Education Allergy Concerns Regarding Wool in an Organic Baby Crib Mattress
Wool is a natural fire retardant material used
in many organic mattresses. It is generally free of fire retardant
“Organic” wool, taken from “organically” raised sheep,
is especially pure as the sheep are raised on organic
feed with special care taken to ensure their humane
treatment. However, most wool used by organic mattress manufacturers is
actually not organic.
In adult sized mattresses, wool is an excellent,
natural, and luxurious fire retardant material. However, its use in
baby products is questionable.
A precautionary approach should be taken since babies
are potentially susceptible to high allergy materials such as wool and
other animal hairs.
Wool has long been associated with allergies,
particularly in children. For example, wool intrinsically contains
lanolin and certain alcohols known
to have allergenic properties. Other allergens
originate not with the wool itself, but with the chemical treatments
applied (in order to clean it from dirt,
sand, grease and dried sweat).
Naturepedic baby products strive to be as non-allergenic as possible and, as such, do not contain any wool.
Naturepedic does not use natural or synthetic latex/rubber in any of its baby products.