Protect your Baby’s Health with an Organic Crib Mattress
Young America cribs are GREENGUARD certified to protect babies from exposure to potentially harsh chemicals. Cribs that are not GREENGUARD certified or crib mattresses not certified “Organic” may “off-gas” and be unhealthy for a baby.
The term “Off-gassing" refers to the evaporation of synthetic compounds used in manufacturing products, from cars to computers and toys to tennis balls and cribs and other home furnishings. Two identifiable types of off-gases are the “new car” and “new carpet” smells, but they can be odorless too.
What are the Health Risks of off-gassing?
Exposure to or inhalation of these airborne gases may cause asthma, coughing, rash, hives, watery eyes and compromised immunity. To avoid the health risks of off-gassing, we recommend pairing a Young America crib with an organic crib mattress to ensure a pollutant-free nursery and indoor environment. You will also want to be mindful of other elements in a baby’s living space, including carpets, wall paint and even toys.
What is an Organic Crib Mattress?
Mattresses made with organic, non-toxic materials, without conventional chemicals (ie: formaldehyde, polyvinyl chloride or PVC) and meet strict standards. The mattresses are, of course, not 100% organic as 1) they are not an agricultural products and 2) you probably do not want a biodegradable mattress, but they are made with the highest percentage of non-toxic materials available and meet strict standards for health and safety.
Why Choose an Organic Crib Mattress?
Parents and physicians recommend an organic crib mattress as an important way to avoid unnecessary exposure to the off-gassing of toxic chemicals.
What are the Certification Standards for an Organic Mattress?
Organic mattresses, like other certified products made with organic fiber and textiles, are certified under the Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS). The largest U.S. GOTS approved certifier is Oregon Tilth Certified Organic (OTCO).
In particular, the GOTS standard requires that all fiber and fabrics, with limited exceptions, must be made from certified materials that meet the USDA’s National Organic Program (NOP) standard and are processed in accordance with the Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS).
All other components (such as innersprings, fire protection, etc.) must meet stringent Federal standards for health and safety.
Are Mattresses labeled “Eco” or “Green” good too? Not really.
"Eco" and "Green" are not regulated terms and can be misleading. For example, plant-derived or soybean foam used in many eco mattresses are vastly petroleum/chemical-based and not really made of soybeans. Likewise, bamboo fabric found in eco models is typically made using environmentally-toxic chemicals with no trace of bamboo plant in the finished product. Many of these eco materials may sound enticing, but are not truly natural or green and are certainly not focused on eliminating harmful chemicals.
Where to Buy an Organic Crib Mattress?
We recommend two companies as organic crib mattress sources - made in USA - as healthy companions to our GREENGUARD certified Young America cribs:
Naturpedic and Colgate mattresses are broadly distributed or may be ordered directly via their websites. FMI contact a Young America Signature Shop or retailer in your area: Young America Store Locator
Child Safety is in The Details
With its Made in America quality and safety, its design innovation, and incomparable styling and finish detail, Young America helps you create environments that are inspiring, safe, nurturing and healthy for your child. It is in these spaces your child will wonder, create, grow and ultimately become whatever he or she is meant to be. View all Young America Cribs
Grace: in a Blur, She’s a Toddler
Meet Grace, a baby one day and a busy toddler the next. Beaming with happiness, she’s quick with a giggle and moves from here to there with (alarmingly) quick feet. Life speeds up when kids transition to toddlerhood. Good thing her Young America crib is a quick change artist, converting to a toddler bed faster than you can say “I’m a big girl!” View Grace Crib online
Young America Surprises Military Families with Nursery Furniture
Young America surprised approximately 30 expectant mothers and new moms whose spouses are deployed members of the U.S. Navy with their own sets of nursery furniture during an Operation Shower® Birdies for the Brave® group baby shower, which was held on Friday, November 30 at the prestigious TPC Sawgrass golf course in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. Part of the PGA TOUR’s Birdies for the Brave fundraising weekend, the “Babies for the Brave”-themed event was hosted by Amy Mickelson, wife of PGA TOUR player Phil Mickelson, and Cathy Justice, wife of Greenbrier Resort Owner Jim Justice.
“Preparing for the birth of a child is one of the most important times in a couple’s life,” said Neil MacKenzie, director of marketing for Stanley Furniture. “However, for the thousands of military moms-to-be whose spouses are overseas, the experience can be somewhat bittersweet because a key family member is missing. Young America decided to participate in the ‘Babies for the Brave’ event as a way to show our appreciation for the sacrifices these military families make to ensure our nation’s safety. We’re proud to know that our nursery furniture will keep the newest additions to these families safe as they await their parents’ return home.”
Held in the TPC Sawgrass clubhouse, the shower featured a special grand prize raffle of a Young America furniture package, which included a Young America crib and case piece, along with a Colgate crib mattress. Although Operation Shower positioned the prize as a single gift for one lucky mom, the attendees were ecstatic when Young America surprised the moms by announcing that they all would receive the furniture prize.
