What are the top reasons to have an organic crib mattress? I’ll give you a hint, it’s all about the chemicals.
As expectant parents there are so many items and so much baby gear marketed in such a way that you may begin to believe you need it all. It can be very challenging to navigate through the aisles of baby goods, and sort out what the most important things are. One of the biggies in our book is the mattress and specifically we recommend an organic crib mattress for your little bundle.
One of the major drawbacks is that an organic mattresses are generally significantly more expensive than standard non-organic models. It may be hard for new parents, already on a budget, to justify the added expense on an item that very few people will see and that baby will just be sleeping on. It is vital that you do consider just how much time your new one will be spending in the crib. Most people agree with The American Academy of Pediatrics, Back to Sleep and Tummy to Play initiative, stating that the safest way for a baby to sleep is on their back and in their crib. Given that the average newborn may sleep as much as 17 hours in one day, a significant amount of time will probably be spent in their crib. Because of this, it is most definitely worth considering just what materials that crib mattress is made out of.
Many conventional mattresses are made from synthetic materials, which are highly flammable. All mattresses must meet certain flame retardant standards in large part because commonly used materials, such as polyurethane foam, are highly flammable. As a result, more chemicals must be used on these materials to meet the industry standards. Flame retardant chemicals are some of the most toxic chemicals out there and many of these treatments have been shown to accumulate in the blood and breast milk of those individuals exposed. This can lead to an increase in the likelihood of issues ranging from cancer, brain development delays, and thyroid malfunction.
All of this information can sound extremely intimidating and scary. It is not meant to scare, but rather inform and encourage research. Organic mattresses are healthier and safer for the babies in them, as well as the environment as a whole. In short, there are a plethora of benefits to choosing an organic mattress for your new baby. It is the place they will likely be spending a majority of their time. It is important to keep it as safe and healthy as possible.
For further reading you can check out our blog about what goes into the Naturpedic Organic Mattresses.