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Contrary to prevalent belief,
SIDS can be prevented.

We at Baby Mattress Covers, LLC recommend using the New Zealand SIDS prevention method described on this, our website, to protect your baby from SIDS. We are Campaigning to Prevent SIDS.

Your SIDS mattress cover is available from our BabeSafe® Store link in our Menu. Our goal is to prevent SIDS. That is why the BabeSafe® covers are only available in infant mattress sizes.

The Toxic Gas Theory:

What you need to know is that the Toxic Gas Theory is the basis for the mattress-wrapping method with BabeSafe® mattress covers and its summary is given in this image:

The Cause of SIDS and How to Prevent SIDS

Summarized, the Toxic Gas Theory means that SIDS can likely occur if:
  ● the elements phosphorous (P), arsenic (As), and/or antimony (Sb) are present in the baby's mattress;
  ● the common household fungus is present and
  ● then also that there is an increase in temperature.
This causes the fungus to grow, metabolizing compounds containing those elements to create nerve gases.

Mattress-wrapping requires eliminating as many of the factors involved with SIDS as possible. Especially important for prevention is keeping the mattress and bedding sources of the chemical elements P, As and Sb away from your baby and minimizing sources of body heat.

The key is to use a BabeSafe® mattress cover over your baby's mattress and only 100% pure cotton bedding, with no padding fill.

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List of Topics Discussed on this Page:

The Toxic Gas Theory and Mattress-Wrapping Summary Poster

Our Baby Mattress Covers, LLC Offerings for You

Background behind the Mattress-Wrapping Story

Mattress-Wrapping is the Solution to SIDS

Assistance Options

Shipping Types

Our Discounts

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Our Baby Mattress Covers, LLC Offerings for You:

The worldwide, well known BabeSafe® cot mattress covers with 245,000+ sold to New Zealanders since 1996, are still of the original durable design. There has been a 100% success rate in New Zealand against cot death with the covers, when 100% cotton bedding has also been used. This outside link to the BabeSafe Statistics shows the results of the New Zealand mattress-wrapping campaign to prevent cot death/SIDS. Your following the guidelines outlined on our Bedding Instructions page are necessary for full effectiveness.

The original BabeSafe® SIDS wraps are waterproof, non-toxic, easily cleaned and can be used, when in good condition, from one baby to the next baby. They are gas impermeable, and then by definition and by specific purpose, are not breathable.

The BabeSafe® mattress protectors we offer at Baby Mattress Covers, LLC are free from the chemical elements phosphorous, arsenic and/or antimony. As is said above, these are the same elements in mattresses that take part in the formation of toxic gases described under the Toxic Gas Theory cause of SIDS. The wraps do not contain any BPA, VOCs or latex.

Off-gassing is not the cause of SIDS, according to the Toxic Gas Theory. The toxic gases created from the chemical elements P, As and Sb are the cause of SIDS. Although the BabeSafe® covers will still provide a barrier for your baby from any BPA or latex in a mattress (as well as block VOCs, such as formaldehyde) these are not the cause of SIDS put forth by Dr. Sprott.

Our BabeSafe® cover Sizes available can be used as crib, co-sleeper, "pack n play", and bassinet mattress covers. Although toddlers no longer are in danger of SIDS happening to them, the BabeSafe® covers can be used as toddler mattress covers as well when sleeping in a crib that converts into a toddler bed.

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The Background Story behind Mattress Wrapping

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

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 a plastic softener, fire retardant, a fungicide 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 P, As or Sb 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 a baby is exposed to even a small dose of these gases, the baby's breathing and heart functions stop, resulting in SIDS/Crib Death.

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Mattress-Wrapping Method is Solution to SIDS Problem

In the mid-1990s Dr. Sprott started a nationwide mattress-wrapping campaign in New Zealand to eliminate SIDS/Crib Death. In 1996, he invented the BabeSafe® crib mattress cover, which is a non-toxic polyethylene plastic cot cover in the form of a bag, manufactured under strict requirements to contain no detectable phosphorus, arsenic or antimony. The baby's mattress is sealed inside this protective cover, with the result that no gas generation occurring in the mattress can reach the baby.

Since BabeSafe® mattress covers came onto the market in New Zealand in 1996, there has been no reported case of SIDS/Crib Death among the very large number of babies who have slept on BabeSafe® wrapped mattresses (with also using the specified bedding for a wrapped mattress). For the latest statistics on the New Zealand SIDS mattress-wrapping campaign click/tap here.

