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Hi, I am thinking of putting my baby on a king single mattress on the floor, pushed to two corners of the wall when she will be 6-12 months. She will have the whole mattress to herself. I would like to know how safe this would be? Thanks.

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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

Most babies remain in a cot for sleep until they reach the age where they may attempt to climb out of the cot. This most commonly occurs around 2 – 3 years of age, and occasionally from 18 months.

While a mattress on the floor may be an appropriate transition from cot to bed for a toddler, there can be risks in this environment, especially for a younger baby. The risk of entrapment between mattress and wall is potentially greater for a younger baby.

Red Nose recommends the following when transitioning a toddler from cot to bed:

FLOOR MATTRESS One option is to take the mattress from a cot or a full height single bed and use it made up on the floor.

Ensure the mattress is positioned away from the walls as young children can become trapped between the mattress and wall. A child’s mattress needs to be firm to prevent sleep accidents.

Keep the area around the mattress clear of soft toys, bean bags, plastic bags or similar objects that a young child can roll onto. Soft objects could mould around a young child’s face, resulting in suffocation.

Download the Cot to Bed Safety brochure here.

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