Baby Information

Babies and Chemicals

It's very important to protect your little ones from the dangerous and damaging effects of toxic chemicals. Babies, especially newborns have immature immune systems that do not have the ability to detoxify the effects of dangerous and toxic chemicals, such as adults do.


Babies are especially vulnerable to chemicals that are found in everyday products in the home. As a result they may begin to suffer from asthma, allergies, behavioral disorders, rashes, chemical sensitivities, learning disorders, cancer and more.


Many parents eagerly welcome their new babies into their lives by creating a beautiful new nursery for them. They fill the nursery with things such as a new crib, mattress, bedding, new paint and carpeting. Unknowingly they are exposing their children to a wide variety of items that are all most likely emitting some type of toxic fumes.


All of these items combined, add up to a toxic chemical soup that your baby will be sleeping in each day. On average, a newborn sleeps between 15 and 17 hours a day, and a toddler normally sleeps around 12 hours per day. This is a very important reason to make your baby's nursery as non-toxic as possible.


Conventional mattresses have been found to contain fire-retardants, dyes and polyester coverings. Choosing the safest products for your baby provide them with the healthiest head start in life.



Studies haven't found an exact cause as of yet for SIDS, but they have found many things they feel might be providing contributing factors to this terrible crisis that's on the rise worldwide.


They have been analyzing bedding that has been used by babies that have died from SIDS and they have found traces of arsenic, phosphorus and antimony. They have also found that the mattresses usually contain fire-retardants and plasticizing agents that contain the above chemicals. It's been proven that when you sleep, your body sluffs off dead skin cells. These cells can become organic matter for organisms to feed on.


Some scientists are starting to believe that Fungi combined with chemicals from bedding and mattresses may cause toxic nerve gas emissions that may be contributing to SIDS.


Due to manufacturing processes used products such as mattresses contain fire-retardants that will emit toxic chemicals. These chemicals are very serious health hazards to adults, but even more dangerous to young children, and babies (with developing immune systems.


Dr. Jim Sprott, a scientist and chemist in New Zealand has stated that in his opinion, the cause of SIDS may be toxic gasses generated from a baby's mattress (off gassing).


Testing their new theory, New Zealand health care professionals tried wrapping baby mattresses in a special cover that gasses could not penetrate. Testinng to see if there is a connection between SIDS and and the toxic chemicals found in a baby's mattress. During the test 100,000 babies were evaluated and out of that sum, not one baby died from SIDS. The results of this study confirmed their belief that there is a correlation between the child's sleeping environment and SIDS.


Before parents in New Zealand began wrapping their mattresses the country had the highest rate of SIDS in the world. Now, with the covers on the mattresses eliminating the off-gassing of the mattress the SIDS rate has dropped to 0 in those using the specially-designed mattress covers.


They feel encouraged that there is new hope now that they can help prevent SIDS with safe sleeping practices such as not using blankets or pillows, using an organic baby mattress or wrapping your existing conventional baby mattress in the specially made mattress cover.



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Ways To Keep Your Baby Safer


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  • Use an organic crib mattress.
  • Use organic bedding, blankets and clothing.
  • Use non-toxic baby care and laundry products.
  • Do not use pesticides in your home and yard.
  • Do not use blankets and pillows in you baby's crib.
  • Choose healthy natural paint, carpeting and padding for your nursery.