As a new parent, you want to make sure your home is as suitable for your baby as possible when you welcome them into your life. Preparing for the arrival of a child is incredibly difficult and exhausting, particularly when trying to find the safest products you can. You want to give them – and yourself – all the comfort and support necessary for those busy first few years.
In this day and age, eco-friendly products are becoming more and more common: many organizations, businesses, and households work hard to ensure their carbon footprints are as small as they can possibly be. Whether you’re particularly eco-conscious or not, bringing more organic products into your home can be cost-effective in the long run and obviously beneficial to a healthier lifestyle – and this is especially important with a baby in your family.
Organic Mattresses and Health: The Danger of Chemicals
As newborns can sleep for up to 17 hours a day, you need to make sure their bed, and bedding, is as safe as possible. What many people may not realize is just how harmful standard bedding may be: common synthetics-based mattresses are doused with flame-retardant chemicals, which can cause health problems over consistent exposure. Allergies, respiratory difficulties, and even SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome) have all been connected with the use of such agents.
A study performed by forensic scientist and chemist Dr. T. James Sprott in 1996 (based on research undertaken by scientist Barry Richardson) found a clear link between SIDS and the use of chemicals in baby mattresses. By examining 200 mattresses used by babies who had tragically passed away due to the syndrome, he discovered that every single one contained chemicals. From this, he concluded that babies began to breathe these noxious fumes and, over time, became poisoned by it. Dr. Sprott also found that many chemical-soaked mattresses contained formaldehyde, a carcinogen, as a flame-retardant.
Sleeping the All-Natural Way
One company called Greenbuds Baby, has spearheaded the initiative to make organic crib mattresses mainstream. The company produces their mattresses and bedding from all-natural materials, with absolutely zero use of chemicals. Their mattresses are also moisture-resistant, preventing baby’s saliva or urine from being absorbed and birthing harmful bacteria.
Every Greenbuds product is free of the substances that irritate eyes and noses, reducing the chances of your baby developing problems with their breathing as they sleep; the risk of SIDS is also decreased, with your baby able to enjoy clean air again and again. Their designers also create mattresses to support proper spinal alignment, and provide cushioning for developing bones & joints – the surface is firm, but very comfortable! They also produce quilted covers made with organic cotton and organic wool, with plush quilting – providing warmth and comfort without any added chemicals.
Organic bedding is also biodegradable, and comes packaged in a recyclable cardboard box. All of their bedding is also suitable for babies with latex-allergies: this reaction is usually triggered by a protein within the material, but Greenbuds washes these out – effectively eliminating the allergens. They also cover all latex-based materials to further prevent any allergic reactions a baby may have.
For new and expectant parents, choosing organic bedding can provide huge peace of mind and reassurance. Regardless of your price point, understanding the long term health (and subsequent financial) implications of harsh chemicals on your baby, organic crib mattresses are the safest choice for all new parents.