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  • Natural Cot Mattress Foam Free

    The new range of Natural cot Mattresses from the Cot Mattress Company
    1 Central coir block to provide support and durability

    2 Layers of lambswool so afford comfort

    3 Secured with a stockinette cover

    4)Outlux cover ; Outlux in a Natural Fabric both  breathable and waterproof . Outlux is machine washable at 60°c

    You do not need to buy any further waterproof protection for this Natural Mattress

    The whole Mattress is covered in Outlux which makes means you can rotate the turn the mattress (use both sides) and extend the life of your Mattress

    Guaranteed for 5 years

    For full range

    http://www.cotmattresscompany.com/natural/natural-cot-cot-bed-mattresses.html

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  • The Easychange Cot and Cot bed Mattress

    "The Easychange® Cot Mattress" - Make Life easier- Why buy any other mattress?

    Easychange customers say "So easy to keep clean and fresh, zip off the soiled topper and zip on the clean topper"

    The Easychange® has a top surface that zips completely off from the rest of the cover, making it easy to change if it gets soiled.

    We also supply a FREE spare topper with every mattress so that you have one for the wash!

    The toppers zip on to a protective waterproof Safetex cover. This cover can also be removed for washing

    There is a choice of bases:- foam, mini bonnel springs, pocket springs, coir lambswool and springs.

    There is a choice of covers luxury quilted microfibre or Coolmax© ;with Maxispace

    There are ten models and four sizes in the Easychange® Mattress Range and more being added soon - Why buy any other cot mattress that does not offer you these benefits?

  • Your baby mattress buying guide

    Your baby mattress buying guide

    Newborn babies sleep for an average of 16 hours a day and children of 3-5 years for an average of 11-13 hours a day (ok should do!). Babies and young children spend half of their first five years of life in a sleep environment. It is the place where they are most commonly left unattended for long periods. So it's important that we match you and your babies needs to the right Mattress. These are the basic features to look for in a Baby Mattress:-
    Correct Size: Rule for a cot mattress is that you should not have more than a 3cm gap.
    Support: A mattress that is firm and does not sag or dip.
    Comfort: Yes this is subjective, but err on firm rather than soft.
    Breathability: Obviously need good ventilation in the room but also an advantage for your baby to lie on a breathable fabric.
    Waterproof Protection: To afford breathability it makes sense to have the waterproof protection under a breathable machine washable cover.
    Machine Washable: Spare machine washable zip-on mattress covers  are really useful for the inevitable 3am cabaret! Even better are the zip-on/zip-off toppers that go on to a waterproof protective base cover. See The Easychange®
    Durability: The needs here are different for a crib mattress required for five months compared to a cot bed mattress lasting five years. The information on The Surestart crib mattress and the Excellence cot mattress will give you more advice.
    Temperature Control Fabrics These are fabrics like Coolmax they only really work if they are backed by a spacer fabric like Spacetec or Maxispace that encourages the heat collected to disperse
    Natural Mattresses: These replace foam with either all coir and lambswool or springs and coir and Lambswool. and or Latex. We have a detailed paragraph called "Natural Mattresses Explained" in our main mattress buying guide.
    Use your mattress for your next baby. Controversial! But if you know the history of your mattress, you have kept it clean, covers washed regularly, no body fluids have got to the core because the core is protected, The mattress has not dipped or sagged, been rotated often, been packed away in plastic in a dry environment (not left open in a damp loft) , then ok to use again. BUT never use a second hand mattress as you do not know its everyday history.
    for a more detailed buying guide visit
     http://www.cotmattresscompany.com/cot-mattress-buying-guide/
    for more information visit www.cotmattresscompany.com
  • Help and Advice When Buying A Baby Mattress For Your Moses Basket or Crib, Pram ,Cot Or Cot Bed

    Advice When Buying A Moses Basket, Crib, Cot or Cot Bed Mattress:

    Advice when buying a baby cot mattress

    Every day newborn babies sleep for an average of 16 hours and children of 3-5 years for an average of 11-13 hours. Babies and young children spend more than half of the first five years of life in a sleep environment; it is also the one place where they are most commonly left unattended for long periods of time.

    The decision you make when buying a mattress for your child is vital. It must be safe, comfortable, supportive, and easy to keep clean, durable and comply with British Standards.

    With such a choice on the market plus all the conflicting advice you will be bombarded with regarding cot deaths and chemicals it makes choosing a cot mattress very difficult.

