“Big families are like waterbed stores. They used to be everywhere, now they are just weird.” –Jim Gaffigan. This pretty much holds true for my family. I have nine kids and I get my fair share of weird. Granted, I have never owned a water-bed but I have had my fair share of mattresses. I’ve owned memory foam, air beds, fold-out mattresses, firm, extra firm, soft and everywhere in between, couch beds, motorhome beds and of course the ever so stiff and uncomfortable crib mattress. Now, I’m pleased to say I now own the best crib mattress ever!
My first baby is 16 years old, so our crib mattress is, you guessed it, 16 years old. I purchased a very durable, name-brand mattress with a 20 year warranty and by golly I was going to get 20 years from it, or so I thought. That mattress is now warped on the ends, has a slit in the outer fabric because it has grown stiff over time, and sags a little in the middle from years of jumpers, climbers and yes, even mommy trying to squeeze in bed with a crying child. It is far from comfortable now, but it never really was to begin with either.
Enter the Newton Baby Wovenaire Crib Mattress. I was intrigued by the sustainability (I cloth diaper too), the breathability and of course the perfect “firm-ness” of this mattress. It arrived in a standard crib-sized box, but it is far from standard.
First I opened the box and examined the mattress. The material is soft, squishy but firm too. The cover intrigued me, so I unzipped it and what I found is amazing! The material inside looks like a giant bowl of stiff ramen noodles! When pressed down it gives the perfect bounce back. The cover fits snug but helps to maintain the perfect rectangle shape of the mattress. Even the corners are a perfect box shape, which I love as my old crib mattress is definitely not that way because a spring and coil base does not allow for a perfect corner.
I placed the Wovenaire mattress in the crib, which has a nice tight fit with no gaps around the crib sides. Because of its shape and materials, it is easy to lift and place again if needed.
Next I put it to the magic test. Could this mattress really be breathable? I shoved my face into it, just like my babies tend to do because they all, all nine of them, prefer their tummies and often learn really early on how to turn onto their tummies to sleep (much to my dismay and mommy fears). I can breathe! Even with my nose smashed up next to the material I could breathe easily the whole time I laid on the mattress.
My baby girl, 11 weeks old, loves it too. She has been a fussy baby, but she was content on the mattress both on her back and on her tummy!
What magic is this? This bed just gets better and better! I put my toddler in it and the first night he slept in! He never sleeps past 630, but he actually slept until 730 am! He told me he “wuved his new bed!” It is the perfect blend of comfort and firm-ness for babies and toddlers. I even crawled up on it and I was comfortable enough to fall asleep! On a tiny bed!
Another plus for me is that the bed is 100 % washable. A regular mattress requires a waterproof pad (if you don’t want bodily fluids and other things to seep down into it), plus a crib sheet. When one of my kids gets sick, or wets the bed, I have to strip it all down, wipe the mattress and recover the whole bed. But, the Newton mattress is amazing because everything passes right through it! I poured a ½ cup of water on the mattress to simulate a leaky diaper.
Then I lifted the mattress and found this puddle of water! The mattress and padding were damp but not too bad. It took about 40 minutes for it to completely dry up. This is where an extra mattress cover would come in handy. If your child gets sick or damp in the middle of the night just strip off the cover quickly and re-zip a new one on! The inside mattress should dry fairly fast because of the open-ness of the design.
I have wood floors as you can see, so my clean up was a simple wipe. However if your nursery has carpet or large rugs I can see how it might be a pain to clean up whatever passed through the mattress. I would definitely recommend not keeping anything under your crib like toys or extra bedding as it will get wet too. But, it is nice to know that my mattress will dry out on the inside fairly quickly and I don’t have to worry about mold growing inside it from the wetness getting trapped on the inside.
My little boy slept on it several nights through one leaky and one poopy diaper, so to make sure everything was clean I threw the cover in the wash, and took the mattress in the shower with me!
Again, it took about 40 minutes for the mattress to dry out completely before I could put the cover back on. I am sure you could speed up the process if it was a warmer day or placing it by a sunny window.
I think I am in love!
The mattress comes with a limited lifetime warranty, for original owner only. At $300 it is an investment, but for my peace of mind, and the amazing features: 100% washable, firm but comfortable and most importantly, completely breathable, the price is fair. And, money well spent whether you have one child or 9 children that will all eventually sleep on it! I would recommend purchasing a second cover to have on hand when accidents do happen. Also, if you are old-school like me and struggle to see just a plain mattress in the crib, Aden and Anais make muslin-woven sheets that are also breathable, and can be used with this mattress. They can be purchased on the Newton website along with your bed (I will be getting a couple for my baby).
Baby gear has made some dramatic changes over the years, but the crib mattress has stayed the same, until now. I am so happy to find a mattress that is safe for babies and helps us all to get a better night’s sleep. The Newton Wovenaire mattress has found its forever home here! Bring the Newton Wovenaire mattress into your home with a special promo code just for Clever Housewife readers! Save $30 off a full-size or mini-crib mattress with discount code CLEVER30 at checkout.