I received this product free for review. All opinions remain my own.
Cub has spent all of his post-crib (as if he ever really used a crib…) life in our guest bed. Having him in a double bed just made it easier to transition out of co-sleeping, and, in our two-bedroom condo in Montreal, we frankly didn’t have room for a twin bed anyway. The move to our townhouse in Calgary was great motivation to get him into his own, (smaller?!) big boy bed, and I was in the market for a locally-made, eco-friendly, non-toxic mattress that would serve him til his dorm room days.
Turns out, I moved to the right city. If you’re in Calgary, this is the delivery truck you want to see in your driveway:
Outside of Calgary, you can still have a Black Sheep Mattress shipped to you for a nominal fee!
Black Sheep Mattresses are carefully and lovingly manufactured in their Calgary workshop using wool, cotton, natural latex, wood and springs. Totally absent from the process are any synthetic materials, added chemicals or dyes. From these pure components come their three models of mattresses, all backed by a ten-year guarantee.
The Kids’ Suffolk Mattress we received is a standard twin size. The mattress is flippable, and comprised of west coast wool, hydrocarbon-free natural jute and a durable contouring Bonnel coil spring. [I just check on Wikipedia, Bonnel coil springs “are a knotted, round-top, hourglass-shaped steel wire coil.”] The mattress comes in an organic cotton casing with a zippered opening. The zipper is there in case any adjustments or repairs are needed over time.
So, I’m no mattress connoisseur, but I can tell you that I’ve slept on some pretty uncomfortable mattresses in my life. The kids’ mattresses I’ve tried (either as a guest stuck in the kids’ room or as a babysitter putting a charge to sleep) seem to be constructed on the principle that children like to feel springs gouging them and enjoy the odor of plastic perfuming their rooms. When our Black Sheep Mattress was delivered, my aunt, uncle and cousins happened to be visiting. Everyone agreed: this was one comfortable mattress.
The best proof of just how comfortable would be that my husband elects to take naps (when such a luxury can be permitted) on Cub’s bed rather than in our bed. When Little Miss Cub is making too much noise nursing in the middle of the night, Papa Wolf actually goes to sleep with Cub because it’s that comfortable, even squeezed in with a preschooler. He also claims he can smell the wool and that it reminds him of his childhood on the farm. (I haven’t noticed any different smell, myself.) As for me, there’s no spot I’d rather snuggle up for story time than on Cub’s new big boy bed.
There’s no denying that a Black Sheep Mattress is going to cost you more than a kids’ mattress from Toys R Us. The price tag, however, is a true reflection of the high-quality, non-toxic, durable materials, and the fact that the mattress is meticulously handcrafted in Canada. The mattress comes with a ten-year guarantee, and I’m confident someone in our house will be sleeping on it for many years longer.
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The Black Sheep Mattress Co. showroom is located at 4120 8th Street S.E. Calgary. Get to know them on Facebook or send them an email.
Delivery is free within Calgary. Shipping outside of the city is available for a nominal fee.
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