What Is This Mattress Made Of?
Construction & Composition
The Safety 1st Heavenly Dreams mattress is made by a company that is committed to making lasting and well-constructed products. This is evident from the way that this mattress has been constructed. However, the construction of the mattress isn’t incredibly complex. First of all, the Safety 1st Transitions mattresses have a thermo-bonded high density fiber core. Also, as the second layer, it has a water-resistant cover. The thermo-bonded high-density fiber core is 100 percent polyester, a natural material well known for being safe for clothing and other close-human-contact products.
Packaging & Set-up
The Safety 1st crib mattress comes in a plain, barely-marked box that belies the fact that it contains such an awesome product. As you look inside and rip open the protective plastic wrapping you are greeted with the pleasant scent of newness—a scent sort of like the one you smell when you open up a new car.
First of all, the Safety 1st mattress is a “First” in safety for a number of reasons, including the fact that it meets or exceeds federally established flammability standards, minus the harsh, toxic chemicals that are often used in the industry by lower-quality competing mattresses. This mattress is also Greenguard Gold certified in regards to indoor air quality. The Greenguard crib mattress is also PVC-free and, because of its anti-moisture/fluid quality, it keeps away both the bugs and germs that thrive on moist/wet surfaces.
Portability & Handling
A quality about the Safety First mattress that you can truly appreciate (if none other) is this product’s low weight. This is something that every parent, guardian and caretaker can understand in view of those times when accidents occur or things are spilled. Let’s face it: these things don’t happen at convenient times or when we deem ourselves most ready or agreeable. In fact, they happen at 2am in the morning, even though we may have to get up to go to work 4 o 5 hours later. Periodically you will have to lift this mattress or, worse yet, take it out of the crib or toddler bed—that’s when its weight (only about 7 lbs.) makes a big difference. This makes the Safety First Heavenly Dreams mattress much easier to manoeuvre, making those annoying spills easier to deal with.
Maintenance & care
Although this can’t be said about every mattress, the Heavenly Dreams white crib mattress is relatively easy to keep clean. Furthermore, if applying a wet cloth and mild soap won’t do it, you can take off the cover and throw it in the washing machine. Taking off the cover may be a pain but it’s good to know that it’s washable.
Also check out this article to care/clean a crib mattress easily.
You’ll be happy to know that its water-resistant cover doesn’t contain any PVCs and that it can easily and quickly be wiped off after spills and unexpected accidents. The zipper-bearing cover isn’t technically supposed to be removed but, if you have a big enough mess or one that you couldn’t get to quickly enough, then you may not have much of a choice. Just make sure that, if you do wash it also, that you take precautions so that it doesn’t shrink or get damaged; accordingly, wash it like any other delicate item—i.e., using cold water on a “delicate” cycle. Then be careful how you have it dried.
Weight & Dimensions
Fitting any standard-sized US crib or toddler’s bed, the Safety First baby mattress is 27.5 by 52 by 5 inches.
What Makes This Mattress The Best?
What Sets This Mattress Apart?
The Safety 1st 2 in 1 crib and toddler bed is made by leaders and innovators in crib mattress safety. This means that this mattress stands head and shoulders above much of the competition in terms of sleep safety for your child. Packed full of great safety features, it is clear that the Safety 1st mattress is designed with the wellbeing of your baby or toddler as a top priority.
Although durability can be a subjective term, there are several key markers that can help determine how long a mattress will last:
- the quality of the materials used to make the mattress
- how long the company has been in business (the longer the more likely that they know what they’re doing)
- the workmanship involved—is it good or shoddy; etc.
Well, this mattress proves to be highly durable and should provide your child with many years of comfortable sleep, provided that it is cared for correctly.
Seams can be important for a number of reasons. If there are loose threads, for example, baby can pull on them, thus setting the stage for rips and tears. Also, seams can become undone through normal tear and wear. The bottom line is that those rips can then provide a hiding place for bugs or something into which spills and accidents can seep into. This mattress, on inspection, doesn’t appear to have a problem with weak or poorly-sewn seams.
Too much bounce on a mattress can be a problem for a number of reasons, not the least of which because it may encourage the child to stay awake longer than good for him/her. It can also be a source of injuries if, by bouncing around too much, a child falls off a bed or crib. Importantly, the infant’s side has less bounce than the toddler’s side, which is as it should be. The bottom line is that the infant’s side is firm enough but the toddler’s side comfortable enough for both groups to be adequately accommodated.
