One of the major milestones to show that your tiny, little newborn is now a baby is when they leave the comfort of your bedroom to move into their own room. Obviously, when I say “leave” and “move” this is because you’ve put them in there – they’re not quite at the stage of making that decision for themselves!
When Baby L hit around five-months old, we decided that the time was right to move her from the SnuzPod 3-in-1 bedside crib into her own room. Like most newbie parents, we struggled with four-month sleep regression and decided that putting her into her own room would allow us to tackle a few things at the same time, such as ditching the dummy and getting her used to being on her own.
We already had the cot bed set up in her bedroom, but didn’t yet have the stuff to go in it, like the mattress or bedding. This made the move from our room to her room a little challenging! However, having worked with Little Green Sheep previously on the SnuzPod, we were delighted when they offered to send us a Twist natural latex cot bed mattress and organic cot bed mattress protector to review and give Baby L much needed support. Here’s my review of the mattress and protector:
The products are described as:
The Twist Mattress is The Little Green Sheep’s Best-Selling mattress – an award-winning cot bed mattress that provides the perfect support as your child grows! Entirely free of chemicals and comes complete with our 5 year guarantee. Measures 70x140cm and 10cm deep to fit standard sized cot beds.
This double-sided mattress offers a choice of firmness to grow with your child! One side is firm as recommended for babies up to 12 months, or simply twist for a supple latex side which is durable and comfy for when your baby becomes a playful toddler! This mattress provides perfect support from 0-7 years.
The combination of the wool and cotton acts as a natural fire retardant, meaning that no fireproofing chemicals are used and each one of our mattresses passes UK fireproofing regulations (BS 7177) naturally. The durable, non-removable cotton cover is water resistant, however we recommend you also use a mattress protector to keep your mattress clean and dry for longer. Made from coconut coir, natural latex, natural fleece wool and natural cotton.
The organic cot bed waterproof Mattress Protector 70x140cm is made to fit cot beds. This super soft cotton flat mattress protector is 100% waterproof, extra absorbent and breathable. Features include:
- Longer-Lasting Mattress – Our mattress protector helps keep your mattress clean and dry for longer, meaning that it will last for many years to come.
- Breathable & Anti-Dust Mite – Each protector is flat not fitted, allowing the mattress to breathe from the sides and underneath, whilst also providing flexibility when positioning the protector where your baby is lying. It also creates a barrier against dust mites.
- Super Soft – No more crinkly, plastic mattress protectors! We use super soft organically grown cotton that is free of pesticides and herbicides, and creates a comfy soft support for your baby.
- 100% Waterproof – We use a safe food grade polyurethane (the same that is used in babies bottles and dummies) sandwiched in between two layers of luxury cotton to create a completely waterproof protector.
- Extra Absorbent – Unlike plastic coated protectors, the layers of cotton absorb moisture and wetness, preventing any liquid from pooling or running on the surface to help keep your baby clean and dry.
- OEKO-TEX Certified – Our manufacturing processes are OKO-Tex certified, guaranteeing they are safe and free of harmful toxins.
Both items arrived well packaged and protected within a big box. On opening the box, the mattress was encased within a plastic wrapper to keep it clean, whilst the mattress protector was within it’s own separate box.
I took the Twist mattress out of the plastic and did my best mattress salesman impression by pressing the foam, stroking the surface, and of course, having a lay down. When I woke up 2 hours later after my mini-nap, it was time to take it upstairs to Baby L’s room.
Putting the mattress onto the cot bed was as simple as, erm, putting a mattress onto a cot bed. All I needed to do was make sure I had the correct side facing up, then pop the mattress onto the wooden slats of the bed to achieve a perfect fit. The Twist mattress is pretty unique – it has one side which is firm for babies up to 12 months old and another which is more supple and comfortable for when the baby months have passed by. By simply flipping it when your baby is old enough, the mattress can last from birth to seven or so years old. As the mattress is labelled with which side is which, even the most baby-brained, sleep deprived parent would have no problems in fitting it correctly.
The next step – if you can even really call it that – was to take out the mattress protector and put it on the mattress. That was it! You literally place the protector on top of the mattress and job’s a good ‘un. This was hugely surprising – I’m used to those stupid, crinkly protectors that you have to fit around the bed with the elastic corners.
