We know the feeling of lying down on a comfortable memory foam mattress and letting out a sigh of pure relaxation. It should support your frame and add a soft cushion to your body, making it easy to fall asleep and difficult to get out of bed. Memory foam is easy to clean, environmentally friendly, and adjustable in firmness.
Well, the Ecosa mattress is, at least.
The materials used to create memory foam sparks a lot of debate. When you buy a cheap mattress with no certifications, you might be at risk of toxic chemicals. If you’re in the market for a new mattress, it’s worth it to invest in high-quality materials when it comes to your health and better sleep.
We aim to address if memory foam is safe, specifically for children. Our biggest takeaway? Do your research before making a purchase.
Is memory foam safe for children?
The simple answer is, yes. A high-quality, memory foam mattress that passes both CertiPUR-US and OEKO-TEX certifications is safe for children.
Most of the cheaper memory foam mattresses (under $400) are made from polyurethane foam, a byproduct of petroleum that’s extracted during the refinement process of crude oil. Polyurethane is the main ingredient of memory foam, but it’s also mixed with other harmful compounds such as formaldehyde, boric acid, polyvinyl chloride, and antimony trioxide.
But as with most things in life — the more you’re willing to pay, the better the product. Plus, the mattress company should be totally transparent about the materials and manufacturing process. A high-quality memory foam mattress, such as Ecosa’s, are made using G-7 gel memory foam, ergonomic support foam, and ECO-Tex memory foam. None of which are made using harmful compounds.
What to look for when buying a memory foam mattress for your little one:
Before making a big mattress purchase, check to see if it passed safety certifications. Both the cover and the fillings should be tested carefully. A certification will clearly state that both materials passed laboratory tests.
CertiPUR-US is basically a health check for foam. It gets analyzed by independent accredited testing laboratories to ensure the foam is made without formaldehyde, mercury, lead, or flame retardants. The certification states the product is certified foam, meaning it meets CertiPUR-US standards for content, emissions, and durability.
After you check the mattress for CertiPUR-US, make sure it’s OEKO-TEX certified. This means that every aspect of the product has been tested for harmful substances. The test uses a criteria catalogue and takes into account numerously regulated and non-regulated substances, which may be harmful to human health.
If the mattress ticks both the CertiPUR-US and OEKO-TEX boxes, it’s probably safe to purchase.
Add another level of assurance when investing in a kids mattress is by reading through reviews. In terms of safety, search reviews for complaints about off-gassing, a distinct smell upon unpacking a memory foam mattress. This occurs when volatile organic compounds (VOCs) leak out of the memory foam. Yikes, no one likes the smell of chemicals.
ProductReview and Google Reviews both share unbiased thoughts about products that might help inform your decision. It’s important to learn how other customers are reacting before purchasing a mattress.
Consider a mattress topper that’s easy to clean
If you’re not interested in purchasing a whole mattress, rather a mattress topper, you should still observe a level of scepticism when purchasing this type of product. A mattress topper should also be CertiPUR-US and OEKO-TEX certified, but also provide the necessary spinal support for growing children.
A mattress topper should be soft yet firm. The child should not be sinking into the top layer. Ecosa’s mattress topper provides premium comfort and weight distribution. It’s available for single bed through super king-size beds. The best part? The removable cover that you can throw in the washing machine if your little one has an accident.
Ask yourself these questions before purchasing a memory foam mattress:
- What materials are used to make the mattress?
- What chemicals are in it?
- How is it made?
- Is it CertiPUR-US and OEKO-TEX certified?
- What adhesive does it use?
- What fire retardant does it use?
You’re in good hands if the mattress company is willing and able to answer each of these questions for you. You and your child should be able to enjoy a good night’s sleep knowing that your memory foam mattress is safe to use.
Ecosa provides full transparency when it comes time to purchasing a mattress. We list every certification and material in the product description and include product reviews on our website. Give us a call and we’ll be happy to speak with you or answer any questions you may have about our products. We’re committed to saving the world from bad sleep, and it all begins with high-quality materials that are good for you and the environment.