A recent Clean and Healthy New York report claims that 72 percent of crib mattresses sold in the United States contain “chemicals of concern,” such as antimony and other volatile organic compounds (VOC s). Titled “The Mattress Matters: Protecting Babies from Toxic Chemicals While They Sleep,” the report analyzed 190 models of crib mattresses produced by 28 manufacturers.  

The report highlights potential problems posed by mattress covers made with vinyl, which has been linked in studies to phthalates, and polyurethane foam that sometimes emits VOC s. The report noted that 17 of 28 manufacturers fully disclosed information about the materials in their mattresses, and three manufacturers—Vivetique, White Lotus and Naturepedic—made their mattresses without any of the substances of concern.