FAQ: Organic Baby Mattresses and Wool

Welcome, friends! We know that there is lots of information out there when it comes to organic and natural products, and it can be difficult to sort through it all. Also, you may have many questions about why we choose to sell the particular products we have on our site. So, each Tuesday, we will choose a question that frequently gets asked and expound upon it, helping you as a consumer make better, more informed choices. If there are any questions you have that you would like to see answered in one of these posts, please contact us and let us know. We love to hear from you! Today, Ami will be answering a question we are often asked:

Why is wool used in your organic baby mattresses?

As you look through our selection of baby mattresses, you will notice a similarity running throughout all of them: wool is used as the outer fabric. There are many qualities of wool that make it an ideal material for use in organic and all-natural baby mattresses.  The following are some of these qualities:

  1. Wool is breathable.
  2. Wool is naturally flame resistant.
  3. Wool helps to regulate body temperature.
  4. Wool, tightly felted, is naturally water repellant.
  5. Wool inhibits mold, mildew and bacteria growth.
  6. Wool has dust mite repellant properties.

Let’s take a closer look at some of these properties of wool to see why I feel that wool is a superior material choice for organic and all natural baby mattresses.  (Just a quick aside: When I write here about wool, I am referring to naturally grown and processed wool that is free of harsh chemicals and dyes, like the organic and pure grow wool that is used in the organic baby mattresses and bedding at Dandelion Summers.)

The fact that wool is breathable is a very important factor to me.  By breathable, I mean that air can pass through the material.  We all know that we breathe in oxygen and breathe out carbon dioxide.  We also know that excess of carbon dioxide is dangerous.  When a baby sleeps on a surface that is not breathable, there is a possibility that an excess of carbon dioxide could accumulate on the sleeping surface.  I do not like that possibility.

Wool has the ability to regulate body temperature by wicking away moisture from the body.  This can help anyone sleeping on a woolen surface feel more comfortable, but it is especially important for babies who cannot yet regulate their temperature well.  It can be potentially dangerous for babies to overheat.  The use of wool and other natural materials, like cotton blankets, can help babies stay warm, but not overheat.

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Another excellent quality of wool is that it is naturally flame resistant. Chemical fire retardants came into wide use in the 1960’s.  In the past few years there has been a growing concern about these chemicals and their potentially dangerous effects on humans, wildlife and the environment.  When a sufficient layer of wool is used in an organic baby mattress, as is the case in our mattresses, the mattress is flame resistant without the use of added chemicals.

Parents know that babies can make a surprising mess of their surroundings!  Wool’s antibacterial qualities and its ability to inhibit mold and mildew growth make it an excellent choice for use in an organic baby mattress.

Wool is also an environmentally responsible choice, especially when the flocks are organically and humanely managed.  Unlike a mattress made of petrochemicals, all of the materials used in an organic baby mattress from Dandelion Summers can either be composted or recycled.  Lastly, wool is a renewable resource – just one more reason we love it!

As a final note, we know there are many who are concerned with the potential of your baby having an adverse reaction to wool, and are therefore hesitant to purchase a mattress with a wool outer. We will discuss this in detail in an upcoming post, but until then, we do have free allergy test kits available so you can be sure this will not be an issue. Please contact us if you would like one of these kits.

We hope this post helped to answer some of your questions about our use of wool in our baby mattresses. Are there any other questions or concerns you have about wool that we did not address? Leave a comment below and we would be happy to answer any additional questions!

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