Organic baby sleep (or lack thereof)
Organic baby bedding
Tonight is the first night baba 1 (3 years old) is sleeping in her new big bed. A nice big single bed that she has moved into so that baba 2 (8 months old) can have her old cot bed now that he has outgrown his little space-saver cot.
Miraculously as I type this at 9pm baba 1 is actually asleep and has been for an hour. This is a lovely turn of events because for about the past month she’s been fighting bedtime and takes some 3 hours to settle, not sleeping till 10 or 10.30. Add to that our ‘I don’t need any sleep’ baby and our evenings have been hellish, packed with endless trips to see screaming baba 1 in the nursery and endless buggy walks in the dark to try and soothe screaming baba 2 who also doesn’t drift off till somewhere between 10.30 and midnight.
Needless to say my husband and I currently look like something from night of the living dead and feel just as perky. So yes, tonight is a treat. May it continue to be this peaceful!
When I was shopping for baba 1’s new mattress and bedding I researched organic options. Since we spend so much of our lives in bed I think it makes a lot of sense that we not sleep on a mattress sprayed with fire-retardant chemicals that off-gas for years as we sleep. Organic mattresses are naturally fire-retardant complying with the same safety standards as other mattresses, just in a much nicer way!
As it turns out the options that I found are considerably more expensive than conventional products so on this occasion, alas, budget constraints mean that we can’t go way. But the items I found are so lovely I thought I must share them with you.
The main company that I came across was The Little Green Sheep. They have, I think, very reasonably priced organic mattresses for the market, for example their single bed mattress costs £299 and cot bed version £179. I looked into an organic mattress for me and my husband a few years ago and they were all just over £1000! So in comparison I think these are very reasonable prices.
They also have mattresses for cots, various brands of moses basket, ones for the round Stokke Sleepi, BabyBays and their own SnuzPods, as well as ones to fit various high end prams (Bugaboo, iCandy, UppaBaby Vista, Joolz). They also make custom mattresses and sell organic bedding.
I also found Fox Organic Kids who do lovely organic bed linen, including fun duvet covers, patterned sheets etc. There is also the fabulous Frugi (my favourite shop for organic baby clothes) who have recently also branched out into organic bedding.
Organic mattresses for the whole family have long been on my wish list, and this research has only made me more determined that one day we will have some!
Now baba 2 wakes …… here we go again!