One of the things I love most about being a parent is all of the milestones that we get to watch our son reach. First foods, first words, first steps, and from there there are so many changes that happen so fast, it's hard to keep track. One of those changes is moving from a crib to a big kid bed. We actually should have done this a while back. We had taken the side off my son's crib well over a year ago, because he was constantly trying to climb out, which was dangerous (he's quite the little climber!) and he had been sleeping it sort of like a daybed ever since. But as he got taller, we knew we needed to change. We also knew that we wanted to move somewhere bigger, and there was no point buying furniture for his then rather tiny bedroom. So, we waited until we moved to our new place about a month ago, and set about planning out a new room for our rapidly growing boy.
We wanted furniture that was modern, safe, accessible for him and that would grow with him. So a low dresser with drawers that slid easily with black and white colour blocking seemed perfect. Of course, the most crucial piece of the puzzle was the bed (we decided on a double with a sleek grey frame), and especially the mattress. His comfort and safety were a huge part of making the decision on what kind of mattress to get for him. I wanted him to have the most comfortable sleep possible (because decent sleep makes life better, especially when you are growing and learning so much) and I wanted to avoid nasty chemicals off-gassing from his mattress while he slept. We considered a few different options, but because these were my priorities, going with a Casper was an easy choice for us.
Casper has really thought all of this through. Of course it's super convenient to order their mattresses and accessories and have them shipped straight to your door (with free shipping!), but there is so much more than that. Their four-layer foam mattresses are all CertiPUR® certified, requiring that they are made without formaldehyde, ozone depleters, mercury, lead, and other heavy metals. This certification also requires the foam to have low VOC (Volatile Organic Compound) emissions for indoor air quality (less than 0.5 parts per million). All of that, no funny chemical smell and no chemical flame retardants. ( Instead, Casper mattresses have this genius woven silica sock that’s just under the cover. In the event of a fire, the sock melts on itself and suffocates the oxygen needed for the fire to burn.) When it comes to the little guy getting a good night's rest, comfort is the other factor that Casper has really figured out. Their layered foam ensures breathability and the right amount of support where he needs it - and the 100 risk free trial means that it's.....well, risk free. So far he's been sleeping peacefully on it for weeks, but we have plenty of time to make sure it's what he needs and I love that.
Because a comfortable sleep is about more than the mattress, it's super convenient that Casper also delivers dreamy pillows and high quality sheets as well. The pillows have this amazing pillow-in-pillow design that simultaneously provide softness and support. Casper sheets are 400 thread count Supima cotton, which keeps things cool and breathable. (Somehow, my high school job of working at the bedding and linens section of a department store has really paid off, because I know what to look for when it comes to these things!) The other thing I love about the sheets is the stylist, minimalist design of white with a grey border.
All of this spells out a great night's sleep for him - and hopefully for my husband and I as well! It certainly makes story time a lot more comfortable for me, because I was sitting on the floor before this little upgrade. From what I can tell, Archer is loving his new room and new bed as well! And while I mostly want to push the pause button on his growing up, somehow seeing this guy snoozing in his new big kid bed makes him even more adorable.
Archer's new big kid mattress was generously provided by Casper, but all opinions here are very much my own.