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Is Your Crib Mattress Really Organic?
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Naturepedic Crib Mattresses and Accessories Certified To New GREENGUARD “Select” Program
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Creating a Non-Toxic Nursery
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Still Considering A Polyurethane Foam Crib Mattress? Here’s Dr. Greene’s Advice.
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You Can Help Make Crib Mattresses Safe for Every Child, Including Your Own
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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

Is Your Crib Mattress Really Organic?

Have you ever seen the word ‘organic’ on a product you bought only to find out later that it is not actually organic? I’ve had that happen plenty of times. The label says organic, I read the ingredients or materials list – if there is one – and see that it contains a certain amount of organic materials but, otherwise, is basically the same as any other product I could have bought for half the price. Sometimes the label correctly reflects the ingredients and is not misleading; and at other times the manufacturers are trying to take advantage of the selling potential of organic products by making things look a little more organic than they actually are – this is known as ‘greenwashing.’ Figuring out whether or not a manufacturer is greenwashing can take quite a bit of research. But even with those manufacturers who are right up front about their products, we can still be confused. That’s because we[…]

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Naturepedic Crib Mattresses and Accessories Certified To New GREENGUARD “Select” Program

Worried about emissions of potentially toxic fumes into your nursery and other parts of your home? GREENGUARD is an independent organization that tests for emissions. They also offer several different certification programs to manufacturers whose products qualify. Per GREENGUARD, common household products (which would include crib mattresses) release hundreds of potentially harmful chemicals into the air. Poor indoor air quality is linked to asthma, upper respiratory problems and other complications. Naturepedic crib mattresses have been certified by GREENGUARD for the last five years. But there is now a new certification standard called “Select.” In addition to the GREENGUARD Children & Schools Certification Program, GREENGUARD’s previously highest standard, Select certification meets the latest scientific and marketing requirements. These include: Volatile organic compound (VOC) content limits Lower formaldehyde emissions requirements (driven by California Air Resources Board and California Department of Public Health’s 2012 CA 01350 requirements) Lead and phthalate content requirements (as defined by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Information Act) Commercial[…]

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Creating a Non-Toxic Nursery

When you’re going to have a baby, your major concerns are their health and safety. You get a solid crib, you research car seats, walkers, swings, and so on. You make sure those products are the best you can get and won’t harm the baby in any way. But there’s another aspect of a baby’s health and safety that many parents don’t think about – the toxicity of the materials in their nursery. Toxic chemicals have now been linked to everything from learning disorders and autism to cancer and infertility. Taking steps to create a non-toxic nursery now could have wide-reaching, long-term and even life-changing benefits. So, what do you do to ensure your nursery is non-toxic? Here are the basics: Start with the crib mattress. Your baby will spend 12 to 18 hours a day on it. You don’t want your baby breathing the potentially toxic chemical fumes that may off-gas from most crib mattresses for 12 to 18[…]

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Still Considering A Polyurethane Foam Crib Mattress? Here’s Dr. Greene’s Advice.

Unless we bury our head in research papers, it’s sometimes difficult to find the information we need on which chemicals are safe for our babies and which aren’t. So, we take the advice of experts. One such expert is Dr. Greene, a pediatrician who has had an online presence since 1995. His mission: “To improve children’s health by informing and inspiring those who care for them. By providing information, wisdom, and perspective, we strive to prepare parents to become knowledgeable partners who can work with their children’s physicians in a new and rich way.” On June 1, 2010, Dr. Greene appeared on the ABC News Now Program, Parenting with Ann Pleshette Murphy. Here is Dr. Greene’s explanation of why polyurethane foam is not the best choice for a crib mattress or, for that matter, anyone’s mattress. “Kids spend 93% of their childhood indoors these days, and indoor air is 2 to 5 times worse than outdoor air on average in[…]

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You Can Help Make Crib Mattresses Safe for Every Child, Including Your Own

Our founder, Barry Cik, recently had an article published in greenbiz.com. Chemical Regulations and the Modern Mattress: The Stuff of Nightmares. Barry hadn’t intended to start a company that makes crib mattresses. But six years ago, when he went shopping to find a crib mattress for his first grandchild, he was appalled at the toxic chemicals in the mattresses he found. And as an environmental engineer, he really understood the risks. “My grandfather slept on straw. I’ll have my grandchildren sleep on straw before I let them sleep on these mattresses,” he told a salesperson. And, so, Naturepedic began. “I know from experience that once people realize that their kids’ beds, mattresses, toys and bottles may contain toxic chemicals, they start reading labels and put their trust in brands that can demonstrate safety,” said Barry. “But not everyone can afford to act on this knowledge. Consider families living paycheck to paycheck that can’t always afford to buy the least toxic[…]

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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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