Serta ‘organic’ crib mattress

I don’t usually post twice in one day but when something gets me fired up, well then…..all bets off.

I’ve spent a lot of time tonight researching mattresses and mattress covers and have come across some great information to pass on but it’s going to take a week or two to get it all together so you can expect more detail next week.  Anyhow, in the process I came across a Serta organic crib mattress sold at Babies ‘R’ Us.  “Impressive!”, I thought, but not for long.

The mattress is made with organic cotton layers ( I’m not even sure it’s 100% organic cotton ) but it’s clothed in vinyl ( in full disclosure the mattress vinyl is phthalate free but read my post on March 26th about vinyl – nasty stuff ).  To add to it, it also has chemical fire retardants in it instead of using wool, a natural fire retardant.  This irritates me because the label ‘organic’ seems misleading when the organic material is surrounded with a bunch of other toxic crud.  

This is a great reminder to check  ingredients when purchasing products because the label ‘organic’ for mattresses ( and a lot of products ) is not yet regulated.  Serta – we’re watching you and we’re on to your tricks!