So what does a woman do best in her last weeks of pregnancy? She NESTS of course! It is only natural to need something to keep your mind busy while you wait for your little chickie to hatch. In fact sometimes I really do wish I was an egg laying mammal… I mean really, why do we need to give birth to such relatively large babies anyway? I am convinced that the only reason we continue to reproduce as a species is thanks to childbirth amnesia caused by lack of sleep. Ok so I may not be the best nester since the baby’s room is still full of stuff from our basement (currently undergoing a renovation) and all my 0-6 month stuff is still boxed away but I have started thinking about where this little lady is going to sleep.
About a month ago I started searching for a safe, non toxic bassinet or pack and play for when baby arrives and she is in our room. I was feeling optimistic that when they phased out the very outdated California technical bulletin 117 (TB – 117) with an updated version (TB-117-2013) in January 2014 there would be some companies that had removed the flame retardant chemicals from their infant mattresses (long story short, this amendment removed a bunch of baby items from the list of things that are required to meet a particular flammability standard). In my reading I came across a bunch of posts online recommending the Nuna Sena.
It would appear that starting as soon as they could, starting January 2014 they removed the flame retardant chemicals from their Oeko-Tex certified infant mattress. I was thinking this was too good to be true, there is something cute, competitively priced (not the cheapest but still inline with the big players like Graco) and safe!! I went online, used ebates and found a Nuna Sena Mini in Canada for a good price and ordered it. I was feeling pretty proud and my nest was starting to take shape. Pheww one last thing to worry about.
When it arrived I opened the box and right away I spotted the dreaded TB-117 tag hanging off the mattress, EEEPP!
You have got to love the warning about taking care near open flame and burning cigarettes on your child’s mattress. We should probably take care juggling knives and shooting firearms near the baby too right? I mean seriously, are you kidding me? If you can’t tell already, this TB-117 is a bit of a trigger point with me, hehe.
I did know there was a risk that I would get an older model when ordering sight unseen but I thought naively, that was a couple years ago already and Nuna cares about our babies health since they pulled the chemicals as soon as they could, right? Wrong. So I tracked down a sticker on the aluminium frame stating the product manufacture date and it was 2013-09-16 :
Uh Oh, now I was pretty sure the model I had purchased still contained flame retardants. Just to confirm my suspicions I contacted the Canadian Nuna customer service email and asked them to verify for me when Nuna removed the flame retardants from their Sena Mini. Their response really surprised me, it turns out you can’t even get a chemical free model in Canada at all!:
The flame retardants were taken out in the year 2014.
There are none with this date of manufacture in Canada and we do not anticipate receiving them either
Amanda V CS3044
ISSI – Office: 1-800-667-4111 Fax: (514) 344-3296
As you can imagine I was so0 disappointed!!! It seems pretty crazy to me that they only sell the old chemically treated Nuna Senas. Wow LUCKY US!!!!
The website I ordered from offered free returns so I have already sent this cute little pack and play back where it came from. I am thinking that by the time the 2014 models make their way up North my kids probably won’t need a pack and play. I am not as eager to support Nuna as a company after this experience but I also haven’t found any other options so I started researching into the possibility of buying one from a US retailer and having it shipped to Canada. I am torn at the moment, I love that they have made changes and seem to be on the cutting edge moving forward but feeling frustrated that Canada isn’t on the same timelines.
TO BE CONTINUED…