Few playpens pass all our safety tests, but some are still worth considering.
5 Dec 2013 |
There's no current mandatory or voluntary Australian standard for playpens, and we found some models that pose potential safety risks.
CHOICE reviews 30 dummies against the mandatory Australian Standard
23 Oct 2013 |
Dummies are used to comfort and settle your child - but hazards do exist, so care needs to be taken.
What do you need to make your home toddler-safe?
21 Oct 2013 |
CHOICE looks at household child safety devices and finds that combining sensible safety practices with a few key devices is enough for most homes.
CHOICE reviews some popular parenting apps
16 Oct 2013 |
On the path to parenthood? CHOICE looks at some free parenting apps to help you track and manage that steep learning curve.
It takes a village to raise a child. Are mothers' groups the 21st-century version?
16 Oct 2013 |
Why I reluctantly joined one, and how it could be just what you don't know you need.
For struggling new parents dreaming of sleep, help's at hand if you know where to look.
14 Oct 2013 |
We outline the resources available for parents with a baby who won't sleep, including residential services like Tresillian, family care centres and so-called baby whisperers.
Baby bag essentials
8 Oct 2013 |
Ready, set, labour! What do you need to pack and take for the moment you've been waiting for?
We provide test results for 94 cots, including 12 newly tested models.
3 Oct 2013 |
The mandatory Australian standard aims to benchmark all cots to a safe level, but some failures slip through the cracks.
Some common toys and kids' products pose a risk to your child's safety.
13 Sep 2013 |
All parents want the best for their children and there's a huge range of products out there to choose from. But beware — some could do more harm than good.
The CHOICE checklist of optional but useful items for you and your baby.
10 Sep 2013 |
There are many items that, while not essential, can make life with baby easier and safer.
The CHOICE checklist of essential items to have ready when baby arrives.
10 Sep 2013 |
As tempting and exciting as it is to fill the nursery full of baby gear before the birth, you can buy just the essentials to start with.
Harnesses, boosters and clip-on toddler and infant seats are compact alternatives to a standard high chair.
23 Aug 2013 |
27 portable high chairs - including clip-on, booster, and harness types - tested for safety and security.
We've tested 139 strollers for safety, durability and ease of use.
15 Aug 2013 |
Find out which strollers, including newly tested Baby Jogger, Bugaboo, Childcare and Steelcraft models, meet our exacting safety standards.
Australian parents should soon be able to buy baby seats using an Isofix-like restraint system, with Standards Australia now allowing local sales of the seats.
17 Jun 2013 |
The Australian Standard for car child restraints has been updated to allow for the use of a variation of the international child restraint system called Isofix, in conjunction with Australia's top tether system
CHOICE reviews long term and short term contraception, including new generation pills, rings, implants and injections.
13 Jun 2013 |
CHOICE's health experts compare contraceptive options available in Australia, including long-acting reversible methods, hormonal injections, IUD, the pill and emergency contraception.
We've tested audio-only, video monitors and Wi-Fi monitors priced from $70 to $399.
6 Jun 2013 |
Find out which monitors are best for sound and picture quality, with new models from Angel Care, Belkin, Oricom and iBaby among those tested.
We review 34 baby change tables priced from $49 to $999.
31 May 2013 |
Our tests reveal which new models, including those from Boori, Cariboo, Love n Care and Mother's Choice, are stable, strong and safe.
We've tested 24 bassinets ranging in price from $65 to $530.
17 May 2013 |
Our review reveals which models, including those from Boori, Childcare, Natures Purest and Tasman Eco, are safe, sound and easy to use.
There are nine diseases that are preventable by childhood immunisation.
1 May 2013 |
By immunising your child, you are offering her the safest and most effective form of protection against many serious diseases - the benefit of this protection far outweighs the rare complications associated with immunisation.
A one-stop shop for parents in the making
12 Mar 2013 |
Prepare for the arrival of your little bundle with our comprehensive guide for parents to be.
Making anxious first-time parents feel guilty is big business.
31 Jan 2013 |
How can parents determine which products are essential, what’s nice to have, and what’s not needed?
Sealing off certain rooms or stairs is key when your baby becomes mobile.
18 Dec 2012 |
Test results for 41 safety gates and barriers priced from $20 to $199
Cloth nappies have come a long way since the terry squares of yesteryear but disposables still reign the shopping cart.
1 Dec 2012 |
We surveyed hundreds of online parents to find out their experiences with different types of nappies.
The Bebi fruit drink range claims to be the world’s first infant suitable beverage.
