Why organic crib mattresses? As an expecting parent with an overload of things to get ready before the baby comes, it can be confusing and overwhelming. Here are the main reason’s a parent should strongly consider Organic Crib Mattresses for their newborn.
- Flame Retardant Chemicals – These primarily include Phosphate, Brominated, and sometimes Chlorinated or Antimony Flame Retardants. When a chemical gets undue attention, and certainly if it gets banned, manufacturers tend to turn to other flame retardant chemicals. But these substitutions are frequently known as “regrettable substitutions” because the new versions generally prove to be no better than the previous versions. Various flame retardant chemicals have been associated with toxicity, mutagenicity, carcinogenicity, developmental issues, endocrine disruption, and reproductive issue, etc.
- Perfluorinated Compounds (PFCs) – PFCs are used as water-repellants and stain-repellants, and are frequently used to make the surface fabric of a crib mattress water-repellant. In addition to being carcinogenic, one fairly recent study associated perfluorinated compounds with Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disabilities [Philip J. Landrigan, Children’s Environmental Health Center, Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York, New York & Luca Lambertini, National Institutes of Health; published in Environmental Health Perspectives, Volume 120, Number 7, July 2012.]
- Phthalates – Phthalates are used to soften vinyl, and are linked to cancer and developmental issues. Six phthalate chemicals were banned by Congress several years ago (as part of the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008) and a seventh has been added to California Prop 65. Meanwhile, there are at least an additional seven or eight new phthalate versions now on the market, as well as other phthalate substitutes, which are technically legal (i.e. not banned) and are being used. No one knows the effects of these substitute chemicals, and whether they will ultimately be shown to have better or worse or substantially the same health concerns.
Why an organic crib matteress, because iIt is estimated that there are 84,000 chemicals in the market place today, most of which have not been tested for their toxicity level. Tissue and blood samples show that the chemicals in mattresses have shown up on the blood and tissue sample results of infants. The mattress off gasses and baby breathes these gasses into their lungs which leads to a multitude of illnesses or health issues. Where are the flame retardants found? They can be found in the surface fabric of a crib mattress, and/or in a flame barrier directly beneath the surface fabric, and/or in the foam inside the mattress. Most synthetic fabrics on the market are flame-resistant because flame-retardant chemicals have been added into the fibers when the synthetic fibers were made. In the case of natural fabrics, being that the fibers themselves are natural and not synthetically created, the flame-retardant chemicals are generally added at any of several later stages of the fabric processing.
Many parents think that bed sheets will keep the child from inhaling the chemicals. However most sheets have chemicals as well, and the sheets do not keep the off gasses from being inhaled by your infant. This is why an organic baby crib mattress is so important. Infants spend up to 14 hrs a day sleeping.
Our organic mattresses are non-toxic and fire retardant is chemical free, other natural substances are used such as common baking soda and does not off gas.
Before you buy a mainstream crib mattress, please do some research on the issues regarding the chemicals in baby mattresses. Check out our full line of Organic Crib Mattresses at www.mypumpkindoodle.com