When you buy a new Moses Basket, the mattress provided is of a poor quality. All the cost goes into the Moses basket design. It is the design that sells the Moses basket!
Ironic really considering the most important part of the Moses basket should be the mattress. The comfort and safety of your baby should be paramount.
Your baby will probably only be in a Moses basket for up to about 5 months but will still spend the best part of the first few hundred hours of its life in it. It is worth getting a mattress where you are confident it affords:- comfort, support, breathability and hygiene.
It would be an advantage if you have a Moses basket mattress with a machine washable breathable cover and waterproof protection to the core of the mattress. When the Moses basket fitted sheet gets soiled, the spillage may go through to the Moses basket mattress cover.
You can remove the cover for washing and the mattress protector underneath will prevent any body fluids getting to the mattress core. This protection is vital whether the mattress base is foam or natural.
The protector must be easy to wipe clean.
If you buy or have a waterproof cover to go on top of your mattress cover your baby will be getting little or no air circulation. The same applies if you have a Moses basket mattress with a PVC sealed cover, often the type that comes with some Moses baskets.
Natural or Foam Base
The advantage of a natural base made of coir and lambswool is that it is slightly deeper and gives more support, and of course it is a natural product as opposed to a petroleum base one.
Moses Basket Covers
To be in keeping with the natural theme of the Moses basket mattress we supply an Outlux natural cover to our natural Moses basket mattress. This cover is 92% cotton and 8% PU.
The PU layer is sandwiched in between the two cotton layers to give total; waterproof protection. As only 8% of the cover is PU we can legally call it a natural fabric. The downside of this fabric is it is not totally breathable because the only air to get through, is the air in the top layer of cotton above the PU layer.
You can buy a natural Moses basket mattress with a 100% cotton cover from some companies. Then in small print they recommend you buy a waterproof cover that will not be 100% natural!. N.B. A 100% totally natural cover is not 100% breathable and waterproof. It is a question of where your personal preferences and priorities lie.
On our foam mattresses we fit either microfibre or Coolmax© and Maxispace covers, both are breathable and will wick away heat but the Coolmax© and Maxispace
also offers temperature control. We fit a waterproof liner under these covers, they are not waterproof, But they are fully breathable. (you cant have both)
If you wish we will fit a Coolmax© and Maxispace
cover over a natural mattress with a waterproof liner. This give you all the breathability and more padded cover and your Moses basket mattress will be foam free
but the cover is not natural.
If you want Coolmax© and Maxispace as a Moses basket mattress cover plus the waterproof liner instead of Outlux we are happy to make this for you at no extra cost, please give us a ring on 01299 823223. or if we have totally confused you here and you wish to discuss it!
The environment, landfill, and biodegradable.
The natural mattress of coir and lambswool will biodegrade more easily than foam, the coir will biodegrade in a matter of months but foam will take thousands of years.
Better for the environment to have a Moses basket mattresses that allow you to keep the covers clean and have waterproof protection so you may use them again safely, rather than sending cheap mattresses that you cannot keep hygienic to landfill.