Most children seem to do fine with a medium to firm mattress. Most of our customers shopping for a child opt for the 6” latex mattress. A latex mattress is great value due to its longevity (a kindergartner’s new 100% Natural/Organic latex mattress may well last them through college)
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.
Alternatives … 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 100% Natural/Organic 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.