Archive for July, 2009

Crib Mattress Researchers Switch to Non-Toxic Brands

Wednesday, July 29th, 2009

 

I recently discovered an article on Babble about chemicals in mattresses. The article was a response to a concerned parent’s question about the safety of crib mattresses made with chemicals. She had even heard those chemicals could be connected to SIDS! Confused about the issues, she wanted advice – what’s the truth, what is a safe crib mattress, and could she afford one on her tight budget?

 

The authors of the article researched the subject and concluded that “Studies have shown that these chemicals can leach into the environment and have been linked with health problems. You may have read the recent news story about toxic chemicals found in children’s bodies; mattresses are one of many possible sources.”

 

The authors offer a lot of information about the chemicals in mattresses and their effects. It’s well worth reading. Check it out at Full of Hot Air? The Inconvenient Truth about Mattress Off-Gasing.

 

They also link to Naturepedic organic crib mattresses as a safe, affordable option.

 

The authors were concerned about the problem, but said they want to avoid “going crazy in search of total purification.” Nevertheless, they both ordered natural mattresses while they were doing the research for the article. Read Full of Hot Air? The Inconvenient Truth about Mattress Off-Gasing for more info.

Phthalates Already Banned in Crib Mattresses – Will Feeding Tubes Be Next?

Monday, July 27th, 2009

 

For the last couple of days the news has been flooded with the results of a German study regarding the use of the phthalate known as DEHP in IV feeding tubes for preemies. The study showed that 50% of the infants fed with these tubes develop liver problems, compared to 13% for those fed with DEHP-free tubes.

 

DEHP is one of the three phthalates the Consumer Product Safety Commission recently banned in crib mattresses, bedding, toys and other children’s items. Research showed that phthalates can leach out of these products over time and possibly cause various types of cancers, liver problems and so on.

 

When you consider that babies spend 12 to 14 hours a day sleeping right next to these chemicals, it’s no surprise they were banned from crib mattresses. What is surprising is that it took this long to get substantial research done on the possible effects DEHP would have when it’s being leeched out of a feeding tube directly into the veins.

 

It’s also surprising that many preemies survive this onslaught. A testament to the human spirit, with perhaps a little help from above.

 

There are hospitals all over the U.S. that don’t use IV feeding tubes with phthalates. If you have a preemie, or know you’re going to deliver early, it would be a good idea to do a little research on these hospitals to see if there is one in your area so you can get it lined up in advance. If that can’t be done, you might request that the hospital you are going to use find a solution other than IV feeding tubes with phthalates so your baby has as healthy a start as possible.

 

And when you get your little miracle home, continue to be diligent. Get an organic crib mattress, and make sure toys, other items, and the general environment are safe and healthy.

Is There Such a Thing as a Vegan Crib Mattress?

Saturday, July 25th, 2009

 

First of all, let’s clear up the term ‘vegan.’ A lot of people think it’s just a short form of ‘vegetarian’ – someone whose diet consists primarily of plant-derived foods, although some also eat eggs and milk products (lacto-ovo vegetarians), but no actual animal flesh.

 

Vegans, however, take things a little further: not only do they not eat meat, they also don’t use animal products in any way – they don’t carry leather purses, wear leather boots or coats, no furs, no wool, and so on.

 

Consequently, vegans can have a tough time trying to find a crib mattress: even a lot of the ‘natural’ or ‘organic’ crib mattresses available still contain animal-derived materials like wool, horsetail hair or mohair, for example.

 

At Naturepedic we don’t advertise our crib mattresses as vegan, but when a vegan is searching for something that meets their standards, they come to us. If you’re a vegan, or just concerned about animal rights and conservation, check out our products.

Hello! Welcome to the New Naturepedic Blog!

Thursday, July 23rd, 2009

 

We’re asked questions all the time by moms, dads, grandparents, uncles, aunts and just about everyone else who’s interested in getting babies off to a good start in life. We want to answer your questions – so we started this blog.

 

We also read articles, news, studies, others’ blogs, and so on, keeping up to date with issues that concern parents and grandparents about raising healthy babies and children, and we want to share any new information we have with you.

 

This blog is set up to allow you, our readers, to also contribute. We’ll be posting from Naturepedic, but you are invited to join in and post information other readers may enjoy and find helpful. We’re interested in what you have to say, and we’re sure you have valuable information and experiences to pass along.

 

So, really, this is not just our blog; it is also yours.

 

We hope you like it, and look forward to your input.

 

Thanks!
The Naturepedic Team