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.