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19/6/18

Tess

Hello, my 5-week-old baby sleeps in a side sleeper next to our bed. I put her in a love to dream sleeping bag however during the night she can become really restless and move her self right to the edges and sideways in the bassinet. Do you have any recommendations to prevent all this moving?

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Posted a response on 19/6/18

Red Nose

Red Nose recommends that the safest place to sleep baby is in a cot that meets Australian Standards.

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. See https://rednose.org.au/article/what-is-a-safe-sleeping-environment and
https://rednose.org.au/article/what-is-a-safe-cot

Red Nose has the following information about “side-car cots”:

There has been a reported death in the home using a side-car crib.

Currently in Australia there are no AS/NZS Standards for side-car cribs or portable sleep spaces, with trials ongoing.

If a parent is thinking about using products where there are no AS/NZS Standards, they need to ascertain not only whether the product may be effective but also is it safe to use under all circumstances and where the baby may be unsupervised.

Are there any potential hazards such as entrapment, strangulation, suffocation or fall risks associated with using this product?

The safety of baby needs to be ensured at all times.

See https://rednose.org.au/article/sharing-a-sleep-surface-with-a-baby.

Is the side sleeper you are using one that has a drop down side or is designed to fix to the bed?

A baby who is wriggling/moving a lot may be at risk of a fall or entrapment if there is a gap between cot and adult bed.

Red Nose does not recommend using any product that keeps baby fixed in any position.

Red Nose does not recommend positional products such as anti-roll devices and items that fasten a baby into a sleeping position.

Products that restrict the movement of a baby or a baby’s head should not be used. This is because there are no Australian Standards for these products and case studies have shown that these products can be unsafe.

See https://rednose.org.au/article/is-it-safe-to-use-products-designed-to-keep-baby-in-a-particular-position.

Most babies don’t roll and move around the cot before 3 months of age, however some parents do report this happening at an earlier age. Many of these babies reduce their “wriggling and moving” when they are no longer swaddled and have their arms free.

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