FAQ's - Airwrap Bumper Alternative

Do I need an AIRWRAP™ Bumper Alternative for my baby? No, not necessarily. Not all babies need a protective layer between them and the cot rails and gaps. Globally "old-school" bumpers are either banned or strongly recommended against based on known hazards, especially suffocation. Without bumpers, babies can still harm themselves on and in between the rails. It is no wonder that many parents want something to protect against bumps and knocks and to keep arms and legs inside the cot. Other benefits include keeping pacifiers in the bed, pet noses out, and creating a visual shield for the baby. For many parents, it means a good nights sleep. The AIRWRAP™ Bumper Alternative is a solution product for parents looking for this type of barrier while limiting all the known hazards. 

What does your slogan "Surround them with AIR" mean?  AIRWRAP™ is designed to offer more available air than "old school" bumpers and also other bumper alternatives. The slim-line yet firm design and vented corners, promote airflow.  The fabrics used in construction are air-permeable and can be breathed through.

What are they made of?  AIRWRAP™ Mesh is made from a three-dimensional polyester mesh with a cotton/polyester trim.  AIRWRAP™ Muslin adds to this a soft to touch natural cotton muslin outer layer, which is perfect against baby's skin. All layers are air permeable so that they can be breathed through.

Are they padded?  In terms of bump protection, they are moderately padded. They are a thickness of approximately 4 to 5mm while still being air-permeable and breathable. They are firm and slim-line for optimal airflow.  Thicker and bulkier materials may provide extra padding but reduce the benefits of other critical key variables like fitment and available airflow.

What is muslin? Muslin is a soft and light woven fabric which is almost sheer in appearance. It is beautifully soft and air-permeable too. It can be made using natural yarns and can be dyed and printed to offer a variety of styles and designs

Why are the corners of my cot/crib not covered?  Air. The vented corner design of the AIRWRAP™ Bumper Alternative eliminates the "bathtub effect" of pooling carbon dioxide. Lab testing conducted shows that even our excellent three-dimensional spacer mesh that can be breathed through will impede airflow and the disbursement of carbon dioxide from a cot if it covers all gaps. Conveniently the vented corner design also improves the fitment.

Will it fit my cot/crib? The grip tape of the AIRWRAP™ Bumper Alternative allows it to be adjusted to fit most rectangular cots/cribs, including larger sizes. Each piece has hook and loop tape at either end for a maximum range of fitment. 

Why is it only 27cm/11 inches high? In some countries, barriers like these have to be below a specific height to meet their Standard. Even though it is air-permeable and can be breathed through, it is still essential we leave plenty of room for airflow. 

What ages is it suitable for?  From birth until such time that your child is able to interfere with the fitment. Government recommendations are labelled and vary between countries.

Should I use a fan? Yes, whether you are using an AIRWRAP™ product or not, you should use a fan in your baby's room. Many organisations, including Red Nose Australia, confirm that using a fan decreases the risk of SIDS regardless of room temperature. Air quality and air access are essential elements in a baby's sleep environment, whether at home or on the go.

Does it guarantee that my baby is safe?  We don't believe that any product can truly ensure the safety of a baby. Parents should always remain diligent about their child's well-being. Ever since there have been cots and cribs parents have wanted to protect their babies from the rails and gaps.  The AIRWRAP™ Bumper Alternative is a solution product for parents looking for this type of barrier while limiting all the known hazards.

Does it protect a baby from SIDS and SUDI? The AIRWRAP™ Bumper Alternative has several features that make it a safer alternative when choosing rail and gap protection for your cot or crib — minimising known SIDS/SUDI related hazards associated with other bumper types.

What are the risks of using an AIRWRAP™ Bumper Alternative?  If your AIRWRAP™ Bumper Alternative was loose within a cot, it could pose an entanglement and CO2 rebreathing risk. If fitted in a way that sealed the circumference of a cot with the corners covered, it could promote a build-up of CO2 in the cot/crib, a known mechanism of SIDS/SUDI. If the surface of your AIRWRAP™ is damaged and rough, it could pose and abrasion risk.

What about product testing? AIRWRAP™ Bumper Alternative are tested for quality, safety and performance. AIRWRAP™ products are free from all the nasties like VOCs (like Formaldehyde), lead, phthalates and azo dyestuffs.  All fabrics are routinely air-permeability rated. The design has also been lab-tested to have more airflow than other air-permeable products.

 How do I clean it?  AIRWRAP™ Bumper Alternative can be washed on a gentle, cold cycle in a typical front or top-loading machine, or hand washed. Secure grip tape in place prior to washing to avoid snagging. Line dry. Do not bleach. Do not dry-clean. Do not iron.

Care and Cleaning 

100% Cotton (quilted) outer & 100% Polyester Mesh Inner: Secure grip tape in place prior to washing to avoid snagging. Cold machine gentle cycle or cold hand wash. Line dry in shade. Do not tumble dry. Do not bleach. Do not dry-clean. Do not iron.
Important: Shrinking outer cotton layer will affect air-permeability

Polyester Mesh with Polyester Cotton Trim: Secure grip tape in place prior to washing to avoid snagging. Cold machine gentle cycle or cold hand wash. Line dry. Do not bleach. Do not dry-clean. Do not iron.