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Cots (household)

Household cot

Household cots are permanent sleeping enclosures for infants and babies that have raised sides and ends. Cots are usually rectangular with sides and ends made of slats or filler bars. Often one side drops down to give easy access to a child.

Circular cots are also available. These are made with walls that have no slats. There are also cots available that convert to a toddler bed.

If infants become trapped between gaps in household cots, they can suffocate, suffer injuries to their arms and legs, or suffer strangulation if their head becomes trapped between gaps. 

Toys, extra pillows and bumpers in the cot can also cause babies to suffocate if they get caught up in them. Babies may also use them as footholds to try climbing out of cots, and if they fall they can suffer serious injuries such as concussion and fractures. 

Infants can also suffer strangulation if their clothing gets snagged on parts of a cot that stick out (protrusions), or if their head becomes trapped between gaps.

Mandatory Standards

Mandatory Standards

The mandatory standard for household cots came into effect on 3 December 2005. It covers various requirements for new, second-hand, antique and collectable cots.
Recalls

Recalls

Check www.recalls.gov.au for any recalls related to this page.

Alerts

Loose or looped cords near cots can accidentally strangle and kill small children. Babies have died from being strangled in blind, curtain and electrical cords they accessed in their cots. There are simple steps you can take when preparing baby's sleep area to make sure it's safe from these hazards.
Multiple cot suppliers have conducted recalls after ACCC surveillance identified a number of cots which did not meet the requirements of the mandatory safety standard.

Safety issues

Following a series of product recalls in the United States of timber cots with drop sides, concern has been raised about the safety of drop side cots.

Myths

It is a myth that putting extra blankets, pillows, bumpers and soft toys in cots will comfort and protect children.
It is a myth that just because a household cot has been used safely by a family for many years, it is still safe for a new baby.

Legal cases and undertakings

Date commenced: 4th August 2014
From at least 1 June 2013 to on or about 10 September 2013, Tian supplied 275 “Canterbury Cots” that did not comply with the consumer product safety standard for household cots.
Date commenced: 20th June 2014
Between about 1 May 2013 and about 3 September 2013, New Aim supplied 400 “Wooden Sleigh 3 in 1 Baby Cots” that did not comply with the consumer product safety standard for household cots.

Injury case studies

Infants can suffocate if they become trapped in parts of household cots.

Videos

This cot safety video is part of the Keeping Baby Safe series. It provides you with tips and advice on choosing and using a cot safety.

Statistics

  • 13 inquests into cot-related deaths were conducted between 2000 and 2009

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