When it comes to the safety of your baby, there is no room for compromise. As a new parent, shopping for dependable, healthy products for your baby can be challenging, especially when many mainstream consumer products are marketed with greenwashed terms.
With so many other things to worry about, the crib mattress might be somewhat of an afterthought, even though your baby will likely spend between 10-14 hours sleeping on it every day. This means that their mattress is one of the most prominent objects in their daily environment, making the quality and safety all the more important.
In recent years, there has been growing concern among environmental advocates, physicians, and health professionals regarding the potential impact of chemicals on children. Researchers suspect that toxic chemicals have a direct connection to the increasing number of childhood disorders.
Fortunately, new parents can trust in Naturepedic’s crib mattresses, which are crafted with certified organic materials and no toxic chemicals. Since your baby’s well-being is our number one priority, we’ve made sure that our crib mattresses have become the standard for safer, healthier organic mattresses.
This Baby Safety Month, we want to shed light on the inner workings of our crib mattresses, which are the result of years of testing, research, and refinement. By choosing Naturepedic, here’s a list of things you never have to compromise on when it comes to your baby’s crib mattress:
When it comes to your baby’s hygienic safety, crib mattresses can make for a less-than-ideal environment; babies are messy, and things like spit up or urine can end up seeping into their mattress. This is why waterproofing is so important.
Still, many companies are moving away from waterproofing crib mattresses all together because they don’t know how to do it without using toxic chemicals. If they do waterproof them, some manufacturers use chemicals like phthalate plasticizers and perfluorinated compounds (PFCs) so no messes soak through.
But all of these chemicals are toxic in nature and may off-gas over time, which is concerning in your baby’s sleep environment. Just as you don’t want your little one breathing in the bacteria remnants from soppy messes and spills overnight, you also don’t want the chemicals that are supposedly keeping the bacteria out leading to any health issues.
Naturepedic’s organic crib mattresses contain a healthier waterproofing alternative that’s both GOTS-approved and sourced from plant-based non-GMO sugarcane. This means that parents who choose Naturepedic can trust that their baby’s crib mattress is as hygienically safe as possible. As the only certified organic crib mattress that waterproofs our products with food-grade polyethylene made from sugarcane, we take pride in eliminating all known toxic chemicals.
In addition to avoiding toxic chemicals during our waterproofing process, Naturepedic prioritizes chemical safety in other ways as well. In order to pass government flammability standards, crib mattresses usually include flame-retardant chemicals, which have clear toxicity concerns.
Naturepedic’s organic crib mattresses are not made with any flame-retardant chemicals while still meeting all flammability requirements. Since exposure to flame retardants has been linked to various health conditions for children — such as developmental problems with learning and motor skills — we’ve made it our mission to eliminate flame retardants from our crib mattresses.
By using materials that naturally aren’t as flammable as chemical-laden ones, years of research have gone into the making of our crib mattresses so that they surpass all fire safety standards with ease. As a result, parents can rest assured watching their babies sleep soundly on a mattress that’s made without toxic flame-retardant chemicals but which meets all government flammability regulations.
At Naturepedic, we do breathability right. Our three-dimensional fabric allows air to flow underneath your baby and dissipate extra heat, allowing for a comfortable sleep.
In many cases, manufacturers have to sacrifice breathability for hygiene or vice versa. With our breathable crib mattresses, however, we have found a way to waterproof each mattress so parents don’t have to deal with any cleanliness issues while still prioritizing breathability. Try finding another crib mattress that’s waterproof, breathable, and free from toxic chemicals! (Here’s a secret: you won’t!)
The way we do breathability also makes for easier cleaning. Instead of spending the day air-drying your baby’s mattress after trying to wash away a week’s worth of messes in your shower—Naturepedic’s products can be quickly cleaned. Just take off the breathable cover, throw it into the washing machine, and wipe down the mattress if necessary!
There are also some basic physical safety considerations for crib mattresses that Naturepedic doesn’t compromise on. Features like a firm flat sleep surface and a snug fit are recommended by the CPSC, which is why Naturepedic’s crib mattresses are designed to meet these standards. Firmness is particularly important for babies, as a solid mattress base offers the resistance necessary for strengthening and developing muscles.
Moreover, Naturepedic doesn’t use any common allergenic materials in our fabrics or filling, such as latex or wool. Generally speaking, the biggest difference between a traditional and an organic crib mattress is the fiber that’s used to provide cushion and comfort. You can trust that your Naturepedic crib mattress is made with only natural, organic, and non-harmful materials meaning they’re good for your baby and kind to the environment.
Rather than using polyurethane foam, conventional cotton, or fibers treated with flame retardants, Naturepedic’s crib mattresses are filled with safer and healthier materials. By stuffing our crib mattresses with materials such as U.S. grown and certified organic cotton, parents can rest assured that the materials we use are non-toxic. Also, since we eliminate known allergens, parents don’t have to worry about babies having an allergic or physical reaction to the materials they’re sleeping on.