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Aldi in hot water as midwives warn controversial baby sleep aide may increase cot death


Airedale Midwives issued parents a warning against the Babymoov Cosydream sold in Aldi. A Facebook post said: “NOT RECOMMENDED: These are currently advertised in the Aldi magazine and available to buy in store. Please do not purchase any sleep aids for your baby, they are not recommended and may increase your baby’s risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), previously called cot death.

“You may notice in small print it says adult supervision required. Please refer to the Lullaby Trust for safe sleep guidelines or talk to your midwife.”

The Lullaby Trust is a charity that raises awareness around SIDS. They warn that sleeping products can cause babies to overheat or obstruct their airways. They add that encouraging babies to sleep for longer or more deeply than is usual for them also increases the risk of SIDS.

SIDS is the sudden, unexpected and unexplained death of an apparently healthy baby, usually when they are asleep. According to the NHS, more than 200 babies in the UK die this way every year.

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The Babymoov Cosydream is described on the Aldi website as: “Ergonomic baby support to keep your baby secure and comfortable.

“The cushioning effect reassures baby and the integrated anatomical headrest helps to keep your little ones head nice and round. Your baby’s back will be supported and legs raised as to aid digestion.”

It also comes with a safety warning that adult supervision is required.

Parents were quick to share the warning with one woman saying: “The worrying thing is so many parents now buy these type of things.”

If you smoke, take drugs or have been drinking alcohol you must make sure baby is in their own cot, pram or Moses basket before you fall asleep.

Your baby should be in the “feet to foot” position- with their feet touching the end of the cot, pram or Moses basket. Their head should be uncovered and their blanket tucked in no higher than their shoulders.

Your baby should not get too hot or too cold, a room temperature of 16 to 20 degrees with light bedding or lightweight baby sleeping bag will provide a comfortable sleeping environment.

An Aldi spokesperson said: “This BabyMoov product has passed rigorous third-party safety testing and is widely available from retailers across the UK. The product should always be used in accordance with the safety instructions provided and is suitable for babies from birth to three months when supervised.”


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