Three Essentials for a Chemical-Free Kid’s RoomAug 03, 2014 03:54AM ● By Christine Chamberlin
From the nursery to the dorm, creating a chemical-free kid’s room is essential to minimize or avoid exposure to toxins found in many modern bedrooms, like dust mites, mold and mildew. As children grow and mature, their lungs, skin and digestive systems are especially prone to the dangers of indoor environmental pollutants; rising rates of allergies and asthma indicate that more attention needs to be paid to these areas. A healthy environment is critical to enhance overall physical development, reduce chemical sensitivities, improve sleep and keep childhood allergies at bay.
By investing in three essential items, it’s easy to create a kid’s room that’s as safe and healthy as it is fun and relaxing.
Organic or all-natural mattress or mattress topper:
Unlike conventional mattresses, organic mattresses are crafted using renewable and natural materials. Available at various price points, organic mattresses are also available in sizes that are just right for each stage of childhood:
Baby – A child receives the best and safest start in life with an organic crib mattress like the No-Compromise Organic Crib Mattress by naturepedic, which is completely waterproof with a non-toxic fire barrier system.
Toddler – Just-their-size mattress options for this age include the Toddler Mattress by Pure Rest Organics, which features organic cotton and chemical-free wool.
Pre-schooler, grade-schooler and teen – Once they’ve graduated to a twin or full bed, make sure it’s organic or all natural like The Grow with Me Sleep System from Suite Sleep’s Little Lamb Organics line. The bed starts with a latex mattress and grows with two different toppers that add plushness and comfort as needed.
Young adult – Outfit their dorm room with an XL twin mattress topper (available in wool, latex or cotton) to provide extra cushioning, soft comfort and a barrier between them and their conventional mattress. A topper like the Classic 1000 Wool Mattress Topper by Naturally Organic goes on top of the mattress, and then the fitted sheet goes over both the topper and the mattress itself.
Washable, kid-proof pillows:
Whether it’s from nightly pillow fights or frequent contact with chocolate-covered fingers, a child’s pillow needs to be laundered often. The Organic Rubber Children’s Pillow by Naturally Organic is chemical-free, comfortable and easy to care for. At 14 by 19 inches, it’s the perfect size for children. Filled with organic rubber that’s antibacterial, hypoallergenic and dust resistant, it has a heavy-duty, 100 percent organic cotton cover that’s removable and machine-washable.
According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, “the air within homes and other buildings can be more seriously polluted than the outdoor air in even the largest and most industrialized cities.” As a result, it is now vital to clean the air in a child’s room with an air purifier like Baby’s Breath by Austin Air (available in pink or blue). Using HEPA filtration, this type of air purifier eliminates 99.97 percent of all particles three microns in size or larger, making a difference that’s immediate and noticeable.
Christine Chamberlin is co-founder and co-owner of The Clean Bedroom, a resource for allergy-free, eco-friendly mattresses, bedding and accessories. Celebrating its 10th anniversary later this year, The Clean Bedroom has sleep showrooms in Greenwich, CT, Wellesley, MA, Portland, ME, Kittery, ME, New York, NY, Santa Monica, CA, and Austin, TX. For more information, visit TheCleanBedroom.com or call 207-438-9778. See ad, page 29.