Once we found J’s new (to him) big boy beds and got them re-assembled, it was time to hunt some mattresses. Remember how I mentioned before that my friends call me Captain Safety? I don’t want to start any kind of debate here, but if there is even a little chance there is anything to the theory of mattress gassing, I want to combat it and protect the most precious thing in the world to me: J.
So, I started my search with organic mattresses for my boo. Unfortunately, I determined I might have to sell a kidney (or two!) to purchase two organic mattresses for his new room. Boo. Boohoo.
For his crib, we bought an organic mattress and a BabeSafe cover for it to hedge my organic bet. The cover essentially makes it where any gasses that might be released from the mattress are expelled under the mattress instead of into the face of the person sleeping there. After a lot of searching and researching, we determined we were comfortable with a similar mattress cover over a regular twin mattress. So, I ordered two twin-sized No-Chem Bed Solutions mattress covers made of food grade polyethylene plastic sheeting for $28 each, plus shipping. O, and since J’s crib mattress had a cover like these, he’s used to that sound of crinkling plastic, so that doesn’t concern me in the slightest.
I hit Ikea for some 100% cotton fitted sheets to use under the cute truck sheets to lessen the plastic-y-ness a little. (Same thing we did for his crib, but I didn’t think to look at Ikea for the extra crib sheets back then.) I was super-excited that they actually sold individual fitted all-cotton twin sheets (Dvala 7.99) without having to buy whole sets. Yay, Ikea. For his crib, I actually liked when I used flannel sheets underneath the best, so once it’s flannel sheet season again, I’m hoping Ikea will carry some of them.
For the mattresses themselves, the Malm beds don’t need box springs, so I found some twin mattresses sold individually at Costco for $149. They had gotten good reviews online, so I headed to the store to check them out. O, and as an added bonus, Costco was advertising an instant savings coupon for $30 off, so they were only $119 each. The price was right. And with the mattress covers, I felt comfortable with going that route. And, they even both fit in the back of my SUV, so double-bonus.
When we got the mattresses home, Michael unwrapped them from their shipping plastic and left them out in our porch to air out for about a week before hauling them back into the house.
Then, it was time to wrap them. Wowser. Wrapping the crib mattress was so.much.easier. Don’t get me wrong, I wouldn’t think of skipping this step, but dang, it was much more difficult on the bigger mattress and was definitely a two-person job. Maybe even three people.
Michael and I wrestled the first one into its wrapper, pulled the side slack over and taped it off, shimmied it around to get it all tight enough, taped off the end slack, cut the little slits in the bottom, and wrangled it onto its slats. We had to call it a night there. Mattress two would just have to wait. It was exhausting to get the mattress in, and I’m exhausted just thinking about it again. Again, totally worth it if you are scared of all the mattress chemicals like me, but don’t attempt it alone. Or in a hurry.
I went straight off my mood board for the bedding and ordered the Pottery Barn Kids Rugby Stripe Quilts in navy/white and the cute, little, colorful, cartoon car/truck sheets from PBK called Patrick Sheeting. I couldn’t find either at the PB outlet in SC or TN when I was visiting there on trips these last few months, so I sucked it up and just ordered them online.
I still have to figure out the pillow situation. That plain white one is just a little placeholder. But doesn’t it all look so cute. Aw, I just love it. And J does, too. Giddy up!
Next stop: the rug.
Big Boy Room Complete
Cleared out guest room furniture
Painted (walls, ceiling, moulding)
Replaced window hardware
Installed smoke detector
Replaced fan with cute orb light
Found twin beds
Bought mattresses/mattress wrappers
Big Boy Room Still To-Do
Something for the walls
Want to see my vision for this room? Check out the big boy room mood board I made.
Anyone else used a mattress wrapper on a twin (or larger) bed before? Got any tips? It will be interesting when anyone else sleeps on his spare bed since most of us haven’t been sleeping on a wrapped mattress since the day we came home from the hospital like J has.