WHAT TO LOOK FOR WHEN BUYING A COT MATTRESS PROTECTOR

Spilled bottles, leaky nappies and reflux ordeals at three in the morning can try a parent’s already-frazzled nerves … especially when all that spilling and leaking happens in baby’s bed.

There’s a simple way to make these trying moments that much easier. Save yourself time and hassle by putting a barrier between childhood’s little “oopsies” and your baby’s mattress, with a cot mattress protector. Without a cot mattress protector, a mishap in the cot could mean hours of washing and trying to dry a foam mattress, and worse still, having to live with the lingering smell of sour milk and baby sick.

On top of reducing laundry time and keeping your baby’s mattress free of smells and stains, a cot mattress protector does double duty by putting a barrier between your baby and dust mites, which are a major cause of allergy symptoms.

These tiny scavengers live in warm moist places like cots, feasting on baby’s dead skin cells and producing waste that can cause reactions like rhinitis, persistent eczema, and even asthma. Considering that your baby can spend up to 18 hours a day in the cot, that’s a lot of exposure to dust mites. An allergen-proof mattress protector is an effective way to prevent dust mites, bacteria and other nasties from breeding in your baby’s mattress.

Investing in a cot mattress protector certainly makes good sense.

What should you look for when purchasing a mattress protector for your baby:

  1. What material is used for the waterproof layer?

Some cheaper mattress protectors use PVC, also known as vinyl, as waterproofing. While effective as waterproofing, PVC noisy to sleep on, and will leave baby hot and sweaty after a nap. Some waterproofing substances are also not safe for baby to sleep on. PVC or vinyl, for example, is considered the most toxic form of plastic, releasing volatile chemicals into the air.

  1. What material covers the waterproof layer?

Feel the surface covering of the cot mattress protector; it should be absorbent and soft enough for baby to sleep on even without a sheet

  1. Does it fit well?

To be effective against leaks and to combat allergens, the cot mattress protector should fit snugly and not crinkle with movement.

  1. How is it cleaned?

A good cot mattress protector should be fully machine washable and able to be tumble-dried without losing its waterproof qualities.

  1. Will you have come back if it fails?

Ensure you choose a product that comes with a guarantee.

Let the Protect-A-Bed® cot mattress protector keep your precious little one’s bed clean and hygienic. Made from 100% cotton terry towelling, it is soft and super absorbent, protecting your baby’s mattress from stains and bacteria.  Waterproof yet breathable, the Protect-A-Bed® cot mattress protector puts a barrier between your baby and dust mites, which are a major cause of allergy symptoms. Your baby deserves a Protect-A-Bed cot mattress protector … because nothing should come between your child and a healthy, hygienic sleep.

Size: standard cot mattress size of 130 x 66 x 12 cm with an expandable skirt to fit most universal cot mattress sizes