In 1992 a professional consultative process began, which spanned 9-10months of trialling. The questions for our questionnaire were formulated with the help of key medical professionals and fifteen clinicians from a wide variety of fields within the medical profession including Paediatric epidemiologists, Paediatricians, General Practitioners, Orthopaedic, Baby/Child Health Professionals, Plunket/Karitane family units, Hospitals, Nursing Counsellors, sleep centres, behavioural psychologists, developmental psychologists, midwives, ante and post-natal tutors, clinical psychologists, occupational therapists to name a few (report available on request). The Questionnaires were sent out with official self‑addressed stamped envelopes marked "questionnaire". These were opened at an official meeting at which professional people, Paediatricians and volunteers plus the parents of participants were present when they were opened and subsequently assessed. The results of the survey questionnaires provided convincing evidence that the vast majority of infants react very favourably and the vast majority of parents/caregivers were very happy with its application (raw data available).
For ten years twenty five percent of despatched orders contained questionnaires which produced regular feedback. These and letters from medical professionals are available for inspection and provide overwhelming evidence that the product is meeting the comfort and safety needs of infants. https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0223/2655/files/awards_medical.pdf?12565738947557631601
The Safe T Sleep Sleepwrap and little HEADwedge have helped prevent much unnecessary trauma associated with positional Plagiocephaly (flattening or deformity) of baby’s head commonly known as Flat Head. Hospital Clinical Trials Ref: Visit http://www.safetsleep.com/pages/testing-trialing-safety-compliance New Zealand Medical Journal vol 116 No 1181.
Since its conception in 1976 and delivery onto the world market in 1992 hundreds of thousands of babies worldwide have slept safely in the original, clinically proven Safe T Sleep Sleepwrap and little HEADwedge without a single reported death or injury amongst users! https://www.safetsleep.com/collections/all-safe-t-sleep-products
You may be aware that Cot Death/SIDS education worldwide is very co-ordinated, very clear and well distributed. Yet even with all this excellent educational advice from SIDS organisations there are still preventable deaths occurring each year.
A significant percentage of infants are admitted to hospitals worldwide and being fitted with helmets to correct Plagiocephaly/misshapen/deformed head commonly known as Flat Head which is often linked to ‘back sleeping’ infants who insist on sleeping on the same spot, regardless of any attempt otherwise. https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0223/2655/files/PWS_Paper.pdf?741
As a result of the significant safety history of the Safe T Sleep Sleepwrap, it is reasonable to believe the Safe T Sleep Sleepwrap baby swaddle and all associated evidence and evidence-based information are helping to make a meaningful contribution to safer sleeping for babies.
In several countries including Australia, Canada and New Zealand, Safe T Sleep is highly regarded for its responsible, professional, educational, consultative approach within the philosophy of positive, nurturing, trust-building and skilled parenting.
The Prime Minister of New Zealand Jacinda Ardern personally thanked Safe T Sleep for “a wonderful product” saying she used the Safe T Sleep Sleepwrap baby swaddle with her baby Neve. https://www.safetsleep.com/collections/sleepwrap-baby-swaddles
Over recent years fully accredited Independent Hospital clinical trials have established the efficacy of the Safe T Sleep Sleepwrap baby swaddle in assisting the safe positioning of sleeping babies when product instructions are followed. It has been established that the Sleepwrap is a safe and very useful adjunct to keeping an infant in a selected position. Other safety options are available in the following questions. Also see: http://www.safetsleep.com/pages/testing-trialing-safety-compliance and http://www.safetsleep.com/blogs/testimonials
In February 2000, the Safe T Sleep Sleepwrap was the only Australasian product to both exhibit and present a Paper at the International SIDS Conference held in Auckland, New Zealand. Other Papers presented have been at the Sydney, Australia International Paediatric Nurses Conference and at the Dunedin Midwifery Conference, New Zealand.
Hospital Clinical Trials Ref: New Zealand Medical Journal vol 116 No 1181. Visit:
Many hospitals are using Safe T Sleep Sleepwrap baby swaddles in the following situations: gastro-oesophageal reflux, irritable hips, cranial osteopathy, porta-catheter (central line), gastrostomies, supra-pubic catheter, traction and during some types of dressings in plastics and burn cases. Also in such areas as maintaining positions, e.g. with hypospadias patients who have to be on bed rest for a week post-surgery, cleft lip and palate babies to stop them from rolling on their tummy post-operatively, and for assistance during the removal of sutures in babies and children. Please see http://www.safetsleep.com/pages/hospital-special-need-uses for a list of hospital uses. https://www.safetsleep.com/collections/sleepwrap-baby-swaddles
The product arose due to the inventor’s experiences with permanent, severely brain-damaged children during her nursing training and designed the product for her own baby son who was a cot/crib climber. She wanted a few extra moments to get to her son after he woke before he could climb or fall and injure himself. The statistical data available in most ‘developed’ countries indicates that nearly one in seven 0-2year olds that are hospitalised every year due to falls are from cot/crib & bed falls, even low beds as it is all down to ‘how’ the baby falls. The results are death, permanent serious brain damage and other injuries. Worldwide, little education is given on this topic. See ‘testimonials’ ACC letter.
