As a mom, I understand that the safety of your child is very important. We are constantly looking out for their well-being and making sure that they are out of harm’s way. It can only take a few seconds for something bad to happen if we aren’t attentive.
Did you know that there is a silent and potentially deadly risk to a lot of these crib mattresses that are on the market? Even when we think that our child is safe once we put them to sleep, sometimes they aren’t. This is why it could be in your child’s best interest, and yours for that matter, to invest in the best organic crib mattress you can possibly afford.
Naturepedic Organic Cotton Crib Mattress
Newton Crib and Toddler Bed Mattress
Sealy Couture Cotton Crib Mattress
Lullaby Earth Support Crib Mattress
Sealy Soybean Foam
For those of you who aren’t familiar with organic, here is a little rundown for you. Organic materials are grown without the use of harmful chemicals and pesticides. Those who grow these organic ingredients keep their products clear of synthetic fertilizers, sludge from sewers, genetically modified organisms, or radiation that has been ionized.
The farmers who are responsible for the growth of these much safer alternatives use all renewable resources and conserve soil and water to help enhance the quality of the environment. This is part of the reason why organic products are so much more expensive. More work and better ingredients and materials go into the making of all natural and safe products.
Before any product can be deemed “organic”, the farm where the product is being made has to be inspected by a Government-approved inspector who will do the certification. All of the rules must be followed in order to meet the USDA organic standards. Also, the companies that handle or process all of these foods and materials must also be certified.
Traditional crib mattresses contain synthetic fabrics, toxic foams, petroleum based chemicals, and are treated with toxic fire retardants. The chemicals that can be found in these beds can create off-gassing, which is very popular in memory foam mattresses, which can expose your baby, and potentially your family, to dangerous chemical levels while everyone is soundly sleeping.
It can be hard to know how much gas can be building up inside of these and emitting while your baby is sleeping, which is why it is important to consider organic mattresses. If you think about it, polyurethane is made for insulation, car parts,and adhesives. Would you want your baby to sleep on a mattress made from the same materials as the inside of your walls and the plastic that makes your car parts?
When babies breathe in these plasticizers and get them on their skin, they are at a higher risk for reproductive harm, asthma, cancer, kidney and liver damage, and early onset of puberty. These plasticizers make up a whopping 30-40% of the vinyl surface.
It is understandable that organic can be more expensive than non organic and there really is no solution to this dilemma except to get as close to “all natural” as your budget will allow.
I know that this may not be what you want to hear, but the truth is, the crib mattress itself cannot be labeled as organic, just the fibers that are used inside. The outer layer of these mattresses are usually made from vinyl or some other flame retardant. Legally, they have to be flame resistant, unless you have a prescription for a non-flame retardant mattress.
The Global Organic Textiles Standards require that all the fibers and fabrics that are used within the mattresses must be made with from certified materials based on the National Organic Program. If the mattress has materials such as fire protection or innersprings, they must also meet stringent non toxic standards.
So, in a sense, the mattress itself isn’t completely organic, but the inside is and the outside is labeled as non-toxic. Still, if you have a waterproof type, it isn’t going to completely organic, but may have a different type of cover that is less toxic than standard polyurethane or vinyl. You can opt for a mattress that is not waterproof and may have a completely organic cover.
Now that you know a little about what organic truly is and how it is given the name, legally, let’s talk a little bit about the materials that are inside of the mattresses more in depth.
Organic cotton is the most used and highest rated filling material for crib mattresses because it is natural, firm, breathable, and non-toxic. Since it is made without harmful chemicals and replaces traditional fillings such as polyurethane foam, it will not burst into flames or release toxic fumes if ignited.
Cotton is also naturally comfortable and soft and is used in everything from personal care items such as cotton balls and make-up removal pads to towels and diapers.
Fun fact - the value of organic cotton in 2010 was $5.16 billion dollars. Imagine what it could be today!
Organic wool is another popular mattress filling since it is naturally fire resistant and dust mites hate it. Wool is made from the fleece of sheep and anything used to feed the sheep must be certified organic from the last third of gestation and beyond.
There are no synthetic hormones and genetic engineering is prohibited-as well as synthetic pesticides. Also, the sheep cannot have pesticides used on them to rid themselves of parasites. Farmers must use clean pasture management and a healthy diet in order to keep their immune system running at a higher level than normal to keep the pey critters off of the sheep.
The benefits of organic wool outrank most of the other materials because it is chemical free, is a natural insulator and temperature regulator, it’s durable, naturally flame resistant, alleviates pressure, us renewable and sustainable, and is usually hypo-allergenic.
Latex is a natural rubber that is used for the filling of these mattresses. It may be frustrating to try and find an organic bed that is also made from latex because even the natural latex can have questionable chemicals that have been added into the equation.
Also, latex is not exactly known for its hypoallergenic properties, it is actually quite allergenic and could lead to anaphylactic shock if your baby has an allergy to latex, unbeknownst to you.
It is vital that crib mattresses are waterproof because there are going to be leaky diapers, spilled bottles and sippy cups, throw up, drool and so much more that could harm the mattress top. This wetness can also lead to mildew, mold, bacteria, and fungi, which is also a health hazard.
