Now that you mention it, Mark, what's up with all those impossible-to-comparison-shop crib mattresses?
I'm a newly expecting father and I'm usually pretty good at cutting through the myriad of choices and identifying preference when it comes to most babies items. The one big exception however is crib mattresses. My head is about to explode from the options and different makes and models. Does anyone have a simple chart comparing brands and models side by side? coils, firmness, organic/non-organic, chemicals/no chemicals, air vents,covers, non-allergenic, wireframes, square corners, etc etc et. Can anyone help simplify? thanksFor us, we looked at organic, we looked at latex, we looked at hypo-allergenic, cotton-wrapped, infant futon blah blah blah. But when push came to shove, we ended up buying the third- or fourth-cheapest mattress at Buy Buy Baby because it felt more substantial than just the foam; it was firm; it wouldn't soak up pee; it didn't seem like it'd offgas too much. But mostly, it was the cheapest mattress we felt comfortable buying.
I have had Seth Stevenson's Slate mattress shopping article stuck in my head since 2000. And so I figured if the grownup mattress business is 99% marketing, the crib mattress business is, too, with an extra 99% of emotional manipulation and guilt thrown in for good measure. [If you're serious about buying a sustainably manufactured mattress, this pointless ramble on Slate a few months ago tells me you'll just have to research until your own conscience is satisfied.]
If anyone knows any different, and especially if there are any practical insights for Mark and other novice crib mattress shoppers out there, feel free to chime in.