The Just Gel, Baby! CRIB mattress
The IntelliBED baby crib mattress uses hospital tested Intelli-Gel® for both cushioning and support to make sure that it’s non-toxic, anti-microbial, and hypo-allergenic. IntelliGel is so safe because it’s made from the same material used to make baby bottle nipples, and besides that it offers exceptional pressure relief.
WARNING: Crib Mattresses Emit High Rates of Potentially Harmful Chemicals
In a first-of-its-kind study, a team of environmental engineers at The University of Texas found that infants are exposed to high levels of chemical emissions from crib mattresses while they sleep. The team analyzed the polyurethane foam and polyester foam padding from 20 new and old crib mattresses, and they found significant amounts of volatile organic compounds (VOCs), potentially harmful chemicals also found in household items such as cleaners and scented sprays.
More than 30 VOCs in the mattresses were identified, including phenol, neodecanoic acid and linalool. The most abundant chemicals identified in the crib mattress foam, such as limonene (a chemical that gives products a lemon scent), are routinely found in many cleaning and consumer products.
Infants are more sensitive to these chemicals because they sleep longer than adults and inhale much more air per body weight, meaning they experience about 10 times as much inhalation exposure as adults when exposed to the same level of VOCs.