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Q&A: What’s the Deal with Moonlight Slumber Mattresses?

We reached out to Patty, of Moonlight Slumber, to explain the ins and outs of the crib mattress industry.

Getting a newborn, toddler or child to sleep through the night or nap can be a challenge. Oftentimes parents are tempted to buy calming and soothing baby products that may get their child to sleep throughout the night. But in many cases, the right crib mattress will set yourself up for the best possible success in getting your child to sleep through the night. The right crib mattress can even help him with putting himself to sleep!

Figuring out which crib mattress to buy is another challenge. This is why we’ve asked our Moonlight Slumber crib mattress expert to explain some of the safety standards and other considerations of our popular and bestselling Moonlight Slumber crib mattresses to help guide our consumers so their child can sleep through the night.

What makes Moonlight Slumber crib mattress eco-friendly?

96% of the materials used to make our Moonlight Slumber crib mattresses are recyclable.  We also utilize plant oils as part of the mixture to produce the foam.  Harvesting plant oils versus 100% petroleum-based oils leaves less of a carbon foot print.

Are essential oils used in the mattress foam? If so, why? 

There are no essential oils used in the formulation of our foam.  Essential oils have not proven to be able to withstand the vigorous use that foam would be put through during the life of a crib mattress, so any use of an essential oil would be more of an additive that would not enhance the performance of our product.

The word “organic” is often used in the product description. What part of the mattress does it refer to and is it always toxin-free?

The word organic is misused so much in the baby product description that it seems to have lost its efficacy.  Moonlight crib mattresses are not organic.  If they were organic, they could not be waterproof as we do not believe you can start with an organic component like cotton, have it coated in a plastic, and still tell the consumer it is organic.  We believe that is misleading.

We do have a few crib mattress covers that are either made from 100% organic cotton that go on our mattresses or covers that are made with 30% organic crib mattress covers, but the mattresses themselves are not organic.  In the end, Moonlight Slumber is committed to providing a safe, hygienic product, that delivers all the conveniences our parents need with all the crib mattress safety certifications they deserve.

What health benefits do organic products have over non-organic?

This question would be impossible to answer as I would need to know what the non-organic product was made of.

A better question a consumer might need to consider is if both crib mattresses are given a UL GREENGUARD GOLD CERTIFICATION, why would I assume one is healthier or better than the other?

What is meant by a plant-based crib mattress? 

When plant oils were first introduced to the oil mix used to create foam, many manufacturers referred to the foam as “plant-based.”  The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) ruled this was misleading to consumers, as only a percentage of the oil was from plants while a larger percentage remained petroleum based.  Moonlight Slumber swiftly changed their language, but many competitors are still using “plant-based” which could mislead consumers.

What federal guidelines are used in determining the safety and security of a crib mattress?

Federal guidelines have been set in relation to the U.S. standard crib size mattress as well as the flammability standards that must be met.  Moonlight Slumber has met all of these requirements since it started producing crib mattresses over 15 years ago.

What do you do in the area of safety and standards to differentiate Moonlight Slumber from other mattress companies?

Moonlight Slumber continually certifies its mattresses and the components to build our crib mattresses to ensure the highest level of safety for our littlest of customers.  Our mattresses are both CertiPur & UL GreenGuard Gold Certified on a yearly basis.

What goes in ensuring the mattress foam is certified and up to standard?

Both CertiPur & GreenGuard Gold Certifications.

Which safety features are critical for supporting younger babies or are they one and the same?

The certifications previously mentioned above, as well as the utilization of the proper density of foam to ensure the appropriate amount of firmness for all infant sleep surfaces.

Which safety features are critical for supporting older babies and toddlers or are they one and the same? 

All of the above mentioned certifications.

Which safety features and certifications are important for ensuring breathability in the crib mattress? 

It is important to note that a crib mattress is an inanimate object and therefore does not breathe.  I am unaware of any type of certificate for breathability.  It is worth noting though that a crib mattress or some of its components can however allow for air flow.  For example, Moonlight Slumber has an air flow cover that allows air to easily pass through it at the child’s sleep surface.

How do manufacturers ensure additional product safety? How often is testing done?

Yearly testing to maintain certifications is required by the testing facilities.

What’s the difference between waterproof and water-resistant in terms of certifications and materials? 

Waterproof material will not allow a liquid to penetrate it.  Water will accumulate on the surface and remain until wiped away.  Water-resistant implies that liquid will run off and whisk away. However if left to pool and sit for lengthy periods of time it could eventually seep into the object.  It is important to note that Moonlight Crib products are waterproof as well odor and stain resistant, but not waterproof.

Learn more about the different kinds of our Moonlight Slumber crib mattresses along with their safety and standard features.

How I Got My Baby to Sleep Longer and Stay Sane with Sleep

Wisdom From a Second-Time Parent

When my second child was born, I chucked the parenting books aside trying to encourage myself. At four months, she’d sleep for a few hours into the night. But I was craving sleep. How could I get my baby to sleep longer? And for how long?

She’d wake up and stay up for an hour wanting to be cuddled and fed. What was I doing wrong?

