Mattress Review: Newton Crib Mattress


The Newton Wovenaire crib mattress is one of the most breathable crib mattresses on the market, if not the best. With rare exceptions, the evaluations are excellent, and those who use it adore it.

While the data on breathable crib mattresses is sparse, this does not rule out the possibility that they will make your infant more comfortable. And, honestly, it’s difficult to see how a Newton Crib Mattress isn’t a smart idea for newborns until you’ve smashed your face into one.

Even if you’re using a breathable crib mattress, always put your infant to sleep on his or her back. While permeable crib mattress manufacturers are striving to make it safer for newborns who sleep on their stomachs, nearly all health specialists agree that resting on one’s back is the safest option. Aside from the risk of asphyxia, several studies show that newborns may still re-breathe their exhaled carbon dioxide when sleeping on their fronts or sides. “It is vitally essential to realise that a breathable crib mattress is in no way a replacement for the safety of supine sleep, and should not be seen as an alternative,” says paediatrician Dr. Daniel Zoller.

On the one hand, the Newton crib mattress has a large number of enthusiastic supporters. Many child health specialists, on the other hand, are sceptical.

It made us wonder what all the commotion was about and prompted us to pose the following question:

Is a Newton crib mattress really worth it?

The Newton breathable crib mattress is constructed out of a mattress composed of Newton’s proprietary Wovenaire® polymer and a fully detachable, breath-through polyester cover. The Newton crib mattress is unusual in that it contains 90% air, allowing newborns to “breathe through” the mattress, according to Newton. It’s machine washable, which is ideal for cleaning up after spills and keeping nasties like dust mites and mildew out of your baby’s crib. It weighs only 11 pounds and is 52” x 28” x 5.5” (typical crib size in the United States). It’s also available in a smaller form called a tiny crib. The mattress is two-stage, so you may use it until your child is a toddler, and it’s Greenguard Gold certified. When you’re done with it, it’s 100% recyclable, which will satisfy environmentally conscious parents. Newton provides a 100-night trial, making it simple to see if it’s right for your family.

Newton Wovenaire® Crib Mattress

The inner mattress pad of the Newton crib mattress is covered by a detachable “breathe-thru” cover.

The Newton crib mattress is distinguished by its inner mattress pad. Newton uses Wovenaire®, a proprietary polymer that is completely unique to the firm, to manufacture the crib mattress.

There’s no avoiding the fact that polymer is plastic. Newton wants you to have an open mind, which may be a deal-breaker for others.

Wovenaire® is made from a food-grade polymer. Consider the many sorts of plastic in which your food is packaged…. Plastic wrap, yogurt containers, and ready-made supermarket meal containers are all composed of food-grade plastic, as is polyethylene terephthalate (found in bottled water). That should help you figure out what kind of polymer Wovenaire® is composed of.

What’s Inside the Newton Crib Mattress

What Is Wovenaire®

Newton’s website is littered with marketing jargon, which is unfortunate from the standpoint of customer education. In their first year, our newborns spend a lot of time on their crib mattresses. As a result, it’s reasonable to expect businesses to be open and honest about what they’re sleeping on. Marketing jargon isn’t going to cut it.

Newton does give some information on Wovenaire® after you get past the marketing tag lines.

Wovenaire® begins as a little plastic pellet. The pellets are formed into long, thin, noodle-like threads throughout the production process. They immerse the threads in water and weave them together to form a three-dimensional structure.

Consider a bag of those dried quick noodles you used to eat while you were in college. You now have a graphic representation of Wovenaire®.

Each strand of Wovenaire® is surrounded by “white space” or air, much like each instant noodle.

Wovenaire® is “Woven Air”

The genius of this mattress is that it’s mainly made of air.

As a result, the plastic “noodles” only make up a minor portion of the mattress.

The three-dimensional construction provides plenty of room for air to circulate. It’s what distinguishes the Newton crib mattress.

You can sleep face down on this mattress and still breathe, according to Newton.

Does it Actually Work

Those who own this mattress rave about it. Many parents have tried to breathe by pressing their faces into the mattress (try a YouTube search if you don’t believe me!).

I’ve put my face into it and tried to breathe through it.

What’s more, you know what? It’s effective.

This mattress allows you to breathe freely.

I smashed my face into the Newton Baby Crib Mattress core in this shot. It’s also worth noting that while the mattress cover is on, it’s quite permeable and “breathes through.” However, I decided I’d spare you the image of me breathing through the mattress with the cover on because it appears like I’m kissing the mattress in all the photographs I shot.

