Natural Latex Rubber in Baby Crib Mattresses & Why You Should Avoid Them
Natural/Organic Latex for Babies
At first glance, latex or natural rubber may seem to be an excellent material for use in baby crib mattresses. However, natural latex/rubber has been associated with unusually high allergies, particularly in children. Most allergists recommend that babies and young children steer clear of latex. Ironically, natural latex contains certain proteins that are more allergenic than synthetic latex. According to the FDA, a product containing latex (and particularly natural latex) cannot be labeled as “hypoallergenic.“
Reportedly, there are over one thousand lawsuits currently in the U.S. revolving around latex/rubber allergies, particularly regarding children. Allergies from latex/rubber are obviously widespread. Additionally, hospitals across the country are in the process of removing latex due to this concern.
Naturepedic does not use natural or synthetic latex/rubber in any of its baby products.