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The Danger of Buying Your New Baby Mattress from Ebay


Ebay is fantastic. I use almost everyday. It is a one stop place where you can grab a bargain and buy virtually anything you need (or even don't need!). Only this week I have bought a huge coke fridge for myself, some excellent coffee beans, an iPhone super charger - last month I even bought a double bed!

However, where a baby mattress is concerned, is it really worth saving a few pounds, not knowing what your baby will be sleeping on?

I am in the business of manufacturing and selling baby mattresses. I sell them all over the world to shops, consumers, supermarkets - I even sell them on Ebay and Amazon myself.

This last few weeks, I noticed a seller on Ebay who is offering a brand new sprung cot bed mattress 140 x 70 cm for an amazing price of only £24.99 & £5 delivery.

Well, I was shocked to say the least. We are manufacturers and could not even sell this mattress at that price even to a client who ordered 1,000 units at a time.

So - I bought one............... and here is my verdict!

The mattress was delivered to me only three days later which was excellent as I only paid for standard delivery.

I unpacked the mattress in my living room and was straight away overwhelmed by a very stong smell of chemicals. Of course I knew straight away what it was. The smell is from chemicals such as melamine.

It looked a super mattress for a budget of £25, and is quite legal. It passes most of the British Standards.

Anyhow - here are my comments:

The mattress cover is sewn on a flat bed sewing machine rather than an overlock five thread lock stitch.

The foam used is a regular domestic furnishing foam - absolutely full of awful fire retardants that stink - barium, antimony, phosphorous - to name a few.

The mattress can only be used on one side - the reverse side was a simple lining fabric. (You should turn a mattress frequently)

The zip was not a locking zip - it is important that there is no chance of your baby getting their limbs trapped in burst seams or undone zips. This is a huge part of British Standards!

There was no comfort zone of wadding.

There were no bound edges on the seams.

There was no waterproof protection.

There was no interlining.

It would be almost impossible for a customer to refit the mattress cover if it was ever removed for washing.

Worst of all, the chemical smell lingered in my lounge for more than five days before I took the mattress to our offices.

We only charge probably £10 extra for the same size of mattress - however, your baby can sleep soundly on one of ours. We only make baby safe mattresses.

Check out what you are buying on Ebay & ask some very important questions before you "click" to buy! Ask what chemicals are in the foam in the mattress and if it conforms to British Standards. Do you really want your child to sleep on chemicals such as arsenic, lead or phosphorous?

Better still - be safe & buy your toddler bed mattress or cot bed mattress from us.

Call us office hours T: 01254 777603

or email

Kathy - Baby Mattresses Online






2nd July 2012, 20:23
Page updated 5th Oct 2015, 13:25
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