Inclined infant sleep products have been banned after being implicated in 73 deaths overseas.

Trading Standards advises parents and carers not to use inclined infant sleep products (infant sleepers). These products have been implicated in at least 73 infant deaths overseas, between 2005 and 2019.

The ban applies to products that are designed, intended or marketed for babies to sleep in, and that have a sleep surface angled more than 7 degrees from the horizontal. The evidence of serious harm from overseas has led to a ban being put in place for some types of inclined sleepers, meaning they cannot legally be imported, sold or given away in New Zealand. 

Plunket’s Chief Nurse Dr Jane O’Malley says, “the safest place for infants to sleep is on their back in their own sleep space. This can be, for example, in a cot, bassinet, or wahakura, which provides a firm, flat surface and is clear of anything that may cover their face or choke them”.

For more information on safe sleep talk to Plunket or see the Ministry of Health guidelines for safe sleep.

Contact Plunket(external link)  — Plunket 

Safe sleep(external link)  — Ministry of Health

Information on the ban is available on the Trading Standards website.

Inclined infant sleep products(external link)  — Trading Standards

Under the Consumer Guarantees Act (CGA), products must be of acceptable quality, which includes being safe to use. As inclined sleepers have been declared unsafe, consumers may be able to return the goods as unsafe under the CGA and request a refund. 

Consumer Guarantees Act