I have attended a safe sleeping class and been advised that the Baby Bjorn Cradle bassinet has been deemed as unsafe by Choice. Could you advise why this would be the case? And also suggest some safer bassinet options. Thanks
Red Nose Education
Red Nose has the following information in relation to bassinets.
To date, the most frequent accidents associated with bassinet use are falls and suffocation hazards.
There are no Mandatory Standards for bassinets in Australia, however Product Safety Australia does have information (Buying Tips) about bassinets & rocking cradles.
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.
Follow guidelines on the appropriate weight and size of babies who can safely use the product.
Make sure the cradle has a permanent child-resistant lock that stops the cradle from rocking when the baby is unattended.
Rocking cradles should have a tilt limiter to limit the angle of tilt to no more than 10 degrees from the cradle’s horizontal position.
Follow guidelines on the appropriate weight and size of a baby who can safely use the product.
Ensure the cradle cannot tilt too far.