    Here is all the facts and advice you need to help you make an informed choice come to a buying decision about the right mattress for you and your baby.  Find 25 minutes, Put the kettle on for a cup of your favourite  brew  and enjoy while we  will help you become a baby cot  mattress expert .

    What I Need From My Moses basket, Crib or Pram Mattresses ( Foam or Natural)


     These mattresses will not be in use for very long, a few months, they do not need the same durability as cot mattresses but it is important that they can be kept clean, are comfortable and supportive and fully breathable. First lets talk man-made foam, A minimum is a CMHR28 foam pad which is 3cm deep and a cover that can removed completely so the foam pad can be washed or the foam pad has waterproof protection and can be wiped down, but it still needs a breathable cover. Best is a foam pad with a removable machine washable cover that is breathable (a spare cover is a good idea one for the wash) Crib mattresses are also available in 5cm depths made with 33CMHR and 50 CMHR foam and even with pocket springs these mattresses are very luxurious extremely supportive have waterproof protection and do give a feeling your baby is lying in luxury.

    The covers that go with these mattresses tend to be of the highest quality, and these mattresses do not dent or dip.

    Now lets move on to natural mattresses instead of foam, coir is used as a base but it has to achieve its luxury feel by lining it with lambswool. Then comes the Moses Basket mattress cover, this has to offer waterproof protection as you cant wash coir and lambswool pads out as you can foam, Consider natural Outlux as a cover, this will give you the protection you need. Outlux fabric and its advantages are discussed in some detail later.

    What I Need From My Cot Or Cot bed Mattresses

     A cot mattress will be in use for up to two years and a cot bed mattress could be in use for up to 5 years. Obviously we all have different amounts available to spend on a mattress and it will come down to cost, but there are basics that are needed, the cot mattress needs to be supportive, breathable and durable, the cot mattress core needs waterproof protection. .... More details to follow on this.

     

    Is it The Thicker The Mattress The Moses Basket, Crib, Cot or Cot Bed Mattress the better?

    Not necessarily, In mattresses like most other things, quality is more important than quantity, however certainly avoid cheap 7cm foam mattresses unless you are using them for occasional use.

    Look for quality dent resistant foam. Foam is measured in "kilo weight", the industry standard is CMHR28, most high street stores will offer this standard.  We suggest going no lower than CMHR28. Look for this specification when buying a mattress. Also available is CMHR33kilo and also we do supply CMHR50 kilo foam for "The Excellence" range of cot and cot bed mattresses’. This 50CMHR foam supported by pocket springs it will not dip or dent and extends the life of your mattress. More details to follow on this................. 

    The British Standard for baby mattresses currently states that no mattress should be over 10cm in depth, for safety reasons to do with your baby climbing out of the cot.

     

    My Moses Basket, Crib, Cot or Cot Bed Mattress Had A Chemical Smell When It Arrived - Is It Safe?

    Advice when buying a baby mattress

    Foam is a man-made petroleum based product and when brand new will have a  chemical smell to it. The chemical smell of new foam happens because the foam has to release the component chemicals used in its manufacture. The ventilation of the mattress is a process known as 'airing'  or 'off-gassing'. Every petrochemical based foam product will need to 'off-gas' to get rid of the new smell.

    Cot mattress manufacturers will try to leave the foam as long as possible in the factory before cutting it to let it air. However the foam arrives in massive blocks the size of a small room and the foam in the middle will take longer to air than the foam on the outside. If it is cut into small components and left for too long it has an opportunity to oxidise, (go yellow), or get contaminated. Manufacturers are reluctant to do this. If your mattress is cut from the outside of the block it is probably fully aired. If the foam used is from the inside of the block it might need airing longer.  When your mattress is made it is sealed immediately in plastic to keep it clean and hygienic.This will trap any air until you open the bag. 

     You can mask the smell - use Fabreeze or talc, but it is not really worth doing. Just leave it to air for 24- 72 hours and the newness smell will fade

    You will notice reviews from every cot mattress retailer without exception that say:- “ When I opened my mattress it had a dreadful smell I would not put my baby in it”  This is understandable - everybody wants the best, safest mattress for their baby and does not want to put them on a toxic product. However this is a characteristic of the mattress. Foam is probably one of  the most widely used, safest man-made products you can buy! Let it Air in a very well ventilated room or outdoors and all will be well. You may comment that you have bought furniture or cushions that have not smelt. Simple answer:-  they  have been sitting in the shops for weeks or months and will have times to air.

