Health and rest
BabyKeeper® is the first and only cot mattress that has been certified as a medical device which reduces the risk of sudden infant death syndrome.
Sudden infant death is a syndrome, i.e., no concrete explanation has been found, even with the advances in modern medicine, to explain why a baby stops breathing and dies whilst sleeping. Nor is there a 100% effective treatment or a precise diagnosis; however there has been a great deal of progress in its prevention.
In this regard, scientists have found cause-effect relationships that have allowed the identification of factors which multiply the probability of observing a sudden death and those which prevent the syndrome.
There are two classes of risk factors: endogenous (genetics, mother’s habits during the pregnancy, etc.) and exogenous (those surrounding the baby whilst asleep). Exogenous factors are those that place stress on the nervous, respiratory and circulatory system and have been related to indications that, given the immaturity of these systems, cause fatigue and/or block them, thereby triggering respiratory failure. These factors are: thermal stress, air toxicity, posture, partial or total obstruction of the airways and the biocompatibility of the surrounding products (allergies and hypersensitivity).
No; however there has been a great deal of progress in its prevention.
Exogenous factors are: thermal stress, air toxicity, posture, partial or total obstruction of the airways and the biocompatibility of the surrounding products.
The ESCI (European Sleep Care Institute) has been working on ways of reducing the impact of these external factors for years and as a result has come up with a new mattress for cots: the BabyKeeper®. This new product will help reduce the risk of sudden infant death syndrome by addressing the main key factors.
When a baby mattress claims to have properties that prevent health problems or serve to treat a pathology or condition, the mattress becomes a medical device regulated by Royal Decree 1591/2009 under the supervision of the Spanish Agency of Medicines and Medical Devices (AEMPS), the body that grants the license to manufacture medical devices in Spain.
When the manufacturer obtains this license, the product manufactured is a medical device and is recognized as such because it bears the CE marking. Any baby product claiming to prevent and/or treat pain, illness or pathologies without the CE marking is committing a serious offence and may be sanctioned by the Ministry of Health.
Advice that increases the baby’s safety according to the American Pediatrics Association:
- Place the baby on its back for all sleeps (make sure that all baby carers know this rule given that a change in postural habits increases the risk of sudden infant death).
- Use firm surfaces
- It is recommended to share your bedroom with the baby but not to share the bed.
- Keep soft and/or loose elements outside of the cot such as soft toys, cushions, clothes, etc.
- Visit the gynecologist regularly during pregnancy.
- Avoid tobacco smoke during pregnancy (direct or passive smoking) as well as after giving birth.
- Avoid the use of alcohol and drugs both during pregnancy and after giving birth.
- Breast feeding is recommended
- The use of a soother both during naps and other sleeping times is recommended.
- Prevent the baby from overheating (due to too much clothes, blankets or central heating).
The prone posture has been clearly related to a higher probability of sudden infant death syndrome and until the exact relation between posture and respiratory failure is known, under no circumstances is it recommendable to use the prone posture for the sake of prudence. However, the BabyKeeper® mattress has been designed so that in the event that your baby moves and finally ends up in the prone posture (when the baby is mobile it is the most stable posture and is probably the one that the baby will find most comfortable and natural), the risks are not multiplied as the exhaled CO2 is ventilated, heat is properly dissipated, non-solid elements from the airway are eliminated, thus allowing the baby to breathe through the mattress, even possible liquids such as those from regurgitation, diarrhea, etc., which could block the airway are removed.
Firmness is not synonymous with rigidity, but it is with safety.
The lack of firmness is a risk factor in sudden infant deaths. A soft mattress encourages thermal insulation, constriction of the airways and a static posture. The BabyKeeper® is one of the mattresses for babies with a mid to high firmness with the best guarantee of durability and resistance on the market.
A baby begins its sleep routine before birth, at around 7 months into the pregnancy. When a baby is born, it will need between 15 and 18 hours of sleep during the first few months and its sleep pattern will be different to that of a child or an adult. For example, the REM phase is longer in babies under 2 years of age, lasting almost 50% of the total effective sleep time, whereas the REM phase in an adult may reach 25%. The REM stage is crucial for cognitive and neural development whereas the slow-wave sleep phases (deep sleep) are related to cellular regeneration and physical recuperation.
However, these phases are not continual but maintain entry and exit cycles with around 5-6 daily phases being recorded for a baby. The REM phase is very active and seems to exacerbate any stressor or disturbance might quickly take the baby out of REM sleep, losing at least 20% of the cognitive development programmed for that night.
On the other hand, cellular (physical) regeneration and growth occur at a higher level in the other phases, with the growth hormone being one of the greatest inductors in cellular reproduction giving a clearly legible signal (pulse) after the first hour of sleep.
