Hi, I have a 2 mo old and I've been trying to set a safe sleeping environment for her. I'm looking at connecting her cot next to our bed (remove the side railing etc.). Are there any guidelines for this setup?
Red Nose recommends that the safest place to sleep baby is in a cot that meets Australian Standards on a safe mattress, with safe bedding in a safe sleeping place, both night and day.
For information on safe sleep environments please see https://rednose.com.au/article/what-is-a-safe-sleeping-environment
For information on safe cots please see https://rednose.com.au/article/what-is-a-safe-cot
By removing the side of your cot and putting it up against the bed it is essentially resembling a “side-car cot”. Red Nose has the following information about “side-car cots”. There has been a reported death in the home using a side-car crib.
Currently in Australia there are no AS/NZS Standards for side-car cribs or portable sleep spaces, with trials ongoing.
If a parent is thinking about using products where there are no AS/NZS Standards, they need to ascertain not only whether the product may be effective but also is it safe to use under all circumstances and where the baby may be unsupervised.
Are there any potential hazards such as entrapment, strangulation, suffocation or fall risks associated with using this product? The safety of baby needs to be ensured at all times. A baby who is wriggling/moving a lot may be at risk of a fall or entrapment if there is a gap between cot & adult bed.
For more information please see https://rednose.com.au/article/sharing-a-sleep-surface-with-a-baby