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Before I discuss the safe non toxic baby bedding we use, be sure to check out this post with my natural baby products guidelines AND a rundown of why we chose to go this route.
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Now, all a baby REALLY needs (*technically*) is your boobs and lots of love. But let's be honest. They didn't come up with baby registries for nothin'.
So here's a rundown on the safe non toxic baby bedding we use. Some of this is expensive, some isn't. (Like the baby bunk rental program!) Some you may deem this type'a thing necessary, some of you might not. It's all good!
Sadly, there really isn't a HUGE selection of options for thoughtfully produced baby bedding, cribs, or “baby holders” (like bassinets and sidecar sleepers). We really are limited in our options. Hopefully that'll change soon.
In the end, just do what you feel deep down is right for your family and DON'T STRESS. LOTS more goes in to parenting than a few items on a registry.
I am in no way suggesting that having these items or NOT having them will make or break one's ability to parent. I'm also not suggesting that any item other than the ones I suggest is “toxic” or “unsafe.” There are LOTS of other great choices out there, from buying used to Naturpedic.
I'm also NOT making any statements about how you SHOULD or should NOT parent. Whether you bedshare, cosleep, or have baby across the hall, there's a tidbit in here for you!
We chose to spend the bulk of our baby money (and the bulk of our gift requests) on baby bedding. We felt that if baby was going to spent more than half of each day sleeping, we'd like it to be on materials we trust: natural fibers like eco-wool, organic cotton, and latex, which is a totally non-toxic mattress material – it's basically baked rubber.
Here's why we chose this bedding: because most bedding is by law treated with flame retardant chemicals; fortunately, wool is naturally flame-retardant, as is latex, and they require no treatment to resist catching fire. (Check out Toxic Hot Seat, a movie about flame retardants and firefighters. Hat tip The Primal Nurse)
Plenty more to come, and please leave your favorites in the comments!
Once you've read this post, be sure to check out the other posts in this series…
The best non toxic baby products for a natural nursery
Natural baby products: best cloth diapers for newborns
The best non toxic baby shops
Natural baby products: non toxic nursing supplies (coming soon!)
Natural baby products: non toxic baby body care & natural remedies (coming soon!)
Natural baby products: non toxic baby equipment (coming soon!)
Natural baby products: organic & eco-friendly baby clothing (coming soon!)
For safe non toxic baby bedding:
- The baby bunk (a bedside bassinet made of solid wood finished in water-based laquer). This product also requires a mattress, and we got our latex/wool mattress, wool puddle pad, and fitted sheet from BabyBunk.com as well (we worked with Ilene, who was great!)
- A USED eco-friendly
baby jailcrib (the Oeuf Classic) that we bought from a friend for a bargain. We replaced the mattress with…
- A SPECTACULAR natural crib mattress made of wool/latex from Holy Lamb Organics (our biggest-ticket item that is completely free of industrial chemicals or flame retardants)
- Wool puddle pads from Holy Lamb Organics
- Organic cotton crib fitted sheets
- The 90 minute baby sleep program (Not a product, and not really a program – it's a book, and it's OMG AMAZING)
- And my favorite item by far – so much so that we now have THREE – this gorgeous wool blanket from Disana. We have it in raspberry, white and green.
More on these items…
The Baby Bunk is made from solid wood and a water-based laquer, and it can be converted into a kids' bench once baby outgrows it. We worked with Ilene at BabyBunk.com. She was great to work with, and she even offers a very affordable rental program! It's a perfect arrangement for the first few months.
Another option for newborn sleep is a moses basket, and you can buy these and rocking bases (and lots of other goodies) here.
When it came to the crib, my priority was to buy used so that any noxious fumes from construction would have evaporated. I also wanted solid wood instead of particle board. We were thrilled to find a used, eco friendly baby jail, and we certainly outfitted it with an amazing mattress, but to illustrate how LITTLE you know about how things will unfold as new parents, we so enjoy cosleeping that we may not use the crib at all. Or at least, not for awhile.
Now, if you're into bedsharing, you just need to worry about your own bed and perhaps a bed rail once baby is mobile.
My comment on the controversial topic of bedsharing: if you do it smartly, I believe it's perfectly safe; many cultures do it; side-lying nursing is da bomb; and the snuggles are addictive. Bonus: you won't really need the crib or bassinet.
Our grown-up bedding is made from the same materials as our baby bedding; we have a Savvy Rest latex mattress and Holy Lamb Organics bedding. Yes, these were pricey items – and we LOVE them. But we had to save a LONG time to be able to afford them. We don't take vacations – we buy mattresses!
Wool is breathable, warm in the winter and cool in the summer, and naturally anti-microbial.
(Those with skin reactions to wool are likely allergic to the chemicals used in processing, not the wool itself – yet another benefit of unprocessed eco-wool.)
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