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Hi, I’m a FTM and currently 24+3 weeks and I am going to follow the guidelines in regard to safe sleeping with cot set up, but I have been wondering how safe it would be to use a bassinet during the day when I’m in my living area studying (I’m also a full time uni student) so I can have my baby near me and watch them instead of putting him to bed in the cot during the day.. I realise this is just so it is more convenient for me, if it is really not recommended to do this with the bassinet being right there with me while I study, then I’ll probably resort to studying on my bed next to his cot :/ thank you for any guidance you can give, Rhiannon

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Posted a response on 19/12/19

Red Nose Education

Red Nose does promote the use of a cot for baby to sleep in, as cots have mandatory standards provided by Product Safety Australia.

Bassinets do not have mandatory standards, however they can still be used for the first few months as long as they fit the safety criteria (known as “buying tips” ) outlined by Product Safety.


Ensure the sides of the bassinette are at least 300 mm higher than the top of the mattress base.
Ensure it has a wide stable base and a sturdy bottom so that it won’t tip over.
Ensure the mattress fits well and is firm, smooth and no more than 75 mm thick.
If the product has folding legs, make sure it cannot accidentally fold during use.

See information on Product Safety website (linked above) for full information about bassinettes.

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