So you’re now a proud parent to your sweet little one. Congratulations! Of course, one of the foremost concerns you have is finding a good bed for your baby to sleep on, and for good reason: babies in general can spend 12-16 hours a day just sleeping. Your baby’s long slumbers and his delicate, developing lungs reiterate the need to create a safe sleeping environment.
In terms of creating a harmless environment for rest, your major focus should fall on the mattress in your baby’s crib. If you think that you can choose any kind mattress out there since they’re fairly innocuous as far as health effects go, you’re mistaken. A study conducted by engineers from the University of Texas at Austin have yielded rather unsettling results: foam padding in conventional crib mattresses have been found to release harmful volatile organic compounds (VOCs)—substances which are also found in the likes of household cleaners.