Polyurethane mattresses -- what's all the fuss?
September 28, 2013 7:52 PM Subscribe
I'm trying to figure out if there's anything to worry about putting my kid on a polyurethane mattress.
posted by rouftop to home & garden (5 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
We're looking into a twin mattress for our 5 year old. A reputable local company has lower end models with polyurethane foam around the coils (not memory foam). They also sell cotton mattresses with coils and latex futon-style mattresses. These are much more expensive.
A google search for polyurethane mattresses
comes up with lots and lots of results talking about how they "outgas," and this outgassing can be toxic. There are several pages talking about how you shouldn't buy them for kids, especially little kids. That said, the concerns expressed don't seem to talk about science or studies showing that there's any harm there.
Are there any real dangers there? Or is this a misreading of something that isn't really a concern? What kinds of problems might arise if you actually use one? Would you put your kids on one?