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8/9/18

Chelsea

Hi, are Moses (Mothercare) bassinets safe to use for a newborn sleeping in its parents room next to their bed for the first couple of months? Thanks so much!

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Posted a response on 12/9/18

Red Nose

Red Nose states that the safest place to sleep baby from birth is in a safe cot, which complies with the AS/NZS mandatory standards for either household or folding (portable) cots, in the same room as an adult caregiver for the first six to 12 months of life.

If you are considering using a bassinet or basket, Red Nose recommends you consider that there is no Australian Standard for bassinets/baskets, we are careful to keep up to date with reports of accidents associated with their use. To date, the most frequent accidents associated with bassinet use are falls and suffocation hazards. The Australian government draws on these reports and produces guidelines on ways to reduce these types of accidents, which are available on the Australian government’s product safety website https://www.productsafety.gov.au/products/babies-kids/kids-furniture/bassinettes ‘Keeping baby safe - a guide to infant and nursery products’ states that you need to “make sure the sides of the bassinette are at least 300 mm higher than the top of the mattress base to stop your baby falling out. A firm snug fitting mattress – no more than 75mm thick – to prevent suffocation”. For more information from this publication please see: https://www.productsafety.gov.au/publication/keeping-baby-safe-a-guide-to-infant-and-nursery-products

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