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Are Waterproof Mattress Protectors Safe?

Most parents prepare for night time potty training on a regular trip to the supermarket or during a quick browse on Amazon. Pull-ups ✔, waterproof mattress protector ✔. Mattress protectors are an essential item for every household, especially if your child is experiencing bedwetting. But are plastic mattress protectors safe for children?

Did you know that most waterproof mattress protectors are air-proof? This means they are non-breathable and can cause excessive sweating. You may think that your child is too hot, remove a layer of bedding and the child ends up being cold. Excessive sweating at night is another reason for frequent bed changes - something we can actually avoid if we use the right products.

But First, Let's Talk About PVC

Landfill full of plastic

 

Have a look around your house and you will notice that you are surrounded by plastic objects. It’s everywhere, in our homes, playgrounds and even beauty spots. PVC is a synthetic plastic polymer used in a variety of products. It is dangerous to health and the environment through its entire life-cycle: during the manufacturing and disposal processes, as well as while PVC products are in use. Chemicals released during the PVC lifecycle, such as dioxins, and phthalates have been linked to many health concerns. Phthalates can leach out of PVC (off-gassing), posing health risks to children and adults.

We should all consider healthier options and make changes in our surroundings to look after our planet where our children can live safely. Check out cehn.org to learn how you can protect children from environmental health hazards and promote a healthier environment

Family sitting on the bed covered with PeapodMat

Did you know that PVC mattress protectors can be toxic and should be avoided? 

Many PVC mattress protectors contain phthalates to soften the hard plastic. This can be very dangerous to babies and older children and has been linked to asthma, cancer, early onset of puberty, and other health issues (see the bottom of this page for a list of research studies).

Phthalates are weakly attached to the plastic and off-gas into the air we all breathe. They can also be found in dust and likely play a role in developing asthma and allergies.

So why are they being sold in shops if they are unsafe?

As soon as there are health alerts about certain products, manufacturers come up with new variants that are slightly different so it's really difficult to tell if a PVC product is safe.

So What Is The Best Waterproof Mattress Protector for Kids?

PeapodMats The Best Waterproof Mattress Protector for Kids


There are safe washable bed pads available. PeapodMats are revolutionary products that are changing the lives of people of all ages. They consist of 3 layers: breathable terry cotton, a polyester liner to absorb and disperse moisture and brushed polyester that grips onto surfaces, coated with breathable TPU. 

TPU is one of the safest materials as it does not off-gas any VOCs (volatile organic compounds). This coating is waterproof but breathable to prevent overheating, sweating, rashes or sores which makes it the perfect bed protection for people of all ages. 

PeapodMats are easy to look after and can be washed and tumble dried like a towel. They don’t move at night while the child is wriggling. If there is an accident, just whisk the mat away. No more bedding changes in the middle of the night! 

Order Your PeapodMat today at JOIZI.com ❤️

Research Studies Concerning PVC and pthalates:

The Role of Exposure to Phthalates from Polyvinyl Chloride Products in the Development of Asthma and Allergies: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis

Respiratory Toxicity in Mice Exposed to Mattress Covers

What Are the Sources of Exposure to Eight Frequently Used Phthalic Acid Esters in Europeans?

Genotoxicity of phthalates

 

 

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I bought the large one for when my grandaughter came out of nappies, she is a fidgety sleeper and this has not move. I now have a second one for her little sister both are excellent. Saves my mattresses on new bed and stay in place for a comfortable sleep. Can’t Recommend enough. Brilliant!

Peapods are an absolute life saver. I have both the large and the medium.
With a urostomy it’s inevitable there will be leaks; just a fact of life.
Having one of these on the bed does away with the stress of airing the mattress etc when “a big one” happens.
It doesn’t feel clinical and thankfully doesn’t give that horrible sweaty feeling others do.
Amazing amazing amazing!

Hi GG, it's great to hear that you're happy with PeapodMats and that they take the stress away for you. Thank you for a great review. All the best, Team JOIZI

Absolutely incredible! We used to buy at least 2-3 new mattresses a year! This magical matt has saved us so much money. Never leaks and lovely soft towel texture. Highly recommend for mummy's or adults with incontinence issues.

Hi Aimee, thank you for your lovely review and recommending PeapodMats to others! It's great to hear that PeapodMat helped you save money on mattresses and you love its leakproof qualities! All the best, Team JOIZI

I purchased 2 of the medium sized Peapods (after a personal recommendation and then reading the excellent reviews) for my partners bed, she has incontinence due to early onset dementia. I am generally pleased with their performance and they have made life easier in this situation. However, usually a small amount of urine does pass through the Peapod with the result that I back it up with two layers of normal towels underneath to absorb this small excess. This system works well and the bed sheet always seems to be dry. It is for this reason that I have given 4 stars.
I would still say that they are worth the cost, obviously I alternate the two Peapods each night and am thinking of getting a third one as extra backup.

Hi David, thank you so much for your review and your lovely words about PeapodMats! Because PeapodMats are breathable (but leak proof) the water from urine may evaporate, causing the sheet underneath to feel cool to touch and giving it a damp feeling. Please also be advised that we generally recommend large size of PeapodMats for adults. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to get in touch with us at hello@joizi.com.

After doing loads of research, we purchased a medium sized PeapodMat for my son who is still in pull-ups at night age 5 and a half! We're two nights in and there have been accidents both nights but the mat has worked - it didn't move around in the night and the sheet underneath remained dry so the matress is well-protected.

Hi Hannah, thank you for a great review. We're so happy to hear that PeapodMat has protected your little one's bed so well and stays in place all night. We wish you and your family all the best, Team JOIZI