Contrary to popular opinion, SIDS/Crib Death can be prevented.

This website gives you a way how to prevent SIDS/Crib Death.

Mattress Wrapping Summary

The Story behind Mattress Wrapping

In 1989 Mr. Barry A. Richardson, a British scientist, proposed the theory that SIDS/Crib Death was caused by toxic gases generated from elements commonly present in babies' mattresses. Dr. T. J. Sprott, a New Zealand scientist, had suspected the same since the mid-1980s. Dr. Sprott felt that SIDS babies were not dying from a medical condition, but from nerve gas being generated in the baby's sleeping environment.

As a result of their research, Mr. Richardson and Dr. Sprott found that most baby mattresses and many bedding items contain small amounts of the elements phosphorus, arsenic and/or antimony, which are incorporated for purposes such as plastic softener, fire retardant or as part of the manufacturing process. In addition, a normally harmless household fungus (Scopulariopsis brevicaulis) often grows in mattresses. Separately, the presence of the elements phosphorus, arsenic or antimony in mattresses and bedding does not pose danger. But when heat and moisture in the baby's crib results in fungal growth, the fungus interacts with these elements, causing the generation of extremely poisonous gases. If even a small dose of these gases is ingested by a baby, the baby's breathing and heart functions stop, resulting in SIDS/Crib Death.

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It is essential to use the specified bedding for a BabeSafe® wrapped mattress, because bedding can also contain the elements phosphorus, arsenic and/or antimony. By following the Bedding Instructions you can virtually eliminate the possibility of gas generation from those elements in bedding. Only 100% pure cotton single layer bedding (i.e. sheets, flat blankets, and towels) can be used on top of a BabeSafe® mattress cover and over the baby.

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To wrap your baby's mattress with a BabeSafe® crib mattress cover or bassinet mattress cover is a key component in protecting him or her from SIDS. Every parent has the right to know this information and decide for themselves what to do for the safety of their baby.

In addition to using the BabeSafe® mattress cover on your baby mattresses, you must use the strictly specified bedding for a BabeSafe®-wrapped mattress. For instructions on the bedding to use with a BabeSafe® cover, see our Bedding Instructions page. Thank you!

The mattress slides into the BabeSafe® mattress cover, and after the cover is sealed your baby is protected from exposure to any gases generated in the mattress.