Sunday, January 19, 2014

Non-toxic Sleep Supplies


1.) PBDE-free Crib Mattresses.  We like Naturepedic for high-quality, pbde-free crib mattresses that can also be used in a toddler bed.  Naturepedic makes larger sizes too like twins and full mattresses that your older child can sleep in as well without any harmful flame retardants or toxins.  The cheapest deal on the crib/toddler mattress that I found was at Buy Buy Baby with the 20% off coupon.  Since it is available in-store you can cut out the shipping costs by buying it in person.

Naturepedic recently introduced a new lower-cost line of PBDE-free mattresses as well, called Lullaby Earth.  Instead of being made from cotton, these are made of food-grade polyethylene foam (not vinyl/polyurethane or PVC).

For more info on PBDEs, check out my earlier post on Decreasing Your Family's Exposure to PBDEs here.


2.) PFOA-free Waterproof Liners.  Instead of using liners made from Teflon (pfoa), we use Naturepedic's liners for our toddler mattress (same as a crib mattress) and the pack and play mattress.

For adult mattresses, I only purchase mattress pads that say they are not waterproof.  At a store like Bed Bath and Beyond, I have only found one brand that makes a basic mattress liner without waterproofing on it.  As an added bonus, it also ends up being the cheapest mattress pad in the store.

For more info on PFOAs, check out my earlier post on Decreasing Your Family's Exposure to PFOAs here

3.) PBDE-free Pajamas.  Although they aren't clearly labeled either way before the age of 12 months, you're more likely to get pajamas without PBDEs if you stick with 100% cotton for babies.  

Over the age of 12 months, I only purchase pajamas with the yellow warning label pictured above, which states the garment is NOT flame resistant and must be worn tight-fitting.  Although almost all synthetic sleepware is treated with flame retardants, (this includes all those fleece pajamas that are commonly available in winter), several cotton pajamas are as well, especially in bigger sizes.  If you're making pajamas from fabric purchased at a fabric store, you will find that most of the material intended for pajamas there have also been treated with a flame retardant.

For more info on PBDEs, check out my earlier post on Decreasing Your Family's Exposure to PBDEs here.

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