Answering Some Common Questions About Waterbeds

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Waterbeds have been a favourite choice for many persons for several decades, and today's models may be heated, with thick foam around the waterbed part itself, and with many other features that make these beds even more comfortable than ever before.  If you're thinking of shopping for a waterbed for yourself or for someone in the family, note a few questions you might have about these beds, so you know you get the right one for yourself and know how to maintain it properly.

What is a dual waterbed mattress?

A dual waterbed mattress has two separate bladders, meaning the rubber sac that holds the water. This type of bed is good for sleeping partners who prefer different levels of firmness or heat on their bed, as you can then control each bladder or waterbed mattress separately.

If you're concerned about a dual waterbed mattress, note that you typically won't need to worry about falling between those separate sections. Water itself runs to the lowest point of any vessel, so each mattress won't be large in the centre and then flat around the sides. These mattresses also typically have a piece of foam or other material that runs across the length of the bed, creating a secure platform between them.

Why are children's waterbeds hard to find?

Traditional waterbeds aren't necessarily safe for younger children, as a child can get wedged between the bladder and a wood waterbed frame, and may actually suffocate. Some stores might actually avoid the sales of waterbeds with wood frames for children because of this risk.

If you're a parent, it's good to understand how dangerous traditional waterbeds with wood frames can be for very young children, so you can ensure their safety. Only purchase a child's waterbed with a one-piece rubber frame, much like an inflatable pool body, for greater safety.

Why can't a person overfill their waterbed?

You may assume that overfilling a waterbed will mean added support and cushioning while you sleep, and less chance of sinking into the bed. However, overfilling the bed usually means too much pressure on the bladder or mattress itself, so that it may be more likely to tear or otherwise leak. If the bladder forms an internal leak, water might get onto the foam and other materials inside the waterbed mattress, increasing the risk of mould or mildew. Added water might also make the mattress firmer than it should be, so that it's actually less comfortable. Fill the waterbed to its recommended level only, to avoid these risks.


13 April 2018

Creating A Child-Friendly Outdoor Space

As the parent of five children, I've picked up some tips over the years when it comes to childproofing the garden and creating an outdoor space that's safe and can be enjoyed by everyone. I started focussing on safety in the garden after my first child had an accident that could have been prevented. Thankfully, they recovered pretty quickly, but I realised how easy it is for young children to get hurt when playing outdoors. I started this blog to share what I've learned as a parent, and topics I post about include creating safe swimming pools, identifying toxic garden plants, choosing child-safe gates and maintaining outdoor play equipment. I hope you find my blog interesting and useful.