Worrying about your waters breaking in bed and ruining your mattress is a common concern for mums-to-be. When I was pregnant with Millie, I went out and bought a mattress protector, just in case. We had a cotton quilted one on there already, but it wasn’t waterproof. So this baby-related purchase was very much worth the money for the peace of mind.

I could have just done what my friend’s husband did and bought a tarp from Bunnings to pop under the fitted sheet. He also folded it so it was crinkly and stiff and noisy and blue and uncomfortable only on her side of the bed. NO JOKE PEOPLE, MY FRIEND SLEPT ON A TARP BEFORE THE ARRIVAL OF HER BABY. How she slept, why she agreed to it and how her husband managed to keep out of the dog house for that little idea I do not know.

You don’t need to take such extreme, penny-pinching measures. Waterproof mattress protectors can be found that add a luxurious layer to your bed, stop liquid from seeping into your mattress and are machine washable so will be your little bed bodyguard for a long time.

Gross fact: After 5 years, half the weight of an unprotected mattress can be made up of body fluids, skin cells, mould and bacteria.

We were given a Protect-A-Bed Signature Tencel Mattress Protector for our queen size bed ($149.99). It prevents everyday accidents, spills, stains, perspiration and skin flakes from getting onto the mattress below, is approved by National Asthma Council Australia and has been approved by the Eczema Association as ‘Sensitive Skin Tried and Tested’. I was sold before I actually slept on it!

Our Protect-A-Bed mattress protector is a new friend at bedtime

It provides a thin extra layer of cushioning to the mattress and is soft and comfortable while protecting from spills and stains. It’s a fitted sheet style and easily slipped on over our deep mattress. Climbing into bed that evening it was impossible to tell there was a waterproof protector on there.

Gross fact: The average person loses up to a litre of fluid and millions of skin flakes per day.

What I love is that I can stop my mattress from yellowing – caused by perspiration, skin flakes and everyday spills and stains – and rather than continue to sleep on top of it I can whip off the mattress protector, throw it in the wash and have it dry before I go to bed that night.

Protect-A-Bed mattress protector
Protect-A-Bed mattress and pillow protectors are approved by the National Asthma Council of Australia

After spending hundreds on mattresses for the kids, I love that we can keep them as spic as the day we bought them by using single size mattress protectors on top. I won’t fly into a complete panic if there’s a bedwetting incident or gastro causes the re-emergence of the night’s dinner after they’ve been tucked into bed (this actually happened to Millie a week ago).

Gross fact: Dust mites are everywhere and produce 10-20 waste particles a day.

Protect-A-Bed has many types of waterproof mattress and pillow protectors in its range, from soft bamboo jersey to premium cotton terry styles.

At selected mattress retailers, if you purchase a Protect-A-Bed mattress protector together with a new mattress, and both items are shown on the same sales receipt, Protect-A-Bed will guarantee the mattress sleep surface against staining.

Use the code PROTECT10 when buying online for free shipping on all Protect-A-Bed orders.

*MillieMummyMelbourne was gifted a Protect-A-Bed mattress protector for the purposes of a review.

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