Babies need a protected space to sleep during their critical first months. The peepi-pod is such a space for more vulnerable babies who need to be close to a parent AND safe when they sleep. This beautifully simple innovation is about to emerge onto the ‘baby bed’ stage. It needs some help from you. Ways to help:
- Sew a cover
- We need help to make personalised covers for 1000 peepi-pods for New Zealand’s most vulnerable babies. Click here for patterns and instructions.
- Sponsor a pod. We also need sponsors.
- Contribute $NZ40.00 (excl gst) per complete peepi-pod package and be part of reducing our infant death rates.
- Click here to find out more or here to see the complete package.
Introducing the peepi-pod
The Peepi-Pod is a brand new concept. It is a sister to Wahakura (and new flax option the waikawa). All are safe sleeping spaces for babies more vulnerable to accidental suffocation and sudden infant death.
The Wahakura has been promoted in Maori communities for some time as a solution to the smoking+bedsharing risk. It comes with clear rules of use. Wahakura is a culturally rich concept that means ‘holder of what is precious’. It is hand-woven from harekeke or flax, and being hand-crafted, supply is limited. Not all babies who need extra protection have access to the protection of wahakura and its rules.
The Peepi-Pod is a low-cost ‘safe sleep’ option for more vulnerable babies (those who bed share with mothers who smoked in pregnancy). It is expected, in time, to be more readily available, so that all babies have the opportunity for protection during sleep. Peepi means ‘baby’ in Maori and of course a pod protects seeds during a vulnerable time for a plant. As with Wahakura, the Pepi-Pod does not protect a baby unless the rules of protection are also kept.