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Posted August 4 2010 02:50pm

A bassinet is a basket-like product intended to provide a sleeping place for an infant. Bassinets are often made of wicker. They may also have soft or rigid sides. The Canadian Paediatric Society recommends that the safest place for a baby to sleep is on their back in a crib that meets current Canadian safety standards in their parents room.  If you choose to use a bassinet, Health Canada is proposing new standards related to their safety, check for these before purchasing a bassinet.
Bassinets are smaller than cribs, so are typically made for babies up to the age of 3 months old and weighing 10 kg (22 lbs) or less. Bassinets are also no larger than 50 cm (20 inches) in width and 90 cm (35 inches) in length. Whereas cradles rock back and forth, bassinets are stationary. Some bassinets come with portable frames and wheels, allowing them to be rolled from room to room. Some bassinets also come with integrated changing tables.
Choosing a safe bassinet:    

  • Choose a bassinet that is sturdy and has a wide base.
  • Choose a bassinet with a manufacturer’s label listing when, where and by whom it was made and the name and model number.
  • Choose a bassinet with a safety label listing the warnings, in both official languages.
  • Bassinets are intended for a baby who is 3 months old or less, and who has a body mass of 10 kg (22 lbs) or less.
  • Stop using this product when your baby can roll over, push up on his hands and knees or sit up.
  • Mattresses and padding should have a firm surface and fit snugly. Only use a mattress that is long and wide enough so that the gap between the mattress and the two sides forming one corner of the bassinet is not more than 3 cm (1.18 in) when the mattress is pushed into the opposite corner of the bassinet. The mattress should be no thicker than 8 cm (3.15 in)

Bassinet safety:

  • Do lock any wheels on a portable bassinet when stationary.
  • Do lock the legs on folding models when the baby is in the bassinet. 
  • Don’t use a bassinet that has rough, sharp inside edges.
  • Check the bassinet regularly before using it for any missing or loose parts.
  • Don’t use a bassinet that has space between its slats or spindles larger than 6 cm (2 3/8 inches).
  • Place the bassinet away from windows, curtains, blind or extension cords, electrical plugs or lamps. Children can fall out of windows or get caught in cords.
  • Don’t set up your bassinet with bumper pads, comforters, soft mattresses, or stuffed toys. These can suffocate your baby.
  • Don’t tie your baby in the bassinet. Strings and ribbons can choke your child.


Additional Resource:

Health Canada website on Safe Sleeping for Children


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