Baby dummies

This mandatory standard applies to babies dummies that include a teat used to pacify a baby and where the teat is only for sucking, not for obtaining fluid.

About baby dummies

Baby dummies are also called pacifiers or soothers.

The mandatory standard excludes some types of dummy which are made for therapeutic use or for premature babies.

The mandatory standard prescribes requirements for the design, construction and safety labelling of babies dummies.

Mandatory standard

Consumer Protection Notice No. 4 of 2006 sets out the mandatory requirements for babies’ dummies.

The mandatory standard is based on certain sections of the voluntary Australian AS 2432:1991 Standard for Babies’ Dummies. AS 2432:1991 is available from SAI Global.

You must consult the mandatory standard for these details.

Key requirements

The listed requirements aim to give suppliers a general idea of what is required by the mandatory standard. Suppliers must not rely on this information as a complete guide to compliance.

Design and construction

Baby dummies must always come with a shield, teat and a ring or handle made according to certain specifications.

Shield

The dummy shield must:

  • be a minimum size – the mandatory standard specifies minimum dimensions
  • not have any sharp edges or points that could injure a child when it uses or touches the dummy
  • have two or more ventilation holes of a specific size and in certain positions on the shield —the mandatory standard specifies the size and positions.

Teat

The dummy teat must:

  • be smooth so that a baby or toddler can comfortably suck on it
  • not allow fluid to leak inside or fill the teat, as bacteria can grow there and infect a child.

Ring or handle

The dummy’s ring or handle must:

  • be secure – it must not partly or wholly come off the shield when tugged
  • not have any sharp edges or points that could injure a child when it uses or touches the dummy
  • be on a specific location on the dummy – the mandatory standard specifies the location
  • be able to be gripped to allow easy removal of the dummy by an adult carer.

Testing

The mandatory standard includes some features you can visually check.

It also prescribes certain testing that must be performed.  The tensile and shield tests ensures the dummy meets requirements for strength, durability and size.

It is recommended that suppliers organise testing through specialist laboratories with the right skills, experience and equipment to ensure compliance with the mandatory standard.

Safety labelling

The packaging of the dummy must come with the following warning notice:

WARNING

DO NOT TIE DUMMY AROUND BABY’S NECK AS IT PRESENTS A STRANGULATION HAZARD.

Packaging

The packaging of the dummy must:

  • not include any pin, ribbon, string, cord, chain or any other means of attachment — this discourages people attaching the dummy to a babies clothing or, for example, its wrist. This helps prevent strangulation hazards and cutting off blood supply to hands and fingers.
  • be labelled with the name and address of the Australian manufacturer or distributor.

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