Although sleeping nests and pods are widely used across the globe, they are sometimes divisive, with many asking the question ‘are baby nests safe?’ Below, we introduce you to baby nests, discuss their uses and look at safety considerations to help you make an informed decision on whether or not a baby nest is right for you.
What is a Baby Nest?
With cushioned edges designed to keep babies safely inside, baby nests let you enjoy free arms for a moment whilst your baby rests beside you. They are great for tummy time, playtime and quiet time and mimic the comfort and snugness of the womb, or being held, with a cocoon like feeling. Unlike cots and bassinets, there is no Australian safety standard for these soothing little chill-out mats, meaning that they are not suitable to use for your baby’s regular, primary sleeping space. They’re generally used until four to eight months.
What should I look for in a baby nest?
A firm base is an important ‘must have’ for your baby nest. Soft mattresses increase the risk of SIDS and suffocation is a risk if babies roll onto their front or are placed on their front for tummy time, and also make it more difficult to regulate temperature.
Look for hypoallergenic and breathable materials such as cotton or bamboo. These materials allow adequate airflow, are kinder to skin, and prevent allergens such as dust mites.
It’s also wise to add waterproof or washable to your material checklist, babies = mess, so you’re going to want to be able to wipe it down! Harmful bacteria can be harboured in material fibres, so a washable option is advised.
Look for a simple and firm design without accessories such as a canopy or other extras which could become detached and pose a hazard to your baby. Our ergonomic baby nest features a clean design focussing on simplicity, with a firm mattress and soft breathable material. It can be used as a pregnancy pillow before baby is born and the end can be opened up to create more space for babies aged 4-6 months.
We hope you’re now feeling a little more informed in the world of baby nests. We understand that the internet can be filled with scary warnings and panic-inducing buzz words, but when used correctly and safely, a baby nest can be a valuable addition to your home.
Safety always comes first, and babies should never be left unattended in their baby nest. The nest should never be used inside cots, bassinets or playpens, only a firm secure surface. Always consult the Red Nose website to understand safer sleeping practices.