Nook Pebble Mattress

June 29, 2010

What are your thoughts on crib mattresses? I just heard about the Nook Pebble series. Apparently, it’s intended to be used without any sheets or typical baby bedding. Instead, the surface is both wipeable and breathable and the baby is supposed to sleep directly on it. I haven’t seen one in person, but I think the colors are pretty and that pebble surface looks super touchable.

What about you? Did you seek out an organic mattress? Or are you more about going through your parent’s attic and using the same crib you slept in? If you no longer used standard baby bedding, would you miss it?

You can find the whole Nook product line here.

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1 Leslie June 29, 2010 at 10:09 am

When Buddy was born, we got the use of the family cradle for his first four months. The cradle was made for my Great-Great-Great Grandmother, by her uncle. It had a new mattress for the baby before Buddy, but most of the bedding that came with it had been made when it was my turn to sleep in it, 30 years ago.

We have a list of all the babies that have used it over the years. the list is four pages long. When we picked it up, we went to a third cousin of my mother’s to get it.


2 Design Mom June 29, 2010 at 10:55 am

So neat, Leslie! It’s wonderful to have access to an heirloom like that.


3 Tanya June 29, 2010 at 10:17 am

I’d have to see it in person but I love the colors and idea of not having any sheets.

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4 mandi June 29, 2010 at 10:23 am

no thank you! give me sheets. i keep thinking about all of those explosive poopy diapers. sometimes, things need to be soaked!
i love the idea of a family heirloom cradle. but i would outfit it with an organic mattress. all of the off-gassing in new mattresses, and the dangers of mold build up in the old ones, makes me leery.


5 Design Mom June 29, 2010 at 10:55 am

I hear you, Mandi. We are in the midst of explosive diapers. : )


6 Kristin June 29, 2010 at 10:37 am

I kind of see myself having to prop it up in the shower and hose it down…:)


7 Eek565 June 29, 2010 at 10:38 am

This new mattress in intriguing. My son sleeps on his stomach. I wonder how smooshed his little face would look in the morning. Heehee!


8 Design Mom June 29, 2010 at 10:56 am

I was thinking of that too. Does the pebble surface leave marks?


9 Anna Lewis June 29, 2010 at 11:06 am

I bet the pebble surface helps prevent sids because it’s less likely they get their face smashed into it? While I like the idea of not having to change sheets, what do you do for a middle of the night disaster? Buy two and just switch them out? :)


10 Ashlea Walter June 29, 2010 at 11:36 am

Aah, to not have to make the baby’s bed. I find it a pain in the a** to put the mattress pad and crib sheet on. Maybe because I’m short and it’s difficult to reach. Oof. Sounds like absolute Mamma bliss to me. BUT what about the major accidents? I’m afraid those delicious colors won’t be so lovely anymore. Stick with the brown?


11 Happenstance June 29, 2010 at 11:36 am

We definitely went organic with ours. But I would not miss bedding with this cool looking mattress. In fact, it has such a strong aesthetic that I would probably build decorating the room around one of these bright colored Nook’s. Love the minimalism and they look comfortable too.


12 Elisabeth@YCCII June 29, 2010 at 11:44 am

This mattress doesn’t make sense to me. If a baby wets the bed for example, the pee will pool and cause the child to be even more soaked that if it were to go into the sheets or a mattress pad. And poo poo? I don’t even want to think about it!

I do love the blanket and pillow they make.


13 Heidi June 29, 2010 at 12:22 pm

Hmm. I think I would rather have a sheet to wash in *hot* water and feel secure that my baby’s bed is clean! They sure are cute though!

We are using a crib/mattress that my parents gifted to us when our babe was born. I didn’t think much of it at the time but I think we will be buying an organic mattress sometime in the future after hearing about all the chemicals right under his nose!


14 LP June 29, 2010 at 12:38 pm

Well it looks darn comfy and lovely to touch, colours so appealing, but the poop…..eeeeewwwwwww. I just don’t think I could stomach the idea of wiping poop off an letting my baby’s face get all smushed in it. Just ewwwwww. As far as sheets are concerned, we only used one tiny one so there wasn’t any major laundering involved.


15 kati June 29, 2010 at 12:58 pm

kind of interesting. except it’s not exactly sheetless. it just has it’s own $180 cover?


16 Michelle June 29, 2010 at 1:58 pm

I love it! I think it would add a big wow factor aesthetically. I love the colors and the pebble texture is so unique. I think they are beautiful!

If you read about them under features, it says it has a removable cover that is machine washable, so I’m not too worried about the big messes being a problem. The price is a little high for my budget though. I guess I better start saving up!


17 Jeremy August 14, 2011 at 9:37 pm

Check out the Nook Pebble Lite for only $295. It has the same organic materials on the outside, but the inside core is made of a non-toxic foam instead of latex from rubber trees. I went to the store today to compare both, and the more expensive one seems a bit better, but the cheaper one is still really great. Also, if you go to certain baby stores online (modern stores), you can take advantage of their sales of 10-15% storewide. You can get the Pebble Lite for around $250. Hope this helps.


18 bdaiss June 29, 2010 at 2:31 pm

I guess I’m lucky – neither of my kids have ever had a blow out at night. (Knock on wood!) They much prefer, oh the middle of the grocery store. Or right when we’re walking out the door to go to someplace important. : ) So the clean-up issue never even occurred to me until I read the comments!

I love these and think they’re super unique. I do wonder about smoosh marks. … I wonder if you could basically make one to go on an organic mattress? (Or a plain one if that ain’t your thang.)


