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It’s that time again – time to move the baby to her own room, and ultimately, her own crib. With that new crib comes the purchase of a new mattress. The first time around with our oldest daughter, we didn’t know which and just went with whatever crib mattress received the best reviews on Amazon. But this time around, we’re a little older, wiser, and… cautious. With all of the chemicals found in our furniture nowadays thanks to flame retardant sprays, and our heads spinning with information, we have come to the conclusion that we want to find an affordably priced chemical-free organic mattress. Is this a tall order?

Apparently so.

Organic crib mattress can range from $395 like this Nook Pebble Mattress to $120 for a LA Baby version, so what really accounts for the large difference in price? This is when you really have to start your digging, because not all mattresses with the “organic” label are created equal. While most parents are shopping for organic mattresses to avoid the polyurethane foam and flame retardants that are found in standard mattresses – which have been linked to a whole laundry list of health problems – the number of options out there is enough to make anyone’s head spin. There are still many so-called “organic”  or “green” crib mattresses that may contain an organic cotton filling, but are still covered with vinyl or some other non-organic material which may have also been sprayed with flame retardants. So how to best find the one that will be the least toxic for your precious baby?

I can’t say I have a definitive answer for you other than to do your research, and when in doubt, call the manufacturer (many of which we have found to be cagey, to say the least). It really makes me wish that companies, especially baby companies, were much more transparent about the materials in their products. After all, what’s more important than our children’s health and happiness?

Does anyone out there have an organic crib mattress they love?

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