Dr. Sprott's SIDS method was developed as a simple and affordable method of protecting babies from toxic gases which can be generated in mattresses. As an authorized distributor of BabeSafe® mattress covers, we can process your order through our website's store.

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patrick jay logoAssistance Options:

Look for the Discounts below that we offer. Find them again repeated in a list in our BabeSafe® Store during your check out process just after you have selected your covers and before you use the Checkout button.

If you need help Sizing your baby's mattress, write us an email with the mattress width and depth, and also length. Or if you have found the mattress girth from the method shown on our Measuring Help page, we can help you with the Size from that girth measurement.

There are Interim Instructions available on what to do to prevent SIDS while you wait for your BabeSafe® cover to arrive, don't worry. The Instructions are a bit inconvenient compared with the SIDS wrap, which is the actual best solution.
If you expect your baby to arrive before you would expect the cover to arrive, ask for the Interim Instructions in the Order Comments when you place your order. The Interim Instructions protect your baby during the meantime. It's still best to order your covers in a timely manner though, at least a month prior to your needing them.

For How to Wrap a mattress, watch our Mattress-Wrapping Demonstration Video.

If you have any Questions, you can reach us easily by email or by phone EST from our website's Contact Us page.

Our FAQs page explains in question and answer format how mattress-wrapping solves many of the issues surrounding SIDS. Read in the Further Reading Menu tab the details about this mattress wrapping method. Hundreds of thousands of New Zealanders before you have put this method into practice. Decide for yourself whether using BabeSafe® mattress covers is an option for your baby.

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Shipping Types:

With the Free Shipping Type, the BabeSafe® mattress cover will be mailed direct to you by New Zealand Post International Parcel. Free shipping is available to all countries except Canada, Israel and Mexico. With this selection type there are no shipping or handling charges, but also no tracking.

Select the Expedited Shipping Type to have the mattress protector shipped with tracking to an address in the USA, Canada, Israel, Mexico, and most all other countries. There is a fee associated with Expedited shipping, with the amount depending on your destination. The VAT may also be required in some countries to receive your cover.

Only in the USA is there any significant difference in delivery times between Free and Expedited shipping. To other countries, having, or not having tracking is the only significant difference between the two types.

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Discounts:

For orders of multiple covers, use the code 2percentoff and receive 2% off all the order items.

Returning Customers receive an automatic 2% discount when you Sign in with the same previous email address you used the last time. There may be a bit of lag time from today's purchase until you are manually added to the 'Returning Customer' Group. Sign in from our BabeSafe® Store to get the Discount. 'Your Account > Settings' should show you are in the 'Returning Customer' Group when you are logged in.

For those ordering from Benton Harbor, Michigan or Kalamazoo County, Michigan or from the State of Mississippi we arbitrarily have chosen to facilitate mattress-wrapping in your areas. We want to help reduce your very high Infant Mortality rates when compared to the rest of the USA. We offer a 2% reduction calculated on the items in the Shopping Bag. The discount amount is found as a default negative shipping price from New Zealand. It is possible to opt out of this discount.

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If any other SIDS prevention methods are recommended to you, we are not asking you to give them up. But, we do insist you also use a BabeSafe® mattress cover and use 100% cotton bedding with no padding or quilting. It is then self-understood, we also insist you sleep your baby in an infant sleeping situation: a crib, bassinet, "pack n play" or a co-sleeper. Do not bedshare with your baby. This way you can take advantage of the very successful results achieved in fighting SIDS/cot death/crib death they have had in New Zealand with mattress-wrapping.

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Privacy Note was last updated January 24, 2018

patrick jay logoWhat is SIDS/Crib Death?

SIDS/crib death is the most common cause of infant death in many western countries. In most cases the baby has been put down to sleep in his or her crib and later found lifeless, with no sign of illness or physical struggle. SIDS/crib death can also occur in other situations which parallel "crib situations" or which are sleeping environments, for example: prams, strollers, car seats, play mats, sofas, and adults' and children's beds.

What is the SIDS/Crib Death risk age?

If a baby was born at full term, with a normal birth weight, and does not experience any significant health problems, the risk age can be regarded as over after thirteen months. If any of those situations does not apply (for example, if the baby was premature), the risk age can extend out to fifteen months.

