Well it’s Friday yet again, I hope everyone has had a wonderful week. It’s Mother’s day in Australia and the USA this coming Sunday, so a big shout out to all the mothers in my life!
Continuing on from last week’s post, where I shared a great duvet and mattress topper I found, today I’m going to be talking about non-toxic mattresses.
I actually didn’t buy a non-toxic mattress recently, but I did some research for when I buy new beds soon. I also think about this as my babies are getting a little older and moving up from crib-sized mattresses. And of course, chemicals in the home can be a big contributing factor in autoimmunity, so I like to keep my home as ‘clean’ as possible.
Non Toxic Cot and Crib.
When Violet was born I bought everything non-toxic for her, and Eden is now sleeping on that mattress, using those sheets etc.
At that time I bought the cot mattress and all the bedding and blankets from The Little Green Sheep company here in the UK and I have been very happy with the quality and durability of their products! They have endured all the wear and tear of two babies so far and are still going strong.
I bought a second-hand Ikea crib for Violet as well. Why, you might ask, when Ikea is already so reasonably priced, did I buy second hand?
Toxic Chemicals in Wood and Chipboard.
Well firstly, did you even know that wood and chipboard can be extremely toxic? They are often treated with really nasty chemicals such as formaldehyde or even arsenic and once you have bought them and installed them in your room, they ‘off-gas’, meaning they release fumes into the air for a while. Well, as a typically-paranoid first-time-mum I certainly didn’t want my sweet baby breathing that in, straight into her brand new and squeaky clean lungs. A way to get around that is to buy second hand. All the gas has (assumedly) been released already.
Secondly, it may also surprise you to know that good old Ikea, has one of the best track-records for non-toxic products? Because they are global, each piece of furniture complies with the laws of the strictest country, so they don’t have to make one set for one country and one set for everybody else. So I chose Ikea and I chose second hand, just to be on the safe side :). (Side note, my hubby was delighted by this decision as he was expecting a hefty bill for a new crib, haha).
Non-Toxic Mattress at Ikea!
Speaking of Ikea, this brings me nicely to the topic at hand, which is non-toxic mattresses. Well, it turns out that Ikea have a pretty good one, with typical Ikea pricing. It’s called the Hesseng. It is made with lots of natural materials like horse hair and cotton, which are naturally flame retardant. It’s not completely natural in all of it’s materials, but it is sufficiently less toxic that I consider this a good choice.
Ikea does not use flamer retardant chemicals in their couches and mattresses (anything made after 2015), however it uses some chemicals and chipboard. These mattresses are not as good as 100% organic, completely non-toxic ones, if you have multiple chemical sensitivity I expect you should still spring for one of the completely non-toxic ones rather than the Ikea version, but for everybody else who is looking to clean up their home environment, it’s a good choice.
As usual, this is not a sponsored post. None of the mentioned companies know I have written this and I’ve purchased everything myself.