Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Nontoxic Bedding

A study from Environmental Science & Technology found that the majority of foam samples from baby products (like car seats, changing pads, and infant carriers) were laced with
toxic flame retardants shown to be neurotoxins and carcinogens. Tragically, our children are getting a double-dose of chemicals -- both through the skin from touching the foam as well as in the lungs from breathing the toxins. To safeguard babies, especially ours with precious few neurons, avoid products that use the substance. Some manufacturers state their products do not contain halogenated flame retardants, including (but always double check each product): BabyLuxe organic pads and mattresses, BabyBjorn baby carriers, OrbitBaby strollers and car seats and Boppy nursing pillows. The rest of these listed, you'll need to ask to be sure before purchasing. (More information below.)

Crib mattress

The Natural Bed Store sells mattresses that do not have any flame retardant chemicals on them. They are expensive, but probably not over the long run, all things considered.

BabyLuxe Organic Mattress

Coco Mat from Natural Mat. $350 at mystrollers, poshtots, albeebaby

Naturepedic 2 in 1 Organic Cotton Ultra Crib Mattress, $340 at kidsncribs, thebabydaily

No-Compromise Organic Cotton Classic 150 Crib Mattress, $259.99 at landofnod, babytimesshopper, target, kohls, amazon, linens n things, walmart


waterproof crib liner

Naturepedic Organic Waterproof crib pad $50-62 at toysrus, amazon, babyage,
Bar Goose Organic Cotton Waterproof Fitted Crib Mattress Cover? $37
Organic Cotton Crib and Toddler Bed Mattress Pad $27 at babysrus
The No-Compromise Organic Waterproof Crib Fitted Pad $79 at the hipmonkey

organic mattress pads

BabyLuxe Organic Pads
Naturepedic Organic Cotton Mattress Protector for crib $59 at target
Royal Heritage Organic Crib Cover- Ecru $52 at target
Fuzzi Bunni Mattress Pad On Sale $25 here.

Wondering how to reduce your family's exposure to this type of toxic chemicals?

Here are a few steps you can take from

1) Keep dust levels down by wet mopping and vacuuming with a HEPA filter

2) Purchase baby products and furniture filled with cotton, polyester, or wool instead of polyurethane foam

3) Avoid products that use polyurethane foam and have a TB117 label which likely contains chemical flame retardants

4) Contact manufacturers to inquire whether retardants were added to products

You can read more about practical tips for reducing your family's exposure to
toxins by going to these great sites:

Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families
Green Science Policy


Freeman, Dan "Baby products contain toxic flame retardants, study says: Are
kids at risk?," CBS News, May 18, 2011

"Identification of Flame Retardants in Polyurethane Foam
Collected from Baby Products," Environmental Science & Technology (PDF).

Green Science Policy Center

The Safe Chemicals Act of 2011: Introduced Today, Legislation Would Protect
American Families from Toxic Chemicals.

Kristof, Nicholas, "New Alarm Bells About Chemicals and Cancer," New York
Times, May 5, 2010

"Pediatricians Urge Tougher Chemical Safety Law," CNN

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