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#1 of 5 Old 01-14-2003, 03:32 PM - Thread Starter
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Hi there,

I've been lurking for quite some time, and finally have a question that I'm hoping someone will have some imput on.

Our first baby is due in April , and we're busy now shopping for everything we need. What we're having trouble with is what kind of mattress to get for our crib. Do we go with the regular matresses from the store we bought our crib from, or do we pay extra for a natural/organic mattress? The mattress at the store will definetely fit our crib perfectly and is firm enough. It also got a top rating from consumer reports. But at the same time, how healthy is is for our little one to be sleeping on a mattress that is all synthetic foam and plastic?

We don't mind paying more for the organic mattress, but I'm worried about ordering one that is too loose for the crib or is not firm enough, and then not being able to send it back.

Any ideas or experience with this?


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Before you drop a ton of money on an expensive mattress make sure you will be using your crib We hardly used ours and so our regular matress was fine. If you feel an organic mattress is important then definitely get it. Do you sleep on an organic matress? I would get the regular on but i would let it air out very well before putting my baby on it.

As far as size goes, cribs are a standard size and don't see any reason why a matress bought somewhere else wouldn't fit just as tightly in the crib.

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We went to a local futon place. They made us a mattress stuffed with fiber that isn't organic, but hasn't been treated with fireproof stuff (we had to sign a waiver and get a letter from our midwife). It was about $80. Our midwife thought it wasn't stuffed enough, and they stuffed it again for us for free. We could have had it made with the fireproof stuff, or organic.

Of course, now he sleeps between us on our mattress. :
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I say wait to buy the crib until after your baby is born. I didn't and it was a waste of space and money.

Most of the people I know whose babies do sleep in cribs don't start using them until the baby is at least three months old, at which point it's usually pretty easy (relatively speaking) to get out of the house for some shopping.

Just my two cents...
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The only problem with waiting is that I'm not sure what we'd do when baby is sleeping and we're not. We have two very cuddly cats, and we wanted to have the crib set up with a crib tent on top to keep them away from baby. Are there other options?

We're leaning towards just buying the organic mattress and hoping it's firm enough, but how do you tell? Everything I read just says "buy a firm mattress." But even the ones at the store vary a lot. Some are hard as a rock and others feel more like our own mattress. maybe I'm jsut thinking too much abotu this, but I want to do best for baby.
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