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Full List Of Unsafe Bassinets Revealed As Red Nose Calls On Government To Introduce Mandatory Standards

The Red Nose charity is calling for urgent action from the government, after a consumer safety study found most bassinets fail safety tests.

Consumer advocacy group Choice examined 33 popular bassinets, however, 24 failed their safety test.

The consumer watchdog tested things like whether the bassinet has sufficient breathable zones to prevent suffocation if there were any entrapment hazards,  materials or objects that can come loose and cause injury, as well as if the depth prevented children from crawling or rolling out.

Well-known brands such as Pottery Barn Kids, Baby Bjorn and Kmart are included on the list.

"There's no Australian safety standard for bassinets, which is how lots of potentially unsafe bassinets make it onto the market for new parents to buy,"  Kim Gilmour, CHOICE's baby product expert said.

The only bassinet available on Kmart Online. IMAGE: Kmart

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On Friday afternoon, a Red Nose spokesperson said parents have the right to know that products sold in Australia are safe and need Australian mandatory standards to provide that assurance. These standards currently exist for cots and should extend to bassinets.

"Red Nose is working with the industry to improve bassinet safety and calls for a national mandatory standard to be introduced in line with cot safety," Jane Wiggill, Red Nose Chief Midwife and Nurse said.

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Wiggill said the most frequently reported accidents associated with bassinets are falls and suffocation.

Instagram trendsetters have also been put on notice.

"Although you may like the look of a rattan or wicker bassinet, we find that this material can often have splinters and rough, jagged ends on the wickerwork that could cause skin or eye injuries," Gilmour said.

Rattan Collective bassinet retailing at $395. IMAGE: Rattan Collective

For example a Pottery Barn Kids Bassinet only scored only 40 percent because it also posed a significant risks of limb entrapment due to the wicker design.

An earthy-looking rattan bassinet from The Rattan Collective, which retails for almost $400 scored just 20 percent.

Choice found considerable safety failures including gaps as well as inadequate instructions to help you place the mattress correctly.

The bassinets that failed CHOICE safety tests:

  • BabyBjörn Cradle 041121
  • Cariboo Classic
  • Cariboo Folding
  • Cariboo Gentle Motions
  • Chicco next2me 10840
  • Childcare Carme Bassinet 036513-385
  • Kmart Anko Bassinet 42712893
  • Pottery Barn Kids Bassinet and Mattress set
  • Star Kidz Compagno Deluxe Baby Bassinet
  • Troll Sun Bassinet
  • Arm's Reach Cambria Co-Sleeper 8300-N
  • Arm's Reach Mini ARC Co-Sleeper 5111-N
  • Baby Inc Sonno Bassinet N9859
  • BabyBay Original, Mattress and Side Panel
  • Bebe Care Crib 096328-003
  • Bednest Bassinet
  • Fisher-Price Stow 'n Go Bassinet FBR72
  • Grotime Eurella
  • Halo Bassinest 3840
  • Ingenuity Foldaway Rocking Bassinet 10896
  • Ingenuity Foldaway Rocking Bassinet Classic 11557
  • Sunbury Cocoon Bassinet 41100-08
  • The Rattan Collective Yami
  • Ya.Ya.Ya Soothing Motions Bassinet HD3689-F

The Red Nose organisation recommends the best way to reduce the risk of SIDS is for babies to sleep in a safe cot or bassinet and in the same room as an adult for the first six to 12 months.

Red Nose Buying tips

  • Ensure the sides of the bassinette are at least 300mm higher than the top of the mattress base.
  • Ensure it has a wide stable base and a sturdy bottom so it won’t tip over.
  • Ensure the mattress fits well and is firm, flat and no more than 75 mm thick.
  • If the bassinette has folding legs, make sure they can’t accidentally fold down during use.

Red Nose Safe use tips

  • Follow the manufacturer’s assembly instructions.
  • Follow guidelines on the appropriate weight and size of babies who can safely use the product.
  • Keep the bassinette away from curtains, blinds, heaters or power points.
  • Regularly check that screws and bolts are tight to avoid accidental collapse.
  • Remove decorative bows and ribbons to prevent strangulation.
  • Never use pillows or folded quilts in a bassinette as these can cause suffocation.

Contact the author alattouf@networkten.com.au