Baby Safety: essential information for parents

If you’ve been wondering where the instruction manual for your child is, this collection of free and reliable information sources is a good place to start.

Many people will relish telling you all the things that can go wrong with your baby.  But you’ll do a great job as a parent if you’re armed with information and always trust your instincts.

Take a deep breath and read on.

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Safety Information:

www.choice.com.au – an independent consumer watchdog, providing product reviews and advice.  They have a section just for babies and plenty of free advice in addition to paid content. Their Baby Safety Shopping Guide is free.

Consumer product safety regulation in Australia: www.productsafety.gov.au.  They offer a  free booklet “Keeping Baby Safe: a guide to nursery furniture

CPR for babies, a printable illustrated guide: http://www.abc.net.au/parenting/parenting_in_pictures/cpr_babies.htm – there are also other illustrated parenting guides available.

SIDS information including a useful safe sleeping booklet is available from http://www.sidsandkids.org.

Australian child restraint laws.  Despite Federation, laws differ from state to state regarding what baby or child seat is required. The laws of each state are outlined at http://www.familycar.com.au/page/child_restraint_laws.html

The child accident prevention foundation can be found at http://www.kidsafe.com.au/. See the 10 most common injuries to Australian children at http://www.kidsafensw.org/ten_most_common.htm.

Information on immunisation from the Australian government: http://www.immunise.health.gov.au/internet/immunise/publishing.nsf/Content/faq

Plastics safety guide – guide on plastics, their symbols and any safety concerns; Not all plastics are created equal.  Especially useful for assessing which baby bottle/teething products to buy.

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