Baby Bedding Safety Concerns? Learn About SIDS and Baby Bedding



(Fits standard 27-1/4" by 52" crib mattresses)

Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS), which is the leading cause of death in infants from one to six months of age, may be caused by gases coming from dirty crib mattresses. We feel that there is enough compelling evidence supporting this theory to share the information with you.

More than a decade ago, Dr. T. James Sprott proposed the theory that the elements phosphorus, arsenic and antimony -- which are present in most crib and bassinet mattresses and covers, as well as in natural products such as sheepskin -- may interact with common mildew to produce dangerous gas that may poison susceptible babies.

The solution for blocking exposure to these gases, and thus preventing SIDS, is to cover the mattress with natural-color polyethylene sheeting found at hardware stores. However, we had quite a bit of mail from our readers looking for an actual mattress cover rather than just a flat sheet of plastic.

We have tracked down a crib mattress cover that meets Dr. Sprott’s specifications. When you purchase this cover from us, the manufacturer will donate a cover to the No More SIDS Foundation for distribution to a low income family or day care center, so your purchase will help more than one baby!

Again, I want to emphasize that this is still a theory and we’re not making any guarantees about this mattress cover, but as you’ll read in the article (reprinted from the John R. Lee, M.D. Medical Letter -- see the More Info button), the evidence for its use is very convincing.