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Nook is relentless in making products healthier, safer and smarter. 

 

Launched in 2010 by a husband & wife team, Nook Sleep Systems is independently owned and operated in California and is committed to providing healthy, comfortable and safe crib bedding to ensure a more restful night's sleep for infants as well as parents.

In its product development of mattresses, pillows, blankets, play mats, feeding pillows and sheets, Nook considers infant health to encompass breathability of materials, non-toxicity and cleanliness in product manufacturing.

Breathable

Why breathability matters
Research shows that a sleep environment rich in oxygen is critical for cognitive and physical development in infants. It also helps them sleep longer and deeper. Nook applies this knowledge in all products by facilitating better airflow in and around the crib and by ensuring smarter temperature regulation at naptime and night time.

How Nook does breathability
We employ nature’s highest-performing materials, a carefully controlled fabric weave, and innovative structural designs to foster environments optimized for breathability. In the Pebble Pure Mattress, a breathable natural latex core is covered by a unique airflow layer to promote ventilation while a patented asymmetrical pattern facilitates oxygen flow on the surface. Materials like certified organic cotton, eucalyptus and low-impact dyes facilitate breathability across the entire Nook product line.

The alternative
Standard infant crib mattresses are often comprised of non-porous plastics and synthetics that impede airflow. Even "organic" mattresses do nothing to ensure air circulation through the mattress interior and require non-breathable mattress pads. The Nook Sleep System is the only infant sleep solution designed to ensure consistent oxygen flow over and through every product.

Considered

Why considered matters
Infants spend the first three-quarters of their lives sleeping. During this growth period they develop critical cognitive and physical abilities. To facilitate this development, Nook relentlessly considers the impact of every material and manufacturing decision in all of our products.

How Nook does considered
Every material, manufacturing process and detail is micro-analysed to make sure it provides the utmost in breathability, non-toxicity, comfort and convenience. We depend on our Board of scientists, designers, and parents for consistent innovation and new technologies. Nook does not compromise on product standards. If we can't find the material or process necessary to deliver the healthiest night's sleep, then we create it ourselves.

The alternative
Standard infant mattresses tend to focus on one benefit: organic, firm, double-sided, hypoallergenic, inexpensive, etc. Nook is the first to consider how we can do all the things necessary to provide the longest, healthiest and safest night's sleep for infants.

Comfortable

Why comfort matters
Comfortable children experience longer, more restful nights of sleep. Which means parents do too. At Nook, comfort is about more than just soft organic cotton sheets and a mattress surface that mimics shapes in nature. Comfort is about the peace of mind parents experience when they know their infant is sleeping safe.

How Nook does comfort
We spare no expense in sourcing and refining the gentlest, most breathable natural materials to promote consistent breathing patterns and steady temperature. Tencel eucalyptus lyocell, certified organic cotton and wool, and recycled polyester are but a few. We also use open knits, low-impact dyes and temperature regulating fibres.

The alternative
Many bedding manufacturers use synthetics to imitate the feel of hard-to-find and expensive natural materials. Manufacturing these synthetics can rely on harsh chemicals, the effects of which can be detected in the nursery as toxic off-gasses. Nook delivers non-toxic comfort beginning on the sleep surface and moving through all layers of product. Infants are surrounded by gentle, all-natural materials providing a comfortable nights' sleep for the whole family.

Convenient

Why convenience matters
Rested parents are more effective parents. We can't prevent midnight diaper changes, but we can expedite the clean up process so groggy parents get back to bed faster and less stressed.

How Nook does comfort
At Nook, we design with the whole family in mind. For parents, we use water-resistant and stain-resistant natural fibres that cause liquids to bead on the surface, eliminating the need for mattress pads and making for a quick and easy wipe up, even at 3am. For children, we use a patent pending process to infuse anti-microbial zinc onto fibres, leaving no place for bacteria, fungus, mould or odours to grow. The removable Pebble Wrap zipper is easy to use even with eyes closed.

The alternative                                                                                                                                                                                                          Standard infant mattresses absorb liquids and stains, creating a risk of mould, fungus and bacteria below the mattress surface. Clean up often involves baking soda, a hair dryer, and a lot of elbow grease. Nook is the first infant sleep system to offer a patented wipe-able sleep surface that is also breathable.

Non-Toxic

Why non-toxicity matters
Most standard mattresses off-gas. Even at minuscule trace levels, toxins can be harmful to developing minds and bodies. Nook uses only non-toxic materials that contribute to both a pure, safe sleep environment and a healthy, responsible production environment.

How Nook does non-toxic
Nook employs absolutely no harsh chemicals or toxins, not in materials, not in manufacturing, not even in packaging. Rather than rely on cheap and easy-to come-by synthetics, extensive research and testing has led us to natural fire retardants and microbe-resistant fibres to help protect and comfort infants without compromising health benefits.

