Are Waterproof Mattress Protectors Safe?
Most parents prepare for night-time potty training on a regular trip to the supermarket - quickly grabbing a bag of pull-ups and a waterproof mattress protector. But not many consider their quality and their safety.
Did you know that most waterproof mattress protectors are air-proof? This means that if a child lies face down, they might struggle to breathe. Those protectors also cause sweating. In this case, parents usually think that the child is too hot, so they remove a layer of bedding and the child ends up being cold. Additionally, excessive sweating at night is another reason for frequent bed changes.
Is Plastic Really That Bad?
Have a look around your house and you will notice that you are surrounded by plastic objects. It’s everywhere, in our homes, on sidewalks, playgrounds and even beauty spots. There is no way to safely manufacture or dispose of PVC plastics. If it burns in accidental fires, it poses a deadly hazard to people nearby and firefighters. Many big companies like Apple and H&M are making changes and moving away from those dangerous materials.
We should all consider healthier options and make changes in our surroundings to look after our planet where our children can live safely. Change starts with one.
Did you know that PVC mattress protectors can be toxic and should be avoided?
Vinyl PVC is dangerous for two reasons. Firstly, PVC is a known human carcinogen. Secondly, most mattress protectors contain phthalates to soften the hard plastic. This is very dangerous to babies and older children and has been linked to asthma, cancer, reproductive harm, early onset of puberty, kidney and liver damage.
Another alarming factor is that they are weakly attached to the plastic and off-gas into the air we all breathe in.
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. In other words, a little bit less dangerous.
So What Is The Best Waterproof Mattress Protector for Kids?
There are safe mattress protectors available. PeaPodMats are new, revolutionary products that are changing 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 and don’t contain any plastic.
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 perfect bed protection for people of all ages.
PeapodMats are very easy to look after and can be washed and tumble like a towel. What’s more, is that they don’t move at night while the child is wriggling. No more bed changes in the middle of the night!