Why Choose a Non-Toxic Co-Sleeper?
A baby typically spends between 10 and 14 hours sleeping in their bed. With that much time spent on their mattress, it is important that the mattress provide a safe, clean and healthy environment. The first few years of a child’s life are spent developing their immune, respiratory and neurological systems. This fact makes a baby more susceptible to toxins that may enter their body through the respiratory system. When considering the amount of time a baby spends breathing the air surrounding their mattress, it is easy to see why it is important to ensure that the mattress is not emitting potentially harmful fumes.
According to Jane Sheppard from healthychild.com, the typical crib or co-sleeper mattress usually contains a form of polyurethane foam encased in a vinyl PVC covering. She goes on to say:
“Polyurethane foam, the typical crib mattress filling material, is made from petroleum with toxic chemical additives. Potential health effects can include cardiac arrhythmias, breathlessness, chest discomfort, irritation of mucous membranes, headache, coughing, asthma-like allergic reaction, dizziness, weakness, fatigue, nausea, blurred vision, and reduced pulmonary function.
Vinyl (polyvinyl chloride or PVC) is considered to be one of the most toxic and environmentally unfriendly plastics used. Since PVC is a hard plastic, chemical plasticizers must be added to make it into a soft and flexible covering. These plasticizers (the most commonly used are phthalates) make up 30%-40% of the weight of the vinyl surface of a crib mattress. They are not bound to the vinyl and can leach out or off-gas into the surrounding air."
With this information in mind, it is not hard to see why choosing a non-toxic co-sleeper may be best for baby. There are several options to consider when selecting a non-toxic co-sleeper and this guide will offer resources for several different styles, allowing you to choose the best option for your family.