Safe Sleeping app

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

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New Zealand

Clinical review


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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.       


✔ 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


Clinical review

Reviewer: Jeremy Steinberg, GP, FRNZCGP
Date of review: February 2019
Comments: This app is little more than an information leaflet in app form. There is the equivalent of around one page of written content. Although the information was accurate, it was incomplete and didn’t include videos which would be well suited to this style of app. Another New Zealand app called Well Child(external link) has comprehensive information about many areas of child health and includes a written and video section on SIDS (although it also isn’t completely comprehensive). This app therefore appears to be unnecessary. 
Safety concerns: None.
New Zealand relevance: Created for a New Zealand audience.    

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Reviewed by: Jeremy Steinberg, GP, FRNZCGP

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