Hello and thanks for this very informative service. My question relates to babies sleeping in a children's service (child care). In the Montessori approach, promoting independence and autonomy, babies are introduced to sleeping on floor beds from around 3 months of age. If the mattress and bedding being used is exactly as recommended by Red Nose, can you please provide any other advice as to the suitability or otherwise of floor beds? I am personally interested as the approach certainly has benefits worth considering, but safety is the highest priority. Many thanks.
Thank you for contacting Red Nose with your question.
Red Nose recommends that the safest place for a baby to sleep is in a cot that meets the mandatory Australian Standards, on a mattress that is firm, clean, well-fitting & flat.
Red Nose supports the general safety recommendations that most babies sleep in a cot till at least 18mth of age.
There is always concern for safety when young babies are placed for sleep outside of the cot environment, where they might be at risk of accidents when “ünconfined”
Supervision of sleeping babies, in line with ACECQA guidelines for “sleep & rest” would need to be monitored very closely for babies sleeping on a floor bed.
The information in Red Nose “cot to bed ” safety brochure may be helpful.
You can download the brochure at: https://rednose.org.au/resources/education
Some more articles can be found here:
Some more recommended info:
- Ensure the mattress is firm, clean & flat.
- Ensure mattress is placed away from walls, to reduce the risk for entrapment.
- Keep area around mattress clear of pillows, soft toys, bean bags, plastic bags or similar objects to reduce risk of suffocation &/or other injury.
- Sleeping bags should be used cautiously when babies sleep on a mattress, particularly when they are mobile. These babies are at a high risk of falls if not in a cot.
Pay particular attention to other furniture in the room , especially if furniture may be able to be pulled over.
Avoid placing mattress near windows (especially low ones) , dangling cords & mobiles.
Keep heaters, electrical appliances & power points away from sleep environment.