Our Rating: 5/5 (See: How Leaf Score is calculated)
- Made with GOTS-certified organic wool which acts as a natural flame barrier
- Uses true natural certified organic Dunlop latex, without synthetic latex or fillers
- Safe and supportive for infants and toddlers
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Certified B Corporation
Savvy Rest’s The Savvy Baby (View Price on Savvy Rest) 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 for toddlers.
This mattress has a single, solid 5” layer of firm natural Dunlop latex, is manufactured in a GOTS-certified facility, has a quilted top and bottom, and is sized to fit standard cribs measuring 27.5″ x 52″ (it measures 6” deep overall). The Savvy Baby Crib Mattress ships next business day and costs $399. It is best suited to cribs with slats or a solid bottom as it requires rigid support. A ventilated support board should be added for spring-type crib bases.
The Savvy Baby crib mattress is completely GOTS-certified organic and uses true natural certified organic Dunlop latex, without synthetic latex or fillers. 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 is also made with 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.
Unfortunately, because of Savvy Rest’s return policy, you can’t return their mattresses unless there’s a manufacturing defect. They say this is because ‘allowing returns would require us to spray our products with chemicals in order to “clean” and resell them, harming the purity of our natural materials’. Plenty of other, much smaller, mattress companies do allow such returns however, and simply donate the mattresses to charities.
Savvy Rest are a certified B Corporation, demonstrating a commitment to sustainability and good working conditions, and they donate 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 Rest vs. OMI, Soaring Heart, My Green Mattress, Naturepedic, and Sleep Lily
If you’re looking for a combination of quality, cost, reputation, CSR, and eco-friendly credentials, Savvy Rest are 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. No chemical flame retardants, just a firm, safe, comfortable place for your baby to sleep.
Savvy Rest can boast B Corp status (none of the other mattress companies have this currently) and they have a robust charitable giving program. Savvy Rest are also one of the best options if you need a crib mattress right away as they are a big enough company that they don’t just make these to order and instead typically have mattresses in stock ready to ship the next business day.
For more eco-credentials and assurances that the mattress is made in an environment free from nasty chemicals, OMI are your best bet, however. OMI cost quite a bit more, but are hands down your best choice if you have multiple chemical sensitivity (MCS) or simply want a high-quality mattress free from toxic chemicals and made with care from sustainably and humanely sourced materials. OMI mattresses carry more certifications than Savvy Rest, Soaring Heart, Naturepedic, and every other crib mattress on the market.
Wool and fire resistance
If you’d rather not have wool in your crib mattress, Savvy Rest aren’t for you. 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. Lullaby Earth offer 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’s mattresses are your best bet (with the exception of the non-waterproof single-sided quilted mattress). Lullaby Earth’s crib mattress (View Price on Amazon) 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 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.
Savvy Rest’s crib mattress is priced at $399 with similar certifications and specifications to Soaring Heart, whose latex, wool, and cotton mattresses cost $420. Sleep Lily’s latex crib mattress costs $438, with slightly better certifications than Soaring Heart and Savvy Rest, but not quite so certified as OMI whose crib mattresses at $599 for both their latex and innerspring models. My Green Mattress are still my top pick overall, however, priced at $289, with a heap of certifications for their coconut coir, latex, wool, innerspring, and cotton mattress.
Naturepedic offer an excellent mid-price option for eco-friendly and non-toxic crib mattresses. Naturepedic’s Organic Cotton Classic (View Price on Naturepedic) cost between $255 and $299 and boast a waterproof cover, unlike My Green Mattress and Sleep Lily, where you’d have to buy separate covers or puddle pads.
NaturalMat’s Quilted Latex Mat is similar to Savvy Rest’s crib mattress and Sleep Lily’s Pure Bliss but is more expensive at $574.00 and I’m not convinced as to just how non-toxic and eco-friendly these NaturalMat mattresses are, 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 (View Price on Amazon) is made with organic coconut coir blended with natural latex foam and covered in organic wool. However, I’m not 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’.
Non-toxic and eco-friendly credentials
OMI crib mattresses carry more certifications than Savvy Rest, Soaring Heart, Naturepedic, and every other mattress on the market. It would be nice to see a Made Safe certification or other more robust EcoInstitut certification for Savvy Rest, or an EcoWool or PureGrow certification for their wool component.
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.
Savvy Baby Crib Mattresses fall squarely in the middle of the size range for standard size crib mattresses. Sleep Lily mattresses are at the slightly larger end of the standard size range, although a little smaller than Soaring Heart mattresses. These size differences are worth bearing in mind if you have already bought a crib as you want to be sure your mattress won’t leave gaps that could endanger your baby.
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 ½ “
- 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 1/4″ x 52″ x 6″
- Naturepedic – 27 ¼” x 51 5/8” x 6”
- Lullaby Earth – 27 ¼” x 51 5/8” x 6”
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.
Sleep Lily, Nook, and NaturalMat don’t mention any charitable side to their business and seem focused purely on their products. OMI also don’t appear to have any charitable arm to their businesses. Naturepedic are members of 1% for the Planet, at least, although they don’t seem to do much else. 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.
Warranty and refunds
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.
In contrast, OMI offer a more generous 90-day sleep trial and a 20-year limited warranty on all mattresses, and My Green Mattress has a 100-night sleep trial. 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.
Sleep Lily offer a 10-year warranty, but they have the odd caveat that you have to use a Sleep Lily box spring or be in danger of invalidating the warranty. Whether this applies to crib mattresses is unclear. They also have a 90-day trial, so if you’re not happy in the first 90 days after your purchase, you can contact them to arrange an exchange for a new mattress (terms and conditions apply, but shipping is free for crib 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.
Overall, Savvy Rest are beaten for the top spot by OMI, who make the best non-toxic, eco-friendly, high-quality, latex or innerspring crib mattresses. However, for more than $100 less, you can get my top pick for a crib mattress: My Green Mattress’s Emily Crib Mattress, which is a fantastic eco-friendly and non-toxic crib mattress with great certifications from a well-regarded company.
Be sure to check that the crib mattress will work with your chosen crib, based on size and the kind of base in your crib (slatted, flat, or springs).