Sophia settling for sleep 

Video Demo


Comment from a parent
about using a Pepi-Pod® sleep space 

"I could settle baby to sleep and take the pepi-pod from room to room with me which gave me peace of mind. 

I could have the baby in my room even though our room is small and we could not fit the cot in it. 

Also it meant that due to the frequent waking of baby I could attend to his needs quickly, even in the middle of the night, as he was always close to me."  

  Pepi-Pod® page for parents and community

Pepi-Pod® sleep spaces now available to the public. 

Due to public demand and concern, people can now buy these infant sleep spaces directly from us through the mechanism of Trade Me.

What is a


 sleep space?

 A Pepi-Pod®  sleep space is a protected place for babies to sleep when they are in, or on, an adult bed, on a couch, in a makeshift setting, or away from home. These situations have a higher risk of accidental suffocation for babies. Pepi means 'baby' in Maori and a pod is a symbol of protection in nature. 

The Pepi-Pod® is the safe space, but parents must also provide the safe care. This means:

  • on the back 
  • able to breathe and stay breathing (airways kept clear of any hazards)

How do I get a Pepi-Pod® sleep space?

There are three ways you may be able to get a Pepi-Pod® sleep space:

  • through a local health or community agency (ask your midwife, nurse or doctor))
  • with a hardship grant from Work and Income (ask your midwife, or social worker)
  • buy one from  through Trade Me (Baby Gear Listings) either new or used, or receive one from friends or family
If you buy one on Trade Me it will be shipped to the delivery address you give.

If you  live in a region that is providing the  Pepi-Pod® programme and think your baby is eligible, you can ask your whanau worker, midwife or another health professional for a referral.  

What are the criteria for getting a Pepi-Pod® sleep space?

To get one with the support of Work and Income, you will need to meet criteria for a hardship grant and also have a referral from a health professional.

The health funded Pepi-Pod® programme is for more vulnerable babies, being babies with weakened breathing responses due to:                     

  • exposure to smoking, especially in pregnancy, 
  • being born premature (before 37 weeks)
  • being low birth weight (weighing less than 2500 grams at birth)

How do I use my
  Pepi-Pod® sleep space?

Every part of the  Pepi-Pod® package has been designed to consider safety. These links show how to set up the sleep space. If you would like to share what you learned at the safety briefing, or remind yourself, you can

  • see this video clip 'Sleep Safe, Little One' showing how to prepare a baby for sleeping in a Pepi-Pod® sleep space (updated November 2016)
  • viewpicture demo that explains the safety features and how to make up the Pepi-Pod®
  • read this information card that comes with the Pepi-Pod® sleep space
  • provide feedback on your experience using a Pepi-Pod® (we would love to hear from you)

What do other parents think of the  Pepi-Pod® sleep space?

Here are comments from other parents who have used these sleep spaces for their babies, or you can see the full reports (2011, 2012, 2013, 2014). These are some examples:

  • "My family thought it was a wonderful invention' 
  • "It made me sleep better at night knowing he was safe and nothing could suffocate him." 
  • "It was one of the most helpful things we received."
  • "This is a really good alternative to a cot when baby is small." 
  • "Better than a baby seat as baby can sleep on a flat surface." 

What makes a baby more resilient?

More vulnerable babies have less fight if they meet a breathing challenge during sleep. To reduce their increased risks they need

  • safe care to make them as strong as possible on the inside. This means: breastfed, smokefree, immunised, handled gently.
  • safe conditions every time and place they sleep. These are: on the back, face clear, own space, carer near.       

To learn more about protecting babies