LinkOnly one in 12 bassinets sold in Australia complies with basic safety standards, new research has found.
Consumer watchdog Choice is warning parents against using bassinets sold locally because babies are at risk of suffocating.
One in 12 of the products passed Choices's safety tests, which examined breathability, limb entrapment, risk of falls and dangers due to loose parts.
Most of the tested bassinet had the potential to suffocate a baby if it rolls over and presses its face against the side.
"Most of the bassinets failed because of breathability issues," Choice spokeswoman Ingrid Just said in a statement.
The group is calling for an Australian standard to be developed and imposed on manufacturers, like the one that was introduced for cots in Australia in 1998.
"We've seen real improvements in the safety of cots... and we're confident the same will happen with bassinet if a standard is applied," Ms Just said.
"An Australian standard will provide guidelines so that manufactures can meet the necessary requirements to ensure a baby's safety."