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Product safety: how do I know what is safe?

Product safety: how do I know what is safe?

Red Nose is often asked by parents and carers whether particular products are safe, including cots, prams, strollers, and mattresses. Check out our tips below for peace of mind when it comes to using products safely. Pram and stroller safety: A safe pram or stroller is one that meets the safety standard – AS/NZS 2088:2000. All new and second hand prams and strollers sold in Australia must meet this safety guideline. When using a pram or stroller make sure you: Read the instructions carefully…



Product safety for your family

Product safety for your family

By Australian Competition & Consumer Commission Did you know that children under four years of age have the highest risk of injury? For this reason most products for this age group must meet certain safety standards. These products include cots (https://www.pbcexpo.com.au/parenting-insights/tag/cot), portable cots, child restraints for motor vehicles, baby walkers, prams (https://www.pbcexpo.com.au/parenting-insights/tag/pram) and strollers…



Home safety: protecting our little ones

Home safety: protecting our little ones

By Emma Cockburn, Georgina Josephine Foundation Our world changed forever on April 16th 2011, when Peter came home from work, went to reverse his tool trailer and ute into the garage, and ran over our baby girl Georgina. Somehow she had gotten into the garage through the door leading into the hallway of the house, and crawled into the path of the trailer. We still do not know how that door came to be open. Home safety had always been in our minds. Since then we have researched Low-Speed…



The true cost of buying second-hand

The true cost of buying second-hand

By Pregnancy Babies & Children's Expo Thinking secondhand? Maybe think a second time. We all know that having a baby can put a strain on the finances, especially with so many items to buy: cots, change tables, prams, car seats … just to name a few. It can be tempting to pick up a secondhand bargain for some items, but before you do it’s important to consider what you’re actually buying. Why buy new? Most new products have to meet stringent safety standards, which are continually updated to…



Selecting a cot or bassinet for your newborn

Selecting a cot or bassinet for your newborn

When choosing a cot or bassinet for your newborn baby, safety needs to be the most important consideration. You want to select a product that meets current Australian standards and that features a firm, safety-approved mattress. What is inside the cot is important too; there should not be any comforters, pillows and toys placed inside the cot or bassinet at any time. Sentimental Cots For some families, sentiment plays a part when selecting a cot or bassinet, with bassinets or cots passed down…



Five tips for removing hazards around the home

Five tips for removing hazards around the home

When it comes to improving child safety, follow the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission’s top five tips for removing hidden hazards around the home. Secure loose blind cords out of reach by using cleats or tensioning devices so a child can’t reach them from the floor or by climbing on furniture. Cords can quickly wrap around a child’s throat and strangle them, so make sure cots are well away from windows that have blind or curtain cords. Keep coin-sized button batteries and devices…



Buying the right pram

Buying the right pram

Buying the Right Pram In a 2017 ACCC report, every year more than three hundred thousand babies are born in Australia and more than seven hundred thousand prams or stroller are sold. That gives an average of 2 prams or strollers per baby! It also means many parents may end up buying a second one because their initial purchase was unsuitable. Therefore, it is a good idea to consider carefully what you require beforehand and hopefully get a pram or stroller that will last you through. When…



Keeping Baby Safe

Keeping Baby Safe

Imagine the excitement of watching your baby get active. But the more active they become, the higher the chances of injury. Take measures to keep your baby safe. The inquisitive drive to discover new things is to be encouraged, but take measures to prevent your baby from getting seriously injured. The lists below are by no means exhaustive. You can do a hundred other things to make sure your baby is safe but don’t panic and take away from the fun and enjoyment of parenting! Top General Safety…



Bassinet Safety

Bassinet Safety

Red Nose recommends that baby sleeps in the same room as you for the first 6-12 months because research shows that this can help reduce the risk of sudden infant death by 50 percent. The safest place for baby to sleep is usually in baby’s own safe cot, however, bassinets are increasing in popularity because a safe cot can take up a lot of space, especially for families living in apartments or smaller houses. But unlike cots, there are no Australian safety standards for bassinets, so it’s…



Setting up a safe nursery

Setting up a safe nursery

Setting up your nursery for your new baby’s arrival is an exciting time for parents but it can be really hard to know where to begin. Red Nose Chief Midwife Jane Wiggill has put together some tips on how you can make safe choices when purchasing items, so you can rest easy, knowing your baby is as safe as they can possibly be. 1. Purchase equipment that meets Australian Safety Standards The safest place to sleep your baby is a cot or a travel cot because all new and pre-loved cots and travel…



