Does Red Nose Recommend Mattress Wrapping?

NO. Wrapping a baby’s mattress with polythene has been suggested as means of preventing SIDS. The theory proposes that cot mattresses emit toxic gases and that wrapping the mattress will prevent SIDS.

Baby in cot image for mattress wrapping article

This theory has been thoroughly investigated through rigorously conducted, scientifically based research and there is no evidence to support the link between wrapping mattresses and the prevention of SIDS.

For more information on this topic, see the Red Nose Information Statement ‘No Evidence to Link “Toxic Gas” From Mattresses and SUDI’.

The safest place to sleep baby from birth is in a safe cot, which complies with the AS/NZS mandatory standards for either household or folding (portable) cots, in the same room as an adult caregiver for the first six to 12 months of life.

Last modified: 5/12/17