Safe sleep practices
Written by Melissa Zgomba
As a parent I know how overwhelming the fear of SUDI (Sudden Unexpected Death of Infant) can be. From the first midwife appointment, I was obsessed with doing everything right to reduce the risk for my precious little boy. The constant exposure of things to do and not to do during your pregnancy and those early months after birth can easily send the most level headed person into a tailspin. I was worried about everything: from the type of bedding to clothing fabric, to what the mattress was made out of. I know I’m not alone in that fear. I spoke to a midwife who helped me put together this list of key practices for helping your baby to sleeps safe and sound.
1. Place baby to sleep lying face up (on their back)
2. Ensure baby’s face is clear and will stay clear (i.e. fitted sheets, tucked in blankets, firm mattress, snuggly fitted mattress with no gaps for baby to roll into, no pillows or hats, and nothing around that could fall and cover their face)
3. Provide a smokefree environment (during pregnancy and after birth)
4. Give baby their own space to sleep (such as a cot, bassinet, wahakura or other types of ‘baby beds’)
5. Keep baby in the same room as you for the first six months
6. Regularly check on baby
Now that I’m past that point and can think about safe sleep without my stomach turning into knots with worry.
Mountain Buggy products have recently passed the test for providing safe sleep surfaces helping reduce the risk of SIDS/SUDI in a new safety standard for NZ/AUS. Click here for more information.