Most naturally minded parents have at least considered purchasing a non-toxic mattress for their child. It is a topic that has become pretty well known in the last few years. The reality is, it's a big purchase and no one wants to waste money on gimmicks or kids product trends so you may ask yourself – is a non-toxic mattress really necessary?
The Main Problem with Conventional Mattresses
As of July 1, 2007, all U.S. mattresses are required to be flame retardant. The result is that manufacturers are coating mattresses with highly toxic flame-retardant chemicals. Chemicals like polybrominated diphenyl ether (PBDE), Boric acid, and antimony (a known carcinogen) are all over your mattress.
What is even worse is that this does NOT have to be disclosed in any way. The Consumer Product Safety Commission has studied chemically treated mattresses and found that the chemicals do, in fact, leech from the mattress. This means that when your child sleeps on a conventional mattress she will be absorbing these chemicals all night long.Continue Reading