Tag - crib mattress

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What Makes A Good Crib Mattress?
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The Importance of Non-toxic Baby Products According to a Pediatrician
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Will Our Crib Mattress Fit Your Crib?
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The Power of Green Cleaning in the Nursery
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Let’s Talk Breathability For Baby
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Mattress Label: The Accurate Labeling Act
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INFOGRAPHIC: How Sleep Develops in Infancy
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Natural Ways To Clean Your Baby’s Nursery
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Waterproof Mattresses – A Good Idea
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Ask Naturepedic: Do Your Mattresses Have Weight Limits?

What Makes A Good Crib Mattress?

At Naturepedic, we know that everyone’s sleep needs are different. As a new parent, shopping for non-toxic baby products can be stressful and the crib mattress is often considered an afterthought, even when your baby will be spending 10-14 hours on it everyday. Our goal during Baby Safety Month is to make sure that you make an educated decision about your crib mattress by giving you the information that you need. Below is a breakdown of our crib mattress options to make your buying process as simple as possible. If you have any questions at all regarding the different options or our products, our customer service team is ready to help! You can reach them at 1.800.917.3342 or email them at cs@naturepedic.com from 9am-5pm EST, Monday-Friday. During the month of September, Naturepedic is donating $2 of every crib mattress purchase to the Max Cure Foundation, an organization that funds research for the development of pediatric cancer drug therapies.

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The Importance of Non-toxic Baby Products According to a Pediatrician

All families agree: the items that their baby touches or contacts should be safe, their construction should be safe, and the materials that they are made out of should be safe. In reality, this is a concept that should not have to be written about. Why discuss something as obvious as not exposing your baby to harm? Unfortunately, it’s not that simple. How Do We Know if a Material is Toxic? When we talk about materials, we are really talking about the chemicals that make up these materials. Chemicals, of course, can be very good. All the materials we breathe, drink, touch, and see are composed of chemicals. Many of them are harmless—but not all. It turns out that in the United States, roughly 65,000 chemicals are manufactured and released, which we regularly come into contact with in our everyday routines. These chemicals serve an incredibly wide range of purposes—including the structure of a material (think the plastic in a[…]

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Will Our Crib Mattress Fit Your Crib?

Starting to shop for a crib mattress for your soon-to-arrive bundle of joy? When browsing, you may be surprised to find that from brand to brand cribs don’t just differ aesthetically. In fact, there is no set crib mattress size! If you have already purchased a crib, you can’t just blindly choose a mattress to accompany it. The number one thing to look for when choosing your child’s crib mattress is safety. So when choosing a crib mattress to safely fit inside your baby’s crib, look for a model that will pass the recommended two-finger measurement test between crib and mattress. We know we can’t pass this test for every crib with our crib mattress. But when designing our crib mattress, we do seek to fit in as many cribs as possible so your baby can have their safest, healthiest sleep. That’s why we look at the industry minimum and maximum sizes for cribs and crib mattresses and design our[…]

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The Power of Green Cleaning in the Nursery

Guest Blog by Lisa Janvrin, YouthfulNest You wouldn’t think this to be true, but I believe the nursery is one of the most forgotten about places to clean on a regular basis. It’s probably because when you’re in there you’re either completely consumed by the task at hand or exhausted by the task at hand. Not leaving much time to think about cleaning it. HERE, THERE AND EVERYWHERE. Obviously, in the baby room there is the common dust and dirt that accumulate in any room, but there are also lots of unique substances that add to your clean-up duty like spit-up, breast milk, formula, feces, urine, snot, and even vomit. All of these can easily get spread around the room and make baby sick if they aren’t cleaned up properly with non-toxic products. For immediate needs, use those handy baby wipes, if their good enough for your baby’s bottom for sure they will be safe on your countertop. Then on[…]

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Let’s Talk Breathability For Baby

The Naturepedic story began when a grandpa & Board Certified Engineer, our co-founder Barry Cik, wanted a safer crib mattress for his first grandson. So when we say that we take safety seriously, you know that we mean it. There are many things to consider when creating a safe place for babies to sleep, and we go the extra mile to make sure it’s done correctly. Unlike some crib mattresses, Naturepedic designs a breathable baby mattress the right way. There are two ways to make a breathable mattress. One way is to remove the waterproofing and to have baby breathe into the interior of the mattress. The problem with this approach is that urine, bigger messes, vomit, and even just spilled milk will also go through the non-waterproof surface and get into the interior. The baby will be breathing into this contaminated space. The better design is to have a breathable pad that’s fully breathable for the baby but where[…]

