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Yes, I know this has been discussed a million times, but I'd love some specific advice. Anyways, we've come to the conclusion that there is no friggin way in he** that we can afford a natural latex and wool mattress. No freakin way. Its a stretch to buy a standard queen or double mattress with springs instead of a futon, but after sleeping on this old futon for 6 months and waking up with bruised hips all the time, and the fact that I don't think you can co-sleep on a futon, I/we want a mattress.<br><br>
So, do you love your mattress that you bought for max 800 dollars? (double or ideally queen)<br><br>
Do you have an ikea mattress? they seem too good to be true. except that you can't flip many of them, that seems weird.<br><br>
Any mattress shopping tips for a first time mattress buyer?<br><br>
Any ways to minimize harm done by the toxins in a mattress?<br><br>
What do I need to look for to make sure that we can safely co-sleep with our future newborns on this?<br><br>
Thank you so much!
 

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Here's a link to a place that sells a queen Talalay latex mattress for less than $500. I don't have one, but if I bought one, I'd buy from them as they are the cheapest by quite a bit on Talalay latex products.<br><br><a href="http://www.foambymail.com/LatexMQueen.html" target="_blank">http://www.foambymail.com/LatexMQueen.html</a>
 

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Have you tried any of the bargain clubs? We bought our son a twin set for $185, and then found out our BJ's club had the green latex mattresses for $110. I would check around there, or Cosco or Sams, whatever you have near you.
 

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Thanks. I haven't tried any of the bargain clubs. As I think I said, I've never bought a mattress before, and honestly, if it doesn't have mattress or sleep in the name, I don't know where to look lol.<br><br>
thank you. I'll look for some reviews of that foam by mail place, could be good, if the bargain clubs don't have it cheaper.<br><br>
Any expeirience cosleeping on a latex mattress? is that safe? firmness wise?
 

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we bought latex mattresses from ikea this summer two twins for the girls and a queen for us. They are firmer than our old spring mattress and we have been happy with them. I know they are not organic but they have been nice to sleep on and I feel better on them than i would a traditional mattress.
 

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We also have an ikea mattress - I've been totally happy with it.<br><br>
The not-flipping it isn't that big a deal - you can rotate it, it has to do with the way they layer the foam inside. I haven't noticed anything about it wearing out worse in anyway from that (we've had it, um, 3 years not).<br><br>
Best and easiest thing I've seen to minimize toxins is to air your new mattress out as long as possible before using it. IF you get foam, don't use a mattress pad that encases the mattress - it will make it way to hot, and it won't be able to air out properly. Use something you just lay on top that doesn't go over the sides.
 

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Our kids have Naturepedic mattresses. <a href="http://naturepedic.com/" target="_blank">http://naturepedic.com/</a><br><br>
They are organic, none of the nasty chemical flame retardarts. I've been REALLY happy with them.
 

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Thank you for that link...<br><br>
Baby and I have been sleeping on the futon ever since it got cold, and I can totally sympathize with the sore hips. I think I'm going to order one of those natural latex mattress toppers to go on top of the futon - the futon is in perfectly good shape, and we can't fit anything else in here, but I can't spend all winter sleeping on it. One night makes me feel like I'm 80.<br><br>
If you want to try out some different mattresses, we've been to 3 different stores locally to try them out, just to get an idea of what we like. And we were both surprised - neither of us liked what we thought we would (ultra-soft). He wound up liking rather firm, and I like the medium (in the natural latex).
 

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Just giving this a bit of a bump. We went ahead and got a natural latex mattress topper from overstock.com for $140 to put on top of the futon. It has seriously improved my sleep, and no more sore hips!<br><br>
Even the baby likes it better now. And we most definitely co-sleep on the futon. No reason not to.
 

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btw, ikea does have organic mattresses, and i do believe that they are in that price range.<br><br>
and, they are quite nice; i've slept on them before at a B and B that i went to in Sweden.
 

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hey, didn't read the update. so glad the topper worked out for you. that is an awesome savings. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin">
 

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For those who have found cosleeping on a futon uncomfortable how thick is it? I love my futons. I can't sleep on a reg mattress now. WE bought a 10 layer futon mattress, that was designed to be a mattress only not a sofa, once my son grew out of his co-sleeper <a href="http://www.thefutonstore.net/buyonline/product_info.php?cPath=63_27_84&products_id=129" target="_blank">http://www.thefutonstore.net/buyonli...roducts_id=129</a>
 
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