Bliss Sleep Center is now celebrating its one-year anniversary with a new addition to its family: its new store, Bliss Baby. The Bliss Baby store, located next to Bliss Sleep Center, on the corner of Montauk Highway and Hayground Road, in Water Mill, “was a natural progression to our existing non-toxic line of organic mattresses, bedding and sustainable wood furniture,” says owner Beth Schlendorf. “Adults spend one third of their lives sleeping, but babies spend half of their day sleeping. The fact is that roughly 80 percent of the chemicals produced in high volumes today have not been tested for developmental toxicity.”
Over the last year, Schlendorf says she has found that her clients have been asking for more and more organic baby items. “I am pregnant myself, and it is almost impossible to find cute items like play mats, stuffed animals and decorative bedding that is truly made of all organic materials. Many manufacturers claiming to be organic, green or ecofriendly are using waterproofing materials, polyester, toxic glues, plastics, flame retardants and different types of foams. What is even scarier is the manufacturers that are building their products with chemicals and not offering any disclosure on their materials.”
Schlendorf says customers will find the same great quality and purity of materials found in her existing line of products now used to make all of the baby crib mattresses, bedding, sustainable wood cribs, toys and gifts. “I believe that there is more than enough to worry about when having a baby,” shares Schlendorf. “This should not include having to research and figure out how to make a toxic-free healthy nursery for your little one. I hope that my last two years’ worth of research can help other mothers and fathers by making it easier for them to make healthy decisions for their families.
“All our items are handmade, and we know exactly what is in our products because they have been handpicked for their purity to be placed in our Bliss Baby and Bliss Sleep Center stores,” adds Schlendorf. “I am passionate about what I do and extremely picky about what I bring into our store, because the products that are placed in our store are also placed in my home for my family. I am building my business using pure, high-quality products, great service, reasonable prices and trust.”
Schlendorf says she hopes to continue building a brand that all families turn to when they want full disclosure on what is in the products they are purchasing in an effort to keep their indoor air quality pure and their families healthy.
“The EPA has called indoor air pollution the nation’s number one environmental health problem. … According to the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology, half of all illnesses are aggravated or caused by polluted indoor air.” (Debra Lynn Dadd—author of the book Toxic Free—How to protect your health and home from the chemicals that are making you sick.)
“Flame retardant chemicals can spark nervous system disorders and can cause cancer,” according to Bobbi Chase Wilding, deputy director of Clean and Healthy New York, a nonprofit that promotes policy and market changes related to safer chemicals. Schlendorf says that at Bliss Sleep Center and Bliss Baby only pure wool is used as a flame retardant; all sleep products are certified organic and can be customized to the customer’s comfort and style; and most of their products are handmade in the U.S. “Our goal is to help you find toxic-free sleep products that can also aid in easing your pressure points, back pain and help you experience Bliss,” concludes Schlendorf.
To learn more about organic mattresses and the complete line of organic adult and baby sleep products, visit BlissSleepCenter.com. See ad on page 21.