The Safe T Sleep Sleepwrap baby swaddle is a top quality, special weave, chemical free, 100% natural cotton fabric ‘wrap’, which allows a baby to do everything he/she is able to do according to their age and stage of development. The only things they cannot do are those things which may put them at risk. The Safe T Sleep Sleepwrap helps ensure that a young baby, still in the high Cot Death/SIDS risk period, is much less likely to turn onto tummy or creep into potentially uncomfortable and/or dangerous situations whilst an older infant out of the high Cot Death/SIDS risk period can be taught how to turn around within the wrap to allow them to sleep in their desired sleep position.
The Safe T Sleep Sleepwrap swaddles are made to specific safety dimensions to ensure that baby’s limbs are unable to be caught or jammed. https://www.safetsleep.com/collections/sleepwrap-baby-swaddles
The Sleepwrap is designed and intended to be used as a loving swaddle – a baby safety swaddle for use during sleep and for the few moments before and after sleep. The automatic fasteners will hold for those few moments from the baby waking to parent/caregiver being able to attend to the waking baby. For very wriggly babies see FAQ#17.
At the manufacturing level strict compliance regulations have been met and there are three points of Quality Assurance and Quality Control procedures. https://www.safetsleep.com/pages/testing-trialing-safety-compliance
The fabric has been scientifically tested: 0.27 “Tog Rating”, which ensures the breathability of the weave, suitability and safety for young infants, particularly important during the high Cot Death/SIDS risk period and/or in hot climates. The product is used successfully in Brisbane, Australia, where temperatures can reach above 40°C. Please see letter from Amanda Stembridge.
Also see FAQ#15.
The specific consistency and strength of the fabric-weave and the automatic fastening strips have been professionally laundry tested for durability to ensure that the product will withstand hundreds of washes. Industrial strength cotton thread is used, all corners are mitred and backstitched and bias trim is used to ensure extra safety and durability. With all reasonable care the Safe T Sleep Sleepwrap swaddle will safely last for up to four years making it a very versatile and inexpensive purchase.
Apart from the Safe T Sleep Sleepwrap baby swaddle, we are not aware of any other baby sleeptime soft-good product on the market in the world which has had such extensive fabric testing and extensive safety track record. This includes initial Independent, Professional Market Trialling, Independent Hospital Clinical Trialling. Educational and Instructional information is based on National and International published data and extremely wide consultation with health professionals, and the direct market. https://www.safetsleep.com/pages/product-knowledge
For the original Safe T Sleep Sleepwrap EU and USA stringent testing requirements have been met with 100% compliance. https://www.safetsleep.com/pages/testing-trialing-safety-compliance
An instruction leaflet accompanies the product to ensure wise and correct usage. The product instructions also have clear illustrations to ensure correct usage. Our website is an informative, well researched, evidence-based resource for parents, carers and health professionals.
We have tried to cover as much information as possible about the trialling and evidence-based material in regards to the Safe T Sleep Sleepwrap baby swaddle. We trust that some of the information below and on https://www.safetsleep.com/ will be sufficient to enable you to help facilitate generic, objective, accurate experience and education regarding the Safe T Sleep Sleepwrap products. Our information is based on published studies, national and international statistical data. We believe that we have made a reasonable contribution to reducing the significant preventable injuries and fatalities of infants due to babies standing, climbing and falling from baby beds, mainly cot/cribs.
The latest statistics: 2014/15 numbers of publicly funded hospital discharges aged 0-2 with the following first reported external cause codes:
W00-W19 Falls - 1544
W06 Fall involving bed - 215
W06.2 Fall involving cot - 20
W06.3 Fall involving bassinet - 4
W06.4 Fall involving cradle - 0
W06.5 Fall involving hammock - 1
W06.9 Fall involving unspecified bed - 123
So, 13.9% of fall hospital discharges in the 0-2 age range involve a bed, this is roughly equivalent to 1 in 7.
The Safe T Sleep Sleepwrap baby swaddle also saving those newborn babies who creep, roll and/or turn in their sleep and end up with their faces/heads covered or jammed up hard against cot bars or bed frames. Parents also often find baby sleeping on the side. If baby is not using the Safe T Sleep Sleepwrap baby swaddle these scenarios potentially cause ‘Positional Asphyxia’ (suffocation). Ref; New Zealand Medical Journal, 26 April 2002, Vol 115, No 1152, Pages 193-4. The hard statistic of babies found with face and head covered is globally significant causing ‘preventable suffocation’ – the leading cause of Cot Death/SIDS. https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0223/2655/files/NZ_Medical_Journal_Tristan_version.pdf?1306
The car seat was designed for comfort and safety during travel, the highchair for practical reasons during mealtimes, the pushchair for comfort and practicality whilst walking.
The Safe T Sleep Sleepwrap baby swaddle was designed for comfort and baby safe sleeping, and for the few moments before and after sleep. https://www.safetsleep.com/collections/all-safe-t-sleep-products