You’ll see on our product pages that we say our mattresses and accessories have a safer design with no flame retardants - but do you know why? Flame retardants seem to be a pretty good idea, since obviously no one wants their crib mattress or baby product to be flammable! But the truth is that as long as baby’s things aren’t made with highly flammable materials, there’s really no need for flame retardants to be added.
Flame retardants are found in many products, from baby mattresses and car seats to your adult mattresses, couches, electronics, and insulation material. Unfortunately, research is showing that chronic exposure to flame retardant chemicals can lead to many health hazards including endocrine disruption, cognitive delays, and decreased fertility. Babies are at particular risk since their bodies are still developing.
In fact, a study by the Environmental Working Group and Duke University found higher concentrations of flame retardant chemicals in children than adults. It’s increasingly important to avoid flame retardant chemicals in home products, especially products that your baby or child is in frequent contact with.
Laws About Flame Retardants
Many states have various flame retardant bans and other legislation in place to help control exposure to flame retardant chemicals in consumer products. However, it’s very easy for manufacturers to change their flame retardant materials to another option that’s just as toxic without being in violation of the ban.
Household items like mattresses and furniture have to pass federal flammability standards. These types of products often have flame retardant chemicals added to highly flammable synthetic materials like polyurethane foam and memory foam. In addition, some manufacturers do not disclose that they use flame retardant chemicals. By using materials that are pre-treated with flame retardant chemicals, manufacturers can say that they don’t add any flame retardants to the final product, even though it still contains flame retardants.
How Lullaby Earth Avoids Flame Retardants
By using materials that are not highly flammable, we’re able to create a crib mattress that doesn’t need any flame retardants at all. Using food-grade polyethylene and polyester filling and fabric means that our crib mattresses meet flammability standards without the need for flame retardant chemicals or barriers of any kind. Remember: the safest flame retardant is none at all!
Avoiding Flame Retardants in Your Baby’s Nursery
To avoid and reduce your baby’s exposure to flame retardant chemicals, start with the big items like a crib mattress. Make sure you research all baby products before you buy to make sure you select options made without flame retardant chemicals.
You should also use caution if removing old carpeting from your nursery, and avoid putting down new carpet to reduce exposure to flame retardants and other off-gassing VOCs. You can use a vacuum cleaner or air purifier with a HEPA filter to keep the air cleaner from small particulate dust that can carry harmful chemicals.
For a safer crib mattress, remember to shop Lullaby Earth! Our Breeze 2-Stage Breathable Crib Mattress is made without flame retardants and also provides maximum airflow for baby’s comfort.