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Healthiest Crib Mattress Cribsie Award 2016: Thank You!
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How to Join the Sleep Organic Movement
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States Ban Chemicals of High Concern from Children’s Products
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Organic Beyond Food – Cosmetics
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For your Organic Minded Valentine (or Galentine)
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Making Better Decisions: Environmentally Friendly Travel
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How To Pick The Right Crib Mattress
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The Trick of the Track: Forest Stewardship Council®/ Rainforest Alliance
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Ask Naturepedic: Why Doesn’t My Protector Pad Fit?
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Safe Healthy Sleep Resolutions

Healthiest Crib Mattress Cribsie Award 2016: Thank You!

It’s official: Naturepedic won a 2016 Cribsie Award thanks to our loyal family of followers! Thank you, from the bottom of our hearts, for helping us with this achievement. The 2016 Cribsie is our third consecutive year receiving an award. In 2014, Naturepedic received the Better Living Award for the Nursery category. Better Living Awards recognize brands who promote better stewardship of the planet and our ecological resources. In 2015, our No-Compromise Organic Cotton Classic Crib Mattress took home the Cribsie Award for healthiest crib mattress. The 2016 Cribsie makes our third year in a row that we have won, and since Cribsie Awards are decided by the general public, that makes YOU an important part of our win. Naturepedic is once again taking home the award for healthiest crib mattress. This year, we are pleased to announce that the No-Compromise Lightweight Organic Cotton Classic Two Stage Crib Mattress has won! The No-Compromise Organic Cotton Classic Crib Mattress offers a[…]

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How to Join the Sleep Organic Movement

When you buy an organic product, from food to bedding to shampoo, you send a message. Buying organic tells the marketplace that there is a high demand for organic and sustainable products. Each organic purchase is part of a larger movement as each consumer makes a statement of what is important to them. Babies and toddlers spend 12 to 16 hours per day on their mattress. For the first several years of a child’s life, that mattress is the most prominent object in their environment. We believe their mattress should be as safe as possible. There is growing concern among health professionals, environmental advocacy groups, and consumers regarding the potential effects of chemical exposure on our children. Many researchers suspect that toxic chemicals play a significant role in the dramatic increase in childhood disorders. While some chemicals have been banned or voluntarily removed from the manufacturing industry, there are still many issues. We’re here to help by providing a safer[…]

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States Ban Chemicals of High Concern from Children’s Products

Last year on November 19, Vermont issued the final rule for its law “An Act Relating to the Regulation of Toxic Substances” to regulate Chemicals of High Concern to Children in children’s products. Passed in 2014, this law follows similar ones passed by the State of Washington and Oregon, and legislation introduced, but not passed into law, by Connecticut and Florida. Additionally, in 2015, Westchester County in New York banned formaldehyde, benzene, lead, mercury, antimony, arsenic, cadmium, and cobalt from children’s products. If you haven’t followed any of this legislation, a logical reaction might be, why are these needed? Surely the U.S. government doesn’t allow Chemicals of High Concern in children’s products, do they? Sadly, while there rules for children’s products regarding sizes, shapes and other aspects of physical safety, there are virtually no national safeguards for the chemicals in these products. While the Consumer Products Safety Commission (CPSC) does ban six types of phthalates from certain children’s product, it[…]

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Organic Beyond Food – Cosmetics

The skin is one of the largest organ systems of the human body, absorbing materials that come in contact with it. What you put on your skin really matters; many common makeups and cleansers contain carcinogens (cancer-causing chemicals), endocrine disruptors, and common allergens and irritants. Just like you might transition to eating more organic food to reduce your chemical exposure in food, consider transitioning to more natural and organic options for your cosmetics and personal care. Start by doing your research with a resource like the Environmental Working Group’s Skin Deep Cosmetics Database. This tool has data about over 64,000 personal care products that are rated with a score indicating their chemical safety. According to the EWG’s database: – The FDA requires no safety testing for cosmetic products – Europe has banned over 1,000 cosmetic ingredients while the FDA has only banned eleven – Cosmetic ingredients can be breathed in, swallowed, or absorbed through the skin – Marketing claims are[…]

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For your Organic Minded Valentine (or Galentine)

Sometimes it’s hard not to get swept up in the commercialization of a holiday like Valentine’s Day: what’s not to love about giving the ones you love a symbol of your affection? Whether or not your recipient is environmentally conscious or organic-minded, here are some ideas for an organic Valentine’s Day. Organic Valentine’s gift ideas for your significant other: – Organic flowers from Organic Bouquet or California Organic Flowers. Commercial flowers can be heavily sprayed with pesticides. – A date at a farm-to-table (or farm-to-fork) style restaurant. These restaurants try to source their food primarily from local farmers. Bonus points for organic sourced produce and meat! – Adopt an animal. Zoos and endangered species organizations have a variety of ways you can “adopt” an animal to support the care of wildlife. – Looking for a gift that you can wrap and top with a bow? Sustainably-made sunglasses are a classy gift. – A more practical gift for your partner (and[…]

