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Benefits Of An Organic Mattress

Beautiful Sleeping BabyAs more and more articles appear about toxic chemicals in our environment and the serious illnesses they cause, the more concerned we become for the safety of our children.

The development of the respiratory system starts in the womb and continues into adolescence. Exposure to chemical irritants in prenatal and/or postnatal development may leave a child vulnerable to lifelong respiratory problems. Research continues to show that exposure to these chemical irritants can affect learning and developmental abilities as well as the proper growth and development of the reproductive and immune systems.

 We are fiercely protective of our children and instinctively place their wellbeing above all else. Choosing a safe mattress is perhaps the single most important choice you can make as a new parent. Babies will spend the greater part of their young lives sleeping on a mattress. Sadly, the majority of mattresses on the market contain chemicals of concern known to cause illness. What should you be cautious of?

Vinyl is widely used as a waterproof covering. Antimony, a toxic heavy metal, is embedded in vinyl. As it leaches into the air, exposure can lead to eye, heart, and lung problems.

Many mattresses are made from polyurethane foam. Two commonly used chemicals are isocyanates and toluene. According to OSHA “Isocyanates include compounds classified as potential human carcinogens and known to cause cancer in animals”. Toluene can cause irritated eyes, nose, and throat; dry or cracked skin; headache, dizziness, feeling of being drunk, confusion and anxiety. These are the symptoms found in adults who work with products containing toluene. Imagine the affect it would have on your developing infant.

To meet the federal flammability standards set for mattresses, chemicals are frequently used as fire retardants. Synthetic chemicals with bromine or chlorine are linked to many severe, lifelong health problems. Be wary of antibacterial formulas. They sound like a value added feature but in truth are made from a mixture of chemicals.

 The demand for organic mattresses has been increasing as these potential dangers become mainstream knowledge. Some manufacturers have stepped up to produce a truly organic mattress free from harmful chemicals. Others have seen the potential for profits by “greenwashing”; a technique to deceive the consumer into thinking a product is organic or healthy. An example would be wrapping an organic cover over a chemical laden mattress and calling it organic. When choosing your mattress, look for manufacturers who are transparent about the materials and chemicals they use.

You will pay more for an organic mattress because it is a superior product. Everyone in the supply chain, from farmer to manufacturer to reseller has taken steps to ensure the product is safe for your baby. The benefits far outweigh the cost. Organic is better for the planet, better for your baby, and you get the added benefit of knowing you are giving your baby the healthiest sleep environment possible.