Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions


1How does the Familings baby mattress work?
Familings baby mattress calms your baby to sleep with a gentle up and down movement. Your baby sleeps on a breathable mesh fabric which moves up and down, powered by a small motor. You just plug in the 12V adaptor in the mains and let the mattress do the job. The adaptor is supplied with the mattress. There is no electricity or moving parts under the baby and none of the materials conduct electricity. Your baby sleeps on the breathable mesh fabric and all moving parts are safely isolated.
2Sounds too good to be true. Does it really work?
Yes! Our users have reported that their babies have fallen asleep more easily, and slept longer naps during the day. See one user story here:
3Who is the mattress for?
Familings baby mattress is useful for any family with a baby. It reduces the time your baby is crying or trying to fall asleep so you can rest, work or spend a moment together with your partner. Less crying means more energy for you and happier moments with your baby. We have designed the Familings baby mattress especially for colic babies, twins, babies who wake up often during the night and babies who sleep well in the nighttime but refuse to sleep alone or without a moving pram in the daytime.
4Is it safe?
Yes. There is no electricity or moving parts under the baby and none of the materials conduct electricity. Your baby sleeps on the breathable mesh fabric and all moving parts are safely isolated. The mesh fabric lets more fresh air pass through for your baby to breathe. All moving parts are inside the supporting frame and completely isolated, safely away from your baby. The mattress works with a very low voltage – 12V, like many toys. The mattress has been designed to support a load of up to 10kg when moving and 20kg when not moving. Unlike a normal baby mattress, Familings mattress is totally breathable. The baby can breathe through the mattress even if he or she sleeps on his stomach. This structure eliminates one of the risk factors of SIDS (sudden infant death syndrome) – the pooling of CO2 in front of baby’s mouth. Take care in choosing safe clothing, sleeping bags and blankets as you would when using a normal baby baby bed and mattress. The mattress fits a standard baby crib measuring 60 x 120 cm, the most common baby crib size in Europe. Do not use the Familings baby mattress in a crib too large as empty space between crib sides and the mattress may increase the risk of your baby being trapped in it, just like with any normal baby mattress.
5Does the mattress meet official safety requirements and standards?
Yes. We have designed it according to all applicable European Union standards. These include the EU standards for toys, home electrical appliances and mattress products. The cover fabric is tested to not include any harmful substances according to Öko-Tex 100 standard. All materials are hypoallergenic. Familings baby matress is CE marked – “assessed to meet high safety, health, and environmental protection requirements”.
6Is it noisy?
No. The movement makes barely a whisper. The sound level is only 40dB – about the same as a quiet library.
7Am I still a good mother/father if I use this?
Absolutely! It’s best for both you and your baby if you get enough sleep. When your baby sleeps you will both cry less and smile more. You’ll have more energy to take care of your baby and play. The crucial bond and interaction between you and your baby improves so your baby learns new skills faster and develops a stronger self-esteem. Hold and cuddle with your baby as much as you want, and then let the Familings baby mattress help your baby fall asleep when you also want to rest.
8Does the mattress fit my baby bed?
The mattress fits a standard baby crib measuring 60 x 120 cm, the most common baby crib size in Europe. The height of the mattress is 20cm. If you have a baby crib measuring 70 x 130 cm or 70 x 140 cm and would like to use a Familings baby mattress, please let us know at info@familings.fi – we will do our best to make those sizes available next. Do not use the Familings baby mattress in a crib too large as empty space between crib sides and the mattress may increase the risk of your baby being trapped in it. You can also place the Familings baby mattress on the floor next to your bed. In that case just make sure your baby is safe from falling objects, older siblings or pets, exactly like you would when your baby is playing on the floor.
9Can I adjust the speed of movement?
Yes. Just move the little switch on the 12V adaptor higher or lower before you plug it in and the speed will change automatically.
1Does the mattress actually help with baby colic?
If your baby calms down or falls asleep with a lulling motion in the pram or car, we definitely recommend to try the Familings baby mattress. We have designed it to imitate this same familiar movement you baby loves. The automatic movement means you can recover your own energy in the meantime. Our users have reported that Familings baby mattress gave them longer day naps and calmer evenings with many different sleeping problems, including baby colic.
2What if my baby suffers from infant reflux? (gastroesophageal reflux)
If your baby calms down with movement on his or her back like in the pram, chances are high Familings baby mattress will also help your baby. Additionally, your baby will be sleeping in a position with head slightly raised. This is a typical recommendation for babies to ease the symptoms of infant reflux.
3What if my baby sometimes sleeps tummy-down?
Unlike a normal baby mattress, Familings mattress is totally breathable. The baby can breathe through the mattress even if he or she sleeps on his stomach. This structure eliminates one of the risk factors of SIDS (sudden infant death syndrome) – the pooling of CO2 in front of baby’s mouth.
4What if my baby is startled by the movement? (Moro reflex)
If your baby is easily startled you can use swaddling clothes to help your baby feel more comfortable and secure.
5Is it hygienic?
Familings baby mattress doesn’t have any filling. The mattress is actually just a fabric stretched over a frame. That’s why you can machine wash it in 60 degrees and it dries in less than one hour. It also won’t gather up any dustmites, bacteria or mildew inside the mattress like a normal mattress would do. It’s a safe and clean way for your baby to sleep.
6At what age will the mattress work the best?
The mattress will help the best if you start using it when your baby is young, about 0-3 months. That’s the time when your baby likes to feel the same familiar up-and-down movement as during your pregnancy. You can also start to use the mattress later but your baby might need a longer period to get used to it.
7Should I use the mattress all night? When should I turn it off?
It’s up to you and your baby. Every baby is different. You can keep the movement on all night if it helps your baby sleep or turn the movement off once your baby falls asleep. Turn the mattress off when your baby is not using it to save electricity.
8Where can I buy it?
Right here on familings.fi! Just click on “Shop” and you can have the Familings baby mattress shipped to your home.
9Does the baby get used to the movement? Can my baby ever sleep elsewhere after using the Familings mattress?
Babies learn new ways of doing things relatively fast. When they are young, most of them need some kind of movement in order to fall asleep. Babies usually learn many different ways to fall asleep – so they will also learn to fall asleep without the Familings baby mattress when the time comes. All our users so far have reported that babies don’t need any actions at all from the parents to start sleeping without the mattress’s. See one user story here (in Finnish):