As a multi award winning manufacturer the Kit for Kids brand has become synonymous with innovation, uncompromising quality and above all safety. What do parents need to consider when purchasing a mattress and what should parents look for. When choosing a mattress for your child remember you are not buying it for an adult. Therefore a mattress where there is some barrier to prevent the core becoming contaminated such as a water repellent barrier is preferable.
A cover which is removable and can be washed at sixty degrees centigrade is, in our view, essential. It is the one time you leave your child on its own and you rightly expect your child to be safe.
However the common house dust mite can invade a cot mattress in their millions.
Of all the parenting problems I am asked for help with, the following is the most common: And the cot top changer sticks out so far on one end that it is actually in the way.
Each can lay up to eggs in its lifetime and each produces 2, faecal particles. Within these particles are the digestive enzyme that causes the most common of all allergic reactions including allergic rhinitis and allergic asthma.
We cosleep with our baby so knowing that it is free of toxic chemicals is very important to us, as is having a firm mattress. We had a different bed back then, and it fit perfectly with the height of the cot mattress, so we essentially created a larger sleeping surface for all of us, and he slept there for the best part of his first two years. Great in narrow spaces For more spacious areas, and when your little one might be getting in and out of the cot themselves I have heard of these being suitable for children up to two years old and perhaps even older , there are easy to use side entrances.
The problem for the child is that it is spending the most time of all its life on a mattress just at a time when it is most vulnerable. The sensitivity to the house dust mite allergen builds up over time and the symptoms may not manifest themselves until the child is older. However the damage has already been done. Combating this uninvited guest creates a better, safer environment for the young child.
Two forms of bacteria, Staphylococcus Aureus and Escherichia Coli have been cited as possible causes of cot death. Research is still ongoing in this respect but a mattress which can prevent such bacteria from growing is inevitably a welcome addition to our Island of Safety.
What is the Ellergenic range of mattresses and what makes them so different.
The principle behind Ellergenics is safety in all its forms. It protects night and day against the allergens and microbes that might cause harm to the child.
The Ellergenic mattress has two covers. The inner cover, the Ellergenic Shield seals the core of the mattress so that nothing can get into the core and contaminate it and where microbes might otherwise hide and nothing can get out. The outer cover, the Ellergenic Wellbeing Exterior, is made of a three dimensional double knit which aids airflow around the body.
This cover is removable and washable at sixty degrees centigrade. When the outer cover is in the wash the mattress can still be safely used with just the Ellergenic Shield. To help the parent the Wellbeing Exterior is easily removable and replaceable.
No more struggling at two in the morning with a cover. As a result of our success against the house dust mire the Ellergenic Mattress is the first cot mattress to be awarded the Allergy UK Seal of Approval.
Are there any dangers associated with buying any simple mattress If we accept that safety is the principle concern of a cot mattress then the potential issue with buying a simple mattress is that it will not necessarily have the safety features which we believed are required when the child is at its most vulnerable.
Simple mattresses also tend to have a simple foam core.
The formulation of cot mattress foam in the UK is different to furniture foam. While this is in the best interests of the child it does degrade over time and therefore a mattress with a spring, pocket spring , or even better a Dual Core will probably last longer which is an important consideration when purchasing for a cot bed which is expected to be used over an extended period of time. What should a good mattress be made of and how much can a parent expect to spend.
You certainly need a removable washable cover. If you are buying for a cot bed then buy one with a decent core.
This will wear better over time. Also consider that a cot mattress is a compromise between bearing the weight of a baby and that of a child. This is where it differs from an adult mattress. However to compensate for this consider buying a Dual Core mattress which has two cores in one to cope with the varying weights during growth.
How much to spend? Well we believe it is the most important purchase you can make. How frequently should a new mattress be bought. Ideally buy a new mattress for each child. If you are re using a cot mattress make sure you clean the mattress and wash the cover first.
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