From traditional mattresses to mattresses with breathable cores to mattresses with air permeable sleep surfaces, there are a wide range of options parents must choose from when looking to buy a crib mattress. But there is one question above all others parents ask when considering what crib mattress to buy: Is the mattress safe?
This concern for safety is due to the potential threats a baby faces when sleeping in their crib, threats such as Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) and positional asphyxiation. In order for a crib mattress to be considered safe it must address the risk factors that contribute to these threats.
The primary risk factors are: rebreathing, overheating, and soft or loose bedding.
And of all the crib mattresses available, only the revolutionary design of the Breathe Easy Baby crib mattress addresses and significantly reduces these risk factors.
The rebreathing of expired gases by sleeping babies can result in hypercapnia and hypoxia. A baby is most at risk when they sleep on their side or on their stomachs and the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that all babies be placed on their back to sleep.
In fact the SIDS risk for babies who change positions during sleep is 37 times higher than those babies who remain sleeping on their back.
But what happens then, when a child rolls on to their side or stomach in the middle of the night?
The Breathe Easy Baby crib mattress was specifically designed to reduce this risk. Intertek, a global leader in consumer product safety testing, tested both traditional mattresses and the Breathe Easy Baby crib mattress. Intertek found that the Breathe Easy Baby sleep surface was 330 time more air permeable than a crib mattress and the Co2 dissipation rate was 10 times faster.
The American Academy of Pediatrics reported similar findings, stating air permeable sleep surfaces “exhibited significantly better aeration properties in dispersing carbon dioxide and in preventing its accumulation”.
This led the AAP to conclude that crib mattress like the Breathe Easy Baby crib mattress “designed with air-permeable materials to reduce rebreathing of expired gasses, in the event that an infant ends up in the prone position during sleep, and these may be preferable to those with air-impermeable materials.”
As a newborn’s body temperature increases, the risk for SIDS is increased. This is especially true during the winter months, when parents are tempted to turn up the room temperature, overdress their babies, and use potentially dangerous extra bedding.
In order to combat this risk factor, the Breathe Easy Baby’s revolutionary design provides significantly increased heat dissipation over traditional mattresses.
When reviewing a study of air permeable sleep surfaces like the Breath Easy Baby crib mattress the American Academy of Pediatrics reported that “the measured temperature within the head box to be substantially lower with the more permeable mattress, concluding that it was due to faster heat dissipation. This finding could be potentially protective against overheating, which has been identified as a risk factor for SIDS.”
Soft, old pillows, sleeping mats from polystyrene and heavy comforters in the crib have been shown to increase the risk of SIDS by two to three times. Further, heavy or loose bedding can present a suffocation risk to a sleeping baby. Due to these risks, the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends all babies sleep on a firm sleep surface covered by a fitted sheet with no other objects in the crib.
But when combined with the risk of rebreathing and overheating, even a firm mattress with a cotton sheet may present an increased risk due to poor aeration and reduced heat dissipation properties.
After testing the air permeability and heat dissipation of the Breathe Easy Baby crib mattress and traditional mattresses, Intertek concluded that the Breathe Easy Baby crib mattress posed a significantly lower hazard.
The Breathe Easy Baby Breathable crib mattress also exceeds the AAP’s recommendation of firmness, complying with the world’s highest mattress standard for baby mattress firmness, developed by the Australia/New Zealand Department of Health (AS/NZS 8811.1:2013).
And best of all, the Breathe Easy Baby Crib mattress requires no bedding. No tight fitting sheet, no plastic mattress cover, no bumpers. Just a machine washable, firm, air permeable sleep surface made of medical grade materials.
The Safest Sleep
There may be many options for parents when considering what crib mattress to buy, but there is only one choice when it comes to safety: the revolutionary Breathe Easy Baby crib mattress. A safer, better crib mattress.