The Shortlist is a series in which we give you our top few products in each product category with health + innovation + style being top of mind.

Mattresses are full of synthetic foam that's been treated with toxic flame retardants like PBDEs.  PBDEs are hormone disrupters, as well as alter calcium signaling in your brain which can adversely affect learning and memory.  A recent study by researchers at the University of California, Berkeley revealed that both in utero and childhood PBDE exposures were associated with poorer attention, fine motor coordination, and cognition in school-age children.  PBDEs resemble the molecular structure of PCBs, which have been linked to cancer, reproductive problems and impaired fetal brain development.  Babies and toddlers spend 10-14 hours a day sleeping and playing on a crib mattress, so for the first few years of a child’s life, the mattress is the single most prominent object in the child’s environment. 

Here are the top 3 non-toxic crib mattresses we recommend that are free of flame retardants and other harmful chemicals.