Being a particularly paranoid mummy when it comes to SIDS, I’ve been looking into every possible preventative measure I can find. One interesting theory is that the chemicals used in mattress manufacture can be a contributing factor, to alleviate this possible risk some parents wrap their existing mattresses in a non-toxic cover, while others buy an organic, chemical-free mattress.
I decided to do the latter and after a bit of googling discovered Little Green Sheep, creators of luxury organic cotton, Welsh wool and coconut fibre mattresses. They offer a whole range of organic bedding but as it is quite pricey and I wanted to see what the quality was like first, I opted for just a crib mattress and matching protector.
The mattress was delivered promptly and the first thing I noticed was how thick and heavy it was. It felt like a flatter, denser version of a proper grown-up mattress without any horrible synthetic crinkly feel. By comparison, my existing crib mattress looked pretty cheap and nasty. The protector looked like a very dense cotton sheet, it actually has a thin layer of polyurethane inside to prevents fluid going through to the mattress.
But the proof of the pudding is in the eating as they say, so what did Sprogzilla seem to think of it? Well, he certainly slept very well and it was nice to see him asleep on something that actually looked comfortable and not made of plastic. Unfortunately, he was already getting too big for the crib so less than a fortnight later we decided to go ahead and order the cot-bed equivalent.
This time I ordered a couple of fitted jersey sheets and a blanket too, the latter was a bit of an indulgence but the reviews were great so I thought I’d treat Sprogzilla. The mattress was a similar thickness to the crib one, just as good quality and very comfy looking. The sheets were ever so soft and thick, perfect for keeping my little man warm and snug. The blanket was not what I expected – it’s nothing like a typical cellular one, I’d say it resembles chain-mail in terms of texture and it’s quite heavy. Again, perfect for cooler days.
Though they weren’t cheap, I am very happy I purchased these mattresses and bedding. I don’t know if using them will really reduce the risk of SIDS, but I do know that Sprogzilla is as comfy as he could possibly be when sleeping in his cot-bed.
I was also very impressed with the customer service received – for my second order, I had trouble putting the order through online, but this was resolved promptly by telephone and I later received an email thanking me for bringing the problem to their attention.
I would recommend reading the company blog to anyone considering buying from them as they often have discounts or freebies announced there. Both times I was able to use a free delivery code and they are currently offering some free organic toiletries.
Full product range is at http://www.thelittlegreensheep.co.uk – an organic clothing range is apparently coming soon, so keep an eye out for that too if you’re interested.