My intuition went into action. And yet a second time mom at age 42, I had never felt so unsure in my life. I kept asking myself, “how do I get my baby to sleep without nursing?”

Thankfully, I managed to dial down my fears, brush up on a few more infant sleep facts, and got my husband involved.

Sleeping through the night is so important for you and your baby and yet, it can be hard to navigate through a sleep schedule. This precious sleep schedule brings comfort and sanity to the home. So…how do you get your baby to sleep at night and alone?

There’s no magic secret. Getting your baby to sleep for longer periods of time at night takes time and requires a proactive approach. The key I would soon discover was consistency. My baby was super smart. She seemed to know exactly when I was tired and took advantage of that. When she finally started sleeping for longer stretches, I celebrated by watching Pretty Woman from start to finish!

The most understated part: When you help your newborn sleep throughout the night, your baby will be happier and more engaged.

1) Use the baby swaddle

Many experts agree that between two and four months of age, babies are ready for a general schedule. Their sleeping and sleeping habits become more predictable and consistent and the same also goes for knowing when to use the baby swaddle. Some babies might need more swaddling than others. This is where tuning into their baby wisdom can pay off.

How to get a tight swaddle just before bedtime when she had just enough to eat and wasn’t overtired or stimulated seemed to be the best way to go. Surprisingly, she also felt comforted by the tune of a spontaneous baby rap I’d make up, but eventually, she’d wriggle her way out of the swaddle.

2) Use baby soothing sounds for sleep

There came a period when the nights became so terrible that it became so difficult to put her to sleep that I allowed myself to get talked me into nature sounds and white noises. I was skeptical whether these “magic sounds” would work. But when you’re desperate and craving sleep, you’ll do almost anything!

So I whipped out my phone and introduced baby sleep sounds and white noise – a simple and easy tactic that encouraged sleep.

And when she woke up intermittently throughout the night, I kept looking for the best sleep sounds for baby that would help her fall asleep again. I found nature sounds for baby sleep and even hair dryer sounds for baby sleep but in the end, ocean sounds for a sleeping baby did the trick and I’d buy myself another two hours-worth of sleep.

3) Understand the difference between crying and fussing

Crying and fussing are different. In the beginning, I worked very hard to minimize the crying given my newborn’s age and developmental level. I couldn’t afford to let her cry her sleep out. When she’d fuss, I’d whip out my phone and start playing some nature sounds and white noises.  I’d follow the “fuss it out” advice in this article by timing her fussiness.

As a parent, it’s imperative to understand how your baby sleeps and trust your intuition so you can get your baby sleep longer periods at night. Not everything works for every baby. Tune into the wisdom of your baby and learn what works for her without trying to perfect the process otherwise you’ll end up exhausted.

What Did Brittany Wish She’d Known with Baby #1?!

Invest in a Quality Crib Mattress

Nobody wants an uncomfortable mattress, including baby. I’m so excited to have the Moonlight Slumber Baby Bluebird Crib Mattress for baby boy! The safety, value and quality in Moonlight Slumber mattresses is unmatched. Baby Bluebird also the innovative airflow nest with cool gel memory foam to effectively regulate sleeping baby’s body temperature. A comfortable baby, is a sleeping baby!

Butterfly Nursing Pillow

A quality nursing pillow can really help make the nursing process much easier for you. The Butterfly Nursing Pillow helps your little one achieve the perfect latch with positioning wings that adjust the height. Even if you choose not to nurse, a nursing pillow is still a must-have! The butterfly nursing pillow can be a great support tool for supervised tummy time with baby or to help support baby to sit up. As you can see, my toddler loved practicing this with her baby doll.

Moonlight Slumber Changing Pad

Moonlight Slumber created a quality changing pad that contains no cardboard and was built to not sag. This changing pad is encased in a water resistant, easy-to-clean, medical grade stitch polyester. It’s water, stain and odor resistant. It’s easily sponge cleaned and is able to survive all of babies little (and not so little!) messes. This changing pad is also hypoallergenic and contains no indentations or areas that could cause germ entrapment.

Read “10 Newborn Tips & Tricks That I Wish I Knew With My First Baby” from Anchored Mommy

Chatting with Shannan about Baby Registries!

Butterfly Nursing Pillow

I am absolutely in love with this Butterfly nursing pillow for instance! I am already getting a ton of use out of this one. As a pregnant mama in her third trimester, getting the sleep in that I need before baby comes is so vital, but we all know it ain’t easy! The Butterfly nursing pillow is my best friend. It honestly is perfect as a pregnancy pillow as well and adds lumbar support during pregnancy or post-pregnancy. I love when products can have multi-uses, especially as baby grows. In fact, it is even going to be perfect for supervised floor time when he makes his arrival.

Baby Bluebird Crib Mattress

Now if you haven’t already started checking out baby crib mattresses and changing pads, well then let me warn you: don’t let yourself get overwhelmed. There are so many to choose from, but not all are created equal. If you are like me, then safety and comfort are at the top of our lists! The Baby Bluebird Crib Mattress has thought of everything & is great for peace of mind. Baby is comfortable and happy and you’re at peace enough to sleep (*when he sleeps*) & all is right with the world!