23 Nov 2012 |
Parents are angered that Woolworths is stocking the Bebi brand juice to infants as young as six months old.
We tested 23 toys against safety standards, and over half of them failed.
12 Nov 2012 |
Australia now has a single regulatory product safety system covering all states and territories - but unsafe products, including toys, can still appear in stores.
Many children have restraints that are too big for them and graduate to adult seatbelts too early.
12 Sep 2012 |
We review 12 new booster seats suitable for children aged from about four to eight years, looking at ease of use and ease of fitting.
Which type of double stroller is for you?
9 Aug 2012 |
We put nine double strollers of various types to the test, plus results for 18 previously tested models.
These restraints all meet the stringent requirements of the Australian standard, but some are easier to install and use than others
5 Jul 2012 |
Installing a child car restraint correctly is essential for preventing injuries to your child in a crash
Try before you buy when choosing a baby carrier or sling.
4 Jun 2012 |
With a baby carrier or sling, you can keep your baby close and secure while leaving your hands free for other tasks.
A week dedicated to new and expectant parents and the safety of their new bundle of joy.
21 May 2012 |
Whether it’s rolling strollers along our custom made rig for hours on end in the CHOICE labs, or checking for sharp edges and finger traps, safety is at the forefront of all we do.
Changes to tax rules mean little savers can be hit with a big tax bill.
15 May 2012 |
We review ten savings accounts designed for children and teenagers, including products offered by ANZ, Commonwealth Bank, NAB and Westpac.
The Beaba Babycook claims to make preparing healthy meals for your baby easy.
1 May 2012 |
This handy appliance can steam, blend, reheat and defrost all in the one compact unit - but is it necessary?
Going from two salaries to one and the costs of baby items can be daunting, but you can keep within budget.
9 Feb 2012 |
Use our planning for baby guide to find out what you really need and ways to stay within your budget with our interactive budget tool.
Installing a child restraint correctly is the best way to prevent injuries to your child in a crash
2 Feb 2012 |
We review 10 children's convertible car seats, suitable from birth to four years of age and priced from $149 to $659.
Finding good, affordable childcare can be a tough gig.
2 Feb 2012 |
We've surveyed more than 200 parents and found fewer than half of parents with children in long day care are satisfied with the quality of care.
Not all organic baby food is created equal.
30 Nov 2011 |
Our review of 136 baby food varieties for under 1s has found there’s more to (or sometimes less of) these products than meets the eye.
This stroller accessory aims to make transporting your stroller easier.
26 Oct 2011 |
This stroller bag gives your stroller a neat and tidy look, however packing and unpacking could be potentially time consuming.
The annual event aims to increase awareness about unintentional childhood injuries and their prevention
25 Oct 2011 |
The aim of this year's event is to remind parents to take all precautions to protecting their children.
The stroller may become unstable in some circumstances when the toddler seat is attached.
20 Oct 2011 |
The Amazing Baby Company is recalling Baby Jogger toddler seats sold between September 2008 and September 2011.
Incorrect labelling can result in consumers not being aware of the fire danger.
14 Oct 2011 |
Introwall Pty Ltd is recalling children's nightgowns as the incorrect labelling could result in consumers not being aware of the fire danger.
The front wheels may suddenly lock up whilst the stroller is in motion, causing the stroller to topple.
4 Oct 2011 |
Bugaboo Bee strollers manufactured between January 2011 and 15 September 2011 may have a front swivel wheel that can lock up during use.
The strollers have been supplied online directly from the United States and fail to comply with the Australian mandatory standard.
4 Oct 2011 |
i Retail USA Baby Jogger City Select strollers have been recalled, because the strollers do not have wrist tethers for the carer, or red coloured brakes.
A child could gain access to the beads, posing a risk of suffocation as well as inhalation and ingestion.
28 Sep 2011 |
Chibebe is recalling Slumber Pod Baby Bean Bags sold nationally between 1st September and 7th September this year.
The warning label may not be adequately affixed to the bath seat.
26 Sep 2011 |
Valiant Enterprises recalls Tafli Bath Seats sold between 15 January 2010 and 22 September 2011 because warning labels may not be adequately affixed.
Are they essential, or just a pricey gimmick?
1 Sep 2011 |
There are plenty of specialist multivitamin on the market for conception, pregnancy and breastfeeding. Can they be beneficial, or are they just a gimmick?
