Colgate Mattress Supports Atlanta Furniture Bank’s Mission to Turn Houses into Homes

Colgate Mattress loves to support organizations that are making great strides to help families provide a safer sleep environment for children. That’s why we proudly sponsor the Furniture Bank Race for Rest. In its ninth year, the Race for Rest is an annual fundraiser that benefits The Furniture Bank, the only agency in metro Atlanta whose mission is to provide free furniture to families in need.

The Furniture Bank was founded in 1988 in response to the lack of furniture for families moving out of homeless shelters. Today, they recycle gently-used furniture by collecting it from the community and giving it to individuals and families moving out of homelessness and fleeing domestic violence, as well as countless others struggling to make ends meet. 

Furniture is essential to a person’s physical and emotional well-being. This year’s race raised $41,131 for Atlanta families transitioning out of homelessness, fleeing domestic violence, and living with HIV/AIDs.

What does $41,131 mean to the Atlanta Furniture Bank?

  • 652 twin beds for children or
  • 100 fully-furnished homes or
  • 357 forklift certification scholarships for previously homeless veterans

What Makes a House a Home?

No one should have to walk through the door after a long day at work or school to cold, empty rooms… no couch to sit on, no table to eat at, and no beds to sleep in.

Furniture Bank clients have worked hard to overcome homelessness and financial hardships. They have often spent all of their limited resources on first month’s rent and have no money left to purchase furniture.

This is where the Furniture Bank steps in. Their Making a House a Home Program provides essential household furniture to individuals and families who would otherwise be without.

Clients are given individual appointments in which they are able to select all the furniture they need including beds, dressers, couches, tables, and chairs. With the Furniture Bank’s help, families are able to make a fresh start in their new apartments, now warmly furnished and welcoming.

To learn more or volunteer, visit http://furniturebankatlanta.org

Ask The Crib Mattress Specialist: Why doesn’t Colgate offer an organic mattress?

Colgate Mattress™️ created the “Ask the Crib Mattress Specialist” series in response to frequently asked questions from our valued customers. Through this blog series, we hope sharing our thoughts on these topics will help you better understand why we handcraft our products with your baby in mind using the highest industry standards.

If you have a question you’d like included in the series, we’d love to hear from you at [email protected]

Question: Hello, Crib Mattress Specialists! 

I know and trust the Colgate Mattress name — in fact, it’s the brand most recommended to me by friends, family and even Google. But I really want to make sure my baby’s crib mattress is organic and you don’t seem to have an organic crib mattress offering? Why is that? 

– Curious Caroline

 

Hello, Caroline! Thank you for your question.

The term “organic” is frequently used across different industries to describe various types of products — ranging from foods to cleaning products to bedding and everything in between. But such common usage of the term can make it difficult to discern when items truly are in fact organic (meaning certified by an industry authority) and when they’re not.

Additionally, there isn’t one universal “clearinghouse” across all industries that sets the standard for when and how the term can be used. And so “organic” can be defined differently depending on the product — and at the discretion of the manufacturer.

The Global Organic Textile Standard provides certification for products such as sheets and mattresses. However, it’s still common for some manufacturer and retailers to set their own standards for what they’ll sell with an organic label.

For example, some manufacturers call a mattress organic even if only one component is organic. Colgate does not consider a mattress organic unless the entire product and all of its components are organic. If we use an organic cotton cover on a foam mattress, for example, we will say that the cover is organic but will not call the entire mattress organic.

“Last we checked, there’s no such thing as organic metal innersprings or organic foam. We choose to call our natural products “eco-friendlier” in order to be transparent with our customers,” says Dennis, Colgate’s Crib Mattress Expert.

Here at Colgate, integrity is paramount. So, while some manufacturers use the term “organic” generously in their marketing, we choose to be more judicious with how and when we do so. As a family-owned and operated business for three generations, we take exception when companies intentionally mislead consumers and market products that aren’t truly organic — that’s an ethical line we don’t cross. We proudly handcraft all of our mattresses here in the USA using the highest quality components.

Learn more about all of our products here.

You Voted & We Won The 2019 Eco Excellence Awards

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Colgate Mattress is honored to be among this year’s select group of Eco Excellence Awards winners. We pride ourselves on eco-friendlier manufacturing practices that are not only good for the planet, but also allow us to craft the safest and highest quality crib products possible for your family.

Nursery Category Winner’s Circle

The winning Eco Spring 2-N-1 was designed to bring more natural sleep to your baby. It’s high-quality innerspring crib mattress features a dual-firmness design, engineered to provide both the firmness infants need for proper development and the comfort toddlers prefer.

