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Natural Mattresses

Natural Mattresses

Natural Cot Mattresses

We have a wide range of natural mattresses to suit all the needs for you and your baby

All our natural Cot mattresses are of course foam free and we use Coir and Lambswool. However on some our natural mattresses we have replaced the internal coir with pocket springs, this increases the durability of your cot mattress

On all our Natural mattresses we offer waterproof protection at NO extra cost

We are pioneers in cot mattress development we have been involved in the manufacture of cot mattresses for over 30 years.Our latest development is the pocket sprung cot mattress with NO metal Springs we have developed coir springs

Natural cot and cot bed mattresses

Lets look at the advantages and disadvantages of natural mattresses by looking at each individual benefit covering:- comfort, price, durability, safety, environment, hygiene, waterproof protection, breathability,


What is Natural?

Natural mattresses may have the following components in them, coir, lambswool, metal springs or pocket springs, Latex or synthetic Latex. The Cot Mattress Company has produced coir pocket springs, metal free, yes the only UK company to offer these in a baby mattress. Many companies offer natural mattresses with metal springs, metal is man made - a mix of iron and carbon, Latex is more complicated as there is natural latex and synthetic latex both have a slight smell.natural latex is a far superior product.


Environment,The biodegradable base

Coir and lambswool say yes to biodegradable, the metal springs inside will take 80 years to biodegrade but if you cut the mattress open you could recycle metal springs, Obviously foam is the enemy takes over 1 million years to biodegrade, turning it to bio fuel is perhaps an answer


Environment: The cover

A totally natural cotton or bamboo cover will not be waterproof, that is a fact. You have to protect the core from body fluids, that is essential. There is a fabric available called Outlux that is a three layered fabric;- two layers of cotton and a a very thin layer of PU in the middle this makes it waterproof and as the amount of PU is less than 8% it is classed as a natural fabric. it is not as breathable as Coolmax© with Maxispace or microfibre that are man made


Comfort

This is very subjective and it is easy to increase the luxury of the initial lie by adding more lambswool in the case of natural mattresses and more luxury in the form of man made padded covers. Comfort is also support, a mattress that sinks is a poor quality mattress, it is unlikely you will get dipping and denting problems with a good quality natural mattress but foam mattress even with springs will dip and dent unless you buy a cot mattress made with a decent weight foam something above 24/130. The Cot Mattress Company uses 30 /150 to 50 /215 foam, a much higher grade than any other dept store or catalogue company


Durability

Generally a well made good quality coir and lambswool or coir lambswool and sprung mattress will last longer than a standard foam mattress. It is less likely to dip or sink. foam as a product does not like heat weight and damp which is what a baby is. most major high street and online stores offer a foam strength 24/130 The Cot Mattress company offer 50/215 We guarantee our mattresses for 5 years against sinking.

Safety

Depends who you talk to! Foam got a very bad name in the late 90's but it has been modified since. At one time there was only CMHR foam, now cheaper HR is creeping in called nursery foam. Avoid memory foam for baby mattresses, too many unknowns with extra chemicals, pooling and support problems. Foam is petroleum based and will give of a chemical smell before it totally airs or degases. Foam is an insulator it will be hotter than a natural mattress, putting in springs greatly reduces the heat from a foam mattresses you remove so much foam. You have no such problems with coir and lambswool it is more breathable an no nasty aroma. You can greatly affect the breathability on a foam or natural mattress depending on the cover you select.


Price

There are inexpensive foam mattresses out there for under £50. Quality natural mattresses start around £120 and then up to £200. and for the ultimate in a foam mattress approx £150,


Summing up If you want to go natural then think FOAM FREE but consider the advantages of Coolmax and Maxispace or Microfibre covers with a waterproof liner UNDER the cover, against the environmental advantages of cotton or bamboo.and no waterproof protection.