My hubby and I have always wanted a big family, and then we realized that our genes don’t produce children that believe in sleeping. It’s been a rough 3 years with limited sleep and trying just about everything, including the dreaded “cry it out.” At some point we decided to live by “this too shall pass” and allowed our toddler to determine her own sleep pattern- big mistake. What does a baby know about sleep schedules? So, right before the new baby came, we decided it was time to get into some sort of routine- which is still working til this day.
We tried rewards, routines, and even her favorite character comforter set to get her to stay in her own bed. She would always start off in her own bed, but sometime during the night she would climb into our bed. When I was about 6 months pregnant with baby #2, we decided to move my toddler into her own toddler bed. We also thought the novelty of a new bed would make her want to stay. After trying to determine whether or not a foam mattress was the way to go for either the new baby or my toddler, we decided to stick with an inner-spring mattress and purchased a brand new mattress for my toddler. Both crib mattresses we owned were two stage, but the toddler side was damaged on the original mattress and we decided it could only be used on the infant side- so we kept that for the new baby.
Within a few weeks of sleeping (through some of the night) on her new mattress, my toddler started having back pains. She was taken for sonograms and had an appointment for x-rays. After three doctor’s appointments, we realized that her back pain may have been from the toddler mattress, since it was the most recent change that may have affected her back. That night, we turned her bed over to the infant side and her back pains were gone within a few days.
Since the baby’s mattress was damaged on one side, we decided it was time to change her mattress as well. We received the Sealy Nature Couture Cotton Bliss 2 Stage Infant-Toddler Crib Mattress to review, and initially I was going to use it in the crib for my infant. The reason we chose this mattress was because it had 204 coils (more coils = more support for baby) and also featured natural components, such as organic cotton, and GREENGUARD low chemical emissions.
I placed the mattress in her crib and immediately loved the fact that the corners were squared off and not round, which was a perfect fit in the crib, with no spaces for binkies to get trapped. Since her mattress support is on a metal spring, I found the mattress to be too bouncy, and wasn’t sure it provided enough support for an infant. I decided to switch the mattresses, and gave my toddler the new mattress, but kept it on the infant side.
This may sound like the craziest thing EVER, but my toddler slept in her bed the entire night on the first night with the new Sealy mattress! My hubby and I ran into her room in the morning, dreading something was wrong. She was sound asleep! When she woke up, I rewarded her with a toy, and told her it was because she slept in her bed all night. Her response, “mommy, my bed was SO cozy!” Wait, wait, wait… you mean to tell me, 3 years later, the problem with her sleeping in her bed was her mattress?!? We thought it was a fluke, and the following night my hubby and I placed bets on her sleeping again, all night in her own bed. 4 nights in a row and she’s STILL sleeping the entire night in her own bed. She doesn’t get up in the middle of the night anymore, and she is well rested in the morning. No more morning tantrums!
My mom always advised that the firmer the crib mattress, the better support it was for baby. While I still believe this is true, I do think her original two mattresses were TOO firm. Really, the only person that can attest to how comfortable a mattress is, is the person that is sleeping in it, and my infant isn’t able to tell us, so my toddler was perfect for this review! I have hope for many more rested nights for my toddler, as well as myself!
- More natural surface closest to baby with a durable woven organic cotton cover that is soft and breathable
- Enhanced with eco-friendly Crypton Clean Sleep to help keep your baby’s organic cotton mattress cover feeling natural and protected from leaky diapers and soiling
- Exclusive Crypton Clean Sleep also keeps the organic cotton cover easy-clean without the use of plastic coatings like PVC or food-grade polyethylene
- Stains wipe away and liquids don’t seep through to help prevent mold growth
- Excellent coil count of 204 engineered steel coils interwoven for optimal support that will last forever
- Sealy coils are heat-tempered for strength and spun by expert handlers to help ensure proper posture support
- Thick six gauge steel border wire around the entire perimeter of the mattress, one of the strongest available, so the entire edge stays firm just like an adult mattress
- GREENGUARD® Children & Schools Certified: This entire mattress is GREENGUARD® Children & Schools certified for indoor air quality and low chemical emissions to help create a healthier sleeping environment for your baby
- Voted America’s Best Brand for Baby! Sealy crib mattresses and pads earned the Women’s Choice Award for 2013.
- Six Everedge® pylons provide ultimate firmness at the four corners and sides protected, exclusive to Sealy mattresses
- Infant side features firmer layers and anti-sag interior steel system helps distribute weight across the entire surface of the mattress so newborns can sleep on a firmer, flatter surface and is identified on the silk name tag
- Toddler side features both highly durable and plusher sleeping layers including certified organic cotton cushioning
- Tear-resistant waterproof lock-stitched binding doesn’t absorb liquids and odors like untreated cotton binding does
- A cotton-based wrap encircles mattress core for comfort and protection
- Airflow pocket keeps mattress fresh without the use of small metal vents
- Square corners for snug fit in cribs
- Proudly made in the USA
- Lifetime warranty on workmanship and materials
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