How to Choose an Eco-Friendly Crib
After countless weeks of research, asking friends and even returning a crib back to the dealer we decided to go with Babyletto Hudson, $342.98. The materials used in this crib is from renewable materials including sustainable New Zealand Pine, lead and phthalate free finishes, CARB II compliant MDF, and recycled cardboard packaging. On top of the safe materials, we really loved the design and easy of setup. (Note: we returned the "Delta Children Emery 4-in-1 Crib, White due to extreme chemical odor).
Here are the things to look for when buying your next crib:
- Lead and phthalate free. This is very important because lead at high levels of exposure can lead to brain damage, coma, convulsions and even death.
- GREENGUARD. Certification ensures that a product has met some of the world's most rigorous and comprehensive standards for low emissions of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) into indoor air. It was my first time hearing about this. The first crib we bought on Amazon didn't have "Greenguard" and it smelled poisonous. Aired it out for a month and it still smelled.
- CARB II compliant MDF. Ensure the crib follows the CARB (California Air Resource Board) regulations, which regulate and control formaldehyde emissions in MDF. All MDF found in our products is from CARB certified manufacturers and is indeed safe.
- Choose Solid Wood. Opt for unfinished solid wood from sustainable sources like FSC. Most woods have small amounts of formaldehyde, press-wood (a.k.a. composite, fiberboard, MDF, veneer, OSB, and some types of plywood) and can release much higher levels of VOCs than natural, solid wood. This is because manufactured wood is largely composed of resins and glues that are teaming with VOCs.
- Convertible. Opt for a crib that can grow with your baby. You can find 3:1 cribs that can transform to a daybed and toddler bed.