These Centuries-Old Flax Baby Beds Are Helping To Prevent Infant Deaths

The wahakura is a traditional woven baby basket used by the Maori.- The Huffington Post US

Sleep experts say a centuries-old woven bassinet may be the answer to saving dozens of New Zealand infants’ lives every year.

New research showed that the wahakura ― a modern version of a traditional woven baby basket used by New Zealand’s indigenous Māori populations in the 1600s ― could help lower the high prevalence of sudden unexpected infant deaths in today’s Māori populations. (Sudden unexpected infant death is more commonly referred to as sudden infant death syndrome or SIDS in the U.S.)

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