Choosing a crib mattress may seem pretty basic at first glance but it is actually a major decision worth putting in a little extra time and effort. This is easily one of the most important purchases you make for your nursery and I always recommend buying the best crib mattress you can afford.

Your baby will spend a lot of time laying on her crib mattress. In fact, infants can easily sleep up to 18 hours a day. That’s a lot of time to be exposed to whatever comprises your child’s sleeping environment. If there is one single essential baby product that you should absolutely not neglect it is the baby mattress!

There are so many options available to parents these days and it can be terribly overwhelming at first. How do you read through all the advertising and marketing gimmicks to discover the truth of which crib mattress really is best for your baby?

I have created an in-depth guide that will empower you with all the information necessary to choose the perfect baby crib mattress for your precious one.


Top Crib Mattress Comparison Table

Crib Mattress NameConstructionSizeWeightPrice
Newton Wovenaire Breathable Crib Mattress
(Editior's Choice)
Wovenaire28 x 5.5 x 5211 lbs
Naturepedic No Compromise Organic Cotton Crib MattressCoil Innerspring27.8 x 52 x 620 lbs
Moonlight Slumber Little Star Organic Crib MattressPlant Based Foam27.5 x 52 x 58 lbs
Secure Beginnings Safesleep Breathable Crib MattressBreathe -Through50.8 x 27.2 x 5.527 lbs
Colgate Eco Classica III Dual firmness Eco-Friendlier Crib mattressPlant Based Foam51.7 x 27.5 x 69.4 lbs


Crib Mattress Reviews


Secure Beginnings Safesleep Breathable Crib Mattress

Breathe-through crib mattressIn the first months of life, as biological systems are still developing, infants have difficulty regulating their body temperature.  Low-birth-weight and premature infants have an even harder time achieving their perfect temperature balance.

Crib mattresses with fiberfill or with a vinyl cover can elevate your baby’s temperature while sleeping.  This may lead to your baby waking up in the night and to overheating.

The Secure Beginnings Completely Breathe-Through Crib Mattress has eliminated the need for fiberfill and vinyl covers which just trap heat and gasses.

Instead, a medical grade three-dimensional warp of knitted fabric is used to help to keep your child’s core temperature stable.  This unique design aids your infant’s still developing natural ability to regulate body temperature to her perfect Goldilocks balance…not too hot, and not too cold, but just right resulting in safer, longer sleep for your little one and more a restful sleep for you.

The Secure Beginnings crib mattresses are made from high-end, eco-friendly and organic materials.  The Safesleep crib mattresses are also constructed from recycled materials and are 100% recyclable.  You can have peace of mind knowing that no chemicals are used or even needed for waterproofing or fireproofing this crib mattress.  All of the paints and stains used in creating this crib mattress are organic plant based for your child’s safety.

You will never find adhesives or corrosive materials used in the Safesleep baby mattress system. Another reason this is one of the best crib mattresses is that there is no latex or wool that could trigger allergies in your baby. Bacteria, pathogens, and fungi are often hidden and growing inside or with in the seams of crib mattresses which unfortunately can expose your baby to infections and possible respiratory issues.

The Secure Beginnings Breathe-Through Crib Mattress can be completely cleaned, quickly and easily. The simple yet ingenious locking bar system makes removing the sleep surface for laundering a total breeze. Another benefit is that the sturdy hard-wood base never needs to be lifted from the crib.  one can simply wipe down the frame using a warm damp cloth and soap to disinfect and clean.

Lacking any type of fill or core makes this crib mattress blessedly free of toxic chemicals including both fireproofing chemicals and waterproofing chemicals. There simply is no need for these harmful agents.

It may sound silly to say about a baby’s mattress but your Secure Beginnings Breathe-Through Crib Mattress could even become a family heirloom.  The fact that it is completely washable, can be used for years and with multiple infants without the risk of bacteria or mold accumulation, means this is truly one of the best crib mattresses on the market and will stand the test of time.

