We recently published a special report on chemical flame retardants, illustrating just how pervasive—and harmful—these substances really are. And, well, ugh. We’re still reeling from the news. So we decided to track down safe versions of some key nursery items—the ones that are often doused in chemicals. The good news? It wasn’t impossible (though it ain’t cheap, either). Even better news? We found some really cute stuff.
Crib mattress: Naturpedic’s organic cotton Classic 150 traditional mattress ($259) contains no polyurethane foam (that’s the very flammable material in many mattresses and furniture, and it’s a big part of why so many things are treated); so it’s fire-safe without chemical treatment. Keep the toxin-free vibe going with Coyuchi’s new organic cotton pinwheel appliqué crib sheet ($50, pictured).
Nursing pillow: The Bo Peep ($160) is nice and squishy, but thankfully made from wool batting and organic cotton.
Rug: DwellStudio’s Garland Rug ($550) is made of naturally flame resistant New Zealand wool.
Upholstered glider: Sprout’s organic cotton, latex, and organic wool glider ($2,200) is a great neutral piece. It looks especially fresh in the limewash color with rolled arms. Add a lion or whale baby pillow (made from organic cotton and filled with kapok fibers) for a splash of color and extra support.
Changing pad: The Better Basics organic cotton changing pad ($99) from Giggle is free of polyurethane foam, PVC, and phthalates, and is Greenguard-certified. Top it with an organic cotton changing pad cover ($25). For quick on-the-floor (or on-the-go) changes, try an organic cotton changing pad ($30) in a cheery giraffe print.