If you’ve been reading for awhile, you know that Benjamin and I are committed to reducing, as much as possible, the amount of fake ingredients and unnecessary chemicals to which we are exposed (remember this post?). I make the vast majority of our food from scratch, including bread. We eat mostly whole foods and spend money on quality ingredients. We support companies (like UppaBaby, who makes our stroller) who are committed to global sustainability and create “green” products in hopes that they will someday outnumber the big box stores that are wasting resources and using dangerous materials in everyday products.
Don’t get me wrong… we still love our Doritos and Gap clothing and non-hybrid car. But we try. And it’s all about balance.
Anyway, in searching for a crib, I was conscious of the fact that many well-known brands have some very dangerous characteristics (formaldehyde and VOC’s in finishes of engineered wood products, lead or other toxins in paint that children can ingest, drop sides that have caused serious injury and even death to babies, etc.). I was really, really excited to find a solid wood, non-toxic crib for a fantastic price at Walmart (of all places).
I thought the hard part was over. But then we had to find a crib mattress to go inside the crib.
Do you let your baby girl smoke cigarettes in her crib? Do you allow your son to light up in his stroller, after a tough morning at daycare? Do you nurse your child while puffing on a Marlboro Light?
If not, you may be interested in what’s happening in a few top research labs around the world, where scientists have found evidence suggesting that chemicals designed to prevent fires are getting into your children’s blood and rewiring their brains, leading to attention deficit disorder, hyperactivity, hearing problems, slow mental development and, possibly, cancer. They’re not great for adults either — men with high blood levels of flame retardants had a decreased sperm count, and women took longer to conceive — but because children’s nervous systems are still developing, they are even more vulnerable.
– Kaplan, author of “The Poison Crib”
That is an excerpt from a very scary, but very important, article that highlights some of the dangers of flame retardants in crib mattresses. While “fireproof” sounds like a good thing, the chemicals used to make things like mattresses that way are shockingly harmful… and we (consumers) don’t even know when they are being used! One company, Savvy Rest, is working hard to spread the word about this issue and offer a solution. They use only nontoxic, natural materials to make natural latex, organic cotton, and organic wool mattresses. No off-gassing chemicals, no pesticide residues, and no flame retardants. So when Savvy Rest offered to send me an organic crib mattress to review, I was overjoyed! Check out the Savvy Rest website to see why their organic crib mattresses are so great.
The people I worked with at Savvy Rest were incredibly helpful and shipping was superfast. And although I haven’t slept on it myself (it’s a bit too small for a pregnant lady!), I highly recommend the Savvy Baby if you’re on the market for a crib mattress without all the harmful chemicals. They also offer organic mattresses for adult beds 🙂