New baby trend could be putting your little one at risk

THE cushy and comfy new baby trend could be putting your little one at risk.

The Office of Fair Trading has issued a warning about the potential risks associated with the popular baby beanbags.

Office of Fair Trading product safety expert David Strachan said bean bags of any kind should never be used for a baby to sleep or nap in as this could cause suffocation.

"The polystyrene beads that fill the beanbag can contour around a baby's face, blocking the airways," Mr Strachan said.

"Beanbags should only be used under the strictest supervision for babies under 12 months of age.

"Babies should only be placed to sleep or nap in a cot that meets Australian Standards."

Mr Strachan said there were several measures parents and care-givers could take to ensure their baby had a safe sleeping environment.

"Only place your baby on a firm surface to sleep, as soft pillows, cushions and sofas are a suffocation risk," he said.

"Do not place quilts, doonas, stuffed toys, cot bumpers or soft pillows in the cot with your child.

"Avoid using sleep positioners such as rolls, cot restraints or wedges unless advised to do so by a doctor.

"Make sure the baby's mattress fits tightly into the cot with no gaps at the sides or ends.

"Keep in mind while many baby products, such as strollers and bouncers, are safe for their intended use, children should not be left to sleep in them unsupervised."

For more information visit http://www.fairtrading.qld.gov.au or call 13 QGOV (13 74 68).



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