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Disclosure: I received a product for review from Tuft & Needle in exchange for the creation and sharing of this post.

Sleep is important. I mean seriously important. If you had told me how colossally my sleep schedule would be affected once I became a father before we had our kid I would have called you crazy or a doomsday personality. Turns out, those the-sky-is-falling people were right. Having a kid, especially a very attachment oriented kid, seriously cramps your sleep style.

Short nights of interrupted sleep are, in most cases, an unavoidable result of parenthood. Some people are lucky and get a kid who actually sleeps in a bassinet or crib. I wonder what that’s like. I hear it’s nice. Our kid, Mr. Dude, will not fall asleep without being right next to one or both of us. My wife and I do love the extra snuggles, but those are far and few between now that Mr. Dude is getting older. He would just snuggle all night as a baby, in between feedings/changes/living room pacing to get him to fall back asleep. Now, as a toddler, he literally rolls all over the bed and likes to wake me up by sitting on my face. Super unpleasant when he is need of diaper change.

If you’ve never co-slept, you may not know what I’m talking about. Andy Herald and Charlie Capen, of the incredibly funny How To Be A Dad, put together a book titled “Baby Sleep Positions,” that perfectly illustrates this nightly experience.

Exhibit A: Snuggles vs Roll-On

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Exhibit B – 180 vs Roundhouse

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We recently upgraded to a king mattress from Tuft & Needle. The difference between a queen mattress and a king mattress is only 18 inches, but those inches make an INCREDIBLE difference in personal space. Mr. Dude still co-sleeps with us on the king, but the comfort level of everyone involved has increased exponentially.

I remember buying our first mattress. It was a huge hassle. Our experience buying a mattress when we first got married was a lot like buying our first car. There were pushy sales people, insane delivery charges and questionable warrantee offers. It made us sleep on that first mattress well after its warranty expiration date. We wanted to avoid the hassle. Not to mention the delivery fees!

That’s when I read about Tuft & Needle online. They offered something different; a stress free online shopping experience for a highly rated, eco-friendly, American made mattress. It was incredible. Ordering our mattress was simple and straightforward. They answered all my questions without issue and shipping was FREE!

Abigail and I love our new Tuft & Needle mattress. Even after 4 months of use, I’m still amazed at how comfortable and spacious it is. The 30 day sleep trial/guarantee they offer is great, but you won’t need it. I don’t plan on ever buying a mattress from anywhere else again.

I got to talk with one of the co-founders about how the company started. It was basically born out of the same type of frustration my wife and I had. They figured out a better way and made many people happy and well rested. You can read that interview over on my professional blog.

And now for the cool news, Tuft & Needle has agreed to give a brand new mattress (any size/style they make) to one of my readers! Awesome right?!!?! I didn’t used to care about this sort of stuff before I grew up, but now it is something to be seriously excited about.

BONUS: How To Be A Dad gave us three autographed copies of their “Baby Sleep Positions” book to give away. Enter below and tell your friends for extra entries:

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61 COMMENTS

  1. We’re in need of a mattress, this sounds great. I have to admit, though, my kid are only welcome for snuggles in the morning.

  2. We could really use this! Debating which would be better, new mattress for me or my daughter who is in a toddler bed. My 6 year old who tried every cosleeping position now sleeps in her own bed every night and has for years. 🙂

  3. Our mattress was a hand me down in the first place and has been used for a while now for us. The various lumps don’t give it personality, it give back pain. Good thing is that the kids are all 8+ now so they don’t come roundhouse kick me anymore.

  4. Our mattress is 7 years old and just not what it use to be. Plus, we need something bigger. Thanks for the recommendation. Free shipping sounds awesome!

  5. It is 3 years old. I remember distinctly when we got it we chose to stsy with a queen because we were done having kids and our don was transitioning from cosleeping.

    Well….. of vourse we got pregnant like 3 months later.

  6. Out poor old mattress is going on at least 10 years. Has a 25 year warranty but company we bought from is out of business now so we can’t get the huge lumps fixed. Two kids co slept in it with youngest still in our bed. Love the snuggles but wife and I are ready for us to snuggle again 🙂

  7. We’ve had our mattress since we got married, and our 7 month old can’t fall asleep without what my husband calls “drunk crawling” in circles to get comfy. More space is my dream (or would be if I slept enough to dream -he’s awake next to me right now at midnight)

  8. Our mattress is about 6 years old, it was a wedding present when we got married. As my husband is away a lot, my side is very dented in and his still feels great. My current 8 month baby bump (baby #2) is not happy. I could move to his side but it just feels weird!

  9. Our mattress is terrible and its only 3 years old 🙁 We got a Serta and it’s rough on my 25 week pregnant body with my 2.5 year old toddler laying his head on my face! We would LOVE to win 🙂

  10. I would love to upgrade to a king!! We cosleep and have another little one on the way…If we do the Win, I may be purchasing this mattress just based on recommendations! !

  11. If I am being completely honest, our mattress set was my grandparents set. It was bought new in 1963. So 51 years? LOL Time for a new one 🙂

  12. Our mattress is 7yrs old and we’ve been co-sleeping with our youngest since he was born 3 years ago. He definitely prefers the daddy roll-on deodorant position and the roundhouse kick! Lol. I love the snuggles and sweet morning moments though. It definitely starts the day off better

  13. The scariest part is I have no idea! Lol We bought the mattress in good used condition for our son almost 4 years ago and decided to use his instead of our extremely old mattress when we bought him a new mattress last year! Its seen far too much use, we Need a new mattress! Fingers crossed that I’m lucky enough to win one!

  14. We bought ours before our son was born (we bedshared and still do sometimes with the 4 year old). My husband has back problems so we need something firmer.

  15. I think we got it right after getting married about 11 years ago. Never really thought about how old it is and the difference in comfort from then.

  16. hahahaha.. How old is my mattress? I think it’s older than me. It was in a spare room at my grandmother’s house. And then I took it to college with me. And then it lived in my dad’s basement for a while. And it’s been with us since we were married. It’s got to be at least 20 year old if not older.

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