A wahakura is a woven bassinet like structure intended as a safe sleeping space for an infant from birth to 6 months of age. A pepi-pod is a plastic version of the wahakura made from polypropylene. 

To decrease risk of Sudden Unexpected Death in Infancy (SUDI). Risk of SUDI is doubled if the mother smokes in pregnancy but goes up by eight times if the mother who smoked in pregnancy bed-shares with her baby. A wahakura/pepi-pod removes much of the risk of a shared bed by providing a safe place to sleep.

Babies, like all other animals, have a natural drive to breathe. In a SUDI death, the baby stops breathing in its sleep for some unknown reason. There are a number of things that increase SUDI risk:

  • re-breathing its own air
  • smoking in pregnancy
  • overheating
  • blockage of the airways.

Any one of these may cause the baby to stop breathing – more likely if two or more of these things are happening at once. However, some babies do not seem to have any of these problems.

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When you need to clean your wahakura, just use warm soapy water and a damp cloth. Wipe the soiled area gently. Allow wahakura to dry before reusing. Your wahakura will experience wear and tear and that is normal. Sometimes it might loose its original shape.