“ Brand: Boots / Type: Protects your mattress during pregnancy. „
With the birth of baby number 2 fast approaching, I am currently in the process of remembering all the things that I did/bought for when my son's birth was approaching and determining which bits I will be repeating and which were largely unsuccessful/not useful. One of the products I am currently thinking about are maternity mats and, at the moment, I would say these fall largely in the second category for me.
The idea of maternity mats is that they protect your furniture (most notably your mattress) should your waters break whilst on them. I purchased a pack of maternity mays from Boots (currently priced at £3.99 for a pack of 5 mats) for this purpose. The mats came in a similar packet to that pictured above - the dooyoo picture appears to be for maternity pads but the range was all the same green colour with a mother and baby pictured. The packaging is a plastic bag that needs to be split open - simple but does the necessary job adequately. Inside the packaging are five mats that are neatly folded - these are 60 x 90cm so fairly large but are actually quite thin, much thinner than I expected, so not at all bulky (I did wonder upon purchasing how five mats got into such a small packet!). The packaging states they are for use when waters break, during labour and after birth to protect mattresses and can also be used for protecting car seats. The mats are soft to the touch and feel much like a sanitary towel. The predominant colour of them is white although they had a light green edging and backing.
I used two under the mattress protector on the part of the bed that I slept on. I also used one under the throw on our sofa as we had a fabric sofa at the time and I was anxious to protect it. As the mats were so thin, they were quite discreet and comfortable to sit/sleep on. However, I did find that the mats didn't really stay in place very well and would move about and crumple easily - so I wasn't confident in how well they would actually protect the surfaces that they were intended to. In the end, my waters didn't actually break at home and only went in the hospital during labour so I didn't test their absorbency or effectiveness. Having witnessed the sheer volume of liquid when your waters go though, I would have severe reservations as to how well such thin mats could possibly cope with this.
I would perhaps suggest the best use for these is protecting the mattress after the birth when you bleed heavily - in case maternity towels leak. I also used the remaining mats as make-do changing mats for my son when out as they slip into a changing bag very neatly. I think this time around, I will probably use a couple of old towels as I would have more confidence that these would absorb liquid more successfully should my waters actually break at home this time!
When we made the decision to purchase a new bed whilst I was pregnant the last thing we wanted was for the bed to get ruined when my waters broke so I decided to invest in the maternity mats from Boots.
I spotted these one day when looking for any last minute items that I might need to purchase and a pack of 5 cost £3.99.
The mats are contained within a turquoise outer wrapping and have an image of a mother holding her baby against her. Similar to the picture above but the product is different that is advertised above, the correct link is http://www.boots.com/en/Boots-Maternity-mats-5-pack_924022/
Within the pack are 5 thin mats which you can slip underneath you in bed or in the last few days of pregnancy I also put underneath the sheet to protect the mattress. The mattress protector is fairly thin and is 60cm x 90cm so its not too bulky to sleep on.
When my waters did break we used them in the car to sit on top of to protect the seats and these are also the mats that they use in the hospital.
I used all 5 mats in the end as I put two mats under the sheet to protect me and then one directly underneath me, fortunately I managed to get to the toilet before my waters actually broke so the mats were not tested to their full potential I am afraid.
The mats look to be pretty absorbant and despite being thin they do seem to absorb water quite well and swell up and going by the mats used in the hospital which look identical they were good for absorbing any bleeding or leakage but were not too good for keeping the moisture from your skin as it does not draw it away and can leave you feeling fairly damp.
I am not sure if I would purchase them if I were to be pregnant again as I didn't really benefit much from using them and an old towel would probably do the job just as well but for reassurance they do work well and they served their purpose in protecting my bed from any accidents.
The mats are very strong and can be used as changing mats for the baby if there are any left over.