We always love being introduced to companies in the Ottawa area, and if they are earth friendly & ‘green’ it is even better! We loved finding out more about the wonderful company Obasan who is trying to make the world a little greener by manufacturing something that we all need and use every single day – mattresses! Not only that, but that it is bases right here in Ottawa and so accessible to all within the Ottawa area!
My son has been a decent sleeper since he was about a year old. He is now 18 months and typically goes down between 7 and 7:30 and wakes up anywhere between 5:30 and 7 the next morning. The first night that we used the Obasan crib mattress he slept in until 9 A.M.!!!!!! Unfortunately it was a work day for me and I didn’t get to enjoy the benefits of him sleeping in that late.
Since then he has continuously slept in until 7 or 7:30. Instead of screaming/crying for 10 to 15 minutes before falling asleep at night, since using this mattress it has changed to a couple minutes of crying as we leave the room only.
He has also seemed to stop his late night wake up’s where he would scream out in the night and then put himself right back to sleep. I think that this can be attributed not only to the comfort of the mattress but to the natural rubber material that the mattress is made out of and how it doesn’t make any sounds when he moves in the bed like your traditional plastic feeling mattress does.
The mattress is extremely flexible which makes it easy when changing the sheets. You are able to curl up one corner at a time instead of having to lift the whole mattress up.
Obasan recommends that you use a mattress pad cover under sheet to protect the mattress as it’s not meant to get wet. They suggest spot cleaning it and letting it air dry if it does need cleaned to avoid damaging the mattress. Obasan explains it to you when you pick up your mattress at their store, but they do also have the option of having the mattress shipped right to your door. Because of it’s flexibility the mattresses are rolled up to make the shipping of the mattresses more economical for you the consumer.
If you are in the Ottawa area I would recommend you go into their beautiful showroom to look and feel the mattresses. The Obasan mattresses are all made right there on site as well and you can see through the large window at the back of the showroom all of the equipment used.
The only downside we found with this mattress was that it didn’t seem to work as well with our Angelcare monitor. We were woken several times from the sensor going off in the middle of the night because he had rolled to the edge and the sensor was no longer able to detect his movements through the mattress.
PS – Obasan not only makes crib mattresses but all bed sizes that you may have, even a dog bed (made from the recycled remains left from the mattress production). They also make comforters and mattress covers and toppers. The larger mattresses are completely customizable. They are a Canadian based company that strives to use all organic materials not only in the products they make but in their showroom and manufacturing area as well. You can check out the company website here: http://obasan.ca or visit the showroom at 155 Colonnade Rd. in Ottawa.
Why Are Mattresses THAT Important?
The importance of a good night’s sleep can be seen in all aspects of life. From reaching your fitness goals to performing well at work, it’s obvious that we don’t function as well when we don’t get enough sleep.
This is especially true for children. Studies have shown that even minor sleep deprivation can have a significant impact on how well they do on assignments and tests. Want to learn more about the affects of sleep on school performance and how you can help your children sleep better? Visit Obasan’s blog.
Obasan thinks that sleep shouldn’t get in the way of your child’s success. That’s why, until October 31, 2013, when you buy a Terra Nova or Fundy children’s mattress you’ll receive a free mattress protector of the same size!!!
Not only that, but the folks behind Obasan are generous enough to offer up something to one of our readers!!! You can win a $100 Gift Card to go towards your OWN organic Obasan Mattress purchase!! AND if you buy before October 31st, you can get in on their free mattress protector promotion too!
Here Is How To Enter!
*Good luck to all who enter! Contest closes at midnight on October 16th. You do not have to use the gift card by October 31st, only if you would like to receive the promotion they currently have going on.*