Sunday, 5 August 2012

Protecting your mattresses

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We lost another single bed mattress last week. A victim of one too many bodily fluid spills. The poor thing had started growing mould in protest. I took one look and deemed it a WHS hazard and it went on the scrap heap.

All in all that rogue wee has cost us almost $500!

We had to buy a new mattress, of course. The camping mat has been lots of fun for a few nights, but I wouldn't be much of a Mum if I let my child sleep on the floor for the rest of his life, would I?

We got a 'bunkmate' mattress. It is lighter than the average mattress but still has springs, which will at least overcome the issue of making the top bunk. Bunks are great space savers but they are a nightmare to manage.

I haggled with the saleslady over the $45 delivery fee (we live less than 3km from the store), but she got me back by insisting that I get a new mattress protector for the new mattress. Mattress 'protectors' have cost me a cot mattress in the past due to sweaty gits sleeping, sweating and 'wetting' the mattress enough to mould it up*. She promises this one will be different, but we will see...

I then forked out $200 on 'Brolly sheets', enough for all the kids' beds. I am over toilet training. It feels like it will never end.

How do you protect your children's mattresses?

* And just in case you think I am not washing the sheets enough, my own bed has a 15 year old mattress that is completely mold free, but due for replacement due to age.


15 comments:

Mrs Catch said...

I feel your pain! As a mum of five sweaty, wetty sleepers, I have it down to a fine art. First, go to Pillowtalk for a fitted quilted waterproof protector (Sorry, can't remember the brand name, but they are waterproof and have a pattern quilted on them. I've only ever seen them at Pillowtalk). Then, get thee to the Medical supplies shop and buy a number of adult "Kylie's". Don't buy the Kmart ones. They are too small. If you buy a number at once, you can hammer the store for a big discount and you'll have enough spares. Never dry any waterproofs in the dryer. They perish and then leak. I dry mine over the verandah railings or on the tramp. They're four years old now and still perfect. I also periodically (as in when I have the energy) leave the mattresses out in the sun all day while the kids are at school/ daycare. Sorry for the novel-length comment, but I know how annoying and EXPENSIVE this is.

(God! Don't we go through a lot to get grandkids, hehe)

Dolores said...

I have the "breathable" mattress protectors, they are much more comfortable to sleep on. We even have one for our bed since there is one person who sneaks into our bed and has had an accident while we were all sleeping! Not fun at some awful hour. Anyway, our single mattresses are quite firm so I bought the mattress pads from Ikea Sultan Tveit that give more padding and make their beds really comfortable (even the Grandmas sleep on them when visiting). The good thing about those is the covers are washable and there's an extra layer between the mattress incase you need it. Also make sure you have pillow protectors. The quilted ones are nice and snuggly.

ANB said...

Just a cheap mattress protector so far, because we are nowhere near being game enough to leave nappies off at night time, but I would love to hear what you think of the brolly sheets once you've tried them out!

Miss Pink said...

I won't let anyone in this house lay on a matress without a matress protector. It at least offers that extra barrier for a few minutes while you strip the bed madly.

Shelley said...

I gave up on the night time trainging! Got so sick of washing sheets! So my four year old still wears 'pull ups'. She doesnt care and it saves the mattress if any accidents!! I figure she will 'train' in her own time. In the mean time we have dry mattress's!

Michele said...

what are "Kylies" Mrs Catch?

Mama of 2 boys said...

Oh so timely MM! I have just set bunk beds up and my word they're a pain in the patootie to make! I am seriously going to strain something trying to get that fitted sheet onto the top bunk.
The waterproof mattress protectors are a must for the boy's beds. Particularly as those blessed new mattresses for the bunks cost $500 EACH... and that was on special! Harvey Norman saw me coming. Anyway, they're nice mattresses, but definitely need protecting. The second night Angus was in the new bed, he threw up in it... mattress protector had already paid for itself.
I think I paid about $60 each for the waterproof protectors at Target... there are much more expensive ones, but it's gotta stop somewhere. Right!? xo

joeh said...

Bunk beds may be hard to manage, but they make great forts, airplanes, pirate ships and hideouts!

cranky old man

Lisa said...

I didn't realise that those simple water-proof fitted sheets you lay over a mattress weren't enough! My Bubby is only 11 weeks old so I haven't had to deal with issues like that - but I thought I had it all covered! I guess I was wrong!!

Claireyhewitt said...

Brolly sheet is excellent. The same as the Kylie's but more kid friendly colors and tucks in well.

We have only had the average priced covers but have never had any issues at all, the Brolly sheets were used when Naples came off though.

We are considering a bunk though and I am stressing over the making of the bed!

ally said...

Discovered our brand new single mattress is already stained today!!!....and am now blaming the tumble dryer (who knew?)
Kylies are fab
Bunks are dangerous (for backs and kids heads!!)
Pull-ups rule :-))

River said...

I had a fitted waterproof mattress cover for my bedwetter until it perished from age. By then I had two bedwetters, so went to Clark Rubber and got 2 x 2metre lengths of hospital grade soft rubber sheeting. I put one on each bed and there they stayed until the kids outgrew the wetting. I washed sheets and pyjamas every morning for several years. The rubber sheeting got washed over with warm water and dried in the shade. There were no pull-ups in those days and I didn't like putting them in nappies at night, they were too big for that.

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Karl said...

Just a bit of advice before purchasing latex mattresses, a lot of cheaper Chinese latex is made with synthetic hardeners to make it seem natural and will NOT last long. The real stuff is called Latex Gold and will last for about 30 years or so, there are plenty of suppliers for that.

Twana Culver said...

Mold and bacteria are big threats to the kids! I think it was a good decision that you replaced your mattress right away. And it is also a good idea to have a mattress protector. It can help fluid stains and spills from damaging the mattress. It can also help protect the kids from skin allergies due to dust,dust mites and bacteria on the mattress.


@Twana Culver

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