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Does anyone here have their crib mattress wrapped? I just ordered a Babesafe mattress cover to prevent SIDS. I just read about it online and thought it was a great idea! If a $35 cover can save help my baby I am all for it! What are everyone's thoughts on this and what do you use under the crib sheet?
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I just use a normal mattress pad, but ds didnt start sleeping in his crib until he was 6 months. Before that he slept in a bassinet and co-slept.
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Interested as well!
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I seriously considered ordering one of these. I decided not to, and instead I bought an all organic cotton mattress. They are a little more expensive, but free from all the harmful gasses found in regular mattreses.

When we brought the crib mattress home, we let it out-gas on the deck in the July sunshine for 10 hours (just in case). Make sure you unwrap the mattress from the manufacturer's outer-wrap as soon as possible to release the built-up gasses.

I'm still not convinced that wrapping a mattress will reduce the risk of SIDS, but it certainly can't hurt.
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i have one. its a glorified plastic bag with holes on the underside. It sounds like ds is sleeping on plastic bag. We have it on the sidecarred crib and i had to put towels between the wrapping and the sheet so it wouldn't keep me up.
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I have one too, but since we cosleep a lot, DD hasn't gotten a ton of use out of it. She does nap in the crib now though, and sometimes begins the night there. I use either a 100% cotton flannel mattress pad under the sheet or a big bath towel. The mattress pad that I have is pretty thin and fits better than the towel (well, easier anyway). I know that is is like a plastic bag (as someone else mentioned), but the research convinced me. And, for $35.00 it is worth it.
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this is a great article:
http://www.hpakids.org/holistic-heal...(SIDS)-Factors

I wrapped my DS's crib mattress (he has never slept in it though) and my mattress, since i cosleep, in polyethylene from home depot. MUCH cheaper than the babesafe thingy with the same result.

yeah its a pain in the butt and loud to sleep on but the research is very convincing.

you can google it for instructions, it is pretty easy. i so wish that we would take new zealands lead in spreading the word about this.
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Can you explain how you wrapped it yourself? Do they have that stuff at all home improvement stores, like Lowe's etc? ALso, how much was it?
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this is a great article:
http://www.hpakids.org/holistic-heal...(SIDS)-Factors

I wrapped my DS's crib mattress (he has never slept in it though) and my mattress, since i cosleep, in polyethylene from home depot. MUCH cheaper than the babesafe thingy with the same result.

yeah its a pain in the butt and loud to sleep on but the research is very convincing.

you can google it for instructions, it is pretty easy. i so wish that we would take new zealands lead in spreading the word about this.
Yup, I did this to our queen mattress too. I bought the clear plastic painters drop sheet at Wal-Mart. I got the 3mil thickness. They come in different sizes and thicknesses. It was under $10 for sure! Home Depot or Lowe's would have it too in the paint section.

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Can you explain how you wrapped it yourself? Do they have that stuff at all home improvement stores, like Lowe's etc? ALso, how much was it?
I just put over the top and tucked it under as far as my arms could reach. You could buy it long enough to wrap around the whole underneath.

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Please keep in mind that it (or anything) doesn't PREVENT sudden infant death. Nothing does. No prevention, no cause, no cure.

I just hate the false sense of security that these methods often instill. That being said, SIDS is soooooooooooooooooooooooo rare, a mom shouldn't worry about it anyways.

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I also bought a babesafe wrap. It has really helped me worry less. I put it over the crib mattress (we have the crib set up as a sidecar--she is always in my bed beside me by morning, but still) and then a 100% cotton mattress pad. Then the sheet. The wrap fits supertightly around the mattress. It was hard to get on, it's so tight.

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Hi folks,

no-one I know in New Zealand wrap their baby's mattress, and I've never heard about it before. Plunket (Well Baby nurses) hands out a booklet on preventing SIDS to all new mums, but it has nothing in it about mattress wrapping!

If it was common I think I'd know about it, as I've worked as a nanny here for 6 years.
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If these are made out of plastic, arent you worried about the plastic off gassing? I am currently looking at mattress covers, puddle pads and all they talk about is it off gassing if you buy one made of plastic. Why not the same principle for wrapping?

Co-sleeping is the best way to prevent SIDS, btw.
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this is a great article:
http://www.hpakids.org/holistic-heal...(SIDS)-Factors

I wrapped my DS's crib mattress (he has never slept in it though) and my mattress, since i cosleep, in polyethylene from home depot. MUCH cheaper than the babesafe thingy with the same result.
That is a very interesting article, esp about the drop in crib deaths in NZ. I'm curious though if the gases are there, why are most deaths from 2-4 months and not later as well?

Also, has anyone read if gases would still leak through a pad? I'm assuming so, and also maybe the pad would be too cushioned for safety.

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