Are Waterproof Mattress Protectors Safe?
Most parents prepare for night time potty training on a regular trip to the supermarket or during a quick browse on Amazon. Pull-ups ✔, waterproof mattress protector ✔. Mattress protectors are an essential item for every household, especially if your child is experiencing bedwetting. But are plastic mattress protectors safe for children?
Did you know that most waterproof mattress protectors are air-proof? This means they are non-breathable and can cause excessive sweating. You may think that your child is too hot, remove a layer of bedding and the child ends up being cold. Excessive sweating at night is another reason for frequent bed changes - something we can actually avoid if we use the right products.
But First, Let's Talk About PVC
Have a look around your house and you will notice that you are surrounded by plastic objects. It’s everywhere, in our homes, playgrounds and even beauty spots. PVC is a synthetic plastic polymer used in a variety of products. It is dangerous to health and the environment through its entire life-cycle: during the manufacturing and disposal processes, as well as while PVC products are in use. Chemicals released during the PVC lifecycle, such as dioxins, and phthalates have been linked to many health concerns. Phthalates can leach out of PVC (off-gassing), posing health risks to children and adults.
We should all consider healthier options and make changes in our surroundings to look after our planet where our children can live safely. Check out cehn.org to learn how you can protect children from environmental health hazards and promote a healthier environment
Did you know that PVC mattress protectors can be toxic and should be avoided?
Many PVC mattress protectors contain phthalates to soften the hard plastic. This can be very dangerous to babies and older children and has been linked to asthma, cancer, early onset of puberty, and other health issues (see the bottom of this page for a list of research studies).
Phthalates are weakly attached to the plastic and off-gas into the air we all breathe. They can also be found in dust and likely play a role in developing asthma and allergies.
So why are they being sold in shops if they are unsafe?
As soon as there are health alerts about certain products, manufacturers come up with new variants that are slightly different so it's really difficult to tell if a PVC product is safe.
So What Is The Best Waterproof Mattress Protector for Kids?
There are safe washable bed pads available. PeapodMats are revolutionary products that are changing the lives of people of all ages. They consist of 3 layers: breathable terry cotton, a polyester liner to absorb and disperse moisture and brushed polyester that grips onto surfaces, coated with breathable TPU.
TPU is one of the safest materials as it does not off-gas any VOCs (volatile organic compounds). This coating is waterproof but breathable to prevent overheating, sweating, rashes or sores which makes it the perfect bed protection for people of all ages.
PeapodMats are easy to look after and can be washed and tumble dried like a towel. They don’t move at night while the child is wriggling. If there is an accident, just whisk the mat away. No more bedding changes in the middle of the night!
Research Studies Concerning PVC and pthalates: