So, since we got pregnant with T, we've been on a health kick. No BPA in the house, no microwaving in plastic, and almost 100% organic vegis, with all free-range organic meats.
One thing we read which we found really convincing was that the SIDS issue was partly caused by flame retardants in baby mattresses. Most people buy new mattresses and the babies, when they sleep on their tummies, breathe in the toxins all night long.
We bought an organic mattress, and we were particularly glad when T made it VERY clear at a very young age that he was a tummy sleeper. We tried to get him to sleep on his side, on his back, on our chest, but eventually we gave in. Dude liked to sleep like a little roasted chicken with his booty in the air and his face in the mattress.
We bought him a crib mattress which at the time seemed a little excessive price wise, but as we're about to use it with our second baby - we're so glad we made the investment with our first!
T slept really well on it, even with his excessive vomiting (pretty much his entire life) the mattress looks good as new as we took it out of storage. When we did our garage clean out/moving baby things into the house again move, we realized one thing we didn't do well - the changing table.
Baby T actually did spend a good bit of time there. Bubbs would play him guitar, he had stuff to look at, and was generally happy, but we didn't think about the fact that the changing pad was made of plain OLD foam. We had inherited it from my sister, and at the time weren't as aware of the dangers of foam decomposing. After being in our garage for a year, it was in even worse shape, so we tossed it. Strangely, there weren't a lot of alternatives to the poison foam ones!
Once again I did a search for naturepedic (since we had such good luck there with our crib mattress) and ended up purchasing the contoured changing pad as well.
While I usually prefer to buy things used, I couldn't find this used at all!
We dropped a few more dollars on this than we had originally planned, but our little guys are so important to us and anything we can do to increase their safety and health, we're in for.
I'm still going to handmake a changing pad cover once my leave starts (in 7 days!), but for now, T likes to put his dolls on it (it fits perfectly on our ikea expedit shelves too!).
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