Tetra Cot Mattresses comply with Australian Firmness Standard AS/NZS 8811.1

Safe Sleeping

For over 60 years Tetra Tea Tree Infant Bedding has been used safely across Australia. 

There are literally millions of happy, healthy Tetra Tea Tree Babies and Parents.

Tetra Tea Tree


♦ Sleep baby on the back from birth, not on the tummy or side 

 Sleep baby with face uncovered (no doonas, pillows, lambs wool, bumpers or soft toys) 

 Avoid exposing babies to tobacco smoke before birth and after 

 Provide a safe sleeping environment (safe cot, safe mattress, safe bedding

 Put baby’s feet at the bottom of the cot 

 Tuck in bedclothes securely so bedding is not loose

♦ Sleep baby in their own safe sleeping environment next to the parent's bed for the first six to twelve months of life 

♦ Remove all toys, pillows and cushions from the cot/bassinet before putting baby to sleep

♦ Quilts, doonas, duvets, and bumpers are not recommended for babies under 12 months of age 

Please visit www.sidsandkids.org for more information. Tetra Tea Tree discloses the following information for parents to understand the Tetra Testing and Safety Record. Tetra Tea Tree is a range of infant bedding with different products filled with naturally breathable Tea Tree Flakes, established 1949.


Tetra Tea Tree has undergone testing in the following area’s:

♦ Carbon Dioxide Accumulation. Queensland Maternity Hospital Perinatal Research Centre infant prone-sleeping position test demonstrated Tetra Tea Tree firm mattresses had lower carbon-dioxide accumulation then foam or polyester mattresses.

♦ Air-flow. Unisearch Air-Flow test Tetra Tea Tree demonstrated the promotion of airflow.

♦ Toxicity. Queensland Government Laboratory test demonstrated Tetra Tea Tree contained no harmful toxins. 

 Tetra firm bassinet, cradle and cot mattresses are tested to comply to the voluntary Australian Standard AS/NZS 8811.1. The pictures below demonstrate the testing on a http://tetrateatree.com.au/products/organic-firm-cot-mattress.

Cot Mattress


      SIDS and Kids recommend that all parents use a “safe” mattress: 
      "A safe mattress is one that is the right size for the cot, is firm, clean and in good condition and is flat (not tilted or elevated). A soft mattress can increase the risk of sudden unexpected infant death if baby rolls over onto the tummy. A baby or toddler can get stuck in gaps between a poor fitting mattress and the cot sides. This is especially dangerous if their face is trapped and covered, or their neck is restricted in any way. Make sure there is no more than a 20mm gap between the mattress and the cot sides. Remove plastic packaging from the mattress and always make sure that the waterproof mattress protector is strong and a tight fit. Never put soft bedding under the bottom sheet as this makes the sleeping surface too soft.

      Alert: A pillow, cushion or sofa is not a safe mattress as they are too soft and increase the risk of sudden unexpected infant death.”  


      ♦ Mattress firmness is determined by the quantity of filling and structural design 

       More filling creates more firmness. Less filling creates less firmness 

       Tetra Mattresses come in two formats, Firm Filled and Traditional Filled 

       Firm Filled Mattresses are structurally designed firm 

       Traditional Filled Mattresses are structurally designed less firm 

       Tetra supplies Traditional Filled to meet customer preferences



      The Snuggle Bed should be positioned on a firm flat surface where baby cannot rollout. Use the Snuggle Bed only as instructed for firm support. Place baby on their back and swaddled on the Snuggle Bed. When baby is able to roll-over by themselves they are able to move directly into sleeping in the cot and unsupervised sleeping in the Snuggle Bed should stop. The Snuggle Bed is still very useful as a supervised day-bed and travel bed.



      Note: the following involves the sensitive issue of infant mortality. 
      An analysis of recorded SIDS rates across All Births and across Tea Tree Mattress/Snuggle Beds product users for the period 2000 to 2006 was conducted. The analysis showed that during the period the reported incidence of SIDS across All Births (equated to be across All Sleeping Surfaces) was 0.64%. The reported incidence of SIDS where Tea Tree sleeping surfaces were present was 0.00022%. The incidence of SIDS is dramatically lower when Tea Tree sleeping surfaces were present.Raw Data Sources: Australian Bureau of Statistics, National Coroners Information System, Manufacturer Data.

      mportant Note: Despite the evidence above collected during the period of the “Back To Sleep” program, Tetra does not believe it is responsible to claim products will reduce the risks of SIDS or suffocation. Sadly the cause of SIDS is not know. There are several theories about what causes SIDS and several potential risk factors. Tetra does not claim to prevent SIDS. Tetra is not identified as a cause of SIDS.Tetra Tea Tree Flake Filling is naturally breathable and processed without chemicals. A baby sleeping on a Tetra mattress is not sleeping on a product filled with chemicals.



      SIDS is short for ‘Sudden Infant Death Syndrome’ and used to be called ‘cot death’. It means the sudden, unexpected death of a baby from no known cause. SIDS is the most common cause of death in babies between one month and one year of age. Most babies who die of SIDS are under six months. More babies die of SIDS in winter than in summer.

      It is still not clear what causes SIDS. Some factors are thought to work together to reduce the risk of SIDS, but they may or may not help prevent any one SIDS death. Remember, 1999 out of 2000 babies will not die of SIDS.