Services and support for you and your child Safe sleep Every year too many New Zealand babies die suddenly during sleep.
Many of these deaths can be prevented. Episode 13 of Parents can make sure that every sleep for baby is a safe sleep by having good knowledge and sharing it with their whanau, or anybody else that's going to look after their baby. We're at the home of Raukura and Aaron, and we've also come to see baby Rehua for their Well Child visit and to focus on safe sleep environments.
My name's Raukura Maxwell. I'm twenty-eight years old, and just had my first son, and his name is Rehua Rex Randall. Rehua, 9 weeks old Raukura voice-over: Rehua has his own cot in our room, next to our bed. We recommend that baby is in the same room as their parents, up to at least six months of age. We thought it was safer to put him in his own cot next to us.
One, because it's closer to us so we can hear him, and two, so he's not sleeping with us. When you are looking for a good sleep space for baby, there might be options — for example a bassinet, maybe a cot. When me and my partner were talking about where to sleep baby, and what to sleep baby in, we read in our Tamariki Ora book about the best kind of mattress to have.
So having a firm mattress that fit the bassinet or the cot, that was really important to us. So we measured up and got new mattresses for both. It's really important that baby's face is clear of things like extra toys, any bumper pads, pillows, sharp objects or curtain cords. We don't put anything else in the bed but the blanket.
Reducing daytime sleep too soon results in early wake-ups and night sleep problems. We are always happy to custom design and make a mattress from a selection of the materials that will best suit your child's requirements.
We don't use toys or put up mobiles just in case something could fall off and he could swallow it. Even with the bumper, he could suffocate on it. It's just for our peace of mind. It's really important when baby is sleeping that they're lying on their backs, feet first, at the foot of the bed. Basically, if baby wants to go anywhere or wriggle down, they've got nowhere to go.
If you want to go to a party or anything, it's important that you have a safe plan for baby, and that baby has their own safe sleep space, and that whoever is looking after baby, that they're sober when taking care of baby. What we know about breastfeeding is that babies who are breastfed are less likely to die unexpectedly, so it's a really good thing to keep breastfeeding until six months and even beyond that.
I chose to breastfeed because it's cheaper and it's free, and it meant that he could get all the colostrum, or what they call "liquid gold".
For many parents that are getting up for the night feeds, it's really important that you're feeding baby and that you are also placing baby back down in their own bed by themselves, and not in the bed with you. It's really important that wherever baby is the environment is smokefree and they're kept away from any kind of cigarette smoke. My partner and I, we don't smoke, but I have lots of family members who do.
So the rule when they walk in our door is, you come in, and if you've had a smoke, wash your hands, wash your face too, and only then can you hold baby.
I'm hard on that. At the moment, it's summer, so it's quite hot in our house. I make sure to just wrap him. We've got a thick wrapping blanket and a thin one. It's really important that every sleep baby has is a safe sleep, and that they actually go back into their own bed by themselves. Our thanks to the families and health workers who appeared in this video for the Ministry of Health.
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