Also good for parents who’ve really over-cooked it with the booze
When I was 16, I spent three weeks in hospital. For the first fortnight, I woke up drenched in sweat, the sheet underneath me twisted and damp. This had nothing to do with the attractive nurses – I was sleeping on the standard issue plastic mattress.
In that instance, a kindly nurse gave me a sheepskin underblanket, stamped all over with NHS in big red letters (must have looked funny on the sheep). I don’t like to think about who else had sweated into it (and died on it) over the years, but I had at least moved beyond bedwetting at that age.
So when our eldest made the transition from cot to bed, we looked around for something that would be comfortable – but also be resoundingly, 100% piss-proof. We found it. The Hippychick Mattress Protector somehow manages to be both impermeable yet also soft to the touch and breathable: it’s the bedroom equivalent of a pricey North Face Gortex jacket. It feels like a thick cotton sheet, washes like one, and lies there, invisibly, ready for the next yellow trickle.
At about 2 and a half, she went straight into a full-sized single bed. This looked somewhat comical, but will work until she’s old enough to be sharing it with some big-footed smelly boyfriend – ie never, if I have any say in the matter. Nevertheless, we bought the cot-sized version linked above. The thinking there was that this was large enough, but that we could also use it on any other bed we encountered when we’re away. Sadly, I must report that this mattress protector is entirely ineffective when you leave it at home.
I won’t pretend it makes a midnight bedding change any more pleasurable, and you could always use a bin bag instead. (We might, next time we’ve forgotten to take it with us. That’ll be the next holiday then). But there’s no doubting that this is a well-made, practical product that makes life a little easier.
What do you use for your toddlers? Or do you prefer to fly by the seat of your pants, so to speak? Use the comments to vent your spleen about plastic undersheets and all things related.