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Why choose a Natural Crib Mattress or Organic Crib Mattress?

Why choose a Natural Crib Mattress or Organic Crib Mattress?

Conventional crib mattresses are a leading source of chemical poisoning in infants. Several scientists even claim that the toxic gases emitted from crib mattresses, when inhaled or absorbed by a sleeping baby, can cause crib death or sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS). These claims have not been 100% scientifically proven, nor have they been dis-proven, and there is an urgent requirement for more further research.

In the mean time you can help safeguard your child from exposure to the harmful effects from these substances by using an organic crib mattress or natural crib mattress.

The bulk of traditional mattresses presently contain polyurethane foam, vinyl (PVC), phthalates, chemical fire retardants, and a lengthy list of added industrial chemicals. These chemicals can leach out of the mattress (otherwise known as off-gassing) and leave us exposed via inhalation and absorption through the skin. This can cause anything from minor skin irritations, to allergic reactions to major health issues. This can also happen through the womb. Women that are with child need to also steer clear from these types of non organic and non natural mattresses.

Our organic crib mattresses and natural mattresses do not contain these harmful substances.

Chemical exposure in mattresses is particularly problematic for babies because of the lengthy duration of time they spend early in their lives asleep and in a crib. Sleeping on a typical crib mattress, babies breathe and absorb these chemicals for ten to fourteen hours a day or more. This exposure is continuous for two years or more during the critical developmental period of their brains, nervous systems and immune systems.

Your alternative

Purchasing a natural or an organic crib mattress can eliminate the threat of harmful chemicals or phthalates. Dormio’s collection of crib mattresses fit these criteria. We use latex (natural rubber) in the core of most of our models as it creates a firm supporting core, and then we add natural or organic wool and cotton. Organic materials are vitally important when choosing a mattress but the main feature to look for is whether the mattress in non-toxic and safe for your baby.

Wool is used in our mattresses and bedding products since it is naturally fire resistant material. It does not provide a favourable environment for dust mites and it handles moisture well by retaining 30% of its weight in moisture without feeling wet. Dormio’s wool crib pads can also be added on top of the mattress to protect the surface from moisture. It is naturally moisture resistant and dries quickly. Wool can also help in regulating temperature during babies sleep. Not too cold and not too hot.

Organic cotton is the perfect fabric for covering the crib mattress and for other crib bedding. Cotton is natural, non-toxic, and highly breathable.

Investing in a proper, healthy crib mattress and bedding for your newborn is one of the most important decisions you can make as a parent as you will be providing a healthy environment for up to 70% of your child’s early life. New and expecting parents can do some research and become well educated before making these critical purchases.

At Dormio our mattresses and bedding accessories are natural or organic.

Dormio Organic Beds… naturally better!

Mattress support for your spine

When it comes to sleep, we don’t always consider how our beds can affect our backs and our overall quality of life. We are on them for about one third of our entire lives. If you do the basic math that works out to be roughly twenty-four years for the average person.  No other piece of furniture in your home is used as much or impacts your overall health more than your mattress.  By choosing the best sleeping products (i.e., the mattress, foundation, bed sheets and pillows) that are available, it will improve your rest and your quality of life.

A poor night’s sleep will contribute to a decline in overall health and increase aches and pains. The spine, in particular, greatly benefits from an adequate sleep with proper support. The spine is under pressure all day especially if the natural spinal curves are compromised from lack of good support at night. A quality nights rest is essential. A poor sleeping surface can compromise this critical repair time and dysfunction can begin to snowball with each subsequent night. An organic latex mattress can offer you the support your spine needs and the comfort to relieve pressure points. Come try one of our many latex mattresses and natural pillows in store and feel the difference. Choose from the soothing colours of our organic bed sheet sets and duvets.