12 Common Toxins That Can Harm Your Child’s Health

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:

12 Common Toxins Infographic

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 the infographic above HERE for a handy reference when shopping or to share with your friends and family.

About the author


Barry A. Cik is the founder and Technical Director of Naturepedic. His devotion to the organic industry is the natural result of his lifelong interest in best preserving the environment not only for us, but for all future generations as well. As a professionally trained environmental engineer, Barry combines his authentic passion for improving our quality of life with the technical knowledge to do so.

His educational background in environmental engineering led Barry to chart his own successful entrepreneurial course for many years. When shopping for his first grandchild's crib mattress, he was horrified to discover firsthand the state of the baby mattress industry. From that moment Barry was inspired and determined to create mattress products not only in the best interest of his grandchild, but also for environmentally-minded parents to use for their children. Working in tandem with his sons, Barry established Naturepedic in 2003.

  • Informative article. Thank you.
    Polyurethane foams (PUFs) are essentially foams of a polymer that is composed of organic units and is joined by urethane links. Most of the polyols used in the manufacturing of polyurethane foams are petroleum derivatives. Owing to increasing environmental concerns and scarcity of petroleum in the future is forcing the manufacturers to use renewable and bio-based raw materials.