What is the cause of SIDS/Crib Death?

SIDS/crib death is caused by highly toxic nerve gases which can be generated from mattresses and other bedding used in babies' cribs (and other sleeping environments). The gases are generated by action of common household fungi on compounds containing phosphorus, arsenic and antimony present in the mattress or bedding.

How can SIDS/Crib Death be prevented?

By preventing exposure of the baby to the gases. This is done by wrapping the baby's mattress in accordance with a specified protocol (to separate the baby from gas generation in the mattress) and using strictly specified bedding (so that the gases cannot be generated on top of the wrapped mattress). See our Bedding Instructions.

Why do SIDS/Crib Death babies show no symptoms?

The toxic gases which cause SIDS/crib death are anticholinesterase agents. They depress the baby's central nervous system, resulting in cessation of the heart and lung functions. Babies who die of SIDS/crib death are not "ill" in the medical sense; they are poisoned by environmental gaseous poisoning.

What is a "near miss"?

A "near miss" occurs where a baby has been seriously affected by the toxic gas/es which cause SIDS/crib death but is still alive. The baby's heart and lung functions may have stopped. "Near miss" babies often have blue lips (indicating shortage of air). If at this stage the baby is picked up and air is blown onto his or her face, the baby may start breathing again. If a partly poisoned baby is moved into fresh air and can be made to breathe, the baby usually survives.

What research has been done into the toxic gas theory for Crib Death/SIDS?

A large amount of research relating to the toxic gas theory has been published in peer-reviewed scientific journals. Every step in the fungal generation of toxic gases from infant bedding has been proven. Mattress-wrapping for crib death / SIDS prevention is supported by wider research than supported the introduction of various items of orthodox advice (including face-up sleeping). For more information about research, click/tap on this link for Research.

Are you convinced that mattress-wrapping is the way to prevent SIDS with your baby? Check out our BabeSafe® covers on our BabeSafe® Products page.

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Here is the list of BabeSafe FAQs on this page:

 

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What is SIDS/Crib Death?
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What is the SIDS/Crib Death risk age?
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What is the cause of SIDS/Crib Death?
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How can SIDS/Crib Death be prevented?
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Why do SIDS/Crib Death babies show no symptoms?
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What is a "near miss"?
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What research has been done into the toxic gas theory for Crib Death/SIDS?
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Didn't the 1998 UK Limerick Report disprove the toxic gas theory for Cot Death/Crib Death?
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Didn't the UK CESDI Study find that three babies in Britain died on polythene-wrapped/polyethlene-wrapped mattresses?
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Why are recently vaccinated babies and babies with infections at higher risk of SIDS/Crib Death?
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Why does the risk of Crib Death/SIDS rise from one baby in a family to the next?
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Why do babies of solo parents have a very high SIDS/Crib Death rate?
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Why does overheating increase SIDS/Crib Death risk?
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Why do more SIDS Deaths/Crib Deaths occur in winter than in summer?
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Why does face-up sleeping reduce the risk of SIDS/Crib Death?
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Why does bedsharing between adults and babies pose a SIDS/Crib Death risk?
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Why do pacifiers (soothers) appear to reduce SIDS/Crib Death risk?
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How does the toxic gas theory explain SIDS Deaths/Crib Deaths which occur in adults' arms?
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Why do more baby boys than baby girls die of SIDS/Crib Death?
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Is SIDS/Crib Death caused by babies re-breathing their exhaled carbon dioxide?
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Why aren't there many SIDS Deaths/Crib Deaths among babies less than one month old?
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Why do relatively few SIDS Deaths/Crib Deaths occur among babies over six months old?
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Why is the SIDS/Crib Death rate higher for twins than for singleton babies?
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Given that millions of unwrapped mattresses contain phosphorus, arsenic or antimony; P, As or Sb, respectively; why aren't there more SIDS Deaths/Crib Deaths?

 

Didn't the 1998 UK Limerick Report disprove the toxic gas theory for Cot Death/Crib Death?

No. The Limerick Committee proved the gas generation on which the toxic gas theory is based.

Didn't the UK CESDI Study find that three babies in Britain died on polythene-wrapped/polyethylene-wrapped mattresses?

