Shortly before my daughter turned 3, we moved her out of her crib and into a big girl bed. I must admit that I was a bit anxious about the transition – would she sneak out of bed? would she fall out of bed? would she miss her crib??
To ease her into the idea, I let her pick out the bedding and an organic comforter. She chose a bright and cheerful set from Dwell Studio that made me smile because it TOTALLY fits her personality. I honestly could not have made a better choice myself.
We splurged on a totally pure, totally organic mattress from OMI. She’d been sleeping on an organic OMI crib mattress, so it seemed like a logical choice to buy her a twin-sized one. However, the price was steep and I was tempted to put her on a cheap conventional mattress. After all, she’s a kid so why would she care? Well, I care…I want her to sleep as well as my husband and I do every night on our king-size OMI organic mattress…I want her to breathe easy during the 11 hours she sleeps every night…I want her room to be free from scary componenets found in most conventional mattresses like:
*polyurethane – made from crude oil, natural gas and sodium chloride, it is associated with many human health and environmental hazards (just Google it – its scary)
*flame retardants – because polyurethane is so flammable, chemical flame retardants are layered on. Some of these chemicals are considered lethal, while others are known to cause headaches, dizziness, limb weakness and chest tightness.
*isocyanates – made from chlorine, tolune, phosgene, sulfuric acid and nitric acid, it isextremely irritating to human tissue, especially the respiratory tract and mucus membranes of the eyes
*4-methylenediphenyl diisocyanate – made from formaldehyde, sulfuric acid, nitric acid, phosgene and benzene, it can cause asthma, dermatitis and eczema
*methylene chloride – a chemical listed by the EPA as a probable human carcingen.
I first learned about the importance of organic bedding when I read “Sleep Safe in a Toxic World” by Walter Bader several years ago. At the time, my husband and I were searching for our next mattress, and I was looking for information to help him understand why organic was important to me. After we did our research, we knew an organic mattress was worth the extra expense, and our family has slept soundly ever since. A mattress like ours can be kept for 20+ years, so we’re definitely getting our money’s worth…and sleeping great, too!
I’m happy to report that Evie loves her big girl bed. Yes, there are nights she wanders into our room around 3 am, but to be honest I’m happy to have her snuggled next to me for a few hours. She’s only little for a little longer…
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