Knowledge is such a double edged sword. I love to research. I did it all from pregnancy, breastfeeding and birth to baby gear, clothing, paints etc. I research or seek out information about food and chemicals, and our environment. Basically I never rely on my government or manufacturers to “take care of me”. I feel I have to fight to find the knowledge to make educated decisions on what I believe is best for my family.
That being said there is such a thing as too much knowledge. I sometimes get frozen in the decision making process because I either do not have the time or the means to make what I may deem to be the “right decision” for us.
I am in that crossroads right now. We bought a house last year and my husband and I have decided to make “bunk beds” for our children. (I’ll give you a sneak peak later.) This means we need a new mattress for our toddler son since he is still in a toddler bed with a crib sized mattress. What to do?
Our budget only allows for us to go out and get a cheap mattress at Costco or some other mattress store. The problem being that I know that those mattresses contain harmful and toxic materials. I want to turn a blind eye and buy it and pretend that I do not know the harmful effects of those chemicals. But, I just can’t. For 3 weeks now we have been waffling about this decision, knowing that we really can’t afford the organic mattress.
What it ultimately comes down to is, do we save now on the product and pay for it later in health care expenses? We have decided to pay for it now and buy an organic cotton and wool mattress, without the use of toxic fire retardant chemicals. I don’t know where we will cut the cost but I will feel very happy knowing my son is safe and sound in bed at night.