Simmons Kids Beautyrest Beginnings Crib and Toddler Mattress Review
Amazingly, the Beautyrest brand has been around for over 100 years and has been a leader in the industry by using the latest technology. The Simmons Sleepy Whispers is made with safety, comfort and durability in mind. This mattress’ dual-sided capacity (a firm side for an infant and a multiple-layer comfortable foam side for toddlers) is a definite plus for conscientious, cost-concerned parents. This product also offers a fire-protective wrap and water-proof capacity. To top it all off, it’s also CertiPUR-US and Greenguar
- Good, rugged durability—a product that, if well taken care of, can last you for years of dependable service
- The right amount of softness, firmness and support for both infants and toddlers
- Made by a company that has been around for a long time and is likely to stick around long enough to honor its impressive warranty
- It relative heaviness may be difficult for some people to handle
What Is This Mattress Made Of?
The Simmons Beautyrest Beginnings crib mattress is uniquely constructed to offer a fire-protective wrap, a superlative woven cover, supportive comfort layers, unique corner protectors made from Innofoam, convoluted toddler’s side foam, “231 Luxury-Pocketed” coil springs, and 9-gauge all-around border wire.
Construction & Composition
Simply put, this crib mattress is made with your own and your child’s best interests’ mind by offering, in addition to those things already mentioned, a special reinforcement border protection, a no-harsh-chemical-involved naturally-based cotton fire-protectiveness wrap that meets/exceeds federal standards for flammability, a woven cover that is stain & water resistant, an environmentally-friendly design and a peace-imparting long-lasting warranty.
Bad Things That Are Not In This Mattress
Some people take comfort from mattresses that have flame-retardant chemicals in them but one has to ask whether the toxicity that some of the chemicals expose your children to is a good trade-off for potential fires. This mattress, though, offers some fire retardancy (with the use of natural cotton) without putting your child in harm’s way with such potential toxicity.
Packaging & Set-up
Although this mattress may have at one point been shipped in merely a heavy-duty plastic bag that used to get abused in transit, it’s now delivered in a more suitable box which protects the valuable cargo it carries. It’s also good to know that the mattress itself is also wrapped in a protective plastic wrap when it arrives. The Sleepy Whispers comes with helpful written instructions and tips.
This mattress is Greenguard Gold certified, thus assuring you that this product revealed in tests low levels of chemical emissions; this protects both your child and the environment your child (and the rest of us) depend on for survival and comfort. The Sleepy Whispers is also CertiPUR-US certified, assuring you that the foam in this mattress doesn’t contain dangerous lead, mercury, PBDE fire-retardancy
Portability & Handling
With a weight of about 25.4 pounds (and measuring 27.5 by 6 by 52 inches), this mattress is heavier than many other crib mattresses, especially the ones made entirely from foam. Consequently, the mattress isn’t the type of thing you’ll want to move in and out of a crib or toddler bed just for the fun of it. For some people, it may therefore present transportability issues—keep this in mind if you have back problems, aren’t capable of lifting anything beyond a certain weight and don’t have anyone you can delegate such tasks to.
Maintenance & care
One of the advantages of this mattress is that you can easily wipe it clean using mild soap and a clean cloth. In spite of being impervious to liquids and stain-resistant, though, you should strive to clean it regularly and promptly, after spills and accidents.
The Simmons Beautyrest Sleepy Whispers is wrapped all around with a natural material base fire-protective wrap also featuring a medical-grade, woven-fabric water-resistant barrier. This imperviousness to liquids (as well as its stain resistance) will come in handy during all those times when spills and staining thrills will take place at inopportune times, not that there are any perfect times to expect these things.
Another piece of great news about this mattress is the fact that it isn’t built using potentially-dangerous fire retardancy chemicals (e.g., boric acid). Instead, this mattress uses natural cotton as a fire-retardancy tool. This 100 percent naturally-derived cotton fire-protective wrap is non-toxic and simply doesn’t rely on chemicals known to resist fires. This obviates the unpleasant smells that would otherwise be present and which are common in many other mattresses. More importantly, it passes federal flammable materials susceptibility standards tests.
What Makes This Mattress The Best?
Simmons as a responsible company continues to make excellent products at affordable prices that are consistently safe, innovative, technologically sound, comparable to the best products out there and responsive to the ever-changing demands/needs of the public. In fact, rather than following others, this company often sets the standard among competitors. This company’s long history is, in fact, the reason so many parents/guardians trust them to deliver products that are not only safe and affordable but practical and consumer-responsive.
Although a mattress protector/pad isn’t generally necessary, providing one may add to the product’s longevity since the acidic/caustic nature of things line urine can take their toll after a while even on stain-resistant materials. This mattress, however, has other high-durability qualities, including its heavy-duty design, tightly-knitted fabric and waterproof capacity.
Warranty & Quality
Although some people may object to its relative heaviness, such things can be a sign of strong, able-to-take-punishment capacity. In spite of its weight, though, this mattress is uncannily firm but comfortable for both infants and toddlers. It’s simply superior to many of its cheaper, less-well-built competitors. To top things off, it does come with a limited life-time warranty.
Type of Coils (if any)
The Sleepy Whispers is made using “231 Luxury Pocketed” coils that greatly enhance the mattress’ supportiveness; this is further improved with unique corner protectors made from Innofoam and borders reinforced all around for strength and stability. The coil distribution in this mattress adds to its firmness, supportiveness and its ability to properly manage weight distribution, which helps against sagging and potential sinking-into the mattress suffocation issues.
