Disclaimer: I was provided a Baby Blanket Music CD and a Naturalmat Top Mat to facilitate this review. All opinions are 100% my own.
There are few things as overwhelmingly breathtaking as watching your beautiful little baby sleeping soundly. We all want our little ones sleep comfortably and peacefully, but sometimes it can take some outside help to make that happen. No, I’m not talking Benadryl. Here are two wonderful (and pediatrician approved) products that may help make bedtime a little easier for Mom and Baby…
Based in Devon, England, Naturalmat is a company that specializes in handmade organic mattresses and bedding. Mark Tremlett and Peter Tindall shared a mutual love of sailing as well as a mutual dissatisfaction with the synthetic mattresses found on most yachts, so they began hand making their own natural fiber boat bedding. When Mark’s first child was born, they realized that there was a real need for breathable, organic crib mattresses. They applied the same technology from their boat mattresses to crib mattresses, and Naturalmat was born. Naturalmat now boasts an impressive range of adult and baby mattresses and accessories, and I am a HUGE fan of their products. Check out this fascinating behind-the-scenes video about the making of a Naturalmat:
Now if that doesn’t make you want to move to Devon, buy a flock of sheep and hang out with handsome tattooed mattress-makers with sophisticated accents and chic glasses, I don’t know what does. Or, maybe you’re just inspired to explore the world of organic mattresses….whatever. Either way, the fact that all Naturalmat products are made entirely by hand with all-natural materials is pretty amazing. The materials used in the mattresses and top mats – organic cotton, latex (yes, it’s natural), lambswool, coconut fiber – are often locally sourced and lend themselves to breathability and temperature control. The lambswool is even treated with lemon, lavender and eucalyptus, which aside from their aromatherapeutic benefits, also protect against dust mites.
When I received our Naturalmat Top Mat, I was blown away by it’s quality and the level of care that clearly went into making it. It is really so beautifully made and wonderfully soft. I may have even tested it out myself before putting it in my son’s crib…
The Top Mat lays on top of your baby’s existing mattress, instantly transforming it into an organic one. It’s also portable, which means that the crib at Grandma’s house or the pack ‘n play on that much-needed vacation can also become organic. The Top Mat is surprisingly compact when rolled up in it’s carry bag, making it easy to take along on-the-go. I’ve even used it when there wasn’t a crib or playpen available to make an extra comfy little nap spot / play place on the floor. My son just loves snuggling up with his blanket on his Top Mat, even with Mommy curled up in the crib next to him. Ok, I haven’t gone that for, but I’ve definitely considered it.
Baby Blanket Music
Singing lullabies not your forte? If your baby cringes when you sing Twinkle Twinkle as you rock him to sleep, you may want to consider an alternative source of soothing melodies. Meet Baby Blanket Music, maker of children’s CDs featuring lullaby versions of your favorite pop, country and classic rock hits. From Garth Brooks to Elton John, Madonna to John Mayer, you’re sure to find some soothing tunes that both you and your child can enjoy. Yes, there’s even Lady Gaga.
My kids and I are massive fans of Michael Jackson. Every other song on our Dance Party Playlist is MJ circa 1982. Naturally, when I was asked to review Baby Blanket Music, I was delighted to see that the King of Pop was now taking a turn as the King of Lullabies. When I popped in the CD for the first time, my daughter instantly recognized the first few notes of ‘Thriller’, despite it’s slower, more soothing makeover. My kids now fall asleep to the relaxing strains of ‘Rock With You’ and ‘Beat It’. Our Michael Jackson CD is a permanent fixture in our naptime and bedtime routines, and I don’t see that changing anytime soon!
If you’re in the market for some new ways to lull your little one off to sleep, give your tone deaf self a break and visit www.babyblanketmusic.com to purchase a lullaby CD! Be sure to visit Baby Blanket Music on Facebook and Twitter.
Oh, and since we love you, we’re giving away a Baby Blanket Music CD to one lucky Montco Mom! The winner will be able to choose from one of the following CDs: Billy Joel, Elton John, Lady Gaga, Garth Brooks, Madonna, Simon & Garfunkel, Michael Jackson, John Mayer or The Beatles. Good luck!