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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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Eco friendly

It’s like a big towel BUT it stays in place more than a towel would. I bought because it’s much more eco friendly than disposable bed mats. My only negative is that it takes ages to dry. A good couple of days if not bright sunshine and it’s not recommended to tumble dry it. Despite that I think to save the planet from landfill full of disposable bed mats it’s worth the money and the drying time

Not impressed

It’s a glorified towel with a backing sheet. It doesn’t move around that much but £40 for it, I wouldn’t recommend. Also had to ask my daughter if she even wanted to sleep on it as it isn’t feel comfy … it’s a towel

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Great product

Bought the single sized pea pod mat in grey to assist my little boy who is 3 in his night time potty training. It’s brilliant. So reassuring it’s there when leaving him to sleep through the night and if he does have an accident I know it’s easy to wip off wash and tumble dry again for the same night. We will be buying another one to leave with the grandparents.

Brilliant Product

Purchased these as I have 2 boys who were struggling with making it through the night. So easy to use and great for if they fell asleep for a nap during the day as you can just slip them under them anywhere in the house. Also great for travel.

Hello Leia,
It's wonderful to hear that PeapodMats are great for travelling and you find them easy to use when your little ones nap during the day.
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Team JOIZI

Best find!

Having two additional needs children, one with bowel issues, one with night terrors and bed wetting, I was throwing away single used pads and bedding on the regular, even a few totally ditroyed matresses and was becoming costly. Since I found this product it has saved me in so many ways, the quality is amazing nd they wash well, we currently have 5 in our house, I couldn't do without them on our beds now.

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We're delighted to hear that you're happy with quality of PeapodMats!
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