No. There is no evidence that these mattresses were wrapped in polythene/polyethylene. For such a claim to be valid, chemical analysis of the plastic was required; however no such analyses were carried out. In February 2000 Professor Peter Fleming (an author of the CESDI Study) conceded that the CESDI study had not demonstrated that the mattresses on which the babies died were wrapped in polyethylene.

Why are recently vaccinated babies and babies with infections at higher risk of SIDS/Crib Death?

The fever which results from infection and which typically follows vaccination results in increased temperature in the baby's crib. A rise in temperature of 3 degrees C (5.5 degrees F) in the crib can result in a tenfold increase in the rate of gas generation.

Why does the risk of Crib Death/SIDS rise from one baby in a family to the next?

Many parents re-use crib mattresses from one baby to the next. If a mattress contains phosphorus, arsenic or antimony and certain household fungi have become established in the mattress during previous use by another baby, generation of toxic gas commences sooner and in a greater volume when the mattress is re-used for the next baby.

Why do babies of solo parents have a very high SIDS/Crib Death rate?

Solo parents are more likely to sleep their babies on secondhand mattresses; and the risk of crib death increases as a mattress is re-used from one baby to the next.

Why does overheating increase SIDS/Crib Death risk?

The extra warmth in the baby's crib causes the fungus to increase gas generation.

Why do more SIDS Deaths/Crib Deaths occur in winter than in summer?

During winter babies frequently use more bedding and clothing, resulting in a greater risk of overheating in the crib and thus a greater risk of gas generation.

Why does face-up sleeping reduce the risk of SIDS/Crib Death?

The gases which cause SIDS/crib death (phosphines, arsines and stibines) are all more dense than air. They diffuse away from a baby's mattress towards the floor, with the result that a baby sleeping face-up is less likely to ingest them.

Why does bedsharing between adults and babies pose a SIDS/Crib Death risk?

Adults' mattresses frequently contain the same chemicals and fungi as babies' mattresses, and therefore can generate the same toxic gases. For physiological reasons adults are not put at risk by this gas generation in beds, but a bedsharing baby can die within a short period of time.

If you like you can skip down to read all the circumstances that need to be present for SIDS to take place.

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Why do pacifiers (soothers) appear to reduce SIDS/Crib Death risk?

Mothers who wish to use a pacifier very often sleep the baby face-up so that the pacifier stays in place. And face-up sleeping reduces the risk of crib death, because the gases which cause crib death are more dense than air and a baby sleeping face-up is less likely to ingest them. So it is not the pacifier which reduces SIDS risk, but rather the statistical likelihood that the baby using the pacifier will be sleeping face-up.

How does the toxic gas theory explain SIDS Deaths/Crib Deaths which occur in adults' arms?

If a baby has been lying in a crib or on some surface where he or she has been exposed to a lethal dose of toxic gas, and as a result the mechanism of death is already occurring when the baby is picked up, the baby can die while being held in the adult's arms. Also, crib death can occur in an adult's arms if a baby is picked up and held in an item of bedding (e.g. a blanket or duvet) which is generating toxic gas.

Why do more baby boys than baby girls die of SIDS/Crib Death?

Minor changes in temperature in the crib cause a marked increase in the rate of toxic gas generation. Scottish research has shown that a high thermal score is associated with increased crib death risk; and that a high thermal score poses greater SIDS risk to boys than to girls.

Is SIDS/Crib Death caused by babies re-breathing their exhaled carbon dioxide?

No. All babies exhale a similar amount of carbon dioxide, regardless of whether they are first, second, third or later babies in a family. Accordingly, the statistical finding that the crib death rate rises from one sibling in a family to the next disproves the carbon dioxide theory for the cause of SIDS.

Why aren't there many SIDS Deaths/Crib Deaths among babies less than one month old?

A significant number of babies sleep on new mattresses, and it takes around one month for fungi capable of gas generation to become established in a mattress. However, a baby less than one month old can die of crib death if he or she is placed on a mattress which has recently been used by another baby and is already capable of generating toxic gas.

Why do relatively few SIDS Deaths/Crib Deaths occur among babies over six months old?

An older baby is more able to respond physically to the initial distress which is caused the exposure to the toxic gases. An older baby experiencing this distress (e.g. the initial headache which occurs) can take action by flailing around in the crib, throwing off bedding, or sitting or standing up in the crib. This attracts the attention of adults. It also disperses gases from around the baby; or physically removes the baby from the gases (if the baby sits or stands up in the crib), since these gases are more dense than air.