Baby products: be aware buy with care

Baby products: be aware buy with care

Dave Strachan from the Office of Fair Trading provides guidance to parents-to-be and parents about how to make the safest possible purchasing decisions when buying nursery and other baby products. Some of the key topics covered in this session are: key issues when buying nursery products and toys for your baby, questions to ask yourself and the retailer when buying baby products, consumer guarantees, pitfalls of second hand baby products, online shopping precautions and a newer campaign on baby…



Feed first: what to do when plan A doesn't work out

Feed first: what to do when plan A doesn't work out

Your first pregnancy is often spent researching and planning every aspect of your baby’s arrival: from the nursery to your baby bag and everything in between. From Pinterest boards and baby shower gift registries, the preparation around your baby’s arrival can be planned right down to knowing what size fruit your baby is according to how many weeks pregnant you are. And rightly so - knowing what pram suits your needs or what capsule will fit your car and provide optimum safety are incredibly…



Baby Bouncers – Help or Hazard?

Baby Bouncers – Help or Hazard?

Bouncinettes have been part and parcel of baby’s nursery. Tragically, thirty-two deaths have been attributed to baby bouncers/bouncinettes, similar portable, tilted, reclining or sitting type products. These are all dangerous when used unsupervised or as a place to sleep babies. It is not safe to leave a baby asleep propped up in any of these devices and improper use of bouncinettes, swings, bean bags and car seats can lead to fatal sleeping accidents. In Australia, warnings about the potential…



Create the safest possible sleep environment for your baby.

Create the safest possible sleep environment for your baby.

We know how much your baby means to you and how you would do anything to keep them safe. In a world of social media where images of the “perfect looking” nursery are promoted in between ads for the latest trends, where do we start when looking to make educated decisions about what is safe in a sleep environment, or not? Our partners’ at Soteria Safe Sleeping Advice have some great information here to consider: Social media is awash with photos of influencers’ beautiful nurseries, cots covered…



Prams for Newborns

Prams for Newborns

Prams for Newborns By Redsbaby Babies and infants spend a lot of time in their pram. Whether they’re in a bassinet, a stroller seat or in a car capsule, there are multiple ways to get them to and from places. There are many options and a number of things to consider when choosing a pram for your newborn. Some people compare choosing the right pram as big a decision as choosing the family car. To help out during this exciting time, we’ve put together some questions you should ask yourself before…



Is bub having tummy troubles? You should consider goat’s milk formula

Is bub having tummy troubles? You should consider goat’s milk formula

A whopping 86% of infants experience digestive problems, leading to crying babies and stressed-out parents looking for answers. Breastmilk is the best option for babies, but the reality is that some mothers are unable to breastfeed exclusively. Switching to formula milk is the most suitable alternative but there are so many brands on the market and it can be difficult to find reliable information on brands that will not only provide appropriate nutrition but also help to calm sore tummies.…



10 benefits of starting your baby swimming

10 benefits of starting your baby swimming

Start your baby swimming early for lifelong benefits! Deciding when to take your baby swimming for the first time can be a daunting decision for parents but the benefits of starting swimming early are amazing. Here, we run through our top 10 benefits of starting your baby swimming as soon as possible. Babies are born with a kicking reflex. They lose this reflex around 6 months of age so be sure to take bub swimming before then to see this incredible reflex in action Swimming is a gentle…



Methods of sterilisation

Methods of sterilisation

There are a number of methods of sterilisation to make sure your baby bottles are safe to use. Here is a guide courtesy of Tommee Tippee to help you find the right one. Before you start Before sterilising, it is important to clean all your baby bottles thoroughly. This is best achieved with warm soapy water and a bottle brush or by placing them on the top rack of a dishwasher, on a warm cycle, avoiding strong coloured foods. Be sure to clean all bottle components, including teats and lids,…



Why should I put my baby to sleep on their back?

Why should I put my baby to sleep on their back?

We know that sleeping your baby on their back greatly reduces the risk of sudden and unexpected death in infancy (SUDI), which includes SIDS. But not many people know the ‘why’ behind the research. There’s actually a pretty simple reason at the heart of Red Nose’s key safe sleeping recommendation, and that’s: Airway protection. Babies are born with strong primitive airway protection reflexes that work best when they are lying on their back on a firm flat surface that is not tilted. These…



Having a premature baby can be daunting - Miracle Babies is here!

Having a premature baby can be daunting - Miracle Babies is here!

Miracle Babies Foundation is Australia's leading not for profit organisation supporting families who have had a premature or sick newborn. Their NurtureProgram provides vital, emotional support from a threatened pregnancy, throughout their hospital journey and for years beyond. The NurtureProgram includes: NurtureLine (24 Hour Family Support) NurtureTime (in-hospital peer support) NurtureGroup (FREE play and support groups until your baby goes to school) If you or somebody close to you…