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Old Sep 21st, 2016, 11:36 AM   1
KatO79
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Question about lightly used mattress?


So my DH bought a crib from his co-worker today

It came with a mattress but I've heard you shouldn't use a used mattress as it can increase the odds of SIDS She said they only used it 1-2 times and it's a very good quality one. Don't know if it can be washed in any way or something so it can be used with no risk to baby? We'll first be using the crib when baby is around 4-5 months as we already have a cradle ready.



 
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Old Sep 21st, 2016, 20:48 PM   2
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I'm planning on using the mattress from my daughter for this baby.. we spent a lot on it and my daughter never slept in her crib she hated it.. it was basically stuffed animal storage.. And we skipped the toddler bed and went straight to a full size bed soo didn't use it for that either. I think the problem is when it's used and gets worn it gets soft.



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Old Sep 22nd, 2016, 02:29 AM   3
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I think it will be fine - I think the guidelines really apply to mattresses which have been well used.



 
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Old Sep 22nd, 2016, 03:30 AM   4
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Thanks to both of you for your replies

OK I'll think about using it anyway if it's only the well-used mattresses I need to worry about.



 
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Old Sep 22nd, 2016, 08:01 AM   5
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If it's someone you trust that it genuinely has only been used 1 or 2 times then I'd just remove the cover, wash it on a hot wash and use it. Give it a good smell while the cover is off - any hint of old milk smell and I wouldn't use it.



 
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Old Sep 22nd, 2016, 09:24 AM   6
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If it's someone you trust that it genuinely has only been used 1 or 2 times then I'd just remove the cover, wash it on a hot wash and use it. Give it a good smell while the cover is off - any hint of old milk smell and I wouldn't use it.
Well it's my DH's co-worker so I'm assuming she wouldn't lie about the mattress since they work together and it could lead to trouble.

Thanks, I think we'll try that!



 
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Old Sep 23rd, 2016, 03:08 AM   7
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You could also get a mattress cover for it if you're worried, like a protector.



 
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Old Sep 23rd, 2016, 04:08 AM   8
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Here's some more info on reducing SIDS risk with regards to bedding: http://www.lullabytrust.org.uk/mattresses-and-bedding

There's been suggestions that the increased risk arises from spores that grow in a mattress that has previously been wet, eg from sweat, sick or urine. Technically, this could happen even from a baby sleeping on the mattress only once or twice, so I would never reuse a mattress, but then I think I tend to be overly cautious with these things.



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Old Sep 24th, 2016, 16:28 PM   9
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There's been suggestions that the increased risk arises from spores that grow in a mattress that has previously been wet, eg from sweat, sick or urine.
At that rate you could be replacing mattresses every time a kid is sick or has a leaky nappy.

I would think as long as their is no damage to the mattress, no signs of wet marks, no indents where a baby has previously slept it will be fine.
I think the risks relate to babies sleeping one foam mattresses that have hollowed into the shape of a heavier child then putting a tiny baby on it.

My sons cot mattress is sprung, and he really only used it for 6 months. I fully intend to reuse it.



 
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Old Sep 25th, 2016, 11:40 AM   10
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We got a crib and mattress from my OH's best friend. Their son mostly co-slept but did sleep on the mattress occasionally, but it looks brand new and is waterproof. We are using the mattress and I haven't had any concerns with it.



 
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