How to Buy an Organic Crib Mattress

When looking for the best products to use with your baby, keep in mind that infants spend a majority of their days sleeping. Consider an organic crib mattress. Organic crib mattresses reduce a baby's exposure to chemical fumes and residues released from foams, plastics and harmful gases emitted from traditional crib mattresses. Knowing facts about organic baby crib mattresses will help you make an informed decision when making your mattress purchase.


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    Read the description on the packaging to ensure the mattress is authentically organic. Some mattress packaging can make a mattress sound like it is made from natural materials, when in reality, those materials are still chemically treated. Other times, the natural materials are present in the mattress along with other toxic, synthetic or chemically-laden materials. An example of this is bamboo, which sounds natural, but in order to make it into a covering material it needs to be chemically processed. Inspect the details on the packaging, read the small print and product information thoroughly or ask the manufacturer about the details of the materials. Just because an organic crib mattress contains some organic material does not mean it is made completely of organic material. Only the fibrous materials in a mattress need be organic in order for the mattress to be considered organic.
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    Look beyond the label to see what the mattress is really made of. Regular crib mattresses are sometimes made of harmful plastics and chemicals, typically foam and PVC. An organic mattress will most likely be made of cotton, latex or wool.
    • Parents may choose to select an organic mattress that does not contain wool or latex, known baby allergens. If you choose wool, look for organic wool not been treated with chemicals. The sheep the wool comes from were fed a natural diet and were not treated with pesticides. Wool is a good filler for organic crib mattresses because it is naturally fire retardant. To be sure, ask the manufacturer if the wool is pure or if it has been treated with chemicals.
    • See if the organic crib mattress is stuffed with cotton material. Sometimes these mattresses will be covered with cotton fabric, while other times they will be covered with vinyl covering. Since the vinyl emits chemical gases, you may prefer a naturally-covered mattress. Completely cotton mattresses may contain chemical fire retardants, as required by law. However, the organic cotton is sure to have been grown without pesticides and chemical growth enhancers.
    • While you may want to avoid latex due to allergy concerns, if you do select latex make sure the latex in the mattress is natural rubber latex and not synthetic latex. If you are unsure of the difference, note that natural latex comes from serum harvested from the rubber tree. Turning this serum into latex is a lengthy and costly process; therefore, the price of the mattress will be significant.
    • Consider a non-toxic mattress covering. While wool or cotton outer coverings may be tempting to purchase from an organic or natural standpoint, and while they do not contain chemicals like the vinyl coverings do, a non-toxic, waterproof covering is superior at warding off disease. Such a covering makes it easier to clean away dirt and bacteria. Look for a cover made from food grade polyethylene, which is non-toxic and protects the mattress from mold and dust mites.
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    Check to see if the mattress is certified organic. A certified organic crib mattress guarantees the genuineness of the entire product, not just the fiber materials.
    • The Global Organic Textile Standards or GOTS evaluate products like crib mattresses to make sure the fibers are organic and everything else used to make the product is non-toxic.
    • Look for Greenguard certified mattresses. Greenguard is a separate certification organization that evaluates products on the level of emissions they put off.

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