The truth is, few organic crib mattresses contain 100% organic material. A mattress has to contain only 80% organic material for it to be classified as "organic".
What's the point of buying an organic crib mattress if it is blended with synthetic materials that could adversely affect the health of your baby.
Things To Consider When Buying A Crib Mattress:
- Does it have a plastic protective covering which emits chemical fumes?
- Is it made of synthetic materials instead of organic cotton and wool?
- Is it made of foam which off-gasses toxic chemical fumes?
- Has it been sprayed with fire-retardant chemicals?
- Is it tested to be 100% organic or is it just labeled "organic"?
- Does it have at least a 10 year warranty so it can used for future children?
What does an organic crib mattress mean? Instead of toxic oil, the elliptical springs of an organic crib mattress will be rubbed down with tung oil and beeswax to prevent rusting. The batting and filling used inside will be made up of organically grown cotton which means it is not sprayed with pesticides. It will also contain organically processed wool meaning it comes from sheep that are fed only organically grown feed. The wool is the most important part because it is naturally flame retardant and bacteria-resistant and exceeds the requirements set forth by the Consumer Product Safety Commission for fire resistance.
In an organic crib mattress the natural rubber comes from rubber trees. The latex rubber goes through a process which in turns becomes foam rubber. No synthetic materials or chemicals are used in the manufacturing process. The rubber core is then wrapped with the organic cotton and wool batting as with the innerspring mattress. The natural rubber is firm enough for the youngest infants yet is more comfortable to lay on and provides optimal structure support for toddlers through age six.
What an organic crib mattress is covered with is just as important as the filling and batting. Vinyl or plastic outer coverings which are used on standard crib mattresses have been shown to reduce air flow. Our organic crib mattress is covered with breathable and fume free quilted organic cotton. We highly recommend an organic puddle pad to protect the new mattress from spit-up and urine leaks.
We have described how an organic crib mattress is made. Traditional synthetic crib mattresses are made with just the opposite in mind. An innerspring mattress will have about 80 cheap coils that are rubbed with toxic oils. The batting and filling used in the manufacturing process resembles insulation used in homes and is filled with chemicals. It is sprayed with a toxic flame retardant material. If it is a latex foam crib mattress you will find a chemical filled hard synthetic foam core. Finally, plastic vinyl outer covering is added to keep the mattress from getting diaper leaks or spit up in the mattress. The vinyl covering is comprised also of chemicals that emit toxic fumes.