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3/7/19

clare liew

Hi I try to avoid synthetics and man made materials . Please tell me what material is best for a baby's mattress in both basinette and cot. And does it have a rubber/ plastic cover. And do these products have set life span.? Does the material start to break down after a set time or after a certain amount of use.? Thank You

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Posted a response on 8/7/19

Red Nose Australia

Hi Clare,

Thank you for contacting Red Nose with your question.
Hi I try to avoid synthetics and man made materials . Please tell me what material is best for a baby’s mattress in both basinette and cot.
And does it have a rubber/ plastic cover.And do these products have set life span.? Does the material start to break down after a set time or after a certain amount of use.?

Red Nose does not promote any specific type of material in most products in relation to reducing the risk of sudden unexpected death in infancy (SUDI)
As far as mattresses are concerned, Red Nose recommends that a cot or bassinet mattress is firm, clean, well-fitting & flat (not elevated)
Waterproof mattress protector should always be a strong and a tight fit.
https://rednose.org.au/article/what-is-a-safe-mattress

As far as life span is concerned, a mattress can be used indefinitely, as long as they remain firm, clean, well-fitting & flat.
Any previously used mattress should have been well stored, firm and clean.
If the mattress is damp, torn or mouldy or there is any doubt about its safety, including fit, it should not be used.
https://rednose.org.au/article/second-hand-mattresses

Whether or when does the material “break down” would be an issue to ask the individual manufacturers.

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