuzzle Snuze Crib Mattress

In recognition of its innovation and modern aesthetics, Colgate’s Nuzzle Snuze crib mattress has been named a “Best of Baby 2015” award winner by TheBump.com. The Nuzzle Snuze is the only mattress to receive this coveted seal of approval.

With more products than ever on the market, the editorial staff of The Bump was faced with creating the definitive list of “must have” products in categories such as strollers, car seats and feeding gear. These annual awards help simplify an often overwhelming process as new parents navigate through baby products, many without any prior knowledge of the category.

“Babies can spend up to 70% of their growth and development time on the crib mattress, so deciding which brand to buy is one of the most critical decisions parents make,” said Terri Paul, marketing director, Colgate Specialty Division. “We are delighted that Colgate’s dedication to safety and uncompromising quality has been recognized by experts who are trusted by so many parents. We hope a Nuzzle Snuze is part of every expecting parent’s dream registry.”

Nuzzle Snuze: Innovative. Beautiful. Safe.

Colgate’s environmentally safe, technologically advanced crib mattress delivers innovation both inside and out. Made of a eco-friendly material, the Nuzzle Snuze line contains NaturesNest™, a naturally fire resistant material that does not require synthetic protection. Inspired by nature, the NaturesNest design provides the ideal micro-climate for a baby and toddler by allowing humidity and air to flow freely through the crib mattress. The Nuzzle Snuze is available in three exclusive designs with modern colors, including Dottie Lottie, Squiggles and Chic-a-Dee patterns.

“First-time parents are tasked with making monumental decisions when choosing the best and safest products for their baby,” says Rebecca Dolgin, editor in chief of TheBump.com. “Our annual Best of Baby awards have done all the work by reviewing and choosing the best of the best so parents can cut down on the guesswork and feel confident when deciding which products and gear to buy or add to their baby registry.”

The Nuzzle Snuze is available online at ColgateKids.com and at specialty stores and boutiques in the Brixy network.

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Cupid and the Colgate Crib Mattress

Valentine’s Day is almost upon us which means that diaper-clad flying baby, Cupid, will soon be shooting arrows at unsuspecting lovebirds everywhere. Where does that baby get all that energy? We’re going to let you in on a little secret. He sleeps on a firm Colgate Innerspring Crib Mattress. How else can you possibly explain his unflappable cheery disposition and boundless energy?

As Cupid would tell you, when it comes to love, it’s what’s on the inside that counts. That’s also true when it comes to crib mattresses. Our innerspring mattresses are the best on the market because we build them from the inside out. Many parents prefer the innerspring design because it’s what they sleep on. In fact, a leading consumer magazine ranked crib mattresses and 4 of their top 5 reviewed were innerspring.

Why an Innerspring Crib Mattress?

  • The fabric 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.
  • The majority of the innerspring mattresses Colgate makes use coir fiber pads made from coconut husks that provide the highest quality insulation and support.
  • We use cushioning layers of cotton and foam to create a soft, yet supportive, platform for baby to sleep on.
  • Our covers come in a choice of cloth or vinyl. The more layers there are in a vinyl cover, the better. Most of our crib mattresses either have multilayers of vinyl or cloth covers that have a waterproofing layer.

Our Commitment

Our mattresses are made with your baby’s comfort and safety in mind. Our family has lovingly made quality crib mattresses in the USA for 60 years.