SIDS and Kids launches guide to safely moving children from cot to bed

SIDS and Kids will help parents safely make that exciting but nerve-wracking step of moving their child from a cot to a bed by launching its brochure and mobile app “Cot-to-Bed Safety” at the Pregnancy, Babies and Children’s Expo in Sydney next Friday 23 May.

An increasing number of babies and toddlers are sustaining injuries from falling out of cots and beds. Over the past six years in Victoria there has been 492 children presented to emergency due to injury related to cots1. Injuries can result from a baby or young child being placed too early in an adult bed and/or being placed in an unsafe sleep environment.

“The launch of the Cot-to-Bed Safety brochure and mobile app is simply to present the Australian community with the best possible information on when to move a child from a cot to a bed, what type of bed to use, and how to provide a safe environment for a child,” says SIDS and Kids Australia CEO Leanne Raven.

In December 2013 the Coroners Court of Victoria handed down the findings of an inquest into the death of a two-year-old girl in a single bed. The bed comprised of a tubular head board and foot board and the gaps in the rails created an entrapment hazard.

“Unfortunately there are still so many Australians who go through the heartbreak of a child dying. SIDS and Kids is advocating for mandatory standards to be introduced for beds, including ensuring gap sizes are not more than 95mm, and we decided to provide parents with clear information to help guide safe sleeping for toddlers,” says Ms Raven.

Cot-to-Bed Safety is based on evidence-based research about safe sleeping practices and provides information on creating a safe sleeping environment for toddlers, including the different bed options – mattress on the floor, toddler bed or adult bed – and how to make a home safe before the move.

To learn more about the importance of Cot-to-Bed Safety download the brochure at www.sidsandkids.org/safe-sleeping/cot-to-bed-safety/, get the free Cot-to-Bed app from the App Store or Google Play or call SIDS and Kids on 1300 308 307 in your state or territory to talk with an educator. Cot-to-Bed Safety information is available in English, Chinese, Arabic, Vietnamese and Hindi.

The SIDS and Kids Cot-to-Bed Safety campaign is proudly supported by Protect-a-Bed.

If you are attending the Pregnancy, Babies and Children’s Expo, find out more about Cot-to-Bed Safety by visiting Protect-a-Bed at Stand K14 and SIDS and Kids at Stand I28.

The Cot-to-Bed Safety launch is at 11am on 23 May. The event will be hosted by Leanne Raven, CEO, SIDS and Kids Australia and includes Guest speakers Tim Wain, Director, INPAA Baby Safety Program and Jill Green, National Education and Services Manager, SIDS and Kids Australia.

For more information about the Expo go to www.pbcexpo.com.au/sydney/

[1] Monash University Injury Research Institute – Cot related injury to children (aged 0-4 years): Victoria July 2006 to June 2012

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