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Products I Like – Non-Toxic Changing Table Pad

Non-Toxic Changing Table PadBefore I tell you about non-toxic changing table pads that I like, I have to begin with a few words about “conventional” changing table pads. Conventional changing table pads are normally made from polyurethane foam covered in vinyl for waterproofing.

Polyurethane foam will most likely contain flame retardants, including chlorinated Tris, the toxic flame retardant removed from baby pajamas in the 1970s.  In addition, polyurethane foam or memory foam may emit harmful VOCs (volatile organic compounds).  Furthermore, vinyl is the most toxic of all the plastics.  It is extremely toxic in all stages of its production and lifecycle.  The vinyl covers often contain phthalates and heavy metals such as lead.  Enough of the scary stuff.

 

Naturepedic Changing Table Pad

 

If you are looking for a convenient and affordable non-toxic changing table pad, Naturepedic changing table pad is a good choice for you.  It is made from certified organic cotton with a support layer and a waterproof cover made from food-grade polyethylene, the least harmful plastic.  Since a baby does not sleep on a changing pad, I am willing to accept a little bit of plastic.  Having the waterproof cover was crucial for us in the first weeks of my baby’s life as he peed and pooped pretty much every time we opened his diaper.  It was so much easier to quickly wipe the pad.  Because the Naturepedic changing table pad is made of cotton, instead of extremely flammable polyurethane foam, there is no reason to use flame retardants in this non-toxic changing table pad to pass the flammability tests.  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.

Where to buy and cost: You can buy on Naturepedic.com or Amazon.

 

Holy Lamb Organics Changing Table Pad

 

If you have a little extra money to spoil your baby with a premium eco-wool pad covered with organic cotton, this changing pad made by Holy Lamb Organics is for you.  I recently discovered this manufacturer and only wished that I knew about them a year ago when I was looking for baby products made of wool (I ended up buying a German sleeping sack – see my earliest “Natural Fleece Baby Pajamas” post).

 

I grew up in a small town with freezing cold weather where people knew the value and the necessity of wool.  I was shocked to learn that “fleece” sold in the US is made of petrochemicals.  But I am happy that there are manufacturers like Holy Lamb Organics that source premium wool from US farmers and carry on the tradition of real fleece.  I can’t begin to describe the benefits of wool – it naturally regulates body temperature, is naturally antibacterial, wicks moisture from the skin, and has natural flame retardant properties.  As you can tell, I highly recommend this luxurious non-toxic changing table pad.  There are absolutely no chemicals of any kind in this pad.  There is no plastic cover and therefore the manufacturer recommends using a puddle pad and a thin cotton blanket to cover the pad.  Do not worry too much if the moisture gets to the pad because this non-toxic changing table pad is washable.

 

I grew up in a small town with freezing cold weather where people knew the value and the necessity of wool.  I was shocked to learn that “fleece” sold in the US is made of petrochemicals.  But I am happy that there are manufacturers like Holy Lamb Organics that source premium wool from US farmers and carry on the tradition of real fleece.  I can’t begin to describe the benefits of wool – it naturally regulates body temperature, is naturally antibacterial, wicks moisture from the skin, and has natural flame retardant properties.  As you can tell, I highly recommend this luxurious non-toxic changing table pad.  There are absolutely no chemicals of any kind in this pad.  There is no plastic cover and therefore the manufacturer recommends using a puddle pad and a thin cotton blanket to cover the pad.  Do not worry too much if the moisture gets to the pad because this non-toxic changing table pad is washable.

 

I grew up in a small town with freezing cold weather where people knew the value and the necessity of wool.  I was shocked to learn that “fleece” sold in the US is made of petrochemicals.  But I am happy that there are manufacturers like Holy Lamb Organics that source premium wool from US farmers and carry on the tradition of real fleece.  I can’t begin to describe the benefits of wool – it naturally regulates body temperature, is naturally antibacterial, wicks moisture from the skin, and has natural flame retardant properties.  As you can tell, I highly recommend this luxurious non-toxic changing table pad.  There are absolutely no chemicals of any kind in this pad.  There is no plastic cover and therefore the manufacturer recommends using a puddle pad and a thin cotton blanket to cover the pad.  Do not worry too much if the moisture gets to the pad because this non-toxic changing table pad is washable.

