En­sure new cots are safe and sound

Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - HOME - Laura Tri­este

WITH the rise of trendy chil­dren’s fur­ni­ture around these days, find­ing a cot that fits in with your home’s decor has never been eas­ier.

Choos­ing one that fits your baby’s needs and lasts the dis­tance will al­ways be a mat­ter of look­ing at a few key safety con­sid­er­a­tions, Incy In­te­ri­ors founder Kristy Withers says.

This starts by mak­ing sure the cot meets Aus­tralian Stan­dards.

“The stan­dards are one of the tough­est in the world so you know you are in safe hands,” Withers says.

Drop side de­signs and paint tox­i­c­ity are two other el­e­ments to con­sider, Withers says, as they are not cur­rently cov­ered un­der Aus­tralian Stan­dards.

“The Prod­uct Safety Com­mis­sion is re­view­ing the stan­dards for cots and the rec­om­men­da­tion put for­ward is to ban drop-sided cots,” she says.

“The ma­jor­ity of in­juries to both adults and chil­dren with cots come from a drop sided latch not work­ing or not lock­ing in prop­erly.”

Withers rec­om­mends check­ing with the cot’s man­u­fac­turer about the tox­i­c­ity of the paint.

And for a cot that is built to last, Withers says the thick­ness of the ma­te­rial is a bet­ter in­di­ca­tor of qual­ity than the type.

“It’s funny, when­ever a man is shop­ping for a cot, the first thing they do is to shake it and this is a good way to test the stur­di­ness,” she says.

“You can also tell a lot about the qual­ity from the screws and fix­tures.” See more cot styles at in­cy­in­te­ri­ors.com.au

Incy In­te­ri­ors’ Scan­di­na­vian-style teeny cot is one of their most pop­u­lar items.

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