How to Choose a CPSC Certified Bassinet for Your Baby

In 2016, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommended that all parents and caregivers share a room with their baby for the first 6 months of life and ideally, up to 1 year. This new recommendation comes after the AAP examined research that said sharing a room with your baby can reduce the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) by up to 50%.

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 option many parents consider is placing a bassinet next to their bed. A regular bassinet, as well as a playard, can easily be used in a parent's bedroom, you don't necessarily need a full-size crib. However, before choosing a bassinet to bring into their bedroom, there are some important safety considerations parents should be aware of.

Bassinets are only usable for the first few months. You typically need to stop using them when the baby is able to roll over. Once a baby can roll, they are no longer safe in a bassinet. Most bassinets also have weight limits between 10-20 pounds, so parents can expect that a bassinet will only be good for the first 3-4 months on average.

Choosing a Bassinet

The AAP states that as long as a bassinet has been given a Children's Product Certificate (CPC) from the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), the product might be an option for families who want to try room sharing.

However, parents should know that there has not been enough research on bedside or in-bed sleepers. Since there is a lack of studies looking at the effect of bassinet use on SIDS, as well as whether they increase the risk of infant injury and death from suffocation, the AAP cannot recommend for or against these products.

Any product you are considering should meet the standards set forth by the U.S Consumer Product Safety Commission.

Bassinets vs. Bedside Sleepers

Bassinets are much more tightly regulated than beside sleepers and are considered a safe sleep environment.

Bedside sleepers are not felt to be the safest sleep environment because there is a lack of a side wall between baby and parent when these products are used.

What Is a CPC?

Mother and baby are resting on rocking chair.
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To qualify for a Children's Product Certificate (CPC) from the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), bedside sleepers must meet strict standards.

The standards include:

  • A limit on the paint and surface coating, as well as lead that the product can contain
  • Fabric-sided enclosed openings to prevent entrapment and suffocation hazards
  • 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
  • Other safety warnings and features

Halo Bassinest

Halo Bassinest

The Halo Bassinest may just be 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 your 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 bedside sleeper meets all safety regulations, including CPSC, ASTM, and JPMA certification seals. Like other bedside bassinets, this bassinet is designed only to be used for newborns, and you should not use once the baby can move and rollover.

Babybay Bedside Sleepers

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Babybay bedside sleepers 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

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Ideal Co-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

Arm's Reach Co-Sleeper

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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.

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  2. United States Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). Bedside sleepers business guidance & small entity compliance guide. Updated April 2019.

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