We have been decorating for a really long time, or so it feels. We had finished but then I bought more paint this weekend, I seem to have some kind of problem. The baby is due to arrive in eight weeks (don’t be late, please) so we’ve been busy getting the house in order in preparation. We’re not decorating a nursery because we’ve made that mistake before. We decorated a nursery in our old two-bed house and ended up having nowhere for guests to sleep for two years whilst Ebony spent every night tucked up with us. The nursery was basically just a nappy changing room. I don’t need a nappy changing room. So, this time, we decided not to bother with the nursery. We’ll do that when it’s necessary, but in the meantime, I’m going to continue enjoying having a spare room for guests to stay in.
We decided that since the baby will likely be sleeping with us for a couple of years, we’d just decorate our room instead. Genius, right? Our room was very 1970s. We hadn’t touched it since we moved here two years ago. The built-in wardrobes were painfully old-fashioned (not vintage chic), there was a weird wooden box built into the corner of the room (I still have no idea why) and the walls were very, very magnolia. So we decided to get rid. After all, since I’m going to be awake breastfeeding for months on end, I want somewhere nice to sit.
As soon as I found out I was pregnant, I wanted a new bed. We were sleeping on the bed Laurie brought from home when we got married. It was bought with Laurie in mind and definitely wasn’t really designed for me. It was way too firm, I think women generally need softer mattresses because of their curves (pretty sure I’m not making this up…) and the old mattress was just really uncomfy. During my last pregnancy, I had a lot of hip and back ache all the time. I was unbelievably miserable and everything hurt. I was convinced that the mattress was at least partly to blame because it was just so hard.
There was also the small matter of space. A double bed really isn’t big enough for a family of four. And even though Ebony has her own bedroom, I don’t ever want to tell her she can’t come into my bed because there isn’t room because of the new baby. I want her to be able to crawl in and sleep like a starfish whenever she wants. So we decided to get a new bed, a bigger one with a softer mattress. This was truly the best decision we could have made. Really, get a super king bed, it is the best. Especially if you’re a massive pregnant woman, like myself.
We were sent a Leesa mattress to review and have spent the last month sleeping on it so I can now give my considered opinion. I’d already heard of the Leesa mattress so was keen to try it out. Unlike traditional mattresses, the Leesa mattress is made from three layers of foam. I was worried it might feel a bit too soft because of this, but it doesn’t at all. In fact, it feels really solid without being too firm. The mattress consists of three layers; a 12cm core support, 5cm contouring foam and 5cm cooling foam to keep the mattress cool during the night.
The ordering process was easy peasy. Their website is easy to use and has plenty of information about the mattresses so you know what you’re getting. The mattresses are made to order in Glossop and then sent out. My mattress arrived only a few days after I ordered it and, most impressively of all, it was packed in a box. I don’t know how they do it, I assume witchcraft, but a box arrived that was nowhere near as big as a mattress and inside it was a mattress. It is quite possible that they have Mary Poppins running the packaging team at the factory. You can leave the mattress in the voodoo box for up to one month which we did in the end because our decorating, erm, ran behind schedule a little.
When we were finally ready for the mattress, we simply opened the box and unravelled the rolled up mattress onto the bed. It looked very small and thin but soon started to inflate which was most pleasing to witness. The mattress is grey and has a simple four stripe design on it which makes it much prettier than most mattresses. I really love the way it looks, though I know that’s sort of irrelevant what with it being covered by bedding pretty much all of the time. The instructions said that the mattress would take about an hour to fill up and then perhaps a day to firm up, so we left it alone for a few hours. When we returned later that night, the mattress was ready to sleep on. It’s really comfy and I immediately loved how much softer it was than our otherwise mattress. It’s not a soft mattress though and is actually surprisingly firm for foam, but I think it’s the perfect balance between soft and firm. I cannot explain how much comfier this is than the typical sprung mattress we had before. The Leesa mattress is really comfy to lie on and I haven’t been suffering from hip or backache hardly at all. In my last pregnancy, I would wake up in pain after another miserable night but this time, I wake up without complaint.
I am all for companies giving back and one of the things I love about Leesa is that they give mattresses away to those in need. As part of the company’s One Ten programme, Leesa donate a mattress for every ten sold. These mattresses are sent to charitable organisations across the country who provide beds to men, women and children in need. The company also provides a 100-night risk-free trial period for customers, so if you decide you don’t love the mattress, you can send it back and get a full refund. This means you can try out the mattress properly instead of getting just five minutes in a showroom. Any returned mattresses are then passed on to the company’s charity partners so that they can be used.
I’ve been sleeping on the Leesa mattress for a month now and can honestly say I love it. You can order a Leesa mattress online here. A single costs £390, a double is £590, a king is £690 and a super king mattress is £740 (and will change your life). You can get £50 off your purchase with the code WATCHINGYOUGROW50. Leesa doesn’t sell in traditional mattress shops and being an online company means they save money on shop costs and so are able to offer premium mattresses at a fraction of the cost of other companies.
I was sent a Leesa mattress to review, but the above review is accurate, honest and entirely my own words.