Make sure that the mattress is firm, not soft. Soft mattresses might cause the baby to suffocate when they sleep.
The mattress on the bassinet should be the same size as the bassinet and should have a snug fit. Gaps due to the undersized mattress can trap the baby’s arm or leg and might cause injury.
A thick mattress can make the bassinet shallow which increases the risk of the baby falling out of it.
Placing Throws and Pillows in the Baby Bassinet
Pillows, throws, and even bumpers do not only increase the risk of suffocation but can also overheat the bassinet. It also increases the baby’s risk of falling out of the bassinet because they can use it as leverage.
Putting Anything on the Walls
If the bassinet is stationed next to a wall, avoid placing stickers, cut-outs, frames and other decorative items that might fall into the bassinet. These decorative items might potentially harm the baby if they fall off.
Avoid placing hanging toys over the bassinet especially when the baby is asleep. Some parts of the hanging toy or the hanging toy itself might fall, which can cause injury, entrapment or strangulation.
Stuffed Toys and Comfort Items in Baby Bassinet
Stuffed animals and comfort toys are great for the baby to play with but they should not be placed near them when they are asleep. These items can be used as leverage which increases their risk of falling out of the bassinet. It also increases the risk of suffocation and overheating.
Sleep positioners are pillows or bolsters placed on each side of the baby to keep them in a specific position. These are not advisable as they increase the likelihood of suffocation.