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Old 06-18-2008, 02:58 PM   #9
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Re: Crib mattresses can be toxic !

Originally Posted by Indianamom*2 View Post
Would a wool mattress pad help with the gassing ? We have a waterproof one on there but I dont think that its anything special.
Unfortunately I don't think wool will stop offgassing. Wool is breathable and therefore permeable to any gases that might be rising from the materials below. If you can air it out for a while, that would help.

There is a mattress cover on the market called babesafe which is made of polyethylene plastic that naivete referred to, and is made to encase those offgassing toxic mattresses. It does make sense that it would work....polyethylene is one of those "safe" plastics (i.e., it is not known to leach or offgas like PVC, for example), and is impermeable so any offgassing should be contained within the cover. Apparently this cover is very popular in New Zealand, where it is believed to have reduced the number of sids deaths (though I don't know if this is actually a proven fact, or just something claimed by the company). http://www.mothering.com/discussions/archive/index.php/t-97270.html

I have a waterproof (I think it's PUL) layer on DD's mattress cover, which I think would help stop offgassing....but it doesn't wrap all the way around the mattress, so I'm looking into getting a babesafe or similar cover. Ironic, that you can use plastic to prevent exposure to toxins emitted from other kinds of plastic .
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