Review: Savvy Rest The Savvy Baby Crib Mattress

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Written by Leigh Matthews, BA Hons, H.Dip. NT


Leigh Matthews, BA Hons, H.Dip. NT

Sustainability Expert

Leigh Matthews is a sustainability expert and long time vegan. Her work on solar policy has been published in Canada's National Observer.


The Savvy Baby Crib Mattress from Savvy Rest is a top choice for any eco-nursery. Here’s our unbiased review, with all the pros and cons to the Savvy Baby.

Table of Contents
  1. Savvy Rest Savvy Baby Crib Mattress
  2. Savvy Baby Crib Mattress: Out of the box
  3. Savvy Baby features and performance
  4. Why we like Savvy Rest
  5. Savvy Baby warranty and returns
  6. Savvy Rest vs. Avocado, My Green Mattress, Naturepedic, and the rest

Savvy Rest Savvy Baby Crib Mattress

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Highlights: GOTS certified organic crib mattress made in the U.S. in a GOTS certified factory. Comprises organic Dunlop latex, cotton and wool. Ships next day!

What we like

  • GOTS certified
  • Made in the U.S. in a GOTS factory
  • Fast delivery
  • Made with 5-inch firm Dunlop latex core
  • Made by charitably minded B Corp

What could be better

  • No returns
  • Likely heavy
  • Not waterproof
  • Not vegan
  • Fewer credentials than Avocado and Naturepedic

At a glance:

Materials: Organic latex, wool, and cotton

Two-stage: No

Size: 27.5 x 52 x 6 inch

Weight: info unavailable

Price: $399

Savvy Baby Crib Mattress: Out of the box

The Savvy Baby is manufactured in a GOTS-certified facility in the U.S. It is packaged uncompressed in a large cardboard box with plastic wrap and can be used right away. Savvy Rest doesn’t make the mattresses to order, so it can ship the mattress the next business day for quick delivery.

The Savvy Baby is a GOTS-certified organic crib mattress with a firm Dunlop natural latex core encased in organic cotton with an organic wool batting layer. It is free from toxic flame retardants, phthalates, and pesticides and is safe and supportive for infants and toddlers.

Savvy Baby features and performance

The Savvy Baby comprises a solid 5-inch layer of firm natural Dunlop latex with GOTS wool batting and organic cotton cover. The whole mattress is certified GOTS organic.

The natural Dunlop latex is certified organic in two ways: The rubber tree plantations are certified organic according to USDA standards, and its processing is certified organic to the Global Organic Latex Standard (GOLS). 

The Savvy Baby mattress uses GOTS-certified organic wool batting as a natural flame barrier. And GOTS-certified organic cotton means there are no pesticides lurking in this mattress cover. 

This crib mattress fits standard cribs measuring 27.5 x 52 and is 6 inches deep. It is not two-stage but is flippable for use of both sides.

Why we like Savvy Rest

Savvy Rest is a B Corporation, demonstrating a commitment to sustainability and good working conditions. It also donates a portion of profits to American Forests, the oldest nonprofit conservation organization in the US, which helps to restore and maintain threatened forest ecosystems across the country and around the globe.

Savvy Rest is also a member of the Carbon Fund, through which they support reforestation along the Mississippi River, a vital habitat for migratory birds. Reforestation is a key part of efforts to mitigate climate change.

In terms of corporate social responsibility, Savvy Rest also have a Safe Sleep Pillows Program, which works to donate new pillows for women and children who arrive at domestic violence shelters across the US. When the new arrivals at these emergency shelters move on to find more permanent housing, they can take their new Savvy Rest pillow with them.

Savvy Rest became employee owned in 2012, meaning that staff are more invested in the company’s growth and in customer satisfaction. Employee owned companies tend to create a better experience for employees and for customers.

Savvy Baby warranty and returns

Savvy Rest doesn’t allow returns unless there’s a manufacturing defect. This is because the company would need to chemically sanitize products for resale, which it isn’t willing to do. While laudable, this avoidance of chemicals isn’t entirely necessary, given there are safe ways to sanitize products and the option of donating returns instead of reselling.

The latter approach is one taken by many other, often smaller, mattress companies.  

Savvy Rest vs. Avocado, My Green Mattress, Naturepedic, and the rest

If you’re looking for a combination of quality, cost, reputation, CSR, and eco-friendly credentials, Savvy Rest is a great option for a crib mattress. Savvy Rest’s The Savvy Baby costs $399 for a completely GOTS-certified mattress made with organic latex, wool, cotton, and nothing else. And the price hasn’t budged in the last few years, even with inflation!

This mattress contains no chemical flame retardants, just a firm, safe, comfortable place for your baby to sleep.

Savvy Rest can boast B Corp status and has a robust charitable giving program. Savvy Rest is also one of the best options if you need a crib mattress right away as it is a big enough company that mattresses are in constant production and in stock for shipping the next business day.

For more eco-credentials and assurances that the mattress is made in an environment free from nasty chemicals, Avocado is a top choice and doesn’t cost that much more (about $40 more at the time of writing). Avocado also offers a 25-year warranty and 30-night trial for their Organic Crib Mattress.

Waterproofing, wool and fire resistance

If you’d rather not have wool in your crib mattress, Savvy Rest’s Savvy Baby isn’t for you. Naturepedic offers some of the best wool-free options, and Essentia is also a good choice. Lullaby Earth offers a decent wool-free crib mattress made with recycled polyester and polyethylene, but it’s not entirely clear how Lullaby Earth meet fire safety standards. 

Savvy Rest mattresses aren’t waterproof, so if you’re looking for an eco-friendly non-toxic crib mattress with an in-built waterproof cover, Naturepedic offers an excellent mid-price option in the Naturepedic’s Organic Cotton Classic (View Price on Naturepedic). This costs from $219 and boasts a waterproof cover, unlike My Green Mattress and Savvy Rest, where you’d have to buy separate covers or puddle pads. 

Non-toxic and eco-friendly credentials

Avocado crib mattresses carry more certifications than the Savvy Baby, including Made Safe certification. Savvy Rest is, however, a longstanding B Corp and has a robust charitable giving program. It’s also an employee-owned company, which usually means a company is more ethical and better run, with better customer service.

Final thoughts on the Savvy Baby Crib Mattress

Overall, the Savvy Baby is a good choice for an eco-friendly, non-toxic crib mattress. However, for about $40 more, you can get an Avocado Organic Crib Mattress that has arguably better specifications, more eco-credentials, and a more generous return policy.

For more than $100 less, you can get my top pick for a crib mattress: The Naturepedic Classic. Or, you could pick up the My Green Mattress’s Emily Crib Mattress, another fantastic eco-friendly and non-toxic crib mattress.

Whichever mattress you favor, check that it fits with your chosen crib, based on size and the kind of base in your crib (slatted, flat, or springs).

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