Our aim is to raise happy, healthy babies and toddlers by relieving them of some of the thousands of chemicals in everyday use; that’s why we created our Australian Organic Baby Nursery™. We are parents and grandparents too, and we go to great lengths to provide all our children with the very best start to life.
There is a lot of information available on the internet which is sometimes driven by large corporations, presenting conflicting views, which often causes confusion.
To add balance to the questions about baby safety standards, we’ve included some of the most common ones on this page to help you get clearer about what’s really important to you.
Can I Use A New Organic Baby Mattress In An Old Cot?
Please DO NOT USE imported timber and timber products (which are most likely fumigated) with your pure organic cotton mattress. We also DO NOT recommend the use of pine cots due to the high content of terpenes (turpentine). DO NOT use chipboard, MDF or plywood either, or you are decreasing the chances of experiencing the real HEALTH BENEFITS associated with purchasing a pure organic cotton mattress in the first place.
Should I Wrap My Organic Mattress In A BabeSafe® Cover?
No. BabeSafe® covers were introduced to wrap conventional mattresses containing a variety of harmful chemicals, including nerve toxins.
Certified Organic Cotton Mattresses do not contain these chemicals so there is no need to wrap.
Has Your Cot Mattress Had The Voluntary Standards Testing Done?
Yes. We’ve done our own testing … and we take the question of baby safety even further than that … it makes so much more sense to be thoughtful about what babies are inhaling though their nose, ingesting through their mouth and/or absorbing through their skin!
We thought about everything regarding the health of children, by making sure there are definitely NO chemicals in any of our bedding products like there are in most regular bedding products, NO potential volatile oils such as you would get in pine nursery furniture, NO fumigation of mattress fillings, NO toxic timber finishes etc.
We are advised that the bassinet or cradle mattress needs to be ‘firm’ so that baby doesn’t suffocate. When the mattress is made from a natural and fully breathable medium such as Certified Organic Cotton, the likelihood of suffocation is minimised even further.
Is The Organature Organic Cotton Cot Mattress Approved By SIDS Foundation?
As far as we can ascertain ‘SIDS’ has never indicated the possibility of chemicals as a cause. We believe chemicals (among other causes) have a very strong bearing on these “sudden deaths”.
Our mattresses have been on the market now the last 9 plus years and we continuously receive positive comments and testimonials. They do start a little softer than conventional foam and rubber mattresses but they do NOT contain chemicals and are thus far healthier for your baby. As cotton does not have a ‘memory’, it does not bounce back. The surface will become firmer with regular turning of the mattress. Your baby is not heavy and will not sink into the mattress to the extent you would when pressing on the top with your hands.
While it might make sense that the SIDS foundation recommends latex, (foamed rubber) mattresses for their firmness, to us, an even more important aspect is that baby does NOT sleep on a toxic mattress full of chemicals which can exacerbate SIDS, allergies, asthma and so many other health issues.
A MESSAGE FROM ONE OF OUR FOUNDERS – Peter Byl
For many years I was in the “conventional bedding and textile trade” and slowly came to know what was wrong with it, after suffering with severe Chemical Sensitivity and Debilitating Lethargy. I discovered first hand the negative effects from the many chemicals they contained, some of those are nerve toxins and THAT is what exacerbates SIDS, not the softness, or firmness of a mattress.
Because of my ailments and my own experience with the many chemicals in the conventional bedding and linen trade, I decided that I wanted to change over to a 100% Organic Cotton and Australian Hardwood Bedroom.
Since then, our lives have improved out of sight. I no longer suffer with hayfever, asthmatic condition, allergies, sinusitis or migraine type headaches any more.
The results were so incredible, it inspired me to help others, and we have been doing that since 2004.
Here’s why we opted to go for a 100% Organic Cotton and Australian Hardwood Bedroom.
- The latex in conventional mattresses contains chemicals.
- Many people are allergic to wool, the wool is not certified organic and therefore you have no guarantee that it contains no harmful chemicals.
- “Poly” products are laden with petro chemical and should be avoided.
- People who suffer with allergies are also allergic to pine, eucalypt and teatree because, even though they are natural materials these plants are classed as volatile. It is the oil in them that make them so. Same for timbers like Cedar and Cyprus.
We have been supplying our mattresses for more than 9 years and have never had any complaints or received notifications of any problems.
In recent years, as we became personally aware of the problems created by toxic lifestyles and a chemical laden environment, our own children and grandchildren have also followed the path of reducing the chemicals in their lives. It is a matter of taking one step at a time and where better to begin than with your precious one.
We prefer to go back to basics, always recommending you start with the simple things; fresh air, clean water, pure food, organic products, and most importantly, a happy heart.