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Baby furniture : how to choose an organic crib mattress

Sunday, 21. June 2009 15:52

During the first three years of his life, your baby will have spent a lot of time in bed. Hopefully, the materials and the environment will be healthy ! Organic crib mattresses are therefore a simple but essential and (eco) logical solution!

What are baby organic crib mattresses made of?

Usually, an organic crib mattress is composed of either 100$% natural latex or coir fibres (coconut).

Natural latex

The natural latex comes from rubber trees. Unlike synthetic latex, the 100% natural latex organic crib mattress:
* Ensures greater comfort for the baby, adapts better to the baby weight, and has the ability to recover faster to its original form.
* Perfectly regulates the temperature in the baby’s cradle, making it ideal for all seasons.
* Prevents the development of bacteria because of the air flow in fibers is optimal, therefore are much more hypoallergenic than traditional mattresses,
* Is naturally anti-mite.

Coir

The coconut fiber is the choice of many mattress makers because it is very strong and has the great ability to allow air flow through its fibers. Coir is washable and do not keep moisture. In addition, coconut is very abundant plant and extremely and quickly renewable. Therefore a “coconut” organic crib mattress is very green.

What covers an organic crib mattress

The mattress itself has a second coat, which also need to be natural and healthy, to make it soft and welcoming. Here are what most organic crib mattress covers are made of:

Bamboo fibers

Naturally anti-mold, anti-mite, anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and bacteriostatic (bacteria regrowth), bamboo is particularly suitable for people who are with allergies. With a unique softness, the bamboo fiber has a capacity to absorb moisture four times more that cotton. Moreover, the bamboo plant is the perfect “green” plant because bamboo plantations do not require any treatment or fertilizer.

Organic cotton

Healthy antibacterial and hypoallergenic, natural cotton does not charge with static electricity and allows a quality sleep. Organic cotton os of the best textile for the sensitive skin of a baby! Because cotton farms are among the most polluting farms in the world, it is advisable to opt for cotton that comes from an organic farming. And if you opt for an organic crib mattress your mattress will (should!) be made of ecological and organic cotton!

Natural wool

A layer of thick natural wool between the core of the mattress and baby’s blanket is all baby needs. Moreover, that ecological wool ensures to keep a perfect body temperature and can dry quickly in case of sweat or leak.

Tencel

Tencel is a cellulose fiber which is 100% natural, biodegradable, breathable and highly absorbent. The cover in Tencel can be treated with anti-microbial and anti-allergic aloe vera.

Give your baby a healthy environment with an organic crib mattress.

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Organic crib mattress vs Synthetic crib mattress

Monday, 18. May 2009 0:58

crib1With an increasing number of synthetic products, there is an increasing number of people looking into buying organic products. This is particularly true among parents. Because babies and children are more delicate and sensitive to tox

Coil innerspring is made of layers of pure wool, metal coils, and covered in organic cotton.

ins, and because they will have an overall longer exposure than us, it is important to look into alternatives to our current synthetic products. Considering that babies will spend more of their first year in bed, an organic crib mattress and organic baby bedding are a healthy option for a healthier sleeping environment for the little ones

What is so bad about a synthetic crib mattress?
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Synthetic crib mattresses contains polyurethane foam (foamified petroleum), polyester and vinyl/PVC or nylon. Those products are often treated with toxic chemicals. The biggest concerns is that those toxic chemicals emanate from the synthetic products. Of course, this comes at very low doses. However, there are concerns that, on the long run, this could have some repercussion on people’s health, or in this case, baby’s health.
It has been shown that polyurethane foam off-gasses toluene, an industrial solvent which is also a volatile organic chemical (VOC). Similarly, the vinyl/PVC that covers the synthetic crib mattresses also contain chemicals (phthalates, various biocides) that can be released over a long period of time.

The type of repercussion on baby’s health on the long run can be desastruous. Many of the chemicals contained in synthetic crib mattresses have been linked to cancers, childhood disorders and many more health problems.

Chemicals that leach from standard mattresses are now being linked to many childhood disorders, cancer, ADHD, and more. There may also be a link to SIDS. Considering a baby may spend up to 70 per cent of his or her time sleeping and playing on a crib mattress, we think it’s important to consider purchasing an organic crib mattress.

So what exactly is an organic crib mattress?
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An organic crib mattress is a crib mattress made of, you probably have guessed, non synthetic material. They are made of natural products, from which will not emanate toxins and chemicals. Moreover, natural materials are breathable, meaning that they allow a better airflow, therefore maintain a more pleasant temperature. Not only they are more comfortable, but they are also naturally flame resistant and hypoallergenic, because of the nature of the main material an organic crib mattress is made of: wool.

By choosing an organic crib mattress, you are creating not only a healthier, but also a safer sleeping environment for you little one.

Did you know that baby will be spending 70% of their first few months in bed - picture by peasap on flickr

Did you know that baby will be spending 70% of their first few months in bed - picture by peasap on flickr

Choose wisely, choose an organic crib mattress.

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