Save Hundreds on Dog Beds with This Genius Mattress Hack
This is a dog bed hack that has saved us hundreds if not thousands of dollars in the past year alone. I have had dogs my whole life, but it wasn’t until I had a baby that I started thinking about how there had to be a better solution for dogs who soiled their bed, ie Kobe from his heart medications and the numerous foster dogs we’ve had over the years.
Most baby mattresses are waterproof for obvious reasons. And it seems so odd to me that dog beds aren’t the same. You all know once a dog pees on an orthopedic foam bed, that $100+ bed is now toast.
Enter the Newton Dog Bed – these beds are actually made by a baby mattress company from the same technology as their baby mattresses. The best part is they are 100% washable from their cover to the inner mattress core.
Now here’s the hack
While these dog beds are great for having around the house, I really needed one to be the exact size of Kobe’s crate. (If you read my last article you know the majority of my pups all sleep in their own crate)
I have not thrown away a bed since starting this
So I purchased their baby crib mattress, then I cut off about 10 inches of the inner core so it fit Kobe’s crate perfectly. I threw on an old dog bed cover and voila! It may seem like a hefty price tag upfront, but I literally have not thrown away a dog bed since doing this and in my opinion is well worth it because of the money I have saved.
Here’s how you cut the mattress
A standard crib mattress is 52 x 28 inches and Kobe’s crate size is 42 x 28 inches. So I used a tape measure, marked where I wanted to cut with a sharpie and used scissors to cut along the sharpie line. The mattress is about 4 inches thick, but the material is a woven food grade polymer so scissors cut it with ease.
Any time Kobe has an accident, we take the inner core outside to hose it down, spray some natural cleaner on it, hose it down again and let it air dry. The cover we throw in the wash and bam we are good to go! Before we were spending about $100 on a new bed every time he peed on it, which got out of control.
The gray bed on the right is Capri’s baby mattress. The white bed on the left is the inner core of that same kind of mattress that I cut down to fit Kobe’s crate, just add an old dog bed cover!
How do I know if the Newton Dog Bed will fit my dog’s crate?
The Newton Dog Bed comes in a variety of sizes, so you’ll need to measure your dog’s crate to determine which size will fit best. Alternatively, you can purchase a baby crib mattress and cut it down to size to fit your dog’s crate perfectly.
Can I use any type of baby mattress for this hack?
While you can use any type of baby mattress, it’s recommended to use the Newton Dog Bed as it’s specifically designed for pets and is washable from the cover to the inner core.
Is it easy to cut down the baby mattress to fit my dog’s crate?
Cutting down the baby mattress to fit your dog’s crate is relatively easy with a sharp utility knife. However, it’s important to be careful and measure accurately to ensure a perfect fit.
Can I use any type of dog bed cover with the inner core of the baby mattress?
Yes, any type of dog bed cover can be used with the inner core of the baby mattress. Just make sure to choose one that fits properly and is easy to remove and wash.
How long does it take for the inner core of the baby mattress to air dry after being hosed down and cleaned?
The drying time will vary depending on the humidity and temperature, but it typically takes several hours for the inner core of the baby mattress to air dry completely. You can also use a fan to help speed the drying process.
Are there any special instructions for washing the dog bed cover?
It’s best to follow the washing instructions provided by the manufacturer of the dog bed cover. Most covers can be machine washed and dried, but some may require hand washing or air drying.
How does the Newton Dog Bed compare in price to other high-quality dog beds on the market?
The Newton Dog Bed is comparable in price to other high-quality dog beds on the market. While it may seem expensive upfront, it can save you money in the long run by eliminating the need to replace soiled dog beds.
Can I use this hack for dogs who don’t have accidents on their bed?
Yes, this hack can be used for any dog. The Newton Dog Bed is designed to provide comfort and support for pets and is washable from the cover to the inner core.
How long will the inner core of the baby mattress last with regular use and cleaning?
The inner core of the baby mattress should last for several years with regular use and cleaning. However, it’s important to inspect it periodically for signs of wear and tear, and replace it if necessary.
Is it safe for dogs to sleep on a mattress that was originally intended for a baby?
Yes, it’s safe for dogs to sleep on a mattress that was originally intended for a baby. The Newton Dog Bed is made from the same materials and technology as baby mattresses, and is designed to be safe and comfortable for pets.
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