Founded 2012 in Ireland, Pure Zees knew the baby mattress needed improving and set about bringing it into the modern era by developing it to the criteria set by the Asthma & Allergy Foundation of America. Our goal was to produce a mattress that dealt effectively with the concerns of the asthma & allergy concerned parent, not use foam which always requires dubious chemicals, substantiate all our product claims, and meet 100% all safety standards and regulations. Made in Ireland for the USA and European markets.
There are plenty of baby mattress options out there. But for those who are seeking the safest and healthiest of environments for their precious little one, Pure Zees have created a mattress like no other.
A Breakthrough Fabric Prevents Contaminants Getting into Mattress.
Pure Zees mattresses use a breakthrough fabric that prevents house dust mites (and other contaminants – faeces, vomit, etc.) from getting into the mattress in the first place, while still allowing your baby’s skin to breath and thereby staying comfortable.
Our extremely advanced inner fiber core is firm, durable and most importantly inherently flame retardant.
Our comfort cover has been developed to successfully draw the sweat and any other moisture away from baby's body and dry quickly.
We have been tested for harmful chemicals, emissions and irritants so that you can be reassured that your baby’s mattress is providing a safer and better sleeping environment.
Your Pure Zees baby mattress, thanks to its unique permanent microporous encasement cover that is impermeable to liquids, is so practical that it saves you time for the other important things in your life.
If your baby has an accident (e.g. vomits, wets the bed, etc.) –
you can simply remove the elasticated comfort cover which you machine or hand wash at 40°C,
wipe down the encasement cover with some warm mild soapy water and towel dry it with a cloth,
put back on a fresh clean elasticated comfort cover.
We recommend that you follow this procedure anyway every 8 weeks even if your baby has not had any wet accidents. We also recommend that you use good fitted sheets on top of the elasticated comfort cover.
Firstly, there is a distinction between dust mites themselves, and dust mite allergen, both in terms of how to remove them, and in terms of how allergenic they are. People are generally not allergic to dust mites themselves; they are allergic to the waste and other materials the dust mites produce.
To remove dust mites, washing in high temperatures is best. For example, when ASTHMA AND ALLERGY FOUNDATION OF AMERICA and ALLERGY STANDARDS LTD test washing machines and dryers for asthma & allergy friendly®certification, they test that they can reach and maintain temperatures of at least 55 degrees Celsius for a period of time. This is to kill dust mites.
However, when they are looking at bedding, their approach is not to look at killing dust mites: you use a washing machine or dryer to do that, so it’s included in those standards for machines that are certified. Instead they are looking at whether the bedding item acts as a host and reservoir to the allergen. If you are someone with allergies, you should be washing your bedding regularly, and it should be possible to remove the allergen from the bedding when you wash it. This is also because there can be other allergen present, like cat dander or even pollen that has been transferred from clothes or hair.
Any bedding that is certified has been tested to show that after seeding the bedding with dust mite allergen, and washing at 40 degrees Celsius, that at least 90% of the allergen is removed. They use 40 degrees because this is part of an international industry standardised test for washing items (ISO 6330). They also use 40 degrees because they are always trying to model the way in which the consumer will interact with their certified products. While many items say on textile labels say that they should be washed at high temperatures, many households use the same standard wash cycle to wash everything. If it is possible to remove 90% of allergen at 40 degrees, then at the very least it will be possible to remove that amount also at 60 degrees, or an even higher amount.
However, washing at a higher temperature can also have the side-effect of increasing the wear over time on the product. Another test they do on all of their certified bedding is a repeat wash test – to make sure that if someone washes their bedding item regularly, it is of sufficient quality to withstand this cleaning. They don’t want to see consumers reducing the regular washing of items, because with higher temperature cleaning the product is getting worn out or shrinking.
Good question. Most parents are reluctant to re-use their baby mattress for fear that it harbours contaminants from previous use. Standard advice is to buy a new mattress for each baby. However, Pure Zees is not a standard mattress – because of our unique microporous encasement cover, which is skin breathable and yet amazingly at the same time still impermeable to liquids (such as vomit, urine or faeces) or house dust mites, it is perfectly okay to re-use your Pure Zees mattress since nothing gets inside the core to cause a mess and the resultant possible bacterial problems.
When your child has grown out of using their mattress, we recommend that you wipe it down and wash the top comfort layer cover before you store it away in a dry clean area for reuse at another time.
Research from the independent testing body of AAFA informed us that spring areas create the space for the large gathering of dust mites.
Spring also generally needs to be covered with foam and the problem with foam is the amount of manufacturing chemicals or flame retardant chemical added that can be harmful to a baby.
The priority with a baby mattress is safety. One of the main requirements in European and American infant mattress safety standards and regulations is that the mattress is “firm”. A baby needs to sleep on a firm surface and that when a parent comes to choosing a mattress for their infant child they should not look at it from an adult’s point which is generally nice spongy soft comfort, but rather the baby’s requirement of a firm mattress that will not sag, and holds its shape.
