The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) is now recommending that all parents and caregivers share a room with their baby for the first six months of life and ideally, up to one year. This new recommendation comes after the AAP found that sharing a room with your baby can reduce the risk of SIDS by up to 50 percent.
It is great news for safe sleep, but it may leave some parents wondering how on earth they should share a room with their baby. Should they drag a crib in there? Resign themselves to sleeping on the floor forever? Set themselves up for a never-ending slumber party, baby-style?
One of the ways that parents can make room sharing work is to consider investing in a bedside bassinet. The AAP says that they may be a good option for families to make room-sharing work, as long as the bedside sleeper that they choose has a Children’s Product Certificate (CPC).
Because the recommendations from the AAP for room sharing are relatively new, there aren’t a lot of products specifically designed for room sharing on the market yet. Many manufacturers have been hesitant to design bedside bassinet products, simply because studies haven’t yet proven if they are safe yet. The AAP is very clear that there aren’t enough studies to say that bedside bassinets are 100 percent safe, but they do say that as long as they meet all the standards set forth by the U.S Consumer Product Safety Commission. There are a lot of standards, so choosing a bedside sleeper that meets all of them is important. 1
What Is a CPC?
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To qualify for certification, bedside sleepers must meet some pretty strict standards, which include:
- Meeting all fundamental safety sleep requirements, such as protecting against suffocation, stability, small parts, pinching, shearing, unintentional folding, loading, side height, and sharp edges
- Minimum heights
- No entrapment hazards
- Fabric-sided enclosed openings to prevent entrapment and suffocation hazards
- A limit on the paint and surface coating, as well as lead that the product can contain
- Other safety warnings and features
Babybay Bedside Sleepers
Babybaby bedside sleepers are bedside sleepers that roll up directly to a parent’s bed and are designed to be used within the first six months of life. They do carry a Children’s Product Certificate as well as a JPMA (Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association) certification.
Ideal Co-Sleeper Bedside Sleeper
The Ideal Co-Sleeper brand bassinets do carry the CPC certification, as well as many other awards and certificates. This brand is designed up to age five months or whenever your baby can sit up and move more. It also carries nice features such as storage, so it’s ideal for families short on space.
Arm’s Reach Co-Sleeper
The Arm’s Reach Co-Sleeper, available on Amazon, states that it meets meet the safety standards put forth in ASTM F2906, as well as ASTM F2194, the international standard for free-standing bassinets. It is not officially certified yet through the CPSC, but it is currently in the certification process. 5
The Halo Bassinest may just the favorite of the group because it has a lot of really great features to make a parent’s life easier, especially at night when you’re tired and especially while recovering after birth.
This bedside sleeper swivels 360 degrees, which may not sound like a big deal, but it can be very helpful if you’re a mother recovering from a C-section who is not able to sit up or bend over. The sleeper also comes built-in with soothing vibrations if you’re baby is fussy, along with a floor light to allow you to check on the baby without waking him or her up. And it has storage pockets for diapers and wipes too, all while being small and compact enough to make room sharing very easy with a baby.
And best of all, according to its website, this beside sleeper meets all safety regulations, including CPSC, ASTM, and JPMA certification seals.
Like other bedside bedside bassinets, this bassinet is designed only to be used for newborns, and you should not use once the baby can move and roll over.