Why Natural Crib Mattresses

Why Natural Crib Mattresses?

Traditional crib mattresses are a primary source of chemical poisoning in babies.  Several scientists even claim that toxic gases released from crib mattresses, when breathed 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 disproven, and there is urgent need for more research.

The majority of mattresses today contain polyurethane foam, vinyl (PVC), phthalates, chemical fire retardants, and an extensive list of added industrial chemicals.  These chemicals can leach out of the mattress or off-gas to expose us through inhalation and through the skin which can cause minor skin irritations, to allergic reactions to major health issues.  This can also happen through the womb.  Women that are expecting need also to stay away from these sorts of mattresses.

A mattress exposure is particularly problematic to babies because it is so up-close and personal.  Sleeping on a typical crib mattress, babies breathe and absorb these chemicals for ten to fourteen hours a day or more for a period of two or more years during the critical developmental period of their brains, nervous systems and immune systems.

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Buying a natural or 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 definitely important when choosing a mattress, but the main thing to look for is whether the mattress in non-toxic and safe for your baby.

Wool is used in mattresses and bedding since it is naturally fire resistant, does not provide a favourable environment for dust mites, and handles moisture well, retaining 30% of its weight in moisture without feeling wet.  Dormio’s wool crib pads can also be added on top to protect the surface of the mattress from moisture, as it is naturally moisture resistant and dries quickly.  Wool can also help in maintaining a proper temperature while the baby is sleeping.  Not too cold, or too hot.

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

Buying a proper, healthy crib mattress and bedding for an infant is one of the more important decisions a parent can make, as it is the environment for up to 70% of their child’s early life.  New and expecting parents should do some research and become informed before making these important purchases.

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

Dormio Organic Beds… naturally better!

Latex Mattresses – Sleep is so critical

Sleep is so critical, that it isn’t any wonder everybody is trying to design a mattress that will help people get a better night’s rest.

Latex mattresses aren’t new they are just becoming more popular.

Her’s why:

Latex is natural and stays naturally clean.

Latex is durable, unlike petroleum based foams, very resilient and always bounces back.

Latex is able to take your body shape without creating pressure points, thus reducing tossing and turning during the night.

Latex doesn’t transfer motion. Your partner’s movements won’t disturb you.

Latex breathes, its tiny holes allow it to expand and contract with you, keeping you at a comfortable temperature.

Dormio has designed the most comprehensive latex line.

Relying on 3 different manufactures, all of them Canadian, the Dormio line up is designed for comfort. Not just for now, but for many years to come.

All of the units are zippered. This simply means that you can open up the casing and change the feel of your mattress by stacking the latex layers in a different order, or by simply adding new ones. You are not stuck with the same mattress feel forever, and since latex mattresses last for so long we think this a key factor when deciding what mattress to buy.

Buy it for now, because you like the way it feels, with the Dormo units you are also thinking of the future.

We also use a lot of wool. Wool is critical, as this allows us to avoid using fire retardants as it meets fire regulations naturally.  Wool also adds plushness and controls temperature in our beds.

Our many years of experience tell us that the Dormio line up is as good as it gets.

Latex, combined with wool is the ultimate in sleep comfort. You can change the feel of your mattress anytime as your life changes.

Oh, did we mention they all have a dual comfort. The mattress can feel the same throughout or the left side could feel different than right side, you decide.

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….naturally better

What’s in a mattress…….?

What’s in a mattress……?

Today’s mattresses are not like the ones that were manufactured 50 years ago. Today’s mattresses contain flame retardants, petroleum base foams, plastics, vinyls, fungicides and pesticides. A lot of mattresses are manufactured almost entirely of raw ingredients from the petroleum industry. These ingredients are then made into synthetics such as visco-elastic and polyurethane foams possibly containing TDI (toluene discarnate, which has been labelled a hazardous material.)

Research suggests that continuous exposure to these chemicals is making a lot of us very sick. Petroleum chemical exposure can weaken or damage the immune and nervous system and, countless studies have linked it to autoimmune disorders. There is a connection between respiratory irritation and health problems and the volatile compounds emitted from petroleum.

More research shows that flame retardant toxic chemicals like PBDE, or polybrominated diphenyl ether, are reaching levels in human bodies quicker than did DDT and PCB’s in the 1950’s, which were eventually banned in the 1970’s. Researchers say flame retardants have a subtle effect on children’s intelligence by passing through the placenta and being absorbed by the foetus. Several studies have shown there is a doubling in concentration of PBDE’s every two to five years in people throughout North America.

While you sleep you may also be inhaling toxic fumes from certain glues used to manufacture mattresses. These adhesives may irritate the skin and eyes and even be carcinogenic because of methylene chloride, benzene and formaldehyde found in many adhesives. Solvents known to cause damage to the central nervous system are also used in adhesives.

If that’s not frightening enough, added to the PBDE threat, unborn babies can be affected by harmful adhesives that are used in mattresses.

We spend a third of our lives sleeping, we as consumers have to educate ourselves and understand what we’re buying.

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

Dormio Organic beds….naturally better
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One Month – Organic Beds Toronto

It’s been only about a month since we put up the Open sign in the window, and already you can start to see that all of our hard work is starting to pay off.

And there was a lot of hard work!  Two months of 60-70 hour weeks; painting, building, tearing down, building back up, planning, arranging and setting up our showroom.

I think we did a great job, and I think so will you!  It’s exciting to be a part of something that is truly different.

My name is Steve, and I have partnered with John in this endeavour to create a unique environment to sell the highest quality of healthy natural and organic mattresses and bedding.   I’ve learned a lot from him in these first few months, and yet there is a lot more to learn.  I have no doubt that he is on the right track to success.

Not only will you be taken aback by the peaceful environment of our showroom, but you will love the feel of our mattress line-up.  They are sooo comfortable.  I admit, I have already taken a few naps … for research purposes of course 🙂  It really is a great place to come to work every day, and it’s nice knowing that we are helping people get healthier and living better.

Well that’s all for now, I have to do some more…uh… er… research 😉

Thanks for listening,

Steve Stavrev

Dormio Organic Beds : Organic Beds Toronto

Wool, the Miracle Fibre, Dormio Organic Beds

We’ve put together a whole bunch of events for the month of April.

Our general theme for April is WOOL, THE MIRACLE FIBRE

We will be starting with the NATURA FACTORY AUTHORIZED SALE.

The sale is scheduled to start Saturday April 2nd and run ’til Sunday April 10th.

This is the way it works…… Natura sells Dormio Organic Beds at a discounted price and we match the savings. For every one dollar Natura takes off the price, Dormio will take off two.

We have a huge Natura selection and the savings are going to be BIG.

Let me give you a few examples.

A Queen size mattress at our normal sale price is $1439, but during this sale, it is only $1079.00, saving you an additional $360. Now keep in mind that $1439 is great price to begin with for a natural latex mattress.

If you are looking for a mattress topper, you can’t find anything better than a wool mattress topper, allowing for a deeper, more restorative sleep. Our normal sale price is $197 and for one week only $147 for a queen size.  Another great saving!

Wool pillows are just great to complete the full experience.

Natura makes many different types of wool pillows and we have them all in the showroom for you to try. For the factory authorized sale they are as low as $57

Lets not forget the kids!!

Natura makes a slew of products designed for growing muscles and bones while providing delicious comfort.

An all-latex twin mattress, sale priced at $749, for one week only $561.

You can come in and pre-book your selection but we do ask that you wait for delivery.

The delivery won’t happen ’til mid April. But the savings are substantial so the wait will be well worth it.

Signing off for now, but I’ll be back with more goodies in a couple of days.

John Aprile

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