- Before deciding to buy a bassinet for their newborns, many mothers ask themselves, are bassinets safe for their newborns? Is it necessary for a baby to sleep in a bassinet before a crib? So far, research has not proven how safe or how hazardous a bassinet can be.
- However, many parents would consider having a bassinet for their babies other than sharing the bed with the mothers. Many baby product companies have come up with a lot of bassinet designs to ensure safety when using bassinets, along with other features that provide conducive environment for the baby’s well being.
- Bassinets are preferred for newborn babies up to about 9 months of age, depending on the bassinet, to cribs. Certain factors that make bassinets an option for newborns include:
1,/The small space occupied by bassinets as compared to cribs allow mothers to be able to sleep with their babies in the same room.
2./ Bassinets provide comfort for the baby. A baby is cozier in a small warm place as compared to a large crib or the mother’s bed. The bassinets also lower the risks of Sudden Infant Deaths as compared to cribs.
3./Portability and mobility of bassinets make them efficient for movement around rooms and travel of babies.
- From the above factors, it is clear that bassinets come in handy from when the baby is born to a few months old. However, when purchasing a bassinet for a newborn, parents should consider safety factors as key to ensuring their baby’s wellbeing. The safe features of a safe bassinet for a newborn include:
- 1. A JPMA certification. This certification gives safety assurance for the baby. Any product with a JPMA certification has been approved as a safe gadget for the baby.
- 2. For mobile bassinets, the wheels should be lockable when stationary.
- 3. The bassinet should be designed in a way to ensure air flow and circulation in order prevent Sudden Infant Deaths, commonly, SIDS.
- 4. The bassinet should have a removable fabric liner that ensures the baby is in a hygenic environment.