An average baby has his or her diaper changed 10-12 times a day, or 4015 times a year! That’s a lot of trips to the changing table!! Have you ever thought about the material that goes into making your babies crib mattress or changing pad? I honestly didn’t think about it when I was pregnant with Maggie. In fact, it wasn’t until after she was born that I started to become more concerned about the products (and the chemicals that came with them) I was bringing into my home.
Naturepedic is the first and only mattress company to specialize exclusively in the design and manufacturing of infant and children’s mattresses that promote natural and organic materials, a non-toxic design, fire-safety, and baby health.
All Naturepedic natural and organic mattresses have been designed with the help of pediatricians, orthopedic specialists, chemists, and engineers. Research and design is coordinated by G.E.M. Testing & Engineering Labs in Cleveland, Ohio.
Naturepedic was founded by Barry A Cik, a quarter century veteran in the field of environmental engineering. In anticipation of his first grandchild, Barry went searching for a suitable baby crib mattress. Sadly, he found all of the crib mattress offerings completely unacceptable and was in shock at the state of the industry. “I knew all about vinyl/PVC, polyurethane foam, and the various chemicals contained in them and there was no way I was going to put my grandchild to sleep within a few inches of these chemicals.”
Barry then set out to find a suitable organic baby crib mattress. “All of the organic baby crib mattresses on the market contained either latex, wool, or both, and were not waterproof… if the mattress were to get wet, it would grow mold and fungus without any effective way to clean it. The wool/latex issue left a lot to be desired considering their known allergenic properties.” According to Barry, “the organic baby mattresses were nothing more than miniaturized adult mattresses, which made little sense for babies.”
Barry, together with his two sons, set out to found Naturepedic, an organic and non-toxic baby crib mattress company dedicated to providing parents with a better alternative – the first and only waterproof organic baby crib mattress designed with a safe food grade polyethylene cover, and which eliminates the potentially harmful chemicals with which Barry was so familiar.
Today, Naturepedic has a large and growing network of retail outlets across the country and abroad. Due to the success of the No-Compromise™ Organic Baby Crib Mattress, Naturepedic has launched many new models to meet the growing demand for high quality non-toxic baby and children’s mattresses and bedding.
Naturepedic was kind enough to send me one of their 2 Sided Contoured Changing Pads for review. Now, I already had a changing pad that I used with Maggie and I honesty didn’t think there would be much of a difference, besides the fact that this changing table was made with MUCH better materials, but I was wrong!
Here are the details of this pad:
- Waterproof organic cotton cover – luxurious organic cotton fabric with a clear 100% polyethylene food-grade waterproof coating; non-allergenic and easy-to-clean
- Organic cotton filling – pure, natural, and chemical-free
- Firm support – features air-core, a non-toxic support layer made from 100% food-grade polyethylene
- Fire protection – non-toxic fire barrier system meets and exceeds all federal and state flammability standards without the use of potentially harmful chemicals
- Non-toxic design – no vinyl, pvc, or phthalates; no polyurethane foam; no latex or wool eliminates potential latex allergenic concerns
My older sister was due to have a baby just a few weeks after I was due with Jacob and she was in need of a changing pad. Since I was receiving this one for review, I told her that she could have Maggie’s old changing pad. It had been months since the cover on Maggie’s changing pad has gotten dirty, so it had been months since I’d taken it off. When I did take the cover off to give the pad to my sister, I was shoked at how worn it was. I’d only been using this changing pad for 2 years (and always with a cover), but it showed a lot of wear. Maggie’s changing pad was also squishy–very squishy and not in a good way. It felt like it had been stuffed with cheap foam/filling that was rapidly deteriorating.
I wish I had thought to take video of the old pad before I gave it away so I could show you the difference in the firmness of the two, but I didn’t! I did find something similar to show you–watch this:
The firmness of this changing pad is defenitely one of my favorite features. It is a night and day difference from the old changing pad! It is also so nice to know that there is one less chemical-filled item in my babies room–especially something that he comes into contact with a number of times a day!
Oh, and incase you’re wondering–yes, the waterproof cover works wonderfully–it’s been tested out a number of times by my son!
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