You will love these mattresses and this business: A truly natural, child and grown-up safe and very comfortable mattress with affordable options and a truly family-friendly, mom-owned business.
Here is the long and short of it: conventional mattresses are full of toxic chemicals. And, these chemicals make their ways into our bodies where they can have subtle but profound effects on our health. This can be especially profound in children who sleep more, have less ability to detoxify, and whose developing organ systems are far more vulnerable to toxins. I encourage you to read more about the problems with toxic mattresses and the alternatives on my site in this great blog or in my book or ask me to help you fix your toxic bedroom problem.
Hands down, the one thing you ought to buy for your new baby’s room is a truly natural mattress. Doing so, doesn’t need to cost anymore than buying a high-end conventional mattress and it can safely be used for all your children. InBed Organics has great options for truly natural, health crib mattresses. The problem, however, is that as your kids graduate to a big kid or adult size bed, the price of a natural mattress significantly increases and the viable alternatives shrink significantly. (See the blog When Money Matters More: Natural Mattress Alternatives).
Memory foam mattresses have become very popular and now that we have a natural alternative, I understand why as they are extremely comfortable. These mattresses suppress movement: thus, even when I have joined my daughter after a nightmare in her little twin bed, I found it extremely comfortable. When she tossed and turned, I didn’t even notice. The bed really does seem to provide just the right amount of pressure and right amount of give for every part of her body.
I so loved the feeling of a natural, latex mattress that when I could afford it, I bought a thin (one or two inches only) topper for my existing king-size bed. It wasn’t very expensive and it has dramatically changed my sleep. I had already purchased a truly natural bed for myself a number of years ago, but I have regretted how hard it had become. (The fate of a spring-based bed.)
What's To Love?:
Why inBed Organics?
- Uses natural latex that is certified the industry standard ISO 9001 certification and certified organic latex, with no additives.
- Wrapped in organic cotton, wool, or hemp. And the cover is removable so it can be washed!
- Latex is naturally hypoallergenic, dust mite resistant, and will not support mildew or bacteria.
- Natural mattresses do not contain potentially harmful chemical flame retardants.
- Very comfortable! These mattresses will conform to the contour of your body, providing superior orthopedic support. Latex mattresses will not sag nor take on body impressions, therefore turning your mattress will not be necessary.
- High density, truly natural memory foam provides a very comfortable sleep with pressure relief and it is 80% more breathable than memory foams
- Easy to set-up
- Comes in all sizes from crib through King-size
- Ethically made in Canada (which has the additional benefit of making it easy and affordable to buy and ship for Canadians as well as Americans)
- Affordable relative to other truly natural mattresses
Are you unsure if you will love latex? I have found that truly natural latex mattresses are one of the most affordable natural mattress options, so if that’s your priority this is a good way to go. You can try them out in a store, but I found the best way to do it is to order a pillow and see what you think. (I recommend trying the ergonomic version, but see what you think.)
Mattresses are full of toxins that are easily released into the air and environment of the home and into the bodies of ourselves and our children. We know this because we have found mattress chemicals in the blood stream of newborn babies and in the bodies of nearly every adult ever studied. The worst of these can hang-out in our bodies for very long times: sometimes forever or sometimes just until we pass our toxic load to our children in utero. There are even studies that look at these chemicals found in mattresses and there effects on human bodies. We know that formaldehyde is a Class One toxin and can cause cancer in humans: at very low levels (lower than found in most cribs and mattresses) it can increase a child’s chances of developing asthma and other health issues and that a number of the chemicals found in mattresses can effect a child’s brain
At the heart of what’s wrong with conventional mattresses is the very heart of the mattress: the foam. Foam is what makes a mattress something heavenly and comfortable versus the rock-like futons that monks might enjoy. Unfortunately, polyurethane foam, which makes up the majority of mattresses, is made from petroleum. It is highly combustible and thus must almost always be treated with a chemical flame retardant. It typically contains and off-gases (releases into the air) various industrial solvents, such as toluene, benzene, and formaldehyde.
Typical memory foam is full of: foam. Finding a truly natural memory foam that doesn’t contain any polyurethane foam or chemical flame retardants is difficult to do
From a design perspective a mattress is a mattress more or less, but the addition of the zip-off cover option means that it is possible to wash this mattress and check on what is happening on the inside.
Also, I was able to build a grown-up mattress as my budget allowed by buying a thinner bit of organic latex as a mattress and putting it over a futon-style mattress and then I eventually added another layer for a truly heavenly experience!
A single-mom, the founder of this business wanted a job where she could bring her kids to work and ensure that other single-moms or those with limited incomes could still find a way into better mattresses. Talk to her about lay-away.
It's a mattress that doesn't rely on petrochemicals. Hooray for humans and the planet.
Because my mattresses weren't shipped, they had no waste at all associated with them. Pretty amazing.
Mattresses aren’t cheap, but this is one of the best valuables in one of the most truly green mattress choices.