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Making Better Decisions: Environmentally Friendly Travel

I do what I can to protect the planet with my better decisions, so when I started to plan a vacation, I wanted to make sure I could do it with the environment in mind. From purchasing carbon offsets to traveling with only a carry-on, I feel confident I can enjoy my trip without worrying about its impact on the planet. Before You Travel Your environmentally-friendly travel begins before you even leave home. – Pack light: Traveling with only a carry-on or small bag reduces carbon emissions. The more weight a vehicle has to carry, the more fuel they consume. – Adjust your thermostat: Don’t forget to turn your home thermostat down in the winter or up in the summer before you leave to conserve energy while away. – Use a light timer: Rather than leaving lights on for the duration of your trip, set up a timer to reduce energy consumption. How You Travel How are you traveling, and[…]

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How To Pick The Right Crib Mattress

Picking the right organic crib mattress can be overwhelming. We’re here to make it simple. All of Naturepedic’s crib mattresses are certified organic to the Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) and are made without common allergens. This short guide will help you navigate our options for the perfect mattress. Question 1: What type of support do you prefer? Lightweight: Our unique WaveSupport™ core is made from food-grade polyethylene. The lightweight mattress weighs only 11 pounds, making bedding changes easier and more convenient. Innerspring: Innersprings provide firm support and durability. They weigh more (22 pounds) but will support your weight on the mattress to sit with your toddler. Choose 150 or 252 steel coils. More coils means more support! Question 2: Do you want a waterproof mattress? Waterproof: A food-safe polyethylene surface makes our waterproof models hygienic, convenient, and easy to clean. Quilted: For a more mature and traditional mattress surface, we offer quilted crib models. You’ll need a waterproof protector[…]

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The Trick of the Track: Forest Stewardship Council®/ Rainforest Alliance

Naturepedic seeks the best materials to create comfortable, healthy sleep products. To source such materials, we demand independent certifications: cotton filling certified organic by the USDA, latex certified organic to the Global Organic Latex Standard (GOLS), natural wool certified to one or more organic standards. An entire Naturepedic mattress is then certified organic and non-toxic to the Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS). Certifications are one of the ways we find the good stuff. There is another important aspect to third-party certifications, though, which concerns what happens to the land and farmers. For example, GOTS and GOLS certifications don’t just mean certified organic. They also mean materials made and harvested responsibly considering worker welfare along the entire supply chain, from the first little spout of a cotton plant to the final manufacturing step in the mattress. In looking at the impact of materials way before they show up in a mattress, Naturepedic has earned Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC®) Chain of Custody[…]

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Ask Naturepedic: Why Doesn’t My Protector Pad Fit?

Naturepedic organic waterproof protector pads are a must-have to protect your mattress from life’s unexpected messes! However, you may have noticed your waterproof pad hangs off the mattress and does not fit properly. Rest assured, this is normal for an out-of-the-box waterproof protector pad. All of Naturepedic’s organic waterproof protector pads just need to be washed to fit before use on a mattress. Conventional cotton material is typically treated with chemicals that reduce the cotton’s shrinkage rate (meaning it stays the same size when you wash and dry it). Our waterproof protector pads are made from organic cotton and are not treated with these chemicals. Organic cotton generally shrinks a small amount after the initial wash and dry. Your waterproof protector pad will shrink to the correct size after a wash or two. It’s important to wash and dry your waterproof protector pad before use, especially for a crib mattress. Any loose fabric in the crib area can be a[…]

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Safe Healthy Sleep Resolutions

Have you made a New Year’s Resolution for 2016 yet? How about a resolution for better sleep? Healthy sleep promotes better health, productivity at work, and an improved attitude. Which of our Safe Healthy Sleep resolutions will help you meet your 2016 goals? Commit to a Schedule: Sticking to a regular bedtime and waking time each day helps regulate your body’s natural rhythm. This means weekends too! Cut Screen Time: Shut off electronics and screens for at least an hour before bed. The screens’ light interferes with melatonin production in the body, resulting in less restful sleep. Read more here. Establish a Phone-Free Zone: Electronics can cause interrupted sleep. Unless your child is away overnight or you anticipate an important phone call, the majority of texts, calls, and emails can wait until morning. Create a Ritual: Bedtime rituals don’t just help children, they are good for us too! In the hour or two before bed, create a habit to follow[…]

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