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9/12/18

Sarah

I am currently 20 weeks pregnant. I’ve been reading a lot about the Montissori floor bed and after talking to others who have used this method and finding out the reasoning behind it really like the idea. I’m keen to try it with my baby. I’ve got an approved co-sleeper for the first few months but then would like to use the floor bed method. Wondering what Red Nose's view on this is and if any research has been done on safety around this? I want to ensure baby is safe but like the idea of baby having freedom as they grow to explore and develop.

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Posted a response on 14/12/18

Red Nose

Hi Sarah,

Red Nose recommends that the safest place for a baby to sleep is in a cot that meets Australian standards in the same room as parents/caregiver.

https://rednose.com.au/article/what-is-a-safe-sleeping-environment

I’m not sure what a “approved co-sleeper” is. Red Nose does not approve or endorse any specific products, and there are no mandatory Australian standards for co-sleepers.

Most safety organisations, including Red Nose, highlight safety concerns for babies sleeping other than in a cot, particularly when unsupervised.

Once baby is “uncontained” out of a cot and in a bed, the risk a to baby’s safety is increased, especially when they are mobile.

https://rednose.com.au/article/making-your-home-safe-before-moving-a-child-from-a-cot-to-a-bed

It is also important to remember that when baby is sleeping in any early learning centre, including Montessori centres, they are constantly supervised.

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