Tag - crib mattress

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Organic vs. Conventional Baby Mattresses: What’s the Difference?
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How To Make Your Nursery Safe
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Why Are Organic Mattresses More Expensive?
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Are Organic Mattresses Worth The Money?
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Why Naturepedic Is A Notch Above The Rest
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Is Your Mattress Naughty or Nice?
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Patented Waterproofing Now Plant-Based
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Naturepedic Earns SFC’s Exemplary Gold Recognition
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What You Should Know About Mattress Eco-Terms
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Ask Naturepedic: What Is Food-Grade Polyethylene?

Organic vs. Conventional Baby Mattresses: What’s the Difference?

With so many baby crib mattresses on the market, it can be hard to keep them straight and understand the benefits and differences of each one. We’re here to explain the main differences between an organic crib mattress and its conventional counterparts. Crib Mattress Support Firstly, you should understand the different types of support designs in crib mattresses. Any crib mattress you use should have a firm, flat surface as recommended by the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CSPC) for baby’s safety. 1. Innerspring: A traditional innerspring crib mattress is made with metal springs or coils to provide support. These mattresses are very durable but have more weight to them, often weighing over 20 pounds. 2. Lightweight: Lightweight crib mattress supports are usually made from materials like latex, coir (coconut husk with latex), polyurethane foam, or polyethylene. Since latex is an allergenic material, we don’t recommend using latex-containing baby products. Polyurethane foam contains flame retardant chemicals that may introduce health and[…]

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How To Make Your Nursery Safe

We partnered with CJ First Candle to bring you tips for how to make your nursery safe. Executive Director & CEO, Alison Jacobson shares some key safety considerations to keep in mind as you set-up your nursery. One of the best things when you’re pregnant is designing the nursery and deciding on the theme. Expectant moms spend hours looking online and visiting baby stores to get ideas on how they want the nursery to look. Unfortunately, what they often overlook is the safety considerations when setting up the nursery. Usually, baby shower registries are filled with beautiful layettes, sweaters and blankets for the baby but rarely are there baby proofing items to go along with it. Here are a few safety considerations to keep in mind when setting up your nursery and some “must-have” items to put on your registry: A safe crib is top priority – In 2011, drop side cribs were banned in the United States due to[…]

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Why Are Organic Mattresses More Expensive?

Being blunt but honest, few people would call Naturepedic organic mattresses inexpensive. While we would put the quality and comfort of our hand-assembled mattresses against luxury brands that retail in excess of $20,000 (and we’re nowhere close to that), we nonetheless acknowledge you can drop into a mattress outlet today and walk out with a Queen size adult mattress for $400 or so. Shopping by price alone, you wouldn’t go for an organic mattress. So, why choose organic over that $400 bed? What do you get for the extra money? The truth is, you get a lot, and probably more than you might realize. Cleaner Materials Naturepedic uses organic cotton, latex, and wool, and not surprisingly these materials cost more. Organic cotton, for example, only makes up a little more than 1% of the entire global cotton production (according to trade organization Textile Exchange), so the supply and demand for organic cotton increases costs. Additionally, we only use third-party certified[…]

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Are Organic Mattresses Worth The Money?

When you first discover the world of organic mattresses, there’s a little bit of sticker shock. What could possibly be so different about organic mattresses? What are the benefits you get from the cost? And the biggest question on everyone’s mind… is an organic mattress worth the cost? Obviously, we believe that organic mattresses are well worth the money you pay, and there are several reasons why. Organic mattresses are made with higher quality materials that often come at a higher cost than cheaply made synthetics. Organic mattresses contain natural materials that smolder instead of ignite, which means they are made without toxic flame retardant chemicals. And organic mattresses don’t off-gas harmful chemicals that can impact your health. We believe organic mattresses are an investment in your health, and we hope that by the end of this blog post you’ll agree with us and learn one new thing about organic mattresses that you didn’t know before. Organic Mattresses Are Made[…]

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Why Naturepedic Is A Notch Above The Rest

Debra Lynn Dadd is a well-known author who recommends safer, nontoxic products for people who want a healthier lifestyle. She literally wrote the book on toxic chemicals in consumer products! She’s been a friend of our company for years and we’re proud to be recommended by her program. Discover more about what she thinks of our company in this guest blog. I’ve been recommending nontoxic products for more than thirty years, so I have a pretty good idea of what to look for when choosing safer products. After three decades of recommending nontoxic products through books, and then in my online directory Debra’s List (www.debralist.com), In January 2016 I decided to create an official program called Debra Lynn Dadd Recommended Products. I’ve never been a fan of seals of approval because while seals say they meet a standard, they don’t ever give details. Debra Lynn Dadd Recommended Products goes way beyond a seal of approval. It’s a Letter of Recommendation[…]

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Is Your Mattress Naughty or Nice?

