Ask Naturepedic: What is the difference between a one-sided and two-sided mattress?

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Ask Naturepedic: What is the difference between a one-sided and two-sided mattress?

Two Sided Mattress

When you take a look at our organic kids options, you will find that some options describe a one-sided mattress and others are two-sided. This isn’t a riddle - obviously mattresses have two sides, so what does this terminology mean when it comes to the form and function of your child’s new mattress?

The one-sided mattress was developed with the natural organic cotton quilt on one side. As such, it is not a “flippable” mattress and has only one sleep surface. We recommend that you rotate the one-sided mattress (swap the head and foot of the mattress) every three to four months to help minimize body impressions.

Many parents choose the one-sided mattress for the following attributes:

Affordable price point

- A one-sided mattress from Naturepedic is lower cost for those on a tight budget who want to provide a healthier sleep environment for their children.

- Many parents choose a lower cost one-sided mattress for transitioning their children to a bigger “adult style” mattress when they are older, and they want to save money on the transition mattress.

- The one-sided option is an affordable choice for guest bedrooms or trundle beds used less frequently.

Smaller size

- The one-sided mattress has a shorter depth than two-sided mattresses.

- One-sided mattress trundle beds are available in shorter length for smaller trundle setups or bunk beds.

The two-sided mattress option has natural organic cotton quilting on both sides and can be flipped and rotated. That means that both sides of this mattress can be slept on. Due to the increased quilting and thickness of the mattress, a two-sided mattress has a slightly higher price point than a one-sided mattress and is also deeper.

Naturepedic also offers a 2-in-1 organic cotton ultra/quilted two-sided kids mattress with a waterproof side for big kids who are not yet potty trained. The waterproof side protects against leaks and accidents. When they are night trained and bedwetting is no longer a concern, flip the mattress for a more grown-up feel with our quilted cotton surface! If you still want the peace of mind for occasional accidents, Naturepedic has you covered with waterproof protector pads in all sizes.

Both the one-sided and two-sided mattresses are GOTS and Greenguard GOLD certified and are appropriate for adults or children to sleep on. They have a 30 day return policy and 20 year limited warranty. And, as always, they are made in the USA (with domestic components and imported fabric and components), right in our factory in Chagrin Falls, Ohio!

What about 2-Stage Crib Mattresses?

Naturepedic also offers 2-Stage or “Dual Firmness” crib mattresses for your baby. The dual firmness of the mattress provides a waterproof firm (but still comfortable) surface for your baby’s developmental needs. When your child is ready, flip the mattress for a cushion firm feel for your toddler!

When is it time to flip? Many of our satisfied parents tell us that they flip the mattress to the cushion firm “toddler” side around 12 months of age. However, we recommend you discuss with your pediatrician to decide when the right time is. Each baby is different and you may be able to flip sooner or a little later than the average.

What is “Ask Naturepedic”?

Ask Naturepedic is our new blog series, featuring our wonderful customer service team who will be answering real questions from real Naturepedic customers, twice a month. If you have a question you’d like answered, leave it in the comments below, email us at or call us at 1.800.917.3342.

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Ask Naturepedic: What is the difference between a one-sided and two-sided mattress?

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