The Eco Spring 2-N-1’s exceptionally sturdy spring unit is surrounded by eco-friendlier foam made with plant oils and coir fiber insulator pads from coconut shell husks. These sustainable component materials are covered with a certified organic cotton cover, which is waterproof backed, tear-resistant, and best of all, ultra-soft on baby’s skin.

 

About the Awards

The awards, sponsored by Natural Child World (NCW) Magazine and now in their 9th year, recognize excellence in social and environmental sustainability for products, services, companies and websites across the whole foods, health and wellness industries. This year, over 500 products were reviewed, 1 Million + unique visitors, and over 350,000 fans voted!

NCW Magazine has been a champion of sustainability and social responsibility for nearly a decade, supporting companies and people committed to finding healthier and smarter ways to for children to thrive. NCW Magazine is part of the Natural Child World platform that serves as a voice for companies who are making smart choices in how they interact with the world and a support forum for parents in making better and more informed purchasing decisions.

 

The Eco-Conscious Crib Mattress Company

Colgate recognizes that we have a responsibility not only to parents to produce eco-friendly products, but also a responsibility to our community and planet to continually look for ways to be a more eco-conscious manufacturer. Colgate has a longstanding history of innovation, including introducing the first foam crib mattress made from sustainable plant-based oils. We continue to design & manufacture award-winning crib mattresses that are safest for baby.

For more details about the award-winning Eco Spring 2-N-1 Crib Mattress, CLICK HERE.

Colgate Mattress Partners with Baby2Baby

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Colgate Mattress, the nation’s oldest family-owned manufacturer of crib mattresses and accessories, has launched its support of Baby2Baby with crib mattress donations. Baby2Baby is the leading charitable organization that provides children living in poverty, ages 0-12 years, with diapers, clothing and all the basic necessities that every child deserves.

Baby2Baby

In the last 8 years, Baby2Baby has distributed over 70 million items to children in homeless shelters, domestic violence programs, foster care, hospitals and underserved schools, as well as children who have lost everything in the wake of disaster. As America’s trusted crib mattress specialist, Colgate Mattress has an opportunity to make a difference by supporting families in need with safe, sound crib mattresses.

“No topic is more near and dear to our hearts than the safety of children,” says Colgate Mattress President Alan Wolkin. “A parent should never have to choose between feeding his or her child and providing a safe sleep environment. Baby2Baby helps new parents so they don’t have to make that impossible decision, and we can’t think of a better charitable partner for our family-owned and operated business.”

Dedicated to Safe Sleep

Colgate Mattress has a longstanding history of leadership in the crib mattress industry. We have had the honor of teaming up with industry experts, charitable organizations and influencers who are dedicated to getting out important messages about baby sleep safety, including First CandleDelivering Good and JPMA.

For more information, visit https://colgatekids.com/pages/safety-development.

Ask The Crib Mattress Specialist: Are Natural, Eco-friendly and Organic all the Same?

Ask The Crib Mattress Specialist

Colgate Mattress created the “Ask the Crib Mattress Specialist” series in response to frequently asked questions from our valued customers. We’ll be publishing a new series blog post each month. We hope sharing our thoughts on these topics will help you better understand why we handcraft our products with your baby in mind using the highest industry standards.

If you have a question you’d like included in the series, we’d love to hear from you at [email protected].

Question: Hello, Crib Mattress Specialists! I often see the words “all-natural,” “eco-friendly” and “organic” used out there while researching crib mattresses and other baby products. But it’s hard to really understand the difference between the three. Aren’t they all the same? – Confused Connie

 

Hello, Connie! Thank you for your question.

Babies sleep upwards of 10-20 hours per day, so it goes without saying that the mattress your baby sleeps on matters. But as you well know, with so many crib mattresses on the market, it can be hard to understand the marketing terminology used – let alone discern the safety benefits and differences of each one. So today, we’ll do our best to help explain the main differences between the terms “natural” “eco-friendly” and “organic.”

Natural

The term “natural” typically refers to materials that can be found in nature (but this doesn’t necessarily mean they are organic – more on that later). Further, the FDA defines natural materials as any “extracted directly from plants or animal products as opposed to being produced synthetically.”  Examples of natural materials include untreated cotton, coconut shell husks and all-natural latex from plants.

Eco-friendly

The term “eco-friendly” usually refers to products that contribute to green living or practices that help reduce the consumption of natural resources like water and require little or no pesticides to grow. For example, Colgate’s EcoFoam™ is made with sustainable oils derived from plant sources, as opposed to animal fats or petroleum.

