Safer Bed-sharing Interventions
New interventions using 'safer sleep enablers' coupled with parent education have been developed in New Zealand to help parents avoid known hazardous bed-sharing scenarios that may occur when sleeping with a baby on a sofa, or when the baby was born prematurely, was smoke exposed during gestation, or the parent is a user of drugs that may affect their awareness during sleep.
The New Zealand Safe Sleep Enables are known as the Wahakura (a woven flax basket) and the Pepi-pod (a shallow plastic box).
We conducted the Let's Talk about Sleep project to assess whether parents in the UK would accept the use of a safe sleep enabler. Our variant of the Pepi Pod was called a Baby Bed Box.
We also observed mothers and babies in our Sleep Lab using the baby bed box, in comparison to using a normal crib in the Baby Bed Box Study.