Isn’t it challenging to figure out what caused your newly born baby to cry? You have tried everything the book suggests, and yet the baby is still crying! When you get creative and put yourself in your baby’s booties, you will see that many times the irritant is not in your baby, but around her. In other words, your baby may be reacting to the objects around him that touch his skin and affect the air he is breathing. For example, if you use a diaper changing table, I recommend you get a non-toxic changing table pad. Seemingly minor, it will be in contact with your baby’s skin many times for many months, so it is worth having a non-toxic changing pad in your nursery.
In this post, you will learn about two healthy options of changing table pads that will make your baby changing experience more joyful for both of you. Keep reading to find out what they are.
Conventional changing table pads
Sadly, some of the popular materials used in the manufacture of baby items including changing pads are polyurethane foam and vinyl. But here is what is helpful to know about these materials.
Polyurethane foam in baby items
If I told you that during the production process, the workers who make the polyurethane foam wear full-body protective gear and respirators, how would that make you feel? I mean, the result of their work will find its way into your nursery after all and make no mistake – it will change its ambiance.
First, polyurethane foam will most likely contain flame retardants, including chlorinated Tris, the toxic flame retardant removed from baby pajamas in the 1970s. Second, polyurethane foam may emit harmful volatile organic compounds (VOCs). Third, it is toxic not only to people but also to the environment because of toxic chemicals emitted during its production.
On top of that, polyurethane foam contributes to landfill because it is not biodegradable. And if it catches on fire, it releases deadly gases such as hydrogen cyanide. You can learn more about polyurethane foam and its presence in our homes in my post Polyurethane Foam: What is Inside Our Furniture?.
For the reasons above, polyurethane does not belong in the best non-toxic changing table pad. Read on to find out which non-toxic changing pad I like and recommend.
Vinyl in changing pads
Generally, manufacturers use vinyl (PVC) to waterproof changing pads. However, it is the most toxic of all the plastics in all stages of its lifecycle: production, usage, and disposal. To specify, vinyl pad covers often contain phthalates and heavy metals, such as lead. And your baby will be exposed to PVC through inhalation and skin contact.
You can learn more about vinyl chloride and its presence in other household items in my post PVC Yoga Mats: Safe or Toxic?.
The best non-toxic changing table pad options
To begin with, when I select baby items, my criteria are especially strict. And it is not only materials and fabrics that I look at, but also the manufacturer’s attitude to the customer. Both companies that I am about to present to you have been generous with their time and answered all my questions to my satisfaction.
As a result, the best manufacturers of safe changing table pads, in my opinion, are Naturepedic and Holy Lamb Organics.
Naturepedic organic changing pads
For starters, I have confidence in this company because I have been their long-term customer. To clarify, we have been sleeping on their GOTS-certified organic mattresses for many years now. Our son grew out of his Naturepedic crib mattress and moved onto their kids-2-in-1 mattress. And my husband and I have been enjoying a good night’s sleep on their best organic mattress ever.
You can find out why I am so excited about Naturepedic organic mattresses in my posts the Best Organic Mattress Review and The Non-Toxic Crib Mattress We Switched To. Also, check out my Savvy Consumer Fast Track: Mattresses e-book to learn about other mattresses on the market. The book will tell you how you can be deceived into thinking that you are buying a natural mattress.
Based on our experience with the mattresses, I believe that the Naturepedic non-toxic changing pad is also safe and of high quality.
Why I like the Naturepedic non-toxic changing table pad
First, the pad is made from certified organic cotton. Its waterproof cover is a biodegradable plastic made from sugarcane. The cover has a cotton feel to it.
It is so important that the changing pad is washable. In his first weeks, my son peed and pooped pretty much every time we opened his diaper. We took precautions but sometimes things got messy.
Additionally, the Naturepedic changing pad is made of cotton instead of extremely flammable polyurethane foam. Consequently, there is no reason to use flame retardants to pass the flammability tests.
Furthermore, this non-toxic changing table pad comes in a 2-sided contoured or a 4-sided contoured design. I recommend the 2-sided version, so if you baby grows really tall (like mine), you can still use it.
And lastly, I love the fact that Naturepedic luxurious changing pads are certified by the Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS). And you can see their certification in the GOTS public database. In fact, if a company tells you their products are organic, double-check their organic certification in the GOTS database. From my experience as a full-time product researcher, I can tell you that you will be surprised sometimes.
You can buy these organic changing pads on the Naturepedic website.
Holy Lamb Organics non-toxic changing pad
Alternatively, Holy Lamb Organics makes pads from premium eco-wool and covers them with organic cotton.
Growing up in a small town with freezing cold weather, I knew the value and the necessity of wool. So, I was shocked to learn that “fleece” sold in the US was made of petrochemicals. But I am happy that there are manufacturers like Holy Lamb Organics. It sources premium wool from US farmers and carries on the tradition of real fleece. You can learn more about premium eco-wool and certified organic wool in my post about their organic nursing pillow.
Why I recommend the Holy Lamb Organics non-toxic changing table pad
First of all, there are so many benefits of wool. It is naturally antibacterial and naturally regulates the body temperature. In addition, wool wicks moisture from the skin and has natural flame-retardant properties.
On top of that, there is a study that shows a connection between weight gain and lambswool. Thus, when premature infants slept on lambswool, its soothing effect lowered their metabolic rate. As a result, the infants put on healthy weight.
As you can tell, I highly recommend this luxurious natural changing pad. There are absolutely no chemicals of any kind in this safe changing pad. Also, there is no plastic cover. Hence, the manufacturer recommends using a puddle pad and a thin cotton blanket to cover the pad. Do not worry if the moisture gets to the pad because this non-toxic changing pad is washable.
You can purchase Holy Lamb Organics pads on their website.
Conclusion about the best non-toxic changing table pad
To sum up, I highly recommend Naturepedic and Holy Lamb Organics non-toxic products for your nursery. Although they are more expensive than those made with polyurethane foam, your baby’s safety and comfort are worth more.
If you are looking for assistance with living healthy, you can book a consultation with me. I will help you to make the best choices. Also, please visit my shop for other options of non-toxic baby skincare, baby clothes, and household products.
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