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Hello, my four month old has just started rolling from back to tummy. He is still in a bassinet in our room and I was wondering if it was a sids risk to keep him in the bassinet overnight now he can potentially roll over at night? The bassinet has mesh sides (a Boori bassinet) thank you!

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Posted a response on 5/6/19

Red Nose Australia

Hi Alexandra,

Thank you for contacting Red Nose with your question.

Red Nose has the following information about baby rolling, which includes the importance of ceasing to wrap & moving baby to a cot from bassinet.

It is also important to check that the cot mattress is firm, clean, well-fitting & flat & that there is nothing loose, soft or padded in the sleep environment.

Many babies are rolling by 4 - 5mths of age, with most rolling by 6 mths of age. This often starts during wake hours, but many babies then will roll during sleep.

It is essential to discontinue wrapping as soon as baby starts showing signs that they can begin to roll, usually between 4-6 months. If you wrap your baby, consider baby’s stage of development. Leave arms free once the startle reflex disappears around 3 months

If you are using a bassinette it is time to transfer your baby into a cot as soon as they first show signs of being able to roll

See more: https://rednose.org.au/article/what-do-we-do-now-that-a-baby-has-started-to-roll-over

Education Services Officer
Red Nose

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