    I write this next paragraph with the greatest respect:-
    One can get paranoid about the smell and it is possible to always detect a hit of petroleum aroma if you unzip the cover and bury your nose in the foam! but as a test you should not be able to smell and toxic smell from 20 cm away with the cover on.

    If you buy a natural mattress this will not have such a newness smell, there are no petroleum based chemicals used in natural mattreses but synthetics do have some advantages over natural products when it comes to breathability and waterproof protection which we do cover further in this guide. 

    Waterproof Protection, The Toxic Gas Theory And Cot Mattress Wrapping.

    This all kicked off in the late 80’s and was claimed  that urine mixing with the fire retardency component in the foam was the cause of cot deaths. It was later discredited by a government report, however a few people still claim that toxic gases can be present if urine comes into contact with the fire retardant components within the foam. When these gases are breathed or absorbed by a sleeping baby they can cause cot death or sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS). These claims have NOT been scientifically proven, NOR totally disproven "some would say" by the government report.

    The supporters of this theory claim that if bodily fluids reach the foam mattress core and are left for a period of time, (over 3 months) then they react with the fire retardant chemicals in the mattress and this may cause a gas called Stibine gas to be produced, Stibine gas is highly toxic.

    There are all sorts of scary things to read on the internet about cot mattress wrapping, you may have already read some of these!. Basically for piece of mind just prevent body fluids from getting to the foam.  But dont do it in a way that affects the breathabilty of the cover or you risk your baby overheating!

    Protect the cot mattress under the cover but over the foam. When you buy a cot mattress ensure it has full waterproof protection. Many cot mattresses are  made to hit a price point, they wont have any  protection and some will have just  a slider that covers only one third of the mattress which you have to position under the nappy area.  however when  your baby when it is older it  will move around the cot  you dont no where it will pee so a waterprof slider like this will not be adequate.

    We developed the Safeguard range of crib and Moses basket mattresses to combat the fears of mattress wrapping. These mattresses have a completely sealed foam core that no gas could get through and no liquids could penetrate. Having a sealed mattress means maximum breathability must be maintained by the cover. This can be achieved by using a Microfibre or Coolmax and Maxi-Space cover which is fitted to the Safeguard Moses and crib mattresses.  All NightyNite cot mattresses have full protection.

    http://www.cotmattresscompany.com/moses-basket-mattresses/safeguard-moses-basket-mattresses-mattress-wraping

    So this is key:- "It Is of Paramount Importance To Prevent Bodily Fluids Getting To The Core Of The Mattress And Still Keeping The  Mattress Breathable."

    Advice on buying the best mattress for your baby

    One way to achieve this is on a cot or cot bed mattress is to choose a fabric that is breathable like Microfibre or Coolmax with Maxispace, then protect the core under the cover to keep the body fluids away from the foam core. Do this by ensuring your mattress has a full PU band around it covering at least 90% of the mattress centre or a full Safetex cover as in the Easychange range with zip off machine washable toppers   

     If you buy a waterproof protector for your mattress consider NOT putting it on the very top of your mattress. Remove the cover and put it over the core, it is the core you want to protect from body fluids, then put the mattress cover on top, the cover will hold air over the waterproof protector and help to avoid your baby overheating. If the cover gets soiled then easy to remove for washing and then wipe down or wash the protector if fluids have gone through. Spare covers are a great idea. Many mattress protectors say they are breathable but if you hold them to your mouth and try and suck air through you will see they are not breathable at all. They past a breathability test because if you held a boiling kettle on one side you can steam up a mirror on the other side, so they are classed as water vapour permeable. However if your baby turnd face down on it, it would not get enough air through to breath normally.

    Another option is the NightyNite™ Easychange range of cot and cot bed mattresses, these have a top that zips off completely from the rest of the cover and hold the air, and the underneath main cover is completely waterproof. This allows you to zip on whatever sleep surface you wish for maximum breathability and comfort.  Stop Press... there is now an even better solution we won an award in 2016 for our Excellence Supreme this gives a wipe clean base cover under a breathable topper.

