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22/8/19

Jean

Hi there, I have a 3 month old baby who we’ve just transitioned out of a mini crib and into his cot as he was hitting his head in the top of the mini crib. However he now wriggles so much he ends up hitting his head against the side bars of the cot ( so much so he has bruises on his head). We have a bumper to go around the inside of the cot, but have not used it as we were told that it is unsafe. Is this true? It is Cotten and light. And if so, is there something else we can use instead such as an insert etc to prevent him hitting his little head? He is still being swaddled - is just a very active sleeper! Thanks! Jean

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Posted a response on 3/9/19

Red Nose Australia

Hi Jean,

Red Nose has the following information about the use of bumpers.

Soft bedding is dangerous in a cot and should not be used. Soft bedding includes pillows, quilts, doonas, soft toys and bumpers.
Soft bedding may cover the baby’s face and obstruct breathing and/or cause overheating.
https://rednose.org.au/article/at-what-age-can-i-introduce-cot-bumpers-and-pillows

This is especially important as baby is learning to roll & move around during sleep.

Red Nose also recommends that babies who are starting to roll & move around the cot, should have their arms free, & no longer be swaddled &  to cease swaddling from about 3 mths of age.

Some of the information provided by Red Nose includes:

principles of safe wrapping
Sleep baby with face uncovered (no doonas, pillows, cot bumpers, lambs’ wool or soft toys in the sleeping environment)..............
Modify the wrap to meet the baby’s developmental changes, e.g. arms free once ‘startle’ reflex begins to disappear which is usually around 3 months; (Moro or ‘startle’ reflex should have disappeared completely by 4-5 months).
As soon as a baby shows signs of beginning to roll, wrapping should be discontinued
https://rednose.org.au/article/wrapping-babies

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