Our Rating: 3/5 (See: How Leaf Score is calculated)
- Made using entirely organic materials that naturally help regulate airflow and body temperature
- Organic coconut coir and natural latex makes for a breathable mattress core
- Can be used by newborns, older infants, and toddlers
|Country of Origin:||UK|
|Materials:||(Depending on option chosen) organic coconut coir, organic latex, organic mohair, and organic wool, organic cotton, hypoallergenic Oeko-Tex approved cotton treatment|
|Certifications:||Soil Association certified (no certificate provided)|
Oeko-Tex for cover treatment (no certificate provided)
In 2001, Naturalmat were the first US company to make a crib mattress that met all British Standards without using any glues, chemical fire retardants or synthetics of any kind.
Their Coco Mat Crib Mattress uses organic coconut coir and natural latex to form a breathable mattress core. This is covered with a layer of organic, locally sourced lambswool, and a machine washable natural cotton cover to create a sustainable, natural sleep surface that is firm, safe, and comfortable. The mattress fits standard size cribs and measures 52” x 28” x 6”.
Made using entirely organic materials which naturally help regulate airflow and body temperature, this mattress can be used by newborns, older infants, and toddlers. This mattress is not recommended for use with a wire base, however, and is best suited to a slatted or flat crib base.
The mattress cover is treated with an OEKO-TEX® certified hypoallergenic treatment to protect against bed bugs, dust mites, mosquitos and moths and the mattress has a 5-year manufacturers guarantee. Naturalmat say that this crib mattress is completely chemical free and that they use 100% natural materials from sustainable, Fair Trade sources.
Mattresses are shipped directly from the UK, with delivery within two weeks. This suggests that the mattresses are not made to order and, as these goods are imported, they may be subject to some contamination from shipping containers or required chemical treatments such as spraying furniture with pesticides.
All in all, the Coco Mat may be a great option if you live in the UK or are traveling there and want to bring a crib mattress home to the US. However, the lack of robust certifications and the potential for contamination are concerns to consider.
Naturalmat’s Quilted Coco Mat Crib Mattress retails for $424.00, and they also offer a Quilted Latex Mat for $574.00 and a Quilted Mohair Mat for $497.00, made with similar standards and construction but with latex or mohair for the core instead of coconut coir.
Naturalmat vs. My Green Mattress, Naturepedic, Soaring Heart, and Savvy Rest
Naturalmat’s Quilted Coco Mat Crib Mattress is quite a bit more expensive than My Green Mattress’s Emily Crib Mattress which is arguably far better in terms of construction and eco-friendliness.
Naturalmat mattresses don’t seem to have any clear certifications, other than a possible organic Soil Association certificate for their coconut coir and a nod towards Oeko-Tex certification for some kind of treatment for the mattress cover. In contrast, My Green Mattress (View Price on Amazon) make a similar mattress (although it does contain steel coils) that carries a wealth of certifications to support its non-toxic, eco-friendly nature, including GOTS, GOLS, Greenguard Gold, Oeko-Tex, and EcoWool, and all for a very good price ($289 compared to Naturalmat’s $424). The My Green Mattress Emily mattress is also likely a bit lighter, though Naturalmat don’t provide weight details for their mattresses.
If you’re looking for an eco-friendly non-toxic crib mattress with an in-built waterproof cover, Naturepedic’s mattresses are your best bet (with the exception of the non-waterproof single-sided quilted mattress). Lullaby Earth’s crib mattress and Nook’s Pebble Pure (which has a removable washable cover) are also decent options, but these both use less eco-friendly materials and aren’t as well established as Naturepedic.
For Naturalmat and all the other mattresses I recommend at LeafScore, you’ll need to use wool puddle pads and/or a waterproof crib mattress cover or pad.
Wool and fire resistance
If you’d rather not have wool in your crib mattress, Naturepedic offer some of the best wool-free options and are transparent about using a mixture of baking soda, silica, and eucalyptus as a natural flame retardant instead of wool.
In contrast, OMI, Soaring Heart, SleepLily, and Savvy Rest all include wool in their crib mattresses. Lullaby Earth offer a decent wool-free crib mattress (View Price on Amazon) made with recycled polyester and polyethylene, but it’s not entirely clear how Lullaby Earth meet fire safety standards.
My Green Mattress are my top pick overall for a reasonably priced non-toxic, eco-friendly crib mattress with robust certifications and an excellent reputation. Their Emily mattress is priced at $289, while their closest competitor, arguably Naturalmat, offer a Quilted Latex Mat for $574.00. Naturalmat also offer a Quilted Coco Mat Crib Mattress retailing at $424.00, as well as a Quilted Mohair Mat for $497.00, made with similar standards and construction but with coconut coir and mohair for the core respectively.
I’m not convinced as to just how non-toxic and eco-friendly these Naturalmat mattresses are, however, given the lack of transparency over the materials and treatments used to make these mattresses and the fact that they are imported and therefore likely to be subjected to fumigation upon arrival in the US.
The Nook Pebble Pure Crib Mattress retails for around $395 and is made with organic coconut coir blended with natural latex foam and covered in organic wool. However, I’m not all that confident in the non-toxic, eco-credentials of this mattress either, given the lack of transparency over the cover materials including an organic cotton ‘non-toxic poly blend’.
