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Safety Alert- Which cot mattresses are safe?

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24 Mar 2016

By Kim Gilmour
Did you know you can legally buy a cot mattress that doesn't meet product safety standards? Just because it's on retail shelves doesn't necessarily mean it's safe. A sleeping surface that's too soft increases the risk of fatal sleeping accidents if a baby rolls over face-first and their breathing becomes obstructed due to their nose pushing against any cushioning or undulating surfaces in the mattress. But how do you know which mattresses are safe?

In this buying guide:

How firm is firm?

Parents are advised by safety experts to always choose a 'firm' mattress to minimise the risk of sudden unexpected death in infancy (SUDI). But until very recently there was no agreed definition of 'firmness'.

The good news is that there is now a standard test method for firmness, AS/NZS 8811.1:2013 Method 1: Sleep Surfaces – Test for firmness. However, it's not mandatory for cot mattress makers (or makers of any other infant sleep surface, such as a bassinet) to meet this standard, and we still aren't seeing many mattresses claim compliance. This means consumers don't know whether a cot mattress is safe.

To read and follow the guidelines from CHOICE, click here.

Source and image source: CHOICE