Organic Crib Mattresses and Bedding for Children: A Complete Guide
Organic crib mattresses and bedding are becoming increasingly popular with parents of newborn babies, toddlers, and school-age children to help prevent allergies and other conditions. Here is a complete buying guide for parents to choose the best organic and eco-friendly crib mattresses possible!
Why Buy An Organic Crib Mattress?
Most non-organic crib mattresses contain polyurethane foam, which is a petroleum derivative, and can cause respiratory problems, headaches, nausea, and coughing in chemically sensitive babies. Add to this the fire retardants, plasticizers, and other chemicals, and you have a huge health hazard right under your baby’s bottom. In “The Everything Green Living Book,” Diane Gow McDilda says, “Flame retardant chemicals approved by the Consumer Product Safety Commission are of concern to many … Studies performed in Sweden indicated that PBDEs (a type of flame retardant) were present even in the breast milk of nursing mothers.”
Moreover, baby bedding includes sheets and coverings made from cotton, which absorbs high amounts of pesticides and insecticides during cultivation, and a large amount of chemicals during manufacturing.
Types of Organic Mattresses and Bedding for a Child’s Room
There are several types of green, eco-friendly mattresses and bed linen to choose from for kids’ rooms and nurseries. In “Green Goes with Everything,” Sloan Barnett says, “The best organic crib mattresses have tempered steel coils and are wrapped in layers of organic cotton and wool – wool being a natural flame retardant.”
Popular types include:
Organic Cotton Mattresses and Linen: Organic cotton mattresses, mattress pads, and bed sheets are made from cotton harvested without chemicals and pesticides. When buying an organic mattress, do read the label carefully to ensure that it is all-natural and not just labeled “organic,” because some organic mattresses may still have polyurethane foam.
Natural Rubber Mattresses: These eco-friendly mattresses for babies and kids are made from non-toxic, natural rubber or latex that is firm, supportive, yet green and eco-friendly, and can be covered with an organic cotton or wool covering for added comfort and protection.
Organic Natural Wool Mattresses: These mattresses are usually made of natural rubber and topped with organic merino wool to help keep your baby warm and prevent staining.
You can also choose baby mattresses that have both waterproof and non-waterproof sides to suit babies and toddlers. In addition, most brands have crib mattresses that also fit a toddler’s bed, so you won’t end up buying two mattresses by the time your baby outgrows his crib.
Baby bedding that is eco-friendly, organic, and green is usually made from organic cotton or wool, hemp, and bamboo. These materials are free of phthalates, pesticides, and other chemicals that can irritate a baby’s skin or respiratory system, ensuring good health and safe sleep. Barnett advises avoiding, “…anything that says it’s ‘wrinkle-resistant’ or has ‘no ironing required’.”
Organic Baby Mattresses – Certifications and Brands
When investing in an organic mattress for your baby’s room, do check that the Global Organic Textile Standard, or GOTS, certifies it. The GOTS standard requires that the product, with limited exceptions, be made from certified materials that are in accordance with the National Organic Program standards, and processed according to the GOTS norms. Popular brands that are certified include Naturepedic, Pure-Rest Organics and EcoBaby Organics, and Natura Baby and Kids.
Choosing an organic baby mattress is the first step you must take when setting up your baby’s nursery, and if you have a toddler or school-age child, move her to an organic mattress with eco-friendly bedding to keep her safe from harsh chemicals and toxins.