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Celebrity Designer Anitra Mecadon Goes Behind-the-Scenes with Colgate Mattress on New Episode of “Diaper Pad”

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TV personality and award-winning interior designer Anitra Mecadon takes moms-to-be on a fun and informative journey to buying a safe, eco-friendly crib mattress on the next episode of her digital series “Diaper Pad.” During the episode, Mecadon and husband, Adam Bret, visit the nation’s oldest family owned crib mattress maker, Colgate Mattress. Whether viewers are first-time parents, grandparents or caregivers, Diaper Pad offers honest, straightforward advice in Anitra’s signature approachable style.

DIAPER PAD "What is your Baby sleeping on?"

Brand New #DIAPERPAD "What is your #Baby sleeping on?" We've been shopping for the best crib, crib mattresses and baby #nursery furniture and we got invited to tour the Colgate Kids Colgate Mattress factory in Atlanta to get the inside scoop!!Happy Mango#babybump #pregnancy #momtobe #parenting #diaperpad #babynursery #homeimprovement #colgatekids #healthyliving #babysafetymonth

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What Is Your Baby Sleeping On?

When Anitra and Adam discovered they were expecting, they decided to purchase a new mattress for their bedroom. Frustrated by the process and endless options, the two were inspired to shop early for a crib mattress that met their strict requirements for safety, health, and comfort. Following a visit to the eco-friendly baby boutique, Happy Mango, the couple decided to check out the EverTrue™ Diamond, Colgate’s top of the line dual firmness foam crib mattress.

“If you think shopping for an adult mattress can be overwhelming, just wait until you start exploring options for your baby. I wanted to help new parents sort through the junk and make decisions that they can feel confident about,” Mecadon said. “I think every mom wants her baby to sleep safe and sound. Plus, when baby sleeps, mama sleeps… a great crib mattress is key!”

This episode of Diaper Pad offers a behind-the-scenes look at Colgate’s Atlanta-based factory, where crib mattresses are constructed by hand. While there, Anitra details her list of preferences in a conversation with Colgate’s marketing director, Terri Paul. The top three must-haves included:

Safety first – As recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics, Anitra’s first necessity was a firm sleep surface. The Diamond’s unique design provides the extra firmness infants need for proper growth and development on one side as well as the added comfort toddlers prefer on the other.

No exposure to chemicals – The Diamond features plant-oil infused eco foam and ultrasonically welded side seams. This mattress also meets and exceeds all federal and state requirements for flammability and chemical composition and has earned the GREENGUARD® Gold and Certi-PurUS® certifications ensuring no harmful air emissions.

Optimal airflow – To provide unprecedented airflow, the Diamond combines Colgate’s Diamond channel gel memory foam with its exclusive SecureCore honeycomb mesh fabric spacer. The crib mattress also brings the power of Celliant® — the world’s first biologically responsive fabric — to crib mattresses to help baby sleep better. Frequently used in high-performance athletic gear, this innovative material is designed to increase circulation and improve the level of oxygen in the body. As an added benefit, the Celliant infused cover has no chemical flame retardants that could be harmful to baby.

“Anitra really did her homework before challenging us to demonstrate how the EverTrue Diamond meets all of her needs as a concerned mom-to-be,” said Paul. “At Colgate, we want every caregiver to know how important the crib mattress is throughout growth and development. And as the mother of four, it’s an honor to share info that helps Anitra and Adam prepare for their baby’s arrival.”

“New dads can sometimes be removed from the process of preparing the nursery, especially things like buying a crib mattress,” added Adam Bret. “But when you consider that infants can spend up to 16 hours a day sleeping, then add to that the value of your own peace of mind, this is one investment that certainly pays off.”

