Allergies and VOCs
Another factor to keep in mind is any allergies your kids may have, including sensitive skin. If this is the case, be on the lookout for mattresses made of organic cotton, latex and hypoallergenic materials like the Casper.
You will also want to keep an eye out for certifications against harmful substances that some mattresses emit or contain. Here are some important designations to keep an eye out for:
- CertiPUR-US is a foam certification which means it was created without ozone depleters, flame retardants, mercury, lead, and other heavy metals, formaldehyde and phthalates. In addition, it means that the foam has passed an indoor air quality standard and has low VOC (Volatile Organic Compound) emissions.
- OEKO-Tex is certified fabrics and textiles found to be free of harmful chemicals and safe for human use. This organic certification means that textile and fabric products are made according to strict guidelines on the use of petroleum-based fertilizers, pesticides and synthetic products.