    Cot Mattress Metal Spring Scare

    In 2009 we heard of a report regarding the possible negative effects of an electromagnetic field on babies, the report said it is especially important for you to use a non-metallic bed for your baby, as their immature bodies are more susceptible to EMF damage. As with most of these scares they are never proven, but they manage sometimes to pose yet another question when choosing a  baby mattress.  Being mattress nerds we too up the challenge to develop a sprung mattress with no metal! and came up with the Natural Supreme

    http://www.cotmattresscompany.com/supreme-easychange-with-outlux.html

     

    Terminology Explained

    Micro Climate

    A term used to explain what occurs when you use a fabric like  Coolmax with Maxi-Space. These fabrics allow a much better airflow around the body which helps to reduce heat and sweating and increases the breathability. The Nightynite® Excellence Easychange or the Nightynite® Reassurance Easychange® comes out tops here.

    Coolmax, Outlast, Thermosleep

    These are specially engineered polyester fabrics that wick away heat from the body and regulate temperature, when combined with quilting they have a luxury soft feel. The best effect by far is achieved by not quilting but backing them with a quality 3D spacer fabric like Spacetec or Maxispace. As well as adding luxury to the Coolmax© or Outlast they also allow thousands of cells where the heat can be wicked away. Another way to help wick away heat and more naturally is using bamboo. Bamboo is a luxuriously soft material, softer than cotton with natural temperature regulating properties. There is now available a range of 100% bamboo sheets which can be fitted to any cot, crib or Moses basket mattress. Fitting 100% bamboo sheets over Coolmax with Maxispace would be indeed the height of luxury.

    British Standards

    Every mattress sold in the UK should conform to British standards; BS7177 and BS1877, these relate to quality of filling and flammability. to be honest we cant see any manufacturer of baby mattress not adhering to these standards.

    Hypo-Allergenic

    This basically means non-allergy producing. Most mattress retailers, (ok and us) use this a sales pitch, but it means nothing if you do not keep your mattress covers and mattress core clean.

    Cot Mattress Sizing Guide

    This is all about the gap left between the side of the mattress and the side of the cot, too big and there is a risk of trapping of limbs in the night. The ideal situation is a mattress that presses right up against the side of the cot or cot bed, but there has to be a small gap to allow the use of the drop side. Used to be 2 inches (5cm), an inch all the way round.  Then we joined the EU and because we were  the only EU country using inches so we adopted the new  EU Regulations and  went to 4cm.  easy enough 2cm all the way round.   Now it is going to 3cm!  that’s 1.5cm all the way round the mattress.  or not more than a 3cm gap if you push the mattress up to one end.  Oh well Keeps many people in the European standards committee in a job.

    There are some main popular sizes of cot and cot bed mattress: 117 x 54cm, 120 x 60cm, 127 x 64cm, 126.5x 62.3 (M and P 300 size) 130 x 70 and the most popular which is 140 x 70cm (often referred to as 139x 69cm)

    Less popular sizes are:

    112 x 55cm, 122 x 61cm,131 x 71cm and 132 x 77cm. the last two pertain to the Boori range of cots. and we understand there is a new Boori cot out with a 132 x 70cm Mattress

    Mamas and Papas call their mattresses 200, 300, 325 and 400 but they equate to stand mattress sizes

    Synthetic Mattresses Explained

    Synthetic materials (petroleum based) and make up 90% of the total mattresses sold in the UK (the rest being natural mattresses, explained below)

    Covers For Moses basket, Crib, Cot or Cot Bed Mattresses

     

    They are designed with several tasks in mind; breathability, waterproofing, comfort, temperature regulation, durability and hygiene.

    Covers can be made up of different layers to perform these tasks, a cover could be made of a material which is thick enough to generate its own breathability (micro-climate) and have a waterproof lining underneath to protect the core. It is important to prevent bodily fluids from reaching the core and breeding bacteria or reacting with the synthetic products used.

    There is also a question over PVC being carcinogenic, PVC and PU will not breathe and if used on their own will prevent airflow and cause overheating. We recommend having an external cover with quilting or spacer fabric that will promote airflow and insist on PU or woven waterproof protection underneath. All Nightynite® mattresses have some sort of breathability and waterproof protection in place!

    Synthetic mattress covers can be washed at 60 degrees, which is the temperature needed to kill dust mites and bacteria.

    As with all brand new products they may have a crisp new feel to them but a first  washing with restore a softer feel and removed any newness smell to them

    Waterproof Sliders/ Membranes

    These are waterproof bands that go under the cover and around the mattress core to protect the core from spillages, the reason they are not around the whole mattress is that they would reduce breathability. That was the old thinking now we have moved on. Waterproof liners covering at least 90% of the foam area under the cover and the cover being fully breathable.  

