Did you know that in December 2012, the Center for Environmental Health initiated legal action against retailers and suppliers of nap mats for unlabeled products containing the flame retardant chemical Tris?
In recent testing, 22 of 24 foam-containing nap mats contained at least one chemical flame retardant. Some of the mats contained Tris which is a known carcinogen!
Per Safer Chemicals Healthy Families, children are exposed to flame retardants from these nap mats as they breathe at naptime and play in areas where the mats are stored.
If your child is using a nap mat currently at their daycare or preschool or if you will soon be sending your little one, you may want to check out the following organic, non-toxic nap mat options to ensure that your child is not exposed to harmful chemicals as they rest:
Wildkin Nap Mat
Wildkin Nap Mats are BPA, PVC, Phthalate and chemical flame retardant-free. The mats come with matching pillows and carrying sacks. The mats meet US flammability requirements naturally and are machine washable! Check Out Wildkin Nap Mats On Amazon.com!
SewnNatural Nap Mat
SewnNatural on Etsy makes hand made nap mats in Canada from 100% organic cotton. The bottom of the mats are a combination of hemp and organic cotton (hemp is super eco friendly, is 8 times stronger than cotton, more insulative, absorbent and durable). The mats are also hand or machine washable!
SewnNatural also offers organic pillow cases and blankets.
Organic Designs Nap Mat
As of 2014, there is another company now providing safe, non-toxic nap mats! Organic Designs makes hand made nap mats in the USA from 100% certified organic cotton fabric and filled with 100% certified organic cotton filling. The nap mats come with an attached organic flannel blanket and an attached (but removable) organic cotton pillow. Their mats and blankets are also machine washable!