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Frequently asked questions

We try to fulfill orders as quickly as possible, our goal being to provide your baby with the safest sleeping environment as soon as possible. As such, we generally ship orders within 1-2 days. That said, please give us a call on ​0800 773 4901 (Monday – Saturday, 8am – 5pm) or email info@firstsleep.co.uk and we’ll do our best to accommodate your needs​

Sorry to hear that Lifenest didn’t meet your expectations! If there’s anything we can do to fix that, please let us know.

If not, you are covered by our 30 day return policy. We accept all returns within those 30 days, no questions asked

Here’s how it works:

1. Call us or email us to initiate the return process.

2. We’ll send you the return details.

3. As soon as we receive the product, you’ll be refunded on your original method of payment.

Please note you will need to pay the the cost of the return shipping

Yes the LifeNest design is adapted to babies from birth to 5 month old (up to 20Lbs max)

Yes, the LifeNest has been designed to be used only in a regular cot. For safety reasons, this product should never be used outside the cot and the cot mattress must be placed in the lowest position.

The LifeNest is intended to be used only for babies from birth to 5 month old. Stop using the LifeNest when the baby is able to stand up. The cot mattress must be placed in the lowest position.

No, the revolutionary LifeNest belongs to a new device category, the Sleeping System for babies. It is not a baby positioner as it doesn’t includes bolsters. It is so safe it is used in many hospitals’ neo-natal units including for premature babies

Unfortunately, extremely.

Over the past several years, pediatricians have seen an increase in the number of children with cranial asymmetry, particularly unilateral flattening of the back of the head (occiput). Currently, deformational plagiocephaly has reached epidemic proportions.

This increase is likely attributable to parents following the NHS and American Academy of Pediatrics “Back-to-Sleep” positioning recommendations aimed at decreasing the risk of SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome).

Despite declines in prevalence during the past two decades, sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) continues to be the leading cause of death for infants aged between 1 month and 1 year in developed countries.

No-one knows exactly what causes SIDS, but it is thought to be the result of a combination of factors. Experts believe SIDS occurs at a particular stage in a baby’s development, and that it affects babies who are vulnerable to certain environmental stresses. This vulnerability may be due to being born prematurely or to low birthweight, or other reasons not yet identified. Current medical and scientific evidence explains SIDS as a multifactorial disorder arising from a combination of genetic, metabolic, and environmental factors

Large-scale epidemiological studies over the last two decades have increased our understanding of SIDS and identified certain modifiable risk factors – that is risk factors parents can take action to prevent. The most important modifiable risk factors for SIDS are infants sleeping in the prone position (face down) and maternal smoking during pregnancy. Risk factors identified in these studies include:

  • Prone (face down) and side sleeping positions
  • Tobacco smoke exposure
  • Soft bedding and sleep surfaces
  • Face covered by bedding
  • Overheating/Thermal stress
  • Infants born prematurely or with a low birth weight
  • Sex – SIDS is more common in baby boys
  • Age (peak 2-4 months)
  • Sharing a bed with parents or siblings
  • Sleeping in own room rather than in parents’ room

An article in The American Academy of Pediatrics divides risk factors into two categories:

Intrinsic:
  • Male gender
  • Prematurity
  • Genetic polymorphisms
  • Prenatal exposure to cigarettes and/or alcohol
Extrinsic
  • Prone or side sleep position
  • Bed sharing
  • Overbundling
  • Soft bedding
  • Face covered

The authors studied SIDS cases in San Diego County after the initiation of the Back To Sleep campaign. They note that most SIDS infants were subject to at least 1 intrinsic risk factor and at least 2 extrinsic risks. They advocate risk reduction campaigns emphasising the importance of multiple and simultaneous SIDS risks as essential in preventing SIDS: that is reducing as many risk factors as possible.

Babies who die of SIDS are thought to have problems in the way they respond to these stresses and how they regulate their heart rate, breathing and temperature. Although the cause of SIDS is not fully understood, there are things you can do to reduce the risk (see below).

Follow the advice below to helps prevent SIDS:

  • Always place your baby on their back to sleep (even for naps)
  • Don’t smoke during pregnancy or let anyone smoke in the same room as your baby
  • Let your baby sleep in the same room (NOT the same bed) as parents, in their own cot
  • Keep your baby’s head uncovered
  • Don’t use duvets, quilts, baby nests, wedges, bedding rolls or pillows
  • Sleep positioners or any other infant sleep positioning devices should NOT be used as they pose a risk of suffocation
  • Don’t share a bed with your baby
  • Never sleep with your baby on a sofa or armchair.
  • Don’t let your baby get too hot or too cold. The room temperature should be confortable for a lightly clothed adult
  • Place your baby in the “feet to foot” position (with their feet touching the end of the cot or pram).
  • If possible, breastfeed your baby

Read more about reducing the risk of cot death

  • LifeNest encourages the back-sleeping position without the use of bolsters or other positioning devices that pose a suffocation risk
  • LifeNest reduces suffocation risk as the mesh hammock is fully breathable, even if your baby rolls over onto their stomach
  • LifeNest promotes natural air circulation to disperse excess heat and help prevent overheating
  • LifeNest reduces the risk of re-breathing CO2 as the mesh hammock and venting channels quickly eliminate the CO2 a baby breathes out for better oxygenation
  • LifeNest allows liquids and secretions pass right through the netting to help avoid any potentially dangerous airflow blockages

The LifeNest sleeping system is designed help eliminate many of the environmental risk factors that have been linked to SIDS through large-scale epidemiological studies. As most SIDS cases appear to be multifactorial (15), we believe in eliminating as many of the known risks as possible.

If you have any questions at all please give us a call on ​0800 773 4901 (Monday – Saturday, 8am – 5pm) and we’ll be delighted to chat, or email info@firstsleep.co.uk and we will get back to you as soon as possible