Kidsafe NSW Newsletter
Kidsafe News May 2013
13 May 2013

In This Issue


Our volunteer Vicky will greet you with a smile!
Our volunteer Vicky will greet you with a smile!

Pregnancy Babies and Children's Expo  

Planning a family? Already expecting? Have little ones in tow?
Discover what’s best for you, your pregnancy, baby or child at the Pregnancy Babies & Children’s Expo – the must see parenting event of the year!

Visit the Kidsafe NSW stand at the expo to collect your FREE Home Safety Checklist and safety information to help keep your kids safe!

Friday 24th to Sunday 26th of May 2013
Sydney Showground Exhibition Centre, Sydney Olympic Park 

A Message from the Executive Officer 

Hi Everyone,

This morning I was reminded about changing smoke alarm batteries as mine was ‘beeping’ during the night! Thankfully it wasn’t smoke – but a faulty battery! 

Grow Me Safely - Hints and Tips for Kidsafe Gardening 

Kidsafe NSW has released ‘grow me safely’, a new website resource that provides information on gardening with children. The website provides plant lists for vegetable gardens and sensory gardens; plants to avoid; and injury data information. 

Amber Teething Necklaces 

Amber teething necklaces and bracelets consist of amber beads which are a fossilised tree resin and range in colour from yellow to white and beige to brown.

The warning notice was issued after ACCC testing of several of these products indicated that they could break into small parts and present a choking hazard to children under three years of age.

Strangulation may occur if the infant has the amber teething necklace permanently fastened around their neck, especially when they are sleeping.

Sleep Positioners 

Baby sleep positioners that are designed to help infants sleep safely have been withdrawn from sale in the USA after officials warned they were ‘too dangerous to use.’ The sponge positioners are used to ensure a baby sleeps in one position with limited movement. They are often promoted as being useful in ensuring babies remain secure on their backs as they sleep and do not fall victim to Sudden Infant Death Syndrome. 

Baby Bath Aids 

Baby bath aids are used to support infants while in a bath. Baby bath aids help keep a baby’s head up and out of the water, leaving the carer’s hands free to wash the baby. They can ease the strain on the carer’s back. 

Household Cots with Drop Sides 

Concern has been raised about the safety of drop side cots in Australia particularly the strength and integrity of the drop side itself, especially over a continued period of use. 

Lorrie Fay Memorial Kidsafe NSW Scholarship 

The Lorrie Fay Memorial Kidsafe NSW Scholarship was established in 2003 to encourage a University of NSW (UNSW) medical students to undertake an Honours thesis or project relevant to child safety issues. It is jointly funded by the University of NSW and a memorial donation recognising the contribution of Lorrie Fay to Kidsafe NSW. 

Kidsafe NSW Demonstration Playspace Renovation 2013 

The demonstration playspace is being renovated (May - June 2013)

The renovated playspace will present an upgraded facility that meets best practice playspace design, includes equipment representative of this design, demonstrates compliance with the current Australian Standard and presents natural play elements. 

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