19 Bree Harris June 29, 2010 at 3:30 pm

My sister and I were having babies at the same time so we passed a bassinet back and forth. My daughters are 13 months apart and we spent a lot on the cribs, a lot on the matresses, and too much on the bedding. If I had to do it over again I wouldn’t buy the baby bedding. I’d spend my money on diapers, formula, etc. I would probably look into someone like these pebble matresses. They look pretty and I really want to lay on one just looking at the texture. My oldest never messed with her bedding. She never slept with the comforter, and once she learned how she would throw the bumpers out of the crib. My youngest loves her comforter but we could have bought a nice blanket and plain sheets and she would have been happy.


20 Katie June 29, 2010 at 6:39 pm

I would love to have a mattress that doesn’t require a sheet. I really don’t like changing crib sheets especially when there’s bumper pads and a skirt to keep straight. I think every mom can agree with me.
I did pick up some super cute 0-1 month organic grey bodysuits and pants at H&M today for a steal of a deal. We’ve have baby #2 on the way and I couldn’t be more pleased!! But, organic isn’t that important to me mostly because I can’t afford it. If I could afford organic bedding, I’d do it.


21 Chris June 29, 2010 at 6:52 pm

you have a knack for finding the funkiest things for kids that i want for myself…i really don’t like changing crib sheets so this would be wicked.


22 Tabitha (From Single to Married) June 29, 2010 at 9:32 pm

Hmmm… it looks cool, but I probably wouldn’t get one. I like the idea of traditional sheets even though they’re a pain to keep clean. If I had the money, I would have purchased an organic mattress for our son so I don’t like the idea of having him sleep on a wipeable surface.


23 Design Mom June 29, 2010 at 10:40 pm

I just heard from a Nook Rep who wanted to clear up a few things. Here’s what they said:

“Although Nook’s Pebble mattress can be used without sheets, Nook encourages customers to use a fitted sheet on top of the mattress to prolong the life of the Pebble. The Pebble wrap is machine washable (since the materials used to create it are all natural, a gentle cycle is recommended).”

Good to know.


24 Sandra Gonzales June 30, 2010 at 7:35 am

Buying the baby bedding was part of the fun of welcoming a baby. My daughter had Winnie the Pooh bedding just like I did when I was a baby.


25 Erin June 30, 2010 at 7:56 am

Since the Nook rep said the cover can be washed, that makes a big difference. On another topic, I’m not sold on the organic crib mattresses. I did quite a bit of resesarch not five months ago on crib mattresses, and even organic mattresses…aren’t. The fill might be, but the outer shell isn’t. So no matter what, there will be chemicals your baby is sleeping on. While that’s not my favorite thought, none of these things are organic, either: my baby’s bedding, clothing, toys, house, and the car we drive in. I like to think that small changes make a big difference, but in this case, I think money is better spent on getting the highest-quality mattress possible–which may or may not be organic. (I bought an organic mattress because it was on sale, and with my coupon, a good deal. Even though I doubt it makes a difference in my baby’s long-term health, when the price was created equal, why not. Moreoever, my research led me to understand that it’s a quality mattress.)

I wouldn’t, however, mind not having sheets–it is definitely not the most convenient thing to have to change the sheets.


26 Jessie Hansen June 30, 2010 at 8:45 am

I totally want it. Too bad it’s $550. !!!


27 Ransacked Goods June 30, 2010 at 9:16 am

Nope, not for me. We opted for an organic mattress (wool & cotton – half the price) for piece of mind. Wool puddle pads are great too. I’d be curious about the non-toxic the fire retardants in this.


28 Angel June 30, 2010 at 10:35 am

It looks pretty cool, but it would have been a waste of money for us – we bought the crib, and a hand-me-down mattress (less chemical smells for my sensitive nose since we couldn’t shell out for an organic at the time), and a really cute bedding set…and then Emmeline slept in our room in an Arms Reach co-sleeper on top of several hand-made sheets and blankets. I think it would be awesome in a reading nook (no pun intended), and would be something fun for the kids to lay on.

Oh, and as far as the surface goes, my daughter seems to think lumpy is better…she falls asleep with all kinds of odd things tucked under her…her most recent buddy is the board book, Moo, Baa, La La La by Sandra Boynton.


29 christina June 30, 2010 at 6:07 pm

no way! i want a mattress pad and a sheet to pull off and give a good washing in hot water when my babies throw up or spit up or spring a leak… think of trying to wipe throw up or worse out of the textured parts… at 3am… no no no no


30 Vitka July 1, 2010 at 3:24 pm

When I was having my first baby, 3 years ago, mattress was the biggest investment for us. I bought a latex one from Natura. This one looks really cool, but I would still use a mattress cover and my ducduc sheet. I love fresh and clean bedding. I would love to see it in person.


31 Christy July 2, 2010 at 6:26 pm

The concept seems a little odd, but I sure would love not putting sheets on a crib mattress!


32 Yvette July 2, 2010 at 11:59 pm

To not have to untie and remove the bumper everytime I change my wee little one’s sheet would be a dream! UGH! It is such a chore. But I do love his mattress and crib. With my first the thought of organic bedding did not even cross my mind (but that was over seven years ago and organic was not such a hot topic or readily available.) But after a lot of reasearch I knew I wanted something different this time. The wood for his crib came from a sustainable forest and the mattress is organic. With both kids my mom made the bedding (except for little man’s bumper, it was a great PB Kids find.) I love knowing that my son is not breathing in toxic flame retardant while he sleeps. Going green one step at a time :).


33 Julie November 13, 2010 at 5:16 pm

I wanted to introduce you to our revolutionary air permeable crib mattress with a passive air-flow system. It is completely BREATHABLE. If a baby is lying face down, the can breathe right through it. It has an air permeability rate of over 380 times that of a conventional or organic crib mattress. Please check it out;


34 kathy October 30, 2011 at 6:59 pm

I saw this on the news the other night. This is the crib mattress I would buy….afterall it’s recommended by a hospital and pediatrician.


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