When you consider that a baby spends 12 to 14 hours a day sleeping, you realize that their mattress is one of the most important things in their lives.
Because they spend so much time on their mattress, you should think hard about the brand you choose as well as if it contains latex. But why should you think about latex specifically?
A study, one of many, conducted on over 1,000 health care workers found that nearly 22 percent had symptoms related to wearing latex gloves. Most of the problems were skin related, but some had asthma and cold symptoms like sneezing, itchy eyes, nose, ears, and throat, runny noses, nasal congestion, or worse.
Is there any reason to think the risk may be less for babies? Hardly; a body still in development is even more susceptible than when fully grown. Natural latex/rubber has been associated with high allergies in children in particular, and natural latex contains certain proteins that are more allergenic than even synthetic latex.
With latex and your baby, it’s better safe than sorry. Unless you’re going to test a baby for latex allergy, which, even if you wanted to, is a little hard to do before the baby is put into his crib for the first time, you don’t know whether your baby is going to react to it or not. Nor is there any way to know if a sensitivity will develop over time – also a common occurrence.
At Naturepedic, we make our crib mattresses without latex foam. And we also don’t use any materials like coir (crushed coconut husks) that traditionally require a significant amount of latex to mold and hold it in a form like a mattress. If you’re looking for something 100 percent latex-free, you’ve found it.