Seven-week-old Grace Roseman was found dead in her cot Image: Could not subscribe, try again laterInvalid Email A cot company has been blasted for its "lack of compassion" following the death of a seven-week-old baby in one of its cribs.
There are plenty of bedside crib style cots that work just as well as the co-sleeper cots but have the added advantage of being easy to shift from room to room, this might be a critical deciding factor if there is a chance you will be using your spare room from time to time and want to attach the co-sleeper cot to another bed. We had an independent midwife so there was no one to tell us not to or be disapproving.
Grace Roseman died when she managed to get her head over the side of a Bednest cot at her home in Haywards Heath, West Sussex, on April 9, West Sussex coroner Penelope Schofield said the company had failed to spot potential risks with the product and slammed the firm for suggesting Grace's sister, Pearl, who was two-and-a-half years old at the time, was somehow involved in the death.
Baby Grace died when she managed to get her head over a half-lowered side of the crib and was unable to lift her head again.
She died of positional asphyxia. Read More Grace died after getting her head over a half-lowered side of the crib Image: Bednest Ms Schofield said the manufacturer as well as the Furniture Industry Research Association Fira , which approved the product, had failed to foresee the risk.
She added she was concerned that Bednest did not "fully appreciate" the ongoing risks of the existing unmodified cots that are still being used. She told the hearing: I am disappointed that no-one from the company was here to listen to the evidence by the experts.
Gideon Roseman with his daughter Grace Image: PA Grace died of asphyxia Image: Read More Baby girl dies after being crushed under the wheels of her father's car in tragic accident Mr Roseman said: Robert Norman, company secretary of Bednest, told the inquest that the three-sided cot was designed to allow parents to provide comfort to their baby without the "dangers of co-sleeping".
Bednest said the cot was compliant with safety standards Image: Mr Norman said that the company had since created a modification to the cot to prevent the half-folding side from being left in the half-raised position and had made attempts to contact all of its customers who had purchased the product.
Instructions have now been put on its website and warning labels placed on the cot. The inquest has heard that the Roseman family were given the cot second-hand by a family member but without instructions or straps to attach it to an adult bed.
I can't imagine how I would have coped had I had to get up to see to each one in different rooms when they needed me. Here was my response:
The Roseman family have fought "unfounded allegations" by lawyers representing Bednest that Grace's sister Pearl, who was two-and-a-half at the time, could have been somehow responsible for the baby's death. West Sussex coroner Penelope Schofield told the Horsham inquest that there was no evidence of her involvement.
I do find this unpalatable, particularly as there was no evidence to suggest this proposition. A Bednest statement said:
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