In the last several decades, baby bedding has come a long way from traditional receiving blankets and old-fashioned crib sets. In the past, store-bought synthetic blankets made from acrylic and other unnatural fibers were the only option for your little one. However, with the increased awareness of our environment and more ‘green’ and eco-friendly options available, parents can choose from a variety of natural fibers and styles, providing their babies with comfortable and safe bedding alternatives when shopping for their infant’s nursery. Below, a few things to keep in mind when selecting your baby’s bedding.
Tip #1: Go Green
Did you know that your child’s epidermis is 30% thinner than the skin of an adult? Whether or not this fact surprises you, it’s important to remember when choosing bedding, clothing and other items (such as toiletries and stuffed animals) that will come in contact with their delicate skin. Since it’s thinner, your baby’s skin is more susceptible to absorbing harmful chemicals and toxins; therefore, it’s always wise to go green whenever possible – opt for baby bedding and other nursery items made from organic, non-toxic materials and create an environmentally-balanced haven for your little one.
Tip #2: Avoid VOCs
Although you may not have heard of them, VOCs (volatile organic compounds) are found in many of our everyday household items – items such as plastic are typically made from petroleum-based products and produce harmful emissions that may cause respiratory ailments and other health complications. When selecting baby bedding, avoid polyurethane foam, as it is also manufactured from petroleum. Instead, choose crib bedding and mattresses made from natural and organic materials, such as wool, certified organic cotton, and even foam made from natural latex. Read labels carefully to be sure the bedding you’re purchasing is made from materials that were not treated with insecticides or chemical fertilizers, and look for words such as ‘anti-microbial’ and ‘hypoallergenic’.
Tip #3: Keep it Natural
When you’re looking for the healthiest alternatives for your little bundle of joy, opting for undyed cotton bedding is a wonderful green choice to make. Since untreated, unbleached organic cotton contains no harmful chemicals or dyes, it’s naturally safer for their delicate skin and respiratory systems.
As we’ve discovered, although it’s still lovely to receive a handmade baby blanket from a friend or relative, there are many benefits to be noted in today’s modern baby bedding and a wealth of terrific options to choose from.