CircleBumpCheckedFilledMedicalBookmarkBookmarkTickBookmarkAddCheckBoxCheckBoxFilled

Nook Pebble Air Crib Mattress Review

Uniquely designed to maximize airflow, this natural, nontoxic mattress helps baby—and you—breathe a bit easier at night.
save article
profile picture of Heather Buchma
By Heather Buchma, Contributing Writer
Updated March 2, 2017
Hero Image

Pros
• Lightweight
• Breathable and nontoxic
• Beautiful, soft fabric
• Sophisticated design

Cons
• Cover is hard to take off
• Cover isn’t waterproof

Bottom Line
This beautiful mattress gives new parents the peace of mind that your little one is sleeping safely and comfortably.

Rating: 5 stars

As first-time parents, my husband and I did endless research into different baby gear—we put a lot of priority on finding products that were eco-friendly and safe to use. We didn’t have an unlimited budget, but there were a few areas where we knew we didn’t want to skimp. We received plenty of recommendations about which stroller to go with and what car seat to use, but none of our friends raved about their crib mattress. The Nook Pebble Air Crib Mattress, however, is one to rave about.

Features

The Pebble Air mattress is shipped in a package that’s so skinny and light, I initially didn’t even realize the mattress had arrived! When I opened it up, I saw the mattress carefully protected and curled up inside. After 24 hours, the mattress uncurls and returns to its standard form.

The mattress has several features that set it apart from other products in its category. Firstly, the quality and safety of the materials is outstanding. The mattress is composed of foam and a special nontoxic flame retardant, and the mattress cover is made of 100 percent organic cotton and sustainable eucalyptus, and tinted with water-based dyes. The cover is also infused with natural zinc to make it anti-mite, anti-mold and anti-fungal, so it’s a great hypoallergenic option. I know my baby is safe in every way when sleeping on this mattress.

Plus, it’s only seven pounds! That’s lighter than the average crib mattress. (Ed Note: Other foam mattresses can weigh up to 13 pounds, and innerspring mattresses can go up to 30 pounds.) Every bit of weight counts when you’re a new, exhausted mom changing the sheets after a middle-of-the-night blowout. Mattress sheets are sold separately ($48).

Performance

The cover zips off and on, as opposed to a traditional one where you can just pull it over the corners. Having to unzip the cover adds a few seconds when you’re dealing with those nighttime accidents.

After a few weeks of use, I can’t say that our daughter slept for longer than she would have on a more budget innerspring mattress, but I know my husband and I slept more soundly. We were comforted knowing she was sleeping on a top-of-the-line, breathable, nontoxic mattress.

Design

The Pebble Air is designed to be extremely breathable, thanks to the unique air channels in the foam core that help maximize airflow. That means baby is breathing freshly circulated air, even if she rolls onto her stomach.

The mattress cover comes in beautiful colors and the fabric feels incredibly soft. (If you want more than one color, extra covers are sold separately for $100.) The raised “pebbles” on the cover seemed like they might be a bit uncomfortable, but our daughter didn’t seem to notice them. They’re actually what help promote breathability. (Ed Note: The raised surface improves oxygen flow and helps keep baby cool and comfy throughout the night, according to Nook.) The makers really seem to have thought of every detail.

The cover is machine washable and has a special coating to help resist liquids and stains—but it’s not waterproof. Between diaper blowouts and spit-ups of epic proportions, a waterproof mattress cover is key. You don’t want to interrupt baby’s sleep any more than you need to, so I want to be able to wipe the cover down and know everything is good. My workaround with the Pebble Air is to have a waterproof liner underneath the cover, but that obviously affects the breathability of the mattress.

Summary

Overall, the Pebble Air is a great investment in your child’s safety. I feel good knowing my baby is sleeping on a mattress made with natural materials, designed with baby’s health top of mind.

save article
ADVERTISEMENT

Next on Your Reading List

pregnant woman standing beside crib in baby's nursery
Your Ultimate Baby Registry Checklist
By The Bump Editors
Advertisement
crib, baby bouncer, car seat, baby monitor and glider chair in a product collage
10 Baby Registry Essentials That Are Effortlessly Chic
By Kate Traverson
A Review of the UPPAbaby Vista V2, by a Mother of Four
A Review of the UPPAbaby Vista V2, by a Mother of Four
By Elizabeth Nelson
ADVERTISEMENT
The UPPAbaby Cruz V2, Reviewed by a Mom of an Infant
The UPPAbaby Cruz V2, Reviewed by a Mom of an Infant
By Elizabeth Nelson
Convertible Infant Car Seat and Compact Stroller System with Base
The Doona Car Seat & Stroller, Reviewed by Two Moms
By Emma O'Regan-Reidy
pregnant woman and husband using laptops in bed to start baby registry
When to Start Your Baby Registry
Fact Checked by G. O’Hara
pregnant woman using laptop while sitting in bed
Everything to Know About Creating a Baby Registry on Amazon
By Stephanie Grassullo
ADVERTISEMENT
best baby registries 2023
The 5 Best Baby Registries for Expectant Parents
By Nehal Aggarwal
friend arriving to baby shower with gifts and balloons
The 41 Best Baby Shower Gifts for Parents-to-Be
By Christin Perry
parents kissing newborn twin babies while in bed at home
Your Baby Registry Guide for Twins and Triplets
By Marla Lehner
ADVERTISEMENT
Selection of products from top registry items including UppaBaby Mesa infant car seat and Hushh sound machine.
Editor's Picks: Top 10 Items to Add to Your Baby Registry
By Ashlee Neuman
changing table in decorated nursery room
The Top Baby Items Pediatricians Don’t Want on Your Registry
By Dina DiMaggio, MD, and Anthony F. Porto, MD, MPH
parents holding their twin babies at home on the couch
Your Ultimate Baby Registry Checklist for Twins and Multiples
By The Bump Editors
ADVERTISEMENT
eco friendly baby registry products
The Ultimate Eco-Friendly Baby Registry Guide for Parents
By Yelena Moroz Alpert
Best Travel System: Britax B-Agile 2016/B-Safe 35 Travel System
Best Travel System: Britax B-Agile 2016/B-Safe 35 Travel System
By The Bump Editors
pregnant woman in urban environment crossing the street with stroller
8 Tough Baby Registry Decisions — and How to Make Them
By Elena Donovan Mauer
Your Baby Registry: a Plan of Attack
Your Baby Registry: a Plan of Attack
By The Bump Editors
ADVERTISEMENT
baby product collage including items parents register for, like a stroller and a bath tub
How to Make Your Baby Registry Picks Without Testing Gear in Person
By Ashlee Neuman
graphic collage of various zodiac signs and symbols
Must-Have Baby Registry Items Based on Your Zodiac Sign
By Ashlee Neuman
Chicco KeyFit 30 Infant Car Seat Review
Chicco KeyFit 30 Infant Car Seat Review
By Elena Donovan Mauer
ADVERTISEMENT
Article removed.
Article removed.
Name added. View Your List