Home safety baby equipment
- Only buy a high chair that is fitted with a 5-point harness (over both shoulders, around the waist and between the legs).
- Check the high chair’s stability – its legs should make a wide base so that it’s not easily tipped over.
- Always supervise your child when she’s in her highchair.
- Make sure that all windows, doors, stovetops, cords and handles are out of reach of your child when she is in her highchair.
- Ensure that the seat of your highchair is in good condition – repair any damage promptly so that the insides of the chairs are not picked at.
- For more safety information, go to Consumer Affairs.
- Choose a change table that has raised sides to protect your baby from rolling off.
- Never leave your baby unattended on a change table. If you need to leave the room, take her with you.
- For more information on how to buy safe baby’s equipment, go to Consumer Affairs.
Strollers and bouncinettes:
- Never leave your baby unattended in a stroller or bouncinette.
- Choose a stroller that meets the Australian/New Zealand Standard (AS/NZS 2088 : 93).
- When your baby is in a stroller or bouncinette, ensure that she is properly harnessed.
- Your stroller should have a strong footrest, to keep her feet from hitting the ground.
- Don’t use a stroller until your baby is over 6 months and is able to sit with support.
- Always use a bouncinette on the floor – don’t pick it and your baby up and put them on a raised surface.
- Once your baby can roll over, you need to retire the bouncinette as she may injure herself if she tries to roll while she’s in it.
- Always strap your baby into a pram – even if she is lying flat.
- Check for the Australian/New Zealand Standard AS/NZS 2088 label before purchasing a pram.
- Avoid overloading your pram with goods other than your baby – the added weight may cause it to tip over or fall backwards.
- You shouldn’t ever leave your baby sleeping or unattended in her pram. The Australian Standard for "Safety of prams and strollers" (AS/NZS 2088:93) requires that prams and strollers should bear a permanent label with a warning that children should not be left unattended in a stroller or pram.
- For more information about Pram and Stroller Safety guidelines, go to Consumer Affairs.
Last revised: Thursday, 18 August 2016
This article contains general information only and is not intended to replace advice from a qualified health professional.
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