Not only have you just met the love of your life, but you’re also sleep deprived and probably panicked about how you’ll do at your number one job: keeping your little chick safe, happy and healthy.
From chemicals under the sink, to rough edges on the coffee table, it can seem like everything in the world could cause her harm.
So, where do you start? What’s most important?
While you wouldn’t want your nursery to resemble a sterilized lab room, it is important to think about all the household contaminants that are an unfortunate fact of modern life.
Whether its food additives like High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS), Bisphenol A (BPAs) in plastics or parabens in lotions and soaps, scientist and doctors are just starting to connect the dots between environmental toxins and common maladies like asthma, developmental disorders, cancer and other nightmares.
We know! But here’s the good news…
There IS one quick fix that will help protect your tiny tot, as least while they sleep: forget conventional mattresses and go with one that is organic and pollutant-free.
What’s the problem with baby crib mattresses?
Every conventional crib mattress on the market is loaded with chemicals that will off-gas as your baby sleeps. Imagine, a noxious soup of carcinogens, endocrine disruptors and lung irritants delivered straight to your newborn’s developing lungs and brain for 10 to 14 hours a day!
What makes them so toxic?
These three are the main culprits:
Vinyl or PVC
Used for waterproofing, Vinyl (polyvinyl chloride or PVC) is one of the most harmful and environmentally unfriendly plastics in use today. Vinyl chloride is a combination of petroleum and chlorine, and is a known human carcinogen.
Most crib mattresses are filled with Polyurethane foam, which is made from petroleum and, depending on how it’s processed, may contain various chemical additives, including formaldehyde, benzene, toluene, and other unpronounceable things you’d never want your baby to breathe. It’s also highly flammable, which leads us to our next set of concerns.
Because most of the materials used in conventional mattresses are highly flammable (many are made from petroleum), the law dictates mandatory saturation with flame-retardants.
These additives (most often PBDE or TDCPP) are linked to immune suppression, hormone disruption, developmental delays, learning and memory problems, behavior changes, and cancer.
The healthy alternative?
Rest easy; your safe, organic, non-toxic mattress is out there and, lucky for you, we’ve done years of research as to which is the best, easiest and most affordable. Check out our website and other articles to learn more about your healthy options and soon enough your baby will be sleeping soundly.