Organic

The term “organic” refers to materials that are cultivated without pesticides, chemical herbicides or synthetic fertilizers that can be harmful to the environment. In order for a material to be considered organic, ideally it should meet strict guidelines in regards to how it is processed, produced and handled. However, it should be noted that there is no industry-wide standard for qualifying a crib mattress as organic. Most crib mattresses that claim to be organic are only about 14% organic by weight. Which means 86% of the mattress is not organic, often using a vinyl or polyethylene interior.

Colgate’s Higher Standards

We hold ourselves to a higher standard than our industry. Every Colgate product passes all federal and state requirements for flammability and chemical composition. Our crib mattresses are also GREENGUARD Gold certified to have no harmful air emissions.

If it’s not 100% organic, Colgate Mattress will not call it organic. We call it eco-friendly if the product uses natural and organic components in its composition,” says Dennis, Colgate’s Crib Mattress Expert.

Colgate Mattress has been a family owned and operated business for three generations and takes exception when companies intentionally mislead consumers and market products that aren’t truly organic.

smiling baby twins

“The Twinnies” Best of Gear Award Winner

happy twin babies twiniversity award

Colgate Mattress™ is excited to announce that we’ve received the 2019 Twiniversity Best of Gear Award in the crib mattress category! Nearly 1,000 twin parents nominated their favorite products they have used and loved. We’re honored to take home the top prize and first runner up.

Twinnie Best Crib Mattress Winner

Colgate Eco Classica III

The Eco Classica III is an expertly engineered dual-firmness crib mattress, packed with 6” of eco-friendlier foam made with sustainable plant oils. The extra firm side is engineered to provide the firmness infants need for proper support and development, while the less firm side provides – when the time comes — the comfort toddlers prefer. This is all wrapped snugly inside an ultra-soft, waterproof, certified organic cotton cover.

Twinnie Best Crib Mattress Runner Up

Colgate zenBaby™ Hybrid 2-in-1 Crib Mattress with KulKote®

The zenBaby™ Hybrid 2-in-1 is a versatile, dual-firmness, infant-to-toddler transition crib mattress. The infant side features an extra-firm eco foam made with plant oils and coated with KulKote® for optimal temperature regulation and comfort. The toddler side features durable and supportive microcoils for added pressure relief, breathability and posture support.

Safe and Handcrafted for Your Baby

All Colgate Mattress products are hypoallergenic, odorless and GREENGUARD® Gold & CertiPUR-US® certified safe for no harmful emissions. Our crib mattresses are proudly handcrafted in the USA by Colgate, a family-owned and operated business dedicated to baby’s safety since 1955.

To learn more about “The Twinnies” awards, CLICK HERE.

 

infant twins sleeping

6 Forgotten Nursery Must-Haves for Twins

sleeping twins

Are you expecting twins? Designing a nursery for twins will be one of the most fun parts of your twin pregnancy. However, there are a few things you need to prep for your newborn twins that you may not have thought about. Here are a few tips from our friends at Twiniversity, the twin experts.

 

Furniture Anchors

Plan to anchor all furniture to the walls before the twins are even born. Trust me, you will thank me for this! Getting this out of the way before delivery day will allow you to set it and forget it. Once your twins are on the move, it’s one less thing you have to worry about. Be sure to also anchor lower furniture, such as dressers. You’d be amazed how easy it is for two toddlers to pull over furniture when they work together.

 

2-stage Crib Mattress  

Since you’re buying multiples of everything, it pays to get more bang for your buck. Many great crib mattresses are ‘2-stage,’ meaning they can be used from infant to toddler, usually as simply as flipping it over after your baby turns one year old.  Oh, and don’t forget to protect that investment with a crib waterproof mattress cover.

 

Big Diaper Basket

You are about to give birth to two different people. Even if you’re having identical twins, there’s a good chance your twins will have a weight discordance at some point in their first year. Purchase an extra large diaper basket that’s big enough to hold two different sizes of diapers at once, just in case your twins are ever in different sizes for a while.

 

Unobtrusive Lighting

Plan for some lighting in the room that will allow you to navigate their room in the dark while they’re sleeping, but won’t wake them up. A strategically positioned night light should do the trick to make sure you don’t stub your toe on a crib on your way out the door.

 

Two Memento Boxes

You may not always have time to keep a detailed journal of every milestone for each twin, but you will definitely want to save specific mementos, such as hospital bracelets, clothing, coming home outfits, etc. for each child. Make a box for each of them. It may help to keep a shoebox for smaller items within a large plastic bin to hold everything you want to save.

