One blog that helped as I started my search was this one by Young House Love. Blogger Sherry and her husband recently had their first child, and she did some extensive research.
One of the first steps I’m taking toward having a healthy pregnancy and baby is trying to pare down my purchases in the first place. This is my first child, and I’ve read people’s advice online talking about what they would do differently. Many of them say: Buy less stuff before the baby is born. That is one of my goals, but I also want to spread out the purchases of must-have items so we’re not forced into a pre-baby spending spree.
One of the cribs she found was from the MDB product line. Sherry wasn’t sure whether it contained MDF (medium-density fiberboard), which almost always contains formaldehyde-based glues. I thought I would email the company and see if I could get a response, and I did. They said that all MDB products are made with solid wood except those with drawers, which are made using particleboard. Because the Modo 3-in-1 does not have drawers, it is made with solid wood. The products also don’t contain lead and do meet stringent European emission standards. Currently on sale for $379 on Overstock.com, the Modo 3-in-1 seems like a fairly safe bet.
My husband gets the credit for finding this last pick, which is probably top in the running for us at the moment. The Argington Bam Bam crib’s wood construction includes E-Zero birch plywood meaning there are zero formaldehyde emissions. The wood contained in the product is harvested sustainably and the glues, stains and finishes are all 100 percent nontoxic and low-VOC. For $449, you get the full set, which includes a bassinet that converts to a crib that converts to a toddler bed, so it’s a complete nontoxic package for a reasonably low price.
My first shopping task is finding a crib. A sleep space is among the most important items to me in terms of the health of my baby. Obviously, babies spend a lot of time sleeping, and they have delicate immune systems, so breathing in the toxic chemicals found in much conventional furniture has the potential to damage their developing systems much more than it might in an adult. I want to avoid formaldehyde-based glues, which, in general, means avoiding pressed wood products. I want a low-VOC finish and I want a mattress made of healthy, nontoxic materials.
These are my top three picks for healthy cribs at the moment. I’ll update more as I continue to investigate, but I’d love to hear your feedback on healthy crib options. Thanks!