American Baby’s Baby Booty: Win a green crib mattress by Simmons!

The new Simmons Pampering Nights mattress—green and saves you green!

Dr. Alan Greene, the pediatrician behind the book Raising Baby Green, once told our editors that if you’re only going to make one “green” purchase for your newborn, it should be a crib mattress. His argument was that a baby spends more time sleeping in her crib than anywhere else. Traditional mattresses are covered in a plastic that often contains phthalates. Phthalates are associated with cancer (that’s why they’ve been taken out of so many skincare products) as well as asthma. Crib mattresses are sometimes coated with a toxic fire-retardant, too. Of course, despite all these scary facts, there’s no scientific proof that the chemicals in a crib mattress have ever actually harmed a baby.

But the green-crib mattress movement was born, and Dr. Greene’s enthusiasm for it stuck with us, even though the prices of eco-friendly mattresses used to be prohibitive. The first ones that we saw were from brands such as NaturalMat (NaturalMatUSA.com); they make beautiful, handmade crib mattresses with materials such as organic lambswool and natural latex, and they start at $400. The Nook crib mattress (NookSleep.com) is hands-down the most gorgeous mattress we’ve ever seen; vibrant colors, all natural materials—but $550. Fantastic choices, but only if you can afford them. NaturePedic (NaturePedic.com) seemed like the best bet, pricewise; the mattresses are a high quality, and $260 to $400.

Eventually, lower-priced brands launched greener versions of their crib mattresses. Also, the GreenGuard Environmental Institute stepped in to help make it clear that the products aren’t just being “greenwashed.” GreenGuard is strict about monitoring products for indoor air pollution (GreenGuard.org), so look for their seal of approval on a crib mattress—it’s a big deal. NaturePedic has it, and now so do some even cheaper brands. The Colgate Eco Classica I is $190 (Colgatekids.com). And Simmons now has three GreenGuard-certified crib mattresses: Superior Rest ($130–$150), Pampering Nights ($140–$160), and Sunny Day ($180–$190), now at Amazon.com (buy Pampering Nights here) and coming soon to Babies “R” Us. (Very soon: Look for them on BabiesRUs.com by the time this giveaway ends.) It was the folks at Simmons who turned us onto the fact that you no longer have to pay top dollar to have a crib mattress that’s chemical-free. (And their mattresses are made in Wisconsin; we love things that are American-made!) We’re so excited by all this progress that we’re going to give two of the new Simmons crib mattresses away to some lucky parents!

To enter, just post a comment below between now and the end of the day Tuesday, November 22, 2011, and we’ll randomly choose two winners for a Simmons crib mattress (which will also fit a toddler bed). For full rules, click here. Goody luck!

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  1. by Christine Marasco

    On November 18, 2011 at 11:09 am

    Sweet giveaway. Thanks for the chance!

  2. by Ashley Y.

    On November 18, 2011 at 11:12 am

    With the influx of allergens and sensitivities to them, this product is such a great idea!

  3. by Heather McDavid

    On November 18, 2011 at 11:19 am

    A green crib mattress would be pretty awesome!! I never really thought about all the chemicals that go into/onto the mattress itself… hopefully prices for them will keep decreasing and be more budget friendly. I would love one to replace my sons toddler bed with!! :)

  4. by Jessica

    On November 18, 2011 at 11:23 am

    please pick me please!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  5. by Rivkah T

    On November 18, 2011 at 11:25 am

    I could really use this…I need a crib mattress right now!

  6. by Lorraine Marie Deichert

    On November 18, 2011 at 11:27 am

    I would love for Zachary to have a “green” mattress. I feed him “green”…so sleeping “green” would be pretty lovely too! :)

  7. by Angelyn Smith

    On November 18, 2011 at 11:31 am

    oh wow! I would love to have this for my baby. a friend of mine has one. and i like it! there was no odor whatsoever from this mattress. It seems to be very confortable and fits a standard size crib.

  8. by Sharon Rodriguez

    On November 18, 2011 at 11:33 am

    As a grandparent, I try to keep things as “green” as possible for the grandson who lives with us as well as our four other grandkids. This mattress sounds fantastic!

