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Is there any harm in switching our son over from the bassinet to a cot when he is only 3 months old? ( I will still be sleeping next to him) It seems a little too soon, he is only small but some mornings I find he has wiggled up the bassinet and his head is touching the top of it.

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Posted a response on 20/6/17

Red Nose

It is most certainly OK to switch your son into a cot. There is currently no Australian Standard for bassinets, Red Nose recommends the safest place to sleep a baby right from birth is in a safe cot. A safe cot is one that meets the Australian Standards AS/NZS 2172:2003 for household cots and AS/NZS 2195 for portacots.

Red Nose recommends that you place your baby to sleep on their back, ensuring that his face and head remains uncovered during sleep. A good way to achieve this is to place your baby in a safe infant sleeping bag (a safe infant sleeping bag is designed especially for baby, with fitted neck and armholes and no hood). If you are using a blanket instead of a sleeping bag, ensure your baby is placed with his feet at the end of the cot, tucking the blanket in securely underneath the mattress, so it can only ride up as far as your baby’s chest and cannot cover his head. Ensure there is no soft bedding in your baby’s sleep environment. Soft bedding (pillows, doonas, loose bedding or fabric, lambswool, bumpers or soft toys) in the cot is unnecessary and may cover your baby’s face and obstruct your baby’s breathing.

For more information, please refer to our articles below on bassinets and cots.

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