We are aware that the safest place for a newborn to sleep is in their cot, however we do not have the space available to have the cot in our bedroom and the nursery is to far from the main rooms and master for them to be sleeping there from birth. Is a porta cot in our room the best option we have to ensure our baby is safe at night?
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 6 to 12 months of life. With a cot not fitting in your room you might also want to consider a portable cot that meets Australian Safety Standards - For more information about portable cots please see: https://rednose.com.au/article/portable-cots
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 If you choose to use a bassinet you can find out further information on what to look out for from the ACCC in their publication ‘Keeping baby safe - a guide to infant and nursery products’ available https://www.productsafety.gov.au/publication/keeping-baby-safe-a-guide-to-infant-and-nursery-products.