  9. by Jan Barthel

    On November 18, 2011 at 11:38 am

    We are expecting our first baby in April. It’s hard to navigate and find the things that are best for your baby! This sounds like an amazing option! Thanks for the opportunity!

  10. by Angelyn Smith

    On November 18, 2011 at 11:39 am

    oh wow! I would love to have this for my baby. a friend of mine has one. And there was no odor whatsoever from this mattress. It seems to be very confortable and fits a standard size crib.

  11. by Angelyn Smith

    On November 18, 2011 at 11:44 am

    oh wow! I would love to have this for my baby. a friend of mine has one and I like it! and there was no odor whatsoever from this mattress! it seems to be very comfortable and fits a standard size crib.

  12. by Ginnie Marmet

    On November 18, 2011 at 11:53 am

    Oh my goodness, I have been reading about all the toxins in mattresses lately and wishing that we could afford to buy a new, greener, cleaner crib mattress for our son who has allergies and sensitivities. This would be a dream come true!

  13. by Brittney

    On November 18, 2011 at 11:55 am

    This is a great idea!! Im all for the green movement!!!

  14. by Erica

    On November 18, 2011 at 12:03 pm

    I wish my boy spent more time sleeping in his crib than anywhere else. maybe if he had a new mattress he would sleep better!

  15. by Sharon Rodriguez

    On November 18, 2011 at 12:15 pm

    Perfect for my grandson!

  16. by Jenni

    On November 18, 2011 at 12:25 pm

    We’d love a new mattress! His is a couple years old… Hand me downs!

  17. by KARLA RAZO

    On November 18, 2011 at 12:29 pm

    I will love to win this mattress love Simmons products.

  18. by Christina

    On November 18, 2011 at 12:34 pm

    Wow this would be so perfect for our second baby, especially since our daughter is 2 and still using her crib mattress! And I love going green!!

  19. by Gina

    On November 18, 2011 at 12:37 pm

    My little boy would love a new mattress. He doesn’t like the one in his crib and always wants to sleep with mommy.

  20. by Alicia Garcia

    On November 18, 2011 at 1:08 pm

    Wow i Had No idea. Going Green Now. Thanks for The Chance.

  21. by Jenny G

    On November 18, 2011 at 1:48 pm

    Think would be a huge help!

  22. by Emily

    On November 18, 2011 at 1:59 pm

    My son really needs a mattress!

  23. by chaitra

    On November 18, 2011 at 2:03 pm

    Go Green !!! encourage by choosing me !!!

  24. by iyaly aldapa

    On November 18, 2011 at 2:20 pm

    Pick me please my baby boy is sleeping on a plastic crib mattress and it is not comfortable nor healthy….please please please….

  25. by Meghan

    On November 18, 2011 at 3:43 pm

    I love that someone has finally made a crib mattress that is green and won’t break the bank!

  26. by Julianna Barber

    On November 18, 2011 at 4:01 pm

    Glad that more and more baby products are being made without toxic materials, and would love to win this crib mattress!

  27. by Julianna Barber

    On November 18, 2011 at 4:05 pm

    Glad that more baby products are being made without toxic materials, and would love to win this crib mattress!

  28. by Maggie

    On November 18, 2011 at 4:10 pm

    I would love to win this! Green living is very important to us, and something we want to pass along to the next generation. :)

  29. by Maria

    On November 18, 2011 at 4:19 pm

    I’d love to win!! :)

  30. by Julianna Barber

    On November 18, 2011 at 4:24 pm

    Very happy to see more baby products being made without toxic materials, and would love to win this crib mattress!

  31. by sadie walters

    On November 18, 2011 at 4:54 pm

    I have been looking around for a crib mattress for my baby and this one sounds perfect :-)

  32. by Jenny kennedy

    On November 18, 2011 at 5:03 pm

    Wonderful giveaway. Every baby deserves the very best!

