Are baby nests/pods safe to put newborns in? Bub will have a bassinet in our room however I have seen them being used for when they are supervised in the lounge room. Thank you
Thank you for contacting Red Nose with your question.
Red Nose recommendations for baby’s sleep environment is valid for all sleeps. Placing a baby on their back and keeping them under supervision is equally important for night-time and day-time sleeps.
Safety of the baby’s sleep environment is a priority over sharing the same room as the baby for daytime sleeps
Parents are not expected to observe baby constantly. If baby is sleeping in a separate room check baby regularly to ensure that the baby remains on the back and the head and face remain uncovered (as baby grows beyond 5-6 months they will move around the cot and roll over; settle baby to sleep on their back but let them find the sleep position they feel most comfortable in. A safe cot and safe sleep environment is still necessary for older babies).
For more info see: https://rednose.org.au/article/roomsharing
Things to thing about are:
- Does this nest have a firm base or soft padded sides?
- Does it allow baby to lie flat?
It is important that baby’s sleep environment includes:
- Safe cot,
- place baby to sleep on the back on a firm, clean, well-fitting & flat mattress.
- Avoid using soft, padded items in the sleep environment. Soft bedding is dangerous in a cot and should not be used.
- Soft bedding includes pillows, quilts, doonas, soft toys and bumpers.
- Soft bedding may cover the baby’s face and obstruct breathing and/or cause overheating.
For more info see: https://rednose.org.au/article/at-what-age-can-i-introduce-cot-bumpers-and-pillows