Up to 60 babies die from Sudden Unexpected Death in Infancy (or ‘SUDI’) in New Zealand each year. This includes both explained and unexplained deaths. Common causes include suffocation by bedding or by an adult or child who is sleeping with the baby.
To protect your baby:
It’s safest not to sleep in the same bed as your baby. Keep them in a cot, bassinette, wahakura or pepipod and sleep in the same room. Your midwife will check where your baby will sleep and give you advice when they visit.
For more information see the Ministry of Health website
Whakawhetu Mokopuna Ora click here http://www.whakawhetu.co.nz/ and TAHA click here http://www.taha.org.nz/Hutt Maternity Safe Sleep Policy – click here to read the policy