Naturepedic products eliminate hazardous chemicals found in conventional mattresses while offering a more natural and non-toxic alternative for parents. In addition, Naturepedic does not sacrifice critical features and benefits such as waterproofing and a hypoallergenic design. With so many "organic/natural/eco" options available (cotton batting, soybean foam, coconut husks, natural latex/rubber, wool, etc.), it can be difficult to differentiate among the various offerings.
Naturepedic was founded by a quarter century environmental engineer familiar with hazardous chemicals. Through in-depth research, Naturepedic has identified and selected the most natural and non-toxic materials that make sense on a practical level. All Naturepedic products follow these principles and priorities:
- Priority #1: No harmful chemicals.
- Priority #2: No allergenic materials.
- Priority #3: Natural, organic and renewable materials wherever possible.
- Priority #4: Practical design (e.g. easy-to-clean waterproof cover).
- Priority #5: Third party independent testing and verification.
Naturepedic backs up its product development with scientific data. In particular, Naturepedic products are regularly tested for chemical emissions and are certified by GREENGUARD® to meet their strict standards for children.
Naturepedic understands the harm that can come from toxic chemicals and allergenic materials, and is dedicated to the continual development of innovative high quality products that eliminate these risks. Naturepedic carries the most awards and endorsements of any children's mattress company, as well as the best warranty in the industry.
Waterproof Polyethylene Surface
Polyethylene is an environmentally friendly plastic that is used throughout the food packaging industry for its purity and non-toxic properties. It has a very simple molecular structure that does not require chemical additives (as opposed to vinyl/PVC and polyurethane). Its use is recommended by environmental groups all over the world.
Naturepedic uses only polyethylene specially formulated to meet food contact standards, creating the finest non-toxic waterproof mattress cover available. Polyethylene is easy to clean and highly stain resistant while providing an excellent barrier to dust mites and other allergens. Naturepedic mattresses using food-grade polyethyelene can be found in over 150 hospitals across the United States.
Certified Organic Cotton
Organic cotton is the purest form of cotton, grown without toxins, synthetic pesticides, synthetic fertilizers, or GMO's (genetically modified organisms). Organic cotton farmers have developed creative ways to grow cotton without these chemicals. This is accomplished by the use of natural fertilizers, beneficial insects, and innovative weeding techniques.
In baby crib and children's mattresses, organic cotton is a healthier alternative to foams (which are chemically treated) and latex (which is allergy-prone). All Naturepedic organic cotton mattresses feature U.S. grown and certified organic cotton filling and provide a healthier and more comfortable sleep environment.
Certified organic cotton includes the following:
- NO synthetic pesticides
- NO synthetic fertilizers
- NO genetically modified organisms
- NO carcinogenic, mutagenic, teratogenic chemicals
- NO endocrine disruptors
- NO non-biodegradable detergents, degreasers, or surfactants
- NO chlorine bleach
- NO plastisols
- NO other synthetic chemicals
Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) Recommends Firm Flat Mattress for Infants
"To reduce the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) and prevent suffocation, put your baby to sleep on his/her back in a crib on a firm, flat mattress. Make sure there is no soft bedding underneath your baby."
(Consumer Product Safety Commission, "The Safe Nursery., http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/pubs/202.pdf)
The Consumer Product Safety Commission clearly recommends a firm flat sleeping surface for babies. All Naturepedic organic baby crib mattresses are designed to meet this safety recommendation. Avoid contoured surfaces as well as softer quilted surfaces often found on other organic baby crib mattresses. Also avoid adding any soft bedding in the crib.
Ensure a Snug Fit in Your Baby's Crib
It's very important that your crib mattress fits properly in your baby's crib. A good safety test allows for no more than two fingers to fit between the mattress and the bars/side of the crib. Naturepedic baby crib mattresses are designed to fit snugly, but if you encounter an unsafe gap, please call us immediately and we will gladly do whatever we can to help resolve the problem.
Keep Small Objects Out of Your Baby's Crib
Small objects can be a choking hazard. Check your baby's crib carefully every time you put her down in her crib. Naturepedic mattresses do not use metal air vents as these can dislodge and become a choking hazard. Removing these vents also leads to a more allergenically sealed construction.
A Hygienic Crib is a Healthy Crib
Aside from comfort enhancements, mattress pads are always recommended as a way to protect your baby's crib mattress and keep it clean and hygienic. Non-waterproof crib mattresses that get soiled can easily grow mold and bacteria resulting in a potentially unhealthy situation. Even waterproof mattresses that aren't properly cleaned can grow bacteria on the surface. Use a disinfectant such as hydrogen peroxide to keep the mattress surface clean and hygienic.
All Naturepedic crib mattresses carry a lifetime limited warranty (original purchaser only).Crib Warranty Information