    Foam
    Foam used in the UK has to be fire retardant, that is the law. It has to conform to BS1877 and BS7177. The Foundation for the Study of Infant Deaths (FSIDS) now renamed "The Lullaby Trust" do not approve of this fire retardant being achieved by using phosphates, they prefer melamine, however melamine makes the foam weaker and more susceptible to breakdown i.e. dipping and denting .

    The only way to fulfill the needs of FSIDS and the UK standard is to use CMHR foam (Combustion Modified High Resilience)  RX foam does pass the nursery standard as well but was not recommended by FSIDS  (Lullaby Trust)

    The problem with using CMHR foam is you have to use a much higher grade to get the durability. All reputable retailers high street stores will use CMHR28 as a standard this will give support and is long lasting if the mattress is rotated frequently to allow the foam to recover.  The heavier the grade of foam the more support and the less it will indent or dip.  

    Consider this:-   Foam as a product does not like heat weight and damp exactly what a baby is! This is what makes foam dip and dent and break down, the initial weight on the mattress is taken by the foam before pressure is put on the springs below.  If you have a higher grade of foam it will be more durable. Many years ago and we developed THE EXCELLENCE" a cot mattress with CMHR50 (50 kilo foam). This foam will not dent or dip and give many years of support.  CMHR50 foam is more supportive and firm and mattresses using this foam will have luxury covers to give a soft initial lie.

    All of Europe other than the UK uses a continental foam, they believe their foam is safe and it is stronger due to not using Melamine for fire retardant. Some UK companies are going back to RX foam which is flame retardant but do not use melamine to achieve this. Some international companies selling their mattresses here will use it as well, but FSIDS (Lullaby trust) do not actually recommend it)

    Memory Foam

    While it does feel soft and has a great reputation on adult mattresses it is not ideal for baby mattresses. Memory Foam has more chemicals, creates more heat and also creates pooling of carbon dioxide. Some companies have used it for baby mattresses. We have researched it and we would certainly not use or recommend it for baby mattresses.

    Coir and latex

    These are natural products but they can be used with synthetic components for example coir with springs. Latex is expensive and generally only used with natural products. The downside with latex is that some people are allergic to it, it does create heat so you have to perforate it then it loses some of its strenght and it can have a fusty smell that takes a little while to dissipate.

    Springs

    Springs are excellent to have in a mattress to increase support and airflow by allowing air to flow in and around the springs.

    We use two main types of springs;

    Mini Bonnel Springs used in Cot or Cot Bed Mattress

    These are the sprung units and offer the baby excellent support and prevent the mattress feeling like an uncomfortable brick of foam they also reduce the heat build up in the foam by making a large space of air.

    Pocket Springs used in  Crib, Cot or Cot Bed Mattresses

    These are more supportive and comfortable than mini bonnel springs. Individual springs that work independently to target the different pressure points of the child’s body, allowing better support for the head, back neck and legs. The only disadvantage of the pocket springs is that they are a little more expensive than their mini bonnel counterpart. Smaller pocket springs can be used for crib mattresses as these have a maximum depth of 5cm

    http://www.cotmattresscompany.com/cot-cot-bed-mattresses/pocket-sprung-cot-mattresses

    Natural mattresses explained

    Advice on buying a natural mattress for your baby

    Natural mattresses are made from all natural components with no man made parts used, they account for 6% of the total mattresses sold in the UK.

    All baby mattresses sold in the UK have to conform to strict British standards to ensure they are safe and non-toxic. Foam, synthetic fabrics and springs are used extensively throughout millions of everyday products. These components may be able to offer better durability, temperature regulation, breathability etc but natural mattresses using organic components have these features naturally built in.

    Covers

    These are mostly cotton made of different density and weaves, and if they are claimed to be organic then the area where the cotton comes from has to be approved by an authority to be organic. These covers are not normally waterproof and that has been a concern with parents, the one drawback to a natural cover. Some of these covers have been made waterproof by using a minute layer of treated fibre sandwiched in the middle of the cover, they are also washable at 60 degrees and because of the tiny amount of synthetic quantity they can be called a natural product. We use this type of waterproofing on our Natural Start mattress range and our Natural Supreme cot and cot bed mattress. The fabric we use is called Outlux it is one of these three layered fabrics:-  two layers of soft brushed cotton and in the middle a tiny thin layer of PU to give it its waterproofing properties.

    http://www.cotmattresscompany.com/natural

    Core

    The core is normally made from coir which is very firm, either side of the coir is generally wool to give the coir a softer feel. The wool can be treated with various natural products like eucalyptus, lavender etc to give it extra properties. We use coir in our Natural Start and Natural Supreme mattresses.

