Why You Should Be Considering a Natural Crib Mattress

Is your baby's crib mattress truly safe? It's a question that every parent should ask, especially when it comes to the well-being of their precious little one. While it's easy to assume that all crib mattresses are created equal and rigorously regulated for safety, the reality might surprise you.

Imagine this: new crib mattresses, the very place where your baby sleeps and breathes, can release up to four times as many potentially harmful VOCs (Volatile Organic Compounds) as older mattresses. What's more, these emissions increase with your baby's body heat, filling their immediate breathing space with unseen dangers. It's a startling revelation from a study by the University of Texas.

So, why should you consider investing in an organic crib mattress? Is it really necessary for your baby's health? We believe that you, as a parent, should have the knowledge to make an informed decision. In this article, we'll uncover the top five reasons why choosing a natural crib mattress might be one of the most important decisions you'll make for your baby's safety and comfort. From fire retardants to toxic glues and more, we'll shed light on what's lurking in standard crib mattresses and why you should consider a healthier alternative.

Let's dive in and empower you with the information you need to provide the best sleep environment for your little one.

Top 5 Hidden Dangers in Crib Mattresses

1) Brominated Fire Retardants

These fire retardant materials are cause for concern wherever children may come in contact with them. This applies to sofas and any other soft furniture where they may be present, as well as crib mattresses.

Countries in Europe have banned harmful chemicals like flame retardants entirely. PBDE's get stored in the human body with every exposure, making them bioaccumulative.

In experiments with mice, PBDE's lead to problems with the thyroid, developmental problems with learning and motor skills, and cancer.

PDBE's are not only found in mattresses, you'll find them in televisions, computers, carpets, couches, and anything that may have been treated with a fire retardant.

2) Cheap Glues

Why do you want to avoid cheap glue? Simply put, cheap glues contain a number of harmful chemicals that are toxic to children, and standard crib mattresses contain a disproportionate amount of these glues to keep it firm and rigid.

Many of these glues contain volatile organic compounds (VOC's), the same compounds that paint companies are trying to remove from their paints.

3) Polyvinyl Chloride (vinyl)

One of the more important factors in a crib mattress to most parents is a waterproof surface.

In standard crib mattresses, waterproofing is achieved with plastics that contain the hazardous compound polyvinyl chloride, or PVC.

PVC is a toxic chemical and it smells. This outgassing isn't healthy to breathe in, let alone 8-12 hours a night. Over time, as PVC breaks down, it off-gasses vinyl chloride as well.

According to the EPA, Vinyl chloride is a known human carcinogen that causes a rare cancer of the liver. Harmful dioxins are a by-product of the manufacture of vinyl chloride. Dioxins are very toxic to any ecosystem that they may enter.

Another negative to vinyl is that it cracks. Urine, feces, sweat etc seep in through these cracks and accumulate in the mattress. Babies breathe this in while they sleep and every time your child jumps it releases an unhealthy plume of air filled with this concoction of bodily fluids.

A proper natural crib mattress will not contain any PVC plastics for waterproofing. Waterproof mattress protectors are sold separately for many organic crib mattresses which can be easily washed.

4) Polyester Fabrics

Fabrics and batting in crib mattresses are often made with polyester. Why is polyester bad? According to the Ecology Center website, polyester can cause respiratory tract irritation and severe skin rashes. Watch disposable diapers as well for baby health issues  - they also contain polyester.

5) Petrochemical Foams

Most crib mattresses are made with petrochemical-derived foams, such as polyurethane foam. Polyurethane foams and memory foams both give off a chemical odor and have been linked to allergy development and asthma.

Tips for a Healthier Sleep Environment

Creating a healthier sleep environment for your baby is more than just a trend; it's a choice that can profoundly impact their safety and well-being. Consider this: an organic crib mattress from Essentia can be a game-changer in promoting your baby's sleep quality.


  • Enhanced Comfort: Essentia's organic crib mattresses are designed to increase blood flow and relieve pressure points, providing your baby with the ultimate comfort for a good night's sleep. Say goodbye to restless nights!
  • Non-Toxic Materials: Our crib mattresses are crafted with non-toxic materials and no chemical flame retardants, ensuring that your baby is shielded from any potential sleep disruptions caused by exposure to chemically treated fabrics. Their sleep sanctuary remains pure and healthy.
  • Allergen-Free Sleep: A high-density foam core in Essentia's natural crib mattresses helps prevent the emission of allergens from dust mites. This means your baby breathes easier and enjoys a peaceful night's rest.
  • Long-Term Investment: While buying an organic mattress for your baby might seem like a significant investment, it's a smart one. The Lala can be used well into the toddler years, especially in a convertible crib, extending the value of your purchase. 

Invest in your baby's sleep health with Essentia's natural memory foam crib mattresses. It's more than just a mattress; it's a commitment to providing the best sleep environment for your newest addition. Discover the difference that Essentia can make in your baby's sleep quality today.