Photo by Christin Lola

You can never be too safe when it comes to crib safety. While the current recommendations—placing babies to sleep on their back in a bare crib—are fairly common knowledge, many parents, including myself, are always on the lookout for products that make things safer for baby and easier for us.

When I first came across Newton’s Crib Mattress, it was like a breath of fresh air—literally. Air circulation is paramount when it comes to babies, and this one-of-a-kind mattress is fully breathable. That’s right—you can have your face right on the mattress and breathe comfortably and easily. This is a particularly huge relief when infants start to roll. While it’s still important to put a baby to sleep on her back, a breathable mattress is an added safety precaution that can put a parent’s mind more at ease.

The breathability is thanks to a mattress core made from a food-grade polymer that resembles spaghetti. When you remove the cover, you can see the core is composed of a very small amount of material, strategically formed so that air flows through it freely. Literally, the mattress is 90 percent air. Plus, there’s no chemical off-gassing as the mattress is held to some of the strictest standards for toxic emissions and VOCs, which is especially important for a sleep surface. And the mattress is completely washable. Being able to completely remove messes, dust and other allergens when they build up is a huge innovation in the mattress market. I wish my own mattress were as easy to clean.

You can also recyclable the mattress when your child grows too big for it. Newton offers free shipping, free returns and a 100-night trial—the company clearly stands behind its product. And that helps every parent sleep a little more soundly!

Available at; cost is $300 for a regular-sized crib mattress; $245 for a mini-crib mattress.