Naturepedic’s Organic Cotton Classic and Lightweight Classic mattresses are both latex-free and similar in price to the Emily mattress, costing between $255 and $299. These both boast a waterproof cover, however, unlike My Green Mattress, where you’d have to buy separate covers or puddle pads.
If you’re going to spend over $200 on a crib mattress, I’d strongly suggest going with My Green Mattress or Naturepedic. If it’s a lightweight mattress you’re after, the Naturepedic Lightweight is arguably your best option, although the Emily only weighs 15 lbs and 6 ounces.
Non-toxic and eco-friendly credentials
My Green Mattress cover all their bases with certifications from GOLS, GOTS, Oeko-Tex, Greenguard Gold, and EcoWool, making their mattress more robustly certified than any Naturepedic mattress (which boast only Greenguard Gold, GOTS, and UL-certified formaldehyde free (GOLS doesn’t apply).
OMI crib mattresses carry more certifications than My Green Mattress, Savvy Rest, Soaring Heart, Naturepedic, and every other mattress on the market, but you pay for that peace of mind. Still, if you are concerned about multiple chemical sensitivity (MCS) or simply want a high-quality crib mattress free from toxic chemicals and made with care from sustainably and humanely sourced materials, OMI are the top choice.
My Green Mattress’s Emily Crib Mattress, made with latex, coconut coir, wool, cotton, and innerspring mattress weighs just 15 lbs and 6 ounces, thanks to the coconut coir most likely. The Naturepedic crib mattresses weigh between 21 and 25 lbs for the cotton and innerspring models and just 8 lbs for their Lightweight mattress made with plastic. Nook’s Pebble Pure also weighs in at 25 lbs.
In contrast, both of the SleepLily crib mattresses are very heavy, weighing in at 33 and 35 lbs for the innerspring and latex mattresses respectively. No weight details are available for OMI, Soaring Heart, Lullaby Earth, or Savvy Rest unfortunately, nor for Nook or Naturalmat.
There are some size differences between these mattresses that are worth bearing in mind if you have already bought a crib. The Soaring Heart mattress, for instance, is a little bigger than Naturepedic’s mattresses and at the top end of the standard size measurements for a crib mattress (although it’s also thinner at just 3.5 inches compared to most crib mattresses measuring 5 or 6 inches. Savvy Rest’s crib mattress is also slightly longer and wider than Naturepedic’s crib mattresses, while OMI’s mattresses are as long but a little wider. For comparison, here are the mattresses listed from largest to smallest in terms of width and length:
- Nook Pebble Pure – 28” x 53” x 4”
- Soaring Heart – 28 5/8” x 52 3/8” x 3 1/2 “
- Sleep Lily – 28” x 52” x 6”
- OMI – 28” x 52” x 6”
- Naturalmat – 28” x 52” x 6”
- Savvy Baby – 27 ½” x 52” x 6
- My Green Mattress – 27 ¼ “ x 52″ x 6″
- Naturepedic – 27 ¼” x 51 5/8” x 6”
- Lullaby Earth – 27 ¼” x 51 5/8” x 6”
Naturalmat, SleepLily, Nook, and OMI don’t mention any charitable side to their business and seem focused purely on their products.
Savvy Rest have the most robust charitable giving program and B Corp status (none of the other mattress companies have this currently).
Soaring Heart are also socially engaged, with quarterly Charity Pillow Builds and a goal is to direct 1% of annual gross sales to charitable causes. Soaring Heart also created a Scholarship at Seattle’s Pride Foundation to fund students working in the area of mental health and compassionate care.
My Green Mattress offers a discount to members of the U.S. military, but there’s no indication that the company has a charitable arm other a donation/refund program if you return your mattress after your 100 night comfort trial.
Naturepedic are members of 1% for the Planet, at least, although they don’t seem to do much else.
Warranty and refunds
Naturalmat don’t offer any details of a warranty or trial period. Instead, all returns have to be handled within 14 days directly with the company.
In contrast, My Green Mattress offer a generous 100-night sleep trial for their crib mattresses and a full 10-year warranty for manufacturing defects. If you don’t want to keep the mattress after your 100 nights, My Green Mattress will work with you to donate it to a local charity and then refund your money. OMI offer a similar 90-day sleep trial and a 20-year limited warranty on all mattresses.
All Naturepedic crib mattresses come with a 30 Day Money Back Guarantee provided the product was purchased directly from Naturepedic. You have to pay all shipping costs (including outbound costs associated with any promotions), however. Naturepedic have a 10 year warranty against manufacturing defects, with full coverage in the first 5 years and pro-rated coverage thereafter.
Savvy Rest are rather miserly in terms of their return policy. Unlike most other companies, they just don’t do returns, claiming that to do so would necessitate them spraying their products with toxic chemicals.
All in all, for the same price as Naturalmat, or less, you could get a much more robustly certified non-toxic and eco-friendly crib mattress from Soaring Heart, Sleep Lily, My Green Mattress, or Naturepedic. For slightly more, you could get the best of the best from OMI, who make a no expense spared non-toxic, eco-friendly, high-quality, latex mattress.
My top pick for a crib mattress remains the Emily Mattress from My Green Mattress, which is a fantastic eco-friendly and non-toxic crib mattress with great certifications for less than half the price of OMI’s mattresses. My Green Mattress is an especially good choice if you’re looking for a slightly firmer crib mattress that has a slightly snugger fit.