Although the concept of mattress “feel” is strictly a subjective one, it can nevertheless be an important factor, especially as more and more people lean to one side or the other. In this regard, you may compare the feel of a crib mattress to what you’d feel if touching an adult bed cover, quilt or mattress’ uncovered surface (if you were to lie on it without sheets). This mattress’s bare surface isn’t necessarily plush or sofa-like-soft but it’s soft enough to lay a child on without sheets, even if that’s not the best case scenario.
It must be related that some people have reported seams coming apart, leading to tears in the mattress. Many other reviews, though, report the opposite: that the seams are tight and well-secured; the edges, furthermore, appear to be sewn against and rolled against the mattress’ fabric, thus reducing chances of threads hanging loose ready to be pulled by inquisitive fingers. Since the warranty is supposed to cover product construction deficiencies, if you were to encounter such a problem, the dwarranty should deal with a scenario of this nature.
Bounciness tests can tell you many important things, including how suitably firm and soft a mattress ultimately is. Too much bounciness means there is too much firmness and if nothing bounces on it, then it’s probably too soft. This mattress, however, has just the right amount of bounce to it.
The Sleepy Whisper’s corner protectors made from Innofoam are nice features unique to this mattress; they add strength and stability and help to mitigate the potential problems common to mattresses with innersprings. Neither fully square nor round, the corners on this mattress don’t seem to interfere with how snugly these mattresses fit into cribs.
First of all, the firmness offered by this mattress isn’t memory-foam like, not that it’s supposed to be. Some people have reported seeing indentations in the mattress where an infant lay for a while. Needless to say, this is not a good indication but it’s fair to ask if these reports are accurate/truthful and if they may simply be isolated incidents—for example, some people may exaggerate a problem or they have ended up with a defective mattress that isn’t representative of the entire product line. The preponderance of the reports, though, does not support these claims.
It’s important that mattresses fit neatly and snugly inside a crib. If you notice a significant gap in the fit, then you may have a problem. Such gaps can be places where things can fall and hide, later to be found by inquisitive fingers; it can also be a place for bugs to hide; finally, it can be a place where limbs can get caught, potentially leading to injuries. In general, there shouldn’t be too wide a gap (more than an inch) between the edge of the mattress and the crib rails or toddler bed’s sides. This mattress, for the record, doesn’t seem to have this problem, as long as standard-sized cribs are being used.
In spite of its impressive features, this mattress doesn’t come with an intimidatingly high price. In fact, it costs about half of what a good quality organic mattress would cost.
Sleeping Position Ratings For Toddlers & Infants
Its dual-sidedness is definitely one of this mattress’s best qualities. It’s like getting too beds for the price of one: a firm side for the infant and a softer side for the toddler. This feature makes it possible to keep re-using the mattress over time, as well as making sure that it lasts longer as a whole.
The dual-sided quality of this mattress makes it possible to give infants a firm side that reduces bounciness while at the same time providing the resistance infants need to develop strong, well-coordinate muscles and limbs. The metal coils, the reinforced borders and the corner protectors made from Innofoam add to the good support expected from high quality crib mattresses. If proper support is important to you, this mattress is a good choice, especially in view of the ever present danger of SIDS. Another aspect that makes the SIDS danger more pressing is the possibility of infants getting stuck when rolling over—something less likely with this mattress.
On the toddler’s side, which is made of foam, there’s a convoluted comforting layer. The mattress is made to actually give enough support and firmness to also be comfortable enough for the increasing need for comfort from toddlers—not every mattress can lay claim to that.
This mattress has a 9-gauge wire border all around the mattress; this helps to support the corners, which in turn, keep the mattress from losing it shape or sagging. This is ideal for a 2-in-One crib mattress. This design is one of the reasons this mattress has such excellent edge support; not only does it reduce chances of falling (if used on a toddler bed) but, also, chances of limbs getting caught between rails/walls and mattress edges.
Safety: 10 out of 10
Support: 10 out of 10
Bounce: 10 out of 10
Edge Support: 10 out of 10
Heat Retention: 9 out of 10
Off-gassing: 10 out of 10
Toddler’s Sleep Quality: 10 out of 10
Infant’s Sleep Quality: 10 out of 10
Unfortunately, this mattress doesn’t sport any temperature control capacity or features—then again, the holes it has built into the sides should release otherwise-building-up warm air, thus letting cool air continuously seep in. You might consider a cooling mattress cover for additional heat controlling/mitigating capacity.
Reportedly, this crib mattress doesn’t appear to retain heat, as might lower-quality, no-air-holes-on-the-sides mattresses—apparently, the holes, though a rather simplistic way to fight heat retention, do what they are supposed to do. Mattresses that trap heat can be both uncomfortable (since they won’t help keep children cool) and dangerous—this mattress, however, doesn’t seem to have such a problem.
Although this mattress isn’t pushed as a great-breathability product, it apparently has no issues to worry about. The holes on the sides appear to do their job.
Odors, Chemicals & Allergies
This mattress doesn’t appear to have any noticeable chemical smells, although it must be pointed out that no mattress is “smell free.” The thing to worry about, though, is a smell that originates from potentially toxic chemicals—none of which seem to be in this product. In this regard, this mattress may be even better than an organic one, which can have what are called “pure smells.” The pleasantly hypoallergenic superlative woven cover is the icing on the cake of a relatively safe mattress.
The Final Puzzle You Need To Know
The Sleepy Whispers is a great choice for demanding parents/guardians for a number of reasons. In addition to having the proper certifications, this mattress has all the right features, generally gets good reviews and is a reasonably good product for the price you will pay.
This Simmons Beautyrest Beginnings 2-in-One crib mattress can be everything you were looking for, if you are looking for a relatively low price, industry-lauded certifications, a good safety record, and all the basic features you should expect from a company that has been around for such a long time.