Are you searching for a safe mattress for kids that's also durable and comfortable? Read about our experience with the Essentia Grateful Bed JR mattress.
Being a parent is amazing. There are so many bumps and turns and twists and surprises, that you never know what to expect. And it's different with each child, so just because you have one doesn't mean you'll know what to expect with the next.
When our girls were babies, we found that co-sleeping made our lives so much easier. I didn't have to get up to feed them in the middle of the night and everyone felt safe and secure.
The girls slept in our bed until around Kindergarten age. At that point, they were just too big for all of us to sleep together. So we moved them into a shared Queen bed in their own room.
It was the most natural transition from co-sleeping all together in our bed to them sharing a bed. It worked really well until recently.
After our trip to Carmel, where the girls got to sleep in their own twin beds, they started asking us about having their own beds. They seemed ready, so we decided it was time to make a change.
We were gifted with a rustic bunk bed frame that fits perfect with the mountain feel of our home. Next on the list was to find some safe and comfortable mattresses for them that would last through their childhood.
After our experience with our Tempurpedic mattress, I swore up and down that I'd never own a memory foam mattress. And I warned everyone I knew about it too.
Guess what? There's something I didn't know.
There's one company – yes, just one company – that make a natural memory foam mattress. Say what? Yes, a natural memory foam mattress. None of those nasty adhesives that off gas. None of the high risk of mold.
Just a super comfy natural memory foam mattress made from Hevea milk, the milky white sap of the rubber tree, and essential oils like grapefruit seed, cone flower essence and jasmine essence. Plant extracts and water are added to create the feel of memory foam. So cool!
The company is Essentia, and they offer a range of natural memory foam mattresses. Knowing that I was looking for safe mattresses for kids for my girls, they offered to send us two of their Grateful Bed JR mattresses for the bunk bed.
The Grateful Bed JR is the perfect organic mattress for kids from toddlers to teens (with a suggested max comfort weight of 110 pounds). It's a 6 inch mattress made with certified organic latex and wrapped in organic cotton.
The girls think the mattresses are super comfy. And I think they're right. They've been sleeping really well since they got their new mattresses from Essentia!
If you haven't experienced a Grateful Bed Jr mattress, it starts out with a solid medium feel. As your child grows, the mattress will become a bit softer over time.
The mattress itself is made up of three separate layers. Inside, you'll find the Contour Comfort Layer, which is a 3″ GOLS certified organic latex foam with dome-shaped pattern.
This layer is covered with the Bucaneve Wrap, which is a thin protective liner to reduce friction wear.
Finally, the third layer is a removable organic cotton cover that is super soft, durable and breathable. I like that I can remove the cover to clean it. That's such a great feature with kids!
And I love that I don't have to worry about any of the toxic chemical or allergens that come with conventional mattresses. My girls' health is my number one priority, and since they spend nearly half their day sleeping at this age, it's important for their mattress to be safe!
Beside sleeping, I've found that since we moved the girls into bunk beds, they feel a greater sense of independence because they have their own space.
Zoë has her own area she can keep tidy and Kaylee can keep her bed loaded up with stuffed animals like Big Bear, who was never allowed in the Queen bed.
I'm super happy with the Grateful Bed JR mattresses from Essentia. They have made such a difference for our daughters!
If you're on the hunt for a comfortable, durable and safe mattress for kids, check out the Grateful Bed JR mattress. It comes with a 20-year warranty, which is amazing for an organic mattress at this price.
They also have a base you can buy with your mattress. We aren't using the base, and it seems to work fine with the bunk beds we have.