The alternative
Standard infant crib mattresses are often composed of synthetic materials and fire retardant chemical sprays that can emit airborne toxins, commonly referred to as off-gasses. By making non-toxic mandatory, Nook products offer a cleaner, more breathable, and more comfortable infant sleep system.

Colourful

Why colour matters
Great design doesn't stop at function. Every Nook product, from the Pebble Mattress to the Toddler Pillow, is brightly coloured with nature-inspired asymmetrical patterns proven to benefit cognitive development. Parents don't have to compromise style over a healthy and safe crib.

How Nook does colour
We employ nature’s highest-performing materials, a carefully controlled fabric weave, and innovative structural designs to foster environments optimized for breathability. In the Pebble Pure Mattress, a breathable natural latex core is covered by a unique airflow layer to promote ventilation while a patented asymmetrical pattern facilitates oxygen flow on the surface. Materials like certified organic cotton, eucalyptus and low-impact dyes facilitate breathability across the entire Nook product line.

The alternative
Standard infant crib mattresses are often comprised of non-porous plastics and synthetics that impede airflow. Even "organic" mattresses do nothing to ensure air circulation through the mattress interior and require non-breathable mattress pads. The Nook Sleep System is the only infant sleep solution designed to ensure consistent oxygen flow over and through every product.

why Nook?


why Nook?


Why Nook?

Nook is relentless in making products healthier, safer and smarter.

Breathable

Research shows that a sleep environment rich in oxygen is critical for cognitive and physical development in infants. It also helps them sleep longer and deeper. Nook employs nature’s highest-performing materials, a carefully controlled fabric weave, and innovative structural designs to foster environments optimized for breathability.

Comfortable

Comfortable children experience longer, more restful nights of sleep. At Nook, comfort is about more than just soft organic cotton sheets and a mattress surface that mimics shapes in nature. We spare no expense in sourcing the gentlest, most breathable materials to promote consistent breathing patterns and steady temperature. 

Colourful

Great design doesn't stop at function. Every Nook product, from the Pebble Mattress to the Toddler Pillow, is brightly coloured with nature-inspired asymmetrical patterns proven to benefit cognitive development. Parents don't have to compromise style over a healthy and safe crib.

Convenient

Nook designs with the whole family in mind. For parents, we use water-resistant and stain-resistant natural fibre's that cause liquids to bead on the surface, eliminating the need for mattress pads and making for a quick and easy wipe up. For children, we use a patent pending process to infuse anti-microbial zinc onto fibre's, leaving no place for bacteria, fungus, mould or odours to grow. 

Considered

Infants spend the first three-quarters of their lives sleeping. During this growth period they develop critical cognitive and physical abilities. To facilitate this development, Nook relentlessly considers the impact of every material and manufacturing decision in all of our products. Every piece must deliver the utmost in breathability, non-toxicity, comfort and convenience. 

Non-toxic

Most standard mattresses off-gas. Nook uses only non-toxic materials that contribute to both a pure, safe sleep environment and a healthy, responsible production environment. Extensive research and testing has led us to natural fire retardants and microbe-resistant fibre's to help protect and comfort infants without compromising health benefits.

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about the materials used


about the materials used


Nook is relentless in making products healthier, safer and smarter.

What is off-gassing and why is it important to prevent this in the nursery?

Synthetic materials can release chemicals into the air through evaporation. For instance, when you remove a standard infant mattress from plastic, you might smell a harsh odor. That's off-gas and it can be toxic to infants. Nook uses only non-toxic materials to ensure that nursery air is cleaner and safer for infants.

What certifications do Nook materials have?

  • Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS)
  • Texas Department of Agriculture
  • Oregon Tilth Certified Organic (OTCO)
  • Oeko-Tex Class 1
  • Bluesign Eco Institute
  • Forest Stewardship Council 

About the materials Nook uses

Certified Organic Cotton

Gentle to the touch
Nook uses only Certified Organic Cotton in all of our textiles. None of our cotton ever touches chemical fertilizers or pesticides, so none of our employees or customers do either. Nook cotton stays soft and gentle from the field to the crib.

Cozy at every temperature
Nook's organic cotton weave creates a breathable and comfortable sleep surface that keeps infants cool in warm environments, and warm in cool environments by naturally regulating temperature and preventing overheating.

Natural cotton vs. synthetics
Unlike synthetics, organic cotton is a naturally durable yet gentle fiber that can be washed successively at high temperatures without compromising its benefits. Just toss in the washing machine for a sanitary, healthy and comfortable sleep surface.

