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Saturday, July 10, 2010

Natural Mat Review and Giveaway {CLOSED}


When baby E was born we wanted her sleeping in a safe environment, so we registered for organic bedding for her crib. The less pesticides and fire retardants the better I thought. It really mattered because we simply could not afford an organic mattress and it made no sense registering for one since we didn't even have any basic baby things. So the next best thing was to get an organic mattress protector to at least cover the old crib mattress. We got a protector from the big box baby store. I was really surprised at how rough it felt though and I could not really confirm it didn't have any fire retardants applied after being manufactured. It was better than nothing!

Now in sharp contrast to that product, Natural Mat sent us a truly organic mattress protector for review. My first impression: "Wow, this thing is SOFT!" My 17 month old touched it, grabbed it from my arms, and started hugging it and rubbing her face on it! So cute! She knows the good stuff when she sees it.

Fit & Design: The mattress protector has elastic bands on the corners. It's easy to put on and it stays put. I like this better than the protectors that are made like a fitted sheet. The Natural Mat mattress protector doesn't come off easily when you are changing sheets on the crib. It's also very easy to take care of and doesn't need any special treatment. Though it's best you wash something so pure, likewise, with non-toxic detergent. You wouldn't want to coat this organic protector with residue that conventional detergent are meant to leave behind.

Quality & Value: As I mentioned, it is incredibly soft. I would let my baby sleep on the protector instead of the sheets! Their baby crib bedding is also from the same organic flannelette with the same softness. I know for sure you can't beat handmade! This is not from a factory in China, it's handmade in England. So you can expect very high quality and use by more than one child. Of course with quality comes a price of $70, which I think is reasonable for a product with this workmanship. You can sometimes get a better deal on Amazon, hint hint.

How is this green: Did you know that regular mattress protectors and mattresses are treated with toxic flame retardants? Babies sleep breathing in the toxic chemicals. I will not even go into the toxic materials (such as vinyl) and wasteful methods used in the making of conventional mattresses. Natural Mat uses only natural fibers that let the mattress breathe, thus avoiding bacteria growth, musty smells, and dampness. Oh and they know dampness, because they're in the UK! Plus there is no need for chemical fire retardants because the materials are naturally fire retardant. All the raw materials are 100% renewable and comply with Fair Trade policies. If that's not enough, even the packaging is 100% biodegradable and recyclable. Green as green can be.


About the Company: Like so many companies making baby products, Natural Mat also revolves around a family story and parents who could not find a mattress on the market that they would feel safe putting their son to sleep on. Now they share their beautifully crafted, high quality, mattresses and baby bedding with the rest of the world. Back in 2001 they probably had no idea they would be selling Natural Mat products in the US!

Recommended for: All babies who need a healthy good night's sleep!

Buy! Natural Mat mattresses and bedding can be bought on their website at NaturalMatUSA.com or at the Eco-Babyz Boutique.

One Eco-Babyz reader will win a Natural Mat Organic Mattress Protector!

HOW TO ENTER THE GIVEAWAY:

MANDATORY ENTRY: Become a fan on Natural Mat on Facebook OR if you don't have a Facebook account, visit the Natural Mat website and tell us what you would love to have.

OPTIONAL ADDITIONAL ENTRIES (each one in a separate comment, not valid unless mandatory entry above is complete; each is one entry unless otherwise noted):

2. Buy something from Natural Mat (purchases will be verified, 5 entries)
3. Like Eco-Babyz on Facebook
4. Follow Natural Mat on Twitter
5. Follow Eco-Babyz on Twitter
6. Follow Eco-Babyz on Lunch.com (for an extra 3 entries post a profile pic and write a review of your favorite green product, leave link to your review)
7. Follow the Natural Mat Blog with Google Friend Connect
8. Tweet this giveaway with link to this post, mention @EcoBlogz and @Naturalmat (provide permalink to your tweet in your comment)
9. Subscribe to Eco-Babyz by email (2 entries)
10. Follow Eco-Babyz on Google Friend Connect
11. Vote daily for Eco-Babyz on Top Mommy Blogs (click here to vote)
12. Vote daily for Eco-Babyz on Top Baby Blogs (click here to vote)
13. Vote daily for Eco-Babyz on Picket Fence Blogs (click here to vote)

Contest ends at 11:59pm EST on Friday, July 23th. The winner will be selected using Random.org on Saturday, July 24th and notified by email (make sure I have a way to get in touch with you, provide email in your comment if it is not in your Blogger profile). Open to 18+ US residents! Thank you!

