Tag - crib mattress

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Is Your Crib Mattress Phthalates Free? Why You Need to Find Out.
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You Have a New Organic Crib Mattress – But How Do You Get Your Baby to Sleep?
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Naturepedic May Make You a Customized Mattress or Pad
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Can A Naturepedic Crib Mattress Help Mom Get More Sleep?
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Naturepedic Crib Mattresses – Born and Bred in the U.S.A.
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Naturepedic Crib Mattresses Top the Awards List
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3 Ways to Eliminate Toxins in Your Baby’s Nursery
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Crib Mattresses – Is It Okay To Use Old Ones?
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Chemicals in Crib Mattresses to be Reviewed by EPA
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An Organic Crib Mattress is Great – But What About the Nursery Walls and Floors

Is Your Crib Mattress Phthalates Free? Why You Need to Find Out.

As of February 10, 2009, the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA) banned the manufacture of child care articles and toys containing phthalates (pronounced “thalates”). Phthalates are plasticizer chemicals commonly used in crib mattresses and mattress pads: they soften PVC/vinyl to make it pliable so it can be used as a waterproof surface. They’re also used in many kids’ toys. Although we’ve never used phthalates in Naturepedic crib mattresses, they have been used for decades by just about every other crib mattress manufacturer out there. So why the big hullabaloo over chemicals that have been used in baby and child products for decades? Because we now know (have for many years, actually) that phthalates leach out of vinyl over time where they can reach your baby or child. And that is dangerous with a capital D. Research has linked phthalates to hormonal and endocrine system problems, especially in boys. In 1997, a study published in the International Journal of Cancer[…]

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You Have a New Organic Crib Mattress – But How Do You Get Your Baby to Sleep?

People have come up with literally hundreds of ideas on how to get babies to sleep through the night. Everything from teddy bears that breathe and vibrators that make a crib feel like a moving car to just letting the baby “cry it out.” Some experts feel that these techniques – called ‘sleep trainers’ – actually undermine your relationship with your child and prevent you from understanding what’s really going on with them. If a baby is crying, for example, it could be because he’s hungry, needs changing or something’s too tight. Or, he’s frightened. Maybe he has nothing to be frightened about, but that doesn’t mean he’s not frightened. Or he might be lonely. He might even be reacting to something in his environment (an allergy to the latex in his crib mattress, new paint or carpeting that’s off-gassing), or a sense of turbulence in the home. He could also have a medical condition that hasn’t yet been diagnosed.[…]

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Naturepedic May Make You a Customized Mattress or Pad

Did you know that at Naturepedic we make custom-made pads? Sometimes babies spend a lot of time in their playpen – they might hang out there most of the day, with the playpen in the living room where mom can see them – or in their carriage. When I was younger, babies would be put in their carriage in the fresh outside air on the front porch for a nap. They could be there for a couple of hours. Babies can also spend a lot of time in portable cribs when they go to visit family, friends or even the babysitter. And some spend hours every day in the equivalent of a car seat – the kind that can be taken out of the car to rest on tables or floors, can change positions so the baby can lie down and so on. It’s an easy way for mom to keep the baby with her no matter what she’s doing[…]

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Can A Naturepedic Crib Mattress Help Mom Get More Sleep?

When I was pregnant with my son, I had very unreal expectations in the sleep department. I was told the baby would sleep 12 to 15 hours a day and would be eating about every four hours. That added up fine for me – baby eats at 8:00 p.m., sleeps until midnight, eats again, sleeps until 4:00 a.m., eats again, sleeps until 8:00 a.m. – I shouldn’t have any trouble fitting 7 or 8 hours of sleep in there, right? Wrong; oh so very wrong. In case you’re not initiated, it goes more like this: baby eats then gets to sleep about 8:30 p.m. You have some things to finish up; you hit the sack at 11:00. Baby wakes up hungry at midnight. You feed him, but he’s tired and keeps falling asleep. So the eating process is very slow. An hour later, he’s fed. But now he’s awake, smiling and gurgling, and he wants to play! An hour later,[…]

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Naturepedic Crib Mattresses – Born and Bred in the U.S.A.

