I’m due in August with my first and have been given a lovely 2nd hand pram from my friend. It’s a very nice , expensive , well looked after pram which we are very happy with. However , we were told today that it’s not recommend to use any 2nd hand sleeping things for the baby. Including a pram. ( due to SIDS ) That it’s better to only use new. This was from a baby antenatal course. Does this sound right?
Red Nose Australia
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A safe pram or stroller is one that meets the Australian standard for prams and strollers. All new and second hand prams and strollers sold in Australia must meet the current Australian and New Zealand standard ‘Prams and strollers—safety requirements’. AS/NZS 2088:2000.
If you are planning to use a second hand pram or stroller, check that it meets those standards:
- When preparing to use a pram or stroller, it is important to read the instructions carefully. The instructions are there to help keep baby safe.
- Always do up the restraints when baby is in a pram, stroller, or any other baby/toddler equipment. It can be dangerous if baby becomes tangled in loose restraints that are not fastened correctly. Make sure the footrest on the stroller is strong and secure. A weak footrest can give way and cause baby to become trapped.
- Ensure that the pram or stroller’s brakes are engaged when it is stopped. Several children in Australia have died after a pram or stroller has rolled away.
- Never leave your baby unattended in a pram or stroller. It is not a substitute for a cot.
For further information about products and prams and strollers/pushers safety requirements visit the Australian government’s product safety website here. Further information from the ACCC is also available in their publication ‘Keeping baby safe - a guide to infant and nursery products’ available here.