Your baby spends more than half the day sleeping, with his little face leaning against the crib mattress. Is he sure? How is he breathing? These questions often appear in parents’ minds when it comes time to choose a good mattress for their child’s crib. Is this your case?
Researchers have detected volatile chemicals in mattresses made specifically for babies. A study at the University of Texas, Austin, found that the mattresses tested have 30 different types of volatile organic compounds and allergenic fragrances.
Thanks to consumer demand, manufacturers are working to make mattresses that are safer. It is also a priority for them to remove harmful substances and chemicals, using alternatives that meet safety standards.
If you want to know directly the best options, see our detailed review of organic mattresses for your baby.
Golden rules for choosing a good organic mattress
- To avoid dangerous gases that can escape from the foam of the mattress, seek certification that guarantees that VOCs levels are low.
Many organic mattresses are made with organic cotton. Organic fibers have fewer pesticide residues than conventional farming options. The drawback is that this makes their price higher. Still, consider it an investment in your child’s health and safety.
- Avoid mattresses with non-breathable plastic fabrics. Make sure that the material the mattress is made of is specially designed for babies. And avoid that they are made of fibers such as coconut, wool or foam rubber, which are not even used for adult mattresses.
- Make sure that the fabric used is breathable. It is much more hygienic.