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Mattress Label: The Accurate Labeling Act

We understand our consumers. Most of the people who love the Naturepedic brand are health-conscious and appreciate transparency, especially when it comes to making purchases and our own mattress label. When we find information that could help our friends make the best possible decisions for their own families, we feel that it is our responsibility to share that information. It has been brought to our attention that a new bill will soon be voted on—The Accurate Labels Act (H.R. 6022.) The Accurate Labels Act is introduced and sponsored by Congressman Adam Kinzinger (R) – Ill. The Overview of the proposed bill states: To amend the Fair Packaging and Labeling Act to require that Federal and State mandated information declarations and labeling requirements applicable to the chemical composition of, and radiation emitted by, consumer products meet minimum scientific standards to deliver accurate and clear information, and for other purposes. At a time when consumers are demanding more transparency when it comes[…]

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INFOGRAPHIC: How Sleep Develops in Infancy

Babies spend a majority of their lives sleeping…and that’s not just after birth. Since sleep greatly impacts your baby’s life, you should understand when and how sleep develops in infancy. Everything from sleep cycles to sleep stages are important to research before your baby is even born. In partnership with Dr. Arthur Lavin of Advanced Pediatrics, we created an infographic that breaks down an infant’s sleep schedule from womb to crib. About Dr. Arthur Lavin: Arthur Lavin, MD, FAAP, a pediatrician in private practice and an associate clinical professor of pediatrics at Case Medical School in Cleveland, Ohio. Dr. Lavin has special interests in neuroscience. He sits on the national committee of the American Academy of Pediatrics charged with developing policy for the Academy on matters relating to psychological functioning. Dr. Lavin was the first doctor in the United States to make neuroscience proven working memory training available in the United States He is the co-author of two books on[…]

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Natural Ways To Clean Your Baby’s Nursery

Yes, you need to regularly clean your baby’s nursery. However, you don’t want to do more harm than good. Many conventional cleaning supplies have chemicals that are not safe to have around your baby. Try to look towards more natural alternatives to still clean effectively while feeling good about what you are using. To get you started, we suggest a couple of natural cleaning ingredients you can try that you should already have around the house: 1.) Vinegar This household staple is a must to have in your cleaning arsenal as it has proven to be a better disinfectant than even bleach. A mixture of water and vinegar is great to use on both furniture and surfaces in the nursery. Adding a bit of baking soda to this mixture is great for cleaning diaper pails. If you are going to use vinegar, be sure it is food grade. 2.) Lemon One of the best kept secrets for cleaning is right[…]

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Waterproof Mattresses – A Good Idea

One of the inevitable charms of infancy is that babies are messy. Whether it’s a diaper blowout or a spit-up debacle, you’re almost always cleaning something up. Diapers help tremendously, whether you choose cloth or disposable, but there’s always a risk of extra leaks at night while baby is sleeping. Since babies aren’t always convenient to keep clean, it’s a good idea to get a crib mattress that is. For some reason, many companies that make infant crib mattresses are moving away from making their mattresses waterproof. The market seems to be moving towards seeking a softer, quilted look and feel. The problem is that this look and feel, so nice for grown ups, invites problems when it soaks up urine, stool, and other messes. Once these contaminants get into the inside of a mattress, this invites mold, mildew, and bacteria to proliferate, which leads to potential health concerns (and a pretty yucky smell). Urine and stool should have no[…]

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Ask Naturepedic: Do Your Mattresses Have Weight Limits?

Sometimes people ask us about weight limits for our mattresses, especially parents who want to sit or lean on their child’s mattress for a bedtime story. Our products do have recommended weight limits, so keep reading to find out more! Crib Mattresses While our crib mattresses provide firm support for babies and toddlers, they do not support the weight of parents. In terms of baby weight limits for these models, our lightweight and innerspring models can typically withstand about 50 pounds. Also, be sure to note that while the crib mattresses do feature reinforced edges that will hold up when baby starts to stand or bounce slightly, they still will not withstand repeated high-impact jumping. Kids Mattresses Since we design our kids’ mattresses for every stage of your growing child’s life, we also design them to support different weight limits. Our twin mattresses have a 325 pound weight limit, our full mattresses 450 pounds, and our queens 550 pounds. When[…]

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