Water-heated mattress pads are a great option for pregnant women, but did you know you can continue to use your mattress pad even after your baby is born? Heated mattress pads are safe to use with babies of all ages, and they have many benefits that can help ensure you and your baby get a good night’s sleep.
Here are some reasons why a water-heated mattress pad can usher the Sandman in faster for your baby!
Heated Mattress Pads for Babies
Keeps Baby Warm
First things first: babies have poor thermoregulation. Thermoregulation is the ability to balance heat production with heat loss in order to maintain a normal body temperature. As adults, our bodies are mature enough to manage thermoregulation over a range of temperatures. However, babies are not.
Babies can lose heat nearly four times faster than an adult, for the following reasons:
- Babies have less body fat
- Babies do not have all the metabolic mechanisms needed to respond to temperature changes (for instance, babies can’t shiver when they are cold)
- Babies’ skin allows for increased heat loss from evaporation
While you can easily keep your baby warm when you’re awake, you’ll have to find a creative way to continue doing so during the hours that you’re asleep.
Heavy covers and electric blankets are not recommended for babies. Thick blankets could cover the baby’s face during sleep, obstructing breathing. Meanwhile, electric blankets can overheat and run the risk of burns.
A safer option is to use a bed warmer pad to ensure that your baby is warm and comfortable all night. Your baby can use a regular blanket, and the mattress pad will maintain a constant temperature without raising any risk for burns.
Colic can be difficult for parents to deal with. When babies are colicky, it means they cry often for no apparent reason.
In reality, there could be many reasons, including:
- Discomfort or pain from a gassy stomach
- Overstimulation from light or noise
- An early form of childhood migraine
- Fear, excitement, or frustration
In these instances, a bed warmer can ease pain or discomfort. A warm bed can make the baby feel as if it is back inside the womb, which can help it feel calm enough to go to sleep.
Babies sometimes have digestive issues when they are switching from breastmilk to formula or solid food. If your baby is struggling with gas, stomachaches, or digestive issues, the gentle warmth of a heated mattress pad could help soothe their spasming abdominal muscles and alleviate their discomfort.
Some babies have a hard time relaxing at bed or at nap time. They may fight their sleep and stay awake for long periods of time. This can make them cranky and cause them to cry out from exhaustion.
You will be able to get your baby to sleep much faster with the help of a bed warmer pad. The gentle heat will help your baby relax so it can fall asleep faster and more easily.
Leave Fans On
It’s good to leave a fan turned on in a room with a baby because it helps circulate the air and can prevent sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS). However, similar to the problem of thermoregulation, some parents are nervous about leaving a fan on because they are afraid their baby will become too cold.
A mattress warmer can allow you to leave the fan on and still assist your baby with thermoregulation. Even though the cool breeze may blow around the room, the heated mattress pad will help keep your baby snuggly and warm.
How Do Water Heated Mattress Pads Work?
It’s normal to want to protect your baby and be aware of the products you use around your children. Heated mattress pads are very safe and they are easy to use. When you understand how they work, you can feel more confident about adding one to your baby’s bed.
A heated mattress pad works by circulating warm water through tubes inside the pad. Once the water has completed a circuit around the pad, it returns to the heating unit. The heating unit calibrates the water back to your preferred temperature, and the water is sent back into the pad. This allows the mattress pad to maintain a constant temperature without the use of electric coils.
The pad can go over or under a fitted sheet and other blankets. You can add a heated mattress pad to any bed, regardless of the size.
Further, certain mattress pad models can be controlled from your phone, so you needn’t stir from your position just to adjust the temperature. Matthew Croft of GadgetUser says, “After a little use, I learned that controlling it with my phone is my favorite feature of the Navien Mate EQM 580 because of the convenience. For two weeks so far it has been consistent every night.”
If you fancy a nap with your child in your own bed, you can set the mattress heater to two different temperatures. You can sleep on your half of the bed at a temperature that’s just right for you, and your baby can sleep at a temperature that’s just right for them.
What Makes Heated Mattress Pads Safe?
There are other ways to heat a room, or bed, and to keep your baby warm, but few are safer than a heated mattress pad.
Because water-heated mattress pads don’t use electric coils and don’t generate radiation, they are therefore gentle and safe enough to use in your baby’s bed. You’ll never have to worry about it getting too hot or burning your child.
There are no electric cords that could short our or burn the baby, no sharp wires that can poke through the mattress pad or blankets, and you can adjust the temperature or turn off the mattress pad at any time to change the temperature of the bed and help your baby feel more comfortable.
Call the Sandman!
If you are thinking about adding a mattress warmer to your bed so your baby can sleep better, be sure to check out the selection at Navien Mate. You can find a variety of different types of heated mattress pads that will fit your bed and your needs.
We can help you choose the right mattress pad for your bed, and show you how to install it, maintain it, and clean it. If you are ready to buy a mattress pad for you and your baby, be sure to check out the Navien Mate website today!
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