Your safest bet for baby's bedding is more natural than you think.
We discovered a study* that examines Crib Death (often mistakenly called Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, or SIDS) and its causes.
According to Sprott's study, there is, indeed, evidence as to causes of this horrible heart-breaking occurence.
"The cause of cot death (often erroneously termed Sudden Infant Death Syndrome or SIDS) has been elucidated as being due to extremely toxic ‘nerve’ gases generated by fungal activity on chemicals frequently present in cot mattresses and in certain other bedding commonly used in baby bedding."
Specifically, these are fire retardant chemicals, plus synthetic materials that...uh..."naturally" (?) off-gas chemicals. Yuk.
Sprotts's first estimation of accidental poisoning was in 1986. He suggested that one or more gasses were generated by "microbiological activities on chemicals in the baby's cot."
We suggest the chemicals mentioned are the chemicals used to treat the baby's bedding by the manufacturers.
At this time, Sprotts wasn't able to identify the specific gasses.
That came in 1989.
"In 1989 B.A. Richardson of Britain  independently came to the same conclusion, but in addition was able to identify the gases as the hydrides and/or lower alkyl derivates of phosphorus (P), arsenic (As) and antimony (Sb). He also identified a common fungus, Scopulariopsis brevicaulis, as being probably the principal organism with that capability to be found in babies’ mattresses and other bedding."
Further studies and tests showed that wrapping a mattress, to contain the gasses, did decrease the instances of Crib Death. So that was a step in the right direction....
WOW! It's scary to think that as a parent, you'd need to protect your baby from her own bed! Further time, fear & investment into a wrapper. Yikes.
What if infants were to sleep on a completely clean, natural bed...with a natural fire retardant....with no chemicals, fungus or "microbiological activities"? No side effects, no off-gassing....no gasses "to be contained" in the first place?
Some sheepskins, as the article further notes, can be treated with arsenic...however, ours Happy Lamb Fleeces are not. (And actually, there's no "skin" involved...it's fleece.)
Knowing the source...indeed, knowing our sources and how they operate their businesses are key components to making sure the bedding your beloved little one sleeps on is part of the our values based work ethic.
We know the shepherds. We've met a few of the sheep.
That's part of our commitment to making sure you've got the safest, purest bedding for your baby...and your whole family. We know what's going into the wool because we chose the shepherds for their sustainable methods in caring for and nurturing their sheep.
That's only part of it. There's also the incredible magic-like qualities that wool carries naturally: improved & deeper sleep, an ability to keep you & your family dry, safe & warm throughout the year.
If you're just getting started in incorporating natural materials into the nursery, consider these ideas:
Investing in an all wool crib mattress is our number one suggestion when it comes to creating a safe organic nursery. Just skip the chemicals altogether.
Say you have a conventional mattress and buying a replacement just isn't an option. You can still create a safe, all natural surface (& barrier) for your baby to rest on.
Last Note: Mythbusting the Bumper
Just one more second for an educational moment.
There's a misconception that (all) baby bumpers lead to SIDS. It's not the bumpers themselves but the reduction in air flow which is just enough to trap more of those toxic gases inside where baby is sleeping. The American Association of Pediatrics (AAP) issued a warning against baby bumpers in 2011. That's how bumpers came to get a bad wrap.
The point we're trying to make here is about those toxic gasses in the first place. When materials are used that don't release toxic gasses at all, then the whole bed is safe and breatheable for baby. Even bumpers.
Baby bumpers, when it's made with organic cotton and breatheable wool materials... on an organic mattress with wool bedding is perfectly safe. After all, not all bedding ...or bumpers... are created equally.
All right, we've been plenty clear about safe bedding for baby....but just to be sure, we'll be sharing more this summer about fire retardant chemicals and possibly more about baby bedding & safety.
Here's to sweet dreams for everyone!
*Note: An additional article was written based on this same study. It was published under another bedding company's site that offers their own solution of a gel-based mattress with an organic cotton cover and the additional option of a polythene mattress wrap. While we prefer our methods, we're very grateful for more information on this topic.