Refreshed from a nap on his Natural Mat!
I have made my love of baby products abundantly clear. Despite my laziness in using them and my disappointment with so many, I stay dedicated because the products that ARE great - so great you recommend them over and over again - keep me coming back for more.
Natural Mat is one of those products.
Both Sarah and I have made our dedication to chemical-free homes clear. However, let's be honest. Chemical-FREE is aspirational. Due to logistical issues - from the time and energy it takes to track organic products down to the cost - we all have to make decisions about which areas we want to prioritize.
For me, where my children sleep was an obvious choice. Kids spend between 12-16 hours a day asleep. That means they spend half of their young lives with their tiny little faces mere millimeters from their mattress.
From my time in environmental policy, I also knew about the toxic chemicals often used in constructing mattresses and I didn't want them anywhere near my child. When I started researching organic crib mattresses back in 2009 there weren't a ton of options. I didn't want an organic option from a regular company. I wanted an entire company dedicated to producing the safest products possible.
Enter Natural Mat.
Made by hand in Devon, all Natural Mat mattresses are 100% organic with not a single chemical or synthetic material used. At all. Period. The mattresses are also hypoallergenic and naturally fire-retardent. When you remove these beautiful mats from the box, you believe every single word. There is no awful plastic smell emanating from the very core. There is no need to air out your child's room afterwards. There is just a soft mattress filled with materials you can pronounce (and even recognize!) - like coir and lambswool.
As I've said before, my kids are awesome sleepers. I can't prove that the reason they sleep so soundly is the mattress they sleep on. However, if someone DID prove that, I would not at all be surprised.
Let me be honest. These mattresses aren't cheap. Trust me, I've purchased two. It is the most expensive product is both of my boy's rooms. However, I have never regretted a single penny. I'm not just purchasing peace of mind either (although that is nice). This is not about me spending a lot of money so I feel better about a product I'm using. This is about buying a quality product that offered the safest sleep environment available for my child.
Now, lest you think these natural materials don't hold up as well without all that toxic plastic. Griffin has now slept on his mattress for over three years and I cannot see a single sign of wear. I think you could switch his and Amos's Naturalmat and I couldn't even tell the difference.
Basically, this is not just a product I was sent to review and fell in love with. This is a product I have used for over three years. This is a product I believe in.
Natural Mat Giveaway
This is where I get excited and start using excessive exclamation points.
NATURAL MAT IS GIVING ONE LUCKY SALT & NECTAR READER A MATTRESS!
That's right. We have teamed up with Natural Mat to give away The Coco Mat (the one I use!), which retails for $399. Obviously, we are excited and obviously we are going to make you work a little bit harder to enter. Luckily, we are also going to give loads more opportunities to win! Just follow the instructions below using Rafflecopter and pray you're a lucky person!
We will use Rafflecopter to select a winner. We also going to give you a little extra time to enter. The contest will run from today until next Saturday, September 8th at 12:01AM EST.
No purchase is necessary. Odds of winning are based on number of entries received (duplicate entries will be deleted and only one will be counted). This giveaway is open to US residents 18 and older only. To learn more about Natural Mat, check out their blog or follow them on Facebook.
Neither Sarahs nor Salt & Nectar were paid to host this giveaway.
GREAT NEWS! We are extending the giveaway through Monday at 12:01am!
So keep racking up those entries!