I’m trying to pair back our life to a much cleaner, healthier, natural way of living. It’s not that I’m adverse to the odd chocolate bar or packet of crisps, it’s just that I’ve come to the realissation that we don’t need all the extra chemicals and processed rubbish in our lives. My home is my temple and I am on a mission to make it the healthiest I possible can.
That said, please ignore any thing I’ve just written if you ever set eyes on my teenager’s room. That’s a whole science experiment in it’s self up there.
No, I’m starting with our newest and purest member of the family, The Toddler. Untainted by the lure of technology, he can survive a days sans the iPad with being a quivering mess in the corner, so I’ve decided to create as safe and natural bedroom as I possibly can.
It’s not the biggest room in the house and neither is it over loaded with toys, he has a little toddler bed, a wardobe, a toy box, a book box and a really cute fox cushion stuffed with his old baby blankets. But it’s what he sleeps on that was the focus of my healthy bedroom makeover.
With SIDS being related in the past to using 2nd hand mattresses the current advise from The Lullaby Trust is
You should use a firm and flat mattress that is protected by a waterproof cover. This will help keep the mattress clean and dry, as the cover can be wiped down. Make sure your baby’s mattress is in good condition and that it fits the Moses basket or cot properly.
(There is some research that found an increased chance of SIDS when using a second-hand mattress although the link is not yet proven.)
I have never taken any chances with each of my babies and even now as a toddler I’m still following the guidelines as he makes the transition from cot to toddler bed. We’re using a a quilted latex mattress from Natural Mat. Handmade here in Devon, they use organic materials which are naturally breathable and self-ventilating to help regulate their body temperature.
Why Use Natural Products?
I was first introduced to Natural Mat at the local Devon County Show where they had a stand showcasing some of their products and got chatting to Rachel who told me all about their benefits;
– Hypoallergenic and anti-microbial – perfect for asthma and eczema sufferers
– Essential oils of lavender, lemon and eucalyptus for anti-dust mite protection
– they’re chemical free, non-toxic and naturally fire retardant.
So for a baby, child and toddler bedroom they seem the perfect choice. (If you’re looking for a complete organic and chemical free bed set, Naturalmat also sell bedding from sheets to duvet covers. )
And Continuing The Natural Bedroom Theme;
So that was the mattress taken care of, but I’ve gone one step further in ensuring the Toddlers bedroom is the healthiest in the house by using a wool based duvet from LANACare, filled with organic untreated merino wool. Believe me when I tell you they’re extremely light and soft, providing the ultimate comfort.
This is the first time the Toddler would be using a duvet and the lightness of our LANACare one meant there was no grumble from the toddler who dived under the minute it was on. It’s actually lighter than the blankets which I’d used in his cot which he wasn’t a fan of sleeping under. Its only seeing how much he loves jumping in his bed and pulling them up over his head every night thats made me realise how much he prefers them. (and that we probably shouldn’t have waited so long to make the switch!)
I’ve also noticed that with the breathable make up of the nautral mattress and the wool duvet he’s not waking up sweaty in the night, big yay for using natural products. I’m not a fan of sleep training, preferring my children to find their own sleep pattern in their own time but after 2 years of co sleeping part of the night, the 2nd night of sleeping in his new room he slept through for the first time ever.
Now if that isn’t testament to the choices in products we’ve used I don’t know what is!
The Importance Of A Wool Duvet?
Being a totally natural material, the wool duvet feels more familiar to the human body. The wool fiber is built similarly as the human skin and is dust mite resistant due to several natural features. Natural lanolin in the wool makes it naturally resistant to dust mites and mould.
Organic wool is antimicrobial and antibacterial, due to the natural lanolin in the wool and it’s fire resistant and actually acts as a natural fire retardant. Like Natural Mat, LANACare also merino wool based products, like the super soft merino wool pants the toddler is modelling below. Breast feeding mums should also check out their natural wool, washable breast pads (no scratchy plastic noises on these you’ll be glad to know!)
So we’ve sorted the basics out, we already have a wool carpet, wooden blinds and furniture decorated using natural chalk paint and along with researching for a low or zero emissions monitor and some organic bedding we’re almost complete.
The mattress and duvet were sent to me for the purpose of creating a safe, natural sleeping enviroment and to share my thoughts of the quality and effectiveness of the products. All words and photography are entirely my own and I can thoroughly recommend them to anyone looking for gentle, safe bedding. I would only endorse products which I am 100% happy to use myself.