Affordable Non-Toxic Crib Mattress
Is your crib mattress toxic?
Crib mattress toxicity is related entirely to fumes that degas from the materials from which the product is constructed. Materials and fabric in many typical mattresses include vinyl, polyester, acrylic, memory foam, and cotton. With the exclusion of cotton, much of these products are built from synthetic materials that are made from petrol-chemicals. Even memory foam, which is a favorite for adult mattresses, is made from synthetic materials and gives off toxic fumes as it degases over time. Our Affordable Non-Toxic Crib Mattress is made from using the healthiest, most durable materials available.
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Federal regulations also give strict requirements for companies to include flame retardant materials that are manufactured with chemicals that will discourage fire while an infant is asleep. While it is true that the purpose for this is to protect childhood deaths from fire, these chemicals may inadvertently expose them to another health hazard. A child is so small and his/her respiratory response is not as strong as an adult, so just imagine an infant trying to breathe in fumes from freshly manufactured materials laced with various chemicals. Aside from the various research that points to the development of autism, SIDS and ADD in children who are exposed to toxic mattresses, it stands to simple reason that breathing chemicals could lead to significant health problems in young children. Nearly all crib mattresses in use today contain polyurethane foam, vinyl (PVC), phthalates, chemical fire retardants or barriers, and an extensive list of added industrial chemicals.
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Certified organic cotton is grown without pesticides, fertilizers, or GMO’s (genetically modified organisms). The Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) is one of the oldest and most reputable certification agencies. OEKO-TEX 100 certified ensured the cotton yarns used in production are safe for infants and free of harmful chemicals and substances. Another material mattresses are commonly made from is pure organic wool. A benefit of pure wool is a lower flammability content which keeps the need for chemical fire retardants at bay. Wool is also antimicrobial and hypoallergenic, a natural insulator keeping you warm in winter and cool in summer, and is sustainable, biodegradable, and eco-friendly. It is best to stay away from chemically treated polyurethane foam. This is a petroleum-based material, which can cause respiratory problems and skin irritation
If searching for a waterproof mattress, shop for models made from polyethylene which is environmentally friendly as opposed to vinyl and PVC. Also, look for non-toxic and natural fire protection systems. An example from NNM is a fire protection system based on baking soda, hydrated silica, and cellulose fiber. As a general rule, organic cotton and wool are less flammable than conventional materials of polyurethane foam or latex.
What should a parent do?
The absolute safest action to take is to purchase a safe baby crib mattress that is not toxic but made from natural sources. There are many crib mattresses available today that are made from cotton, wool, and natural latex as well as combinations of all natural materials. Of course, there are no flame retardant chemicals involved since Federal regulations allow individuals to purchase these items if manufacturers specify materials and warnings.