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“No more monkeys jumping on the bed!” My kids used to love reciting that rhyme over and over. They still love being silly and jumping on the bed. I had to laugh when I came to the line in the 20-year limited warranty for Naturepedic mattresses that says conditons not covered include “excessive jumping on the Product”! This post is in cooperation with Naturepedic because when they heard I was going to be purchasing one of their non-toxic, organic cotton mattresses for my youngest daughter, they wanted to provide promotional consideration for me to tell their story.
Well, our story, actually — but not just our story. It’s really the story of every family today.
We all know this is a complicated world where our kids are bombarded, even before birth, with a mysterious mix of toxic chemicals. This young generation is facing more chronic disease than ever, and it’s certainly not their fault. From pesticides found in our rain water to cancer-linked chemicals detected in babies’ umbilical cord blood, it’s a harsh world we’re bringing them into. To add insult to injury, modern definitions of “safe” have strangely come to include products like crib mattresses and changing pads made for babies, doused in flame retardant chemicals linked to health problems from infertility to hormone disruption, lowered IQ and birth defects. Plus, conventional cotton used in bedding products is considered the world’s dirtiest crop because of its heavy use of pesticides that go right back into places like our air, soil and water. We’re all starting to realize that, one way or another, this toxic world of ours is affecting our children’s health. At the very least, I’d like to provide my kids a place to have safe, healthy sleep.
When my daughter was a toddler, she contracted RSV, a potentially dangerous respiratory illness that her pediatrician later told me was probably predisposing her to reactive airway disorder and potentially to asthma. We had a scare with her struggling to breathe a couple of times when I had been trying to be a good mom by using household bleach in nearby rooms for super-disinfectant cleaning, because I mistakenly thought I needed to clean harder to kill every germ in the house. Instead, I realized the pattern of her reacting not only to my cleaning routine but even to those chemical-soaked wipes that many parents and teachers use to kill germs. Going non-toxic with our cleaning routine and keeping a rescue inhaler on hand were how we handled her breathing challenge and helped her avoid any more problems.
Upon more research, I realized I couldn’t have easily changed many other potential sources of unhealthy household air, from new carpet to paint to the crib mattress where she’d been sleeping. I reassured myself that I was doing the best I could with the resources I had, and I was. Thankfully, as my daughter outgrew the toddler stage and I shielded her as best I could from harsh cleaning products, she seemed to outgrow her tendency to get worse coughs and colds or to react around a strong chemical smell.
I felt a twinge of guilt for not realizing, even before my oldest child was born, that I could have chosen a non-toxic mattress for all of those hours that my babies would be spending on it. I waited and wondered if I could do better.
In school now with growing legs, my daughter had nearly outgrown her converted crib-turned-daybed with the same old mattress. Birthday time seemed like the perfect time to match a practical need with a fun approach to getting her a “big girl bed!” My mother-in-law had given us a lovely bedding set, plus I sewed a simple quilt with fabrics my daughter wanted. I helped her move out much of the clutter of “baby” toys and books to donate and left space for activities she wanted in her room. Luckily I found a local mom who refurbishes headboards and footboards so I could save on the bed structure, which freed me up to splurge on the Naturepedic mattress set. The only thing I would still need would be a cover to protect the perfectly clean and soft organic cotton surface of the mattress. What a great concept to use a product created without toxic pesticides or other harmful additives!
My daughter’s new mattress is the Quilted Organic Cotton Deluxe Mattress. We chose the two-sided design so it can be flipped over the years. Both sides are luxuriously quilted in organic cotton. It has just the right balance of cushion yet firmness for her growing body. Most surprising to our family is how firmly supportive and comfortable this twin mattress is. Even my husband, the big, 6-foot tall guy, is saying he wishes his mattress felt like this one.
Here are just a few of the reasons we picked Naturepedic:
- No harmful chemicals
- No potential allergens
- Greenguard certified to have no toxic emissions
- Meets Federal and State flammability standards without toxic chemicals
- Trusted by over 150 hospitals across the country
- Proudly made in the USA providing USA jobs
- Naturepedic has been a leading sustainable business calling for safer product standards
- Naturepedic supports the ShiftCon blogging conference
You have a chance to win a twin-sized Organic Waterproof Fitted Protector Pad from Naturepedic when you enter the giveaway below:
Plus, Naturepedic is co-sponsoring the May 14 #CleanCouponing Twitter chat at 9 pm ET when we’ll cover the latest in public policy and consumer tips for non-toxic living. Come join us on Twitter for a garden party themed chat! Our nonprofit guest experts are Women’s Voices for the Earth and the Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families coalition.
Some enthusiastic and knowledgeable blogging panelists will be joining the conversation to share how they’re tackling safer chemicals issues in their own homes and lives. Here are some you’ll want to follow: @rachellsarnoff, @LeadSafeAmerica, @ToxicBabyMovie, @AFewGoodJens. Of course, you are invited too!
This post was done in cooperation with Naturepedic, and my opinions are always my own.