I was relieved to read a report published by First Candle/SIDS Alliance “TOXIC GAS THEORY, MATTRESSES AND SIDS” that dispels the reports circulating that crib mattresses were causing SIDS.
This report reviewed all studies that have been done to try and substantiate the toxic gas hypothesis but found no real evidence to support the claims.
In summary, First Candle/SIDS Alliance says, “…there is insufficient scientific evidence to support the claim that toxic fumes resulting from a chemical reaction between bed-wetting and a flame retardant chemical used in infant mattresses (antimony) are a cause of SIDS.”
Read the full report, which details how the theory began and refers to research done by organizations around the world that share the same position. Even experts in New Zealand, where this theory originated, do not support the claims.
They make recommendations on crib mattresses and bedding, which should be very helpful to new parents.
I still believe the only materials that should be in a crib mattress, ought to be organic. Shouldn’t baby sleep on the purest materials for a fresh start in life?