Babies spend more than 50% of their time sleeping. Here’s how to make sure their mattress is safe and free of nasty chemicals.
Here at Sassy Mama we talk all the time about avoiding chemicals and keeping our babies safe when it comes to everything from skincare, to home cleaning products to organic clothing. But what about the spot where babies spend the most time of all – their mattress?
A recent study at the University of Texas found that crib mattresses can release “significant amounts of…potentially harmful chemicals” that are also found in household cleaners and sprays. Alarmingly, the body heat increases emissions (a major concern here in steamy Singapore) and chemical emissions are strongest in the sleeping infant’s breathing zone. Throw in that mattresses often contain toxic flame retardants and just…yikes!
So what’s a concerned mama to do? Fortunately, a number of safe, eco-friendly mattress options have emerged in recent years to catch up with this alarming research. We’re loving the Belatex Baby Cot Latex Mattress from European Bedding, which features natural latex sourced from a rubber tree. Latex is naturally resistant to dust mites and mould, which means latex mattresses don’t require nasty added chemicals to protect from those problems!
What’s more, latex mattresses offer superb air circulation, as they’re naturally breathable due to their open cell structure. Tiny pinholes added during the production process also ensure perfect moisture regulation and enhance the mattress’s natural ventilation. Importantly, this reduces the risk of suffocation among babies.
The hypoallergenic Belatex Baby Cot mattress has got a few other highlights that we particularly love. For one, it’s encased in an ultra-fresh Bamboo fabric cover that’s easily cleanable (bamboo is sooo soft, too!). The mattress can also be customised to any size; it comes in the standard baby cot size (140x70x10cm), but if your crib or cot is bigger or smaller, just let them know when you place your order, mama! Mattresses are also Oekotex class-1 certified, making them completely safe for babies.
While latex mattresses are pricier than traditional coil spring mattresses, they also last longer and are lower in the aforementioned chemicals. Sounds like a pretty good trade-off to us, mama, particularly when bub will be spending so much time on there (certainly more than in the bathtub or any one outfit!).
Got questions? Contact the helpful folks at European Bedding at [email protected] and they’ll get back to you straight away, mama!
European Bedding, 32 Eng Hoon Street, Level 2, Singapore 169780, Tel: (+65) 9654 3228, www.europeanbedding.sg
Brought to you in partnership with European Bedding Company