Dangers of second-hand mattresses


The Royal Hospital for Sick Children in Glasgow has revealed a possible link between ‘Cot Death’ and the use of second hand mattresses, which has been blamed on the bacteria present in the mattress. Throughout the article, they also recommend that your baby’s mattress be brand new, clean, firm, with no sagging and showing no signs of deterioration in order to prevent chances of cot death or SIDS.  The condition commonly known as Cot Death results in the death of 500 babies every year in the UK. In the vast majority of cases the baby dies during sleeping, however SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome) does not exclusively affect sleeping babies. As SIDS has no exact cause, paediatricians stress that the advice given is best practice and not a guarantee. Some medical professionals even go as far to say the condition is genetic and non-preventable. In all cases though, a new mattress is recommended to be considered safe.

Who is most susceptible to SIDS?

Almost all deaths attributed to SIDS occur during the first year of life, with 90% of these deaths between 0-6 months. In gender terms, the condition is more common in boys than girls, and again this remains unexplained. Children born before 39 weeks are also at a higher risk than those born after this period.

Your mattress matters

While new research focuses on the role of previously used mattresses, similar theories have been in existence for a while. Safe sleeping advice for babies regularly recommends mattresses which do not sink or deflate under pressure. Never place cushions or soft pillows into your baby’s cot or moses basket.

To meet safety standards, Kerry Nevins subjected the babocush to such tests before launching. The cushion was placed under pressure to test if it would sink and expose the baby to unnecessary danger or risk of suffocation. After the test the cushion was deemed safe for babies from 0-6 months. For your peace of mind, more information on the babocush safety standards can be found here.

Other factors to be aware of with SIDS

As well as safe sleeping techniques, other factors have been deemed to affect SIDS in infants. Babies exposed to cigarette smoke in the womb or at home are considered to be more at risk of SIDS than others. The NHS in the UK also links feeding habits to the number of Cot Deaths, and they recommend breastfeeding when possible and immunization. Babies who are slow to develop or have a low birthweight also fall into a higher risk category.

Lastly, consider the wider sleeping/resting environment your baby is in. They should have minimal bedding and a consistent room temperature of 16-200C. While following these steps can mean your baby is at a lesser risk, we must stress they are not guaranteed methods to prevent SIDS from occurring.

Babocush design

The babocush cushion is designed with safety as a priority, but be sure to follow the instructions given with the cushion and the advice found on the babocush website. Buying a second hand cushion or using a cushion that has been passed down is not recommended. Under no circumstances should a baby be left on the cushion unattended, nor should you place your baby on the cushion if you are tired or resting.

If you are considering buying the cushion, be sure to read the instructions in advance. We aim for contentment for both parent and baby and ask all users to enjoy the benefits of the babocush safely.  


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