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A bassinette is a small bed for young babies that is normally used temporarily for the first few months before babies become active. After that time, it is safer to move a baby to a cot. 

Bassinettes are convenient to use in the first few months after birth. But infants can suffer serious injuries if the wrong mattress is used, the bottom of the bassinette breaks or the folding legs collapse.

Parents and carers should be aware of risk related to using bassinettes. Infants can fall out of a bassinette and suffer serious injuries if it tips over, the bottom breaks, the folding legs inadvertently collapse or the sides are not high enough. They can also suffocate if the bassinette has the wrong mattress or if you are using pillows or folded quilts as mattresses. 

Bassinettes do not have to comply with a standard, unlike household cots.


Loose or looped cords near cots can accidentally strangle and kill small children. Babies have died from being strangled in blind, curtain and electrical cords they accessed in their cots. There are simple steps you can take when preparing baby's sleep area to make sure it's safe from these hazards.


This cot safety video is part of the Keeping Baby Safe series. It provides you with tips and advice on choosing and using a cot safety.

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