  33. by ashley sendmeyer

    On November 18, 2011 at 9:45 pm

    ya I was so excited to get green products when pregnant with my oldest, but due to multiple problems during pregnancy I was unable to work so I was only able to afford the green versions of less expencive items(teethers, breast pads, clothing). We relied on many many hand me downs and thrift store items, so her mattress was a hand me down which her little sister now sleeps on.I would love to get a new mattress for either of them. Needless to say it would be great use on the toddler bed because my oldest is now 2 and youngest is 8mo. so lots of time left to use it. thanks for considering us, and good luck other parents! Oh and have a happy Thanksgiving!

  34. by Barbara

    On November 18, 2011 at 10:07 pm

    As a first time mom to be, it would be great to have a healthy and environmentally friendly mattress for our little one:)

  35. by Sara F

    On November 19, 2011 at 2:25 pm

    I would love to be able to switch to a green mattress! Thanks for the chance.

  36. by Donna Marie

    On November 20, 2011 at 12:12 am

    We would love to win this environmentally safe mattress for our new baby that we are expecting (EDD March 17). This is perfect.
    ageorgiamomma@gmail.com

  37. by Keeley

    On November 20, 2011 at 8:23 am

    Looks neat!

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  39. by Casey

    On November 21, 2011 at 11:33 am

    I try to go green whenever possible but green mattresses r so expensive…please pick me!

  40. by Kim Hanafusa

    On November 21, 2011 at 11:36 am

    Fantastic product and I hope we win one!

  41. by BessMarvin

    On November 21, 2011 at 12:45 pm

    We have a new baby and could really use a crib mattress. We would love to keep our baby safer from carcinogens with a green mattress. Wish I could afford to buy one. I’d love to win one.

  42. by sheena

    On November 21, 2011 at 2:05 pm

    2nd baby due in 4wks & will be using its brother’s hand me down mattress. I would love to win this since we will not be able to buy the baby a new one because I will let go from my job for being put on bed rest & not being able to return to work by next wk.

  43. by Jessica Jacobs

    On November 21, 2011 at 2:38 pm

    This is great! My son has sensitive skin, and it has prompted us to go green and natural in many ways. I never thought of the crib mattress!

  44. by Ashley

    On November 21, 2011 at 2:39 pm

    I would love to win this! Please let it be me!

  45. by MIchelle Melerine

    On November 21, 2011 at 2:40 pm

    We would love to win this mattress! Just found out we are expecting #2 and are thrilled. Our babies will be 18 months apart so we will need another crib mattress for #1 to sleep in a toddler bed and if this matress is THAT good then I am all for buying a second one after winning the first one ;)

  46. by Miranda

    On November 21, 2011 at 2:42 pm

    This would be so awesome to win! All of my 3 sons have alleries, ezcema and asthma so having a crib mattress that is made from natural stuff would be helpful.

  47. by Carrie

    On November 21, 2011 at 2:43 pm

    I would LOVE to win this mattress!
    It’s help out so much with my baby that is due any day now :) Especially already having a 4 year old and 1 year old!

    Thank you for the chance to win :)

  48. by Janet

    On November 21, 2011 at 2:45 pm

    We could really use this crib mattress to replace my son’s second hand one because that’s all we could afford at the time. Thank you!

  49. by Amanda L

    On November 21, 2011 at 2:46 pm

    I never really put that much thought into a crib mattress. Your article really made me think. Even better that its American made. Thanks so much for the information.

  50. by Riley Murray

    On November 21, 2011 at 2:47 pm

    Would Love to win this mattress! My husband and i are expecting our first baby in 3 weeks and have been scrambling to find a good mattress for baby boys crib!! this would be so helpful!!

  51. by Jessica Hensley

    On November 21, 2011 at 2:48 pm

    I would love to win this for my newest addition to my family. She has allergies so this mattress would be perfect for her.

  52. by Sara Reich

    On November 21, 2011 at 2:48 pm

    Baby Girl #2 sure would like a new mattress for her hand-me-down crib!

  53. by sara

    On November 21, 2011 at 2:48 pm

    Maybe this would have her sleeping in her crib better. A lot of times I let her sleep in our bed for naps only because she seems to sleep better there but back to the crib at bedtime.

