Waterproof mattress pads are meant to protect your child’s mattress from urine, dirt, and liquid spills.
They’re most commonly used by parents with small children and senior citizens because they’re most prone to having accidents. These pads are available in different sizes, and they can be made with different materials but most of them have a plastic backing that will stop any leaks from soaking into the mattress.
When I first heard about waterproof mattress pads, I immediately went to the store and bought a couple of them for my two boys.
After all, they were going to save me time, frustration, and eventually a new mattress (which isn’t cheap).
Unfortunately, that wasn’t actually what happened.
What Really Happens
The first night I had the waterproof mattress pad on the bed my son had an accident.
When I picked him up I realized the pad moved during the night, which resulted in his mattress getting wet anyway. This happened about 99% of the time the pad was being used.
If the urine did happen to only end up on the pad, it would pool and run onto the mattress. I even had the pad underneath the sheet at one point. It balled up and made things really uncomfortable for my son.
The plastic also made some noise when he moved around, which contributed to keeping him up at night.
The Night I Said Goodbye to Waterproof Mattress Pads!
One night I peeked in my sons room while he slept and I was astonished at how much he spun and flipped his body around in his sleep. But the truth is, most kids are restless sleepers.
That’s when I realized that the pad was never going to just stay in place with nothing to anchor it down.
Then I just felt silly for thinking it was actually going to work with a restless child sleeping on it.
Not only that.
I found out that some of the plastics used to make them can be toxic as well. Vinyl and PVC are made with materials that can be very harmful to the growth of babies and small children.
But it doesn’t stop here!
When the pad moves it can also create an unsafe environment for an infant or small toddler. The pad can slide around and possibly end up wrapped around your child’s face or neck. I don’t know about you, but that’s never a chance I’m willing to take with my children. Additionally, pads don’t offer much protection against bed bugs, mold spores, or dust mites. So if you have a little one wetting the bed, I wouldn’t recommend using a waterproof mattress pad, unless it’s absolutely necessary.
Solution? Use An Alternative Mattress Cover Instead
Although the waterproof mattress pads don’t work the way they’re supposed to, there are other things that you can use to keep your child’s mattress dry at night.
There are waterproof fitted sheets that come in different sizes and materials.
These sheets are great because they hook around the corners of the bed, which keeps them in place all night long.
You will always get maximum coverage with a fitted waterproof cover, which means if it’s a big accident the bed will be completely protected. They don’t bunch up underneath the regular bed sheet either, making it much more comfortable for your child.
If you’re looking to purchase a new mattress for your child’s bed, I highly recommend purchasing a mattress that is made with a plastic outer covering. They offer maximum protection against leaks and they can protect your baby’s bed from bed bugs, dust mites, and other allergens. They’re also extremely easy to clean. However, it’s important to remember to pay attention to the materials any waterproof covering is made of. Never use a mattress cover that is made with vinyl or PVC, it can be harmful to your child. So, although I do not recommend using a waterproof mattress pad, I do recommend using an alternative waterproof mattress cover.