Why choose a Natural Crib Mattress or Organic Crib Mattress?

Why choose a Natural Crib Mattress or Organic Crib Mattress?

Conventional crib mattresses are a leading source of chemical poisoning in infants. Several scientists even claim that the toxic gases emitted from crib mattresses, when inhaled or absorbed by a sleeping baby, can cause crib death or sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS). These claims have not been 100% scientifically proven, nor have they been dis-proven, and there is an urgent requirement for more further research.

In the mean time you can help safeguard your child from exposure to the harmful effects from these substances by using an organic crib mattress or natural crib mattress.

The bulk of traditional mattresses presently contain polyurethane foam, vinyl (PVC), phthalates, chemical fire retardants, and a lengthy list of added industrial chemicals. These chemicals can leach out of the mattress (otherwise known as off-gassing) and leave us exposed via inhalation and absorption through the skin. This can cause anything from minor skin irritations, to allergic reactions to major health issues. This can also happen through the womb. Women that are with child need to also steer clear from these types of non organic and non natural mattresses.

Our organic crib mattresses and natural mattresses do not contain these harmful substances.

Chemical exposure in mattresses is particularly problematic for babies because of the lengthy duration of time they spend early in their lives asleep and in a crib. Sleeping on a typical crib mattress, babies breathe and absorb these chemicals for ten to fourteen hours a day or more. This exposure is continuous for two years or more during the critical developmental period of their brains, nervous systems and immune systems.

Your alternative

Purchasing a natural or an organic crib mattress can eliminate the threat of harmful chemicals or phthalates. Dormio’s collection of crib mattresses fit these criteria. We use latex (natural rubber) in the core of most of our models as it creates a firm supporting core, and then we add natural or organic wool and cotton. Organic materials are vitally important when choosing a mattress but the main feature to look for is whether the mattress in non-toxic and safe for your baby.

Wool is used in our mattresses and bedding products since it is naturally fire resistant material. It does not provide a favourable environment for dust mites and it handles moisture well by retaining 30% of its weight in moisture without feeling wet. Dormio’s wool crib pads can also be added on top of the mattress to protect the surface from moisture. It is naturally moisture resistant and dries quickly. Wool can also help in regulating temperature during babies sleep. Not too cold and not too hot.

Organic cotton is the perfect fabric for covering the crib mattress and for other crib bedding. Cotton is natural, non-toxic, and highly breathable.

Investing in a proper, healthy crib mattress and bedding for your newborn is one of the most important decisions you can make as a parent as you will be providing a healthy environment for up to 70% of your child’s early life. New and expecting parents can do some research and become well educated before making these critical purchases.

At Dormio our mattresses and bedding accessories are natural or organic.

Dormio Organic Beds… naturally better!

Mattress support for your spine

When it comes to sleep, we don’t always consider how our beds can affect our backs and our overall quality of life. We are on them for about one third of our entire lives. If you do the basic math that works out to be roughly twenty-four years for the average person.  No other piece of furniture in your home is used as much or impacts your overall health more than your mattress.  By choosing the best sleeping products (i.e., the mattress, foundation, bed sheets and pillows) that are available, it will improve your rest and your quality of life.

A poor night’s sleep will contribute to a decline in overall health and increase aches and pains. The spine, in particular, greatly benefits from an adequate sleep with proper support. The spine is under pressure all day especially if the natural spinal curves are compromised from lack of good support at night. A quality nights rest is essential. A poor sleeping surface can compromise this critical repair time and dysfunction can begin to snowball with each subsequent night. An organic latex mattress can offer you the support your spine needs and the comfort to relieve pressure points. Come try one of our many latex mattresses and natural pillows in store and feel the difference. Choose from the soothing colours of our organic bed sheet sets and duvets.

A peek inside the mattress

A peek inside the mattress

The modern conventional mattress with all the trick features they market to the public are not necessarily better for you when you consider the petrochemical based materials they are constructed from. Much has changed in mattress materials since half a century ago. Despite the new and improved features and designs modern mattresses tote, the main ingredients that go into them are now chiefly synthetic foams such as visco-elastic and or polyurethane that may contain the hazardous material toluene discarnate TDI. In addition, conventional mattresses are laden with flame retardant chemicals and even fungicides and pesticides. The flame retardant chemical Polybrominated Diphenyl Ether or PBDE was banned back in the 1970’s.

Several health problems such as autoimmune deficiency have been linked to petrochemical exposure. Also the volatile compounds that petrochemicals emit have been connected to irritation of the respiratory system.

Breathing in the off gassing from adhesives used in the manufacturing of conventional mattresses in such close proximity to our beds results in prolonged exposure as we spend approximately a third of our lifetimes in our beds. Many of these glues can be carginogenic due to their formulations including substances such as formaldehyde, benzene and methylene chloride and can also cause eye and skin irritation. Adhesives can also contain solvents that are known to damage the central nervous system.

Our organic natural latex mattresses and organic pillows, natural pillows and natural bedding products are made without visco-elastic or polyurethane foams. We simply use natural or organic materials.

Dormio Organic beds….naturally better
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Luxury Mattress definition

What makes a mattress a “luxury” mattress?


Are they just the same standard materials that you get on any store mattress at any run of the mill retailer?


What really sets apart a luxury mattress from a regular mattress that justifies the premium financial investment from you?


Is the luxury mattress you are considering just the same usual construction and design?


How long is the manufacturer willing to stand behind their product with their warranty?


How much of that warranty is prorated?


How about the comfort and the longevity?


