Baby’s bed is safe when:
it has a firm and flat mattress to keep your baby’s airways open
there are no gaps between the bed frame and the mattress that could trap or wedge your pēpi
the gaps between the bars of baby’s cot are between 50 mm and 95 mm — try to get 1 with the gaps closer to 50 mm if you can
there is nothing in the bed that might cover your baby’s face, lift their head or choke them — such as pillows, toys, loose bedding, bumper pads, necklaces including amber beads and ‘teething’ necklaces
your pēpi has their feet close to the end of the bed so they cannot burrow under the blankets
your pēpi is in the same room as you or the person looking after them at night for the first 6 months.
It is never safe to put your pēpi to sleep in an adult bed, on a couch or on a chair.
If you choose to sleep in bed with your pēpi, put them in their own baby bed beside you, for example, a pēpi pod or wahakura. This may help to reduce the risk of your pēpi suffocating while they are asleep.
Car seats or capsules protect your pēpi when travelling. Car seats and capsules are not safe for your pēpi to sleep in when you are not travelling. Do not use them as a cot or bassinette.
From 5 to 6 months
Your pēpi may begin to roll over from their back to their front when they get to 5 to 6 months old. You do not need to try to stop this happening, as long as their cot is free of things that might suffocate them. For example, pillows, large soft toys and cot bumpers.
Make sure that your baby’s cot is put together correctly. The tops on the corner posts of wooden cots may need to be sawn off so that they cannot hang themselves by their clothing. The spaces between the bars of the cot must be between 50 mm and 95 mm. Try to make the spaces closer to 50 mm if you can. If you have a cot with adjustable levels, make sure that you lower it before your baby can pull themselves up (at about 9 to 10 months).
The cords for blinds and curtains are a danger. Put the cot away from the window so that your pēpi cannot reach them.