EverTrue Diamond

Sold exclusively at dedicated and knowledgeable specialty store partners, including Brixy member stores, the EverTrue™ Diamond is a lightweight, 6” thick foam crib mattress. Made in the US, the Diamond fits all standard size American cribs and toddler beds. Suggested MSRP is $349.99

About Anitra Mecadon & ‘Diaper Pad”

Anitra Mecadon is a celebrity designer and home improvement TV star. She has starred in 5 seasons of the DIY Network’s hit series Mega Dens and numerous other TV shows for DIY and HGTV such as: HGTV’s All American Handyman, Esquire Magazine’s Ultimate Bachelor Pad, HGTV’s Behind the Build Dream House, HGTV’s Behind the Build Smart Home, HGTV’s Raise the Roof College Challenge, and more. In her 15 years as an interior designer, Anitra has also created amazing residential and commercial designs.

“Diaper Pad” chronicles the life and times of Mecadon and her husband, music producer Adam Bret, as they navigate the world of having children and designing the ultimate baby nursery/kids rooms. For more Diaper Pad, click here to subscribe.

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Baby Safety Month with Cheeky Chompers

This Labor Day, we are kicking off a month long partnership with Cheeky Chompers in an effort to raise awareness about baby safety. For all the mama’s out there, “Labor Day” is that wonderful day when your baby starts to make his/her way into the world. And from that day on, your child’s safety becomes your #1 priority.

September is Baby Safety Month, annually sponsored by our friends at JPMA. There is never too much information when it comes to keeping our children safe. You don’t have to be a parent to help advocate for the safety of kids – anyone and everyone should recognize the hazards in our own homes and businesses. We should all take the time to educate ourselves on ways to make sure kids can run, play, and sleep safely.

Dream Safe

One of the most important decisions you will make as a new parent is where and how you place your baby to sleep. At Colgate, we believe these D.R.E.A.M SAFE sleep practices can help protect your baby from Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS).

D ~ DO place baby on her back to sleep.

Always place your baby on his or her back to sleep, for naps and at night.

R ~ REMEMBER a FIRM crib mattress is always best.

Firmness aids in development of baby’s muscles and bones. Soft beds naturally give and contour which can impede a babies breathing and trap heat, which can also be dangerous.

E ~ ELIMINATE clutter.

Do not put anything soft, loose or fluffy in your baby’s sleep space. Only a fitted sheet, mattress pad or waterproof pad should be used under baby.

A ~ ALWAYS place baby in the crib to sleep. Never place your baby to sleep on top of any soft surface. This includes adult beds, couches, pillows, cushions, comforters and sheepskins.

M ~ MONITOR air flow and temperature.

Make sure your baby doesn’t get too warm during sleep. Use lightweight sleep clothing and keep room temperature at what would be comfortable for a lightly-clothed adult. For newborns, consider swaddling.

Meet Cheeky Chompers

We are teaming up with Cheeky Chompers this month because we love their safe line of teethers. These innovative attached teethers won’t end up on the ground or get lost in the cracks of the backseat. Soft and pliable, the teethers contain no phthalates, will never flake or peel and are 100% safe for babies to chew on. They are also machine-washable.

The Cheeky Chompers® Neckerchew® is the world’s first chewy dribble bib for teething tots. It combines the popular dribble bib concept with an attached chewy teether to soothe painful young gums.

The Comfortchew® is an attached teething comforter with different textures to stimulate babies and soothe tender gums, made from super-soft jersey cotton, cuddle fleece and ribbons. The Comfortchew® brings together baby’s four favorite essentials – comforter, teether, teddy and tags.

The Cheeky Chompers® Chewy® Teething Toy is baby’s cheeky chewable friend because it is soft and pliable, phthalate and BPA free, will never flake or peel and is 100% safe to chew on.

Enter To Win

During the month of September, enter your email below for your chance to win 1 of 3 prizes. Post a photo of your baby sleeping safe or using a Cheeky Chomper on Instagram for extra chances to win. Be sure to tag your photo using hashtag #DreamSafe.

Winners will be announced on October 1st. Good luck!

Grand Prize: Colgate EverTrue 2 Sided Contour Changing Pad & Chewy Toy
2nd Prize: Colgate Wee Away Waterproof Cover & Neckerchew
3rd Prize: Colgate Terry Cloth Contour Changing Pad Cover + ComfortChew