Ensure new cots are safe and sound
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.