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26/3/20

NT

Hi, I was wondering whether it is safe to use a waterproof mattress protector over the whole mattress in my newborn's bassinet or whether I should use waterproof pads under the fitted sheet under her lower body? The advice on this site mentions well-fitted mattress protectors but there is suggestion elsewhere online that waterproof mattress protectors are not breathable and can increase the risk of SIDS. Many thanks in advance, NT

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Posted a response on 27/3/20

Red Nose Education

Red Nose does recommend a mattress protector that is strong and a tight fit.
It is important that a mattress protector does not take away the firmness of the mattress.
To reduce the risk of infant death, it is important that the mattress is firm, well-fitting & flat, not elevated.
https://rednose.org.au/article/what-is-a-safe-mattress

Where did you read the information above about “breathability” ?

Posted a response on 30/1/21

Michael

I’m also keen to know whether waterproof mattress protectors are an issue due to lack of breathability. I understand that they need to be firm, well fitting, flat etc, but is there any issue with them being made from waterproof plastic that stops water and therefore air (ie a baby couldn’t breath through it). Thanks in advance.

Posted a response on 1/2/21

Red Nose Education

The issue of breathability of fabric can be confusing at times, as often understanding is not clear about the difference between “breathability” and “air permeability”

Most evidence supports the definition of breathability being related to the ability of a fabric to allow water (body moisture) to evaporate & not pool in the fabric.
The comfort properties of a fabric depend on its ability to transmit water and vapor from the body to prevent accumulation of liquid on the skin.

When trying to work out if any product for baby sleep safety (eg mattress protector) is “breathable” it is important, in this case, to look at the following.

Infant positioning - always place baby on their back for sleep, maintain airway & ventilation.
Prevent entrapment/strangulation – keep soft, loose items out of cot.
Prevent suffocation – keep baby’s head & face uncovered - no soft, padded items in cot.

If a waterproof mattress protector were to be soft/padded & reduced the firmness of the cot mattress, then the sleep environment may be “unsafe” & the mattress protector should be avoided.
This risk could also be increased is the baby was placed on tummy (prone) to sleep.

Once a baby is rolling well, in a safe environment, & prefer to sleep on their tummy, then the risk is significantly reduced as baby is able to change position.

Posted a response on 25/11/21

Anita

Are there any mattress protectors that you can recommend.  I am getting confused as some are quilted.  Some have the terry cloth or some are bamboo.  some say cotton but look still slightly quilted.  I need something to fit a 1300 x 690 x 110mm mattress tasman eco essentials.  It’s difficult to know which ones are safe.

Posted a response on 29/11/21

Red Nose Education

Red Nose does not recommend specific brand names of products

Red Nose does recommend a mattress protector that is strong and a tight fit.
It is important that a mattress protector does not take away the firmness of the mattress.
To reduce the risk of infant death, it is important that the mattress is firm, well-fitting & flat, not elevated.
https://rednose.org.au/article/what-is-a-safe-mattress

This means that any mattress protector that is loose, soft or padded should not be used, as it may take away from the firmness of the mattress, which may create a risk to baby.

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