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Is a pram bassinet as safe for night sleeping as a bedside bassinet? if not, how long would it be safe for a baby to sleep in a pram bassinet?

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Posted a response on 3/3/20

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There are no mandatory standards for bassinets in Australia but Product Safety & Red Nose have the following information about using a pram, for particularly unobserved, sleep.
If you are using a pram as a bassinet it is important to look at the following information as it related to your specific pram.

Bassinet & Pram recommendations from Product Safety Australia highlight the following:

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.

Infants can fall out of a bassinette and suffer serious injuries if:
the bassinette tips over
the sides are not high enough.
Babies can also suffocate if the bassinette has the wrong mattress or if you use pillows or folded quilts as mattresses.

Prams – Product Safety has mandatory standards for prams as a “transport device”
Their recommendations for sleep are as follows:
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.

Red Nose has the following general information about Bassinets & Prams
As there is no Australian Standard for bassinets, we are careful to keep up to date with reports of accidents associated with their use.
To date, the most frequent accidents associated with bassinet use are falls and suffocation hazards.
Never leave your baby unattended in a pram or stroller. It is not a substitute for a cot.

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