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The best mattress covers and protectors for children and babies

Protect your cot or single bed mattress from those little accidents with our selection of the best mattress cover§


Everyone knows that getting babies, toddlers or young children to sleep, and to sleep well, is one of the biggest challenges of parenthood. In order for your little sleepyhead (or all-night party animal) to get a good night’s sleep, you will need the right ingredients.


Of course, the mattress and sheets are essential, but one of the most important factors to creating a comfortable, safe and healthy bed is getting the mattress cover right.

A good-quality cover can make the bed even cosier, and having a waterproof layer can be a real mattress-saver when your child moves out of nappies.

As baby grows into a child, issues such as dribble and bedwetting are all such a common, and sometimes daily, occurrence.

Our top 10 mattress covers will keep your little one’s bed just as dreamy, fresh and cosy as can be.

Here’s our pick of the best mattress covers for babies and children’s beds…

1. The Little Green Sheep Organic Crib Mattress Protector, from £14.95

Machine washable and tumble dryer safe

This super-soft crib mattress protector from award-winning baby bedding company The Little Green Sheep is a must-have for keeping your tiny tot cosy and comfy at bedtime.

Made from organic cotton, it features a 100% waterproof membrane layer that will protect the crib mattress from a multitude of baby-related spillages! It also protects your little love from dust mites and other nasties.

We love it because it is so soft and smooth and even though it is waterproof, it doesn’t make that crinkly sound other covers can make.

This cover is not fitted, but rather lies flat, so the sides of the mattress can breathe.

Available from: The Little Green Sheep and Amazon

2. Clevamama Waterproof Mattress Protector Cot Bed, £10.99

Machine washable and tumble dryer safe

This easy-to-fit, easy-to-clean, ultra-soft and, most importantly, 100% waterproof mattress protector from Clevamama is a real favourite of ours.

Not only is the price point brilliant, but they fit like a standard fitted sheet, so no matter how much your sleepyhead wriggles in their sleep, it will not budge.

Like The Little Green Sheep cover, this hypoallergenic protector is very soft and absorbent and doesn’t have that crinkly, plastic feel that some waterproof protectors have.

An all-round excellent purchase to protect baby and their mattress.

Available from: Argos and Amazon

3. Comfier Sleep Bamboo Mattress Protector Cot Bed, £11.95

Machine washable

You and your precious little bundle will just love the softness of this mattress protector by Comfier. Unlike most of the other protectors in our top 10 that are made from cotton, this cover is made from bamboo. This fabric, as well as being super-breathable and antibacterial, is just beautifully soft.

Bamboo is 4 times more absorbent than cotton, which is ideal for those baby dribble attacks when teething strikes. The cover is also 100% waterproof, thanks to a hidden PU layer.

Another reason to try bamboo is for its natural thermo-regulating properties, meaning baby stays cool in the summer and warm in the winter.

Available from: Comfier Sleep and Amazon

4. The Little Green Sheep Organic Snuzkot Mattress Protector, £28.95

Machine washable and tumble dryer safe

We have selected another mattress cover from The Little Green Sheep because we just adore their soft, organic cotton covers. This protector has been made to fit the super-popular Scandi cot brand, Snuzkot.

This protector is much like the crib protector, apart from its dimensions. It features the same great qualities, such as a 100% waterproof layer to keep your little one, and their mattress dry, a non-crinkly touch and a smooth, flat fit to ensure all areas of the mattress can breathe. Its soft, cotton layers will absorb any wetness to give your little one an extra comfortable night’s sleep.

Available from: The Little Green Sheep

5. Mamas and Papas Anti-Allergy Mattress Protector Cotbed, £19

Machine washable

Several of the protectors in our top 10 have anti-allergy properties thanks to their hypoallergenic composition, and this affordable cover from Mamas and Papas is no exception.

Made from a gorgeously soft, terry-cloth fabric, it will make your baby feel snuggly and comfy all night long. This is the first cover in our top 10 that is not only waterproof, but also has a non-woven, breathable lining that acts as a barrier to help reduce the risk of allergies.

You can fit it under your baby’s normal sheet or use it alone. Either way, baby will be comfortable and dry, helping them (and you) to sleep soundly.

Available from: Mamas and Papas

6. George Home Kids Waterproof Mattress Protector, £4

Machine washable and tumble dryer safe

This mattress protector from ASDA’s George Home range is ideal for parents looking for a protector on a budget.

At just £4, this is the most affordable cover in our top 10. However, the low price doesn’t mean you compromise on quality.

This cover is super-soft and offers 100% protection from little spills and stains that might occur day to day – or overnight.

It fits a single bed, so it is ideal for little ones making the transition from a cot bed to a big kid bed. The elasticated skirt will make the protector fit snuggly over the mattress, creating a secure and comfortable night’s sleep.

Available from: Asda

7. John Lewis & Partners Micro-Fresh Quilted Cotton Cotbed Mattress Protector, £24

Machine washable and tumble dryer safe

For a super-comfortable and fresh night’s sleep for your little bed bug, look no further than this cotton cot-bed protector from John Lewis.

This is the only cover in our top 10 that features Micro-Fresh technology, which keeps bedding fresher for longer. The active ingredients inhibit the spread and growth of active bacteria by up to 99.99% and remain active no matter how often it is washed.

We love that this protector is also quilted, which will give your baby’s bed a beautifully comfy, cushiony soft finish.

Available from: John Lewis

8. BreathableBaby 3-in-1 Fitted Mattress Protector Pad, £23.99

Machine washable

We love this mattress protector pad by BreathableBaby, because it is basically a 3-in-1 piece of bedding, just like the name suggests, making it the cleverest protector in our top 10.

Although it is one of our pricier protectors, its three-layer protection will ensure that your baby has a comfortable and safe night’s sleep.

The top two layers are breathable, and they work together to maximise the airflow between the surface of the mattress and your slumbering babe.

There is a mesh core made with AirChannel technology, which reduces sweating and draws moisture and heat away from their little bodies, ensuring they do not get overheated.

The bottom layer is waterproof, which will protect your mattress from any accidents.

Available from: Mothercare, Amazon and Baby Security

9. Hippychick Cotton Waterproof Mattress Protector Fitted Cot Sheet, £25

Machine washable and tumble dryer safe

This award-winning mattress protector from Hippychick made it into our top 10 thanks to its high-quality, luxurious feel that is as practical as it is comfortable.

The PU layer will protect your baby from dust and allergens, which is particularly helpful if they suffer from hay fever or asthma.

Much like the Clevamama protector, this one has a super-soft finish with a 100% waterproof layer that doesn’t feel (or sound) like crinkly plastic.

This is another fitted sheet option, which allows your little squirmer to move around as much as they like without fear of dislodging the protector. A good night’s rest guaranteed!

Available from: Mothercare, Hippychick and Precious Little One

10. Silentnight Quilted Waterproof Cot Bed Mattress Protector, £11

Machine washable

This simple yet effective mattress protector for cot beds is the perfect all-rounder for babies and children. We love the soft, quilted topper, which will help your babe fall into a peaceful snooze.

The waterproof finish is ideal for babies or toilet-training toddlers, to help protect their mattress from any little accidents.

Best of all, this protector is super-affordable and washes up a treat in the washing machine, so you won’t break the bank if you need to replace it, plus you could buy a spare to use while one is in the wash.

Available from: Argos and Amazon


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