Nap Mats and Changing Pads

Nap time is meant to provide healthy rest for children and a moment of tranquility for parents and childcare providers. However, we discovered that many foam nap mats and crib mattresses, as well as other children’s products such as changing pads and car seats, contain a cancer-causing chemical.

In the 1970’s, the flame retardant chemical chlorinated Tris (also called Tris(1,3-dichloro-2-propyl)phosphate, or TDCPP) was removed from pajamas, due to health concerns. Yet chlorinated Tris is still widelyused in many other products for young children.

In 2011, the state of California listed the flame retardant chlorinated Tris as a chemical known to cause cancer. CEH began investigating and testing nap mats and other children’s products for chlorinated Tris in 2012. In December 2012, we took legal action against baby product manufacturers and retailers that sold nap mats, changing pads, and other products containing high levels of chlorinated Tris, including Babies R Us, Target, and Walmart.

In April 2013, we reached the first legal agreement with one of the nation’s leading daycare suppliers, Peerless Plastics, to end their use of chlorinated Tris in nap mats. Further, Peerless agreed to eliminate all flame retardants from its nap mats by Auguest 2013.

We are continuing to look for toxic children’s products and take legal action when necessary, so we can ensure healthier naptimes and playtimes. For more information about what we’ve found and what we’re doing about it, read our report on nap matspress release, and media coverage.

CEH has won legal agreement with dozens of companies to end their use of flame retardants. See our list of these furniture and baby products companies.