Alert! Some mattresses and sleep surfaces are unsafe

SIDS and Kids has updated its advice regarding safe sleep surfaces to incorporate mention of a new Australian Standard that will help parents and carers of babies choose a mattress or other sleep surface that is firm enough to be safe.

A soft mattress or other sleep surface can be unsafe if a baby rolls over onto the tummy.

To ensure your mattress is firm enough, use one that complies with the Australia/New Zealand Standard AS/NZS 8811.1:2013. Methods of testing infant products – Sleep surfaces – Test for firmness.

This advice has been added to SIDS and Kids’ Frequently Asked Questions in the following places:

5: What is a safe mattress?
A safe mattress is one that is the right size for the cot, is firm*, clean and in good condition and is flat (not tilted or elevated). *A firm sleep surface is compliant with the new AS/NZS Voluntary Standard (AS/NZS 8811.1:2013 Methods of testing infant products – Sleep Surfaces – Test for firmness). A soft mattress or sleeping surface can increase the risk of sudden unexpected infant death if baby rolls over onto the tummy. For further information about ensuring adequate mattress firmness see http://goo.gl/2stkDE or watch the video at http://goo.gl/HqUleB.

35. Checklist for safe sleeping 4. Is the mattress firm? A firm mattress/product is compliant with the new Voluntary Standard AS/NZS 8811.1:2013.

Download the FAQ at www.sidsandkids.org/safe-sleeping/faqs/

If the product does not have a label stating it meets the standard, ask the retailer or manufacturer “Is this product compliant with the new Voluntary Standard AS/NZS 8811.1:2013?”

For more information on safe sleeping visit www.sidsandkids.org/safe-sleeping or call SIDS and Kids on 1300 308 307.

Australian mattress manufacturers and retailers can purchase AS/NZS 8811.1:2013 from the Standards Australia website.

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