    The downside of natural mattresses is the fact that the cotton covers are not totally breathable, if they have a waterproof membrane sandwiched in them. and if you have cotton covers without the waterproof protection then the mattress core will get soiled that is worse! (you cant have everything).  However speaking to parents who go for coir and lambswool they do so because foam is the enemy.  So we have made mattresses with coir and lambswool  as a base so it is non foam  Non-foam core then used the Easychange microfibre or Coolmax and Maxispace System.  give us a ring on 01299 823 223 if you want us to do that for you.   

    How Did You Get On?

    Having read all of the above we have hopefully given you an extensive knowledge of baby mattresses and you are more able to make an informed buying decision on your choice of mattress.  Should you still have questions please call us on 01299 823223 or email us on helpline@cotmattresscompany.com. We get lots of calls every day, we would be pleased to hear from you. Your questions  helps us amend our buying guide  just in case if we have missed some very relevant information

  • Do I Need A New Mattress For A New Baby?

    This is a question  we get asked so often ...hope this helps

    Do I Need A New  cot crib or Moses basket Mattress For A New Baby?
    Fsids Say New Baby New Mattress?
    The cot  mattress Looks OK can i use it and just wash it?

    OK lets do our very best to answer this

    First Question
    Do you know the full  everyday history of your  cot, crib or Moses basket mattress? Have you lent it to somebody else? Has somebody else been using it and passed it on to you?

      If you do not know the full everyday history then you need a new mattress.

    Next Question
    Does the cot crib or pram mattress have any dents or dips in the foam?

    If yes then you need a new mattress for your baby- because any dips or dents could affect the breathing pattern and support - ...................If the mattress is sound -- read on..

    Next Question
    Does your mattress have  waterproof protection to the foam core so no body fluids could  get to  the foam? (we are not talking about a waterproof cover covering the outside mattress cover)
    If no then you need a new mattress.. because body fluids might have hit the flame retardant chemicals in the foam and reacted adversely with them....

    Next Question

    Does the mattress have machine washable cover (washable at 60°c) that has been kept clean?  If the mattress has been put away, say, in a loft, Has been put away clean and sealed in plastic to prevent it going moldy? If Yes..............

    Then you are safe to use it.

     

    PLANNING AHEAD

    If you are thinking of buying a mattress you might want to use again for a second baby make sure it ticks these boxes.

    1) It is made form 33 or 50 CMHR foam this foam is a higher grade and will not dent or dip

    2) The core is protected by a wipeable  PU (not PVC) cover that will prevent body fluids getting to it

    3) Ensure the  mattress cover that covers the waterproof protector is machine washable at 60°c

     

     NB.These rules do not full apply to Natural Mattress we will write a blog on them soonest

    or you can phone 01299 823223

     

     

     

     

     

     

  • The Best Foam for my Cot or Cot bed Mattress

    Another post to try and make you a cot mattress expert for the Cot Mattress Company

    Foam........... There are two main types of foam used in baby mattress products HR Foam and CMHR Foam

    CHMR foam or Combustion Modified High Resilient foam is the foam we will discuss because this was the foam recommended from 1998............... after all the controversy over Mattress Wrapping see previous posts on this subject, or visit http://www.cotmattresscompany.com/cot-mattress-buying-guide/

    Foam comes in different weights and qualities the  higher the rating the better a minimum for a good quality mattress most quality mattress producers use CMHR28 foam. anything lest will not give good support and may dip or dent.

    Ok here is the problem with foam 

    Foam as a product does not like heat weight and damp exactly what a baby is! This is what makes foam dip and dent and break down.

    The initial baby's weight put on the mattress is taken by the foam before pressure is put on the springs below.

    If you have a higher grade of foam it will be more durable. Many years ago and we developed THE EXCELLENCE" a cot mattress with CMHR50 (50 kilo foam). This foam will not dent or dip and give many years of support.  CMHR50 foam is more supportive and firm and mattresses using this foam will have luxury covers to give a soft feel be quilted to give and  initial soft touch.

