Essential Questions to Ask When Choosing an Organic Crib Mattress

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Essential Questions to Ask When Choosing an Organic Crib Mattress

Are you looking for the healthiest options for your little one? There is no better time to start making choices that will give them the best chance to thrive. I’m sure you know that choosing the right crib mattress is a big decision. Think of how much time your baby will spend snuggling up asleep. Searching for an organic crib mattress is a good start, but there are so many choices. How do you decide? What do you look for?


First, decide on your budget. Not just for the mattress, but for your whole nursery package. This will enable you to assess where you want to spend more, and where you can cut costs. We advise making the healthiest choice with every decision, but some luxury items are no better or worse than a less expensive version that will serve the same purpose. To achieve your goals of making the healthiest, safest nursery that you can, it is sometimes necessary to save on impulse luxury items so that you can budget for the important ones.


An organic crib mattress is definitely worth saving for.


Here are some questions to ask:


-Does it contain any chemicals that will off-gas into the air surrounding my baby?


-Is it resistant to allergens and dust mites?


-Has it been treated with flame retardant chemicals?


-Will it provide proper comfort and support?


Contrary to popular belief, natural materials are almost always the most sanitary and  healthy options available. And within the realm of ‘natural’ there is a wide range of interpretation. Do your research to make sure that are armed to make the best choice you can. Organic certification is a good start. It will mean that the fibers woven into the mattress will not have been treated with pesticides that linger on the fabric.


There are a few options for the mattress core. Most popular are a latex foam rubber, or an innerspring core. Both are good, if made well. An innerspring core is more common and generally cheaper. A natural latex rubber core is more comfortable and durable, but there are more questions to ask. Most latex foams will be made of petroleum synthetics, or at least contain some synthetic foam. If you decide you want latex, make sure to look for pure rubber: Foam made from natural milk from the rubber tree. A good foam will contain upwards of 97% pure rubber milk. The foam is a major place where offgassing chemicals are found. Ask the hard questions.


An organic cotton cover is another important feature to look for. This will ensure that it is not made from polyesters or nylons, which are best avoided. But also that it will not have any pesticides.


Under a natural cover, a good organic crib mattress will have a layer of wool. This not only improves comfort, through temperature and moisture regulation, but will also resist mites and allergens, and, perhaps most importantly, will act as a natural flame retardant. That’s right. Wool doesn’t burn. Your organic crib mattress will pass all of the necessary safety requirements without the need for chemical treatments. And these chemical treatments are made of known affect many of your baby’s developing systems.


Sound scary? It can be. But you can make good choices. They are available. And with a little research, easy to find. Your organic crib mattress is an important choice to focus on. As you prepare your nursery, you will find yourself asking these same questions about many of the items you are shopping for. Asking the right questions will give you the information you need to make the best decision you can. And your baby will thank you.