May is Better Sleep Month, an informational month-long celebration of healthier sleep habits. Sleep is an important aspect of mental and physical health, and it’s important to understand the impact that our sleep has on our daily life. In our fast-paced busy society, we try to get ahead on our jam-packed schedules by cutting sleep before cutting commitments. We convince ourselves we only need a few hours, or that we’re getting a full night’s sleep even though we catch up on emails in bed or hit snooze for an hour. Need a refresher? Read our Safe Healthy Sleep Resolutions blog post from January! How much sleep do we need? The National Sleep Foundation recommends seven to nine hours of sleep per night for adults age 18 to 64. Teenagers and children require even more sleep: eight to ten hours for teens aged 14 to 17, nine to 11 hours for children aged six to 13, and ten to 13 hours[…]Read More
We have big news: Our mattresses are the first in the country to be MADE SAFE certified! Since our inception, we’ve taken every step possible to ensure that the materials in our mattresses are as safe as possible. After all, we got our start after our founder Barry Cik set out to create a mattress he would allow his grandchild to sleep on that wasn’t made with toxic chemicals or questionable materials. Naturepedic has always been one of the few companies that make mattresses certified in their entirety to the Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) – the organic standard for mattresses endorsed by the USDA. MADE SAFE is an independent third-party certifier that scrutinizes the materials used in making mattresses to make sure that they are not made with known harmful carcinogens, behavioral, reproductive, and neuro toxins, hormone disruptors, heavy metals, pesticides, insecticides, flame retardants, toxic solvents, or harmful VOCs and more! Questionable materials commonly used in mattresses – which[…]Read More
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[…]Read More
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[…]Read More
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[…]Read More
The Ecology Center is dedicated to health and safety, just like Naturepedic is. We both believe that we can’t have healthy people on a sick planet. Founded in 1970, the Center focuses on the big question of how human life can thrive without destroying our planet. In order to answer this, the Ecology Center works hard at all levels, from consumers to manufacturers to lawmakers, to ensure the highest standards for health and safety.
Recently the Ecology Center launched a new initiative to shine a spotlight on innovative businesses that share the ideals of safer, healthier, and more sustainable consumerism. Naturepedic is proud to be one of the first featured companies in the Ecology Center’s Business Innovator Series.
When you watch the video be sure to let us know what you think of our journey from concerned grandparent to leader in the organic mattress industry.
To help keep parents informed we have created a list of 12 common toxins that can harm your child’s health. From known carcinogens, VOCs, endocrine disruptors and more: These toxins show up in a variety of children’s products. Shockingly, 9 out of 12 listed are frequently found in crib mattresses! Luckily, there is a crib mattress brand that has left out all of the potentially harsh chemicals: 1. Certified organic cotton fabric and filling 2. Food-grade polyethylene waterproofing 3. Steel innersprings or food-grade polyethylene support What’s not in a Naturepedic? 1. Polyurethane foam or any version of it (so-called eco, bio-based, soybean foams) 2. Formaldehyde potentially found in polyurethane foam or flame retardant chemicals 3. Flame retardants of any kind including “natural” flame barriers that use antimony or boric acid 4. Waterproofing agents such as PVC with phthalates or PFCs 5. Antibacterial treatments, pesticides or biocides 6. Latex, Coir with Latex, Wool or other potentially allergenic materials You can download[…]Read More
When you take a look at our organic kids options, you will find that some options describe a one-sided mattress and others are two-sided. This isn’t a riddle – obviously mattresses have two sides, so what does this terminology mean when it comes to the form and function of your child’s new mattress? The one-sided mattress was developed with the natural organic cotton quilt on one side. As such, it is not a “flippable” mattress and has only one sleep surface. We recommend that you rotate the one-sided mattress (swap the head and foot of the mattress) every three to four months to help minimize body impressions. Many parents choose the one-sided mattress for the following attributes: Affordable price point – A one-sided mattress from Naturepedic is lower cost for those on a tight budget who want to provide a healthier sleep environment for their children. – Many parents choose a lower cost one-sided mattress for transitioning their children to[…]Read More
Natural foods store chain Whole Foods publicly published a list of Unacceptable Ingredients for Food. This list alphabetically spells out ingredients like disodium dihydrogen EDTA the retailer finds inappropriate for food or packaging, ingredients not in line with healthy living. Panera Bread did something similar, publishing a No No list of ingredients the restaurant/bakery chain has committed to removing from its offerings by the end of 2016 to make its food even healthier for consumers. Panera, in fact, was one of the first to move toward transparency, becoming the first national restaurant chain to disclose caloric content on its menu. When you think about it, while you can read a food label on a can of soup in a store and get the ingredients and information on calories, fat, sodium, and more, that level of transparency has largely been missing from restaurants. And consumer products. As you read this, you’re probably looking at some form of screen — on a[…]Read More
In a perfect world, every baby arrives at his or her first birthday, giggling and happy. First Candle is working toward that world. The organization is dedicated to researching and preventing sudden unexpected infant deaths (SUIDs), striving to put an end to the devastation of SIDS (sudden infant death syndrome) and stillbirths. Both a research and advocacy group, First Candle also provides resources to help families touched by these tragedies. The name First Candle refers to that very first candle on a cake celebrating a one-year birthday. According to the organization, every year in the U.S. there are 26,000 stillbirths and 4,000 infants under one year who die unexpectedly. In addition to spearheading research, First Candle also educates through their website and outreach programs. Their website alone is full of tips to help keep baby safe, including swaddling suggestions, basics for creating safer sleep environments, healthy practices for expecting moms, and more. Expecting parents can even download and print their[…]Read More