I wasn't sure which section of the forum to post this in so if this is the wrong place please let me know! I searched but can't find any relevant threads.
I wonder whether anyone has any advice on preventing our cat from jumping into the baby's bassinet and cot?
The baby hasn't been born yet but we want to have a plan to prevent this from happening.
Our cat is lovely and very friendly. He loves to cuddle and sit on people's laps and he is big and fluffy, so I am worried he will sit on the baby for warmth and a cuddle and squash or suffocate him. The cat currently sleeps on our bed.
When the baby is born, it will sleep in a bassinet in our bedroom. I'm worried the cat will jump into the bassinet while we're asleep, cuddle up to the baby, and might suffocate him. We can't lock the cat out of the bedroom because that's where his cat-flap is and he goes in and out during the night.
When baby is older, it will sleep in a cot in the nursery. The nursery has a sliding door but it doesn't close 100% - it closes against a window, with a wide window ledge, so the cat just walks on the window ledge into the room even when the door is closed. We've had a carpenter in and they said it is impossible to get the door to close completely and stop the cat getting through. Again I'm worried that in the middle of the night when we're asleep the cat will jump into the cot and suffocate the baby by cuddling him for warmth.
I have been googling this and can't find any solutions. The only thing mentioned is using a 'crib tent' but these were apparently recalled for safety reasons a few years ago.
Does anyone have any advice? Thank you!
I should mention that we absolutely love our cat and do not want to give him away (which is what my mother has told me to do)!