New Safety Standard Approved
Grobag is leading the way in safety for Baby Sleep Bags by meeting BSI’s new specification, BS 8510:2009, which details the safety criteria for all Baby Sleep Bags. Please be aware that this is The BRITISH safety standard and may not be compliant with the standards of all countries for example Australia.
The Gro Company has been involved in the development of this British Standard from the start. In 2001 Rob & Ouvrielle Holmes worked with Intertek Testing and together took their own in-house safety standard to the Baby Products Association (BPA) and asked them to develop a voluntary code of practice that would perhaps one day be the basis for a British Standard. Four years after the BPA Code of Practice was published and work commenced on the British Standard.
Today Rob and Ouvrielle’s dreams have come true with the official publication of the British Standard for Baby Sleep Bags.
Ouvrielle Holmes said;
“We are incredibly proud that so much of what is in the new British Standard has its heritage in Grobag’s own original in-house product safety and quality guidelines which we developed eight years ago. We firmly believe that Baby Sleep Bags are a far safer form of bedding for babies than traditional blankets and sheets, and that we have not only been instrumental in introducing them properly to the UK, but also making sure that those sold in the UK are safe and are used safely too. We are so proud to say that we are leading the way with our Grobags meeting the new BSI standard”.
From day one Grobag has worked very closely with the Foundation for the Study of Infant Deaths (FSID), who is the leading UK charity at the forefront of researching and promoting safe sleep for infants. Try to remember that cot death is rare and that if you follow advice such as putting your baby to bed on their back, you will be reducing their risk of cot death considerably.
Grobag is FSID’s only Baby Sleep Bag specialist. For more information on FSID visit http://www.fsid.org.uk/ or telephone FSID’s FREEPHONE helpline on 0808 802 6868.
Advice for parents to reduce the risk of cot death:
• Cut smoking in pregnancy – fathers too! And don’t let anyone smoke in the same room as your baby.
• Place your baby on the back to sleep (and not on the front or side).
• Do not let your baby get too hot, and keep your baby’s head uncovered.
• Place your baby with their feet to the foot of the cot, to prevent them wriggling down under the covers, or use a Baby Sleep Bag• Never sleep with your baby on a sofa or armchair.
• The safest place for your baby to sleep is in a crib or cot in a room with you for the first six months.
• It’s especially dangerous for your baby to sleep in your bed if you (or your partner):
- are a smoker, even if you never smoke in bed or at home
- have been drinking alcohol
- take medication or drugs that make you drowsy
- feel very tired; or if your baby: - was born before 37 weeks
- weighed less than 2.5kg or 5½ lbs at birth.• Don’t forget, accidents can happen: you might roll over in your sleep and suffocate your baby; or your baby could get caught between the wall and the bed, or could roll out of an adult bed and be injured.
• Settling your baby to sleep (day and night) with a dummy can reduce the risk of cot death, even if the dummy falls out while your baby is asleep.
• Breastfeed your baby. Establish breastfeeding before starting to use a dummy.