Children’s beds must be especially safe. Öko-Test has tested 14 mattress manufacturers. Almost every second one fails. Four are even so soft that babies could suffocate. The cheapest mattress was however distinguished with very well .

Pollutant-free and good for the back – this is what every children’s mattress should look like. But the most important thing for parents is that the little ones are safely bedded. After all, they lie there alone for many hours, often unattended.

Four mattresses with “good” and “very good” tested

The good news first: There are three mattresses that have been tested with “very good” and one mattress that has been tested with “good”. Mattresses that have been tested with “very good” are Ikea, Träumeland and Waschbär. All three mattresses are particularly pollutant-poor, passed the practice examination and exhibit neither lacks nor other sources of danger. The “very good” mattress from Träumeland is also the cheapest in the whole test result. Also the child mattress of Prolana convinces with a ?well? in the test result. Also here there are no deficiencies, the practical test was passed and no further sources of danger were found.

Danger of suffocation in children’s mattresses

However, four children’s mattresses are anything but safe – at least for babies. Mattresses that are too soft, for example, allow the baby to sink in with its face in the prone position so far that it cannot breathe fresh air. Infants in particular cannot yet react to the lack of oxygen by lifting their heads etc. and could suffocate in the worst case.

Four children’s mattresses do not meet the DIN standard

For this reason, experts developed a European DIN standard for children’s mattresses years ago. Since 2017, manufacturers have been able to test the safety of their products using this standard. However, the DIN standard is not yet legally binding.

However, four of the mattresses tested do not meet exactly this DIN standard. A specially used test ball sinks much too deeply into at least one side of the mattress. Particularly bitter: Often the too soft mattresses are praised by the manufacturer also still expressly compatibly for babies.

Further source of danger – chewable small parts

Other sources of danger are small parts and stickers that can break off. Babies are known to put everything in their mouths. For this reason, a number of specifications refer specifically to this problem.

In the Öko-Test, five mattress manufacturers do not comply with the specifications. Zip handles on the covers break off and stick-on labels can be removed with little force. With a manufacturer besides the mattress filling was much too easily accessible.

Size specifications are not correct

It is also annoying that five of the tested mattresses are larger or smaller than indicated. As a result, they may not fit properly on the bed or frame and the child may get trapped between the mattress and the bed.

No serious harmful substance problems with the tested mattresses

But there’s also good news. None of the mattresses tested had a serious pollutant problem. Eight children’s mattresses receive only one note each and only one two notes.

 

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Link: Here you can have a look at the complete children’s mattress test of Öko-Test.

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