Portable Cot Buying Guide

Safety Tips for Buying Portable cots

The following shopping guide is written by the research team at Choice Australia and is provided for your information to assist you in making the right decision when buying a used portable cot.

Baby Safety - a shopping guide

Going out visiting? Baby staying with your Mum for the day? Going on holidays with baby in tow? There are plenty of times when a portable cot can come in handy. They're light enough to carry and can fit in the car boot when folded. All-in-all they're a handy addition to your baby arsenal, but no substitute for a regular cot for everyday use because they're not as durable. At present manufacturers don't have to make their portable cots to meet the Australian Standard. However, for safety's-sake our advice is to check that the portable cot you buy complies with the voluntary Australian/New Zealand Standard (AS/NZS 2195:1999). Here's what to look for:
Don't use a portable cot if your child weighs more than 15kg.
Don't put additional mattresses in the cot.
Inside surfaces should be free of bumps, ledges and protruding parts so children canít hit their heads, get their clothing snagged or use them as a foothold to climb out of the cot.
Look for possible entrapment areas, where children can trap limbs, heads or fingers.
There should be no sharp edges or points where a child could injure itself.
The mattress should be firm enough and fit snugly without gaps on any side.
Remove all toys from the cot when the child is sleeping.
The rails should have two locking mechanisms to prevent accidental collapse and closure. Check these before placing your child in the cot.
The cot floor shouldn't sag. Press down on the base to check this.

Stay Informed, Stay Safe - Product Recalls

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