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Mattress covers?

post #1 of 15
Thread Starter 

DP and I recently bought a new king mattress, and - because it's probably the nicest single piece of furniture we own - we'd like to keep it in good condition for a while.  I've been advised to buy a cheap plastic cover for the birth, but I'm also looking for something that we can keep on the bed through breastfeeding, co-sleeping, etc.  I'd prefer something organic or pvc-free but waterproof.    We bought one with the mattress that I couldn't handle for more than a week because it sounded like we were sleeping on wadded up grocery bags.

 

Anyone have any recommendations?

post #2 of 15

We have a really nice tempurpedic mattress that is something much nicer than we would have bought except we rent our house out weekly in summer for top dollar and needed a really high quality bed.  We bought the cover that came with it, it is waterproof (not on the sides though) but doesn't feel like you are sleeping on a disposable diaper.  It was pretty expensive though, about $100.  It is similar to this one I think.

http://www.tempurpedic.com/Basics/Tempur-Pedic-Mattress-Protector.asp

 

I'll probably use a cheaper second cover or shower curtain on ours for the birth, especially to protect the sides.  

 

post #3 of 15
I just purchased a wool mattress pad. Other threads on mothering and many reviews attest to wools amazing ability. Mi do plan on cutting up a wool army blanket into pieces, putting one of those pieces in a pillowcase and using that under me for a while just so I don't have to change sheets all the time.
post #4 of 15

Haven't tried the wool blanket, but if you want one and don't have an army surplus store, the last time I was at walmart they had wool "car blankets" that weren't too pricey.  Assuming you live somewhere that's still sort of cold right now.  And has a walmart.

 

 

We had an uber crinkly one for a while, too, and it drove me CRAZY.  Fortunately it got ruined by the moving company when we moved last summer, so we were reimbursed and I can justify a new one. I can't handle wool because of the heat--DH and I are both really warm sleepers, and a wool layer underneath would be unbearable, I'm afraid.  For now the plan is just to sleep on a waterproof baby pad--one of those big ones.  I pin it to the underside of the sheet with old fashioned diaper pins, and that works pretty well.  When baby is big enough to roll around instead of sleeping under my arm pit all night, we'll probably get another cover.  A not crinkly one this time!

post #5 of 15

i hadn't given thought to putting anything under our sheets since we are having a hospital birth, but it might not be a bad idea in case my water breaks at home.  i didn't do anything when i was pregnant with DD either.  my water never broke on its own and they had to try a few times before they could get it because my sack was so thick.  i have a feeling they'll have to break it again, but i also feel like if i don't do anything then it'll break on its own while i'm asleep and ruin our mattress.  DH was in the army and i know we still have at least one of his wool army blankets in the house somewhere.  i'll have to find it and wash it and slip it under my sheets!

post #6 of 15
We also just invested in a new mattress (organic) and since it's probably the nicest item we have in our home and took me years to buy, I intended to protect it to the hilt! It came with something like this:
http://protectivebedding.com/100-organic-waterproof-mattress-protector-king.html
Though not sure if that was the exact brand or not...basically, it's an organic jersey fitted sheet that has a 'food-grade' (aka BPA-free) waterproof backing but is still breathable. That's what we put right against the mattress, as a last-resort barrier. On top of that, I put a wool 'puddle pad' that isn't fitted but covers the whole mattress and has elastic straps at the corners. I used something like this with DD and it was great! On top of THAT ;-) I put a quilted cotton mattress pad and on top of that, a sheet. When we were in the accident prone stage with DD years ago, I would double the last 2 layers so if we had a major accident at night, I'd just strip off the top sheet/pad layer and go back to sleep. I did use a towel under me during those first really leaky months. The cotton layer keeps things cooler and less itchy (though I've never felt itchy with a sheet against the wool pad, depends how thick/itchy your wool is) and although not waterproof, is absorbent for accidents, it's the wool that does the waterproofing.
post #7 of 15
We just got a new mattress, too. We put a crinkly cheap cover on first, then a chux pad, then the old mattress pad (which is on its last legs and needs to be replaced once the leaky phase of things is over) and then sheets. I don't hear the crinkling any more and can't tell that there are extra layers under me. Not sure how easy it'll be to change in the middle of the night, but it seems to be working so far...
post #8 of 15

