Child Safety Information
Do Sunbury Nursery Cots meet the required Australian safety standards?
YES. Sunbury Nursery cots have been independently tested and meet the Australian standards AS 2172/2003. This means you can rest assured that your Sunbury Nursery cot has been built to a high standard, minimizing the risk of harm. An example of the specific requirements, necessary to pass include:
- Head Entrapment Hazards - No cot is to have spaces between dowels or slat greater than 85mm; this prevents your baby's head becoming stuck (Clause 6.1(c))
- Limb Entrapment Hazards - No cot is to have spaces between 30mm and 50mm; this prevents your baby's limbs becoming caught causing distress (Clause 9.2(a)(b))
- Finger Entrapment Hazards - No cot is to have spaces on fixed parts between 5mm and 12mm; this prevents your baby's fingers becoming entraped (Clause 6.6)
- Hanging Hazards - No cot is to have a protrusion of more than 8mm so as to prevent clothing snagging and potential strangulation (Clause 6.8). This can be particularly common in older cots.
- Adjustable Base - There are critical dimensions to be adhered to to prevent baby from falling out and sustaining injury (Clause 6.1(b))
- Positioning Hints - Positioning the cot to minimise risk is vital and yet often overlooked (Clause 11.1). You need to ensure the cot is placed at a reasonable distance from curtains, blinds, heaters and power points. You need to keep medication, string, elastic, small toys or small items such as money out of reach from any position in the cot.
- Mattress Size - The required size mattress should be very clearly marked on the cot carton so as to assist you in purchasing the right size (Clause 11.3). Using an ill-fitting mattress can result in limb entrapment & distress.
- Strength and Durability - Check the flexibility of dowels by squeezing them together; some cots use a thinner dowel which could result in injury or entrapment. You could also expect to a get a reduced life from such a cot. Checks joins carefully. Strength is maximised when dowels and glue are used. Where screws are used, it can be unsightly and provide limited strength.
- Check the Dimensions Yourself - Use a ruler to check the dimensions yourself, to ensure complete peace of mind.
Note: The standard for cots in Australia became mandatory for all new cots manufactured after June 1998.
Do you have any other tips for cot safety?
When installing and positioning the cot, ensure you follow the instructions carefully.
It is also important not to place the cot where baby might access nearby objects which may cause strangulation or other injury eg. blind cords.
Where can I find out more information about safety standards, hints and tips?
Sunbury Nursery Furniture recommends the following websites:
- SIDS Council of Australia www.sidsandkids.org
- Infant and Nursery Products Association of Australia Inc. (INPAA) www.inpaa.asn.au
How are Sunbury Nursery Furniture cots tested?
As well as having all models tested by an independent testing authority (Choice in New South Wales or Viclab in Victoria) prior to release, Sunbury Nursery Furniture tests each new batch internally to ensure our stringent standards are maintained.
At Sunbury Nursery Furniture, we take our responsibility for safety very seriously and test for conformance on an ongoing basis in our testing laboratory. We have sent cots for independent testing since 1996 and continue to do so.