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Beverley Martin

Are the Safe Sleeping Baby Hammock and the Roll over Baby Pillow safe for babies to sleep in?

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Posted a response on 8/10/19

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Red Nose recommends that the safest place for baby to sleep is in a cot that meets mandatory Australian Standards.
The mattress should be firm, clean, well-fitting & flat (not elevated)

One safety concern with the hammock is that it holds the baby in a curved position, this may cause baby’s neck to flex forward which may block baby’s airway not allowing airflow. A baby needs to be placed to sleep flat (not elevated or curved with chin on chest) to maintain an open airway
There is also a risk of injury or death from falls.

Are you referring to sleep positioners when you mention “roll over baby pillow” ?
Red Nose does not promote the use of products that restrain the baby in position

Products that restrict the movement of a baby or a baby’s head should not be used.
This is because there are no Australian Standards for these products and case studies have shown that these products can be unsafe.

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