Originally Posted by carriebft
I am going to stop by there tonight! thanks! I've read recommendations for painter drop cloths and tarps and all that, but they all seem like they would be just as uncomfortable....but maybe the painter cloth might work pinned around? seems like a lot of work though.
I was originally planning on using painter drop cloth on the bed, but I instead bought a $7 waterproof mattress cover from Cascade Healthcare Products
since a waterbirth isn't an option for us and I will probably be using the bed off and on.How to Make a Birth Bed
using either plastic painter's drop cloth or shower curtain
"Take your bedspread/comforter and blankets off the bed. You really do want to keep the bedding as simple as possible. Sheets and easily washable blankets only!
Get an inexpensive plastic painter's drop cloth (clear and very thin) from a home improvement store. Some choose shower curtain liners, but I find them far too thick. The drop cloth is so thin, yet protects so much more (is longer and wider).
Put a set (fitted and top sheet) of sheets on the bed - a typical set that you would have on your bed for every day use. Over that set of sheets, lay down the plastic painter's drop cloth. On top of the plastic drop cloth, put a set of old sheets you don't mind getting messy. (Some clients even choose to throw this set away after the birth; most wash them.)
Use about 10-12 safety pins and pin the entire bunch of sheets and plastic to the mattress, putting a pin every 4-6 inches around the mattress. Don't use pins if you have a water bed or an electric bed! Sometimes it's easier to put the pins around the "coiled" part of the mattress instead of the flatter side parts of the mattress. The pins are absolutely necessary because they keep the whole shebang from slip sliding all over the place should you climb all over the bed during labor or afterwards. Sheets on plastic is slippery.
Your bed is now made. Isn't it lovely?"