For someone who has 4 children, it should be a no brainer that all of the mattresses in my house need to be protected. My children like to break the rules and most of the time, it’s the “no drinks in your bedroom” rule. It came to the point where I had to buy all new ones and protectors to go with them.
Take it from me, if you want to keep it in “like new” shape for a long time and protect them from potty training accidents, leak through diapers, spills, and other mishaps, you need to find yourself the best mattress protector you possibly can.
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Before we begin, you should know that a mattress pad and cover are not the same thing. I have talked to a lot of people in the past, especially moms like myself, who got confused about the difference between a cover and a pad. When they went out and bought something that they thought was going to protect their mattress they ended up texting me and asking why when their kids had accidents the pad wasn’t helping to protect the bed. Well, the answer is simple, there is a difference between the two. One protects the bed and the other acts as a topper for your bed, with no protection.
A mattress pad is not the same thing as a protector or cover. Many people think that because you buy a mattress pad, it is going to do the same thing as a cover. The truth is that the pad is more for adding temperature regulation, or heating and a topper for comfort, not protection. If you have an accident or sweat at night, that moisture is still going to go into the pad and you will end up having to throw it away or buy a new one over time.
A cover or protector is specifically meant to protect your mattress from accidents, spills, moisture and more. You can take the cover off to wash and your mattress will still look like new. If you are looking for something that is going to protect your bed, a cover or protector is what you want, not a pad.
When you think of a mattress protector, do you automatically think that they are to help prevent pee accidents? If you do, you shouldn’t, and here is why. Yes, they do work wonders with pee if you have children or bladder control issues, but if you don’t have kids prone to wetting the bed, there are still other things that you need to protect your mattress from such as dust mites, moisture, spills and more
Over time, mattresses absorb dead skin, dust mites, oil, and moisture. Ohio State University published materials saying “A typical used mattress may have 100,000 to 10-million mites inside”. If you are anything like me, you may be starting to itch yourself just thinking about it.
You can prevent this from happening by finding the best mattress protector for your bed, especially if you suffer from a dust mite allergy. Dust mites feed on the dead skin we shed as we sleep. If you take the protector off and wash it, the dust mites will have nothing to feast on. You may also see a drop in how often your dust mite allergies act up. You may find yourself sneezing and wheezing less, having a less frequent runny nose and no more shortness of breath as you sleep.
There is nothing quite as satisfying as sleeping on a brand new mattress. You can keep your mattress feeling like new with a waterproof protector. Any kind of moisture from bedwetting or spills will wear down the fibers of your mattress, thus, shortening its comfort life. If moisture keeps reaching your bed, over time it will shorten its life and you will end up having to replace it more quickly if it isn’t protected.
If you want to find the best mattress cover or protector, you need to know what kinds there are to choose from to best suit your needs. Not all mattress protectors are the same. Some are hypoallergenic (anti-allergy), specifically for dust mite allergies and waterproof.
If you are looking for something that isn’t going to break your bank and something that is just good enough to protect your mattress, you will end up with something that feels similar to plastic. This is something that would possibly be on a kids bed. These types of protectors will be less breathable, less durable and quite possibly more noisy than others. I use these on my kids beds. The noise doesn’t bother them and they are just good enough to get the job done. Their mattress is still being protected and if anything happens and I need to buy a new one, I won’t have to spend a lot.
The next step up from cheap is “a little better”. These protectors are usually waterproof and breathable. These are a little higher prices, but they will work better than the plastic covers that can make a lot of noise and work at just the bare minimum. These covers will help to protect against minor spills and moisture while protecting the life of the mattress it is covering.
The best type of protectors you can get for your mattress(es) is one that has some kind of performance fabric on the top. This fabric will help to wick away heat and moisture from the body. These can usually withstand more moisture than the other types of covers, but these ones are more expensive than most. If you are the type of person who sweats a lot in their sleep, like my husband, then this is the route you may want to consider. My husband is a night sweater and let me tell you something, I wish I had a protector on my bed like the kids do because my mattress is starting to smell a little funky.
After careful reviews of these mattress protectors, the best one on the list would have to be the Luna Premium Hypoallergenic 100% Waterproof Mattress Protector. The reasoning for this is because it will help allergy sufferers sleep at night, keep dust mites away, protect your mattress, and it is discrete. It is also great for potty training toddlers, adults who may sweat at night and protect from pee spots from pets. It does not look like something that would be on a hospital bed, it fits like a sheet and it helps to keep liquid from staining the mattress.
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