  54. by Bipin

    On November 21, 2011 at 2:49 pm

    Educative. Simmons for Kids. Simmons making better lives for kids. Like it.

  55. by Christine Benton

    On November 21, 2011 at 2:50 pm

    Both hubby and I have serious Allergies and so does our little one, what a great idea!

  56. by emily steinberg

    On November 21, 2011 at 2:51 pm

    I could really use this for my 10 month old son he wont sleep on the matress we have for him :( he sleeps with mommy and daddy still…

  57. by Tommy Hii

    On November 21, 2011 at 2:52 pm

    Awesome Sweepstake & Happy Thanksgiving :-)

  58. by christine jessamine

    On November 21, 2011 at 2:55 pm

    I would love to win this!!!

  59. by Ashley

    On November 21, 2011 at 2:57 pm

    Would love to help my family go green, including the baby!!

  60. by Jessica Hurd

    On November 21, 2011 at 2:59 pm

    Hello American Baby! :) My husband, son and I are expecting our 2nd baby in May and we’re expecting a girl this time! :) Id really love to win that crib mattress because they arent that cheap and we dont have alot of money and would love to win this for either of our kids !:) thanks so much hope i win!

    Jess

  61. by Quang Nguyen

    On November 21, 2011 at 3:00 pm

    ZOE NEEDS HER OWN BED! SO DOES DADDY! =)

  62. by Meghan

    On November 21, 2011 at 3:15 pm

    Want this!!!
    My 15 month old doesn’t like her mattress, has eczema and we are a very green family. Never thought of the effects a chem-ie mattress might have. Eww.

  63. by Caitey

    On November 21, 2011 at 3:16 pm

    This looks like a amazing mattress! I would love to be able to have my daughter sleep on such a comfy looking bed!

  64. by Lyz

    On November 21, 2011 at 3:17 pm

    Cool! Could really use this in March when my baby is due!!!! :)

  65. by noryfel

    On November 21, 2011 at 3:18 pm

    Cool,thanks

  66. by Wendy parcell

    On November 21, 2011 at 3:18 pm

    Im pregnant. And my boyfriends mom is a crazy green freak. I would love to surprise her with this green crib mattress for the new baby!

  67. by frank b.

    On November 21, 2011 at 3:23 pm

    Wow, i need a mattress for my newborn so I just have to borrow my wife’s friend’s crib. She almost outgrow the bassinet. She just turned 3months old. Thanks for the chance to win this awesome crib.

    Frank

  68. by Maricel J

    On November 21, 2011 at 3:24 pm

    Go green!! This would be perfect for my 8 weeks son since we’re having trouble with him sleeping in his bassinet that way he doesn’t need to share bed with us. And, without worrying about the quality of this mattress less worry for SIDS too. Thank.

  69. by Kari

    On November 21, 2011 at 3:34 pm

    Hi, I would love to win this and give our mattress to one of our twin nephews who needs a mattress

  70. by Karen

    On November 21, 2011 at 3:36 pm

    We are definitely trying our best to create a safe, non-toxic environment for the little one we are expecting in just a few months. A lot of people say “oh, whatever! when I was little, nobody cared about this stuff, and I turned out fine.” I say — (a) I’m glad you turned out fine, but many other people have cancers and respiratory diseases that can be attributed to environmental factors; (b) we once thought that illnesses were caused by spirits until we figured out the germ theory; and (c) there are way more chemicals in our environment now than there were ever before. So, if it suits your interests — go green!

  71. by Samantha Druggish

    On November 21, 2011 at 3:37 pm

    We have a baby on the way–would love to win this!! :)

  72. by Ally

    On November 21, 2011 at 3:41 pm

    Hope to win! My little guy needs a new mattress :)

  73. by Liza Smith

    On November 21, 2011 at 3:50 pm

    Thanks for the chance! Would love to have a great mattress like this one for my little 3 month old man, Ryder.

  74. by Michelle carmody

    On November 21, 2011 at 3:51 pm

    This would be great for my daughter!!

  75. by Amburr Phillips

    On November 21, 2011 at 3:54 pm

    I would really love to win this for my sister, she is pregnant and trying to go green with everything including diapers. She would absolutly love this mattress and it would be such a big help for her and her husband.I would love to send this to her!!