Moonlight Slumber Changing Pad

Next on the list of necessities is a changing pad. This is also an important decision because safety and ease of use are also vital when it comes to changing your baby easily! The Moonlight Baby Changing Pad with Organic Cotton Cover is easy to clean (super important!), completely smooth, hypoallergenic, and odor resistant. I have to say that finding products that are actually worth the hype is something that I really care about. Trust me, as a third time mama this pregnancy, I am making sure that everything I get is going to make our lives EASIER! No one has got time for products that just don’t get the job done.

Read “Baby Registry Products To Make Mommin’ Easier” from Faithfully Beautiful

How Did Rachael Transition Violet to Her Own Room?

Set Up The Space

Before you even begin the transition, you are going to want to have their nursery ready. You will need a crib, and a firm mattress that is safe for infants. I use the Baby Bluebird Crib Mattress from Moonlight Slumber because it is Greenguard certified for safety. For my peace of mind, that is so important. I do not want to have to worry when I lay my baby down at night that their mattress isn’t safe. On the reverse side of the Baby Bluebird mattress is a cooling gel memory foam layer, for toddlers. So you can flip the mattress to add additional comfort for older children. Moonlight Slumber also has a mini crib mattress that will be perfect for your bassinet. With the same feel as the Baby Bluebird Mattress, this mini crib mattress will make the transition from bassinet to crib even easier. Your baby will hardly be aware of the change since their mattress will feel the same.

Be Patient!

Violet has been in her own room now for about a month and it just feels like routine. I don’t even think twice about putting her down in her own bed. It is her favorite place to sleep now. When we lay her in bed she just starts getting sleepy and usually will put herself right to sleep within minutes. The super soft, plush, stretch knit cover, that comes with the Bluebird Mattress, makes it extra comfy for Violet. You don’t even need to put a sheet on this mattress because the cover slips off for easy washing. The Bluebird Mattress cover is actually much more soft and comfy than most crib sheets I’ve tried.

Read “5 Tips For Moving Your Baby To Their Own Room” from Rachael Burgess

What did Elizabeth Learn the First 6 Months Being a Mama?

Bed Time is to be Honored

We love our Baby Bluebird Crib Mattress from Moonlight Slumber! It has real temperature control and a cozy base mattress cover that is comfortable enough to sleep on by itself, as well as anti microbial and waterproof! I picked her up from a nap (she was crying) and there were little drops sitting next to her from her eyes! Don’t worry, I snuggled her hard but got a kick out of the tears on the mattress!

Have One or Two Nursing pillows

The Butterfly Nursing Pillow by Moonlight Slumber is the best! The flaps on the side help me to push the pillow into the perfect nursing position and Hilde loves to snuggle up in it! The cover is also organic and easy to remove to wash (a must for any baby product!) And now that Hilde is growing, she loves to climb over it or sit next to it when we are done nursing!

Have Changing Stations In Multiple Rooms

We live in a three floor town-home and sometimes climbing two flights of stirs to change a poopy diaper is not my idea of fun. haha. Have a couple changing stations around the house to change a diaper when you need to without it interrupting whatever you are in the middle of doing. It also keeps baby happy. Hilde hates sitting in a dirty diaper for too long! We like to keep this Changing Pad with Organic Cotton Cover downstairs for diaper changes! It is comfortable, quality, and super easy to clean!

Read “What I’ve Learned The First 6 Months Being A Mama” from Elizabeth at Oak & Oats

How did Haley get Baby Jett to Sleep Better?

In recent months Jett started to wake up at night occasionally.  He wouldn’t cry but I could hear him dropping his pacifier onto the mattress and it would make a little thud.  I realized then that the mattress he was sleeping on was probably not the best option.  A couple of weeks ago we got the Moonlight Slumber Baby Bluebird crib mattress and could not be happier with it.  He’s been sleeping even better and goes back to sleep quickly if he even wakes up at night at all.  It’s funny because after we got the new mattress he seems so excited when I put him to bed at night!  It’s probably because the crib mattress is so comfortable!

He definitely runs hot as well and I’ve noticed that he’s never too warm anymore when I get him out of his crib in the morning to breastfeed him.  With his old mattress sometimes he was sweating in the morning he was so hot!  The Baby Bluebird crib mattress has an airflow core which allows air to flow within the mattress, along with cool gel memory foam (it’s the only Moonlight Slumber mattress that combines the two to effectively regulate a sleeping baby’s temperature, and it’s been great for Jett).

Some other benefits of this mattress are the quad rail construction making it easy to get his crib sheet on and off.  You don’t even really need a crib sheet though because it comes with one that zips on and fits the mattress perfectly!  The most exciting part about his new mattress is that it is dual sided.  One side is for now and the other side is a little less firm for a smooth transition into his toddler bed.

Read “5 Ways We Got Baby Jett To Sleep Better” from Haley at Me & Mr. Jones

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