Research proves that Secure Beginnings Completely Breathe-Through Crib Mattress has less carbon dioxide accumulation than other baby mattresses.  Why does this matter?  Testing indicates that some infants rebreathe carbon dioxide which leads to hypoxia, a condition highly associated with SIDS.  This happens when the exhaled air (CO2) during regular breathing becomes trapped in their bedding materials and unable to dissipate into the surrounding air.

Most infants will turn their head, but some, due to a brain stem abnormality, can not. The problem for parents is it is impossible to know which infants will or will not turn their heads to get clean oxygen.  This is why it is so important to swaddle your infant correctly and practice safe back sleeping. However, we all know that eventually, infants all will roll over.

A Secure Beginnings’ crib mattress gives you more than just peace of mind; this sleep system is backed by a mountain of scientific data proving it is one of the safest crib mattresses. This Breathe-Through Crib Mattress contains no core or fill is completely washable which is a huge plus. The expertly engineered locking bar system makes removing the woven sleep wrap simple and quick.  The sleep surface dries in just a few minutes instead of several hours live other crib mattresses. A plastic bottom, made of recycled materials which emit no odors or harmful gasses, prevents any night-time accidents from spilling onto the floor beneath. This and the solid-wood base can be easily wiped clean without removing from the crib.

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Naturepedic No Compromise Organic Cotton Classic Crib Mattress

There is a reason why this Naturepedic baby crib mattress is one of the best-selling crib mattresses today. This baby mattress tops reviews all across the web because it offers everything you could possibly need in a crib mattress. It features a heavy-duty innerspring coupled with the quality craftsmanship needed to last for years.

The crib mattress is firm, with waterproof seamless edges, and gives your little one a natural, healthy and comfortable environment to sleep with its baby soft organic cotton threads and an easy-to-clean food grade polyethylene waterproof surface.

In addition to locking out moisture, the mattress cover functions as a dust mite and bed bug barrier! Without a doubt, this is one of the finest stain resistant waterproof mattress covers. The Naturpedic No Compromise Organic Cotton Classic Crib Mattress is a beautiful baby mattress with a clean white finish.

The purest form of cotton is organic cotton and is a healthier alternative to synthetic fabrics and foams. Naturepedic uses only U.S. grown and certified organic cotton as filling for its organic baby mattresses and sources directly from USDA certified suppliers. Another great feature of the Naturepedic No Compromise Crib Mattress is the heavy-duty 150 coil innerspring plus strong 9 gauge edge support. It provides the ideal firm and flat surface to support your little one in accordance with pediatrician and Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) firmness recommendations.

One of the greatest advantages of this crib mattress is the heat sealed waterproof seams. This innovative design allows for a modern look which also serves the functional and hygienic purpose of locking out moisture. Dust mites and bed bugs have to ability to live in the seams and enter through the sewn holes. The quality engineering means this baby mattress is also more durable as it the design reduces the possibility of the seam tearing or the stitch busting and unraveling. Parents also love how the crib mattress wipes clean to the edge! Your infant can grow with and into this crib mattress. Its dual side design provides a slightly firmer side for infants and a slightly softer side for toddlers. This tailored approach offers unique benefits based on the age of the child.

You can rest assure that there was No Compromise in this infant mattress when it comes to fire protection. Due to the innovative natural design, Naturepedic passes all federal and state flammability standards without the use of any fire retardant chemicals or chemical flame barriers. This is achieved through superior engineering, research, and design using more natural materials such as organic cotton fabric, organic cotton fiber, non-GMO plant-based PLA batting and the total elimination of polyurethane foam. Naturepeidic has performed extensive testing for chemical emissions. Unlike crib mattresses that contain polyurethane foam and vinyl, the Naturepedic No Compromise is true to its name and helps you avoid these materials and other unnecessary additives. The best way to improve the air quality of your nursery and reduce chemical exposure to your baby is by eliminating these chemicals from the crib mattress in the first place.

Naturepedic baby crib mattresses are certified to the GREENGUARD® GOLD standard and help promote a cleaner, more chemical-free sleep environment for your child. The entire crib mattress is certified organic to the Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS). This ensures that your baby crib mattress meets a healthy non-toxic standard and is truly organic. 

