Hi, We are looking at pram options for newborns and the Uppababy range has their bassinets listed as approved for overnight sleeping. We can't locate any Australian information to support this though or what standard it was tested to. We are considering the use of the pram bassinet when travelling home after giving birth over ~ 4 weeks (bubs will have solid furniture in the home once we arrive). We know the Uppababy is an American brand and are wondering if they have undergone any testing within Australia to support their claims (in light of the risks of SIUD)? Thanks.
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Product Safety Australia & Red Nose do not recommend a pram as a sleep environment, particularly overnight when not supervised, as they do not have standards as sleep environment.
Red Nose has the following information about prams
A safe pram or stroller is one that meets the Australian standard for prams and strollers. All new and second hand prams and strollers sold in Australia must meet the current Australian and New Zealand standard ‘Prams and strollers—safety requirements’. AS/NZS 2088:2000.
Never leave your baby unattended in a pram or stroller. It is not a substitute for a cot.
Product Safety Australia is responsible for developing & moderating safety standards in Australia.
Always check with retailer if the pram meets the Australian standards.
Product Safety Australia does not include “unsupervised sleeping” in Australian standards for prams.
The following information is on their web site.
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.
If choosing to use a pram as a bassinet, the following information is available in relation to bassinets in general.
While there are no standards in Australia for bassinets, Product Safety has the following information.
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.
The most common reports about bassinets (& prams used as bassinets) are in relation to falls & suffocation.