Choose Supplies: Step One Posted on September 21, 2013December 19, 2018 by Deborah Brenton — 8 Comments Choose the fill for your mattress or pillow. Do you want to sleep on organic latex slabs or wool or both? Do you want to make a pillow of millet hulls, kapok fiber or shredded latex? Post navigationPrevious post: Small Farm vs. Organic WoolNext post: Wrap It Up: Step Two 8 thoughts on “Choose Supplies: Step One” Chassidy Hodgins March 16, 2017 I’m looking to make my own full bed for my 4 year old. I’m trying not to spend more than 500, can you tell me if this is an option. Reply Deborah March 17, 2017 Hello Chassidy, There are always places to scrimp and save, height of the mattress, quality (organic vs. not), firmness, and even in the long run. A common build for a child would be 3″ of medium natural latex and expandable ticking. Did you see my post on Reply Eli January 31, 2021 What are you recommend for a two year old toddler mattress ? And what for a new born baby? Tnx Reply Deborah Brenton February 3, 2021 You have multiple options when it comes to building child mattresses. 1. Make them an adult mattress that they can keep past college. Most adults desire a minimum of 6″ of latex, something like a soft or medium over a firm or extra firm. 2. Make them something basic to suit their small comfort needs. Some parents simply offer a wool topper, maybe folded in half. Some parents get the expandable ticking and just 3″ of latex, so that they have room to add a layer later when their child is old enough to sink into it. Newborns are often given something thin to keep it firm, but anything is an option really. More info here and here. Reply Scotty Lovelace February 25, 2019 100% natural talalay latex 3 or 4 inch topper Reply Deborah Brenton February 26, 2019 We work with Dunlop processed latex, generally in 3″, though we can cut the 6″ core to just about any length, width or depth. More info on Talalay vs. Dunlop here. Reply Maria Carranza April 8, 2021 Hi, I was watching your youtube video, because i had recently bought a mattress that is so bad, i can feel the springs in my back. I know i can probably get some polyurethane or just latex and have it be like 5-6″ tall and stuff it in a mattress case that i can zip up, would that work? I’m looking to have a queen size in both latex and mattress case, depending on the price of course. Reply Deborah Brenton April 9, 2021 You’ve got it! That’s all you need to make a mattress, a case (we call it ticking) and a fill. Six inches of latex would be a great start. See The Banana Test post here for some ideas on how to pick latex firmness. Reply Leave a Reply Cancel replyYour email address will not be published.Comment Name Email Website Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.