CHOICE says cot mattresses are still failing their safety tests

Plus, the features you should look out for when buying a new cot.

CHOICE share what to look for in a cot.

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Most people can deal with a sub standard throw cushion on their couch... or even a cheap lunch box that you need to replace every few months. But the one thing parents want to ensure is absolutely safe for their babies is the bed in which they sleep. After all, they spend a very large chunk of their lives sleeping, so we all want the safest possible environment for them.

Australia's leading consumer advocacy group, CHOICE.com.au has released the results of their recent testing of Australian cots, and the news is both positive and concerning.

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A CHOICE first

"For the first time ever, cot manufacturers have passed all of CHOICE.com.au's key safety tests," they issued in a statement today.

"68 percent of the cots we tested between 2012 and 2017 failed to meet some of our key safety requirements, so it's a welcome development that each of the 10 cots put through our most recent test passed the safety component," says CHOICE.com.au spokesperson Nicky Breen.

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Great news for cots, but not such great news for mattresses.

"Although the cot mattress tests were better than in previous years, given the risks to infants from a poor mattress include suffocation and head entrapment, any key safety failure is simply not good enough," Ms Breen says.

CHOICE report two of the 13 mattresses tested failed the most recent round of testing. Those that failed were the Leander Comfort +7 and the Love N Care Innerspring Mattress.

Image: CHOICE.com.au.

Image: CHOICE.com.au.

How do you know your cot is safe?

While the most recent round of testing yielded positive results, this doesn't necessarily mean the cot in your home is safe.

CHOICE.com.au also shared just what to look for in terms of safety when it comes to all cots and mattresses:

  • 1. Is the cot deep enough to stop a child from falling out?
  • 2. Does the mattress fit snugly around all sides?
  • 3. Are there any head entrapment hazards?
  • 4. Can you see any limb or finger entrapment hazards?
  • 5. Are there any sharp edges or protruding parts?

Would your cot stand up to the CHOICE stringent testing? To find out if yours is safe, head to the CHOICE website for the full range of results.