“ Brand: Mothercare / Linen Type: Mattress Protectors „
I brought this terry waterfroof flatsheet for my daughters single bed when I was trying to potty train her.I purchased it from Mothercare for £15 but you can also buy the cot bed size at £13 too.
The sheet is a flat sheet that has a terry towel material on top of a water proof membrane layer underneath.It is a flat sheet so it is versatile in that you can use it either directly on top af your childs normal bed sheet or underneath it so it is placed directly on top of your childs mattress.I personally placed it directly on top of my daughter's bed sheet as the terry towel material was very soft and comfortable to sleep on.The waterproof membrane underneath impressed me as unlike traditional waterfroof plastic sheets there was no rustling so was more comforting.If my daughter did have an accident at night I would take this sheet off in the morning and happily find that the under neath bed sheet was dry and clean.
This sheet washes well and has been durable in use,I would take it out of the washing machine and hang it on the line with the underside up first and then turn it over after a short while so that the terry towel side could then dry normally.
I found the cost of this waterfroof sheet a bit expensive but the fact that it lasted me through not one potty training child but three meant that it has certainly paid for itself.Like they say you have to pay a bit more if you want quality and it applies well here.
No matter what age your child is I really recommend that you buy a mattress protector of some form. A mattress protector helps to keep your mattress fresh and as hygenic as possible and stops any moisture from soaking into it which can lead to it rotting which is not a nice idea!
The mattress we bought with Hope's cot came with a protector already bulit into it which could be removed to be washed but when we bought her new bed a few weeks ago we needed to buy a new mattress protector to ensure that her new mattress wouldn't ruin. The bed shop which we bought the bed from tried to sell us one from them which cost £30. I couldn't see how I could justify spending so much money on something which I knew I could get for half the price elsewhere so we declined the one they were offering us and headed to mothercare where we had seen them.
The Mothercare mattress protectors are varied and you can buy them in a choice of sizes. Luckily they had one which would fit Hope's new mattress. They sell them as 'sheets' as appose to mattress protectors. I think most people associate a mattress protector as being a crinkly, plastic covering which is not the most comfortable or silent to sleep upon whereas this item is soft and doesn't crinkle so it is more like a sheet which is probably why they have named it a sheet instead.
It has a waterproof layer which is a very thin plastic and then the layer above it is terry towelling which is a very soft fabric. You can buy ordinary sheets in this material but without the waterproof layer. This, however, is a sheet built into the waterproof layer so you don't need to put another sheet on top of it which saves you money and time- one less thing to put on the bed!
When you wash this one thing that is a little more awkward is that it is quite hard to dry because it is a thicker material than if it was just a sheet. The waterproof side of it has drops of water which just sits on top of it when you get it out of the washing machine so what I tend to do is take it outside and give it a good shake first else these drops of water would take a long time to disappear!
I put this directly onto the mattress and becuase it is fitted it grips onto the corners of the mattress easily and doesn't come away. I really do prefer fitted sheets, I once made the mistake of buying flat sheets and found them to be a nightmare to put on but this is really simple. It is well fitted too as it's slightly bigger than it needs to be so it's really easy to put on, sometimes they can be very tight fitting and you have to use a lot of effort to pull it right across the entire mattress.
Whilst this is on the mattress it feels very soft to touch, it is no different than just having an ordinary sheet alone. Even after it has been washed it is still soft and doesn't bobble up or become rough to touch. When lying on this it doesn't rustle, you wouldn't know that there is a plastic layer beneath and it's certainly not like the mattress protectors that I've seen before that do crinkle and rustle underneath you as you sleep.
If your baby is sick, has a leaking nappy or spills a drink then you can be assured that your mattres won't soak it up. It will go through the top layer of towelling but then it won't get through the waterproof layer beneath that, you can just peel off the sheet and put it straight into the washing machine.
What I like about this sheet in particular is that you only need to put this one as the top layer works as a sheet. With other protectors you need to add a sheet on top but this is all in one.
It cost £15 which is expensive for a sheet and we did buy two of them as if this is in the wash we would need another to go on the bed. It is a much more expensive version of a sheet (you can pick up sheets for £5) but this does save you having to buy a mattress protector seprately and having to fit them separately too. For £15 I think it is good value and the quality is good, it has remained just as soft and still fits well after being washed a couple of times. I just hope that over the next few years it remains in as good a condition as it is.
Available from Mothercare stores.
Ideal for potty training time! Cot size.