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Celebrating 65 Years of Handcrafting Crib Mattresses with Fun Facts from 1955

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In 2020, Colgate Mattress is celebrating our 65th anniversary as the most trusted crib mattress name for new moms. To commemorate this achievement and company milestone, we thought we would share some fun facts about how far babies have come since Colgate Mattress was founded in 1955, along with more facts about babies that you probably didn’t know!

Fun Baby Facts from 1955

  • The average number of babies per woman of child-bearing age was 5, and now it is 2! 
  • The average stay in a hospital to give birth was 4 days, and now it is around 2 days.
  • The most popular boy name was Michael and the most popular girl name was Mary.
  • In 1955, female babies weighed, on average, 120 grams less at birth than male babies.
  • The heaviest baby ever born was a boy, who weighed 22 pounds, eight ounces – ouch! He was born in Italy in 1955. 
  • Babies born in 1955 are part of the “baby boomers” generation, a strong post-war economy when Americans felt confident they would be able to support larger families.

Fun Family Facts from 1995

  • The average cost of a new house was $10,950, while the average cost of a gallon of gas was 23 cents.
  • Disney released box-office classic, The Lady and the Tramp, to theatres. 
  • The Disneyland resort and theme park, located in Anaheim, California, opened its doors.
  • The TV Remote Control and Microwave Oven were introduced to families.
  • McDonald’s advertised 15-cent hamburgers, 19-cent cheeseburgers, and 10-cent french fries and sodas.
  • The original Mickey Mouse Club television program made its debut on ABC.

25 Fun Baby Facts You Never Knew

  1. Every two seconds, somewhere in the world, a baby is born. 
  2. A baby has 300 separate bones at birth but by adulthood, we have only 206. Why? Because some bones, like the skull, fuse together later.
  3. A newborn baby’s head accounts for about one-quarter of its entire weight. 
  4. Babies are born without kneecaps. However, babies and toddlers, weight for weight, are stronger than an ox, particularly their legs. 
  5. At one year old, a baby will have a foot half the size of their adult size. 
  6. A child doesn’t grow while they have a common cold. 
  7. By the time of birth, a baby’s brain is made up of more than 10 million nerve cells. It’s downhill from here! 
  8. A newborn baby will double its weight by six months and triple it by the end of the first year. If it carried on at that rate, it would weigh more than a thousand pounds by the time it was five. 
  9. The average toddler takes 176 steps a minute…except at bedtime! 
  10. It’s well known that a fetus in the womb can hear, but tests have shown that fetuses respond to sounds just as vigorously as they respond to pressures and internal sensations. 
  11. The largest number of children born to one woman is 69, as recorded in Russia during the 1700s. 
  12. Your baby shares their birthday with at least 9 million other people in the world. 
  13. Babies are born with very poor vision but recognize their mothers almost right away. 
  14. By the end of age two, the average baby has been changed 7,300 times.  
  15. Excluding medical costs, new parents in the U.S. typically spend $7,000 in a baby’s first year on everything from diapers to formula to daycare. 
  16. Children laugh on average 300 times a day, adults only 60. Why that was so hilarious probably only a five-year-old really knows. 
  17. Babies don’t suffer from bad breath because they have no teeth, which collects bacteria. 
  18. Most babies recognize their mothers’ voices when they are born, but take around 14 days to learn to recognize their father’s voice. 
  19. Young babies don’t sweat because their sweat glands are not fully developed. 
  20. A newborn baby focuses best at objects that are 10 inches from its nose – that’s roughly the distance from its mother’s breast to her eyes. 
  21. A baby’s strongest sense is smell and they can recognize their mothers by scent alone. 
  22. Most newborns cry without tears until they are three to six weeks old. 
  23. A new baby usually deprives each of its parents around 350-400 hours of sleep in the first year. That is one entire night’s sleep per week, per parent! 
  24. The first child ever born in Antarctica was born in 1978. 
  25. In 1914, President Woodrow Wilson signed the orders that made Mother’s Day a national holiday!

 

 

Fact Sources: 
https://www.guinnessworldrecords.com/
https://www.cdc.gov/
https://www.parentingscience.com/
http://www.thepeoplehistory.com/
https://www.wikipedia.org/
https://www.babyboomers.com/
https://www.who.int/

Colgate Mattress Sweeps 2019 Awards

This year Colgate Mattress® connected with more new moms than ever before through special events, blogger giveaways and partnerships with brands you love. On top of those exciting collaborations, we were thrilled to take home four major industry awards. Here’s a roundup of those recognitions. 

Mom’s Choice Award Gold Winner

The Mom’s Choice Awards® evaluates products and services created for children, families, and educators. The program is globally recognized for establishing the benchmark of excellence in family-friendly media, products, and services from more than 57 countries.

Colgate’s Eco Spring 2-N-1 Crib Mattress took home the Gold for providing a more natural sleep for your baby. Its 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.

Eco Excellence Awards Nursery Category Winner

Colgate Mattress was 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.

Once again, Colgate’s Eco Spring 2-N-1 won for its eco-friendlier elements. 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.

“The Twinnies” Best of Gear Award Winner

Colgate Mattress also 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 were honored to take home the top prize and first runner up.

Twinnie Best Crib Mattress Winner

The Colgate 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

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.

Baby & Children’s Product News Readers Favorite

Colgate Mattress also received the 2019 Baby & Children’s Product News Readers Favorite Award! Each year, magazine readers are asked to name their favorite sources for a variety of baby products ranging from apparel to cribs and from baby baths to mattresses. They select their favorites based on their own experience and knowledge, instead of from a provided list. This award is especially humbling because the vote of confidence came from our amazing retail partners who know crib mattresses inside and out! 

What’s Up Next

In 2020, Colgate Mattress will celebrate its 65th Anniversary as a third-generation, family-owned and operated company that handcrafts the highest quality crib mattresses. We produce crib mattresses that our own kids, grandkids, and great-grandkids have slept on and approve!

We care deeply about the proper development and safety of your child and stand behind every product we make. That’s just how we do business. Thank you for continuing to support our mission and best wishes for a joyous year ahead!

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

eco excellence winner

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

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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.

 

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6 Forgotten Nursery Must-Haves for Twins

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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

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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.