- Healthy Sleep Environment
The number one reason for buying an organic natural latex crib mattress is to provide your child with a healthy sleep environment.
- Reduces the Risk of SIDS
A latex mattress is firm. Both the Consumer Product Safety Commission and the American Academy of Pediatrics recommend a firm mattress to guard against SIDS.
- Free From Fire Retardant Chemicals
In 2007 the US Consumer Product Safety Commission passed a mandatory flammability standard for mattresses. Studies have shown the chemicals used to meet these standards are harmful to humans and especially toxic to young children. One chemical known as chlorinated tris, was banned from children’s pajamas because of cancer causing concerns. Now it is showing up in children and adult mattresses to meet the flammability standard.1 A natural latex mattress is free of any fire retardant chemicals.
- No Harmful Off-Gassing
The majority of crib mattresses are wrapped in vinyl as a means of waterproofing. Vinyl contains antimony, a heavy metal. Antimony leaches into the air surrounding your baby’s mattress. According to OSHA, exposure to antimony can lead to eye, heart and lung problems.2 Polyurethane foam contains toluene.3 Another chemical compound classified by OSHA as a potential human carcinogen.
- Hypoallergenic, Anti-microbial and Breathable
The natural properties of a latex mattress make it dust mite resistant, hypoallergenic and anti-microbial. Bacteria, fungus, and dust cannot penetrate the latex core. Natural latex has a breathable quality reducing the amount of body heat and moisture retained in the core. You won’t find these properties in a synthetic foam mattress.
- Uniform Support
A latex mattress will form to the contours of your baby’s body. This gives even support and reduces pressure points. Your baby will sleep comfortable all night long.
- Sustainable Resource
The Rubber Tree (Hevea Brasiliensis) has latex ducts just under the surface of its bark. The tree is tapped and the latex is collected. Think maple syrup. The tree is not harmed and can be tapped approximately 180 days a year. The Rubber tree can live up to 100 years.
- Lasts Longer
While a latex mattress provides comfort by conforming to the contours of your baby’s body, it will not leave a lasting impression. Natural latex is very resilient; it will last longer than a coil mattress due to its ability to hold its shape.
- Better for the Planet
An organic latex mattress is wrapped in either organic cotton or organic wool. Organically grown cotton keeps harmful pesticides and chemical fertilizers from entering our water table. It is healthier for the workers and supplies a healthier product for your baby. Organic wool is raised without the gross misuse of antibiotics. Maintaining the correct ratio of animals to pasture size keeps sheep naturally healthy.
- Support American Made
It’s true; we have no rubber trees in America. The latex is imported. But if you do your research, you can find companies who complete the mattress making process in America using American made products. Buying products made in America should make you feel proud knowing you are helping to secures jobs and stimulate the surrounding economy.
Written by Debbie, Owner of AbsolutelyOrganicBaby.com
- http://www.atsdr.cdc.gov/substances/ToxOrganSystems.asp (cardiovascular & respiratory systems)