Should You Buy a Green Crib Mattress?

green crib mattressIf you’re trying to build an eco baby nursery, a green crib mattress is likely at the top of your list. That’s because green crib mattresses contain fewer chemicals compared to their conventional counterparts, some of which could potentially harm baby development.

But there’s a catch: When it comes to green crib mattresses, there’s no government or industry oversight, so manufacturers can call a crib mattress natural or organic even when it isn’t, or when it only contains a very small percentage of natural materials (like organic cotton in the cover). Here’s how to tell a truly green crib mattress from an imposter and get the best baby sleep gear.


How to find a green crib mattress

If you’re looking for a green crib mattress, you might need to do some digging to learn more about a manufacturer’s claims. Manufacturers are required to list their mattresses are made of, so one way to distinguish a green crib mattress is by looking at the label: Look for materials like cotton, soy, coconut husks, bamboo, and natural latex.

Also see whether it’s GREENGUARD Indoor Air Quality Certified, which means that the mattress complies with stringent chemical emission standards developed by nonprofit, The GREENGUARD Environmental Institute.  You can also look for a cover made from cotton, wool, or bamboo instead of vinyl; if it’s certified by green textile certifier, Oeko-Tex, you’ll know it’s free from harmful substances.

One option we love? The green crib mattresses from Sealy’s Nature Couture Collection, made with a soybean foam core and organic cotton cover. And since it converts into a toddler bed, it’ll keep your baby safe as she grows into a big kid, too.

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