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Why Are Bassinet Pads Thin?

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Why are bassinet pads thin? Isn’t that uncomfortable for baby?

We have often been asked this question by inquiring moms and dads. Some parents have been worried that the bassinet pad isn’t comfortable for baby so they improvise by doubling up on pads or by buying a pad that is thicker. This is not the best option for secure sleeping for baby.

Pad thickness is dictated by safety standards that are soon to become federal law. The thickness of the pad is limited to prevent suffocation hazards with young babies who are most susceptible to suffocation and SIDS. Using a thicker pad, pillow or other thick soft material greatly increases the risk of the baby dying from suffocation or SIDS. For these reasons the pad in a bassinet is the size that it is.

We recommend that you always use the pad that comes with your bassinet which has passed testing and safety standards.

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6 Responses to “Why Are Bassinet Pads Thin?”

  1. Whitney February 24, 2011 at 7:37 pm #

    Thanks for the giveaway on Double Duty Mommy!

  2. Michelle February 25, 2011 at 12:23 pm #

    Great to have you here Whitney. Thanks for being a Kolcraft fan!

  3. marybeth i February 26, 2011 at 9:01 pm #

    Thanks for the giveaway :)

  4. Amanda Alvarado February 27, 2011 at 5:36 pm #

    Wow I did not know that! Thank you for posting this! I was sent here from Double Duty Mommy and I’m glad she did! I wouldn never hve seen this! So thank you for the post and thank you for the giveaway! LOL

  5. Kim March 23, 2011 at 10:22 am #

    hmm good to know :)

  6. Lue September 30, 2013 at 7:54 pm #

    I had just bought a Kolcraft bassinet from some one and noticed when I was putting it in my car it had no pad and it looks like the material had like water stain to it so I turn around to ask her and she was gone so now I have a bassinet that is not going to be used :( is there a recall on it I wonder the model# is 18167 MA from 2001

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