If you are like most parents, especially parents to be you are likely to be very interested in selecting items in anticipation for the arrival of your new child that are not harmful in any way to your child and as well as that not damaging to the environment in the manufacturing process. This is definitely true when it comes to the selection of what crib mattress to buy for your childs crib. As a result it is quite likely that you are interested in what might be the best organic crib mattress to purchase, and if not looking for a direct confirmation that one product is better above all others then at least an idea as to what are the important factors to be considering when looking at the wide range of organic crib mattresses that are available on the market today.
Is this Organic Crib Mattress really organic?
You do need to be careful when examining crib mattresses that claim to be organic. First and perhaps most obviously you should make sure that the materials used in the manufacture of the mattress are organic in origin. Be careful that you do not confuse the word natural with organic. Natural has a wide range of meanings and can be used as sales patter to sidestep the central issue.
The second and probably most important aspect that you need to consider is whether the materials used in the product are naturally fire retardant or have been treated with harsh chemicals. On July 1, 2007 the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) issued a regulation requiring that all new mattresses had to be treated with flame retardant chemicals, this regulation included crib mattresses. The problem is that these chemicals can create a pungent smell with new mattresses, and there is always concern, especially from parents that the fumes are somehow toxic to their new born babies. To give you an idea of some of the chemicals used they include PentaBDE, brominate, chlorinate, antimony, PAN (polyacrylonitrile), modacrylic, dimethyl sulfate, crystaline silica and the poisonous pesticide boric acid. Quite a list!
Fortunately it is possible for manufacturers to meet the flammability standard without resorting to using these chemicals. Some organic materials are naturally flame retardant and if used in the right measure can result in the crib mattress meeting the necessary standards. Such materials would include wool, rubber or latex, cotton, even baking soda and hydrated silica. In your search for an organic crib mattress you should therefore check carefully to make sure that the claims to be organic are matched by the evidence.
Factors to consider when selecting your Organic Crib Mattress
Perhaps surprisingly the main thing to consider is the amount of time that you think that you will be using the mattress for your baby. These days, the configurations of cribs and beds and the variety of cross-over products is significant, with the result that many crib mattresses can be used for several years, as the crib becomes a bed for your growing child. This decision will dictate the sort of organic crib mattress that you should be focusing on.
For instance if you intend the crib mattress to be used for your baby only while the baby is in the crib then you really need to be thinking about a firm, innerspring crib mattress that does not compress more than 1/2 inch when your baby is laid down upon it. The reason for the innerspring choice is that these mattresses tend to be cheaper than the foam crib mattresses, but the firmness of mattress for a new born baby is important as it makes sure their body posture is good when in contact with the mattress, and has been shown to be a positive factor in the prevention of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS).
For those parents who intend to extend the use of the crib mattress beyond the first two years, then perhaps a natural rubber crib mattress, or latex foam crib mattress would be better as the mattress will be required to provide good support to the child as it grows older, taller and heavier.