Santa might see when you’re sleeping, but can he see what you’re sleeping on? Find out if your mattress is a true gift or if it’s worse than a lump of coal! The Mattress Naughty List At Naturepedic, we stick to a very strict list of materials we never use in our mattresses. We consider these unacceptable in our mattresses and accessories and you can trust that we do not use any of them in our GOTS certified organic factory. – Polyurethane Foam: This includes memory foam, bio-based or soybean foam, or “eco” foam blends. These “plant-based” foams are actually just polyurethane foam with a little soybean oil added in. The fact of the matter is that polyurethane foam is highly flammable and comes with a pile of flame retardant chemical ingredients to meet flammability regulations. You definitely don’t want to be sleeping on that. – Flame Retardant Chemicals: Naturepedic meets all federal flammability regulations without the need for flame[…]

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Patented Waterproofing Now Plant-Based

You trust our patented waterproof surface to protect your baby and their crib mattress from spills and messes. It’s quick and easy to wipe clean, and it’s made without harmful chemicals. Our waterproofing is made from food-grade polyethylene, considered to be the safest plastic for consumer goods. And it just got even better We are always improving our products and listening to what parents want in their ideal organic crib mattress. As such, we’ve now found a way to make our food-grade polyethylene from plants! That’s right, plants. This update to our waterproofing goes beyond making products safer and healthier. It’s one step further toward sustainability and environmental health. It’s the same great protection you trust from Naturepedic, now even more friendly for our planet. Our safety priorities Naturepedic’s products are designed for safety and health, without harmful chemicals. In our baby and kids products, we prioritize these safety criteria: – Physical Safety: Our crib and kids mattresses feature firm[…]

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Naturepedic Earns SFC’s Exemplary Gold Recognition

Naturepedic uses healthier materials like certified organic cotton to safeguard human health and wellbeing. Our business practices nurture and protect the planet. We support, and promote, environmental & social causes. All of these behaviors are core to the company’s existence, part of who we are and what we do. That said it’s still gratifying to get publicly recognized for doing them. Naturepedic has earned Gold Exemplary Recognition from the Sustainable Furnishings Council (SFC), an organization promoting the use of healthier materials and sustainable business practices by companies in the home furnishings sectors. Naturepedic is the only Gold Exemplary mattress company among the SFC’s nearly 400 member companies. To earn the recognition, Naturepedic documented sustainability efforts in production, operations and outreach and then submitted the information to an SFC audit. After the audit, Naturepedic was given the gold, and also some kind words. “Naturepedic is a true innovator and leader in our industry,” said SFC Standards Committee Chairman Gat Caperton. “Their[…]

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What You Should Know About Mattress Eco-Terms

Organic. I try not to be surprised by what I see labeled as an “organic” mattress. I try. The truth is, though, I’ve seen “organic” used with such reckless abandon on mattresses that I can only shake my head and sigh. With food and unprocessed agricultural products like wool, “organic” requires meeting National Organic Program (NOP) standards of the USDA. Non-food processed items, however, are different; the USDA does not certify finished products like textiles, yarns, shirts or mattresses as organic. Consumers should instead demand Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) or Global Organic Latex Standard (GOLS) certifications for mattresses. Without these third-party certifications, there is little way to know how “organic” a mattress is. Be cautious, however, of a GOTS logo used in reference to only a specific component such as the fabric that the mattress maker presumably purchased from a vendor. Not only is that against the rules of GOTS (a mattress must be GOTS-certified to display that GOTS[…]

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Ask Naturepedic: What Is Food-Grade Polyethylene?

At Naturepedic, we’re all about crib mattress safety. You trust us to bring you a safer option for your little one’s sleep, wrapped up in all the organic goodness nature offers. You may have seen that we use food-grade polyethylene in our mattresses, and we sometimes get questions about what polyethylene is. We hope that this blog post will help answer any questions you have about the use of food grade polyethylene. It sounds like polyurethane, are they the same thing? At Naturepedic, we don’t use polyurethane foam in any form, including memory foam, plant based or bio-based foam, soybean foam, etc. These are all polyurethane foams that are highly flammable and require flame retardant chemicals to meet flammability standards. We never use polyurethane foam or flame retardants. This is where some of the concern comes from when parents learn we use polyethylene. It sounds very similar in name but is a completely different type of material. What is polyethylene?[…]

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