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Moonlight Slumber Little Star Organic Crib Mattress

Crib Mattress Review Moonlight Slumber

Here is another great cotton alternative to traditional crib mattresses. The Little Star from Moonlight Slumber is a water, stain, and odor resistant, antimicrobial crib mattress with an easy to clean, cotton cover.

One thing that really sets this crib mattress apart from the competition is when you remove the soft, supple mattress cover for washing, the mattress core of the Little Star can still be used for nap and bedtime due to its performance fabric inner core cover.

Another outstanding benefit which makes The Little Star one of the best crib mattresses we have reviewed is its dual firmness with a plush synthetic latex toddler side that allows you to get years of quality use as your little one grows!

The Little Star baby mattress is a 5″ deep, two stage sleep system. The infant side is an extra firm layer of foam infused with plant oils just perfect for your youngest. The reverse toddler side is a comfortable pressure reducing, synthetic latex designed for older children and gives them a safe, antibacterial, temperature regulating and supremely comfortable surface to sleep on.

The dual purpose design allows you to use this crib mattress for years as your child grows from a newborn into a toddler. In addition, the Moonlight Slumber Little Star Crib Mattress is engineered with SafeSewn seams that have been strategically moved down to the sides and sewn flat making sheet changes and clean up very quick and easy, all while coming in a light weight and manageable package!

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Colgate Eco Classica III Dual Firmness Eco-Friendlier Crib mattress

Crib Matress Review Eco ClassicOne of the most popular crib mattresses being sold today is Colgate’s Eco Classica III Dual Firmness Foam Crib Mattress.

Discerning parents love the hypoallergenic design which makes this crib mattress an ideal addition to any child’s nursery. This baby crib mattress has a tried and true polyurethane and cotton filling that ensures both maximum comfort and durability.

You can sleep easy at night knowing the Eco Classica III crib mattress is fire, odor, and water resistant. The crib mattress has an understated but elegant ecru color. The crib mattress cover is engineered to provide protection from dust mites and bedbugs and the baby mattress is non-toxic and CPSIA or CPSC compliant.

This is one of the best crib mattresses and obviously safe to use for your little ones and the environment.

This Eco Classica III Dual Firmness Foam Crib Mattress from Colgate is eco-friendly and has minimal impact on the environment. You will find an expertly engineered dual-firmness crib mattress, packed with 6” of eco-friendlier foam and infused with sustainable organic plant oils.

The extra firm side is designed to provide the firmness infants need for proper support and development, while the less firm side provides the soft cushy comfort toddlers love. This is all wrapped snugly inside an ultra-soft certified organic cotton cover, which is waterproof-backed to ensure the mattress stays dry while your precious little one’s tender skin remains closest to organic cotton.

The Eco Classica III Foam Crib Mattress is designed to last throughout the infant and toddler years, with inverted seams to ensure mattress durability. Like all Colgate crib mattresses, the Colgate Eco Classica III is GREENGUARD® Gold certified, CertiPUR-US® certified, CPSIA compliant, and meets all federal and state flammability requirements – without the use of fire-retardant chemicals.

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Newton Baby Wovenaire Breathable Crib Mattress

Breathable Crib Mattress Review Newton babyEvery single design element and feature of the Newton crib mattress was made with your baby’s health, safety, and comfort as the top priorities. The groundbreaking Wovenaire design allows air to flow freely around your baby and through the crib mattress for 100% breathability and to facilitate optimal temperature regulation.

Parents absolutely love the washable material which prevents bacteria and fungi growth – and allows for a quick and easy rinse off of those late-night mishaps.

Newton Baby has found the perfect level of cushy firmness to keep your baby blissfully sleeping through the night so you can sleep easy as well. Newton’s core is made of 90% free air and 10% organic food-grade polymer.

The wovenaire crib mattress core is all wrapped up in a lightweight, breathable, multi-dimensional fabric that provides comfort and protection with a simple unzip removal for easy washing. You can rest easy knowing Newton contains no off-gassing foam, latex, springs, glue, or allergens and is 100% recyclable.

Check out my full product review of the Wovenaire Breathable Crib Mattress by Newton Baby!