Thursday, June 9, 2011

SOYBEAN MATTRESS

pete came to my office this morning in somewhat of a panic. handed me a must-haves-for-baby checklist exclaiming “not even half of these items are checked off.” [i chuckle when he gets like this.] personally, i think he’s having withdrawals from shopping. [shhhh, don’t tell him i told you, but the man loves to shop. more than me.] i reminded him, however, that we have 2 upcoming baby showers and 6 weeks to gather the essentials.
in pete’s defense, however, i absolutely loved registering for baby necessities! zapping bar codes and imagining what my baby would look like in all of his fun, new stuff was great-n-all, but there was also a plethora of information just waiting to be absorbed. pete and i have learned. so. much.
the most boggling of the products…the mattress. i mean, a mattress? how different can they be?!?! you just cover them up with cute sheets anyway, right?!?!
no such luck. as it turns out, they're pretty important and also a little complicated. you have to think about the size, materials used inside and out, whether it's waterproof, how firm it is and a whole host of other things.
the sealy signature soybean crib and toddler bed mattress, which, as i'm sure you guessed from the name, is made from a foam derived from soybeans. interesting, eh? at around $149.99, it's a little more than i wanted to invest in a baby mattress, but it’s one that will grow with our “little man” through his toddler years. btw, thank you for the mattress, gigi!
here's what to love:
  • it's safe: you always gotta start there. this one passes all flammability, phthalates, lead and cpsia testing and does not contain toxic fire retardants and has a lifetime warranty.
  • easy-to-clean: the laminate cover is wet-proof with a stain, odor, dust mite and allergen barrier that wipes clean. it also has a protected edges that help prevent mold and bacterial growth inside and out.
  • airflow pocket: well-ventilated and doesn't include any small metal parts.
  • snug fit: square corner design to keep baby safe. this is extremely important if you're buying a mattress for a newborn or infant as they can get trapped in the area between the crib and the mattress if it's too small. for more on how to know what size is right for you, check out the buying guides at kolcraft.com.
  • environmentally-friendly: this is where the soybeans come in. because this mattress is made of high density foam-core made from a renewable resource - u.s. grown soybeans - the carbon footprint is less than other mattresses. read more on soybean-enhanced foam at kolcraft.com.

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