It is very important to not allow any kind of moisture to get into the mattress, which is why a non-toxic plastic covering is essential. Remember that you can’t do an organic vs non organic comparison when it comes to waterproof tops because they cannot be certified organic, although they are non-toxic based on high standards.
Yes, some plastics that are used on crib mattresses are extremely toxic, such as vinyl, but not all of them are the same. Organic filling plus non-toxic covers are probably the best you could get when it comes to being as close to organic as possible.
Be advised that not all of these mattresses will be 100% organic. If they aren’t, they will be as close as possible since as stated above, a crib mattress isn’t completely 100% organic.
This mattress offers your baby a natural, safe, comfortable, and healthy sleeping environment with its 100% organic cotton filling. Personally, I like the fact that it is made with organic cotton because I know how dangerous it can be after being sprayed with pesticides. I would feel much more comfortable knowing my baby was sleeping on something that is pesticide free.
Naturepedic is a GOTS certified manufacturer or organic mattresses and complies with even the strictest GREENGUARD certification standards. With chemical emissions eliminated, this makes for an ideal sleeping surface for your baby.
The surface of this crib bed is waterproof and can be easily wiped clean of accidents, spills and moisture. The polyethylene surface is so pure that it meets all food contact standards. It also has 2-stage dual firmness that has a firm infant side to help protect against SIDS and a softer toddler side for when they are ready to transition.
The Newton Crib and Toddler bed mattress had been designed with your baby and child’s safety and health in mind. The mattress is made with an innovative design that allows air to freely flow for ideal breathability and also regulates temperature. The fact that it is breathable is nice because I have had incidents where my baby woke up soaked in sweat because of an older mattress that didn’t breathe well.
It is also constructed with a washable material that helps to prevent the growth of mold and bacteria. You can rinse off anything that comes in contact with the surface of the bed, preventing any harmful growths inside and outside of it. It also contains absolutely no springs, foam, glue, latex, or allergens and is 100 percent recyclable.
The inside of the mattress is made of 90% air and 10% food grade polymer. All of that is wrapped in a three-dimensional and breathable fabric that unzips for easy washing and is also comfortable for your baby. Since most of the mattress is made from air, your baby can breathe right through it, thus, reducing the risk for SIDS.
I am sure you are all familiar with the Sealy brand, which is why this could be an ideal choice for you if you are fond of them. Their 2 stage infant-toddler crib mattress is made with 100% organic cotton and is also made in the US.This mattress is enhanced with eco0-friendly Crypton Clean Sleep which helps to keep the organic cotton cover feeling more natural and protected from moisture.
The infant side of the mattress has a firm layer and an anti-sag interior steel system. This helps to evenly distribute weight across the whole surface. The fact that it does not sag would keep my mind at ease knowing that their risk of SIDS is greatly decreased. The toddler side is more plush and offers layers of organic cotton cushioning for a more comfortable sleeping surface.
The tear-resistant and waterproof lock-stitched binding will not absorb moisture and odors and the six everedge pylons will give optimal firmness at the four corners and sides. This is only used on Sealy mattresses. The entire mattress is also GREENGUARD GOLD certified, which means that it has met organic standards in the US.
The Lullaby Earth crib mattress is made with a 100% recyclable design and is made from food-grade PE and polyester batting. It also meets all GREENGUARD certification standards, which is a feature that I really like with these crib mattresses. It helps to reassure me that it is made with safe materials.
The mattress does not contain any harmful chemicals or allergens so you know that your baby is sleeping on a safe and natural mattress, reducing the SIDS risk. It is also waterproof which helps to protect it from mold, bacteria, fungi, and other nasty allergens, even on the edges where most aren’t water tight.
If you are worried about the weight of such a versatile mattress, don’t be. This lightweight bed only comes in at a light 7 pounds, making sheet changing and bed removal a breeze. It is also firm so your baby isn’t sinking into it.
Another product from Sealy is their soybean foam-core crib mattress. Their mattresses are tested for firmness, chemical content, air quality, and durability. This particular one passes all ASTM crib mattress standards and is also GREENGUARD GOLD certified.
This crib mattress has a firm, yet comfortable, soybean core that gives your baby a comfortable and safe sleeping surface. The CertiPUR-US Certified high-density foams helps to contribute to the firmness and also offers lasting durability. There is also a cotton wrap that encircles the mattress for added comfort.
The pearl embossed cover on this mattress is waterproof and wipes clean in a breeze with mild soap and water. Since the binding is waterproof as well, there will be no liquids or moisture seeping through it. An easy clean surface is important in my opinion because there are going to be times when you need to take care of baby first rather than what they did on the mattress and it may sit there for a bit.
After comparing all of the products, I have come to the conclusion that the Newton Crib Mattress and Toddler Bed Mattress-Non-Toxic would probably be the ideal choice here. The others may have everything that you would be looking for, but this one can be completely washed and is made mostly of air.
There are absolutely no harmful chemicals or products used in this mattress and it is recyclable. Yes, it may be a little more expensive than the other ones, but it seems to have the better quality materials and more features that can benefit your baby.