Are you looking for a solid-wood crib to go with your organic crib mattress?
I’ve been searching high and low for organic, solid-wood cribs to go with our organic crib mattresses! Because let’s face it, an organic mattress without an organic crib is like slathering mass-produced margarine on your organic bread! No! Just no.
Here’s what I’d demand in an untreated solid wood crib:
- Unfinished solid wood from sustainable sources like FSC
- No formaldehyde-filled MDF or particle boards
- No nasty VOC off-gassing containing stains, glues or finishes, preferably using water-based tung or lindseed oil
Here’s what I’ve found as of June 2014:
1. Modern, made with walnut wood
- adjustable mattress base to make it easier to pickup child as your child grows
- shipping weight approx 75 lbs
- U$1999 (contact us if interested)
2. New-York-city-based eco-business found a local furniture maker to recreate the Amish Simply Affordable crib. An Oregon-based company, Pacific Rim, also makes solid-wood maple cribs. But neither ship to Canada.
3. I am currently waiting to hear if Green Cradle, a California-based company, will let me re-sell their solid-wood crib. Shipping weight approx 125 lbs!
If you’re looking for something more budget friendly, you might want to consider the following formaldehyde-free, MDF / plywood options:
- 4. Oeuf’s Rhea crib: looks beautiful, made of solid birch and Baltic birch plywood (see below).
5. Spot On Square’s Ulm crib: made from sustainably harvested solid birch and birch plywood.
6. One of my customers looked into IKEA’s solid-wood crib called Sniglar to go with her Organic Lifestyle organic crib mattress. IKEA claims their Sniglar crib is 100% unfinished beech. But my customer was not sure if the crib really was non-toxic.
I had looked into the Sniglar crib. It is in my database of products I approve. Solid and unfinished wood and great price are definitely great features of the crib. However, it is not perfect. The mattress support is made of fiberboard, which has added formaldehyde. IKEA assured me that they test the cribs they sell vigorously and formaldehyde level is 1/3 of CARB II emission standard’s, the strictest standard available. To be on a safe side, I recommend buying the crib as early as possible and air it. There are other things you can do to bring the formaldehyde level down. Let me know if you are interested to know about them. Also, I read that it might break in the assembly. And some reviewers recommend buying two cribs… All in all I believe that Sniglar is one of least toxic cribs available on the market and it is of a great value
Sniglar can support child’s weight to a max of 50 lbs.
*** Update on June 24th 2014 – Reader in comments suggested that IKEA now uses solid wood mattress support (No fiberboard), so double-check at your local IKEA
*** Update on July 8 2014 – IKEA Canada confirms mattress base and crib is made from solid wood (no fiberboard) and is unfinished (no paints or stains).
Why are solid-wood cribs so hard to find in Canada anyway?
I think the requirement for safety and liability testing is why there are so few solid-wood crib options available in Canada. I would be interested to know if any of you, dear readers, would be open to buying and assembling a crib, knowing it’s solid wood and non-toxic yet hasn’t undergone safety testing?
If you know of a crib not mentioned in this article that is solid-wood and has toxin-free stain, and fits our requirements, do let me know via comments.
So, let’s say you are doing your own research for solid-wood cribs. What should you be looking for in terms of organic crib-mattress sizing? Approved North American crib mattresses are built to meet 28″x 52″ dimensions; however, not all cribs are built to meet these dimensions.
What you wants is a snug fit of your organic crib mattress inside the crib. No gaps.
We’ve kind of been working backwards here: looking for an untreated solid-wood crib for an organic mattress. But as good as a crib can be, you can’t have one without an organic mattress! So, which of Organic Lifestyle’s organic crib mattresses should you put into your solid-wood crib (including IKEA’s Sniglar cribs)?
- Naturepedic makes a non-toxic crib mattress that uses cost-effective materials to provide convenience, like built-in waterproofing (so that you don’t have to spend $$ on mattress covers to protect the mattress, you just wipe it) with organic cotton. For fire retardancy, they use baking soda and hydrated silica bonded to cellulose fiber in lieu of wool.
- If you want a completely organic crib mattress (no plastic, no formaldehyde, no VOC offgassing, with 3rd party certifications) and peace of mind, consider Organic Lifestyle’s natural rubber. Or, our innerspring mattress (essential or premium), which is about the same price point as Naturepedic, just no built-in waterproofing. It also uses natural wool as the fire retardancy.
- With the completely organic option, you should invest in organic mattress covers.
- You can look at all options here for Organic Lifestyle’s organic crib mattress.
Dihan, Organic Lifestyle.
List of non-toxic Nursery products from USA based blogger, SmartMommy, healthy baby
Most Cribs Are Toxic, But There Are Safe Alternatives! Learn more about potential dangers lurking in a conventional crib from The Non-toxic Nurse
7 Eco-friendly, Modern Cribs for Green Babies (Article from 2010 eg., Argington looks like they went out of business, but still good summary of eco options)