Mum in warning as baby gets trapped down side of cot next to parents’ bed

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A mum-of-three has issued a warning after she claims her baby slipped between a gap between a bed frame and cot in the middle of the night.

Leanne Cregg, 35, from Burnley, claims her baby's life was in danger because of a design oversight.

Baby Freya slipped down a gap between the travel cot and her parent's bed on Monday – resulting in her dad Gareth Hunt, 37, waking up suddenly and having to rescue the tot.

Despite her child not suffering any ill effects mum Leanne was determined to highlight the risks to other parents.

"At the end of the day we were extremely lucky," Leanne told LancsLive.

"There could be someone out there going to sleep thinking their baby is safe in the crib when they are not.

"I don't want to say it but it could end up with a dead baby, something horrible could happen. It's scary."

Leanne and Gareth were asleep in their bed in the early hours on Monday when Gareth suddenly awoke.

The couple had purchased a Baby Elegance Bedside Travel Cot for their third child Freya and had the cot up against their bed.

Gareth leaned over to check on his daughter, but couldn't find her.

Leanne said: "I woke up because Gareth was rummaging through the covers.

"I asked him what was wrong and he asked where Freya was, I told him she was in the cot but he said she wasn't.

"I leaned over and I couldn't see her either. It was quite surreal, she was in her cot when I went to sleep.

"It was just pure panic, you can't quite put into words how you feel."

Thankfully Gareth saw Freya had managed to drop into a gap which had opened between the crib mattress and the bed.

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Freya was fine but, after careful checks and consultation with the store which sold the crib, Leanne claims the product has a serious design flaw.

"She could have suffocated or been crushed," said the mum-of-three.

"Anything could have happened, this could have been a completely different story."

Smyths store in Blackburn, which sold the crib to Leanne, has offered her a full refund and taken the Baby Elegance product from their shelves.

Leanne said the store did everything right but thinks Baby Elegance, a company based in Ireland, should reconsider the design of their product.

She said: "They really need to have an overhaul and look at the design. They need to make sure there is no loose fabric which the baby can sleep down, it isn't safe."

Baby Elegance told LancsLive the cot is safe and was just incorrectly set up.

A spokesperson for the Irish company said: "The reason it is doing what it is doing is because it is not meant to be used in that way.

"It has built in harness straps that stop the loose fabric on the side of the crib but the crib needs to be snug up against the side of the bed, what the customer is demonstrating isn't possible when it is against the bed.

"Also, the customer does not have the mattress connected to the base with the velcro straps as required in the manual. These straps stop the base from lifting as it is shown on the video so this really is not a reflection of how the product works.

"We have full safety reports for the product for Ireland and the UK."

Baby Elegance was contacted for further comment by Daily Star Online.

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