10 Eco-Friendly Baby and Kids’ Bedding Essentials

Kids spend up to 40 per cent of their time sleeping—no small number. We've found the best eco-friendly, sleep-safe gear to ensure your babe gets a healthy, restful sleep

When parents turn a bedroom into a nursery, it’s often about making it look nice. When you think about transitioning your child from crib to toddler bed and beyond, you’re probably giving more thought to accent colours and décor than to what’s inside, say, a mattress.

But when you consider that more than 40 per cent of a child’s life is spent sleeping, you should think carefully about the kinds of products that encourage the safest sleep possible. This can range from inexpensive items like organic pyjamas to investment pieces like latex mattresses.

The good news? It’s never too late to go organic. And it doesn’t have to be an all-or-nothing approach. Starting in infancy, here’s our top 10 list of safe sleep essentials:

CF_Sleep_Safe_naturepedic-organic-cotton-classic-mattress_6001. Organic Crib Mattress

Although it’s not 100 per cent organic, Naturepedic’s No-Compromise “Classic” crib mattress comes as close to organic as you can get, without all of the gross off-gassing you get from non-organic mattresses, and offers one huge bonus: a waterproof outer shell. And waterproof means urine-proof. Trust us—this is a must.

The amount of pee that will escape diapers in the two or three years that you’ll use this mattress will astonish you. A quick wipe of the food-grade polyethylene shell and all you need to do is wash the sheets.

However, it doesn’t create the softest place to land, so be sure to add a layer of comfort with Naturepedic’s non-waterproof organic mattress protector pad.

Organic Crib Mattresses, from $260, naturepedic.com

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