“The moms who attended the shower had absolutely no idea that they would be getting nursery furniture from Young America, and their reactions to the news were priceless!” said Amy Mickelson (shown above with winning family). “There was an audible gasp as everyone realized they had won, and some attendees were in tears, while others cheered like they had won the lottery. Thankfully, the excitement didn’t cause anyone to go into labor!”
The prizes included selections from across Young America’s stylish furniture collections, which are made in the U.S.A. at Young America’s state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in Robbinsville, N.C. The moms at the shower were impressed to learn that Young America furniture is the safest furniture parents can buy for a child and found the company’s Built to Grow story quite appealing.
In addition to the Young America furniture, each of the moms received Operation Shower’s signature “Shower in a Box,” which contains high-quality, unique mom and baby products, including onesies, crib bedding, clothing, diaper bags and toys. Prior to the “Shower in a Box” presentation, the guests listened to short speeches from shower hosts Amy Mickelson and Cathy Justice. During her address, Mickelson described her grandmother’s experience as a military wife, which was similar to that of the shower honorees. In fact, she relayed that her grandfather had missed the birth of his daughter because he was stationed abroad and was unable to come home until his child was 18 months old. Justice spoke of the important role mothers play in children’s lives and discussed the Greenbrier Resort’s commitment to charity and to the military. She even invited the moms to visit the resort should they ever come to West Virginia.
Following the remarks from Mickelson and Justice, Operation Shower Founder and Chief Shower Officer LeAnn Morrissey explained the organization’s mission and announced that with the completion of the “Babies for the Brave” event, Operation Shower will have “showered” its 1,000th military mom since its founding in 2007. “Military moms are really the unsung heroes of our nation,” Morrissey said after the event. “Although they aren’t serving overseas like their spouses, these women face an array of challenges — everything from the day-to-day stress of running a household alone to the unspoken fear that their loved one might not return home — and they do it with a quiet strength that deserves our utmost respect. It’s rewarding to know that Young America’s gifts will bring joy to these special families, who give up so much for their country.”
Golf Channel viewers can get an inside look at the “Babies for the Brave” event during a special program dedicated to the Birdies for the Brave fundraising weekend that is scheduled to air on Wednesday, December 12 at 7 p.m. EST.
Sneak Preview: Boardwalk Collection
Another Sneak Preview! This time it is Boardwalk, the second of two new Young America collections to debut at the High Point Market this week.
Beachy in style with a contemporary twist, Boardwalk is full of adventure. It’s boyish at a glance, but don’t be fooled. Boys will love it and girls will too. Think tween and teen girl in just the right color or wood tone, including our new Antique Slate gray. A weathered edge technique creates a relaxed, sophisticated air with hardware so modern the cool factor cannot be ignored.
Stay tuned, the new Boardwalk Collection will be available to order online and through retailers nationwide in the coming months.
Shown clockwise top to bottom: Boardwalk Batten Bed with a Boardwalk 2 Drawer Night Stand in Antique Slate, New Fanfare Crib with a Boardwalk Single Dresser and Changing Station, and a Boardwalk Chest. The crib, changing station and chest are shown in our newest Young America paint color: Sandpiper, a soft and subtle gray.
Boardwalk styles in traditional dark wood tones are a handsome choice and favorite for boys (of all ages) too. The smooth edges and rounded corners of Boardwalk keep the collection informal and easy to live with. Shown: Boardwalk Jetty Bed, Boardwalk 1 Drawer Night Stand and a Boardwalk Chest.
Grace Crib Spotted at High Point Market
The new Young America Grace Crib has been spotted! High Point Market’s Style Spotters, like Jason Oliver Nixon of Madcap Cottage, are home fashion trendsetters that showcase their favorite products and top trends at the Market. The Style Spotters post and curate their favorite looks on Pinterest, a website that lets users organize and share photos on virtual pinboards.
Here’s what Jason Oliver Nixon posted on Pinterest: The Abigail Crib from Young America for Stanley. A delicious gray hue, very Christian Dior meets Martha Stewart Bedford Gray. Love the weathered finish on the edges. This glorious crib makes me want to make some babies. Cheminne is probably saying right now, “That Jason Oliver Nixon is a scamp!” Young America at Stanley IHFC 1158
shown: The new Grace Crib is being shown at High Point Market this week as part of our new Abigail Collection in the Stanley Furniture showroom. image: Jason Oliver Nixon via Pinterest
Babytalk Magazine - May 2012
Sweet Spots: The New Navy
May 2012 Babytalk Magazine features nursery ideas in or related to the color navy blue, including a Young America Crib in True Blue. Timeless in style and contemporary in color, our Slat Crib is available in 25 paint colors and wood stain finishes. Shown here in True Blue.
Pregnancy & Newborn Magazine - May 2012
Good Mom & the A-List
Cots for Tots: 10 Dreamy Dozing Havens. Pregnancy & Newborn Magazine features a list 10 baby cribs, including the Young America Sleigh Crib in Chili Pepper. Traditional in style and contemporary in color, our Sleigh Crib is available in 25 paint colors and wood stain finishes. Shown here in Tangerine.