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Hello, I was just wondering what are the safest practices for baby day-sleeping when we are not at home? I have heard mixed reviews about letting the baby day-sleep in baby loungers, pram bassinets and porta-cots. Hoping you can provide some clarification. Thank you.

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Posted a response on 7/7/22

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A safe sleeping environment means that all potential dangers have been removed and the baby is sleeping in a safe place. The ideal place for a baby to sleep is in a safe cot, on a safe mattress, with safe bedding in a safe sleeping place, both night and day.


A portacot that meets Mandatory Australian Standards would be preferable option for day time sleeps when away from home.
Only use the firm, thin, well-fitting mattress that is supplied with the portable cot. Never add a second mattress or additional padding under or over the mattress, which has been specifically designed for the portacot,

Wear and tear can expose baby to hazards. Only use a portable cot that has the mesh intact and that has no broken parts. Ensure that the base is flat and regularly check the portacot for signs of damage.


Do not use any products that have soft padded sides or base or does not allow baby to lie on their back & flat, not elevated.
Do not use a bassinet for sleep once baby is showing signs of rolling, usually around 3 months of age.

Never leave your baby unattended in a pram or stroller. It is not a substitute for a cot.

Avoid sleeping children in prams or strollers. Never have an unharnessed child asleep in a pram or stroller as they can move about and may be at risk of falling or entrapment. If they are asleep, maintain regular supervision


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