Moving to the cot with an Ellergenics mattress…

The time has come for the Snuzpod to be dismantled and the cot to enter the fray…

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When my first son grew out of his cot we decided to cover up the mattress and put it in the loft to use again for a future sibling.

I couldn’t recall him being particularly sick in it, and if had been I was sure I striped the covers off straight away.

I thought it would be OK to use it again.

Fast forward a year or so and the time came to retrieve said mattress.

It was covered in mould spores and so it went straight in the bin!

The conditions in the loft most likely induced the mould. But there had to be something on the mattress for it to grow from.

It really surprised me, because I had thought it was clean.

Here is what the Lullaby Trust advise about second hand mattresses: It can be common to use a second-hand mattress either from friends and family, or from your previous children. There is some research that found an increased chance of SIDS when using a second-hand mattress although the link is not yet proven. To help reduce this risk, if you are using a second-hand mattress make sure the mattress you choose was previously completely protected by a waterproof cover, and then use one for your baby as well. The mattress should also still be firm and flat to keep your baby sleeping safely.

Obviously, we now had to find a new one.

I did lots of research and found a lovely company whose headquarters are in Kent: Kit for Kids

Their Ellergenics range has the ‘Ellergenic Shield’. They have created a sealed mattress, that uses the latest in anti-microbial and anti-fungal materials, to combine the comfort and longevity of a spring mattress with the ultimate in hygiene and protection.

With the scare of the mould on my old mattress, this sounded perfect for us!

I got in touch and they were kind enough to send us one to review.

We were sent the Pocket Spring Cot Mattress.

I could feel the quality as soon as I opened it up.

It was reassuringly heavy and felt firm, yet comfortable.

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 The removable cover is lovely and soft to the touch.

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 My son also approves!

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But it is what goes on behind the scenes with this mattress that impresses me the most…

  • Superior pocket spring core which contours to the baby’s body shape for optimum comfort and support
  • Sealed core which eliminates transmission of fluids in or microbes out of the core
  • Vapour permeable fabric reduces sweating and assists in temperature control
  • Anti-fungal pro-biotic treatment helps to avoid allergies and keep mattress fresh
  • Approved by the British Allergy Foundation
  • Hypoallergenic and anti-mite properties

And what I particularly like about it, is that when I lie him down on the mattress for the night, I am comforted by the level of expertise and research that has gone in to this mattress to enable my son to sleep safely.

Find out more about the range, and your nearest stockist here.

Kit for Kids are also working with charities to support safer sleep for babies. Here they explain how they are supporting GOSH with the sale of their mattresses through Babies R Us…

Kit for Kids is proud of its long association and with raising funds for Great Ormond Street Hospital. Over the years, and through the sale of its cot mattress Kit for Kids has raised over £300,000 which has gone towards the building of new wards and research projects. It is a privilege to see our name on plaques in the hospital in recognition of our small contribution to the betterment of children lives.

They have also been kind enough to offer you the chance to win an Ellergenic Crib Mattressthese are the newest mattresses to join the Ellergenics range, they work in the same way the cot mattresses does, using two covers one to protect the core from any external elements and the other outer cover that is treated with the latest anti-allergy properties to create an unfavourable environment for dust mites and bacteria to grow! As they are smaller mattresses they have a comfortable foam core to give newborns firm support until they are moved into a cot or cotbed.

Click here to enter!

Good luck!

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