Post # 16
emsy3110: I would just recommend getting the mattress in there early and really giving it a good while to air out. I think the organic options are great if you can afford them but I don’t think people should feel bad if they don’t want to or can’t spend the $. A nonorganic mattress is not going to cause SIDS in an otherwise healthy baby. I would concentrate on greater SIDS risks like making sure baby is sleeping on their back on a firm mattress with no bumpers in the same room as mom/dad, nothing else in the crib, and not on top of mom and dad or on couches. Also not overheating baby is a good one.
Post # 17
emsy3110: AOriver: There was no question we would go with an organic mattress. We sleep on one ourselves, and we’re getting the crib version of ours. It’s $500 but we’re also getting pricier car seat, crib, and stroller for the same reasons. It’s important to us.
Post # 18
- Wedding: July 2012 - Baltimore Museum of Industry
We got an IKEA crib and an organic mattress. Both were able to “air out” for a couple of months before Dear Daughter used it.
Post # 19
I am getting the lullaby earth foam mattress. super lightweight but non-toxic…(lullaby earth is a sister company to naturepedic.) It felt like a good compromise between a $300+ organic mattress and worrying about off-gassing chemicals. (get it from bbb with a 20% off coupon!)
Post # 20
If you haven’t discovered lucieslist.com I highly recommend it! I was so overwhelmed on crib mattresses, and she really breaks it down nicely. We got the safety 1st mattress which is about $55 on Amazon. I read a lot of the studies on chemicals, and we decided to buy the mattress a few months early and let it air out in the garage. Our LO is due in 2 months and it has been out there for about 3 weeks now.
Post # 21
kes18: rebwana: that’s a good idea to get it earlier so it airs out first!
cateyes: I’ve never heard of that brand. I’ll look it up now!
Post # 22
futuremrshaupt: thanks! I’ll check it out!
Post # 23
We went with foam because it’s lighter-key for changing sheets! As long as it’s firm and fits your crib, you’re good to go. i didn’t feel organic was worth the extra cost personally Since we were already spending $250 On it. We aired it out for weeks before baby arrived and that was good enough for our comfort level considering there’s no sound research around it. It’s easy to get sucked in to all the theories around baby safety, but my belief is if something happens to your baby it’s probbaly going to be the unexpected – something you never would have thought or planned for. It’s not going to be non organic mattress gas!
Post # 24
emsy3110: We got this, and she seems to love it.
Not like she tells us and reviews mattresses everyday or something like that, but she’s been sleeping on it since she was 8 months and she is now 13 months.
Post # 25
No, not foam if you can afford to avoid it. The risks of the chemicals used in foam crib mattresses are not limited to SIDS. Many of these chemicals are known endocrine disruptors (chemicals that interfere with hormone function in ways that are incredibly important to developing reproductive systems and brains).
Also, even if there is not smoking-gun style proof out there (and I have a hard time with that expectation because there is no ethical way to design a study that will directly prove a chemical’s toxicity or safety for a human baby), there is a vast body of evidence indicating their potential for harm. I think the challenge is that the public generally (a) is unaware of the scientific evidence about endocrine disruption because it’s inherently kind of complex to communicate and (b) baby products that contain foam don’t come with a big label telling you exactly what chemicals were used in the foam, so it’s very difficult for parents to make an informed choice.
Manufacturing standards are being revised for baby products such that many of these chemicals will no longer be used, but until that’s more widespread, I’d encourage caution with foam stuff when possible. Of course there is always a balance that needs to be struck between caution and practicality, so I’m not trying to be alarmist or make anyone feel bad about their choices. Just weighing in as someone who studies a lot of these chemicals for a living.
Post # 26
I think this is one of those things that you are damned if you do and damned if you don’t. The chemicals in foam mattress cause SIDS, but the coil mattresses aren’t firm enough and cause SIDS; you really can’t win. We ended up going with this one, and it has help up for the past year. It is lightweight and easy to change. I doubt we will use it for a 2nd baby, but I don’t think it is reccomended to use it for 2 babies anyway.
Post # 27
- Wedding: County courthouse
We bought the organic mattresses. 3 yrs later and they are still in good shape. We bought our at baby’s r us and they were not that much more expensive than the regular ones.
Post # 28
emsy3110: The mattress came this week and seems great. Super lightweight and fits really snugly in the crib (ikea). Really pleased with our choice!
The cat is also a fan. 🙂