Recently, a CPR Kids follower contacted us with concerns about certain sleep-aiding products available on the market. These products come with promises such as “long sleep” or “safe sleep” for babies, when in actual fact, there is no evidence that they adhere to the Australian Safety Standards (a great summary of the standards in place can be found on the ACCC Product Safety site). 

As we know, sleep deprivation is tough, and it makes products like this all the more alluring – but practising safe sleep standards is vital. 

So what is safe sleep? Why is it important? 

A safe sleeping environment, according to Red Nose Australia, “means that all potential dangers have been removed and the baby is sleeping in a safe place. The ideal place for a baby to sleep is in a safe cot, on a safe mattress, with safe bedding, in a safe sleeping place, both night and day.” 

An unsafe sleeping arrangement can increase the risk of Sudden Unexpected Death in Infancy (SUDI), including SIDS and fatal sleeping accidents. SIDS remains the most common category of death between 1 month and 1 year of age. 

There are some important things to practice to ensure a safe sleep environment

If you choose to co-sleep, it is important to be aware of circumstances that can make this choice unsafe. This includes when you or your partner: 

Red Nose has put together a great guide with tips on how to co-sleep safely. 

Always be wary of ads with baby sleep aid products and set-ups that make promises that sound too good to be true. When purchasing products and setting up your baby’s sleeping arrangement, always keep the above information in mind and ensure products comply with Australian Safety standards – look for the label that states that they do. 

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