May 01, 2018
by editorial team
What do you consider “good enough” for your kids? Do you constantly make things better for them? Continuously try to give them more?
More values, more love and attention, more healthy days.
Most of us do. We want the best for our children and to see them healthy.
Investing in a nontoxic mattress cover is one step towards creating a nontoxic bedroom, and giving your children a healthier sleeping environment.
When choosing a nontoxic mattress cover, consider the material it’s made of.
Steer away from vinyl, acrylic, polyethylene, surgical rubber, and PVC mattress covers. The latter three do not allow for mattress breathability, thereby creating the potential for mold and bacteria to form. (1)
Instead look for organic cotton or organic wool mattress covers that are untreated. They are breathable, and wool provides for a natural water-resistant barrier. (2)
Organic cotton and wool mattress covers help to provide a partial barrier between your child and their mattress (which may be off-gassing VOCs). The mattress cover won’t seal the VOCs completely, but may help to reduce release of them. (3)
When choosing a nontoxic mattress cover, here are a few tips for identifying them:
Jane Sheppard (2014) of Healthy Child writes: “Environmental scientists agree that low density, food-grade polyethylene is the safest plastic available for waterproofing a crib mattress. It has a simple molecular structure and does not contain phthalates or other unsafe additives. Unlike the production of vinyl, dioxins and other toxic chemicals are not released into the environment during the production of low-density polyethylene. This is the material used for the mattress covers designed to prevent SIDS in the cot death prevention campaign in NZ.
We want to give our kids more - more love, more attention, more healthy days. One way to keep them healthy is by creating a healthy sleeping environment. Consider choosing a nontoxic mattress cover for your child’s bed. Look for organic cotton or organic wool mattress covers that are free of finishes, and whitened naturally or not at all. If a plastic mattress cover is important, consider getting a low-density, food-grade polyethylene.
Access Sophia's shopping list for her household staples. They're her favorite low toxic items that she can't live without. Also see which EMF protection products she uses.