3D mattress for cot,
60x120x10 cm


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Wet mattresses can be a challenge during a child’s early years, just like dust and allergies. That’s why we developed this mattress with a washable cover and a core that you can rinse off and air dry.
HIMLAVALV 3D mattress for cot

Children's mattresses to rinse off in the shower

Here at IKEA, product development involves a constant quest to find solutions for people's challenges, both during their first years and when they're older. We need to find smart and more environmentally sustainable materials, but also smarter ways to handle everyday problems – like accidents in cots during the night. When we developed HIMLAVALV and HIMLARUND baby and children's mattresses, we solved some of these challenges with the help of an innovative supplier.

Starting the day by taking care of a wet cot is inevitable during a child's first years, and something which most parents can relate to. But how could cleaning be made easier after an accident during the night? It's something which Anna Carme at Children's IKEA thought about when she and her colleagues were given the task to develop new children's mattresses. The work resulted in two washable mattresses – HIMLAVALV, suitable for babies, and HIMLARUND, suitable for older children who have an extendable. Both models have removable textile covers which are machine-washable, while you simply wash off the mattress core in the shower and air dry it before it's time to make the bed for the night.

Like spaghetti

Anna and her team found the material for the mattresses at a supplier who has worked with various types of fibres for mattresses since the 1930s. In recent years, they've developed a technique where they copy the best properties of natural materials, but manufacture using LDPE (low density polyethylene), a plastic used for things like food packaging. Anna describes the somewhat odd manufacturing process: "The material is melted down and then pressed through something that looks like a large colander", says Anna. "The warm, spaghetti-like threads which come out end up in a vat of water where they quickly cool and solidify to form large sheets which are then cut to size." The advantage with the open structure in the core of the mattress is that air can circulate between the "spaghetti threads" while the material has an elasticity which provides nice comfort.

A snug sleeping environment

The airy cores of HIMLAVALV and HIMLARUND provide good ventilation so that your child's temperature doesn't vary too much, which is important for a safe and comfortable sleeping environment. And as always when it comes to products from Children's IKEA, the mattresses have undergone tough testing and follow some of the world's highest safety requirements, says Anna. "For cot mattresses we test things like the firmness to ensure that the child's head doesn't sink too far down into the mattress." The project with the new mattresses has meant a lot of development work, both for the supplier and for Children's IKEA. An important goal was for all parts to be separable so that both the core of the mattress and the textile cover can be recycled in the future when the mattress is eventually thrown away. "Innovative work is often complicated," says Anna. "But also extremely exciting and necessary so that we can meet the challenges of everyday life."

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What is polyester?

Polyester is a durable, quick-drying and insulating material that is optimal to use for textiles and as filling in pillows, quilts and furniture. The material is made from crude oil – a limited resource. Since IKEA doesn’t want to contribute to more virgin oil being used, we are now gradually switching to recycled and traceable polyester from sources like PET bottles. What’s nice is that polyester can be recycled over and over, without changing or losing its great qualities.

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