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20/4/19

Kat

My son is 8 months old, he sleeps in a love to dream sleeping bag in his cot with arms out as he rolls. He rolls around in his cot to the point he is constantly knocking his head against the rails. What can I do to prevent him from injuring himself with this as I know bumpers are not sids safe.

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Posted a response on 24/4/19

kasey

Hi Kat,

Thank you for contacting Red Nose with your question.

It is not uncommon for babies to roll around in the cot & sleep in many different positions.  Some babies do roll against the cot sides at time.

Many parents are become concerned about the potential for injury from the infant bumping up against the cot sides, or getting an arm or leg stuck between the slats.

United States Consumer Product Safety Commission data has shown that infants suffer essentially no long term injuries from contact with cot slats.

Red Nose does not recommend using soft & padded bumpers in the cot, due to potential for suffocation risk.

Most products that will cover cot sides are soft & padded.

See more info at: https://rednose.org.au/article/at-what-age-can-i-introduce-cot-bumpers-and-pillows

When we look at products to buy for a new baby, we need to ascertain not only whether it is effective for the required purpose but also is it safe to use under all circumstances of use especially where the baby may be unsupervised. This is particularly important when selecting products which babies will use when asleep.

See more info at: https://rednose.org.au/article/baby-safe-sleeping-products

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