How to Avoid Chemicals in the Nursery | Liz and Roo
You’ve just had a new baby. It’s overwhelming, to say the least. You are sleep deprived and probably concerned about how you’ll keep your little one safe, happy, and healthy. From chemicals in the laundry room to chemicals in fabrics, it is so difficult to know what to avoid.
While it is unrealistic to expect your nursery to be sterilized, it is worth checking into what goes into your crib. After all, your baby sleeps 16 hours a day as a newborn. Where they lay their head IS important. According to a recent study, new crib mattresses “can release potentially harmful chemicals”. See the full study results here.
It is recommended that buying an organic mattress is taking a huge step towards protecting your baby. Regular crib mattresses are loaded with chemicals that will off-gas as your baby sleeps. The Vinyl or PVC that is used for waterproofing, Vinyl (polyvinyl chloride or PVC) is one of the most harmful and environmentally unfriendly plastics in use today. Vinyl chloride is a combination of petroleum and chlorine, and is a known human carcinogen. Another highly recommended mattress would be any mattress with GREENGUARD Certification.
Most crib mattresses are filled with Polyurethane foam, which is made from petroleum and, depending on how it’s processed, may contain various chemical additives. It’s also flammable, so in turn, the makers of these mattresses are required to use flame retardants. The additives in flame retardants (most often PBDE or TDCPP) are linked to immune suppression, hormone disruption, developmental delays, learning and memory problems, behavior changes, and cancer.
Liz and Roo manufactures baby crib bedding which is sewn by hand in Kentucky. We source all our own fabrics and notions and ensure we use the highest quality materials that are tested and safe for your baby!