In our recent blog post, The Perfect Solution to Bed Wetting Problems we stated that a Waterproof Mattress Protector was the most important component of any bed wetting solution.

A Waterproof Mattress Protector is your Backstop

This is the backstop, the part should be relied upon to protect your mattress even if other parts prove to not be absorbent enough, or aren’t in the right place to capture leaks when they occur.

Waterproof Mattress Cover

Therefore the most important characteristic of any Waterproof Mattress Protector is just that, it MUST be waterproof. Many mattress protectors are just fabric and may guard against bed bugs or allergens but have no water resistant qualities.

It's Not Just About Being Waterproof

However this doesn’t mean it needs to be a thick piece of plastic, as long as it has a waterproof membrane that is sufficient.  

 And the traditional all plastic mattress protectors have several disadvantages:

  • They are often thick and therefore noisy if you move during sleep.
  • Their lack of breathability can mean that moisture is trapped underneath them, damaging your mattress in the long term unless, it too, is plastic topped
  • They can be warm and uncomfortable to sleep on in summer months as they don’t absorb body heat
  • They have no absorption capability at all, so any leaks will either run off the bed, or remain as a pool of liquid

A fabric (ideally Cotton or Poly Cotton for comfort) topped mattress protector is a better solution as it combines a comfortable surface to sleep on (ours is quilted for extra comfort and to add slight absorbency) with a slight level of absorbency to prevent liquid seeping through, wetting the user or running off.

A fabric (ideally Cotton or Poly Cotton for comfort) topped mattress protector is a better solution as it combines a comfortable surface to sleep on (ours is quilted for extra comfort and to add slight absorbency) with a slight level of absorbency to prevent liquid seeping through, wetting the user or running off.

An investment into a good waterproof mattress protector will pay you back over the time you use it!

Diane Hurford - Brolly Sheets Waterproof Bed Protection