Creating a safe sleeping environment – for home&away

It’s a topic that can overwhelm and alarm the best of us. The risk of SUDI (Sudden Unexpected Death of an Infant) is one that gets talked about a lot, from the very first midwife appointment, and for good reason. Creating a safe sleeping environment is so important but can send parents into panic mode about what they should and shouldn’t do. We’ve put together this simple list of safe sleep practices with the help of our resident midwife on the phil&teds team.

  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, snugly 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

As parent’s we tend to think about the home sleeping environment but here are a few things to keep in mind when home&away.

  • If you are out visiting, take something for your baby to sleep in so they can stretch out. Our nest and carrycots are ideal as they provide a safe and comfortable sleeping space for your baby. Our products have been approved as a safe sleep surface, reducing the risk of SIDS/SUDI – click here to find out more.
    (Note:  Firm Sleep Surface Approval is based on tests performed for the Australian and New Zealand markets.)
  • Ensure your baby is in a well ventilated environment. Our traveller has mesh sides for this very reason to provide good airflow to the sleeping child.

To find out more about what we do to ensure our products offer a safe sleeping environment – click here

To find out more about our sleep products, all of which have been tested and passed as providing a firm sleep surface  – click here