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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

Landfill full of plastic

 

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

Family sitting on the bed covered with PeapodMat

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?

PeapodMats 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! 

Order Your PeapodMat today at JOIZI.com ❤️

Research Studies Concerning PVC and pthalates:

The Role of Exposure to Phthalates from Polyvinyl Chloride Products in the Development of Asthma and Allergies: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis

Respiratory Toxicity in Mice Exposed to Mattress Covers

What Are the Sources of Exposure to Eight Frequently Used Phthalic Acid Esters in Europeans?

Genotoxicity of phthalates

 

 

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I WISH I’d found this sooner. I have an 8 yr old boy that still has accidents at night and sleeps in a top bunk. I did NOT want to put him back in some sort of nappy, and this is the best solution. This has now saved me completely waking up during the night.

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We haven't started braving night time with no nappies yet - BUT we currently have this on the sofa so any "accidents" dont absolutely ruin it. Wow, my sofa is soft and comfy and any misshaps are sucked up without damaging the fabric. It doesn't slip (like the puppy pads we tried) and is obviously way way more environmentally friendly (Greta would be proud). No nappy nights actually seem like a less daunting prospect with this bad boy on our team. Top marks Peapod, defo recommend.

Hello EC,
We're happy to hear that PeapodMats protect your sofa, don't move and make night time potty training a less daunting prospect!
Thank you for your feedback and all the best,
Team JOIZI

Good product

Wanted to get this as son is sometimes wet at night and wanted to protect the mattress and it does

Hello Jenny,
It's great to hear that you're happy with your PeapodMat and it protects the mattress!
Thank you for your feedback and all the best,
Team JOIZI

So I ordered the large as my daughter still co-sleeps in my bed with me and she fidgets so much in the night! I received my mat last week and put it straight onto my bed. Haven’t had a wet night so far so I can’t comment on the absorption but the mat is great! Size is perfect for a fidget bum and doesn’t move in the night or make noise and the material is soft and comfy!

Hi L L,
We're happy to hear that your PeapodMat doesn't move or make a noise and it's soft and comfy!
Thank you for your feedback and all the best,
Team JOIZI

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