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Hi we are going away for a few days with 6 week old. Is it safe for him to sleep in the bassinet of the pram seems to be different information on line.

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Posted a response on 15/4/19


Hi Aideen,

Thank you for contacting Red Nose with your question.

There are a range of responses to sleeping baby in a pram overnight. Part of the reason for this is that prams are designed as transport item, not a sleep (overnight or unsupervised) environment.

A pram is not the same as a bassinet.

There are no mandatory standards for a bassinet in Australia, however Product Safety Australia has some “buying tips” that are related to what a safe bassinet might look like.

These include:
• 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.
For more info see: https://www.productsafety.gov.au/products/babies-kids/kids-furniture/bassinettes

Would your pram mirror these tips?

Red Nose recommends never leaving your unattended in a pram or stroller. It is not a substitute for a cot.
see more info: https://rednose.org.au/article/prams-and-strollers

Product Safety information includes:
• Avoid sleeping children in prams or strollers. Never have an unharnessed child asleep in a pram or stroller as they can move about and may be at risk of falling or entrapment. If they are asleep, maintain regular supervision.
• Do not use a pillow or cushion in the pram or stroller, because it may cause suffocation.

Kind regards, Red Nose

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