Pure Zees uses a special High-Density fiber free of harmful chemicals that gives the perfect surface firmness.
Our advice is to not succumb to an adult’s idea of comfort for a baby mattress but rather the baby’s safety needs and comfort requirements – firmness of sleeping surface, breathable materials that are waterproof so as to protect from core mess, impenetrable cover to stop the march of the dust mites, and an air circulating comfort layer that is not a cause for overheating.
According to Organic.org wool regulates body temperature and dissipates moisture. They make a claim that wool is hypoallergenic – resistant to bacteria, mold and mildew. They say dust mites need moisture to survive and that wool dissipates sweat and thereby removes the conditions that a dust mite needs to survive.
None of the above is true. We would make the following points:
Wool does not stop sweating. No common use textile can stop sweating. It is the body’s want and need to sweat depending on the body’s condition and environmental conditions. Wool cannot control the temperature of a room or control a person’s metabolism. Sweating will occur when the body dictates. If you wear a woolly jumper on a warm day you will still sweat and wool holds moisture.
Dust mites feed on dead skin cells. Wool does not rid itself automatically of skin cells. No material does. Dust mites are very much able to survive in natural fabrics contrary to the false claim that they cannot. Many health organisations when referring to asthma and allergies including AAFA (Asthma & Allergy Foundation of America) and EHSO (Environmental Health and Safety online) advise getting rid of woolen underlays and blankets when dust mites are a concern. Most experts will advise that total encasement is the best way to cut down on the dust mite. This will stop the passage of dust mites and is an effective barrier to dust mites.
VOC's are naturally present as well as being man made and produced. VOC stands for “Volatile Organic Compounds”. They are air pollutants which can have detrimental effects on human health by contributing to respiratory illnesses, and some VOCs are mutagenic or toxic to reproduction and harmful to the unborn.
Anything new introduced into our houses and especially the nursery room such as items of furniture and mattresses need time to out gas. That new product smell that most people seem to enjoy is the gradual evaporation over time of chemicals used in the manufacturing process. Some of the chemicals including commonly used formaldehyde can be toxic and dangerous to our health.
EN16890:2017 European Standard for "Cot Mattresses Safety Requirements & Test Methods"
This is the new safety standard to be met by baby mattress manufacturers who intend to sell into the Irish, UK and European Union markets. For the UK it substitutes BS 1877.
The important aspects of this new testing are to check for mattress firmness, mattress structural integrity, entrapment hazards, suffocation hazards, chemical hazards EN 71-3:2013, correct & safe markings, packaging and instructions, thermal requirements i.e. fire resistance EN 597-1:2015 & EN 71-2:2011 + A1:2014, clause 5.4
The Pure Zees Baby Mattress has pased the following US safety standard - ASTM F2933-16 "Standard Consumer Safety Specification for Crib Mattresses"
It has also passed the phathlates and lead tests required by The United States Consumer Product Safety Commission.
Absolutely yes! and the really best part for Pure Zees is that our baby mattresses are inherently flame retardant. Thanks to our extremely special fiber core and covers we have passed all the FR tests without having to add any obnoxious and wretched FR chemicals.
EN 71-2:2011 + A1:2014, clause 5.4
BS 7177:2008 + A1:2011
16 CFR 1632:2013
16 CFR 1633:2013
Lots, in fact we think more than any other mattress manufactured in Europe and the USA. Take a look at the list of tests that the Pure Zees baby mattress has gone through - Click here
Our baby mattress goes way above and beyond the term "hypoallergenic". In order to be certified asthma & allergy friendly, a product or service must undergo and pass through a rigorous series of proprietary lab tests - proving they help reduce exposure to allergens and irritants, provide increased environmental control and withstand routine cleaning and care guidelines.
The use of the marketing world manufactured word "Hypoallergenic" is an empty claim. It is used by many companies on their product packaging and information websites and one consumers have accepted without questioning. It can make us believe that our asthma and allergy concerns are better served by products with this what can sometimes look like a official medical stamp of approval. Read more:
For us the significance is everything.
We believe the AAFA Certification makes us the greatest baby mattress yet because we have addressed the factors that other manufacturers have over indulged in - suspect polyurethane foam, springs, FR chemicals, anti bacteria biocide & probiotic treatments, anti-dust mite chemical treatments, and unsubstantiated product claims.
The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA), founded in 1953, is the oldest and largest nonprofit patient organization dedicated to finding a cure for and controlling asthma & allergies, and improving the quality of life for people affected by asthma, allergies and related conditions through education, advocacy and research.
I don't see no crib or cot!
Well its on the way. As per usual with Pure Zees we want to be 100% sure that it fully meets all safety standards and regulations in the USA and Europe and of course that it gets certified by AAFA. It all takes time and we don't believe in rushing a product to market until it is completely tested and very safe for your baby. We always want to go above and beyond with our product designs for everyones baby.