Corners can be very important but maybe not in obvious ways for many inexperienced people. Here’s the thing: you don’t want a mattress that will move around too much because it’s too loose in the crib or toddler’s bed. For that reason, you want mattresses with square corners (although some round ones may do) that will fit snugly in their cribs and beds. This means no gaps between the mattress and the rails/walls, gaps that can lead to limbs (or small heads) getting caught, a potential source for injuries or, worse yet, suffocation. The good news is that this mattress has nice square corners and, yes, it appears to fit snugly into the average standard-sized US crib or toddler’s bed.
The infant’s side on the Safety 1st baby mattress is more than firm enough for a baby. Therefore, it provides that much-needed resistance that they need to develop strong muscles, ligaments and bones as they move around and push against the surface of this mattress. It is, however, comfortable and cushioned enough on the toddler’s side to meet their changing needs as they grow.
You want to make sure that a mattress doesn’t leave too much space between the edges and the rails or walls (whichever apply to your child’s crib or toddler’s bed). So, one of the first tests you should perform when getting a new mattress is determining whether any gaps are being created where toys, other objects or bugs might hide. These can also cause injuries, such as caught limbs or small heads getting trapped. This mattress doesn’t leave any such gaps and is, therefore, approved in this area.
The Safety 1st’s surface isn’t the softest or plushest in the world—in fact, you might say it is a little bit rough if no sheets are covering it. For that reason, it’s best to use with sheets. However, we recommend that you do use sheets with any crib mattress regardless of the finish.
Since this mattress comes in at under $100, it’s safe to say that it is “affordable,” but that word is relative to a number of things, including financial means and what the purchaser expects for the money they will be spending. This mattress, from most indications, appears to be a good purchase for the price being asked but only you can determine if what you get is a good value for your unique needs, expectations and circumstances.
This mattress is intended to be used by infants and, in time, to also serve as a more-than-suitable product for a toddler’s bed. This is yet another money-saving feature of this great product.
You want edges on a mattress that are strong and supportive so kids don’t sink into gaps that may cause suffocation and broken bones. The Safety 1st reportedly passes the “edge support” tests with flying colors.
Good support means that children aren’t bouncing around or sinking too much into their sleeping environments. The “sinking” part is especially important since it can help protect babies and infants from SIDS and other medical problems. The high density of this mattress makes it highly supportive. Proper support isn’t just about comfort but about helping the child’s body develop properly and painlessly. Mattresses that are too soft are less ideal for developing bones and joints. Always buy mattresses that provide good support for infants and toddlers.
Having proper firmness and support are important when shopping for a crib mattress. However, comfort is just as important. This mattress is specially designed to provide a surface that suits the comfort needs of babies and toddlers. It’s important to note that what feels comfortable to a small infant is a lot firmer than most adults are used to.
Safety: 9 out of 10
Edge Support: 9 out of 10
Support: 9 out of 10
Bounce: 9 out of 10
Heat Retention: 7.5 out of 10
Off-Gassing: 10 out of 10
Infant Sleep Quality: 9 out of 10
Toddler’s Sleep Quality: 9 out of 10
This mattress isn’t marketed as having any specific temperature control features which can definitely be a minus for some mattresses. This doesn’t mean that it’s a bad mattress but what it does mean is that you may have to find anti-heat retention strategies of your own.
This mattress doesn’t get the highest marks on breathability. Eventually, they may add breathing vents or other features but, for now, it is not exceptionally breathable.
Unfortunately, this mattress isn’t the best when it comes to properly dissipating heat—in fact, it appears to retain it to some extent. All this means, however, is that you may not have to go overboard with covering your child with heavy sheets or super-warm blankets. It may also mean perhaps investing in a cooling-off cover that helps to dissipate heat better. Of course, always monitor kids to make sure that they aren’t overheating no matter what type of mattress you put them on. Also, make sure that the environment in the room is kept at a comfortable setting.
Odors, Chemicals & Allergies
Some people have reported an unpleasant smell upon unpacking. However, we think it’s likely this bad scent is coming from the plastic wrapping the mattress comes in. At any rate, let any product you get air out properly before you pass judgment.
Although there are definitely some areas where this mattress can be improved upon, such as heat retention, for the most part it has features and provides benefits that are hard to beat for the price. This is a mattress that will last you for a while and can be the source of safe, restful and healthy sleep for both your infants and toddlers for years to come. As such, it is a good buy for the most part.