It is therefore essential that a baby has a full hour of the proper quality of sleep for the aforementioned to occur. Sleeping properly will allow the baby to regulate the circadian rhythm that it will have for the rest of its life, something that will be essential and will later allow the child to grow physically and cognitively. It has been shown that children deprived of the REM
phase have markedly increased levels of anxiety, aggressiveness, low performance and a poor memory. It has also been proven that sleep disorders seriously affect the endocrine system which can lead to food disorders that could result in child obesity, sleep apnea and hyperactivity. Similarly, during preadolescence or adolescence, sleep disorders or problems can lead to the appearance of bipolar disorder, substance abuse, depression and eating disorders.
This product has been created according to a series of strict controls so that it can be certified as a healthcare product.
CE: The BabyKeeper® mattress has achieved a CE marking that certifies that it complies with the European Guidelines on this type of product.
MEDICAL DEVICE: License conceded by the Spanish Agency of Medicines and Medical Devices (AEMPS).
OEKO-TEX: Certifies that no dangerous substances have been used during the manufacturing process as the product comes into contact with the most sensitive of skins: baby’s skin.
HYG CEN: Guarantees that the materials are free of toxins and can be used in hospitals and medical centers.
Use, cleaning and maintenance
During the manufacturing process, the materials used by BabyKeeper® are subject to strict quality controls that ensure the correct performance of the materials and a control of contaminants such as dust, mites and bacteria. To avoid any uncontrolled contamination, the product is compressed and sealed.
Furthermore, the BabyKeeper® is rolled so that it is more comfortably handled by the customer. It is recommended that the product be opened at home and that the user manual (contained in the bag) is read. If the product remains rolled for longer than necessary, it will take longer to return to its original shape.
Long storage periods (over 3 months) in a rolled and vacuum packed format should be avoided. The presence of water, humidity, dust, presence of dust mites, brusque temperature changes, weights on the box exceeding 50kg and exposure to direct sunlight sould also be avoided.
Once the product is acquired it is advisable to open the vacuum packed bag, store it rolled flat, and avoid placint weight on the mattress. It should also not be stored in the vicinity of elements or fabrics which have been used by pets.
For the correct use of the BabyKeeper® cot mattress, it is recommended to wash the mattress cover with warm water (< 40ºC) before its first use, rinsing it well with water to remove any remains of soap. It can also be washed in the washing machine following the instructions on the label on the cover. Softener should not be used given that the colorings and/or aromatizers used in some softeners can cause result in the baby having undesirable allergies. Furthermore, the core is made from quick-dry material and it is advisable to rinse it before using it for the first time. To rinse the core just use the jet of water from the shower until it is clean. It is important not put the cover on while it is still damp, therefore after rising it is advisable to leave it to air dry or to dry it using a cold dryer/fan.
Both the cover and the core can be dry-cleaned, making it much easier to maintain the baby’s sleeping environment in the best hygienic conditions. As it is easy to clean, the mattress can be moved from room to room without the risk of the proliferation of bacteria.
In spite of the many advances in the treatment of materials with fungicides, antibacterial and anti-mite agents, the option of the research team that developed BabyKeeper® has been to eliminate the non-desirable chemical agents in the product and its components. As a result, the mattress has been given the OEKO-TEX Class 1 certificate which means that there are no chemicals in quantities which would affect the baby.
As a biological protection measure, its materials are 100% washable and dry in record time. Washing is a much healthier alternative to that offered by any chemical treatment applied to consumer products. The majority of mattresses on the market cannot be washed, or only the cover can be washed, and have extremely long drying times. An old or reused core that cannot be washed accumulates mites and other organisms which experts have established as being a risk factor in sudden infant death syndrome.
Furthermore, BabyKeeper® is vacuum packed to avoid potential contaminants during storage and distribution, thereby arriving at the place of use in the best possible condition.
The fabric can be washed in the washing machine. Make sure that the zip`s slider is not damaged after each wash.
Rinse the core with a jet of water every 3 days and leave it to dry before putting the cover back on.
Do not expose the core to direct sunlight as it can loose its color due to oxidation. Foam oxidation is a natural process and does not reduce its funcionality in any way.
The BabyKeeper® mattress is designed so that the baby is placed on the white mattress covering and the cover can be used as a sheet with the comfort that this provides. It is recommended to use the replacement cover and avoid any direct contact between the core and the baby, given that the open pore structure will feel rough on the baby’s skin. The use of undersheets and waterproof sheets may reduce the capacity of the mattress to ventilate the microclimate surrounding the baby, which is based on the ability to exchange air and not retain either CO2 or excess heat.
It is recommended not to use the mattress for more than 3 years.
Despite the fact that the durability of its components guarantee more than twice its useful life, studies recommend that mattresses should not be shared between babies.