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Why Do You Need a Mattress Protector?

hypoallergenic waterproof mattress protectorA quality mattress may be expensive, but if you make the effort to take proper care of it, it will be a worthwhile investment for many years to come. In fact, besides your home itself, your mattress is probably the most used item in your possession. Considering how much practical use you get out of the average mattress, it's only logical to protect your investment.

One of the best ways to preserve your mattress is to simply use a hypoallergenic waterproof mattress protector on top of it, especially if you have kids. However, many people skip this step, either because they think they don't need it or simply forget. The truth is that every mattress should have one. Here are the top reasons why.
  1. Cleanliness
    Let's face it: the human body produces a lot of dirt and debris. From night sweats to skin oil residue and from hair to bathroom accidents, all of that gunk can soak right through your fitted sheets only to leave permanent stains and damage on your mattress. Mattresses are difficult to clean, but you can throw a mattress protector right in the wash to keep your bed clean every night.

  2. If You Have Kids
    Combining a mattress protector with kids fitted sheets is the best way to protect a bed during those stressful potty training years. A waterproof mattress protector will make it easy to wash up after accidents in the night.

  3. Reduce Allergens
    Dust mites are one of the leading causes of allergies, which can lead to difficulty breathing. Without a mattress protector, dust mites and dead skin cells will collect in the fabric of your mattress, making bedtime a little less comfortable. Be sure to get a hypoallergenic waterproof mattress protector if you are sensitive to dust mites, and consider protective pillow cases as well.

  4. Preserve Function
    Unlike a mattress pad, which adds bulk and comfort to an old mattress, you won't feel a mattress protector beneath your waterproof sheets at all. But it does help protect the function, utility, and comfort of your mattress by preventing build-up and water damage. On top of that, it will help you protect the warranty on any brand new mattress you purchase.
While a majority of people (78%) say they're more excited to go to bed when their sheets have a fresh just-out-of-the-laundry scent, clean sheets won't do much good if the mattress beneath you is dirty, dusty, or wet. Guard your mattress investment -- and your family's health -- with a hypoallergenic waterproof mattress protector. You'll sleep well knowing that your bed is clean and comfortable for life.

Study: Every Hour of Sleep Counts

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A significant majority of Americans (82%) agree that getting even one extra hour of sleep at night can be somewhat or extremely valuable the next day. But a new study from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety suggests that those hours might be even more crucial than we thought when it comes to safe driving.

Researchers found that drivers who slept fewer than seven hours in a 24-hour period were twice as likely to be involved in car accidents than those who got seven or more. What's more, the odds of an accident increased for every hour of sleep lost. In the end, drivers going on only four or five hours of sleep had crash rates similar to those of drunk drivers.

Jake Nelson, director of Traffic Safety Advocacy and Research for AAA, summed up the study's findings pretty well. "If you have not slept seven or more hours in a given 24-hour period, you really shouldn't be behind the wheel of a car."

So what can you do to make sure you get enough sleep at night? One trick is to simply make sure that your bed is comfortable. Quality waterproof fitted sheets, protective pillow cases, and a hypoallergenic waterproof mattress protector are ideal not only for snuggling into bed, but making sure that your sleep is adequately restful, too.

Another common tip is to reserve your bed only for sleeping. Avoid working on a laptop or scrolling through a smartphone while in bed, and keep all distractions out of the room. Even if you already have a waterproof mattress protector, keep food and beverages away from your sleeping area. Most of all, be sure to give yourself enough time in your schedule to meet that ideal eight hours of sleep.

And if you feel tired while operating a vehicle? Pull over, stop, and take a nap, says Nelson. That applies especially to long drives, when we're even more prone to fatigue and drowsiness.

"Taking a 10 to 20 minute nap every couple of hours on a long drive has huge safety benefits in terms of your ability to drive without crashing," Nelson says.

So here's to your safety on the road this traveling holiday season -- and here's to a good night's rest.

Tips and Advice for Successful Toilet Training From the Start

potty training sheetsToilet training is one of the most important, stressful, and ultimately rewarding milestones of early parenthood. Getting your child to use the bathroom on their own and freeing yourself from the cost of diapers is worth the struggle alone. But many parents still have a hard time getting their children potty trained. Need help? Here's some advice to help your child "go" right from the start.
  • Don't try before they're ready.
    Children need to be both physically and emotionally ready to start using the toilet on their own. The average age is usually between 22 and 30 months, but some might take longer to be able to handle the motor skills and body awareness that's required for bladder control. Watch for regular bowel movements and a willingness on their part to take on the big kid pants.
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  • Be prepared.
    It may take three months or more to fully toilet train your child, especially through the night. School age kids need 10 to 11 hours of sleep per night (although the average is around 9.5), which can be a long time to hold it in. You can also make accident cleanup much easier by investing in potty training sheets and a waterproof mattress protector for their bed.
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  • Small rewards.
    Many experienced parents recommend small rewards for every successful go on the toilet, such as a penny or a snack. For successful bowel movements in the toilet, offer something a little extra like a nickel or a favorite meal.

  • Big rewards.
    It's important to have an end goal in mind, too, so that your child doesn't go on expecting rewards for every time they go. Promise them a big reward once they can go a week without any accidents at all -- maybe a set of kids fitted sheets and pillowcases in their favorite color or a new set of big-kid underwear with their favorite cartoon character on them.
There are lots of ways you can help your child go to the bathroom independently, but let us help you. Our potty training sheets make the transition easier on parents by providing a waterproof fitted sheet that kids will love, too. With a little bit of support and a lot of patience, you'll have your little ones ready to go in no time.

Does Your Child Still Wet the Bed? Here's How to Handle It

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Bedwetting at night is a fairly common developmental hurdle for children as they grow into their bodies. Most of the time, it shouldn't be a cause of much medical concern for children under the age of six. In fact, around 15% of all five-year-olds still wet the bed occasionally, but most will soon overcome this issue.

While you might not be worried yet, you might certainly be annoyed with all the constant laundry and sheet changing. The extra cleaning that comes from a child with a bedwetting problem is enough to aggravate any busy parent. Here's some advice for dealing with bedwetting issues in a positive and practical way that could benefit both you and your child alike.

Share Your Stories
Many children feel shame about wetting the bed, but there's some evidence that bedwetting is a genetic habit. Sharing your own stories about when you were growing up can help make your child feel like you understand what they're going through. Otherwise, simply let them know that they're not alone. After all, it really is completely normal to have nighttime incontinence issues!

Give Them Options
Talk with your child about what the two of you can do to help make the situation easier for both of you. Picking out new waterproof fitted sheets or a waterproof mattress protector can help them feel more involved in the solution. Additionally, have them help out with the cleaning after a wetting incident -- not as punishment, but as a natural consequence to take responsibility for their actions.

Calm Down
Stress can be a trigger for bedwetting. The anxiety your child feels about soiling their fitted sheets only makes the problem worse. Look out for signs that your child might be getting teased or bullied at school (or at home from siblings). Set up a relaxing bedtime routine that includes using the bathroom just before lights out.

Most of all, remember that bedwetting is, for most children, just a phase. Do what you can to handle the situation by investing in waterproof fitted sheets or potty training sheets. Not only will you help your child, but you'll also protect your mattress and make the morning clean-ups that much easier for everyone involved. The best advice for parents is, as always, to practice patience and understanding when it comes to helping your children develop and outgrow their bedwetting.