I'm expecting my second child within the next month, and would like to have him sleep on some kind of chemical-free mattress.
Our first child slept in a variety of places in our room until he was about a year old, maybe a month or two in each place -- our bed (unfortunately uncomfortable for us), a moses basket, a stroller bassinet, a non-standardly-sized wooden cradle, some blankets on the floor between our bed and the wall, etc. He never had a proper crib, and we didn't particularly miss it. He was an excellent sleeper and didn't seem to mind being shuttled around as he outgrew each location.
This time around, we're in the process of buying natural latex/wool mattresses for us and and for our now four-year-old (still a fabulous sleeper); of course I want the new baby to sleep on a chemical-free mattress as well. But I don't want to buy twenty-seven different organic mattresses for the moses basket (oval) the freestanding cosleeper (rectangular -- it's like a mini-crib, as it turns out!), the cradle (larger rectangle, the size of a changing table top), etc., etc., etc! I want to buy just one thing, or maybe two things tops, or maybe just a flexible wrapper than I can cover the existing chemically mattresses with.
I don't have a ton of experience with fabrics in particular -- can I just buy a large swath of nice wool to wrap anything the baby sleeps in and then cover it in cotton on? Is that really adequate protection from the crud in the mattresses?
(Or maybe -- possibly -- this new baby will be totally different, and demand to sleep somewhere I've never thought of, like a bouncy seat. Perhaps I'm gearing up for yesterday's war.... but what else can I do?)