Your baby will be lying on a mattress anywhere from 12-16 hours per day (hopefully sleeping!) One of the many reasons newborns sleep so many hours in the early months is that their lungs are still developing and continue to do so into infancy. Its so easy to get caught up in the cost of a mattress as a big investment – that’s because it is. Our breath is fundamental to life. Investing in a quality, organic cotton or natural wool mattress is one of the best investments for your child as they start life.
When new parents expecting a baby research a mattress, terms like the following can sometimes sound impressive and safe. “allergy safe synthetic fabric” “dust mite free” “fire retardants”. The truth in my view, is that these chemicals can create toxic off-gassing that can expose your family to dangerous levels of chemicals while they sleep.
Petroleum based chemicals are found in foam, plastics and flame retardants. Just using your instinct, do these manufacturing processes sound or feel safe? Now do the research…that instinct of yours is about to be backed up! It is widely believed that these chemicals are not stable and continue to evaporate into the air, enhaled by us when we sleep. This can be compounded by the mattress protector or pillow you sleep with. According to “chem-tox” (look them up on your search engine!) research is now available proving this statement above. Chem tox says that “some of these are documented carcinogenic and mutagenic compounds”.
Personally, I would prefer to avoid potential health problems by prevention. There are a wide range of chemical free mattress produced both in Australia and oversaeas now. An organic or natural wool mattress for adults will cost between $2500 – $5000 dollars. This is a standard price of chemically produced so called “quality brands” so you may already be suprised that you would not be paying that much extra. In some cases, less! An organic and natural baby mattress at Nature’s Child ranges between $199 – $450 depending on the construction, materials and place of manufacture. Our research shows that chemically produced mattress for babies range between $150 for a foam mattress to $1200 for a so called quality, brand name mattress. So again, chemical free is cheaper in most cases!
So cost is not a factor in our view. Cost is there anyway, its a choice of where you give your dollars. If this is out of your price range, get together with friends or family while you are pregnant and let them know you are raising funds for an organic mattress. Tell them why! And you will easily have them on side.
If these prices are still looking a little high, you can get creative by investing in a Tetra Tea Tree Bed or a Nido Mattress Topper. These are temporary additions to your existing bedding and cost a lot less. View the Mattress Toppers here. http://www.natureschild.com.au/store/search?orderby=position&orderway=desc&search_query=topper
View the Tetra Tea Tree Bed here. http://www.natureschild.com.au/store/search?orderby=position&orderway=desc&search_query=tetra
Your own bed is just as important. For your health and lets face it…for the many hours that your children will spend sleeping in your bed! If the cost is prohibitive for you, look our for the interest free specials at some major department stores that now also offer Organic, Wool and Bamboo bedding options. But do your research! There are lots of eco-scammers out there.
You will own your organic mattress for 10 – 15yrs. Take the time to do the research so that when its time to purchase, you are 100% satisfied you have made the healthiest choice for your family.
View our organic mattress and bedding options from Nature’s Child here. http://www.natureschild.com.au/store/search?orderby=position&orderway=desc&search_query=mattress