I don't worry about my water breaking in bed because it never does until I'm ready to push. To minimize baby stains and to help baby sleep, I've used sheepskins for the last two, and plan to with this one as well- I have only one here and it's a little scratchier than the others in storage in La. but if I can't get one of those sent, I'll just top it with a receiving blanket. I also end up using a lot of towels and diapers here and there where ever a little more absorption is needed. I find it easier to wash an extra small thing or two with each load than to wash another big piece of bedding, especially one so essential.

post #9 of 15

Four pregnancies and births prior to this one, and my water never broke spontaneously before labor. It always broke right at the end, shortly before baby was born.

post #10 of 15

I just bought waterproof mattress pads for all of our beds from Target. They feel pretty close to cotton pads and are breathable. I can say for sure, potty training little boys (and very pregnant sneezing moms) have not been able to breech the protection and they wash like a dream.

 

I think it will be great for keeping leaky milk and baby messes off the mattress too.

 

If you are super worried about your water breaking you could always add a chux pad under your sheets or even a regular mattress pad. Way more comfortable than sleeping on a plastic layer.

post #11 of 15

I was terrified of ruining something when my water broke with DD, but of course that didn't happen.  It broke when I hit about 5-6 cm and was having serious contrax.  So this time I'm not going to worry about it.  I really like that jersey-top cover Rasa linked to!  I wonder if it is deep enough for our mattress?  I'll have to look for something like it.

 

jess, I agree that having a smaller pad to toss in the wash is way easier than a big thing that has to be washed basically by itself.  This is the kind of thing I like on top of the sheet for spills: http://www.amazon.com/Snoozy-Organic-Flannel-Cotton-Waterproof/dp/B001387H40/ref=wl_it_dp_o_npd?ie=UTF8&coliid=IMBZA64IA404T&colid=1KC7TIYRF7YLP

 

 

post #12 of 15

Kate- that looks perfect... I may have to look in to getting a couple.

post #13 of 15

Anyone know anything about putting a waterproof pad on the babies cot/crib/bed/etc?  My mattress is not itself waterproof and I'd just assumed I'd buy a waterproof cover to go under the sheet.  At the baby store here, however, they did not sell them (only some kind of complicated fancy expensive thing) and went on and on about how its not safe to put a plastic layer on an infants bed because it wont breath if they end up face down on it... I kind of got the sense they were just trying to sell me their expensive thing but then I wondered if there was also some logic behind the idea of having a breathable layer (but really, how breathable is the mattress anyhow?).

post #14 of 15
Thread Starter 

 

We ended up getting some kind of waterproof dustmite cover for the mattress from Macy's.  It feels like fabric, is waterproof on the sides, and was about $70.  It's totally not breathable, though; we sweat all night after putting it on the bed even though it was cool weather.  That won't cut in the Georgia summer, so we're going to add an organic cotton mattress pad for an extra layer of protection and breathability.  

 

For the actual birth, I'm just going to use a very cheap plastic sheet under cotton sheets and will likely toss the plastic sheet afterwards.  They have PVC-free plastic sheets at our local Target for $7.  

post #15 of 15
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Originally Posted by brusselsmama View Post

Anyone know anything about putting a waterproof pad on the babies cot/crib/bed/etc?  My mattress is not itself waterproof and I'd just assumed I'd buy a waterproof cover to go under the sheet.  At the baby store here, however, they did not sell them (only some kind of complicated fancy expensive thing) and went on and on about how its not safe to put a plastic layer on an infants bed because it wont breath if they end up face down on it... I kind of got the sense they were just trying to sell me their expensive thing but then I wondered if there was also some logic behind the idea of having a breathable layer (but really, how breathable is the mattress anyhow?).



Wool.  winky.gif  You can buy a wool "puddle pad" or make your own by felting and lanolizing a wool blanket.

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