This is a contentious issue in the pram industry as there are several companies that tell parents their pram bassinet is suited for overnight sleeping. Simply put, there are NO pram bassinets in Australia that are safe for overnight sleeping as there are no regulations, design or safety standards in place with no predetermined guidelines for safe sleeping features. As the bassinet is considered part of the pram itself, pram bassinets fall under the Australian and New Zealand standard ‘Prams and strollers—safety requirements’ AS/NZS 2088:2000. Compliance of this standard requires a warning label on all prams stating “DO NOT LEAVE CHILDREN UNATTENDED”. Similarly Red Nose states, “Never leave your baby unattended in a pram or stroller. It is not a substitute for a cot”. It is for this reason that we encourage regular monitoring of your baby even when napping in a bassinet for brief periods of time.
MYTH: heavier pram frames equal safer prams
When the Babybee team were busy designing the very first ROVER pram, they surveyed thousands of customers to find out what parents loved and hated about their pram. And of the thousands surveyed, parents unanimously voted that their number one pet peeve of prams was overly heavy, hard-to-manoeuvre prams. These are often sold by high-end pram brands with messages around pram safety, when in reality having a heavier pram frame means you risk injury getting your pram in and out of the car, and makes your pram easier to gain momentum and roll if you forget to engage your foot brake. Therefore, we recommend choosing prams that are made of ultralightweight and incredibly durable aluminium, which will not only last for years to come but will reduce any risk of of injury when taking your pram in and out of a car.
MYTH: you can’t hang any bag on your handlebar