I have one that was brand new from Mamas&Papas bought in 2008. But it has been slept in by dd1, then two years later ds1 and then lent to my sister-in-law and slept in by her ds. In between time it's been stored under the bed and I can wash the mattress thing that unzips. DD2 arriving in a month. Would you fork out £50 for a new one in case the fact it's 10 years old increases SIDS risk? Would really appreciate views.
Yes I'd definitely buy another. I reused mine between children 2 years apart but just had my 3rd child. The mattress was 6years and I chucked it. I have bought a new Moses basket mattress for all 3 children.
Yep, I have just bought a new one for the imminent arrival of DD2 - they are as cheap as £25 now. I also bought new mattresses for the co sleeper and carrycot because they've been stored away and I can't vouch for them not being covered in invisible nasties.
ok, feeling a bit tight now. sounds like the verdict is I should definitely splash out. what is this waterproof layer you speak of? not sure i used that with my previous dc. is that important for SIDS or just reassuring in terms of vom, pee etc?? thanks. even though i've done this twice before, i'm feeling like a bit of a newbie as times seem to have changed since i had my two seven and nine years ago.
When I was reading the SIDS related stuff prior to my son being born (4 years ago now!) one of the theories regarding mattress reuse and SIDS risk was that if bodily fluids got into the mattress they provided a handy breeding ground for bacteria, which then give off bad gasses. The theory was that these gases may be causing/contributing to SIDS. So to me it seems a good idea to keep the bodily fluids off the mattress by using a washable waterproof layer. There are cheap ones about (which essentially have a plastic layer stuck on) but I bought one of these which has a waterproof layer sandwiched between two cotton layers. www.thelittlegreensheep.co.uk/bedding/mattress-protectors/
It will have the added bonus of keeping the mattress dry if disaster does strike so you only need to change bedding and don't have to worry about a wet mattress.