I did *some* reading about cribs and crib mattresses and here's what I could glean:
1. Nobody wants you to get a used/vintage crib. There are huge changes in safety standards all the time and you should just not do it . I debated doing it anyway, and just ensuring that it met the safety standards, but then I fell in love with Dwellstudio crib, and was so happy when it was gifted to us-- It's just so sleek. Lucky baby...
2. You should have a firm mattress for the baby-- if it is a spring mattress it should have at least 150 springs.
I will add to these two items my one thought:
1. I have watched babies/children launch themselves out of cribs with the aid of bouncy mattresses. They are tiny acrobats. AND Drake was walking by 8 MONTHS OLD. which is completely ridiculous and leads me to worry about our future sons genetic propensity towards early athletic endeavors.
Amy and I went to Babies R Us with a 20% off any Serta mattress coupon-- yesssss.
So I examined the Serta options, but found them all to be too bouncy. I imagined Tiny Dancer launching himself out of the crib in the mornings (always sticking the landing of course...)
Amy took out all the crib mattresses, placed them on the ground and flopped on them, which I found hilarious, and when one of the sales associates pointed out that the baby would have a different sleep experience then she would since it was much smaller I said, "Excuse me, are you calling her fat?" A joke which I always find hilarious and oddly, makes strangers uncomfortable.
After assuring the associate that I was just joking and that we were all set and didn't need any help, this mattress caught my eye....
It's the Safety 1st Peaceful Lullabies Bamboo Mattress
The cover is made of Bamboo which has many benefits like being naturally anti-bacterial, breathable, and it's also a biodegradable and sustainable material.
It is filled with natural cotton and wool fibers, and has a high density thermo bonded core (whatever that means.) AND it also exceeds flammability standards without any use of chemicals.
Lovely and green.
The only hesitation was that it was brand new and hadn't been reviewed by anyone yet. But Amy flopped on it and confirmed that it was very consistently firm-- And I had a 20% off any one item coupon, so I decided that we would go with it and I would write the first review. So far 4 stars, but then of course, no one under 20 lbs has tried it out yet, so I won't post a review on any "official" sites yet.
I like that it's bamboo, I like that it has a high density core and not springs, I like that it didn't smell like anything when I unwrapped it, and I like that it has a 10 year warranty. I'll let you know as soon as the baby tells me how he feels about it.