Rip your waterproof mattress protector off your cot now.
Save our Sleep author, Tizzie Hall, has a warning for all parents, “Waterproof is NOT SAFE rip your waterproof mattress protector off your cot now. Because waterproof is airproof and airproof means if your baby ends up face down on their mattress protector they can not breath. ”
Tizzie explains further on her website, “I’ve found mattress protectors to be very problematic for babies and parents.
Most commonly available mattress protectors cause babies to sweat. This is the case even when they are 100 percent cotton. When a parent sees their baby sweating they assume the baby is too hot and reduce the amount of bedding.
The baby actually ends up cold, causing them to roll onto their stomachs in search of warmth and putting them at greater risk of SIDS and SUDI.”
Tizzie says, “a thin cotton bath towel works well as an alternative to a commercially made mattress protector. A towel absorbs moisture quickly, is easy to clean, protects your mattress and does not cause your baby to sweat. A thin cotton towel is a great alternative if you have a tight budget.”
SIDS info states, Babies control their temperature through the face. Sleeping baby on the back and ensuring that the face and head remains uncovered during sleep is the best way to protect baby from overheating and suffocation.
Research has shown that baby’s risk of dying suddenly and unexpectedly is increased if baby is sleeping on the tummy and that risk is even further increased if baby is sleeping on the tummy under heavy bedding or if baby’s head becomes covered by bedding in any position.
Sleeping baby in a sleeping bag will prevent bedclothes covering the baby’s face.
Safe Sleeping For Baby
SIDS also advises, A soft mattress or sleeping surface can increase the risk of sudden unexpected infant death if baby rolls over onto the tummy. Remove plastic packaging from the mattress and always make sure that the waterproof mattress protector is strong and a tight fit.
Never put soft bedding under the bottom sheet, such as a sheepskin, as this makes the sleeping surface too soft. A pillow, cushion or sofa is not a safe mattress as they are too soft and increase the risk of sudden unexpected infant death.
This is honestly something I didn’t even think about. Definitely worth sharing for new parents.
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