Are foam mattresses safe for newborns? In this article we’re going to talk about the dangers lurking in foam (and non-foam) mattresses. You are going to learn how to pick a mattresses that are safe for your newborn and yourself!

Did you know that we spend 1/3 of our lives in bed? That’s a huge chunk of time! Yet we don’t put much thought into buying a mattress that’s going to keep us healthy & safe over time.

You will be astounded at the shocking amount of chemicals & poisons with which most mattresses are soaked. One of my daughters actually has terrible allergies and we’re convinced her old mattress worsened her condition.

I took note of her struggle & felt compelled to share the reason behind why we only buy certain mattresses now. So here are our tips on what to look for when choosing a safe, healthy, non-toxic and ethical mattress for you and your family.

Take a few minutes to find out what to look for and what to avoid when choosing a mattress. Overall, it’s important that we choose a mattress that is safe, clean and ethical.

Mattress Shopping 101

So, here’s what you need to know:

  • Our skin is porous, and dangerous chemicals can be absorbed into our bodies through our skin.
  • Coming back to our question “Are Foam Mattresses Safe for Babies?” Here’s your answer. Stay away from Memory foam! It’s quite common nowadays in pillows and cribs.
    • Memory foam can contain a family of chemicals called isocyanates ( isos-io-nates) which can cause sicknesses like asthma and bronchitis.
  • Stay away from animal-based mattresses. This means that they shouldn’t contain wool. Go vegan in your mattress.
    • Besides being a completely and horrifically unethical product, wool is soaked in dangerous chemicals including pesticides.
    • Anything originating from an animal is going to be very toxic in order for the material not to disintegrate, get infested with bugs or rot since it was once part of a living creature. Think of our own skin, when we get a scab, it flakes off – it’s dead skin. Same with animal-based materials.
  • It’s proven that children, the elderly and pregnant women are more sensitive to chemical exposure.
  • Today, one in six kids in the US has a developmental or learning disability.1 Some experts believe these issues may be due partly to early exposures to toxic chemicals in their environment, which for sure could be their bed. Check

In conclusion, “are foam mattresses safe for newborns?” – no. And neither are wool mattresses or latex mattresses. Foam, latex & animal based materials are all laden with chemicals that will not only make your baby ill but your partner, your parents & your friends too.

Need our help shopping for a vegan & non-toxic mattress? Download our Resource Guide (150+ brands mentioned) or book a Virtual Design Consult with our team!

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