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Is Natural Latex Safe for My Baby

Natural Rubber TreeNatural rubber, (also called latex) comes from tapping the Hevea Brasiliensis or rubber tree. Latex is not the sap of the rubber tree as many people assume. It actually flows from latex ducts just under the bark. To get to the latex, a sharp knife is used to shave a very thin layer off of an intact section of bark. The tree heals and can be tapped again, up to 180 days a year. The latex then drips down and is collected into a cup. After collection, the latex is whipped with air to form a foam which is then poured into a mold. The foam is then heated to produce a foam rubber. No chemicals or toxins are used in the process of creating the rubber.

A latex mattress is naturally dust mite resistant, hypoallergenic, and anti-microbial. Bacteria, fungus, and dust cannot penetrate the latex core. A natural latex mattress is expected to last a lot longer than a coil mattress due to its ability to return to its original shape. The mattress conforms to the shape of the head and body, giving support while minimizing pressure on joints and back. Unlike synthetic foam mattresses, latex has a breathable quality which helps reduce the amount of body heat and moisture retained in the core of the mattress.

Natural rubber is produced from a renewable resource and is biodegradable making it a good choice for the planet and your baby!

When researching natural latex mattresses, be sure to verify it contains only natural rubber. Some manufacturers may use a combination of natural rubber and synthetic materials which are not healthy for your baby.