Breathable Mattresses Can Actually Cause More Harm Than Good If Not Designed Properly
Most “breathable” mattresses remove the waterproofing on the mattress and allow the baby to breathe through the mattress cover and into the interior of the mattress, forcing the baby to breathe stale air that has been sitting in the interior. If milk has been spilled, or urine vapor (or fecal material or even just plain sweat or saliva) has entered the interior of the mattress, then bacteria and mold could grow inside the mattress where baby could breathe it. And if flame retardant chemicals, perfluorinated chemicals, or pesticides were used in the mattress, these could present a risk for the baby as well. In other words, most “breathable” mattresses remove the waterproof layer and allow for the baby to breathe into the interior space of the mattress – precisely the same space that’s collecting and growing contamination.
Naturepedic Has a Better Way To Add Breathability
Naturepedic has a better solution for parents that want a breathable mattress. They offer a separate breathable mattress pad that fits on top of the already firm and flat Naturepedic crib mattresses. This pad provides a layer of fresh air between the baby and the mattress which provides extra fresh air from the room for baby to breathe. The breathable pad provides just as much (or more) extra fresh air than the other “breathable” mattresses on the market. The baby doesn’t have to breathe into the interior space of the mattress with its stale air and its collection of urine, spilled milk, etc. The breathable mattress pad can be removed at any time and thrown into the washer and dryer. This solves the hygiene issue with adding breathability for the baby. The Naturepedic crib mattres cover provides a layer of fresh air between the baby and the mattress. This can help with extra breathability and temperature regulation, and also reduces the possibility of “sweatiness.” This pad can be added to any crib mattress and will turn any mattress into a properly designed “breathable crib mattress.”
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