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I'm about to get a temperpedic bed for my child - are these safe? I find no information really to help. I know that a typical mattress is full of fumes and chemicals. I'm not sure which way to go for a 'healthy' sleep for my family
 

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We tried a tempurpedic and sent it back. The off-gassing was terrible and we didn't like the feel of sinking into the foam. This was a year ago and we still have not replaced the bed we wanted to. After doing some research, I think we will end up with a natural latex mattress. They are about as "green" as you can get.
 

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We have the Classic tempurpedic which is very firm and also the cheapest.<br><br>
We all love it.<br><br>
Off gassing was stinky, but we had a window box fan suck the air out of our room for a couple of days first.
 

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We have the Posturpedic version of the foam matterss and have been VERY happy with it. I have found that it is easier to nurse DS because he doesn't sink so far down from me, and doesn't roll away from me, or straight into me like he did with our old mattress. It was stinky at first, but after a few weeks, it was gone, and we haven't had any problems with the smell/gases since then.<br><br>
Happy sleeping <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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temperpedic is one of the most chemically beds out there. i don't have a link, but a few months back there was a post in this forum about them and someone had a link about the chemicals. i would never buy one.
 

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I would go with a rubber/latex mattress instead, if you can afford it. Or ideally, an organic wool/cotton one with an organic wool topper.<br><br>
I agree with the PPs that the tempurpedic (sp?) stuff is pretty bad for off-gassing, when new.
 

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DH and I sleep on a temperpedic and it was stinky, but we thought that it wasn't chemically until I've been looking to getting the kids one...now I see that it is and I'm kind of upset that I didn't 'know' before. I just didn't know that mattresses are so full of toxins! Who knew??? anyway, I don't think we can afford the latex one yet, but that is what I'm leaning towards for the kids - one mattress for the whole time they are in our home - I think that is worth the price alone!
 

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We have one and it doesn't stink. I just had DH go and smell it to see since it's brand new. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"><br><br>
When we were looking into mattresses the only thing I read in regards to them was to NOT get the ones with memory foam since they can pose as a hazard, especially in babies who can't yet control/move their head.
 

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My mother ended up in the ER because of breathing problems related to the off-gassing from her temperpedic. I would not get one, personally.
 

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we upgraded to a king mattress when i was pregnant and looked at the tempurpedics. i couldn't get out of it and dh had to help pull my big ol pregnant fanny out <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> we bought a latex one instead but i did buy a memory foam mattress and it smelled foul. had to leave it outside for a while before i could use it.
 

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We bought a king size Temperpedic when DD was about a year old.<br><br>
Yup, it was smelly for about a month (after the first week it was not strong, but my sensitive nose could still detect something for the next few weeks). We knew to expect this and just aired the room out all day to get the smell out. We plan to eventually buy a queen size for DD when she's ready for her own bed. Again we will air the mattress out for a month before we start to use it.<br><br>
Honestly, we all have slept so much better since we started sleeping on it. The lack of movement you feel on it is fantastic! And no more little ones rolling into the dip. I am looking forward to having my new baby with me on it from day one.
 

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We bought a (way) off-brand memory foam bed (at costco, actually...Not that I like to admit ever shopping there...and the bed was $500, about 25% of the cost of a temperpedic) and I LOVE it.<br><br>
AS for off-gassing - We first took off ALL of the layers until we got to the foam, and washed them repeatedly. Then, we left the foam in a room with open windows and 2 fans running constantly for at least a week. That really worked.<br><br>
I love having my LO in it for 2 reasons<br>
1. It is firm, no pillow top she could get stuck/suffocate in and<br>
2. When I move away after nursing her to sleep, the bed doesn't move, and doesn't alert her to my leaving!
 

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there are some massive mattress sales this coming weekend because the FDA is mandating flame retardant to be added to all new mattresses, so the ones for sale now do not comply thus they have to get rid of them...question, isn't the flame retardant REALLY toxic?!?!?! Why does your mattress need it??? I"m thinking if the temperpedic doesn't have the spray on it with the added chemicals, we'll go for that and open the windows for a good long while...just wish it was ok to sleep on the floor sometimes! would be so much cheaper! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">there are some massive mattress sales this coming weekend because the FDA is mandating flame retardant to be added to all new mattresses, so the ones for sale now do not comply thus they have to get rid of them...question, isn't the flame retardant REALLY toxic?!?!?! Why does your mattress need it??? I"m thinking if the temperpedic doesn't have the spray on it with the added chemicals, we'll go for that and open the windows for a good long while...just wish it was ok to sleep on the floor sometimes! would be so much cheaper! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"></div>
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It's not just the flame-retardants they apply to the bed, the foam itself off-gasses. The mattress is considered hazardous waste if you dispose of it.<br><br>
Here's some more info:<br><a href="http://www.thegreenguide.com/doc/100/crib" target="_blank">http://www.thegreenguide.com/doc/100/crib</a>
 

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We bought a Stearns and Foster bed that is very similar to the Tempurpedic bed but not nearly as costly. It did not have any odour of off-gassing. It's a polyurethane foam (same as what you put on your baby's butt if you cloth diaper with covers).
 

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We have the serta brand, but same thing basically (just a half inch less thickness then the class temperpedic, I was told). But it was about a thousand dollars, so cheaper too. We went through 4 mattresses in 2 years due to bad back pain everyday. When we got this mattress, we couldn't believe how much we both loved it. Soft, yet firm...your body molds to it and it is so gentle on your pressure points. Seriously, it changed my life because it changed how well I slept and how great I'd feel in the mornings. Nursing and co-sleeping is wonderful in it because it barely moves when you do. No one disturbs anyone else.<br><br>
For this reason, I don't really care too much about the chemicals. I never noticed a smell from the frist day it arrived...maybe its different in that way from the actual temperpedic...
 

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funny, it was this question that led me to MDC several years ago via a google search!<br><br>
we ended up getting a different mattress because i wasn't convinced of the safety of it. i wish now i'd gotten one with all natural materials... we went with one that's a mix of latex and foam... it offgassed for a while, too <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad">
 
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