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WHY AN ORGANIC MATTRESS IS THE BEST CHOICE

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Most new parents think they have nine months to prepare for the arrival of their baby. In reality,  preparing for Baby starts the moment you become aware of your pregnancy, the moment you are transformed into a Mother.  Nurturer, protector, guardian from all harm, that’s the new you. Your days ahead will be spent reading and researching the latest information on prenatal vitamins, healthy foods, suitable exercises, anything and everything out there to keep your baby safe and healthy.

An essential first step is finding the best organic mattress for your newborn.  It’s normal for a newborn to spend up to 16 hours a day sleeping. You want to make certain her tiny little breaths aren’t contaminated with toxic off gasses. These off gasses can come from synthetic materials like foam and vinyl, present in virtually all mattresses except organic. Then there’s the off gassing from components you can’t see. Our government has mandated every mattress meet CPSC flammability standards.  While it’s great for all those people who fall asleep with cigarettes, this concoction of chemicals is made from known carcinogens and poses a risk to your baby’s health.

Educating yourself is the most important thing you can do to insure your baby’s wellbeing. It’s a harsh world out there.  Once your baby is born, it’s up to you to create a healthy environment which will shield her from harmful chemicals and hazardous products. That can be a daunting task.

When choosing an organic mattress make sure you understand what materials are used. Look for descriptions that explain the process of creating the mattress. Reputable brands are proud of their products and are more than happy to explain what makes them superior.

Written by Debbie, Owner of AbsolutelyOrganicBaby.com

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Top 10 Reasons to Buy an Organic Natural Latex Crib Mattress

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  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10.  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

Sources:

  1.  http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2012-12-28/news/ct-met-flames-test-mattress-20121228_1_tdcpp-heather-stapleton-chlorinated-tris
  2. http://www.atsdr.cdc.gov/substances/ToxOrganSystems.asp (cardiovascular & respiratory systems)
  3. https://www.osha.gov/SLTC/toluene/health_hazards.html

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