Safe Sleeping app

An app for new and expectant mothers, carers and health care professionals on how to sleep baby safely and reduce the risk of sudden unexpected death in infants and fatal sleeping accidents.

Safe Sleeping By SIDS and Kids New Zealand
Features
  • Education and information  
  • Translations in a few languages
  • New Zealand app
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Cost Free

What does the app do?

The app has information on how to sleep your baby safely. Users can select their preferred language from English, Maori, Chinese, Hindi, Vietnamese and Arabic. The home page has sections on:

  • safe sleeping: has 6 tips to sleep baby safely and reduce the risk of sudden expected death in infancy 
  • safe wrapping: has guidelines for safe wrapping of young babies
  • tummy time: describes the benefits of supervised playtime 
  • FAQs: frequently asked questions about sudden expected death in infancy.       

For the complete app description, go to the App website , Google Play  or  iTunes or for a detailed review, see Reviews

PROS CONS 

✔ Concise information on sudden unexplained infant death syndrome (SUDI)

✔ Available in multiple languages such as English, Maori, Chinese, Hindi, Vietnamese and Arabic

✘  Information is not comprehensive 

  • Lost opportunity to promote vaccination. Vaccination is associated with a reduced risk of SIDS
  • No discussion around the role of pacifiers and their association with a reduced SIDS risk. If one does decide to use a pacifier and they are breastfeeding, consider delaying pacifier use until one month of age to make sure breastfeeding is well established
  • No information about devices marketed to reduce the risk of SIDS such as smartphone integrated sleep socks. These are very inaccurate and there is no evidence they are safe or reduce the risk of SIDS and so are not recommended.

✘ Incomplete explanations, guidance and links to support for the prevention strategies. For example, the breastfeeding page simply has a picture of breastfeeding with a tick.

✘ Simply an information leaflet in app form with no multi-media content or interactivity beyond navigation. There are NZ SIDS videos which are not used.

✘ Choose the Well Child app instead which has a SIDS section and includes videos. Read more about the Well Child app.

Privacy and security

The app doesn't appear to have a privacy policy, but it does not collect any personal information. Read more about things you can do to improve your safety and security when using apps.  

Review details

Date of review: February 2019
Platform reviewed: Android
Version: 1.1
Download size: 23 MB
Updated on: March 2016

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Last reviewed: 18 Feb 2019