My daughter is 21 months and she’s climbing out her crib.
Why? Why can’t she just stay in her crib until she is three like her brother? He never tried to climb out. He was happy in his crib.
Not my little girl. She wakes up and out she climbs. All times of the night, too! I’m dreading the move to the “big girl” bed. For a few reasons…
- She’s not a baby anymore but really she is. I’m probably not having anymore babies so why does she have to grow up so quickly?
- I’ll have to probably sleep in her room with her for awhile.
- I have to try to find a big girl bed that is safe and a non-toxic organic mattress and bedding.
Non-Toxic Organic Mattresses
Okay, so now I have to get over my dreaded fears and get onto shopping. I’m sure I’m not the only mom out there looking for safe bedding, so maybe I can help. Since I’m researching and reading anyhow I might as well share with you what I’ve found.
Like the organic mattress for starters. I know I want an organic mattress. My daughter has asthma and I want to be as safe and non-toxic as possible. I went to my local furniture store and I got a funny look and was told they don’t make organic mattresses but they sell chemical free mattresses. Too bad, huh!
Online I have found two different organic mattresses I am considering from Oscar and Belle. They also offer an organic crib mattress.
I’ll write more on this in detail soon but I’m also freaking out about flame retardants coating my babies mattress. Jessica from Green Phone Booth (previously Surely You Nest) told me about her experience with Ikea and her so called $900 eco-mattress that really is coated with flame retardants.
It would be like buying the baby carrots washed in bleach, I’d feel angry and annoyed but out a lot more money then a bag of orange bleached baby carrots! When we were in D.C. Jennifer, from The Smart Mama (trust me she is smart), tested toys for lead with her nifty XRF Analyzer but she also tested a hotel mattress.
Flame retardants were found and the level wasn’t low! Gasp! So not only do I want a organic mattress but I don’t want to find out later that I purchased a mattress for some big dollars and it is coated in chemicals. I wish I had a!
Beds To Consider
These are the beds I am trying to decide between:
Max & Lily Solid Wood Twin-Size Bed with Trundle Bed
This bed is built with New Zealand pine and is non-toxic. It also comes with toddler holders, which will be great for my daughter and a trundle bed. So, when she has sleepovers, her friend can sleep right there next to her!
It also does not require a box-spring, but a simple standard mattress, as it comes with sprung slats. So, I can save some money there.
KidKraft Toddler Houston Bed, Honey
The one is another good option because I can use her existing crib mattress. That means she will feel right at home, but not be climbing out of the crib anymore.
The downside is that she will outgrow it sooner or later and then I will be right back to square one.
Costzon Toddler Bed
The reason I love this one so much is that it has side protection, to help my daughter get used to a bed. After all, a crib is protected all around, and I have the feeling she might have some anxiety with absolutely no barriers between her and the floor. This is a great compromise.
And, it’s a great looking dark wood with eco-friendly paint, which I think is a huge plus.
Baby Relax Burton, Cherry
Another great bed with guard rails, the Baby Relax is the last on the list. The rails are also removable, so as your child grows, you can choose to remove them and give them more freedom (or a grown up feeling!).
The only downside of this bed is that I have not been able to find anything about the chemicals and paint used in it’s construction.
Moving your baby (ahem, toddler) from a crib to a bed is a big step and making the right decisions is always tough.
I find that if you consider how your little one behaves and what they like into consideration it really helps make the transition a smooth one.