I just put a water proof pad on my bed tonight, and I thought I would pass along the tip. One of my coworkers had her water break while she was in bed and it ruined her mattress. My water broke in bed too with T, but I had heeded my coworker's warning and laid down a pad, so no harm was done. I think relatively few women have their water break first, and also relatively few get a huge gush, but it's such an easy precaution to take that I thought I would mention it. If you have a water proof pad that you got for the crib, think about laying it under the sheet on your side of the bed to protect your mattress, just in case.
Good thinking! I know that they say that less than 13% of women's waters break before contractions, but I seem to know a lot of those women.
Speaking of mattress pads. Do you all plan to use them in the crib? My friends have different takes on that. One of my friends layers the crib mattress with 2 pads and 2 sheets to make changes in the middle of the night easier. Another friend doesn't use them at all bc she says its easy to just wipe the mattress down.
Personally, with DD, I just wiped the mattress down if she got sick or had an accident.. I don't wannt take the chance of ruining two at once.. leak-through's happen.. what if you don't ball up the sheet good enough for the washer and a pool of vomit on the first layer happens to slip out a corner onto the second set already in place?
Nah.. clean stuff stays FAR away from dirty when it comes to baby gunk. lol..
Yes, I suppose it depends what kind of mattress you have, but ours can be wiped down so that's what I did as well. But I had some pads that I got for my baby shower, so I thought that was a handy way to use them (to protect my own bed.)
We registered for two water proof pads for the baby mattress, but I have a feeling at some point we'll just use the wipe down method as well. Especially for the middle of the night clean ups.
I was thinking that by 35-36 weeks, we will put something down on our bed as well unless there is reason to worry earlier. Not sure if we will just use towels under the sheet or get a mattress pad or not. Our mattresses are new within the last year and a half and we do not have the money to buy a new set or even just mattress if they get ruined.
Does anyone know of a place where you would buy a waterproof pad for your mattress and about how much it would cost? I really want one. I don't want to ruin our mattress.