I’m thrilled that this fall I will start teaching at the Maternity Institute. Here’s a little bit from their press release announcement:
“Alexandra will begin teaching IMI’s Greenproofer Certification™ course in the Fall of 2012. Through the IMI Greenproofer 10 week certification program with Alexandra, participants will gain comprehensive knowledge and practical experience to prepare pre-conceiving, expecting, and new parents for toxic free living while expanding their careers as maternity eco-consultants and greenbirth educators.”
Fun! I hope maybe you’ll join me?
I like to use a waterproof cover on mattresses due to the fact that my daughter is STILL not night potty trained (don’t get me started). Is there such a thing as a non-plastic but effective waterproof cover for a mattress? Once we go to all the expense and trouble of buying nice mattresses so they breathe good things when sleeping, I hate to toss a plastic cover over them to protect from the pee when they’re potty training, but I’d also hate to soak the durn thing with pee as soon as we buy it…
Thanks for the question. You’re in luck; there is an easy answer for such a difficult problem. Here is an excerpt from Planet Home explaining what to use for waterproofing your mattress. I also discuss this in The Complete Organic Pregnancy.
For the safest waterproofing, avoid plastic altogether and opt for a wool “puddle pad.” Lanolin in wool is naturally water resistant. Wool is also durable: a flat pad (i.e., not fitted) can grow with the child, transitioning to a single bed when the time comes. Sleeping on wool is also more comfortable and regulates body temperature better than plastic.
Wool puddle pads can be found all over the place, especially online. I prefer eco or pure grow wool. Keep in mind that while lanolin is naturally water resistant, wool still does get wet. You’ll want to purchase more than one pad to swap in when/if needed in the middle of the night. Good luck!