Why is the SIDS/Crib Death rate higher for twins than for singleton babies?

First, if the twins are not the mother's first pregnancy, often the mother already has a crib mattress. Secondly, many twins sleep in the same crib when they are very young babies, but at some point while still within the crib death risk age are separated so that they are sleeping in separate cribs. Both of these situations require a second mattress to be obtained. As a consequence, it often occurs that one twin sleeps on a previously used mattress, while the other twin sleeps on a new mattress. This has the result that the SIDS rate among twins is significantly higher than among singleton babies; also it is statistically much more likely that one twin will die of SIDS than the other. The twin sleeping on the re-used mattress is at around double the crib death risk of the twin sleeping on the new mattress.

Compare this page's FAQs to the BabeSafe of New Zealand's FAQs about mattress-wrapping found on the BabeSafe.co.nz website in New Zealand.

Given that millions of unwrapped mattresses contain phosphorus, arsenic or antimony; P, As or Sb, respectively; why aren't there more SIDS Deaths/Crib Deaths?

In order for SIDS/crib death to occur, the following circumstances must co-exist in the baby's crib:


1. The mattress (or other bedding) beneath the baby must contain phosphorus, arsenic or antimony.
2. The condition of the mattress or bedding must support fungal growth (for example, be damp with sweat or contaminated with urine).
3. Fungi capable of generating gases from phosphorus, arsenic and antimony must be growing in the mattress or bedding.
4. The fungi must be sufficiently active to produce a lethal dose of the gases.
5. The baby must ingest a lethal dose (for example, because the baby is sleeping face down, or because there is insufficient ventilation around the baby to disperse the gases).

It is uncommon for all these circumstances to co-exist in a baby's crib. Many babies are exposed to sub-lethal doses of toxic gas in their cribs, and no immediate harm results. Occasionally, however, all the above circumstances do co-exist and a SIDS death/crib death ensues.

What do you think? Are you convinced now? The Toxic Gas Theory explanation behind SIDS brings so much clarity. Check out our BabeSafe® covers on our BabeSafe® Products page to wrap your baby's mattress.

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Co-Sleeping or Bed-Sharing increases the risk of SIDS:

Under the BabeSafe® Cot Life 2000 Protocol, co-sleeping/bedsharing between adults and babies must not occur under any circumstances - your baby must sleep in their own separate bassinet/crib on a BabeSafe®-wrapped mattress and using the specified bedding for a wrapped mattress (see the Bedding Instructions).

Please note that until such time as the baby's mattress can be wrapped in a BabeSafe® cover, having the baby sleep in your adult-sized bed is not an option. Bed-Sharing between adults and babies poses serious crib death risk (and probably accounts for around one-half of all US SIDS/crib deaths).

Your baby must never be placed in your bed, even if you are awake at the time. Just the fact that an adult is in the bed results in body heat activating the fungus to consume the chemical elements in the mattress and creating the toxic nerve gases. Adult beds often have blankets and/or pillows which would likely have the chemicals in them as well that cause toxic gases to form. An adult bed is sometimes used by other children in the family adding more risk of toxic gases being formed with their body heat.

If you wish to breastfeed the baby in your bedroom, do this sitting upright in a chair, and when nursing is over return the baby to their own separate crib to continue sleeping on the BabeSafe®-wrapped mattress. Use only 100% cotton blankets and swaddling.

The BabeSafe® protocol is issued for the wrapping of infant-sized mattresses and specifically for the purpose of crib death prevention - it is not issued for wrapping mattresses larger than infant-sized or for wider medical or environmental purposes. Therefore BabeSafe® covers are not manufactured in sizes for children's beds or adults' beds.

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Don't bedshare with your baby in your adult-sized bed.

Don't allow the baby to bedshare with an older child in the child's bed.

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Enclose the baby's mattress in a BabeSafe® mattress cover and use the bedding which is specified for a BabeSafe® cover wrapped mattress.

Two Frequently Asked Questions:

"Offgassing" from Mattresses:

"Outgassing"—or off-gassing—refers to the emission of gases already present in a substance, for example from a mattress. This offgassing is often misconstrued as the cause of SIDS. But SIDS is not associated with off-gassing. The BabeSafe® covers are manufactured from an inert plastic and are not capable of any gas generation.

