On many domestic and nearly all long-distance flights, most airlines provide a bassinet (which is attached to a bulkhead) to adults travelling with an infant, i.e., a child under the age of two. The use of the bassinet is restricted by the infant's size and weight.
Some bassinets are designed to rock or swing freely, with many carers finding their child calmed by this action. The process of lulling the child to sleep may be accompanied by prerecorded or live performance of lullabies.
Stationary or portable
Although there are many variations, they fall generally into two categories:
- light and portable types sometimes called Moses baskets
- sturdier but less portable cradles
In both cases, they are generally designed to allow the resting baby to be carried from place to place. Within the home, they are often raised on a stand or other surface to reduce back strain when bending over to tend the baby. Wheeled frames to convert a bassinet into a pram or baby carriage are common.
- Example of airline travel information regarding children and infants, Lufthansa
- Picture of an airplane bassinet, Flickr
- SIDS & Kids Statement on the use of second hand mattresses
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