What are Bassinets?

Bassinets are one of those products that are never missing from baby shower lists. A bassinet is a necessity when one has a child, yet many issues can arise from the use of bassinets, posing potential hazards to babies and even death. According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, the average age of a child who died in a bassinet is three months old.

Most families who acquire a bassinet do not think of it as a hazardous product. Bassinets are hugely common, and babies take naps in them all the time, frequently unattended. To keep a baby safe while inside a bassinet, parents and caregivers must be aware of the dangers of bassinets and how to prevent any accidents.

The dangers of bassinets include suffocation, due to:

  • The use of pillows, blankets, etc.
  • Putting the baby in a facedown position
  • SIDS (sudden infant death syndrome)
  • Mechanical issues on the bassinet

Parents should follow the guidelines provided by the American Academy of Pediatrics when putting a baby down for a nap or to sleep inside a bassinet. These guidelines state that babies should be put to sleep on their backs and that one should avoid using pillows, blankets, or stuffed animals inside the bassinet. Also, one should make sure the bassinet is in good, usable condition.