What's in your baby's mattress might give you pause.It's a parenting challenge that's endured through the ages: getting our babies to sleep. Oh, we've heard the stories about "dream babies" who slumber through the night starting at two months old, who lie in the crib for six or seven hours at a stretch while their lucky parents catch the same uninterrupted, blissful zzzs. For most of us, however, that's more of an urban legend than a reality--at least in the beginning--and we're lucky when our little one agrees to a one-hour nap, tucked away in her nursery, in the middle of the day.
But these challenges--should we sleep train? Ferberize? Cry it out?-- are not what Richard Corsi, chair of the Department of Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering, is talking about when he says that "understanding the sleeping environment is important to the health of infants and adults." Corsi, in an important piece by the University of Texas at Austin, is concerned with the pollutants present in a child's sleep space, based on a study'sRead More »from Could Your Baby's Mattress Be a Health Hazard?