Let’s talk paint. We moved into our condo a few months ago and I thought I could live with the paint color in our son’s room so we could save some money with all the moving costs. After a month, I couldn’t stand it anymore (peach walls for a boy’s room just isn’t my jam – it didn’t feel like his own space) and wished we had painted before we moved in so I didn’t have to worry about having him exposed to any chemicals. I researched and found that if we used a no-VOC (volatile organic compounds) paint, there would be pretty much low to no odor. Whether you have children or not, always go for a no-VOC paint. They are available in pretty much every brand and available in most colors.
**Side note: VOCs are not only found in paints, but also in cleaning supplies, building materials, furnishings, air fresheners and pesticides- basically anything with a strong odor should be avoided. VOCs can cause serious respiratory illness and cancers, and the EPA doesn’t know much about the long term health effects from daily household VOCs so it’s good to eliminate WHAT YOU CAN by trying to achieve a chemical free home.
Organic Mattress Covers
The importance of organic mattress covers is to protect you and your loved ones from off-gassing chemicals while sleeping. Thankfully, we purchased an organic mattress for our son’s crib mattress, however, my husband and I purchased a conventional mattress 2 years ago and aren’t in the situation to purchase an organic King size mattress for us. If you’re stuck with your current mattress, like we are, there are a few things you can do to improve your current sleeping situation. Just make sure your products are Greenguard Gold certified or GOTS certified ✅
1️⃣. Put an organic mattress encasement around it to protect yourself from on-gassing chemicals. This seriously is a huge encasement that zips up around your mattress!
2️⃣. I then like to put a mattress pad over it. I like it for added protection, not only for us, but for our mattress too. It’s waterproof and dust mite proof, plus, it can help tighten things up to keep the encasement from bunching up.
3️⃣. Organic sheets! Not only are they safe, but comfortable too!
It’s no better time to go over the most important area in your home. It’s where your little angel spends at the very least, 20% of their day: MATTRESSES, SHEETS and BED. I do not share any of this information to cause fear, anxiety or frustration. I have been there as I learned this info, and motherhood will do that to you. Before I had my son, I could care less about this stuff. However, now that I am responsible for another life and we are sicker as a nation than ever before, I feel obligated, honored and thankful to pass along what I have learned. Let’s take a look at how organic mattresses can protect you and your loved ones.
3 reasons why you should consider organic mattresses
1. Get an organic mattress (and mattress cover): Most mattress are chemically treated with flame retardants so unfortunately, they off-gas all sorts of chemicals in your baby’s face, so get a natural fiber and FIRM mattress that is made of wool (a natural flame retardant), cotton and other natural materials. Also, I like to wrap that puppy up in a protective mattress cover to protect your little one and the mattress from all sorts of harmful bacteria, dust and other intruders since no mattress is 100% organic, even though it’s 100% natural fibers.
2. Get 100% organic sheets: not only do they feel the best, but the cotton will not be sprayed with pesticides. Plus, make sure they have no chemical flame retardants or synthetic finishes on them.
3. Get a real-wood crib/bed with non-toxic paint: look for solid wood and if it’s painted, make sure it’s no-VOC paint. Plus, when it comes to teething time, you want to make sure if your little one happens to get paint in their mouth (mine did ??) that it’s the least toxic kind out there.
This stuff is expensive. I know! Thankfully, we actually purchase the crib used (thank you Craigslist). The sheets were reasonable, the mattress and mattress cover cost an arm and a leg. I basically sold a lot of stuff to pay for those, but my son’s health and my peace of mind was well worth every penny to ensure he would have the best✨