Creating a Safe & Healthy Bedroom For Your Toddler

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.

creating a natural and healthy bedroom for a toddler bedroom makeover

Layered with Coconut fibre for support and breathability, organic lambswool for softness and insulation & a quilted cover for softness and comfort

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. )

creating a natural, healthy bedroom as part of our toddler bedroom makeover

Removable machine washable cotton cover (60°C) and you can just make out the layers which make up the mattress through the cotton cover.

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!

creating a safe, natural bedroom for our toddler bedroom makeover

Wool absorbs moisture, keeping baby dry & comfortable.

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.

creating a safe, natural bedroom as part of our toddler makeover

filled with organic untreated merino wool.

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.

creating a safe, natural bedroom as part of our toddler makeover

Baby Pants in soothingly soft organic wool

 

Disclaimer

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. 

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Comments

  1. 17th June 2016 / 8:50 am

    I really like the idea of the of the duvet. I’m not sure I even knew this was a thing before reading your review so thanks! I think this is something I’d like for my girl when she needs one.

    • 17th June 2016 / 2:04 pm

      It’s definately made a difference to my son’s sleeping. I didn’t realise how much he hated having heavy blankets on him but the wool keeps him warm and with the natural components of the mattress and duvet he doesn’t sweat or get too hot.

    • 17th June 2016 / 2:05 pm

      It’s definitely made a difference to my son’s sleeping. I didn’t realise how much he hated having heavy blankets on him but the wool keeps him warm and with the natural components of the mattress and duvet he doesn’t sweat or get too hot.

  2. 17th June 2016 / 3:13 pm

    We will be making the cot to bed transition soon for Holly. This was really usual to read, thank you. The duvet sounds like a good one. Yay to sleeping through the night X

    • 19th June 2016 / 4:45 pm

      Great timing, it went so smoothly for us, better than i imagined and he actually sleeps better now. good luck with your move

  3. 17th June 2016 / 6:57 pm

    I’ve been thinking about switching from sleeping bags to a duvet for my son and will certainly this wool one now!

    • 19th June 2016 / 4:44 pm

      We moved from sleeping bags quite quickly, they were great for the early months during night feeds but my son hated not being able to turn over in his.

  4. Nicola Cassidy
    18th June 2016 / 9:07 pm

    Great to be ensuring toddler has the safest sleeping environment possible. We spent a lot on our baby’s mattress to ensure we had a good one too because they spend so many hours there!

    • 19th June 2016 / 4:46 pm

      It’s defiantly one of the baby things you shouldn’t scrimp on. i’d love to find a good use of ours once he moves to a bed in a few years time!

  5. 19th June 2016 / 11:37 am

    An interesting article. I never knew that there had been a link made between second hand mattresses and SIDS. I’m glad that my kids are all past this stage of worry now!

    • 19th June 2016 / 4:48 pm

      those first few months are bit of a worry aren’t they. I was a little more relaxed with my third but still did everything i could to make sure he was safe.

  6. 20th June 2016 / 8:52 am

    Hmm you’ve got me thinking about getting a new mattress when Kipper makes the transition from the Moses basket to Monkeys old cot bed! Monkey is allergic to dust mites so loving the sound of duvet.

  7. 20th June 2016 / 5:06 pm

    Our homes are our temples so it is important to ensure we are not adding chemicals to it where we can help it especially where kids are concerned

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