I feel terrible I didn't know the reason you're not allowed to add a mattress. We were given a secondhand portacot when dd was a baby and it came with a mattress. Breaks my heart that babies die from getting stuck.
Do you think it's unsafe for a 2.5 year old? Or just a baby cos they can't move around? People have said that babies can sleep on anything hard etc but I think with toddlers my dd doesn't sleep as well on the hard surface.
I found this site online
An older toddler in theory would not fit in the gap that the side can cause, so it *should* be safe.
I have never used a portacot (Ds hated his) but I would never add a mattress to one, if the baby is uncomfortable they won't sleep.
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The reason I asked is that my brother asked if I could watch my nephew on some Saturdays next term. His wife will drop to 4 days/week, he will work the other day but they are struggling with each other. He has a maximum 1 hour morning sleep and maximum 1 hour afternoon sleep. At home he has just been put in a portacot with foam mattress (up until 1 he slept in a bassinette then switched from wooden cot to co-sleeping) but he was 1 at the time. They want him to use a foam mattress here too. When dd was a baby it was a big no, but hers was an off-the-ground playpen for when I cleaned the floor and never used for sleeping so had toys.
A friend of mine gave us a faux sheepskin rug thing which is designed specifically for porta-cots since they don't have mattresses......
Dramatic much? I didn't blast you. Frankly I am surprised that there is so many people that do exactly what you have asked about. There is warnings everywhere including on the porta cots themselves, many using much more emotive language than I have.
You have provided some great information that some parents might not be aware of and may well have helped someone avoid a potentially dangerous situation. However, your posts are written in an attacking way, basically saying that anyone who puts anything other than what comes in the box of a porta cot recklessly endangering their child and are therefore a bad parent. You are making a gross generalization and I don't believe this to be true at all. The risk assessment I do when putting my child to bed is very calculated and anything but reckless. This is why people are getting their backs up to your valid and appropriate information that you have provided in this thread. You can give the information but you can't control what people choose to do with it.
I am very passionate about keeping kids rear facing in car seats for as log as possible and I can only give my reasoning to the many friends who turn their bub early (i.e. before they have outgrown the seat in rear facing). If they take on that information and still choose to turn early then that is their choice for their family and it has nothing to do with me from there on.
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