The average spring or memory foam mattress needs to replaced at least every five to seven years due to wear and compression of the materials. Sometimes in as little as one to three years time.


If you like so many other purchasers have paid several thousand dollars for a mattress that felt and looked great in the store and you were sure because you had paid a large amount of money that you must have gotten a high quality luxury mattress only to discover a short time down the road the mattress had to be replaced due to wear and lack of support then you are not alone.


This is an all too common scenario. A truly high quality product such as a luxury mattress should be defined not only by its comfort but by its quality, the quality of the materials, the quality of the service and also its longevity and the manufacturer’s willingness to back their product with their warranty in writing.


Brand name mattress companies offer warranties on their products ranging anywhere from one year to twenty years. Ten years or less is more the standard length of warranty in most cases with the “premium” models at the higher end of the range but at a much higher price point of course.


Here at Dormio our standard mattress warranty is twenty years with the first ten years non-pro rated.


For a luxury mattress to truly be able to worthy of the term luxury mattress, the materials cannot be the same as any other typical mattress out there, they must exceed the standards of the conventional. If you are familiar with the retail clothing industry and the extremely high mark ups then you know your usual cotton mill is producing cotton at extremely low costs and with chemical fertilizers, rodenticides, fungicides etc.


Just like how a great chef will only use the best organic ingredients in his or her dishes, we only use the best organic materials in our mattresses. We have scoured the four corners of the Earth to bring you the best certified organic cotton, certified organic wool and certified organic latex from rubber trees and crafted them together in Canada to delight the palate of the bedding connoisseur.


What is another major defining factor of all luxury products? Exclusivity. You won’t find our beds in department stores, big box chain stores, discount retailers, ebay, flea markets, etc. Regardless of the inquiries we have had to wholesale our goods to other retailers, we have declined these offers to ensure the brand and its quality and service are represented at its best by our own staff who are not selling just any brand of many on their showroom floor for a commission.


Personalized fit. Much like a great suit made by a great tailor on Savile row in London, our extensive lineup and modular options allow us to tailor the bed to give you as much of a  bespoke feel that a bed can offer. Add to that an electrically adjustable base option and you have the continual customization at your finger-tips that even Royalty of eras gone by would have envied.


So to sum up here are the great features that make Dormio Organic Beds a luxury mattress


Highest quality certified organic materials

Crafted in Canada

Chemical free





20 year warranty

Modular adjustability and personal customization to suit your personal preferences


All these features together create the ultimate luxury sleep oasis


Sock or No Sock

We are often asked why we sometimes enclose the latex layers in a sock while other times choose not to.  There is a lot of misinformation about why the sock is used and we want to clear this issue up for the consumer.  The comment we hear most often from shoppers is that someone has told them the sock makes the latex last longer.  If you look at the design of the sock itself and the coverings used to make the mattress, this is not only counter-intuitive but completely inaccurate.  We have researched this nauseam with experts in the field and there is no evidence to back this claim up.  Even the manufacturers that use the sock make no such claims.
At Dormio we have mattresses both with the sock and without. The use or absence of the sock is for very distinct reasons.

Why we use the sock.

The sock has two main purposes.  On the manufacturing end, it makes handling of the latex layers much easier since moving the latex cores is eased by the slippery surface provided by the sock – latex without the sock tends to stick together.  Unfortunately this ease of movement is a detriment in some mattress designs, such as those with multiple 2 to 6 inch latex layers encased within one cover.  The other real reason to use the sock is to change the feel of the bed.  Latex mattresses are generally made of the same materials – latex, wool and cotton.  In order to ensure a broad selection of comfort levels that appeal to all consumers, various methods are used to adjust the feel and support of the mattress.  One of these methods is to put the latex in a sock.  This will firm up the mattress in those models where it is desirable and there is no concern about internal layers slipping.   Our Premium and Premium Plus lines both use the sock since we are looking to achieve a firmer mattress style overall in those lines.  The modular nature of the mattresses removes any worry of internal layer slippage.

The Ashton Mattress design shown is a perfect example of a mattress that works well with the latex sock.  Each layer of the mattress is separate within its own cover and our aim is to have a firmer core that is offset by the softer topper layers on top.

Why we don’t use the sock.

As I mentioned above, the sock presents a problem in mattresses featuring multiple layers all contained within one cover.  This is often referred to as a tight top design.  Here, if we used the sock, the internal layers of latex will be prone to slippage through day to day movement on the mattress.  This is a particular problem with dual sided designs and designs where multiple pieces are used within the same layer.  Like tectonic plates, the layers can move around and sometimes slide underneath one another leaving lumps in the centre or gaps in the centre with lumps around the side of the mattress.  To avoid this problem, our mattresses that have multiple layers enclosed within a single cover are left without the sock allowing the natural adhesion between the latex layers to hold the pieces all together.  This ensures a nice even sleep surface throughout the life of the mattress.  We can readily demonstrate this action at the store when you come by.

stratusThe Stratus Mattress pictured is an excellent example of when the sock is not a good idea.  First the great flexibility in comfort levels precludes the need for the sock to firm up the mattress.  Second, the number of layers would not hold together properly if the sock was used.

Is a latex mattress made with the sock better or worse?

The answer is that you have to know when to use the sock and when not to. The sock doesn’t reflect better quality and if used incorrectly (such as in a multi layered unit within one cover) then the sock becomes a problem because of the shifting.  This is multiplied several times over when as many as 6 pieces of latex tiles are used to form one layer.  One has to look at the overall design of the mattress to see what works best.