Disclaimer:
I did not receive payment in any form for this review.
I did receive a sample of the product or service for testing and review purposes. This will in no way sway my opinion of the product or service. The review is in my own words and is my own opinion. Your results and opinion may differ
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121 comments:

  1. Wow, I had no idea there was a company selling such great products in the US. I would love to have the Coco Mat for my little girl to sleep on.
    bixbyjulie at hotmail dot com

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  2. k i did it all, i will try to write a review later but no promise ive been reaallly buzy lately... i dont think i have ever connected with google friend connect, where is that button on your site i cant find it? But i will vote for you everyday, I will tryyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy lol

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  3. I would love to have the Organic Fitted Flannellete Crib Sheet!
    mcbrady 13 at hotmail dot com

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  4. Following you @GFC
    mcbrady 13 at hotmail dot com

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  5. Following Natural Mat at GFC
    mcbrady 13 at hotmail dot com

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  6. Following you @chirpandtweet
    mcbrady 13 at hotmail dot com

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  7. Following Natural Mat @chirpandtweet
    mcbrady 13 at hotmail dot com

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  8. Voted on TMB
    mcbrady 13 at hotmail dot com

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  9. Voted on TBB
    mcbrady 13 at hotmail dot com

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  10. I'm a fan of Natural Mat on Facebook!

    Katie Edwards
    kt1969 at comcast dot net

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  11. I like your blog on Facebook.

    Katie E.
    kt1969 at comcast dot net

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  12. I follow Natural Mat on Twitter.

    @skaketgirl
    kt1969 at comcast dot net

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  13. I voted for you on Picket Fence Blogs.

    kt1969 at comcast dot net

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  14. I voted for you on Top Baby Blogs.

    kt1969 at comcast dot net

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  15. I follow you on GFC.

    kt1969 at comcast dot net

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  16. I follow the Natural Mat Blog on GFC.

    kt1969 at comcast dot net

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  17. I subscribe via email #1

    kt1969 at comcast dot net

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  18. sarah buki is a fb fan
    sabeckstrom at yahoo dot com

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  19. Subscribed to your emails. x2

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  20. Subscribed to your emails. x1

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  21. Voted for you today on PFB

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  22. Voted for you today on TBB

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  23. Voted for you today on TMB

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  24. I'm a fan!
    Thanks for the chance.
    mogrill@comcast.net

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  25. Voted today on TBB 7/13/10
    http://thishumanscondition.wordpress.com/

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  26. Voted today on TMB 7/14/10 (meant to say the 14th on the above vote, too!)
    mcbrady 13 at hotmail dot com

    Also meant to paste my email above. It's already been a long day!

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  27. Organic Crib Mattress The Mohair Mat -- ooo la la baby!
    tvollowitz at aol dot com

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  28. What great products! I also love the bedding - the Organic Fitted Flannelette looks cozy :-)

    greenyak [at] yahoo [dot] com

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  29. Voted for you today on TMB
    mcbrady 13 at hotmail dot com

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  30. Voted for you today on TBB
    mcbrady 13 at hotmail dot com

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  31. I would love to have the Coco Mat!
    irshsmil9 @ yahoo.com

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  32. I voted for you today at TMB
    mcbrady 13 at hotmail dot com

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  33. I voted for you today at TBB
    mcbrady 13 at hotmail dot com

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  34. I voted for you today at TMB
    mcbrady13@hotmail.com

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  35. I voted today at TBB
    mcbrady13@hotmail.com

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  36. I follow natural mat on twitter! bowtiesnbutterflies@live.com

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  37. I like natural mat on FB. Thanks for the opportunity. bowtiesnbutterflies@live.com

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  38. Tweeted http://twitter.com/HousewifeHelper

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  39. I follow you on GFC 2 bowtiesnbutterflies@live.com

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  40. I follow you on GFC bowtiesnbutterflies@live.com

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  41. I voted today at TMB
    mcbrady 13 at hotmail dot com

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  42. I voted today at TBB
    mcbrady 13 at hotmail dot com

