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.

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.

I started to argue. Walk away Sommer, walk away.

Online I have found two different organic mattresses I am  considering from Oscar and Belle.  They also offer an organic crib mattress.

These are the beds I am trying to decide between:


White Beadboard Twin Daybed – Twin Daybed (White) 80


Kids Wrought Iron Bed – Twin Bed (Antique White) 78 x 39


Kids Antique White Jenny Lind Spindle Bed – Twin Bed (Antique White) 82 x 42

I’ll write more on this in detail soon but I’m also freaking out about flame retardants coating my babies matress.  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 XRF Analyzer!

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  1. My daughter is 16 months and I’m researching toddler beds too. The iron bed…that is something I did not think of. So far, my research has led me to unfinished furniture and you can either put a low VOC paint on or a wax paste (or so I’m told by my fellow bloggers). I did see an ad from Serta a few months ago advertising a Organic Mattress. Maybe we just have to search more. Sad that everything has to be so difficult to buy. Thanks for the information, and I look forward to a future post on this topic!!!

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  2. Aren’t wool mattresses supposed to be naturally flame resistant and non-toxic?

    I am a huge believer in co-sleeping and one of the reasons is that I am so terrified to put my girls on a bed soaked in chemicals but my bed might not be any better!! I want one of those counters too!

  3. We have been looking for a new bed for us on and off for almost two years now! It’s just us adults (no kids) and its still stressful, both in terms of cost and making the right choice. I refuse to buy a conventional mattress due to my chemical sensitivities — I wish there was an easy choice to make!

  4. I too have been looking into organic mattresses and been frustrated and freaked out. My understanding with the flame retardants is that you have to have a prescription from a doctor in order to be able to purchase a mattress that does not have the flame retardants. They are out there, both organic and without the chemical flame retardants, but then there’s that other factor: they’re prohibitively expensive for a lot of us. That’s all I know so far. Oh, that and we’ll have to have any organic mattress shipped to us because they don’t sell them in our town anywhere (which adds more expense).
    Keep us posted as you learn more, please! Thanks!

  5. Funny that you should post about this, as we are currently obsessing over what bed to buy for ourselves. I recently wrote a two-part series on my blog about buying organic mattresses for my sons. We ended up purchasing them “budget” organic latex mattress (at organicgrace.com) and putting them on traditional, but all wood/no particle board, platform beds. Now, we’ve decided on a mattress for ourselves, but are still debating about the right bed frame. I’m leaning toward trying to pick one up on Craiglist, as at least a lot of the off-gassing is done when you buy used (and, let’s face it, it’s a lot less expensive!)

  6. @ Margie — It’s true that you need a doctor’s note to buy a mattress with no fire retardants. But, if you buy an organic mattress with wool (a natural fire retardant), you’re good — i.e. don’t need a note. That’s what we got for our boys and are planning to get for ourselves. Also, some online stores offer free shipping with certain brands/styles, which can definitely save a lot of money!

  7. We just bought my son a Vivetique mattress who is 18. He has asthma and other allergies. We bought him a queen because he can take it with him for years to come. He loves it.

    It is made with organic wool, cotton and natural latex. You have to be careful because some of the natural latex mattress are blended with synthetics. Also, make sure the wool, cotton, etc are not treated. Ask what they put in the corners of the mattress. Some companies put in foam.

    I bought his mattress at the Organic Mattress Store in PA. (http://www.theorganicmattressstore.com/) He actually laid on the mattress in their showroom. You can order online too. These mattress are pricey but are suppose to last a long time.

    OMS sell beds as well but I like the craig’s list idea. I buy alot of used furniture because it has already off-gassed.

    Our mattress is an organic cotton mattress that is 8 years old. I still like the spring which my son does not get with his particular mattress. Others provide this.

    Anna http://www.green-talk.com

  8. Hey, what would be the difference between a chemical-free matress and an organic mattress? Wouldn’t they be one and the same?
    Thanks.
    Can someone email me a response at moneill@rgj.com.

  9. great blog! having a hard time convincing hubby that the bed he brought in our home is indeed TOXIC….

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  10. Baby’s grow up fast. I feel the same about my baby girl who is 17 months and on her feet struggling to climb out her crib, wanting to go where she pleases. I also have moments when she is sleeping that I just stare at her wishing she won’t grow so fast, but no one can stop time. My husband, being sweet as he is, had gone online and searched for a toddler bed where our baby can sleep soundly and no more scary moments once she is left alone on her crib, he found one at http://www.babydirect.com/c-128-toddler-beds.aspx Their prices are reasonable and products are really safe. Great selection too!

  11. Most people consider a queen size bed to be a sufficient enough space for two people to sleep on. There is enough room for both to have their own “space” and not be crowded. Queen sized beds generally have enough dimension and is most likely the reason for their popularity. One of the biggest mistakes of all times is when a couple buys a bed and didn’t take dimensions into consideration. Many squeeze into a full size bed and end up miserable after a short period of time.

  12. Statistics say that almost half of our lives we spend by sleeping, so I agree that it's very important to keep things safe and comfortable in that area. I for one have an entire ritual when it comes to sleeping, especially now since I have an organic latex mattresses and I'm looking into Feng Shui for setting up the furniture the right way for me.

  13. Statistics say that almost half of our lives we spend by sleeping, so I agree that it's very important to keep things safe and comfortable in that area. I for one have an entire ritual when it comes to sleeping, especially now since I have an organic latex mattresses and I'm looking into Feng Shui for setting up the furniture the right way for me.

  14. Hi Rebecca

    I also not recommended you the unfinished furniture because of low intensity paints are applied over it an it will be good for your daughter.

    – Jonahtan G.

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  16. Hi,

    It is a nice organic mattress. What so good about it is that it is non-toxic and so safe for the children especially those kids that have sensitive condition.

    I'm happy you shared this so, I don't to worry more looking for an organic mattress. But really to be honest I never thought there's one like this. Thanks for sharing.

  17. All the 3 beds looks really good. My advice is choose the bed that suits your child's personality and also test it's comfortableness.

  18. A place to try
    http://www.nontoxicbeds.com/
    They sell in several ways. Through precription, but also they let you buy the foam only and then a cover to make your bed non toxic or they allow you to buy and take the flame retardent barrier out. Their mattresses are super comfy as we all sleep on one. Hope this helps you all.

  19. Those beds are really nice and it is really a must that we would be able to give what is the best for our child because that is what being a good parent is all about.

  20. try the futons at The Futon Shop, in San Francisco. They make their mattresses by hand organic mattresses..lots of options. Witha  doctor’s note,,, no fire retadants are put in.

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