Some new mattresses do emit a noticeable "chemical smell" when first unpacked. The rate of gas dissipation can be greatly speeded up by airing the newly unpacked mattress outside in bright sunshine for a few days, but bringing it inside for overnight.

Volatile organic compounds (VOC's)—which includes formaldehyde—are the most common gases off-gassed by some mattresses. VOC's are generally lighter than air

Our Toxic Gas Theory cause of SIDS says, rather, that the toxic nerve gases are created in situ, and are not already present as gases in the mattress. These toxic gases have been chemically determined to be phosphine, arsine and stibine. They are all heavier than air.

There are ventilation holes on the bottom side of BabeSafe® mattress covers that are to reduce condensation and to keep the covered mattress from pillowing up like it would if it were completely air-tight. BabeSafe® covers provide complete protection from SIDS nerve gases that are heavier than air, and the same gases that float to the floor below the crib, from the bottom of the covered mattress.

Our BabeSafe® covers give significant protection against the lighter-than-air VOC's involved with offgassing. The VOC's are restricted from being immediately close to your baby.

The following factors are necessary for SIDS-causing-nerve-gases to be created: 1.) the fungus that grows everywhere, 2.) sweat and other fluids for the fungus to grow on, 3.) heat from your baby causing the fungus to grow faster and 4.) the presence of chemical compounds in mattresses/bedding that contain phosphorous (P), arsenic (As) and antimony (Sb). At issue are mostly flame retardants in the mattresses/bedding, plasticizers that make mattress plastic soft and polymerization agents in the fabrics of bedding, all within infant sleeping situations.

Covering mattresses with a BabeSafe® cover—to separate your baby from the mattress—and using 100% cotton bedding with no padding or quilting... It solves the SIDS problem!

All said, the BabeSafe® SIDS wrap—in addition to protecting against SIDS—is also able to significantly protect babies from off-gassing, for parents/grandparents that have those concerns.

Adult-Sized Mattresses:

Under the Cot Life 2000 mattress-wrapping protocol—the BabeSafe Protocol—bedsharing, a.k.a, co-sleeping between adults and babies must not occur under any circumstances, even if there is a mattress protector or wrap on the adult-sized mattress.

Yet—even if the adult sleeping situation were to meet all the BabeSafe mattress-wrapping and bedding requirements—simply the presence of another person in the bed with your baby heightens the risk of SIDS happening. Another body gives added heat for fungus to grow. This added heat, increases the risk of toxic nerve gases being formed. We greatly discourage co-sleeping with your baby.

Unless the adult user has been medically diagnosed with an allergy or chemical sensitivity, there is no need to wrap adult-sized mattresses for medical or environmental purposes. It is our view that commercial western-style mattresses do not generate gases which could be of any medical or environmental concern for most adults.

BabeSafe in New Zealand does not manufacture covers for mattresses any larger than infant-sized. That is, since SIDS only occurs in infants, therefore BabeSafe of New Zealand only makes—and we only sell—infant-sized mattress covers to prevent the SIDS from happening. Preventing off-gassing for a wider age range is not our goal.

We are Campaigning to Prevent SIDS.

What is the mechanism of SIDS/Crib Death?

patrick jay logoThe baby's lungs stop breathing (apnea) and the baby's heart stops beating.

Why do the lungs and heart stop functioning?
Because the relevant nerve impulses from the brain don't reach the lungs and heart to cause them to function.

Why don't the nerve impulses reach the lungs and heart?
Because the nerves stop transmitting the impulses.

Why do the nerves stop transmitting the impulses?
Because of the accumulation of acetylcholine in the blood.

Why does acetylcholine accumulate in the blood?
Because the cholinesterase enzyme is deactivated.

What de-activates the cholinesterase enzyme?
Anticholinesterase agents.

What are these anticholinesterase agents?
Nerve gases formed from compounds of phosphorus, arsenic, and/or antimony; phosphine, arsine and/or stibine, respectively.

Where are the compounds of phosphorus, arsenic and antimony?

In the baby's bedding (along with fungi which convert the compounds into the gases.)

What is successfully being used to stop the gases?
BabeSafe­® mattress covers when used according to Dr. Sprott's bedding instructions.