However, health professionals are less certain about claims around breathable crib mattresses. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics:

“Certain crib mattresses have been designed with air-permeable materials to reduce rebreathing of expired gases, in the event that an infant ends up in the prone position during sleep, and these may be preferable to those with air-impermeable materials.” [emphasis ours]

Perhaps preferred isn’t exactly a great recommendation. It isn’t, however, an indictment.

The most crucial factor, like with other crib mattresses, is that it satisfies all regulatory safety regulations. Regardless matter whether your crib mattress is breathable or not, you must ensure that it satisfies the safety requirements.

It does in the instance of the Newton crib mattress.

Chemicals and Health Hazards Of The Wovenaire® Crib Mattress

Fire Retardants

The Consumer Product Safety Commission requires that all crib mattresses sold in the United States fulfil fire safety requirements. Most traditional cot mattress makers comply with this criteria by using… a slew of chemicals. Manufacturers of organic, non-toxic baby mattresses do not provide this choice. They’ll have to be inventive if they want to make mattresses out of inherently fire-resistant materials. Non-toxic mattress makers can use materials like wool, hydrated silica, and coconut coir to fulfil federal flammability regulations.

Chemicals abound in conventional mattresses, but “natural” mattresses avoid the use of most or all chemicals.

So, where does the Newton infant mattress rank in terms of quality?

To fulfil federal fire retardant regulations, the Newton crib mattress uses naturally contained salts instead of chemical fire retardants (phosphates).

My mattress is made up of three layers: an inner core made of Wovenaire / instant noodle construction, a very thin middle layer that serves as a fire barrier, and an outside breathable cover with a gorgeous quilted cloud design.

The Newton Baby Crib Mattress has three layers. The outside quilted cover (at the top of the image, with the newton infant tag attached), the middle fire barrier layer (which resembles thin fleece), and the inner Wovenaire® mattress core.

Here’s a close-up of the fire barrier layer’s tag, which describes its composition:

VOC’s, Phthalates and Formaldehyde

Greenguard Gold certification is also available for the Newton Wovenaire baby mattress. This indicates it complies with Greenguard’s most rigorous chemical emission criteria, which include VOC’s.

Greenguard Gold is the highest level of certification offered by Greenguard. The Wovenaire® had to be independently tested and certified for the lowest number of chemical emissions Greenguard checks for in order to receive the certification. VOC’s, formaldehyde, ozone, and phthalates are all tested as part of Greenguard’s certification procedure.

With Greenguard Gold certification, you can be certain that your Newton crib mattress will not pollute the air in your house.

Mold, Mildew and Dust Mites

The entire mattress is machine washable, which sets it apart from other mattresses. You may take the real mattress and clean it and check it in the bathtub.

Mould, mildew, and fungus are the death of a mattress, so buying an old or used infant mattress might be dangerous.

The trouble is that you don’t usually realize you have a mold or fungus problem until it’s been causing havoc for a time.

The Newton infant crib mattress has a lot of attraction since you can peel the layers apart and clean every part of it thoroughly. There are no hiding places for mold or mildew!

Is it a Green Option

It’s impossible to deny that the Newton Wovenaire® baby mattress is made of plastic.

However, we must commend Newton on its readiness to dispose of the mattress at the end of its useful life.

The Newton crib mattress is made entirely of recyclable materials. When it’s time to recycle it, just call Newton Baby at 800 686 3986 or send an email to

They’ll assist you in locating a recycling centre in your area that can accept and recycle your Wovenaire® mattress.

If your city does not have a facility, they will give you packing with pre-paid shipping so you may return the mattress to Newton, where it will be recycled.

Newtown Baby Crib Mattress Summary

The Newton crib mattress is produced in part in the United States. Wovenaire® is produced in Newton’s Tennessee headquarters, just outside of Nashville. China produced the cover. The mattresses are finished and sent from a factory in Tennessee.

The mattress is completely washable, so you won’t have to worry about mold or mildew growing on it. As a result, you’ll most likely be able to utilize it with more than one child. Mould and mildew are one of the most common issues with secondhand baby mattresses. Because you can look inside the Newton and wash it, you may be confident that it will last for many years.

If you live in a hot environment with a lot of humidity, this is an excellent alternative (which means a greater chance of mold).

The crib mattress is two-stage, which means it will endure far through toddler. 2-stage crib mattresses typically endure until your child reaches the age of five (5 years).

Based on my personal experience, you can really breathe through it!

The mattress cover is made of polyester and might be a little scratchy. It may be used without a sheet, but your infant may find it too rough. In such a scenario, Newton suggests using aden + anais muslin sheets, which are air permeable and won’t interfere with the mattress’s breathability. However, when I lie down on it, I find it quite pleasant!

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