Organic Cotton Baby Mattresses – The Best Gift for Your Child
Did you know that the materials commonly used in crib mattresses can be harmful—even life threatening—to your baby? The fact that they are used by the majority of manufacturers does not make them safe. Since the mattress industry cannot protect your child, you as the parent should take steps yourself. Consider switching to a non-toxic organic baby mattress and give your child one of the best gifts—the gift of health.
What’s wrong With Regular Baby Mattresses?
Conventional baby mattresses have a waterproof PVC (polyvinyl chloride) covering, which has been shown to be among the most toxic and environmentally destructive plastics ever to be manufactured. Vinyl chloride—the chlorine-petroleum combination that is a crucial component in PVC— has been proven to be a human carcinogen. The plasticizes used to make PVF softer can off-gas into the nursery environment, so your baby can absorb them through his skin or breathe them in.
During the fragile developmental years, babies sleep on their crib mattresses for 10 to 14 hours a day. Your child lies directly on the mattress, therefore absorbing and breathing in toxic substances. Health problems associated with PVS and plasticizes include asthma, reproductive issues, kidney damage, liver damage, and even cancer.10 types of cancer have been linked to the 200 plus chemicals in conventional mattresses.Though certain phthalates have already been banned in most states in the US, manufacturers are now using alternatives (the so-called legal phthalate variants) that haven’t been tested and are likely to be toxic, too. It is still legal for manufacturers of conventional crib mattresses to use certain types of non-banned phthalates like DnHP, a reproductive toxicant. Be wary of crib mattresses labeled ‘phthalate-free vinyl’ or ‘non-toxic vinyl’ because they still use non-banned phthalates and are far from non-toxic.
To meet stringent flammability standards, crib mattress manufacture often add polybrominated diphenyl ethers or PBDEs, a toxic substance that breaks down and leaches out into the air. Microscopic particles from PBDEs contaminate household dust. This means that your baby can get exposed to harmful fire retardants not just during sleep, but also when he crawls on the floor and picks up dust on his hands, which he might then put in his mouth. The toxic dust likewise settles on his toys and other items he chews on.
Choosing a Truly NonToxic Organic Crib Mattress
Not all ‘organic’ baby mattresses are non-toxic. To truly keep your baby safe, you need to look for a crib mattress with a 100% organic cotton covering. It should be made of natural latex from rubber trees and must be free of chemical fire retardants. Instead, it should use wool—a natural fire retardant.There is also an innerspring variety available that contains organic cotton, pure wool, and the innersprings. This mattress is also surrounded like the natural rubber one with organic cotton ticking, or fabric.
About the Author:
Dennis and Leora Hornick are the owners of the Organic Mattress Store Inc. They started this business in 2004 and within a few years, it became a big brand store in Pennsylvania and the East Coast, all the way to California.
The Organic Mattress Store Inc. is a well-known organic mattress store in Pennsylvania, New York, and New Jersey. They provide mattresses made up of 100% certified organic cotton and pure wool. They are the market leaders in a natural and organic mattress. They have all big brands in their store like Green Sleep, Royal-Pedic, WJ-Southard, Shepherds Dream, etc. for you to come in to try out.