    Certainly if you have a cot bed or you may not be so adept or conscientious at rotating  your mattress regularly take a look at the advantages of 50CMHR foam

    see the Excellence at

    http://www.cotmattresscompany.com/cot-cot-bed-mattresses/longer-lasting-cot-bed-mattresses

  • What I Need From My Moses basket, Mattress Foam or Natural?


     These  Moses Basket mattresses will not be in use for very long, a few months, they do not need the same durability as cot mattresses but it is important that they can be kept clean, are comfortable and supportive and fully breathable. First lets talk man-made foam, A minimum is a CMHR28 foam pad which is 3cm deep and a cover that can removed completely so the foam pad can be washed , just like a car sponge really  put it in the bath with some milton or dettol or similar and Squeuze it out and allow to dry.

    If you have a mattress with waterproof protection over the foam  pad  so waterproof protection and can be wiped down, The foam pad  still needs a breathable cover.

    Best is a foam pad with a removable machine washable cover that is breathable (a spare cover is a good idea one for the wash)  Moses basket  are also  mattresses are also available in 5cm depths made with 33CMHR and 50 CMHR foam and even with pocket springs these mattresses are very luxurious extremely supportive have waterproof protection and do give a feeling your baby is lying in luxury. Probably over the top  in terms of support but then mum and dad might say nothing too good for my baby!

    The covers that go with these mattresses tend to be of the highest quality, and these mattresses do not dent or dip.

    Now lets move on to natural mattresses instead of foam, coir is used as a base but it has to achieve its luxury feel by lining it with lambswool. Then comes the Moses Basket mattress cover, this has to offer waterproof protection as you cant wash coir and lambswool pads out as you can foam.

    Consider natural Outlux as a cover, this will give you the protection you need. Outlux fabric and its advantages are discussed in some detail later.

     

    http://www.cotmattresscompany.com/moses-basket-mattresses

    if you need any further information about buying a Moses basket Mattress give our helpline a ring on 01299 823223

  • My Moses basket mattress, crib mattress, cot mattress has gone yellow is it safe

    When you buy a new baby mattress it will be white, on some mattresses there will be a hint of yellow perhaps on the sides. This is a natural characteristic all foam will yellow it is a natural process called oxidation. It does not in anyway whatsoever affect the performance of the foam.

    If  you  have your mattress near where the sunlight will get to it that area will turn yellow even under the sheet.

    the foam pad might look unsightly and  it looks as though it is stained with body fluids but it is just oxidisation nothing  to worry about.

    Oxidation an cause some strange marks on foam. i have seen a cot mattress that was lying  in a cot bed on a slatted base and when we took it up it had line across the bottom of the mattress where the slats were not  . Ie the light had got to the foma under the mattress!!

    Even different qualities of foam will  go yellow at the same rate as daylight  reacts  to the foam

     

    http://www.cotmattresscompany.com/cot-mattress-buying-guide/

     

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  • Why does My Moses basket, Crib, or Cot mattress smell

    These are the questions you ask:-
    i have just brought a baby Mattress and it has a dreadful smell is it safe to put my baby in it?

    I have not had this before this mattress has a really bad small and i have aired it for a day and it has made the whole room smell?

    The mattress smells dank, musty, do i need to return it ? and  so on

    My Moses Basket, Crib, Cot or Cot Bed Mattress had a chemical smell when it arrived - is it safe?

    All Foam is a man-made petroleum based product and when brand new will have a smell to it. The chemical smell of new foam happens because the foam has to release the component chemicals used in its manufacture. The ventilation of the mattress is a process known as 'airing'  or 'off-gassing'. Every petrochemical based foam product will need to 'off-gas'  to get rid of the new smell it has when new.

    Cot mattress manufacturers will try to leave the foam as long as possible in the factory before cutting it to let it air.

    However the foam arrives in massive blocks the size of a small room and the foam in the middle will take longer to air than the foam on the outside.  If  the foam  is cut into small components and left for too long it has an opportunity to oxidise, (go yellow) ,or get contaminated. Cot  Manufacturers are reluctant to do this. If your mattress is cut from the outside of the block it is probably fully aired. If the foam used is from the inside of the block it might need airing longer.  When your cot or cot bed  mattress is made it is sealed immediately in plastic to keep it clean and hygienic. This will trap any air until you open the bag.

