Tag - crib mattress

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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?
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How To Tell If Your Organic Crib Mattress Is Truly All Organic
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Ask Naturepedic: Do Your Mattresses Fit Every Crib?
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Keeping Your Baby Safe From Suffocation During Sleep
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How To Pick The Best Organic Crib Mattress For Your Baby
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Organic vs. All Natural vs. Non-Toxic: What These Mattress Terms Really Mean
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Organic vs. Conventional Baby Mattresses: What’s the Difference?

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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How To Tell If Your Organic Crib Mattress Is Truly All Organic

When you’re shopping for a high quality organic crib mattress, you have an idea of what you’re looking for. You want something made without harmful chemicals that has firm support and natural materials like organic cotton. But it’s possible to find a crib mattress made with a few organic components that seems organic on the surface and isn’t truly as safe as you’d hope. How can you tell if your crib mattress is truly all organic so you and your baby can rest easy? 1. Look for the Right Certifications: The number one thing to look for is an organic certification. The Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) certifies that a mattress is completely certified organic and non-toxic to a strict standard. However, sometimes mattresses may have a GOTS logo that only applies to one component of the mattress, so read closely to make sure the entire mattress is certified. Read More: Understanding the Global Organic Textile Standard “Organic Mattress” Certification[…]

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Ask Naturepedic: Do Your Mattresses Fit Every Crib?

We get a handful of questions related to the size and fit of our crib mattresses in various cribs, so let’s put those questions to bed! Crib Mattress Size There are safety standards that dictate a minimum and maximum size for cribs and crib mattresses, and Naturepedic crib mattresses are designed with these standards – and your child’s safety – in mind. Our mattresses measure approximately 27 ¼ x 51 ⅝ x 6 inches, which is the size for standard cribs. Some cribs are slightly bigger or slightly smaller than our mattresses, while still being within industry guidelines. This means that your Naturepedic crib mattress may not fit perfectly in your crib, so it’s always best to test the size of our mattress with your chosen crib. Avoiding Mattress Gaps It is very important that you avoid gaps between the side of the crib and your mattress. A gap larger than two fingers wide becomes an entrapment risk for your[…]

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Keeping Your Baby Safe From Suffocation During Sleep

By Debra Lynn Dadd According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, approximately 3500 infants die every year in the United States from sleep related infant deaths like accidental suffocation and strangulation in bed. Since October is Safe Sleep month, here are some simple things you can do that are known to reduce the risk of suffocation, which may also help other sleep-related deaths. And, as well, here are some facts regarding “breathable mattress” myths. Breathable Mattresses Aren’t the Solution To Avoid Suffocation In recent years, “breathable” crib mattresses have come into the marketplace, in an attempt to address the perceived risk of suffocation when the baby is lying face down. When a baby sleeps on a crib mattress that is firm and flat, it’s impossible for the baby to go head down into the mattress and suffocate. There is certainly nothing wrong with providing extra air around a baby, but “non-breathable” mattresses (i.e. typical mattresses with firm surfaces) are not[…]

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How To Pick The Best Organic Crib Mattress For Your Baby

When you’re ready to start registering for a new crib mattress and other nursery essentials for your new little one, the choice is overwhelming! There are so many mattresses, pads, and accessories to consider. Many parents-to-be want to choose an organic or non-toxic crib mattress to promote a healthier nursery environment for their baby and give them a safer start from day one. But do you know how to choose the best organic crib mattress for baby? When shopping for organic crib mattresses, the important features to look for include support, surface fabric, allergy considerations, breathability, and avoidance of harmful chemicals. Find out how Naturepedic’s design does it right. 1. Crib Mattress Support The most important feature of your crib mattress is firm, flat support. Babies need a firm mattress – firm enough to stay flat underneath baby’s weight. The Consumer Product Safety Commission’s Crib Safety Tips recommend a firm, tight-fitting mattress without any pillows, comforters, or other soft items[…]

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Organic vs. All Natural vs. Non-Toxic: What These Mattress Terms Really Mean

When it comes to purchasing a mattress, there are a lot of “buzz words” out there that can make it confusing. You might see “natural mattresses,” “non-toxic mattresses,” and “organic mattresses” – what’s the difference between these types of products? It turns out, there is quite a big difference, and we want you to make an informed and educated choice when buying for your family. This blog will explain the difference between natural, non-toxic, eco-friendly and organic mattresses so that you can shop with confidence and find a truly healthier option. Natural Mattresses What’s a “natural mattress” anyway? Unfortunately, this term doesn’t mean much. It could be everything you’re looking for – made with all-natural materials like cotton, wool, latex, etc. Or it could be a marketing gimmick calling out “natural” additives into otherwise chemical-laden products. It’s tough to know what you’re getting when the label doesn’t call out what specifically is natural about the mattress. The truth is, the[…]

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Organic vs. Conventional Baby Mattresses: What’s the Difference?

With so many baby crib mattresses on the market, it can be hard to keep them straight and understand the benefits and differences of each one. We’re here to explain the main differences between an organic crib mattress and its conventional counterparts. Crib Mattress Support Firstly, you should understand the different types of support designs in crib mattresses. Any crib mattress you use should have a firm, flat surface as recommended by the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CSPC) for baby’s safety. 1. Innerspring: A traditional innerspring crib mattress is made with metal springs or coils to provide support. These mattresses are very durable but have more weight to them, often weighing over 20 pounds. 2. Lightweight: Lightweight crib mattress supports are usually made from materials like latex, coir (coconut husk with latex), polyurethane foam, or polyethylene. Since latex is an allergenic material, we don’t recommend using latex-containing baby products. Polyurethane foam contains flame retardant chemicals that may introduce health and[…]

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