The estimates for the first year costs of raising your baby range from a few thousand to over ten thousand dollars. Of course, this amount depends on personal choices and tastes but no doubt about it babies need a lot of stuff!
If you’re lucky you have family or friends that help keep the cost from becoming too painful. Passing maternity and baby clothes around really helps. Shopping second hand stores and garage sales are a great way to spend the day and score big.
So, what about your baby’s crib mattress? Does it make sense to buy used? Mattresses are like books, you can’t judge them by their cover. It’s what’s inside that may prove harmful to your baby. If a mattress has been stored in a damp basement the outside may look great but mold could be growing on the inside. Or the mattress may have been exposed to urine or spit up. Without proper cleaning these unsanitary conditions promote the growth of surface bacteria. Definitely not a risk you want to take when it comes to the health of your baby.
Mattresses don’t have to break the bank. Saving a little each month, say $30, will give you enough of a nest egg to buy a quality organic mattress by the time your little one arrives. It’s much easier to find an affordable organic crib mattress today than just five years ago. This is an example of the laws of supply and demand at work. As more parents research the health dangers in conventional mattresses, organic becomes the clear choice.
There are other ways to fund your crib purchase too. Try a “crib baby shower” where everyone donates cash. And don’t forget the grandparents who want only what’s best for their grandchild. If you’re planning on more than one child, a latex mattress may be the best choice. Latex (pure with no synthetic materials added) can easily last ten years or more. Split the cost of one mattress over two babies and it gets down right cheap.
No matter what creative path you take to obtain a new organic crib mattress, you can rest easy knowing your baby is getting the healthiest possible start in life.
Written by Debbie, Owner of AbsolutelyOrganicBaby.com