The past years have seen a steady rise in the number and severity of health problems among children. Conditions like asthma, allergies, respiratory problems, and even autism, have been linked to constant exposure to and contact with toxic chemicals. Studies prove how traditional mattresses contain or off-gas many different types of toxic and harmful chemicals, making them less suitable for a healthy sleep. Natural mattresses such as organic latex are perfect alternatives for conventional foams and mattress materials, as they use only the safest production methods that leave your child’s crib mattress virtually free from toxicities. Infants and toddlers develop rapidly. With the amount of time that they spend in bed, it is imperative that every parent keeps their sleeping area safe as possible.
Organic latex crib mattresses are free from the toxic materials that most traditional crib mattresses contain. According to research, the latter type is saturated in fire retardants that contain harmful chemicals like antimony and boric acid. The heavy metal, antimony bioaccumulates in the body as it is absorbed over time. The chemical has in fact been banned in Europe because it is believed to contribute to SIDS. Traditional crib mattresses are also typically made out of polyurethane foam, which off-gasses formaldehyde, the dangers of which are very well documented among which is its negative impact on the respiratory system of developing children.
Natural, organic latex crib mattresses on the other hand, not only offer comfort as latex conforms to the baby’s or the child’s sleeping position, but also resist the growth of fungus, mold, and mildew, making organic mattresses hypo-allergenic. These mattresses likewise offer anti-microbial properties and are less likely to breed dust mites. Latex is not too absorbent, which helps resist moisture, creating a natural moisture barrier which keeps your child’s sleeping area clean, dry, and free from health damaging bacteria.