    You can mask the smell -  use fabreeze or talc, but it is not really worth doing. Just leave it to air for 24- 72 hours and the newness smell will go.

    When you leave your mattress to air dont put it in the nursery room and shut the door it has to be a very well ventilated room.

    You will notice reviews from every cot mattress retailer without exception that say:- “ When I opened my mattress it had a dreadful smell I would not put my baby in it”  This is understandable - everybody wants the best safest mattress for their baby and does not want to put them on a toxic product. However this is a characteristic of the product,

    Foam is probably one of  the most widely used safest man-made products you can buy!   Let it Air in a very well ventilated room or outdoors and all will be well. You may comment that you have bought furniture or cushions that have not smelt. Simple answer:  they  have been sitting in the shops for weeks or months and will have times to air.

    NB  you can get paranoid about this smell and some parents will put there nose right up against the foam and still smell the newness, well you always will. The test is to see if you can smell it from 20cm away and with the cover and sheet on top.

    If you buy a natural mattress this will not have such a newness smell, there are no petroleum based chemicals used in natural mattresses. however synthetics do have some advantages over natural products when it comes to breath-ability and waterproof protection which we do cover later in another blog. or you may see our full buying guide at

    http://www.cotmattresscompany.com/cot-mattress-buying-guide/

    or give our helpine a ring on 01299 823 223

  • Advice When Buying a Natural Cot or Cot Bed Mattress

    we are excluding Organic here that is another session lets talk about natural cot mattresses

    Well lets start of by finding out how natural you want to go with your cot or cot bed mattress,

    These are the main components used in a natural cot  mattress and you can use a mixture of these:-
    1) Coir 2) Lambswool 3) Latex  4) Metal Springs  5) Pocket Springs  6) Natural coir springs
    7) Cotton cover. 8 ) Bamboo cover  9) Outlux waterproof cover

    For a Natural Mattress without springs this is made by using  a coir block  with lambswool or latex either side and holding this altogether with stockinette and  then choosing a cover.

    For a natural mattress with springs here we choose either pocket or basic  springs and coir and then a choice of using latex and lambswool. You can have latex on one side and Lambswool on the other to give different support and temperature control.  All held together with stockinette some  companies  stuck the layers down with a water based non toxic glue.

    Last but not least is the latest technology using natural pocket springs these are made up of over 200 individual coir springs  and set in a coir frame encased in lambswool with Outlux cover.

    Lets be picky
    1) Coir..  most of the coir used in this industry is of good quality and will last for many years without breaking down and give good support

    2) Latex on the plus side  is soft and luxurious, but it is an insulator, does give of a smell, and in general it not supporting as it acts in a similar way to memory foam. You can make holes in the latex to make it less hot and more breathable but that can make it even less supportive as holes will take some strength out of the latex.

    3) Lambswool is a perfect fabric, cool in summer, warm in winter but one centimeter thickness  might not be enough thickness to satisfy a mum who wants her baby to sleep on a little more luxurious surface, thicker lambswool layers  are available

    4) Metal and pocket springs. These are generally put under a thin layer of coir and  then lambswool put on top of the coir. These  cot mattresses will last and last and give  excellent durability, however the metal springs will be firmer than the pocket springs and perhaps not quite as comfortable as your baby becomes a toddler

    5) Natural pocket springs made of coir are a breakthrough for those who want to achieve all the comfort of springs but be metal free

    http://www.cotmattresscompany.com/supreme-easychange-with-outlux.html

     

    6)  Cotton Covers these will wash and  wear  well but they are not waterproof so you will have to find another means to protect the mattress core!

    7) Bamboo this is a lovely fabric soft and bugs cant live in it. It is also not waterproof.  As a cover for a mattress it does need to have some nylon woven with it to make it stronger or it will not wear as well. If you want the soft feel of 100% Bamboo against your baby and the no bug characteristics of the  bamboo fabric perhaps it is better to just buy 100% bamboo fitted sheets cor your cot mattress..

    8) Outlux  fabric  ticks all the boxes as it is waterproof. it is made by  taking two layers of brushed cotton and sandwiching in between them a layer of PU which is waterproof. The PU layer is such a small component of the total fabric, less than 7% that the fabric is still regarded as natural. the downside of using  Outlux is that it is not as breathable as say Coolmax and Maxispace  but the latter is not a natural fabric.. you cant have it all

    if you require more information you may contact our Helpline

    01299 823223

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

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