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  43. I voted for you today at TMB
    mcbrady 13 at hotmail dot com

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  44. I voted for you today at TBB
    mcbrady 13 at hotmail dot com

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  45. I follow Natural Mat on GFC!
    irshsmil9 @ yahoo.com

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  46. I'ma GFC follower!
    irshsmil9 @ yahoo.com

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  47. I voted for you on Picket Fence Blogs!
    irshsmil9 @ yahoo.com

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  48. I liked Natural Mat on facebook (Susan Chester).
    smchester at gmail dot com

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  49. I like EcoBabyz on twitter as ptowngirl.
    smchester at gmail dot com

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  50. Voted for you today at TBB
    mcbrady 13 at hotmail dot com

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  51. Voted for you today at TMB
    mcbrady 13 at hotmail dot com

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  52. I am a fan of Natural Mat via Facebook as Jill Myrick.

    jweezie43[at]gmail[dot]com

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  53. I am following Natural Mat via Twitter as jlsc123.

    jweezie43[at]gmail[dot]com

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  54. I am a fan via Facebook as Jill Myrick.

    jweezie43[at]gmail[dot]com

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  55. I am following via Twitter as jlsc123.

    jweezie43[at]gmail[dot]com

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  56. I am following the Natural Mat Blog via GFC as Jill Myrick.

    jweezie43[at]gmail[dot]com

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  57. I am subscribed via email as jweezie43[at]gmail[dot]com.

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  58. I am following via Google Friends Connect.

    jweezie43[at]gmail[dot]com

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  59. I voted for you today at TBB
    mcbrady 13 at hotmail dot com

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  60. I voted for you today at TMB
    mcbrady 13 at hotmail dot com

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  61. I love the organic mattress mohair mat they sell
    nms147@hotmail.com

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  62. Voted today at TBB
    mcbrady 13 at hotmail dot com

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  63. Voted today at TMB
    mcbrady 13 at hotmail dot com

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  64. I like Natural Mat USA on FaceBook (Louis Here) :)

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  65. I like EcoBabyz on FaceBook (Louis Here) :)

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  66. following Naturalmat on twitter at rosidentevil

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  67. Following Naturalmat blog publicly as Louis on Google Friends Connect

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  68. here is my tweet
    http://twitter.com/rosidentevil/status/19280424512

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  69. I subscribed to your feed via mail (same as in my profile / this post)

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  70. 2
    I subscribed to your feed via mail (same as in my profile / this post)

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  71. Following publicly as Louis on Google Friends Connect

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  72. Voted for Eco-Babyz on Top Mommy Blogs

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  73. Voted for Eco-Babyz on Top Baby Blogs

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  74. I Became a fan on Natural Mat on Facebook :-)
    kerriekg@yahoo.com

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  75. I Follow Natural Mat on Twitter @36momma
    kerriekg@yahoo.com

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  76. I Follow Eco-Babyz on Twitter @36momma
    kerriekg@yahoo.com

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  77. I Follow the Natural Mat Blog with Google Friend Connect
    kerriekg@yahoo.com

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  78. I Follow Eco-Babyz on Google Friend Connect
    kerriekg@yahoo.com

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  79. I'm a fan of Natural Mat on Facebook , id Lighthouse twentyseven

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  80. I Like Eco-Babyz on Facebook, id Lighthouse twentyseven

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  81. I Follow Natural Mat on Twitter, id litehouse27

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  82. I Follow Eco-Babyz on Twitter, (id- litehouse27)

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  83. I like the Organic Fitted Cotton Percale.


    hafner611{AT}gmail{DOT}com

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  84. I follow Naturalmat on Twitter- ksh123

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  85. I follow EcoBlogz on Twitter- ksh123

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  86. Voted on PFB today (7/22)!

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  87. Voted on TMB today (7/22)!

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  88. Voted on TBB today (7/22)!

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  89. I voted for you today at TBB
    mcbrady 13 at hotmail dot com

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  90. I voted for you today at TMB
    mcbrady 13 at hotmail dot com

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  91. i like them on facebook tony l smoaks
    susansmoaks at gmail dot com

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  92. like u on fb

    rajee@momsfocusonline.com

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  93. http://twitter.com/momsfocus/status/19393261732

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  94. Organic Crib Mattress The Coco Mat
    The most breathable organic mattress

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