Is It Safe to Reuse a Cot Mattress?
As any parent will surely tell you, despite the loving moments along with the internal and external growth we receive from our babies, having a child is expensive.
Understandably, whether it be a lack of funds, sustainability, or the mind frame of ‘if it ain’t broke don’t fix it’ many babies use hand-me-downs which are either saved by their parents or given to them by other family members or friends who have had children and have no use for it anymore.
Aside from possibly saving a fortune, this practice alleviates the stress of having to meticulously decide where you can spend your money, which can be a blessing in this current cost of living crisis that has not been this bad since the 1950s
Old toys and clothes that are clean and undamaged are commonly re-used items, however, cot mattresses are also occasionally shared. But is that actually safe?
We at Bedding Comfort store prioritize the safety and comfort of your child, so in this article, we will be answering the question ‘Is it safe to reuse a cot mattress?’
So let us start at the beginning for any new parents who may be reading. What is a cot mattress?
What is a Cot Mattress?
As we all know, a good night’s sleep is one of the most important factors when it comes to overall general health, and for babies who have no established sleep cycle, it’s even more important.
Babies can sleep up to 18 hours a day which shows you just how much your little bundle of joy is going to be spending time in their cot.
It is vital that their sleep is comfortable and safe, which in turn gives them peace of mind (and hopefully a few extra hours of sleep.)
A cot mattress is a small mattress which goes inside your baby’s cot, to create a comfortable and safe sleeping environment for them.
The cot mattress should be comfortable, breathable and hypoallergenic, to ensure the baby sleeps safely and peacefully. It should also be firm, waterproof and in good condition- as this can help prevent Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS).
A cot mattress can also be accompanied by a duvet and pillow, but this is only after the baby has reached a certain age.
Regarding age, and when a baby should be transitioning to having a duvet and pillow inside their cot, in most cases, after the toddler is 12 months old you can consider an altered sleeping environment. It’s around this time you can begin to know when to put a duvet and pillow in a cot.
This is because Your toddler generally has developed gross motor skills and fine motor skills, and it is the safer option to introduce a new duvet and pillow in their cot because of their enhanced motor control, reducing the risk of Suffocation or SIDS.
We must highlight the fact that every toddler is different and grows at different rates. Please consider this when you are looking to change your toddler’s sleeping environment.
For the safest course of action, please consult your toddler’s paediatrician to see if it is safe before deciding when to put a duvet and pillow in a cot for your toddler.
Now that we have an understanding of the use of a cot mattress, let’s look at the topic of reusing one.
Is it safe to reuse a cot mattress?
No. It is generally not safe to be reusing a cot mattress. There are a few factors to consider as to why you should not do this. Here are a few:
They may not always be clean
As any parent will tell you, babies make a mess. Sometimes that mess can seep out of their nappies, or mouths and end up on the cot.
This creates a sanitary concern as the question becomes ‘how well was it cleaned off?’
Crib mattresses get peed on, repeatedly. You can never be 100% sure that it was cleaned and treated properly, and even spilling milk or other things can lead to mould growth and worse if not cleaned properly.
Bed bugs can also be a concern with any used furniture, and that includes crib mattresses, and they’re not always visibly noticeable. This is an obvious concern if you’re thinking of buying one online from someone you don’t know, or even from someone you do know.
Did the previous owner have pets? Did the pets have fleas or were they treated? If there are animal hairs on the mattress and you or your child is allergic to them, that could also be a problem worth considering.
Are they in the right condition?
Mattresses don’t last forever, and one that’s been used for a while might simply not be safe to use anymore.
Crib mattresses should be as firm as possible, and if it’s been used over time, in the case of a used mattress, the firmness will not be as it is intended to be.
Aside from firmness, holes and tears in the mattress is another warning sign of a mattress that is not suitable for your baby.
Possible risk of SIDS
In 2002, a study by the British Medical Journal concluded that there was a significant link between having a used crib mattress and SIDS, especially if it was from another home.
The reason why was not established as it was not known. But it was thought that it could be the baby’s bodily fluids being trapped in the mattress, leading to bacteria that the next baby is exposed to, in turn leading to an increased risk of SIDS.
How was the mattress stored?
Even if the mattress was hardly used, its storage will have a massive impact on it. If it isn’t stored in a vacuum-sealed bag or airtight container, you can have countless amounts of dust collecting on it, as well as germs from what it is stored alongside,
All in all, we reiterate that resuing a cot mattress is not recommended at all. So where can you get a cot mattress from?
The cot mattress provider
Here at Bedding Comfort Store, we understand that choosing the best furnishings for your baby’s nursery can be difficult and overwhelming because babies and toddlers have greater needs when it comes to sleep than adults.
That is why we have our own line of high-quality nursery bedding, which will help keep your little angels comfortable throughout the night.
Our terrific range of cot mattresses is ideal for babies and toddlers. They are anti-allergenic, to keep those sneezing fits at bay, as well as waterproof, to protect against leaks and accidents.
Our Cot Mattress (120 x 60cm) with Soft Quilted Waterproof Cover is an excellent choice for your baby. Made from natural fibres, it is eco-breathable, anti-bacterial and ensures ultimate comfort for the little one. The removable, softly quilted cover has taped edges, for extra support and shape.
If you are not sure what size cot mattress to buy, this cot mattress also comes in a 140 x 70cm size.
We also recommend our Pocket Spring Cot Bed Mattress (120 x 60 cm). This highly breathable cot mattress keeps your baby cool and comfortable, by providing natural airflow. It is designed to fit your child’s increasing size.
With a double-sided design, this crib mattress offers extra support for your infant or toddler.
The material is free from harmful chemicals and the fibre has a good heat resistance and excellent water absorption quality.
If you are not sure which cot mattress to buy, this cot mattress is also available in 140 x 70 cm.
With affordable pricing and options for delivery, Bedding Comfort Store is your best option for finding the right cot for your baby.
Explore our range today
We hope to have highlighted to you the issues surrounding the reusing of a cot mattress.
When you choose to invest in your baby’s sleep with us, you can expect:
- A medley of options in the materials, quality and tog level of our duvets and pillows in accordance with the needs of your toddler
- A quick and painless delivery to ensure that your toddler has the best sleep possible, as soon as possible!
- Quality sleep, as well as safeguarding your toddler from cold weather and allergies. Our mattresses and protectors cover every aspect of your toddler’s sleep, giving you peace of mind.
We at Bedding Comfort Store know that a proper night’s sleep is when everyone can rest easy, ensuring your toddler can get an undisturbed peaceful night’s rest so you can sleep just that little bit longer.
In this article, we hope to have clearly explained our reasoning for the question ‘is it safe to reuse a cot mattress?’. To conclude, the answer is no. But we do offer solutions as well as answers. Explore our nursery bedding range now.
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