If it's the mattresses, why are babies dying in infant swings, car seats, and on couches? If you are an environmentally conscious consumer, you already know the answer. Since most people aren't, is there any wonder we are mostly clueless when it comes to this problem?
I will answer the question in a minute. But first, how many people do you know who...
- still use bleach to clean their home?
- install new carpet without any concern about offgassing?
- laugh at your purchasing organic fruits and vegetables? (or growing your own?)
- put brand new clothing on their babies without washing it first?
- use so much fabric softener their towels don't absorb anymore?
- microwave in plastic containers and laugh when you watch them in horror?
In probably the worst environmental disaster of the 20th century, these toxic gases have killed about one million victims of SIDS worldwide. Gas generation starts when a mattress, containing both the chemicals and the fungi, is warmed to body temperature in contact with the baby. Perspiration, dribble, urine, vomit, body heat... enable the fungi to grow and generate gas rapidly. ~The Infant Survival Guide: Protecting Your Baby From the Dangers of Crib Death, Vaccines and Other Environmental Hazards
by Lendon H. Smith and Joseph Hattersley.
- use padded ANYTHING sparingly for baby (no comforters in baby's bedding)
- launder padded items regularly
- use a BabeSafe cover for your baby's mattress
- use a fan to keep fresh air circulating, pushing gases down to the floor
- hold or wear your baby frequently
- never place baby to sleep on a couch or other similar product (adult bed)