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    Baby Sleep bags apparently not up to British standards

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    Trading standards have found that that many of the items in question don't meet the British Standard requirements. Some were shrinking after being washed, neck sizes at the wrong sizes, decorative loops found to pose possible risk and Zips that just weren't good enough to do the intended job.

    The bottom line is that if you want something that meets the standards then make sure it carries the British Standard mark, as it's not compulsory for manufacturers to produce products that meet the criteria.

    Some labels have been found to be misleading parents in thinking they already meet the standards "Look for the British Standard BS8510:2009 on the label"

    "Baby sleep bags are full length fabric bags with a neck opening and armholes but without sleeves or a hood. They are designed to keep the baby warm, when sleeping in a cot or Moses basket, without the need for extra bedding.

    The Devon, Somerset and Torbay Trading Standards Service advise anyone purchasing this type of garment to:

    • Check labels, is the information clear? Look for the British Standard BS8510:2009 on the label

    • Check any fastenings and fit of the product and make sure there are no small parts which could come loose.

    • Make sure that Velcro fastenings or zip fastenings are covered so as not to come into contact with baby’s skin.

    • Always follow manufacturers washing instructions. Washing a garment in a higher than advised temperature could cause the garment to shrink affecting the temperature or comfort of the child.

    • Avoid purchasing products with added ‘loops’ intended for display as a babies fingers could become caught

    • Check that the labels are secure and are not at risk of coming loose posing a choking hazard.

    • Check the stitching and seams – do not purchase if it seems unfinished or rough.
    • Check labels, is the information clear? Look for the British Standard BS8510:2009 on the label

    • Check any fastenings and fit of the product and make sure there are no small parts which could come loose.

    • Make sure that Velcro fastenings or zip fastenings are covered so as not to come into contact with baby’s skin.

    • Always follow manufacturers washing instructions. Washing a garment in a higher than advised temperature could cause the garment to shrink affecting the temperature or comfort of the child.

    • Avoid purchasing products with added ‘loops’ intended for display as a babies fingers could become caught

    • Check that the labels are secure and are not at risk of coming loose posing a choking hazard.

    • Check the stitching and seams – do not purchase if it seems unfinished or rough."

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