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Moving Up to a Big Girl Bed for Safe, Healthy Sleep

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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.

Child playing with bunny doll on bed - organic cotton mattress showing

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.

Big Girl Bed 1

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!

Organic cotton Naturepedic mattress

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:

You have a chance to win a twin-sized Organic Waterproof Fitted Protector Pad from Naturepedic when you enter the giveaway below:

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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!

Clean Couponing May Chat

This post was done in cooperation with Naturepedic, and my opinions are always my own.

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20 Responses to Moving Up to a Big Girl Bed for Safe, Healthy Sleep

  1. Nicole Sender May 27, 2015 at 11:38 pm #

    I use wool dryer balls instead of scented softener sheets in the dryer!

  2. Liz Ticona May 26, 2015 at 11:53 am #

    I couldn’t afford an organic safe mattress for me & hubby but I did buy one for my son who’s now 2. however I need one for my baby boy who’s coming this july 🙂 so hoping to get one soon . Thanks for the great review!

    • FlourSackMama May 27, 2015 at 3:25 pm #

      Liz, I understand. I didn’t even realize I should look for a non-toxic mattress before my babies were born. So glad there are more choices now for mindful parents. I consider it a worthwhile investment for their health.

  3. Paige Wolf May 26, 2015 at 11:36 am #

    My 2-year-old will be needing one of these soon! And asthma sadly runs in the family – my son had it and now has wicked asthma 🙁
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  4. Laurie P May 26, 2015 at 8:50 am #

    We recently switched to organic cotton pillows….what a difference!

    • FlourSackMama May 27, 2015 at 3:26 pm #

      Pillows are a smart idea! Affordable and right there where our everyone is inhaling what goes into the air while we sleep.

  5. Sam May 25, 2015 at 12:51 pm #

    My DD uses a Naturepedic organic waterproof crib protector and we love it! But it’s time for her to move up to a big girl bed and we need the next size soon!

    • FlourSackMama May 27, 2015 at 3:28 pm #

      Glad to hear the crib protector worked for you. I hope you win the bigger one!

  6. Brenda Haines May 24, 2015 at 11:03 am #

    With a nice warm bath before bed. That usually gets my son nice and tired.

    • FlourSackMama May 27, 2015 at 3:29 pm #

      Agreed Brenda! A calming bathtime is important. I also monitor that electronics are not being used shortly before bedtime.

  7. Jenny B May 22, 2015 at 8:32 pm #

    What a cute new bed! If money was no object I would definitely have gotten Naturepedic for both my kids and us, too!
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    • FlourSackMama May 27, 2015 at 3:30 pm #

      I understand, and that’s why the big kids in our household still don’t have this quality of bed. I’m thankful that at least the crib mattresses are becoming more common and affordable in non-toxic choices like Naturepedic.

  8. rachel May 22, 2015 at 5:01 pm #

    So cute! Your daughter is adorable! Awesome that you are giving her such a healthy start with Naturepedic, they are AMAZING 🙂

    • FlourSackMama May 27, 2015 at 3:31 pm #

      Thanks Rachel! Yes, we’re so happy to be able to provide this for her!

  9. Green Bean May 22, 2015 at 4:22 pm #

    Awesome! I bought my boys organic mattresses too. We spend so much time in bed, it should be as toxic free as possible.
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    • FlourSackMama May 27, 2015 at 3:32 pm #

      Green Bean,
      So glad you were able to provide organic mattresses for your kids. I wish I’d known years earlier…but I’m doing the best I can.

  10. Chely May 21, 2015 at 2:09 pm #

    We don’t use any scented detergent on our bedding

    • FlourSackMama May 27, 2015 at 3:32 pm #

      That’s a great non-toxic tip! A frugal tip too!

  11. Betsy (Eco-novice) May 13, 2015 at 11:42 pm #

    Sounds like a great twitter chat! I’ll have to check the hashtag later if I can’t make it. Naturepedic is a brand I really trust for beds. Greening the bed is expensive but I made it a priority because I think it has a big impact — what other product do you spend so much time in contact with?
    Betsy (Eco-novice) recently posted…30 Minutes in Nature Every Day with My Kids: Week 1 of the #30x30challengeMy Profile

    • FlourSackMama May 27, 2015 at 3:34 pm #

      Yes, Naturepedic has truly been a leader for industry and calling for better public policy on this. Since public policy is still not protecting consumers (we need #RealReform) I’m grateful for companies like this.

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