 

Smart Device

Let Alexa keep you company during all of those late nights with your infant twins. Install a smart speaker in their bedroom, such as an Amazon Echo or Google Home. It can play music, answer your questions, and even play games with you while you’re serving the 16th bottle of the day. Even better, ask Alexa to read you, “What To Do When You’re Having Two” by Natalie Diaz, founder and CEO of Twiniversity, the #1 global resource and support network for parents of twins.

 

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For more info on Twiniversity, including daily articles, expecting twins classes, a podcast, and social media giveaways for twin parents, visit Twiniversity.com.

Now reaching over 2 million families a year in over 150 countries, Twiniversity is the largest global resource for all things “twinnie”. With worldwide recognition in her field, Founder Natalie Diaz brings her twin parenting expertise to their online resource, including parent to parent forumslive and online expecting twins classes, social media channels, and her bestselling book “What To Do When You’re Having Two“, the #1 bestseller on Amazon for Twins & Multiples Parenting.

Photo Credit: Jane Goodrich Photography

How to Choose the Best Crib Mattress

happy baby on mattress

A quality crib mattress not only makes bedtime something to look forward to, but it also acts as your little one’s growth center and ensures safety while sleeping.

Colgate Mattress has been family-owned and operated for over 60 years and knows that selecting your baby’s first mattress can be an overwhelming task. That’s why we pride ourselves on helping you understand the differences between mattresses and what features are most important. Take a look at these quick tips as you begin to determine how to choose a crib mattress that is just right for your little one.

Look for a Firm Mattress

Whether you’re searching for a foam or innerspring mattress, look for firmness. For both types of mattresses, the general rule is: the firmer, the better. Newborns develop rapidly over the first two years, which is why you need to find a mattress designed specifically to cater to an infant’s growth. A firm and flat mattress base provides the resistance necessary for developing and strengthening muscles as an infant begins to push up, turn and eventually stand in the crib.

You Can’t Tell a Mattress by its Cover

With a mattress, it’s what’s on the inside that counts. Understanding the different components inside the mattress is essential for your baby’s safety and comfort. For instance, are there any cushioning layers? What materials are used? Is there a flammability barrier? Is there waterproof backing? There’s much more to a mattress than just a cute cover. Consider an all-natural option, like the Colgate Natural I, created for the parent wanting a mattress for their baby that is made with 100% natural components for the healthiest and most comfortable sleep environment possible.

Examine the Labels

One place to start? The label. Manufacturers are required by law to reveal what a mattress is made of. Don’t buy a mattress from a manufacturer or retailer that doesn’t tell you this information through the label, in-store displays, or online specifications. In fact, you should be able to find out the components of each individual layer, from cover to cover. Colgate products not only meet, but exceed federal flammability standards.

Buy New

If possible, buy a new crib mattress. Not only does it ensure the mattress is sanitary, but you also won’t have to worry about how it was previously used or stared. One exception to the rule: if you a buy a new mattress for your first child, keep it clean, and store it in a dry environment (consider Colgate’s storage bag), then you can use it for your next child.

Enter the “Flip My Crib” Contest

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Every year 3,700 infants die due to sleep-related deaths

That’s more than 10 babies a day. Sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) is the unexplained death, usually during sleep, of a seemingly healthy baby less than a year old. Of those, about 90 percent of SIDS cases occur before baby hits the 6-month mark.

SIDS is sometimes known as crib death because the infants often die in their cribs. A great majority of these deaths could be prevented by following the Safe Sleep Guidelines developed by The American Academy of Pediatrics.

 

What does a safe crib environment look like?

Did you receive the most beautiful handmade blanket or precious stuffed animal from a friend or family member? We know you may feel the desire to let your baby sleep with their cute gift, but it is simply not safe.

Keep it clean and simple when setting up your crib. Here are a few tips to creating the safest sleep environment for your baby:

  1. The crib should not have bumper pads.
  2. Provide a firm mattress with a fitted sheet.
  3. Remove from the crib any stuffed animals, blankets or anything with soft surfaces that could possibly block baby’s airway during sleep.
  4. Lay your baby on his/her back.
  5. If the crib is near a window, remove pull cords or use cord shorteners on window dressings.

By following these simple guidelines, you can help reduce your infants’ risk of SIDS.

 

How can I help spread awareness?

During April and May, we are teaming up with First Candle to kick off the “Flip My Crib” campaign to help raise SIDS awareness and increase education for Safe Sleep Guidelines.

We need moms, dads and influencers to help model a safe sleep environment to generate visibility for unaware parents, grandparents and other caregivers and help them understand the vital importance of safe sleep practices.

