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Good Crib Mattress: The Sealy Soybean Foam-Core

Last updated: May 5, 2016. Good Crib Mattress: The Sealy Soybean Foam-Core crib mattress is a great low-priced option with an eco twist: 22% soybean foam, phthalate free cover and no toxic fire retardants for only $125.

Crib Mattress 101

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How we pick a good mattress

We evaluate crib mattresses with hands-on inspections, reviews by our readers and online feedback. We do not accept free samples from manufacturers—if we purchase a mattress to review, we buy it from the same sources we recommend on this site (Amazon, stores, etc). We also meet manufacturers in person at trade events and evaluate product samples and prototypes. We have been researching and writing about crib mattresses since 1994. With the advent of new foams and cover materials as well as interest in organic and natural mattresses, the options have greatly expanded for new parents.

The Winner for GOOD crib mattress, Sealy Soybean Foam-Core

Sealy Foam-Core crib mattress

Our Pick

Sealy Soybean Foam-Core

The Sealy Soybean Foam-Core crib mattress is a great low priced option with an eco twist: 22% soybean foam, phthalate free cover and no toxic fire retardants for only $121.

$125.24* at Amazon

* Prices change daily. Shop carefully.

Sealy, the Brand

Sealy licenses its name to Kolcraft, the baby gear maker, for its crib mattresses. Kolcraft traces its roots to the 1940’s, when s when they first began manufacturing playpens. In the 1950’s they expanded into crib mattresses then added other infant product categories like carriers, high chairs and strollers. Based in Chicago, the company is family owned and operated by the grandson of founder Leo Koltun.

Why this model

The Sealy Soybean Foam-Core crib mattress has been a big hit for manufacturer Kolcraft and is a good deal at $125. Yes, a percentage of the mattress’ foam (about 22%) is made from soybeans, which replaces some of the typical petrochemical foams found in other inexpensive mattresses. As you can see below, the green foam soybean core is surrounded by two layers of padding and covered in a vinyl laminate. Sealy Soybean Foam Core mattress core The cover is made with a vinyl laminate that is phthalate-free and it doesn’t use any toxic fire retardants. The Sealy Soybean Foam-Core is GreenGuard certified and made in America. The mattress also has square corners (see below) for better fit. Sealy Soybean Foam-Core mattress corners At just 8.3 pounds, this lightweight but firm mattress makes changing sheets easy.

Flaws but not deal breakers

Some parents have lamented the fact that the entire mattress is not made of soybean foam, but we think it does offer a middle ground for parents who can’t afford a $300 crib mattress for their child. It does reduce the amount of petrochemicals used in production. Other parents noted the mattress seemed too hard—but it is designed to be firm.

Also Great

Lullaby Earth Super Lightweight

$169.00* at Amazon

* Prices change daily. Shop carefully.

Lullaby Earth’s Super Lightweight mattress is a great option if you have a bit more money to spend. It is made of polyethylene foam (a non-toxic, food-grade foam that requires no fire retardant chemicals) and weighs just 6.5 lbs. Most other foam mattresses on the market are made of polyurethane. It features seamless edges and Greenguard-certification. Price: $170.

Lullaby Earth Super Lightweight crib mattress

Also recommended

Lullaby Earth’s Super Lightweight mattress is a great option if you have a bit more money to spend. It is made of polyethylene foam (a non-toxic, food-grade foam that requires no fire retardant chemicals) and weighs just 6.5 lbs. Most other foam mattresses on the market are made of polyurethane. It features seamless edges and Greenguard-certification. Price: $170.

Crib mattress competition

One manufacturer who gives Sealy a run for its money in the quality, affordable eco-mattress category is Colgate. All their mattresses are GreenGuard certified and they start at $145. LA Baby is another lower priced, mattress manufacturer claiming to make an “organic” crib mattress (for as little as $71), but we aren’t impressed with their quality and durability. Serta by LaJobi also offers an organic cotton covered mattress ($160), as does Simmons by Delta—but both of these mattresses are coil and we prefer foam.

To sum it up: Good Crib Mattress: Sealy Soybean Foam-Core Review

For parents who want an eco-friendly crib mattress for their baby but can’t afford a second mortgage for one of those $400 models, the Sealy Soybeen Foam-Core crib mattress by Kolcraft is a great option. It’s affordable (around $100) and uses less petroleum products in its production. Parents tell us there is no chemical smell when they take it out of the box and note that the mattress is firm but lightweight.

Sealy Foam-Core crib mattress

Sealy Soybean Foam-Core

The Sealy Soybean Foam-Core crib mattress is a great low priced option with an eco twist: 22% soybean foam, phthalate free cover and no toxic fire retardants for only $121.

$125.24* at Amazon

* Prices change daily. Shop carefully.