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Why do bassinets have bumpers/padding?

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    Why do bassinets have bumpers/padding?

    I have a question about bassinets. We all know cot bumpers can be a SIDS risk and that we aren't supposed to use them. But every moses basket I've seen has padding on the sides, and the one bassinet I've seen that does not - the Stokke Sleepi Mini - has a bumper that you tie around the rails. (Not padded, but still a piece of fabric between mattress and rails.)

    Why is it OK to have bumpers or side padding on a bassinet but not on a crib? Isn't that still a risk? I went to look at the Stokke Sleepi Mini today, and I was able to put my entire hand between the mattress and the rails. The saleslady said this was because the bumper was not tied on tightly enough - and if it had been, there would be no gaps. But we're always told that bumpers are bad! Why on earth would they actually be necessary for a proper mattress fit? I'm confused - not sure what to do.

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    I think there are 2 issues with bumpers

    1) baby can get their face wedged in it and suffocate- with a very young baby they can't move around much so if you put them down in the middle of thr bassinet they'll stay there

    2) it limits the flow of air around the baby - but why that shouldnt be a problem with a bassinet I have no idea, maybe because its not so deep?

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    I have the Stokke Sleepi and never used a bumper with it, even when I had it as the mini. The bumper is an extra that you can buy if you want. My baby sometimes got her legs between the posts but never hurt herself.

    Bumpers can be used to climb out by older babies, or they restrict airflow and can cause baby to overheat.

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    But a crib has rails, which allow air flow in, while a padded bassinet is pretty solid/restrictive. So I wonder why the bassinet wouldn't be more of a problem.

    Sigh - no room for a mesh bassinet in our room - they are all too big. And definitely no space to store after the baby grows out of it. So all the options I have to choose from have some kind of padding or bumpers or what have you.

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    TrailingWife, the mattress fit snugly even without the bumper? I wonder why the one I saw today has such a gap between the mattress and rails.

    It is good to hear that the bumper is not necessary, though.

    What do you think of the mattress itself? Is it firm enough? I know they have a different one in the United States that is firmer.

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    We had a bassinet to start and I put 2 mattresses in it so my babys nose was actually level with the top of sides, that way I could feel reasonably ok about airflow.

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    Not sure what happened to my reply, so here goes again. There is a small gap around the mattress, but it shouldn't be any more than 3cm according to Stokke (otherwise a baby's arm or leg might get stuck). We bought ours in the UK and used the foam mattress until our baby was around 4-5 months old and we had extended to cot size. Then we bought a firmer organic mattress designed to fit the Sleepi from another company. I think the foam mattress is ok, but once your baby is a bit bigger and more mobile then you might want something more substantial.

    We also have a travel cot with bassinet attachment (and a changer attachment) that we bought in the UK. This has mesh sides and I used it downstairs in our house instead of a moses basket. We also flew it out as baggage when we moved over a month or so ago, and our baby slept in it until her Sleepi came by airfreight!

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    Hmm, from what I'm reading, there are 2 organic mattresses that can be used with the Stokke Sleepi. One is the Coco mat, and the other is the Naturepedic No Compromise. If yours isn't sold by Stokke, I'm assuming it's the Naturepedic? Apparently they do sell that one for the Sleepi Mini as well in the United States, but not in HK.

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