People and Planet Friendly
At Nook, safety and health are the two most critical considerations. Using chemical-free, organic cotton promotes a safer environment for everyone who comes into contact with Nook products. Farmers are healthier. Infants are healthier. Everyone is happier.

Eucalyptus

Deep sleep? No sweat.
As infants sleep, their bodies release moisture that can irritate and wake them up. Eucalyptus fibers are one of nature’s best moisture absorbers, drawing moisture away from the infant to allow for a continuous and comfortable night's sleep.

The gentlest surface for the most delicate skin
Naturally breathable eucalyptus provides a silky softness and sheen comparable to high thread count linens, making it an ideal surface fiber for sensitive infant skin.

Eucalyptus vs synthetic fabrics
Synthetics like rayon and nylon try to mimic the silky feel of all-natural eucalyptus but none can match the breathability and moisture-wicking properties found only in nature's solution.

People and planet friendly
Eucalyptus is certified by the Forest Stewardship Council as one of the fastest growing renewable resources. Plus, the environmental impact of harvesting eucalyptus is the lowest of any other natural fiber so parents and infants enjoy a more eco-friendly night's sleep.

100% Natural Latex in the Pebble Pure

Breathability at the core
Latex is an open-celled material allowing air to flow through the inner core of the Pebble Organic Mattress, making a more oxygen rich environment and increasing breathability, a priority for all Nook products.

Natural support
Unlike standard innerspring mattresses that require a layer of plastic around the springs, the Nook Pebble Organic uses only natural latex at its core. This provides growing infants a greater level of comfort and support in an environmentally friendly way.

People and planet friendly
Rubber trees are among nature’s most efficient CO2 absorbers. A renewable resource, natural latex can be harvested from these rubber trees without doing harm to the trees. By keeping resources in tact, Nook supports a more oxygen-rich and eco-balanced environment.

Zinc

Microbe-resistant
All-natural zinc infused into eucalyptus fibers restricts microbes, mites, fungi and mold from adhering to the sleep surface and keeps the mattress surface fresh and clean.

Potency that doesn't fade
Zinc is one of the most powerful natural, non-toxic microbe resistors available today. Nook's patented zinc fabric technology clings fast to fibers, allowing for successive washes without loss of potency. Yet, it's gentle enough to touch delicate infant skin without irritation. Tough and sensitive, zinc is the gentle giant of microbe-resistance.

Natural zinc vs. harsh household cleaners
Most mattresses are not microbe resistant and are often cleaned with harsh household cleaners to fight germs on the mattress surface. All-natural zinc is a safe alternative that fights microbes naturally and effectively, improves the quality of the air passing through the mattress, and offers a gentler surface for the sensitive skin of infants.

People and planet friendly
Because zinc occurs in nature, it is environmentally easy to produce. Plus, it is a water-based formula, completely free of toxic solvents or other harsh chemicals making it gentle enough to qualify for the bluesign® certification for safety.

Certified Organic Wool

The wooly fire fighter
Sheep know best, wool is an amazingly effective fire retardant with ignition temperatures three times that of cotton or synthetics. In other words, household items that convey mild to moderate heat, like light bulbs or curling irons, can come into contact with wool fibers without igniting them.

Built-in coolant
Never pity a sheep in summer. Their wooly coat may look hot but wool actually keeps their bodies cool by pulling heat away from their skin. The same principle applies to our mattress. Certified organic wool prevents infant overheating by pulling excess heat away from infant skin and into the inner layers of the mattress.

Organic wool vs chemical retardants
Many mattresses employ chemicals to create a fire retardant surface but the result can produce off-gasses that pollute nursery air. Organic wool is nature's fire retardant, and an efficient one at that. It is the ideal natural alternative because it removes chemicals, synthetic hormones and pesticides from the production process and the nursery.

People and planet friendly
Nook supports the US economy by buying certified organic wool from family-owned farms in Northern California and Oregon. Buying local organic guarantees good grazing practices and sustains the land for future generations.

PETE

"Good" PETE
PETE is short for polyethylene teraphthalate, a fancy name for a clean and easily recycled plastic. "Good" PETE is so safe, the FDA approves it for bottling water and considers it a healthy alternative to toxic synthetics.

"Strong" PETE
PETE is a uniquely sturdy material used inside the LilyPad Playmat to promote airflow by creating open spaces. Thanks to the strength of PETE, these inner airways maintain their integrity even under the weight of an infant or toddler.

PETE vs. standard plastic
Unlike plastics-like vinyl or BPA found in many standard mattresses, "good" PETE is both non-toxic and non-leaching, so much so, that it qualifies for the Oeko-Tex® safety certification. Infants breathe cleaner, healthier air for a safer night's sleep.

People and planet friendly
The "good" PETE in Nook products is easily recycled which means a reduction in unnecessary plastics in our world.