 

Where to buy and cost: sold directly by Holy Lamb Organics for $175.  It is also sold by some retailers (see the list of retailers here).  I also found this non-toxic changing table pad on Amazon for the same price of $175.

27 thoughts on “Products I Like – Non-Toxic Changing Table Pad”

    1. Hi! I sent them an email with some questions. Thanks for asking.

      Normally when it says “rubber,” that means synthetic rubber. I did confirm with them though and the pad is made of synthetic rubber, the material I do not recommend. Let me know if you have further questions.

        1. It is made of a type of synthetic rubber. It is one of those situations where we just do not know enough about it. Eventually, somebody will do research. I would be curious to smell it. If you see it in a store, let me know if it has any smell. I tend to err on the side of caution and prefer natural materials such as wool, cotton, hemp, etc.

          1. We ordered one and it does have a smell out of the box. We’re letting it air out for a month before the baby comes!

  1. Hi – what are your thoughts on the Oeuf diaper changing pad? Not sure about that or the Naturepedic one (Ouef is almost half the price so leaning towards that one…)! Any opinion on which one, price not considered?

      1. according to amazon, it says (for the oeuf changing pad) 69% fiberboard and 31% urethane foam (does not say polyurethane) and states it is made of “renewable plant – based foam”

        1. Hi Shari: urethane foam is a type of polyurethane. Fiberboard is a type of wood product. I thought we were talking about changing pad, not changing table. I find that Amazon product descriptions are often confusing and misleading. I always try to contact the manufacturer directly. Could you please do that? Thanks! ~Irina

          1. straight from Oeuf:

            “All of our mattresses and changing pads are handmade by Colgate Kids in Atlanta, GA. No chemical flame retardants are used. A barrier fabric made of Rayon is used to meet fire safety standards. This is a cellulose material placed underneath the top layer of the mattress/pad. This is safer than chemical retardants. The wetproof backing is made of a food grade polyurethane. Fiberboard is at the bottom and does not contain MDF. It is high-density fiberboard, which does not require glue or other added products. There is no formaldehyde.”

            “The foam itself is made of a plant-based foam that, as of last measure, was an 20:80 ratio with food grade polyurethane oil based foam. Colgate kids is constantly trying to better themselves and that ratio is always changing to include more plant based foam and less polyurethane.”

            she also mentioned its:
            greenguard certified.
            free of PVC, phthlates, PBDE and phosphorus and arsenic (she mentioned a few more, but I did not write them down).

            (also thinking that the baby is not going to be spending a significant amount of time on the changing pad….unlike sleeping).

          2. Hi Shari: it is not too bad, as you said, considering the price and that it is a small object. I like that it is certified by Greenguard. I wonder if it is certified to Greenguard’s Gold standard, which would be good. And yes, since the baby is not going to be spending much time on it. It would be also good to air it out in the garage before using, just in case. Thank you for your research!.~Irina

  2. Hi Irina,

    Have you looked into Ah Goo Baby Changing Pad? I was going to purchase it but now that I came across your website. I would like to learn more about it!
    http://www.ahgoobaby.com/index.php/contact

    Please let me know!
    Thank you.

    P.S. just purchased your e-book on cribs. Thank you for sharing your detailed research. SAVE ME SO MUCH TIME AND TROUBLE!!

    1. Hi, Jam: To learn more about the changing pad, we need to know what type of foam it is made of. I emailed them but from the product description it looks like that it is probably polyurethane foam, which a petroleum product. From your planning, what decisions did you make about your baby registry? Are you going to get all natural or organic baby products or petroleum-free when it is only absolutely needed? How far you in a process of preparing for the baby? You might benefit from downloading my free baby registry planner. Thanks. ~Irina P.S. I am glad you found my e-book on cribs helpful.

  3. I know this is a slightly old thread, but I just received the Naturepedic one in the mail, I hadn’t seen it in person. It seems like a soft foam-ish material covered in a crunchy sounding plastic bag. I realize it is cotton with plastic – not “luxurious” like it states. There is a huge air gap – like I could grab the top layer and pull it inches off of the bottom support. Does anyone else find this terribly annoying? I can’t imagine waking up at 2am with a newborn and hearing that noise. I’m starting to look for alternatives.

          1. We got it from our registry, but it was purchased from BuyBuyBaby. I did email Naturepedic and they gave me the runaround – my understanding though is that what I got was correct. I think they did not accurately describe what you get though.

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