 

“Flip My Crib” Contest

You can help us educate families on what a safe sleep environment looks like while entering into the chance to win a prize bundle valued at over $250, including a bag from Petunia Pickle Bottom, a $60 gift card for Blue Apron, a sleep sack and other educational toys for baby! Plus, for every photo submitted a donation will be made by Colgate Mattress to First Candle.

 

Here’s how to enter:

  1. Snap a photo of your safe-for-baby nursery or crib.
  2. Follow both @ColgateMattress AND @FirstCandle
  3. Comment using @colgatemattress and @firstcandle AND hashtag #FlipMyCrib in your post

The contest winner will be announced on Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 12th! We hope you will help us educate families so that we can reduce the number of sleep-related deaths in the US.

For more information and resources, please visit https://firstcandle.org/.

From Our Family To Yours

Over six decades ago Colgate Mattress was born with only a $1,500 loan in a small, 4,000 square foot building with one sewing machine and a couple employees. Today, we’re proudly recognized as a crib mattress leader in innovation and safety by families who are raising their own generations on handcrafted Colgate crib mattresses, as our family has for over 60 years.

This month, we thought we’d share a bit of our heritage and core values with our customers, who we consider family.

 

America’s Trusted Crib Mattress Specialists for Over 60 years

Colgate Mattress is a third generation, family-owned business with a long heritage of crafting premium crib mattresses. After serving in World War II as an airplane mechanic, founder Sol Wolkin worked at several textile companies and realized there was a lack of quality crib mattresses.

In 1955, Sol and his wife Anne Wolkin opened Colgate Mattress Atlanta Corp. Colgate expanded several times at its original location before relocating to its present 60,000 square foot location in Atlanta’s historic Cabbagetown neighborhood.

Colgate Mattress was built on the values of integrity, loyalty and honesty. Known for personal and professional ethics, Sol and Anne passed these principles onto their three children, Alan, Joan and Richard, their five grandchildren and their four great-grandchildren. Sol was honored by the Georgia House of Representatives for his contributions to the state as a long-time manufacturer and employer.

Today, Colgate continues to embody the spirit and high standards that Wolkin instilled in the business and its employees, some of whom have been with the company for decades.

 

We Make the Safest Crib Mattress

Our family has always chosen to use non-toxic barrier fabrics instead of harsh fire retardant chemicals. Colgate products not only meet, but exceed federal flammability standards. Each crib mattress is put through a stringent testing program, ensuring a safe night’s sleep for both you and your baby.

 

Leader in Innovation

Colgate Mattress has a longstanding history of innovation in the crib mattress category. We introduced the industry’s first foam crib mattress made from sustainable plant-based oils and continue to design and manufacture award-winning crib mattresses that are safe, healthy and comfortable for baby.

We are proud to be among the first members of the Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association (JPMA), an organization dedicated to enhancing child product safety. Among many other recognitions, Colgate Mattress was recently named a 2018 JPMA Innovation Award Winner.

JPMA Innovation Award Winner

 

Celebrities Choose Colgate

We’ve always said that customers who have an appreciation for craftsmanship and quality can truly appreciate all that goes into our crib mattresses. So who better to prove our point than Martha Stewart whose eye for detail and high standards have made her legendary? Martha Stewart who bought a Colgate mattress for her grandchild and featured the company on her TV show.

We are dedicated to making sure every parent has the ability to buy a safe crib mattress for their baby and offer mattresses in all different price ranges to ensure that every parent can afford a mattress for safe sleeping. It’s no wonder Colgate is so popular, even actress mamas like Christy Carlson Romano and Katrina Law picked a Colgate Mattress for their little ones.

Christy Carlson Romano Crib

 

Colgate Gives Back

We are working with First Candle to launch a consumer-facing Instagram campaign called “Flip My Crib” that will kick off on April 12th. During the month-long contest that will conclude on Mother’s Day (of course), new and expectant moms and dads are invited to send in pictures of their nursery and crib illustrating safe sleep guidelines to a win prize bundle and be featured on the First Candle and Colgate Mattress instagram feeds. The contest aims to increase awareness about the vital importance of safe sleep practices.

Colgate has also partnered with Delivering Good to provide Hurricane Katrina and Hurricane Irma victims with crib mattresses and pads. Colgate also gives to SIDS research, the Rebecca’s Tent women’s shelter and the Furniture Bank of Metro Atlanta. Fostering local, national and international relationships has helped sustain Colgate Mattress, which was among national retailer buybuy Baby’s first vendors.

 

Want to Learn More?

For more information about our history and industry innovation, visit https://colgatekids.com/pages/about-us.