As of October 1, childcare workers will overrule parents when it comes to how babies should sleep.
If a parent asks that their baby be put to sleep in a way that doesn’t meet safe sleeping guidelines, childcare workers will not do it.
Babies will be put to sleep on their back unless parents provide a medical reason why they should sleep on their side or front. As well as that, childcare workers won’t swaddle or wrap the arms of babies older than three months.
A spokesperson for Red Nose, Yvonne Amos, says once babies start to roll, they should be wrapped under the arms.
“So roughly from the first three months of life, you wrap from the shoulders down,” Amos tells Mamamia. “After three months, arms free, so if they do roll over they’ve got the opportunity to roll back. Or stop wrapping and go to a baby sleep bag.”
The crackdown follows the death in 2012 in five-month-old Indianna Rose Hicks. She died from SIDS while in family day care in Queensland. Her arms had been wrapped and she was found lying face down.