First, let’s acknowledge the elephant in the room… Yes its true, children can grow up sleeping on any sleeping surface – from rock hard cave floors to standard spring/latex mattresses that are common place today.
But as modern science has advanced and developed so has our understanding of the factors that increase sleep related risks for infants and young children.
Parents are well aware that as important as they are, the guidelines for safe baby sleep address only the very basic and well-established criteria. What about accumulation of dust and dirt? what about dust allergies and eczema? And what about the poor parents and the never ending cleaning of number ones, number twos and all the other digits?
Luckily, mother technology has solved these issues for us in the form of breathable mattresses which as their name implies, allow better airflow. There are a number of breathable mattresses available but although they belong to the same family, they are certainly not the same.
Most breathable mattresses are foam based. These are “sponge” like mattresses, allowing more air to pass through their volume. In this type of breathable mattresses, the mattress is doing the breathing, however, in a mesh/net mattress design it is your child that is doing the breathing. A net mattress volume is air and the only barrier between your baby and pure air is a thin (yet firm, strong and comfy) mesh. This allows your baby to breath normally even if she accidentally turns her face into the mattress.
Here are five reasons your baby needs a net breathable mattress: