The Top 3 Non-Toxic Crib Mattresses: How to Keep Your Baby Safe at Night

Let’s talk mattresses! It’s where your kiddo or baby sleeps (well, most of the time 🙃) and spends hours on end so we need to make sure that it has the best quality products that contain the least amount of toxins.

Babies spend so much time in their nursery and even more in their crib which makes it extremely important to reduce any harmful chemicals or toxins that they may breathe in.

My number one purchase tip for an expectant parent? Focus on the crib mattress! If you are going to only buy only ONE “non-toxic” item for your baby, make it their mattress! And be sure to choose one that is truly non-toxic and safe (like @naturepedic– my favorite option!) More of my recommendations can be found in my blog post about mattresses, too.

Tip: Many mattresses boast that they are Green Guard Gold Certified. As a consumer, we think “great this product is safe” when in reality the certification only means that they didn’t detect VOCs above a certain level. That certification doesn’t really tell us anything about the safety of the materials. Is it a start, yes. But we can do better 😉

Did you know that most mattresses contain either soy or polyurethane foam, GMOs, vinyl/PVC, phthalates, formaldehyde, flame retardants, and/or perfluorinated compounds (PFCs)? Yikes!

Are there Toxic Chemicals in Mattresses? Yup.

Conventional crib mattresses can contain some pretty harmful materials that you’ll want to avoid, especially on an item we spend so much time on. Here are the top things you want to avoid in a crib mattress:

  • Soy or Polyurethane foam
  • Vinyl/PVC
  • Formaldehyde
  • Flame Retardants
  • Perfluorinated compounds (PFCs)
  • Conventional Cotton
  • Fiberglass
  • Artificial Colors or Dyes
  • Bleach and Brighteners (optical brighteners)
  • Sodium Laureth Sulfate (SLES)/ Sodium Laurel Sulfate (SLS)
  • Methylisothiazolinone

What Should I Look For When Purchasing A Crib Mattress?

  • Entirely GOTS of GOLS Certified
  • Organic Cotton
  • Flame Retardant Free
  • USA Made

Interested in learning more? Check out this post I did that includes important studies, and more in-depth information on crib mattresses.

The Safest Crib Mattresses:

The good news is that there are some great truly clean crib mattress options out there for you to add to your baby registry!

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Crib Mattresses: Emily Crib Mattress*

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