When I was pregnant with my first son 12 years ago, I read an article that suggested that SIDS might be linked to the chemicals put into crib mattresses to make them fire resistant. I had no idea if the article was true or not, and I still haven’t found conclusive proof, but I figured that even without proof of long-term damage to health, it probably wasn’t a good idea to have my baby inhaling toxic chemicals from his crib mattress every night. The idea was scary enough that I went on the hunt for an organic crib mattress.
Guess what? They didn’t exist then! You would think that might have made me back down in my quest: after all, if organic mattresses weren’t even a common thing, then obviously parents and physicians and scientists must not have been too worried about it.
But no, that just made me even more resolved, because it didn’t add up for me. We knew the chemicals existed in the mattresses, and we knew they were toxic, so how could they not be causing some harm? I didn’t have any luck tracking one down, and in the end, I had to get a futon shop to custom-make one. They actually made me sign a waiver because they’d never made one for a baby before, and didn’t want me to sue them. Crazy.
Anyway, obviously times have changed and organic and chemical-free are becoming more and more mainstream in everything from baby food to clothing. And sure enough, in recent years a lot of the chemicals that were widely used in baby mattresses have actually been banned by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and voluntarily removed. Go figure!
But conventional crib mattresses still contain other chemicals that it could take years for the authorities to ban. I figure it’s better to be safe than sorry. Your baby will be spending between 10 to 14 hours a DAY on this mattress, so it’s worth investing in one that you know isn’t emitting anything harmful.
Luckily, better options are now easily available, unlike when I was looking all those years ago. You can imagine my delight when I came across this fab company called Naturepedic.
It’s the leading brand in organic baby and children’s mattresses, and it was founded by a team of concerned parents, grandparents and scientists who knew the potential harm caused by chemicals. Now, their mattresses can be found in over 150 hospitals across the U.S., which I find interesting…obviously the health-care industry sees the benefit in non-toxic beds for children as well!
Parents, if you’re worried about chemicals in your own mattress, Naturepedic also offers options for grownups, and they have a whole line of organic sheets, mattress pads, changing pads and pillows.
We’re already being bombarded every day by chemicals in the air, in our food, our cleaning products…the list goes on and on. Buying organic not only means a healthier product for you, but also for the workers who manufacture it, and for the earth in general. I’m not saying you have to go nuts and remove every non-organic product from your house, not by a long shot. But making this one change and providing a safe and comfortable crib for your baby is a great start toward a healthier future!
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“Try and have your baby (any age from newborn through infancy) follow an EAT-PLAY-SLEEP routine, starting when they wake up in the morning. Offer your baby a feeding (either breast or bottle) right after they wake up. Then they will have some awake/play time, an appropriate amount for their age, and it will then be off to nap. Continue this routine for every sleep/wake cycle.
This routine is ideal for a couple of reasons. First, it can help break the association between eating and sleeping; this is especially important when you are trying to break the habit of feeding or nursing to sleep. Secondly, this routine can help parents distinguish between their child’s needs of hunger vs. sleep; once they have eaten and played and they start to fuss, it’s probably nap time!
One exception is bedtime – when it is a good idea to include a feed in the routine, being sure that they are not fed to sleep.”
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That’s about it for today!
To happy and healthy families,
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