Waterproof Protection All our cot mattresses have waterproof protection. We design this to fit under the cover and over the core, this way your mattress is protected and your baby is lying on a fully air filled breathable cover.
The link below will explain the benefits in using a superior high quality. Advice and Information The Best For You and Your Baby As a new parent the two most important items you have to come to a buying decision on is a car seat and a cot mattress. Sometimes these requirements are a balance between your pocket, your personal preferences and sifting through a minefield of information, A newborn baby is going to sleep for an average of 16 hours a day up to the age of two and approximately 12 hours a day from age 3 to 5.
Your cot mattress has to meet following standards: You may also have some other desires i. Our aim is to make you somewhat of a cot mattress expert, so you can understand how they are made and what components are used.
You will be able to interrogate adverts and false claims and have the confidence that you are getting the features and benefits that match your personal needs and requirements. How to Measure For Your Baby Mattress The latest EU recommendations are that you should not have more than a 3 cm gap if you were to push the mattress up against one end or side of your cot. The gap is all about not getting an arm or leg stuck between the steep side of the cot mattress normally 10 cm deep and the side of the cot.
For the last 30 years the EU Regulation gap was 4 cm, 2 cm each side of your cot mattress, Now it is reduced to 3 cm, 1. Many of these old cots are now being fished out the loft and put you good use again mainly because of sentimental or nostalgic reasons which is really lovely. On a personal note i sent a cot to Canada for my first grandson, that was my son's cot.
Common sense has to prevail here, these are absolutely minute margins when you consider the size of a baby at birth and the size a baby is when it is a toddler. Please build your cot first before you measure it, don't measure the base before the cot or crib is built, if you do, you have a high risk of ordering the wrong size cot mattress.
When your cot is built measure at the base the length and width, bar to bar. Also look at the base, on some cots you can fit the base upside down and if you have you could see a frame around the base and appears to you that the mattress fits in the frame.
There is no argument that Natural cot mattresses are more environmentally friendly than man made petroleum based foam and as the recycling evolution gatherers momentum. Not only should you make sure your cot is safe for your little one, you should make sure the mattress follows British standards too.
The base should be flat and the cot mattress fits within 2 cm side to side end to end Safe and Hygienic All cot mattresses sold in the U. These Standards apply to the fireproof ratings and the quality of components used. However the standard is a minimum requirement and some that just past this test these are the basic cot mattresses.
As you will see there are products available that offer much more. With baby mattresses it is very much you get what you pay for and there are different degrees of safety. Supportive and Durable Now some details of how your cot mattresses are made.
In the back of your mind at all times remember your cot mattress has to be firm and supportive and no body fluids getting to the foam or sprung or natural core these are the recommendations of the Lullaby Trust formally FSIDS.
Firstly the "all foam" mattress these are generally made of HR or CMHR foam, All-foam cot mattresses made in the UK will tend to be hotter and not as supportive or robust and those made with made foam and springs or foam and pocket springs In this country we are "spring mad" we do not consider that an " all foam" cot mattress can compare with those with springs or pocket springs, but they can do. There are companies in Europe that sculpture foam so it feels like pocket springs, and designed in in such a clever way that they are breathable and supportive.
We tried clever foam cot mattresses here 15 years ago, they were a similar price to sprung mattresses but they did not sell, However these "clever designed foam" cot mattresses do out-sell springs on the continent. Consider how a sprung or pocket sprung cot mattress is made: Your baby is sleeping on a 2 cm layer of foam supported by springs and as your baby gets heavier their weight is pressing the foam on to the springs to bring the springs into action The structure of the thin 2 cm foam layer each side of the bonnel or pocket sprung unit in absolutely critical when it to accessing the support and durability of your cot mattress, here's why: Always check the quality of the foam being used before you buy, you may see comments like "nursery foam".
Fibre cot mattresses are a new innovation mainly because of the price of foam is going up and up. We will devote a chapter or too about the environment and cot mattresses later on. Fibre has advantages over foam other than being cheaper, it is not so hot as foam, nor does it have the initial chemical smell of foam. The downside is that it is not as durable as foam nor as supportive.
However there are some new fibre mattress on the way that claim they compere with foam, however all our test to date do not support this.
This causes sweats which upset and distress the baby but also can transfer into the mattress making it damp and softening it over time. The mattress must be at least 10cm thick, as anything thinner won't give the support your baby needs.
Natural baby mattresses, these are mainly constructed using coir and lambswool sometimes with added latex and also springs or pocket springs. Coir is generally firmer than foam, the lambswool is used to give the initial comfort.
Pocket springs with coir and lambswool makes an excellent mattress we could debate whether springs are natural Natural cot mattresses do not have a chemical smell like foam.
There is no argument that Natural cot mattresses are more environmentally friendly than man made petroleum based foam and as the recycling evolution gatherers momentum.
Waterproof protection on a natural cot mattress is a problem. There is no natural fabric that is totally waterproof so you have to compromise: However the amount of air that gets to your baby from the fabric is is minimal as it is only the air held in the top layer of the brushed cotton.
The air will not pass through the PU layer! Check before you buy that your cot mattress has good waterproof protection. Breathable and Temperature Control Add the information above to the fact that there are fabrics now available that will aid breathability, These cot mattress covers hold considerable pockets of air and will wick away heat.
Hygienic and washable A spare cover is really essential. Its 3 am and the body fluids go through the nappy, and sheet and hits the mattress cover, the cover is damp! To be able to slip the cover off the mattress cover and put on a clean one is ideal.
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