Making Up Baby’s Cot

Making Up Baby’s Cot shows the safe way to make up baby’s cot.

It can be downloaded as a PDF in a choice of five languages and you can view the English version below.

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ALERT! How firm should the mattress be?

April 2014

There is a new AS/NZS Voluntary Standard: Methods of testing infant products – Sleep surfaces – Test for firmness. Use a firm sleep surface that is compliant with this standard.

Dr Ron Somers from South Australia introduced in his research, ‘Safer Infant Sleep Surfaces: Defining the concept of “firm enough”: “The incidence of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) may have improved greatly, but a proportion of infants continue to die as the result of suffocation in sleep-related circumstances. In the USA, for example, the infant mortality rate attributed to accidental suffocation and strangulation in bed increased four fold between 1984 and 2004. The reason for the increase is unknown. Some obvious risk factors remain to be addressed, including cot firmness, or more generally the firmness of any product intended primarily for infant use.

“As at this writing there are no national or international guidelines available to help consumers and regulators distinguish between the firmer and less firm ends of the infant-product spectrum. An increasing number of innovative products are coming onto the Australian market, some of which are clearly hazardous.  Whereas best practice in infant care specifies a “firm mattress”, there is presently no definition of what is firm enough.”

In 2013, an Australia/New Zealand Standard was published, the first such sleep surface firmness advice in the world. (AS/NZS 8811.1:2013.  Methods of testing infant products – Part 1: Sleep surfaces – Test for firmness).

SIDS and Kids will be updating our information to incorporate mention of the voluntary standard and encourage parents and carers to ask before they purchase a mattress or product to sleep baby on, “Is this firm enough? Is this product compliant with the new Voluntary Standard AS/NZS 8811.1:2013?”

For further information, Ron Somers has provided two online resources about ensuring adequate mattress firmness: the WikiHow site and the more recent two-minute YouTube video.

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