New Zealand’s first Safe Sleep Day is happening next Friday 6 December.
Safe Sleep Day is focused on promoting safe sleep practices for babies, so that every sleep is a safe sleep.
Every year in New Zealand 60 babies die from Sudden Unexpected Death in Infancy (SUDI). Most of these are Māori pēpi.
Ensuring every baby has a safe sleep will dramatically reduce the number of SUDI cases in New Zealand.
All babies in all cultures, and at all times, need these conditions to protect them from SUDI:
Ensure your baby sleeps in its own bed (a cot, bassinette, wahakura or pepipod), especially if premature, born small or your family is not smoke free.
Put your baby to sleep on their back with their face up. A baby’s breathing works best in this position.
Ensure your baby’s face is clear of pillows, bedding and toys. Don’t put baby down on soft surfaces such as a beanbag or couch where they can roll into a gap or ‘pocket’ and suffocate.
Ensure there are no gaps between the mattress and their bed.
Remove any ribbons, strings, cords etc from bedding and clothing. Make sure the baby’s bed (cot, bassinette, wahakura or pepipod) is away from windows, curtains and blind cords to avoid strangulation.
Sleep baby in the same room as their parent/caregiver (when the parent/caregiver is also asleep) for the first 6 months.
Babies shouldn’t sleep in bed with another person (either adult or child).
Your baby should be smoke free in the womb and after birth. Also make sure friends and family/whanau don’t smoke around baby.
If possible, breastfeed your baby.
Make every sleep a safe sleep.