Choosing your baby’s first bed is a big decision but have you thought about what mattress your baby will be sleeping on?
Choosing a Mattress
A newborn will generally sleep up to 18 hours and it is an important time for their development. Many baby beds come with a foam mattress included but it’s worth checking the quality of this. A firm and flat mattress is recommended by experts for safer sleep. Your baby’s mattress should be in good condition and fit the Moses basket or cot properly. Natural fibre or organic mattresses can provide superior breathability to foam mattresses, helping your baby regulate their body temperature throughout the night. Natural fibre mattresses tend to be chemical free and don’t contain synthetic foams so they are thought to be the healthier option and better suited for babies with allergies or asthma.
Introducing the Coco Mat
In 2001, Naturalmat were the first company to make an entirely natural baby mattress that met all British standards without any glues, chemical fire retardants or synthetics of any kind. To this day, the Coco Mat is still made by hand in the same Devon factory, on the banks of the River Exe. Designed for use from newborn up to 5 years old and available in all sizes, plus made to measure, the Coco Mat won Best Natural Product at the 2017 Mother & Baby awards. Read what the Mother & Baby Reviewers have to say about the Coco Mat here.
The Benefits of Natural Fibres
Naturalmat have been using coconut husk (coir) as the central ingredient in the Coco Mat since it’s launch. The coir they use is from a certified organic farm in Sri Lanka where it is pressed into sheets of springy and breathable fibre that is simply perfect for baby mattresses. It provides the firm support recommended for safer sleep for babies and has the added benefit of breathability. Babies cannot easily regulate their body temperature so a breathable mattress is essential to give them a comfortable night’s sleep. For comfort and insulation, Naturalmat add two layers of their Westcountry organic lambswool which is a superb insulator, trapping heat when it’s cool and dispersing it when it’s warm. For complete convenience, the Coco Mat has a removable and machine washable pure cotton cover. It is also naturally anti-microbial to help prevent dust mites. Ideal for babies that suffer from allergies and asthma, the mattress is hypoallergenic, has no added chemicals and is naturally fire retardant.
For a Dry and Healthy Night
A waterproof cover (or mattress protector) is recommended to keep your baby’s mattress clean and dry but you don’t need to opt for the rubbery and crinkly kind of the past! The Naturalmat organic waterproof mattress protector is soft and silent. It is breathable and machine washable at 60°C making it a practical and comfortable choice for your baby.
Visit www.naturalmat.co.uk/baby to learn more.