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Babies Sleep Better on a Sopora

Jessica, from Sopora’s marketing team is back to share an in depth look at why it’s so important to consider the type of crib mattress you buy for your nursery.

Mattresses aren’t a glamorous topic.  When we’re first pregnant and begin planning our nurseries, we are so excited about picking out the colors, the style, the wood tones and bedding–that mattresses probably never even enter our heads.  This phase of planning is romantic and filled with dreams of how the room will affect our tiny blessing.  Then as the pregnancy progresses, we start buying the gear: strollers, high chairs, car seats.  This phase is filled with research and technology and we stress over how not having a particular feature might keep junior out of that perfect ivy league college. Finally, when our bodies are huge, we start looking at tiny clothes, first toys, even the cutest diapers we’ve ever seen. We organize.  We plan.  We measure.  But did we even consider the mattress or did we just buy the one that ‘came’ with the crib? 

A crib mattress may be the only item in your nursery that actually has more actual physical contact with your baby than you!  Think about it.  Infants spend the majority of their very first weeks sleeping.  Sleeping in your arms.  Sleeping in the car.  Sleeping in their crib, cradle or bassinet.  And while eventually they start getting more active during the day, for the first two years of their young lives–half (or more) of their hours will be spent sleeping on their mattress.  Shouldn’t you make this purchase with eyes wide open?  Or at least think about it for the same amount of time you spent laboring over the perfect paint or fabric swatch? 

One reason mattresses may be overlooked is that, quite honestly, it is a little overwhelming to make a sound decision.  All organic or Medically Approved? Innerspring or Foam?  Something traditional like your mother may have used or a more modern approach?  Once you start peeling away the layers, there is a lot to learn. 

In Latin, the word Sopora means bringing deep sleep, and that is the goal of Sopora.  Bringing deep sleep for babies and their parents.

In the next installment, we’ll begin detailing what exactly makes a Sopora mattress and why they are simply incredible.  But to convince you to check them out now, consider this: Sopora mattresses are ergonomically designed, smart, and innovative.  They support where they should.  They protect as they must.  And they clean like a dream.  Made in the USA of environmentally healthy products, they are the ideal mix of innovative engineering and industry leading safety standards.

Learn more by visiting our website today.  And if you really want the scoop, talk to your speciality store, call Sopora, or even our Chief Operating Officer, Terri, herself.  You’ll be amazed at what you don’t know about mattresses–and what that could mean for your child!

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Painting Your Nursery...is it Safe?

If you are at all like me, you might be a bit of a perfectionist  and a DIY extraordinaire, especially when it comes to creating that perfect nest for your baby.   And taking on painting the walls of your nursery to provide the perfect backdrop is probably no exception.  But before you dive in, you want to be sure you are taking the right steps and using the right products to make this a safe project for both you and baby.

First, you need to consider the types of paints out there.  Babycenter.com gives us this rundown:

Some paint contains ingredients that you should avoid during pregnancy. In general, paint contains a pigment or dye that’s suspended in a liquid to which thinners, solvents, and drying agents may have been added. The pigments in paint can include metals such as lead, zinc, and aluminum.

Latex (or acrylic) paint

This is the most common type of paint. It doesn’t contain solvents, can be cleaned up with soap and water, and is generally considered safe to use and be around while you’re pregnant as long as the area is well ventilated. If the fumes make you feel ill, though, get fresh air and have someone else finish the job.

Oil-based paint

Oil-based paint contains solvents and requires turpentine or mineral spirits for cleanup.

Some studies over the years have shown that exposure to solvents may increase the risk of having a miscarriage, and heavy continued solvent exposure may raise the risk of birth defects and learning problems – so using oil-based paint or being around the fumes during pregnancy is generally not recommended.

You can have someone else paint your house using oil-based paints, as long as you aren’t around while they’re painting. It’s okay if you can still smell the paint fumes after the house has been well ventilated. As long as you’re not feeling ill from smelling the fumes, there are no known risks to your baby.

Don’t worry if you painted or were exposed to paint fumes before you knew you were pregnant, as the chance that you harmed your baby is very small

(http://www.babycenter.com/404_is-it-safe-to-paint-or-be-around-paint-fumes-during-pregnanc_9484.bc)

The American Pregnancy Association gives the advice to have someone else complete this project, but in the event that you are just too excited, and must be a part of the project, they offer these guidelines to decrease the likelihood of paint exposure:

  •  Protect your skin by wearing protective clothing that includes long pants, long-sleeved shirts and gloves
    • Be certain that the room and house are well ventilated; open the windows and turn on fans
    • Limit the time you spend on the project; take breaks and move into the fresh air frequently
    • Keep your food and drinks away from the area so solvents and chemicals will not accidentally be consumed

(www.americanpregnancy.org)

How did you handle painting your nursery?  Did you follow these guidelines, or did you simply hire someone else to do it?

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