At Naturepedic, we don’t have a political agenda – or any other agenda for that matter, other than our obvious concerns about our health and environment – but, like all Americans, we do want to support the our local and national economy. We also don’t want any surprises with our materials – we want to know exactly what we’re getting, and we’d like the people we’re getting it from to be around the corner, more or less. At Naturepedic we use the finest materials and Amish workmanship, while supporting U.S. jobs and industry. Squidoo has a made in U.S.A. products section in which they tell an interesting true story: “Once a high school teacher gave his students a weekend project. Students were to go to a mall and make lists of all of the items they could find that were made in the USA. Fun homework for teens, right? Well, guess what? They failed miserably because this task was nearly[…]

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Naturepedic Crib Mattresses Top the Awards List

Baby Body Guards recently reviewed our crib mattresses, along with researching other crib mattresses on the market, and found out something I didn’t actually know – we have received the most awards and endorsements of any child mattress company on the market! Read the review for more info on why the author decided on a Naturepedic crib mattress. We knew we were good, but even we were impressed! All kidding aside, the awards and endorsements mean a lot to us – it tells us we’re doing our job! Helping babies get a healthy start in life. Thanks to Baby Body Guards for taking the time to write the review, and check out their site for a wealth of great information!

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3 Ways to Eliminate Toxins in Your Baby’s Nursery

Many people are becoming aware of the dangers of toxic chemicals, which is one reason why Naturepedic crib mattresses are so popular. But there’s so much information out there, it’s sometimes hard to know how to get started on your quest to eliminate toxins from your baby’s nursery. Here are a few changes that will give you a good start. Change your household cleaning products to something non-toxic. See our blog Cleaning Products for the Non-Toxic Nursery for more info. Make sure the paints, carpets and other materials in the room won’t off-gass. See our post An Organic Crib Mattress is Great – But What About the Nursery Walls and Floors for exact details on how to do that in a day or two (or maybe three or four – but not long.) Filter your air. No matter how chemical-free your baby’s nursery is, there’s no way you’re going to keep the outside air where it belongs. A good filter[…]

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Crib Mattresses – Is It Okay To Use Old Ones?

I was recently reading some blogs online and saw a question about using old crib mattresses instead of getting a new one for an upcoming baby. The mattress they were considering using was actually 20 years old (although I don’t know how much it had been used during that time.) I would suggest that using a 20-year-old mattress might not be the best idea. Perhaps if it had been stored in a dust-free environment – preserved, really – it would be okay. As long as it was scrupulously clean and dry when it was put in storage. But what worries me is the materials used to make mattresses 20 years ago. I don’t know what precise laws regarding chemicals or heavy metals have changed during that time, but it’s not out of the question that some of the materials used to make crib mattresses 20 years ago are now recognized as toxic. In any case, with a new baby you[…]

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Chemicals in Crib Mattresses to be Reviewed by EPA

Late in September, Obama asked Congress to draft a tougher law to regulate chemicals. The current law, the Toxic Substances Control Act, is woefully inadequate: There are literally tens of thousands of chemicals being used that have never been tested and found safe. And some are in our children’s crib mattresses and other goods they come into contact with everyday. What’s wrong with the current law? Just a couple of the highlights: Chemical manufacturers are not required to give the EPA the information needed to determine whether a chemical is safe – the burden of proof is on the EPA.   Some health and safety information is suspected of being unjustifiably classified as Confidential Business Information (CBI) and is thereby protected from the pubic eye. Read the principles congress was given as guidelines for the new law and you’ll get a good idea of why the current law doesn’t work well. On an immediate basis the EPA will review six[…]

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An Organic Crib Mattress is Great – But What About the Nursery Walls and Floors

Although there’s no question that it’s better for everyone if our homes and the environment are completely free of toxic chemicals, it’s just not always possible. To resolve the issues across the globe, it’s going to take a big team – industry, government and our concerned friends everywhere on the planet. But we don’t need anyone’s help to take care of our child’s nursery or, for that matter, our own home. How do we do that? In addition to using non-toxic products whenever possible – starting with an organic crib mattress and going straight through to cleaning products – you might also consider ridding the walls, floors, carpeting and so on of any residual off-gasing potential. A step by step process for doing this is in a book called Home Safe Home, written by Debra Lynn Dadd, green maven extraordinaire. I recently had the good fortune to get Ms. Dadd’s permission to re-print the process in its entirety. The section[…]

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