Should you use a Waterproof Mattress Protector in a Cot

In very simple terms the answer to 'Should you use a Waterproof Mattress Protector in a Cot?' is yes, absolutely, you should always use a waterproof mattress protector in a cot.

This is also true if the cot mattress is already waterproof or can be wiped down. The reason being that it is very difficult to know if you have wiped it down enough, you never really can be sure and of course you don't want to be using chemicals to clean a baby's mattress. The only way you can be sure is to use a removable, washable cot mattress cover. It does not need to completely encase the mattress you just want to stop any moisture or liquids from getting to the mattress so a fitted sheet style cot mattress protector is ideal for the job.

You can then very easily remove it if it feels damp or looks soiled, pop it in the washing machine and have it clean again in no time. Some things to look out for.

Can it be machine washed at high temperatures?

If it can only be washed at low temperatures such as 40c for example then that is not enough to kill bacteria and dust mites so it will not help at all. It needs to be able to be washed at 60c or more to kill dust mites and preferably 90c to ensure mould and bacteria is destroyed.

Can it be tumble dried?

Tumble drying is not of course essential but it helps. If your cot mattress protector can be tumble dried then it can very quickly be ready to be put back on the mattress ready to be used again. If you would rather not tumble dry them it's better to have at least two cot mattress protectors, one on the mattress and one in the wash.

Is it noisy and rustly in use?

Some mattress protectors can make loud rustly crinkly noises as baby moves about. This can even wake them up so preferably get a cot mattress protector that is silent in use.

Will it make my baby hot and uncomfortable?

Again some mattress protectors use plastics and pvc to make them waterproof. These can be noisy in use but in addition they can make baby hot and sweaty which makes them uncomfortable and restless. PVC should be avoided anyway when used for babies due to uncertainty regarding chemical vapours leaching out of the product.

Which is the best waterproof Cot Mattress Protector?

If we take all of the above and combine all the best most desirable features in one product then we have one solution. Our cot mattress protector is

  • Machine Washable to 90c
  • Can be tumble dried if required
  • Uses a breathable waterproof membrane that does not affect baby's temperature
  • Is waterproof
  • The upper surface is a soft absorbent cotton rich terry that absorbs moisture across its surface allowing it to evaporate and to dry quickly
  • The polyurethane waterproof membrane is ultrafine and soft meaning that it is free from noise and virtually undetectable in use
  • Is completely inert and contains no plastics pvc or toxins
  • Dust Mite Proof


You can see our waterproof cot mattress protectors by following the link below

Waterproof Mattress Protector for Cots