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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…



Child safety: our top five tips on removing hazards around the home

Child safety: our top five tips on 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…



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…



Bringing Baby Home: Why Baby Needs a Sun Hat

Bringing Baby Home: Why Baby Needs a Sun Hat

Bringing Baby Home: Why Baby Needs a Sun Hat By Sienna Aloisio, Bedhead Hats The final few months in the lead up to welcoming a new baby into the family are often full of frantically running around making sure everything is perfect for them… You’ve got everything you could possibly think you might need but you still have that looming feeling that you’ve forgotten something utterly vital. Nursery? Check Cot? Check Nappies? Check Bath? Check Toys? Check Cute clothes? Check The truth is, if you…



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…



Your guide to choosing a car seat

Your guide to choosing a car seat

From day one your baby's safety will be of paramount importance. That first car trip home will call for a properly fitted restraint to ensure your baby arrives safely. This guide to choosing a car seat will help you know the basics. Irrespective of your baby or child's age, you must make sure you choose the correct restraint or car seat to provide optimum safety. For example, have you chosen the right car seat for your particular vehicle? Has the restraint been fitted properly? Is the car seat…



Instagram gorgeous – v – Instagram dangerous?

Instagram gorgeous – v – Instagram dangerous?

Social media is awash with photos of influencers’ beautiful nurseries, cots covered by draping canopies. Suppliers, whether they be bricks-and-mortar or online, entice with displays of pretty nursery products and accessories but with no warnings of the dangers these may present to the little person sleeping in them. It often comes as a surprise to parents that few nursery products, particularly infant sleeping products and accessories, are covered by an Australian/New Zealand safety standard.…



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…



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…



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.…



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…



How To Clean and Sterilise Baby Feeding Bottles

How To Clean and Sterilise Baby Feeding Bottles

A young baby’s immune system hasn’t yet fully developed so they are more susceptible to catching an illness than an older child. Cleanliness around small babies is extremely important, especially when it comes to feeding. You will need to have the right baby feeding bottles and the right cleaning equipment. Bottle-feeding equipment If you are bottle-feeding your baby then you will need the following: baby feeding bottles – you will need 4 – 6 baby feeding bottles. There is no right or wrong…



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…



The essentials of baby play

The essentials of baby play

Play is fundamental to healthy brain development. It lays the foundation for reading, writing, mathematical reasoning and problem solving. Play provides an emotional outlet for tension and frustration and it is crucial to the socialisation process. In fact, play is so important that it has been globally recognised to be a fundamental human right. Play can be quiet or noisy, energetic or passive, social or non-social, relaxed or serious, imaginative or purposeful. Play may or may not require…



Bouncinettes - mother’s little helper or danger undiagnosed?

Bouncinettes - mother’s little helper or danger undiagnosed?

For the past couple of generations, bouncinettes have been part and parcel of baby’s nursery. However, as in many situations, unsupervised use of some typical nursery equipment is hazardous and, unfortunately, the handy bouncinette is one of them. Bouncers/bouncinettes or sitting type products are 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…



Coping with a crying baby

Coping with a crying baby

Crying is a normal part of your baby’s development and is normal for babies from all cultural backgrounds. Crying is your baby’s way of letting you know that something is upsetting them and that they need you. A normal healthy baby can cry for up to five hours a day. The peak crying time for a baby usually occurs at 6-8 weeks of life. After 12 weeks the crying usually becomes less intense and by 4-5months old most babies become more settled. Babies cry for many reasons, they may be: * hungry or…



Babywearing

Babywearing

There is no sweeter place for a baby than the embrace of a loved one. Babywearing, or holding your baby with the aide of a carrier, enables caregivers to keep their little ones close with ease. Babywearing is a parenting tool that spans across cultures and has been around for generations. The universal appeal of babywearing stems from the numerous functional and emotional benefits it gives to both caregiver and baby. Having been in utero for nine months, the feeling of being held and rocked is…