Baby Eleanor had only been sleeping in her new IKEA cot for 11 weeks when her mother noticed a dangerous hazard.
“She woke up and cried and we went in to get her and pulled the blankets up, and then I noticed one of the blankets was catching one of the rungs, so I had a look and noticed the rung had snapped,” said Laura Bokody.
“It was a clean cut in between the rung so it’s obviously happened because of the type of wood, not because it’s been pushed in or anything."
The 26-year-old mother said the broken rung had a sharp end that could have potentially caused an injury to her new baby.
"It was horrible. I was horrified thinking anything could have happened. She could have rolled over. It could have flung up."
Laura Bokody said she purchased the IKEA SNIGLAR cot, which retails for $119 online, in a Sydney store.
“I just wanted other mums to know in case they have got that cot that there’s that potential fault in the cot and that something could happen," she said.
"Especially if they’ve got older kids. If it is a fault, toddler’s might be able to kick it and make the same thing happen.”
The new Sydney mother put in a complaint to the retailer on Sunday, and the company have told her they are they’re still in the process of looking into it.
Ms Bokody said she hadn't made any modifications to the cot - apart from painting it near the bottom of the rungs but "nowhere near where it had snapped".
"I’m not sure if it’s just this one cot or if it’s a whole batch. It’s definitely something they should look into, potentially looking at the quality of the wood. I will wait and see what IKEA thinks caused it."