Babies & Kids | Cribs, Mattresses & Bedding

 

 

Naturepedic

Listen to my interview with Naturepedic Founder Barry Cik.

GOTS-certified “organic mattresses,” created by a concerned grandfather who is also an environmental engineer. Also certified by Greenguard to their highest standard, these mattresses DLDRP-logo-formalfeature organic cotton and natural materials, and nontoxic food-grade waterproofing. Meets all fire regulations without use of toxic chemicals. No harmful chemicals or known allergens. Proper firmness, comfort and fit. Made in the USA by a family who cares and understands the issues.

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Lullaby Earth

“A revolutionary lightweight baby crib mattress that offers all the benefits you want in a crib mattress without any harmful chemicals or allergens. The mattress weighs only seven pounds, so it’s easy to lift when changing the sheets, which is particularly helpful with the newer Crib that no longer have the drop-side features. And it’s also affordable (not one of those high-priced models). Made of food-grade PE and PETE and designed to be free from harmful chemicals and allergens. You can even recycle this mattress when it’s outgrown. The mattress contains no polyurethane foam (including “soybean” foam blends), vinyl/PVC, polyurethane coated nylon or damask, PFC water-resistant treatments, antibacterial biocides and the various chemicals associated with these materials. DLDRP-logo-formalMade by the family who also created the Naturepedic mattresses. Tested by independent third-party laboratories and certified to meet the GREENGUARD® Children & Schools Certification  standard and their even more stringent “Select” Certification standard.

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Shepherd’s Dream

Listen to my interview with Shepherd’s Dream Owner Sarah Sunshine Smith.


Makes a complete crib set (mattress, bumper pads, etc out of organically grown wool and cotton). Family-owned by an experienced natural mother. This company is about wool–sleeping on it and under it, cuddling with it, and loving the wool and the sheep and the land. Founder Eliana Jantz has been working with wool as long as I’ve been writing about natural products (her daughter now runs the business). Eliana led the development of EcoDomestic Wool, “a collaboration which involves the sheep growers, wool processors, product makers and promoters in gradually developing an infrastructure which ensures environmentally friendly and sustainable practices and fair prices to the woolgrower.” DLDRP-logo-formalAll within a few miles distance, the sheep are pastured, the wool is milled, and the products are sewn by local women in a renovated storefront, all in site of majestic Mt. Shasta in northern California. Be sure to tell them “Debra sent me.”

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Wholesome Linen

line of sleep essentials for infants and toddlers made from organic linen fabrics and raw flax fibers. Selection includes a toddler car seat liner. “Our products are soft, hypo-allergenic, machine washable and long lasting. We make them with100% organic raw flax fibers, without adding any dyes or bleaches. We source our flax from certified organic farms in Europe where it has been grown the same way for generations. We turn it into high quality essential sleep products that we deliver to you from Denver, Colorado.”

 

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Organic Designs

Organic toddler/preschool nap mats, made by a parent-owned company in New Hampshire. They also make a toddler comforter that doubles as a playmat, and toddler pillows. “We Make Modern, Stylish, Durable yet Super Comfy Organic Children’s Nap Mats from Certified Organic Cotton Fabric and Certified Organic Cotton Batting. Our Organic Nap Mats are Ideal for Toddlers, Daycare, Preschool and Rest Time at Kindergarten. They Can Also Be Used for Vacations and Sleep overs. There are NO Harmful Chemicals or Pesticides in Our Products. We DO NOT use Polyester, Toxic Dyes or Chemical Washes of any kind. Our Organic Nap Mats are Safe, Eco Friendly and Non-Toxic.”

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Vermont Bunkbeds

Sturdy, simple bunk beds, loft beds and beds with drawers beneath, made from local Vermont hardwoods. Finished in your choice of colors with Natura Zero-VOC paint or Old-Fashioned Milk Paint with Vermont Natural Coatings finish. “In shopping for bunk beds for their own children, Scott & Amy realized the need for a safer product that would hold up to the every day demands of their active boys and yet still be affordable for the everyday family. So Scott and Amy began dreaming of devoting their skills and experience to building solid wood beds that would be safe for children and affordable for parents.”

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Maine Bunk Beds

Sturdy, real hardwood bunk beds made from nontoxic materials with kid-friendly colors and designs. “While many furniture companies use softer, less durable woods like pine, we use poplar—a high-quality, sustainable, locally sourced, renewable hardwood…Except for the architectural bolts used to attach the rails to the corner frames we don’t use any metal in our beds: no wood screws, no metal plates, and no braces or angles used to artificially reinforce inferior products. We never use particle board or composite material in our beds.” Finishes are my favorites: Old-Fashioned Milk Paint and Vermont Natural Coatings. All of their beds are made to meet your needs and aesthetics. They also sell natural mattresses.

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Kids Collection Organic

A whole collection of Crib and furniture for babies and kids (some suitable for adults too) made from all-natural materials (organic in the name refers to the materials being of nature–no petrochemicals are used). All pieces are made with FSC-certified solid wood, handmade by local Amish craftsmen. Stains and finishes are plant-based, food-safe, water-soluable, and VOC-free (the owner said to me “I’ve licked this finish off my hands.”). Construction waste is minimal as wood scraps and sawdust are used for heat; wood chips and shredded paper are used for animal bedding. The only exception is a water-based glue, which is the least-toxic glue they could find. They have a good range of styles, both traditional and modern.

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Argington

Crib and "modern children's furniture" made from sustainable materials. "We are passionate about working as a family to craft furniture for other families. Their design aesthetic is "clean, simple, and tasteful. Our children are the inspiration for each new design and each piece is crafted to have that personal feel." Sustainability is expressed in both design and materials. "Our furniture is designed with longevity and reusability as an essential criterion. We offer adjustable seating that grows with your child, table tops that are reusable and also are adjustable, Crib that convert to toddler beds, space saving trundle beds, and storage solutions that are multifunctional and adaptable to a myriad of styles and conditions. We create designs that are crafted to be timeless and can easily be passed from one child to the next…Argington uses 99% wood products in it's furniture, with virtually no mdf, particle board, flake board or other similar engineered wood products. The wood comes from managed renewable forrests established specifically to provide long-term responsible solutions towards the growing demand of timber related products – FSC certified. Our finishes are non-toxic and can withstand the test of time. Aside from our solid wood components, the birch plywood used in our products are made with low emission glues which nearly eliminate long term emissions and offgasing. We have even coordinated efforts with our energy efficient production facilities to develop manufacturing processes that help maximize yeild and minimize waste of raw material."

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