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#1 of 7 Old 06-04-2012, 01:09 PM - Thread Starter
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Has anybody used a Naturepedic waterproof mattress? Did you like it? Any other suggestions?


My son is a heavy nighttime wetter and has ruined multiple traditional mattresses. I have tried plastic mattress covers, waterproof mattress pads and nighttime pull-ups (Goodnights). With his SPD he takes the Goodnights off, says they are uncomfortable (he is also embarrassed to have to wear them) and sometimes they leak if he leaves them on anyway. He somehow manages to pull the sheets and mattress pads off his bed in his sleep as well as ripping the plastic zip on cover. I can't tell you how many plastic zip on covers I have had to replace. I think a small tear will start because we have cats and he sleeps with them, the cat puts it's claws in the bed and a small tear eventually turns into a large tear.  Anyway we just threw out another bed and he is temporarily sleeping on a blow up mattress. He literally soaked through the whole mattress and into the box spring. I need to get another mattress but it has to be waterproof. I can't afford to keep replacing mattresses. I am thinking about getting this one




PS I know there have been a lot of iffy/spamy/fake posts about pre-teen / teenagers with bedwetting issues but this is a real and nightly issue in my home.

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I'm waiting to hear about this too.  We have the same problem with ds#1.  Nothing seems to help and the plastic covers always rip and then the mattress is gross. 

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We have those mattresses here. I think a cat would put a hole in it unfortunately and that would be an expensive waste. Does the cat have to get in that room?

Beyond that the mattress has cloth on the seams so they recommend a cover anyway. My son puked on the bed and it left a slight stain.

I don't think I'd invest in them for that situation and I'm sorry. I would be frustrated too.

Is the blow up bed working? I slept on one my entire pregnancy because of reflux issues (long story). I guess the crinkle and all might disrupt sleep though?

I'm sure you have tried alarms? Has a doctor talked about trying medication?

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I don't understand the advantage of organic filling if the waterproof cover is sort of everything-proof. I think I would look into the hospital-type, heavy duty mattresses and spend the money on the toughest outside layers, not paying extra for the filling.

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Agree with pp, cheap air mattress sounds like your best bet.
And then do a load of laundry of the bottom sheet and blanket.

Hospital mattress would be really nice if you could keep the cat from scratching it to bits.

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we have had this problem (when we had cats).  We have a bizarre solution.  We put the cheap plastic zip cover, then a cheap cloth mattress cover, then another cheap zip cover and mattress cover.      We ad 2 sets of sheets and a speare cheap mattress cover.  In the morning, I would strip the bed, wipe down the mattress, and lock child & cats out of the room.  Once the plastic had dried, I would put the mattress cover and sheets back on the bed and let them back in.  I found I had 2 problems.  1.  The cat paw padding would sometimes leave small holes on the plastic, which was less frequent with the mattress pad barrier, and 2.  My DS would pick at the holes until the were large rips or he thrashed around enough that they ripped.


With our very complicated solution, even when there was a big soaked through tear, the second mattress cover had protected the bottom plastic cover and the mattress was intact.

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my DD (almost 7) is a heavy bed wetter too.  We had some success with adding in adding one of those "diaper doublers" (like a maxi pad without waterproof backing) to her pull up (she uses Good Nights now too).  When she briefly wet through those, we got a size larger pull up and used adult absorbancy depends inside (the pee rarly made it past the depends and onto the pull up).  If none of that works, I'd suggest just using a decent inflatable mattress long term... I slept on one for several years in grad school, and I have to say that I still find a firm air mattress to be one of the most comfortable ways to sleep.  I'd suggest geting one that doesn't have the velvety side (or flip it over if it does) because that can hold moisture and doesn't wipe off as easily.  I guess a less popular but easier fix would be to try keeping the cats out of his room at night....

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