This one was nothing like that though as it was made from cotton. I’ll admit, I was slightly dubious about this. With claims of 100% waterproof and extra absorbency, I wasn’t sure how this new kind of protector would protect, but I guess only time would tell…(how’s that for leaving things on a cliffhanger?!).
I then put a fitted sheet over the mattress and mattress protector. As the mattress protector lies fully flat, there’s no lumps or bumps though the sheet and no issues of the corners popping off the edge of the mattress as I occasionally find with the plastic, cheap mattress protectors.
At the time of writing, Baby L has been in her cot bed, and using both products, for eight months. During this time, we’ve had no problems whatsoever and are genuinely impressed. As the little one is just over a year old, she has only ever used the firm side of the mattress, so I can’t speak for the more comfortable, softer side when the mattress is ‘twisted’, but we love what we’ve experienced so far. The sprog is sleeping well, which I’d suggest she wouldn’t be if the mattress was uncomfortable, and knowing that the mattress is made from organic, natural and free from ‘nasties’ gives us reassurance that she’s getting the best.
However, it is the mattress protector I am most impressed with. Not only is it soft, made from top quality materials and is not fitted which allows the mattress to breathe, but it is very absorbent and waterproof. I went into Baby L’s room one morning and found that her nappy had come loose – the missus blamed me, but I’m blaming the baby. Despite a night of uncontained wee, which had soaked the fitted sheet and her sleepsuit, the mattress was completely dry. I expected that the mattress would be wet, so was really impressed to find that the protector had done it’s job and more than lived up to my expectations. As a result of this ‘incident’, we also found that the protector washed really well and dried quite quickly.
The Twist mattress costs £179 and can be bought from The Little Green Sheep or retailers such as Argos, Mothercare and Amazon. With some cot bed mattresses starting from as little as £20, it’s obvious that this mattress is on the pricier side, so it really comes down to your budget and how much you can / want to spend. As the mattress is made from the best organic materials and can be ‘twisted’ to allow it to last for years on end, I think the price is pretty reasonable and I’d be happy paying this.
The organic mattress protector will set you back £29.95 and can be purchased from the likes of The Little Green Sheep, Mothercare and Amazon. Again, this is on the expensive side when you could pick up a cheap, plasticy protector for a few quid. However, with something like this, which is made from organic materials, is 100% waterproof etc, you’d expect to pay a premium for it. I probably wouldn’t have wanted to have spent this much on a mattress protector at the outset, however having seen it in action, I’d be happy to pay that for it now.
If you like the sound of the Twist Mattress, Mattress Protector or any of the other fantastic stuff that The Little Green Sheep sell, you can get an exclusive 10% discount code simply by using LGSDADV10 at checkout. Please note that I don’t get anything for sharing this discount code with my wonderful readers, just the satisfaction of knowing that I’ve helped you save a little bit of money! 🙂
We’re big fans of The Little Green Sheep having used the SnuzPod for a few months when Baby L was younger. We therefore had pretty high expectations of the Twist Mattress and Mattress Protector, however I’m happy to report that both products have fully lived up to them.
Although we’ve not used the softer, more comfortable side of the mattress yet, I think it’s a fantastic idea that you can flip it when your baby is old enough. This means that you only have to buy one mattress from the outset, which should last your little one until they are no longer so little. As you’d expect from The Little Green Sheep, the mattress is made from fully natural ingredients and has no chemicals etc, meaning that we are content in the knowledge that Baby L is sleeping in the best possible environment.
We were particularly impressed with the mattress protector. Again, it is made from natural ingredients so it is soft, free of harmful toxins and very simple to fit as it just lies flat on top of the mattress, but most importantly, it is 100% waterproof and very absorbent.
We’re very chuffed that we’d had the chance to try the Twist Mattress and Mattress Protector and I’d have no issues in recommending both to any other parent.
The DADventurer Star Rating
Twist Mattress – 5 out of 5
Mattress Protector – 5 out of 5
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N.B. This review was written by me (Dave) and represents my honest opinion of the products. The mattress and mattress protector were sent to me by The Little Green Sheep / Snuz with the purpose of writing an honest product review in exchange for the products.
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