how to incline baby in bassinet



How to Incline a Bassinet Safely

There are many benefits to using a bassinet as part of your baby’s sleep environment but, when using one, it’s important to ensure that it is at the right incline. With the right techniques, it can help your little one sleep more comfortably – reducing the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS).

Steps to Incline the Bassinet

Follow these safety guidelines to ensure your little one is sleeping at the correct incline in bassinet:

    • Measure the Slope. Use a angle finder or angle measuring tool to make sure the bassinet does not incline by more than 10 degrees.


    • Test the Incline. Place a few large books on the opposite side of the bassinet from where the baby’s head would rest. This allows you to measure the incline visually and make sure it is not too steep.


    • Adjust the Incline. If necessary, use a level to adjust the mattress and make sure the incline is not greater than 10 degrees.


    • Check the Slats. Make sure the slats of the bassinet are not too far apart and that there is no way for baby to slip through.


    • Secure Baby. With each use, securely fasten the straps of the bassinet with the sheet tucked firmly underneath the mattress. This helps hold the baby securely in place.


Additional Safety Tips

    • Never leave a baby in a bassinet that is not properly inclined.


    • Always place the baby on its back in the bassinet.


    • Make sure the mattress is firm and fits snugly.


    • Never place soft blankets, stuffed animals, or pillows in the bassinet with the baby.


When used properly, a bassinet can be a safe and comfortable sleep environment for your little one. Always take the necessary steps to ensure that it is at the correct incline and the baby is secure. With the right tips and techniques, you can keep your baby safe and sound for many peaceful nights of sleep.