May 12, 2011 8:21 am
RISMEDIA, May 12, 2011-A new mother's job is to protect her baby. An expectant mother keeps their baby warm and safe for 9 months, but how does a mother keep their baby safe from hidden dangers when setting up a nursery? The crib mattress is one of the most important purchases parents make, as babies sleep in their crib for the first two years. It's imperative that consumers are educated before choosing a crib mattress in order to protect their family from the many hidden dangers.
Pesticides not detected by the naked eye in non organic mattress are poisonous and lethal to children and adults. Consumers' confusion on organic practices and understanding labeling makes it difficult choosing the right crib mattress. Mattresses produced by the Futon Shop-an organic mattress and crib mattress manufacturer-are are one example of a mattress made from quality organic material, which protects families from harmful chemicals.
You want to be sure that the cotton used in the mattress is grown without toxic chemicals and pesticides, which helps make the world a healthier place. In order for cotton to be certified organic, farmers rely on crop rotation that replenish and maintain soil fertility while botanical means are used to control pests and weeds. The USDA only certifies cotton as organic when a field is pesticide-free for three years prior to planting. According to the Organic Trade Association, Dr. Chensheng Lu of the Department of Environmental Health at the Harvard School of Public Health has found that less pesticide exposure during pregnancy means fewer risks to your babies for a variety of diseases that can manifest years later.
There are Organic mattresses and crib mattresses available online that appear to be labeled and designed safe for your child, but this does not mean they are. Many companies and websites have classified their product "green" or "organic," but when you look a little closer, you will find that companies are using deceptive green labeling that misleads customers. Every year there are hundreds of babies that get sick or die from dangers in toys and mattresses. According to Forbes, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) recalled 44 toys in fiscal year 2010, which ended Sept. 30, and several more in October and November.
The FDA and Consumer Product Safety Commission have issued general warnings regarding the use of phthalates and their dangers to our health, yet the PVC surfaces of baby mattresses still contain the phthalates Polyvinyl chloride (PVC). Barry A. Chief Engineer, G.E.M. Testing & Engineering Labs completed a Toxicity Analysis of Baby Mattresses in which he found all plastics are not created equal. The "vinyl" surface typically used in baby mattresses is actually PVC, which is made from vinyl chloride-a combination of petroleum (ethylene) and chlorine. This particular plastic is far more toxic than the plastic bag you might use to pack your lunch. To keep you and your family safe, the waterproof organic cotton crib mattress protectors offered by companies similar to The Futon Shop containing no harmful metals or VOC.
Groundbreaking research from Dr. Jim Sprott, OBE, a New Zealand scientist and chemist, states with certainty that crib death is caused by toxic gases, which can be generated from a baby's mattress. Chemical compounds containing phosphorus, arsenic and antimony have been added to mattresses as fire retardants and for other purposes since the early 1950s. A fungus that commonly grows in bedding can interact with these chemicals to create poisonous gases (Richardson 1994).
The Futon Shop is located in San Francisco, and has been producing hand-made premium futon sofa beds, organic futons, organic crib mattresses, covers and organic bedding since 1976.
For more information visit www.thefutonshop.com.
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