Archive for March, 2010

Finding Non-Toxic Cribs for Your Organic Crib Mattress

Tuesday, March 30th, 2010


non-toxic crib for organic crib mattressGetting an organic crib mattress is easy – just call up Naturepedic and it will be at your doorstep before you can say “where’s my stuff?” But getting a non-toxic crib is another matter. What is a parent to do?

A recent discussion on Debra Lynn Dadd’s (aka the Queen of Green) Green Living Q & A blog highlights the problems involved in finding a truly non-toxic crib. One reader even said they bought a crib that was allegedly non-toxic only to find out later that the glue used to hold it together contained three times the amount of formaldehyde recommended as safe. Boy, you just can’t leave any stone unturned!

What are the parameters to keep in mind?

* The crib should be made of solid wood – not particle board, a laminate or veneer. And not PVC or some other form of plastic.
* The glue used to hold the crib together should be non-toxic.
* Ideally, the crib should either be unfinished – which includes clear, colorless finishes, unless you know they are non-toxic – or, if painted, ensure the paint used doesn’t contain toxic solvents, dyes and so on.

For more info on specific brands others have found (and/or eliminated), check out Non Toxic Baby Cribs – the aforementioned discussion on Debra Lynn Dadd’s website.

Truthfully, it can take some research to find what you’re looking for. They’re also not the least expensive cribs on the market, so don’t expect to find one for $59.99. It will be a little more – consider getting one that converts to a toddler bed so you’ll have years of use and get more out of your investment.

Whichever crib you choose, it’s worth the time, effort and expense to get something that’s non-toxic because you know your baby will be safe.

Organic cotton crib mattress from Naturepedic, non-toxic crib and toddler bed (check out our mattresses that convert to toddler as well), organic cotton sheets and other bedding – all you need is some nice non-toxic paint for the walls and some cotton throw rugs and you’ve got yourself a very nice, very safe, welcome home nursery for your baby.

Naturepedic Crib Mattresses are Parent Tested Parent Approved

Tuesday, March 23rd, 2010


PTPA winner crib mattressesOne of the reasons why shopping on the Internet is so popular is that people get to find out about a product from others who are ‘just like them’. PTPAParent Tested Parent Approved – where we now have five crib mattresses on the winners’ list, fills that bill.

PTPA is a great organization. They have a group of evaluators who do exactly what the name Parent Tested Parent Approved says – they test products, approve them (if warranted), and give awards to the winners: “companies whose products are deemed exceptional by a knowledgeable and unbiased panel of experts.”

You can check out the PTPA winning products by typing Naturepedic into the search box (lower left) on PTPA’s Winning Products page. You can also go to our site to find out more about our organic crib mattresses and other products.

If you’re interested in getting involved with PTPA, you can also sign up to be an evaluator!

Organic Cotton Mattress Pads and Quilted Toppers Extend the Life of Your Mattress

Thursday, March 11th, 2010


I was recently reading a forum and noticed a person asking where they could get a mattress pad like those made by Naturepedic (she even included a link to the product) for her own, adult-sized bed. There are quite a few people interested in organic cotton mattress pads and toppers, so I thought I’d let you know that we do actually have larger sizes – not just those that fit toddler and crib mattresses.

Mattress pads and toppers are a good idea for every bed – they help keep the mattress clean, make it more comfortable, and extend the life of your mattress. If you choose a waterproof model, it will also help keep the mattress free of bodily fluids, make sure it stays dry so no mold or bacteria develop and block dust-mites and other allergens.

The waterproof models are also very comfortable – the outer and inner layers are soft, organic cotton, but between them is a non-toxic membrane that blocks liquids. You sleep on the soft cotton without sacrificing protection.

We make mattress pads and toppers in several different sizes: Everything from bassinette to full in both waterproof and non-waterproof models, and a waterproof queen-size.

We have models that simply lie on top of the mattress, others that have straps that keep them from sliding around or falling off the mattress, and still others that wrap around the sides and corners like a fitted sheet.

No matter which model you choose, they’re all made in the U.S.A, are machine wash and dryable, don’t contain Vinyl / PVC, phthalates or latex, and are GREENGUARD certified.

To find out more, check out the Naturepedic organic cotton mattress pads and quilted mattress toppers on our website.

Meryl Streep Speaks Out About Kids, Toxic Chemicals and Going Green

Monday, March 8th, 2010



“When you become a parent, you start to notice what they’re eating, what they’re breathing, and children are like canaries in the mine.” Meryl Streep.

Meryl Streep is not just a great actress. She has also been carrying the green flag for more than 20 years. In 1989, having read a Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) report about pesticides on fruits and vegetables, Ms. Streep founded Mothers and Others. A concerned mother herself, Ms. Streep and a few neighbors she recruited started handing out informational flyers in the neighborhood and making pests of themselves in local grocery stores demanding they do their part in keeping kids safe.

This humble beginning eventually changed laws, and Ms. Streep continued as an activist. She became a staunch supporter of several other causes and foundations, including Healthy Child Healthy World. In fact, she wrote the forward to the book Healthy Child Healthy World: Creating a Greener, Cleaner, Safer Home and has info about the organization, and several others, on her website.

In case you are unaware of this, Naturepedic crib mattresses are the only brand recommended by Healthy Child Healthy World. I would bet Ms. Streep would really like our toddler and baby mattresses!

Ms. Streep also lives a personally ‘green’ life.

She was recently interviewed by the Natural Resources Defense Council about her beliefs, her lifestyle and her experiences. Check out Beyond Acting: Meryl Streep, Activist Mom on the NRDC’s Simple Steps website. The interview also includes several brief video clips.

Ms. Streep is a prime example of the influence mothers can have on the health of our children, ourselves, and the environment. Check out the interview.

Photo credit: Brigitte Lacombe