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1/9/18

Peta

Hi, we have been given a timber bassinet from a friend with a new mattress (mattress has been used by their baby for approx 6-8 months, they purchased mattress brand new). The mattress measures approx 7cm deep. I was wondering is this an ok depth or does it need to be less?

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Posted a response on 6/9/18

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 Red Nose recommends you consider that there is no Australian Standard for bassinets, 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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