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Non-Toxic Air Mattresses (Updated)

These days, when you need an extra bed, you’re more likely to pull out an air mattress than a sofa sleeper and for camping, the inflatable air mattress is apt to be found on most packing lists.

The problem, however, is that these days they are almost universally made with PVC, which outgasses harmful fumes long after that telltale “new mattress smell” has dissipated and can contain lead.

A few years ago, those of us who objected to breathing in toxic fumes may have had little recourse other than to forgo the luxury of an air mattress and lump it—but we now have a few options:

The Aerobed Pakmat: It’s PVC and phthalate-free and made of 100% eco-friendly materials. Uses a hand pump instead of batteries or electricity to inflate and only takes about 60 seconds plus it weighs only 5 lbs and stores right inside it’s pump case. FREE SHIPPING on Amazon.com.

The Aerobed Ecolite: Made from eco-friendlier TPU instead of PVC, the Ecolite is phthalate-free and comes with a rechargeable pump. Unlike the Pakmat, it comes in twin and queen sizes and is 40% lighter than PVC air mattresses. Personally, I’d still go for the Pakmat because I’ve had several air mattress pumps die on me over the years.

Kelty Sleep Eazy: Made of 70D nylon with a TPU laminate, and includes a standard coil for support. The PVC-free Sleep Eazy is also a breeze to inflate thanks to the 6-volt rechargeable pump, which includes both a car and wall charger for versatile use. And to ensure compact storage, the airbed comes with a Kelty Binto storage bin.

Lake Timber Top Rubberized Fabric Air Mattress: Back before PVC was so ubiquitous, air mattresses were made of rubberized fabric and were reputedly super durable, in addition to being far more eco-friendly than their PVC counterparts. This rubberized fabric air mattress is the equivalent of a twin or single air mattress at 30″ X 72″ and can also be used in the water. Comes with a repair kit and is eligible for FREE SHIPPING on Amazon.com

I also found companies in Canada, the UK and Australia that carry rubberized cotton air mattresses. I will link to them for our non-American readers and anyone who might be interested in  placing an international order:

Home Hardware: The store I searched is in Toronto (but they have many locations in Canada) and they carry several rubberized cotton air mattresses that seem reasonably priced.

Amazon UK: They carry a couple different options in rubberized cotton air mattresses by a company called Highlander.

Discount Camping: This Australian store carries three different sizes of rubberized cotton air mattresses.

Happy PVC-free sleeping!

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Win: Luxury Organic Cotton Sheet Set

What: Organic cotton sheets

Features: Super soft 300 thread count sateen cotton sheets. The fitted sheet is designed to accommodate mattresses up to 10″ thick. Available in sable or heather white.

Green Factor: Certified to the most stringent set of standards by GOTS, the Global Organic Textile Standards, Essentia’s sheets are made from 100% certified organic cotton. Organic cotton, grown without pesticides, herbicides or chemicals, is by far the best option for bedding because you sleep directly on it for hours at a time.

Find it Here: Essentia

Win It: We’ve partnered with Essentia to give away one set (queen, king or California king) of these awesome organic cotton sheets!

How: Click here to fill out our simple entry form. Just enter ES12 as the giveaway name and tell us three products (other than sheets) carried by Essentia AND how many chemicals are contained in the ordinary memory foam mattress— all of which can be found on Essentia’s web site.

Giveaway ends at midnight on 4/23/12; $299 value. Open to residents of US and Canada only. Official Rules. THIS GIVEAWAY HAS ENDED. Congrats to Mary!

Extra Entries: To receive an extra entry, tweet about this giveaway (be sure to include @greenmomreview in your tweet) and fill out another entry form letting us know about your tweet (be sure to include YOUR Twitter name).

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Soft, Organic Swaddling Sweetness

h102-2t.jpgFor the first few weeks when my son was born, one of the only things that would soothe him at night was to be swaddled tightly in a blanket. My only problem was that the blankets I used never seemed big enough to get a secure wrap. If only I had know about the Solana Swaddle Wrap! Handmade in the USA, these blankets are perfect for swaddling for so many reasons – they are oversized so you’ll have enough fabric to get a tight swaddle; they are super soft and lightweight; and just as important in my book, they are made of 100% organic cotton and without the use of chemicals. While practical and eco-friendly, the wraps are also pretty – each one is finished with an organic cotton sateen trim in pink, blue, or green. Perfect for summer, use it as a swaddler by night and throw them over your stroller as a sunshade by day. Guaranteed to make you a perfect baby burrito!

Find It Here: Solana Babywear

Deal: Use code ‘greenmom’ for a 10% discount on your purchase at Solana Babywear!

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Lovable, Huggable, Non-Toxic Teddy

bkallistobb.jpgThere’s nothing that melts my heart more than seeing my son fall asleep hugging his teddy. However, when I found out that stuffed animals can contain contaminants, such as PBDE’s and carcinogens, I found myself wishing he wasn’t so attached to that teddy after all. Who knows what it’s stuffed with?

But thanks to online shops like Wild Dill, which are dedicated to offering natural and organic products, it’s possible to find safer teddies out there – like this totally adorable, classic teddy made in Germany. Machine washable and stuffed with wool, this 100% organic cotton teddy is hand made under strict European safety standards. A teddy like this is sure to make my son sleep safe and sound. And something tells me that I’ll be sleeping better too.

Find It Here: Wild Dill

Congratulations to Juliet H., winner of a $35 gift certificate to Wild Dill!

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Bye-Bye Boppy, Hello Nesting Pillow

533cb94a0fb7bd1545ff3109031c9b71image750x500.jpgNesting in with your wee one just got cozier thanks to the Organic Nesting Pillow from Blessed Nest. Made of 100% organic materials inside and out, this super-safe, super-soft nursing pillow blows my old Boppy out of the water. New York-based designers Isabelle and Heather have managed to make a pillow that is both practical (read: machine washable) and comfy (how could organic flannel and French Terry fabrics not be comfy?) and it fits a new mama’s body way better than than a Boppy. Best of all, they have gone the extra mile to make it safe for baby by using organic cotton that has not been treated with chemicals. Made in the U.S.A. using fair labor practices, the Organic Nesting Pillow is not only great for breastfeeding but has also been known to make sleeping easier for pregnant moms.

Find It Here: Blessed Nest

Congratulations to Chasity of OH, winner of a Blessed Nest Organic Nesting Pillow

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Rockabye Baby

I’ve seen my share of flashy bouncy seats, but nothing beats this Baby Hammock from Nova. Yeah, so it doesn’t have lots of dangly thingies and music like most bouncers on the market, but something tells me that this is about the most comfortable seat you’ll find for your baby. Made in India of 100% cotton with wool padding, the hammock can hold up to 66 lbs and is suggested for infants between zero and eighteen months. Now, if only they’d make one in my size…

Find It Here: Nova Natural Toys & Crafts

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Cottony Softness

Looking for a really soft sheet for your baby’s crib? Look no further than this crib sheet from Sage Creek. The sheet is naturally whitened and made of organic cotton interlock. I’ve felt this sheet in a local boutique and it really is very soft. It comes with a matching satchel.

Find It Here: Baby Mine Store

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Organic Cotton Velour. ‘Nuff Said.

Winter’s here and it’s about time to take stock of our blanket supply. If you’re in need of a blanket for your little one and want to indulge a little, then check out the Robbie Adrian Luxury Organics line. The blankets are made of 100% certified organic cotton fleece or cotton velour with a silk charmeuse ruffle. And the best part? They’re machine washable.

Find It Here: Robbie Adrian Luxury Organics

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