Note: I received a complimentary product for review purposes. All opinions are my own.
As regular readers of Wading Through Soup know, I'm a huge fan of Naturepedic. This is a company that is all about being environmentally friendly and providing our kids, (and us), with non-toxic options for sleep supplies. Considering how many hours a day babies and toddlers spend sleeping and napping, I always make it a priority to get non-toxic mattresses and protectors from Naturepedic.
We use two of their organic crib/toddler mattresses, which are free of PBDEs and other flame retardants, since they are filled with natural fibers, and we own several of their fitted mattress covers and pack 'n play waterproof pads. These are waterproof without the use of harmful PFOAs, unlike most waterproof pads and covers.
So when I was offered a chance to review their Organic Kapok/Organic Cotton pillow, I was ecstatic.
But first I needed to know what kapok was. Turns out kapok, also known as "silk cotton," is the lightest natural fiber in the world, with a density that is almost five times as light as regular cotton. It allows Naturepedic's bedding to feel light and fluffy, and since the fibers are hollow, they can function as a thermo-regulator. Resistant to water, it can wick away moisture, something that can help if you child is a sweaty sleeper. Naturepedic's kapok is certified organic, ensuring fair treatment of workers while being free of synthetic pesticides, synthetic fertilizers, GMOs, chlorine bleach, endocrine disruptors, plastisols, non-biodegradeable detergents/degreasers/surfactants, and carcinogenic, mutagenic and teratogenic chemicals.
That sounds good to me. The pillow is filled with a 50/50 blend of organic kapok and organic cotton. The certified organic cotton is also free of the toxins mentioned above. It is grown with natural fertilizers, innovative weeding techniques and beneficial insects.
The outer cover is made from 300 thread count organic cotton.
My first impression was how soft the pillow is. I've generally found organic cotton to be softer than regular cotton but the combination of the 50% kapok filling and organic cotton outer lining of the pillow seemed to really help in that department. Of course, I covered the pillow with a cotton pillow protector and an organic cotton pillowcase so, unfortunately, I didn't feel feel the softness of the outer lining of the pillow when I slept but I was still able to enjoy the luxury of the plush pillow even with the protector and cover on it. As a side-sleeper, I also found that the pillow remained supportive and comfortable through the night.
Unlike the Naturepedic Organic Cotton/PLA Pillow, which is machine washable, this pillow is spot clean only. While I wish I could just toss it into the laundry, I'm sure with a pillow protector and pillowcase, we will be able to keep it clean in the long run. And if it is a concern for you, you could always use two pillow protectors.
In conclusion, if you're looking for an environmentally friendly, non-toxic pillow, I highly recommend the Naturepedic Organic Kapok/Organic Cotton pillow. I plan on getting a low-fill toddler size for my son, who is a back-sleeper. The pillows may not be machine washable, but I will sleep better knowing my child is sleeping in a non-toxic environment. And based on my experience with the Naturepedic Organic Kapok/Organic Cotton pillow, my son will be sleeping quite soundly with his new pillow too.
The pillow is available in the following sizes:
Toddler Size (14" X 20")
Standard Size - Low Fill (20" X 26")
Standard Size - Regular Fill (20" X 26")
Where to Buy Naturepedic's Organic Kapok/Organic Cotton Pillow and Other Naturepedic Products:
The pillow and other Naturepedic Products, (like their mattresses, pillowcases, and waterproof liners), can be purchased directly from Naturepedic's website, online from retailers like Amazon, or click here to find a store near you.
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