Tag - crib mattress

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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
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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.

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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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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