  76. by Paige C

    On November 21, 2011 at 3:58 pm

    Awesome and much needed mattress! Great giveaway! =]

  77. by Kashia Clopper

    On November 21, 2011 at 4:17 pm

    Wow I never even considered that mattresses are full of toxic chemicals! We have been purchasing things with less chemicals in mind but I see why a green mattress would be important as well. I would love to win one!

  78. by Noelle Bonne-annee

    On November 21, 2011 at 4:20 pm

    My 2yr old son and I have both have asthma and I am due for another baby in January 2012. I’d love to use a ‘green’ mattress for him <3

  79. by Christi Dudek

    On November 21, 2011 at 4:23 pm

    Wonderful!! Would love to have this mattress for my 6 month old son, Jax!

  80. by Amy Owen

    On November 21, 2011 at 4:23 pm

    I need of a mattress…would like to win :)

  81. by Sharon Roche

    On November 21, 2011 at 4:23 pm

    Enter me in the drawing please!

  82. by Mary Moeller

    On November 21, 2011 at 5:57 pm

    Very excited! A mattress would be excellent to have with #2 due in a 10 weeks!! Good luck everybody!

  83. by Whitney Denman

    On November 21, 2011 at 7:19 pm

    Please choose me! I have a 9 month old and a baby due March 23rd and really NEED the 2nd mattress!!!!! (But, I know its random….)

  84. by Lorraine

    On November 21, 2011 at 7:30 pm

    Crossing my fingers!!

  85. by Haley Pomar

    On November 21, 2011 at 7:32 pm

    I’m expecting baby #2, a son, in 11 weeks so this crib mattress would really be put to good use and it’s a bonus that it’s green too. :) Best of luck to everyone!

  86. by Laura nowman

    On November 21, 2011 at 8:54 pm

    My grandson def needs a green mattress!

  87. by SSmith

    On November 21, 2011 at 10:28 pm

    would love to be able to upgrade my son’s crib!

  88. by Jarelys

    On November 21, 2011 at 11:58 pm

    Would love to get this mattress so that our daughter can sleep like a queen :) Thank You!

  89. by Grace Nguyen

    On November 22, 2011 at 2:00 am

    Please please please please please please please please please please please please please please please please pick baby CHANCE (my son) to be the winner =) Thank you!

  90. by Kathryn Patti

    On November 22, 2011 at 8:04 am

    I’d love to win! We’re finishing up our nursery now for our little one’s arrival!

  91. by Phillip Patti

    On November 22, 2011 at 8:04 am

    We could really use this for our new baby arriving in a couple of months!

  92. by Barbara Smith

    On November 22, 2011 at 8:05 am

    I’d love to win for my new grandbaby!

  93. by Jennifer Brown

    On November 22, 2011 at 9:43 am

    Would love to win this mattress! Just gave away all of our baby stuff last spring when we decided we were done after our youngest turned 2. Not 5 weeks later..SURPRISE! Baby # 3 is on her way!

  94. by Bobbye Hill

    On November 22, 2011 at 9:53 am

    This is one fantastic giveaway! Thanks!!!

  95. by Lisa

    On November 22, 2011 at 1:06 pm

    My husband and I are in the process of adopting a baby and plan to adopt 4 in total!! This would be a blessing for us as raising 4 children, naturally will be a difficult endeavor but one that is so important to us. Thanks so much for the opportunity!!

  96. by Jeanni Orazine

    On November 22, 2011 at 6:05 pm

    Would love to win this for my new grand baby . Green is better.

  97. by Jaime gutshall

    On November 22, 2011 at 11:10 pm

    Great giveaway! I would love to win!

  98. by Linda Mullen

    On November 23, 2011 at 8:09 am

    Would love to have a great mattress like this one for my little guy when he arrives. :-)

  99. by American Baby

    On November 23, 2011 at 9:07 am

    This contest is now closed. Thanks for entering!

  100. by Eleanor McWilliams

    On November 30, 2011 at 11:53 am

    Darling Nina needs crib mattress!!!!