As we start out in life, we usually get a wonderful crib mattress that has been handed down or purchased at the local large chain children's store or department store. Many of their mattresses are manufactured with plastics and petroleum foams. What many parents don't know is that on the surfaces of some of these crib mattresses are toxic endocrine-disrupting chemicals that are in close proximity to an infant's breathing zone and sometimes in direct contact with its skin.
Researchers have identified the volatile organic chemicals (VOCs) that most sleeping babies are inhaling. University of Texas environmental engineers tested 20 different crib mattresses from 10 manufacturers, and identified more than 30 off-gassing VOCs. Among them were phenol (corrosive to the eyes, skin, and respiratory tract), neodecanoic acid (a paint drier and cement additive), and lenalool (a synthetic fragrance and insecticide). The most abundant was limonene, a chemical solvent used to strip paint, dissolve grease, and make cleaning products smell “lemony.” You can see the full article from Savvy Rest below.
Needless to say there is a bit of research needed by parents and grandparents to know what they are investing in. Many babies spend 12 hours a day in their cribs. So this is not a topic to be overlooked or ignored.
The Safe Alternative ...
Resthouse Sleep Solutions carries the Savvy Baby crib mattress -- pure, safe, and supportive for growing infants. It is made of a single, solid 5” layer of firm natural Dunlop latex, in the Savvy Rest organic casing. It is quilted on the top and bottom and is classified as firm.
The Savvy Baby will not expose your baby to toxic flame retardants, off-gassing foams or pesticides. Babies are vulnerable to health risks, including developmental disorders, from conventional mattress materials.
Resthouse Sleep Solutions
126 Station Street, Duncan, BC, Canada V9L 1M7