Research shows that newborn babies spend an average of 16 hours a day sleeping. Little wonder every new parent wants the best mattress they can afford to ensure their baby has a healthy and comfortable night’s sleep. It’s also why more and more parents are choosing organic crib mattresses over conventional crib mattresses. Organic crib mattresses have never been treated with chemicals, making breathing easier and more comfortable for your baby.
Made with pure wool fill organic cotton ticking, and an all-natural latex core, organic crib mattresses give your baby the ultimate in support and comfort throughout the developmental years of your baby’s life. During your baby’s first year, her organs are still growing and maturing and can be easily influenced. One of the best ways parents can encourage healthy development is with an organic crib mattress and organic crib sheets.
STLBeds is one of the few retailers that carry organic crib mattresses. These mattresses breathe easier, are better on your baby’s skin and don’t contain any harsh chemicals. Conventional baby mattresses may be made with synthetic materials that can break down over time, releasing chemicals into the air while your baby sleeps. Young children are particularly vulnerable to toxin exposure during their early years and so protecting where they sleep is essential to their healthy development.
Comparing conventional crib mattresses with organic crib mattresses helps to illustrate some fundamental differences. Conventional crib mattresses most likely contain polyurethane foam as the inner filling. Polyurethane is petroleum-based and highly flammable. Polyurethane also contains other unhealthy ingredients. Conventional crib mattresses typically have an external cover that’s made from vinyl/PVC (polyvinyl chloride) containing phthalates. Phthalates have known animal carcinogens which have been shown to cause reproductive disruptions in humans and fetal malformations. Conventional crib mattresses may also contain flame retardants that have harmful ethers like PBDEs (polybrominated diphenyl ethers). These ethers can leach into the air and cause thyroid and neurobehavioral disorders.
Organic crib mattresses are constructed with environmentally friendly materials like certified organic cotton. These organic cotton fibers are chemical-free and promote your baby’s health and safety. With organic crib mattresses, a layer of natural wool fiber lies under the cotton layer to improve air circulation. This natural wool layer wisks moisture away from your baby’s skin, keeping your baby cooler at night. Organic crib mattresses also provide your baby with firm support. Finally, organic crib mattresses offer fire protection that’s non-toxic. The organic crib mattresses carried by STLBeds meet and exceed the new California Fire Retardant standards, which are the strictest in the nation.
One of the most important purchases you can make for your baby’s nursery is an organic crib mattress. Organic crib mattresses are made with natural materials that don’t release toxins. Because organic crib mattresses are often difficult to find it’s helpful to start your search early in your pregnancy. Every day more and more eco-friendly options are becoming available. Investing your time and money wisely will help you to create a beautiful nursery that’s also healthy for your child.