Tag - crib mattress

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Study Links Pesticides to ADHD – Are They in Your Child’s Crib Mattress?
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How Many Coils Does a Baby Crib Mattress Need?
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How Firm is Firm Enough for a Baby Crib Mattress?
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Finding Non-Toxic Cribs for Your Organic Crib Mattress
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Naturepedic Crib Mattresses are Parent Tested Parent Approved
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Organic Cotton Mattress Pads and Quilted Toppers Extend the Life of Your Mattress
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Have Your Baby or Child Items Been Recalled for Safety Reasons?
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Does Your Baby’s Crib Mattress Have Dust-mites?
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New Study Links Phthalates to ADHD – One More Reason to Use Organic Crib Mattresses
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Update on Phthalates Ban in Crib Mattresses

Study Links Pesticides to ADHD – Are They in Your Child’s Crib Mattress?

Yet another study has linked ADHD to chemicals – this time it’s the group of pesticides known as organophosphates. Organophosphates are commonly used on cotton crops, which is why we use only organic cotton in our baby crib mattresses. The list of symptoms now labeled ‘ADHD’ – forgetfulness, difficulty focusing or concentrating, inattention, impulsivity, hyperactivity and, often, learning disorders – can be a real trial for kids and parents. A significant number of kids with these symptoms have trouble with school and relationships, are more prone to accidents and injury and, as they get older, are more likely to get involved in drinking and driving and other social problems. Of course, some of this is ‘normal’ kid stuff. But organophosphate pesticides, which disrupt the brains and nervous systems of insects very effectively, have been proven to have a similar effect on humans. They have even been used in nerve gas and other chemical weapons for precisely that reason. Do we[…]

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How Many Coils Does a Baby Crib Mattress Need?

Based on some of the blogs and forums I’ve read, there seems to be a lot of confusion about the number of coils needed in the innerspring of a crib mattress. Some say more coils means more support, others say too many coils make a crib mattress too hard and uncomfortable. How are parents supposed to decide what’s best? Although there are no hard and fast rules about coils, there are a few guidelines that might help. First, let’s clear up the difference between ‘coils’ and ‘coil count’. A crib mattress, for example, may contain 150 coils. But the ‘coil count’ is listed as 420. What’s the difference? The figure ‘150’ is the number of actual coils in that crib mattress; the coil count, 420, is the number of coils that would be found in an equivalent mattress of full size. So, really, the only number you really have to pay attention to is the “150” coils. Next, there are[…]

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How Firm is Firm Enough for a Baby Crib Mattress?

I’ve seen several blogs and forums where people talk and ask questions about how firm a crib mattress should be. One person said “If it feels good to me, it’s okay for my baby.” Is that a good rule of thumb? In fact, it’s not – unless you like a very firm mattress. Because babies are still growing, their spines and bones need more support than we do. While there are no precise rules about crib mattress firmness, there are solid enough guidelines to help you choose the right one. The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) recommends that a baby mattress be firm and flat. Consumer Reports recommends buying the firmest mattress you can find. In fact, they address the exact comment made by the person on the forum: “Don’t worry that it may feel too firm. If it feels good to you, it’s too soft for your baby,” To test a crib mattress to determine whether it’s firm enough,[…]

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Finding Non-Toxic Cribs for Your Organic Crib Mattress

Getting 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[…]

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Naturepedic Crib Mattresses are Parent Tested Parent Approved

One 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’. PTPA – Parent 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!

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

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[…]

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Have Your Baby or Child Items Been Recalled for Safety Reasons?

The Babies”R”Us second Great Trade-In Event, the first was in August/September 2009, gives parents the opportunity to get a 25% discount on replacing several types of baby items – cribs, car seats, bassinets, strollers, travel systems, playards, toddler beds or high chairs – that may no longer be safe for your child. You just take your products into your local Babies”R”Us or Toys”R”Us store and purchase new ones from participating manufacturers at the discounted price. Your products don’t have to have been recalled, and you don’t have to provide proof that your product is faulty. However, there are probably millions of parents out there who are unaware of the fact that items they’re using may have been recalled. How can you find out if a baby or child’s product you’re using is potentially dangerous? The Consumer Product Safety Commission has a comprehensive list of infant and child product recalls that provides all the details of each recall, including what to[…]

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Does Your Baby’s Crib Mattress Have Dust-mites?

High levels of dust-mite allergens are present in 50% of American homes – they cause several health problems, and they love to hide in your mattresses. A recent article in the Wall Street Journal, Does Mattress Cleaning Treat Dust-Mite Allergies?, prompted this blog post about dust-mites. They really are a big problem – at least half the homes in America contain enough dust-mite allergens to cause health problems. How do you get rid of those allergens? The answer to the question in the headline “Does Mattress Cleaning Treat Dust-mite Allergies” appears to be ‘no.’ And I’ll explain why. But, first, a little info about dust-mites. Dust-mites are microscopic arachnids (same family as spiders) that live in dust. They hide in dark places like upholstered furniture, dust bunnies under couches and beds, in blankets, sheets, stuffed toys, mattresses – even your baby’s crib mattress. Although they do bite, they generally they feed off dead skin cells and hair. However, their waste[…]

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New Study Links Phthalates to ADHD – One More Reason to Use Organic Crib Mattresses

It is troubling to see how many children are suffering from ‘learning disorders.’ Parents are tearing their hair out trying to find solutions, and often resort to putting their kids on drugs when they see no other solution. However, a new study linking ADHD to the chemical plasticizers ‘phthalates’ may offer some hope. The study, published in the journal Biological Psychiatry, found that the higher the concentration of phthalates in the urine, the more apt the children were to have ADHD symptoms. The researchers also found “significant relationships” between urine concentrations and errors in continuous performance tests (CPTs), which measure the child’s sustained and selective attention – the ability to focus on the right things at the right times – and impulsivity. CPT is used to support an ADHD diagnosis. So, where are these phthalates coming from? According to other studies, it starts in the womb: phthalates in mom’s body transfer to the child. Mom may have gotten them into[…]

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Update on Phthalates Ban in Crib Mattresses

First, a brief recap: (If you don’t know about the chemicals called phthalates, read our blogs Is Your Crib Mattress Phthalates Free? Why You Need to Find Out and New Phthalates Research Indicates Male Children Less Male in Play. As of February 9, 2009, certain products made for children – including crib mattresses – could no longer contain more than 1,000 parts per million of any of three types of phthalates. That’s 1,000 PPM per phthalate per item. The ban on those three types of phthalates is permanent. A temporary ban was also put on three other phthalates, but only in products a child could put in his mouth, suck or chew. More research is to be done on the additional three phthalates to determine if they should also be permanently banned like the other three. The Commission was supposed to post its procedures for accrediting labs to test for phthalates in June 2009 and, as of September, 2009, manufacturers[…]

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