|MATTRESS WRAPPING against SIDS|
Are the toxic fire retardant chemicals that are in practically all mattresses and bedding products,the reason for Sudden Infant Death Syndrome? Strong scientific evidence shows that it is.
SIDS – Sudden Infant Death Syndrome is something the majority of new parents are terrified about and rightly so. When I was pregnant with the first of my two children, like any new mum to be, you hear about SIDS and you want to do everything humanly possible to prevent this ever happening.So at first my husband and I researched all the standard practices against SIDS eg, making sure baby was face up and at the end of the bed, no toys or bumpers in cots, no pillows, no mobiles or cords that could be a strangulation hazard, no quilts etc. We also looked into investing in a sleep apnea mat and a baby sound monitor, but because of the EMF radiation that the majority of these devices cause, they can be a health hazard in their own right - see article 'Creating a healthy sleeping environment for baby'. While researching the various SIDS prevention methods, and also looking into purchasing an organic cotton mattresses, I came upon a very interesting method called, Mattress Wrapping to prevent SIDS, this method if followed properly, has had a 100% success rate(196,000 babies using this method) and is very logical and makes complete sense.
The Mattress Wrapping Campaign was founded in New Zealand by Dr TJ Sprott OBE MSc PhD FNZIC Consulting Chemist and Forensic Scientist. It is a non-profit organization and Dr Sprott, is a wonderful man, who is always available to help and answer any questions regarding mattress wrapping
Dr Sprott states, “I believe SIDS is caused by gaseous poisoning and the poison comes from the mattress where the baby sleeps. The gas is formed by the action of an otherwise harmless fungus on certain chemicals within the mattress.” The chemicals that Dr Sprott refers to are, Phosphine, Arsine and Stibine, all extremely toxic "nerve gases”, which are a combination of fire retardants, used in the majority of mattresses and bedding, for more in-depth information see www.cotlife2000.co.nz/
Dr Sprott completely believes that SIDS can be avoided if all parents sleep their babies safely, by following his mattress wrapping technique and using the correct bedding and clothing.
What we can do?
Wrap your baby's mattress in an approved Mattress Wrap to stop any toxic gases being inhaled by your baby. All the important and relevant information regarding mattress wrapping and where to purchase a certified mattress wrap from, is at
Note that the Cot Life 2000 mattress-wrapping protocol has strict specifications for the bedding which must be used on top of a wrapped mattress. In addition, babies should not be overdressed for sleep. Full information on these matters is set out on the Cot Life 2000 website www.cotlife2000.co.nz on the page.