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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¬†‚úĒ, waterproof mattress protector¬†‚úĒ. 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 ‚̧ԳŹ

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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Great mattress protector

Lovely quality and stays put on the bed for my grandson.

Does the job!

This is great for keeping the bed sheet/mattress dry, however we still have the issue of the duvet getting wet if my daughter has an accident so I still have to strip half the bed. I question how comfortable it is to lay on as the material is a little rough but no complaints from my daughter. One thing I will say is my daughter gets very hot in bed laying on it, since using it she has sweated most nights which is a bit of a worry with overheating.

Hi Tamsin,

Thank you for your review! We're so happy to read that PeapodMat protects your daughter's bedsheet and mattress!

We're sorry to hear about your daughter getting hot at night. PeapodMats don't have a layer of plastic and are breathable so overheating shouldn't happen. Are you using any additional mattress protectors on your daughter's bed?

Please get in touch with us at hello@joizi.com if you require any assistance!

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Catherina Swinburn
Brilliant! Got my 4yo out of nappies within a couple of nights.

Perfect. I'd been at the end of my tether with my 4yo daughter who didn't want to let go of pull ups so invested in this mat. It's mega absorbent, and non slip and comfy to lay on. It washed well and air dries quickly. Within a couple of nights of use with accidents, she's night dry! I can't believe how much it helped, I wish we had bought it much sooner.

Love it

I now have 3 of these. 1 for each of my children I just love them. Deafintly worth investing in one for you children.

Hello Roxy,
It's great to hear that you're happy with PeapodMats!
Thank you for your feedback and all the best,
Team JOIZI

Great- but does move about

Covers a great amount of a single bed. It stays put but not all night- however, my son is a wriggly worm at night and moves non stop! The material is great and it feels really nice and soft. He loves his ‚Äúnew big boy sheet‚ÄĚ