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CRIB Mattresses 27 Sep 2015 06:24 #1

I am researching crib and bassinet mattresses and want to go the organic route as most products outgas toxic fumes either by the nature of the material or how it is chemically manufactured. Sure don't want the newborn breathing that stuff especially since they spend a lot of time on the mattress. I do not want to go innerspring coils because the metal acts as an antennae for EMF's in the room. and would expose the baby unnecessarily.
So Materials are limited. . Can you offer help with organic crib mattress products?
I have found Naturepedic brand with organic cotton and 100% polyethylene waterproof surface. The support is made from pure food-grade polyethylene, which does not outgas, provides excellent support and durability that they say rivals innersprings and premium foams. I am looking at the Lightweight Organic Cotton Ultra 2-Stage Crib Mattress that provides a firm side for infants and a cushion firm side for toddlers. I was wondering the durability and support this material provides. Could you take a look at it please? I have seen the cooconut husk and latex and wool products as well online. I read there could be concern for allergies with latex and wool. Who would know if a newborn has these allergies until they are exposed to latex and wool right ? so why would you take the chance?

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CRIB Mattresses 27 Sep 2015 13:04 #2

Hi Debid,

I am researching crib and bassinet mattresses and want to go the organic route as most products outgas toxic fumes either by the nature of the material or how it is chemically manufactured. Sure don't want the newborn breathing that stuff especially since they spend a lot of time on the mattress. I do not want to go innerspring coils because the metal acts as an antennae for EMF's in the room. and would expose the baby unnecessarily.
So Materials are limited. . Can you offer help with organic crib mattress products?


Post #2 here and the topics it links to has much more information about mattresses and children and "safe" materials. It also includes a number of links to the better forum posts and topics about mattress and children as well (including 4 links to topics about crib mattresses) that can help you decide on a crib mattress that is the best "match" for the criteria that are important to you.

There is also more about the benefits of an organic certification in post #3 here and there is more about the different levels of organic certifications in post #2 here and about organic and safety certifications in general in post #2 here for those where an organic certification is important for personal, environmental, or lifestyle reasons that can help you decide whether a reliable safety certification is "safe enough" for you or whether an organic certification is also important to you.

I have found Naturepedic brand with organic cotton and 100% polyethylene waterproof surface. The support is made from pure food-grade polyethylene, which does not outgas, provides excellent support and durability that they say rivals innersprings and premium foams. I am looking at the Lightweight Organic Cotton Ultra 2-Stage Crib Mattress that provides a firm side for infants and a cushion firm side for toddlers. I was wondering the durability and support this material provides. Could you take a look at it please? I have seen the cooconut husk and latex and wool products as well online. I read there could be concern for allergies with latex and wool. Who would know if a newborn has these allergies until they are exposed to latex and wool right ? so why would you take the chance?


While the polyethylene isn't organic ... IMO it would certainly be "safe enough" and would be a suitable firmness choice for a baby or an infant but I would also keep in mind that all the issues that are connected to answering questions about "how safe is safe enough for me" on a personal level can be complex and are generally specific to each person and their individual sensitivities, circumstances, criteria, beliefs, and lifestyle choices so different people may make very different choices than others regarding "safety". Just as an example I would personally be comfortable with latex, wool, metal springs, or "safe" synthetic materials but I also understand that there are also others that aren't and that have different opinions.

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