Organic Baby Furniture: Important Features to Look For
When looking specifically at baby furniture, here are some things to keep in mind…
GOTS-certified Products and/or Materials
When shopping for baby furniture, you’ll want to look for the GOTS logo!
GOTS stands for Global Organic Textile Standard. This is a rigorous organic certification that can be applied to either an individual component of a product (cotton, wool, etc.) or the entire product as a whole.
GOTS-certified organic cotton, for example, is free of pesticides, bleach, or other harmful chemicals.
When a product is completely GOTS-certified, that means that all of the components of the product have been evaluated as well as the actual manufacturing facility.
It’s best to avoid synthetic materials whenever possible and opt for organic cotton, organic wool, natural latex, and sustainably-sourced wood with zero-VOC stains.
The products in your nursery are some of the first items your baby is coming into contact with so you want them to be safe and pure.
Organic and natural materials give parents peace of mind and considering that you’re already stressed out and running on little sleep, why not give yourself that little boost of reassurance?
Thinking about specific safety features, particularly for a crib, is important.
While they are no longer legally sold in the United States, make sure you are not using a crib with drop-side rails since these types of cribs have unfortunately proven to be dangerous.
Crib rails should also be no more than 2 3/8” apart to ensure that your baby does not fall out of the crib. Toddlers using a crib have the risk of getting their head stuck between the slats if there is too much of a gap.
While we understand that everyone’s price point varies when purchasing a crib, it’s best to purchase a new one that meets the safety requirements of the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) rather than using a used crib that may or may not meet said standards.
When thinking about an actual crib mattress, it’s critical that it’s very firm. A softer mattress will not give a baby adequate support and could cause the child to “sink” into the mattress.
Soft crib mattresses and even used crib mattresses have been linked to a higher risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). A 2002 study found that an infant was three times more likely to die from SIDS with a used crib mattress, most likely due to increased risk of exposure to bacteria, mold, mildew, and fungus.