Non-labelling can result in consumers being unaware of possible fire safety risks
22 Aug 2011 |
The Oobi Pty Ltd pumpkin growsuit does not have a Fire Safety Label as required by the mandatory standard for children's nightwear.
Plastic has been found in the 170g baby food satchels
22 Aug 2011 |
Plastic matter has been found in Rafferty's Garden Italian Lasagne Premium Baby Food for 10 months+, which could cause injury if consumed.
Clever Clothing Enterprise has issued a recall on its velour studsuits for babies
17 Aug 2011 |
Incorrect labelling can result in consumers not being aware of the fire risk associated wth the Marquise velour studsuits for babies.
Maintaining mother's good health is one of the keys to successful breastfeeding.
20 May 2011 |
How much more do breastfeeding mothers need to eat and which foods they should focus on to stay as healthy as possible?
Our trialists put 14 disposable nappy brands and five different types of cloth nappies to the test.
16 Mar 2010 |
A typical baby goes through about 6000 nappies. The total cost can vary between about $1700 and $4650, so it pays to find the smartest buys.
Australia takes a step towards banning toys and baby products containing DEHP.
27 Jan 2010 |
Australia may eventually catch up with the US and the UE and ban toys and baby products containing DEHP.
New national laws will ensure safer travelling for your children.
2 Dec 2009 |
A nationally agreed reform on child car restraints is to be rolled out across Australia in 2010, with new laws designed to provide greater protection for children when travelling.
One million strollers have been recalled in the USA for safety reasons.
10 Nov 2009 |
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission has announced a voluntary recall of Maclaren strollers, due to the stroller’s hinge mechanism posing a fingertip amputation and laceration hazard to a child when the stroller is being unfolded.
What to look for when buying a pram or stroller.
6 Oct 2009 |
Buying a stroller can be a complicated exercise. Use our checklist to make sure you get the right one for your situation.
Strollers, carriers, car and bicycle seats: we tell you what to look for.
3 Oct 2009 |
No matter how you prefer to transfer baby, we've tested them for safety and ease of use. Use our recommendations before your next purchase.
Breastfeeding provides significant health benefits for mother and baby.
5 Sep 2009 |
The Australian government and the World Health Organisation recommend babies are exclusively breastfeed until six months of age.
Don't purchase a cot, cradle, playpen or highchair until you've read our informative guide.
4 Sep 2009 |
Use our checklist to make sure you have taken all necessary steps to guarantee your baby’s safe sleeping and playing environment.
Babies will need nappies until some time into their second or third year.
2 Sep 2009 |
This makes choosing and using nappies a major part of their life, and yours. Our guide covers the types of nappies available as well as associated products such as change tables and baths.
How do you find quality child care that matches your requirements?
1 Sep 2009 |
Long waiting lists and lack of choice over which days, the number of days and the type of child care available are the major problems when looking for child care.
New cots are becoming safer – eight out of 10 cots passed all our safety tests.
27 Nov 2008 |
The good news is that cots are getting safer. Only two of the 10 cots on test had a safety failure. Compare this to our 2002 test, where only one of nine cots was recommended.
CHOICE tested a mix of three-wheel and four-wheel strollers and prams for safety, durability and ease of use.
24 Aug 2008 |
How can you tell whether the model you're considering is safe, durable, and easy to use? We can help you make the right choice.
We look at some common causes and solutions to a child's sleepless nights.
9 Jul 2008 |
There are many causes of sleep difficulties, so it’s important to get the diagnosis right.
Our survey that safety is only part of the complex issues we face when buying toys for our children.
6 Jun 2008 |
CHOICE investigate how seriously corporate social responsibility is taken in the toy industry.
Of the 10 portable cots we tested, only three passed all our safety tests.
25 Oct 2007 |
How can you tell which portable cots are safest? What features should you look for? Are accessories like change tables useful, or a potential hazard? We can help you make the right choice.
Nine out of the 12 strollers we tested passed safety and durability tests — a good result.
20 Aug 2007 |
It can be hard to choose a good stroller, but how can you be sure that it’s safe and durable?
Our readers and their babies give us the verdict on which nappies rate the best.
24 Feb 2007 |
Almost 100 volunteers and their babies trialled disposable nappies, each rating 10 'daytime' nappies from seven different brands.
Do cots meet the updated standard?
1 Aug 2006 |
Eight of the models we tested this time had no major failures – a large improvement on our last test of cots in 2005.
Toddler seats are a quick way to turn your jogger stroller into a two-seater, but are they safe?
28 Apr 2005 |
You've got a toddler and a baby, but just one single seat stroller. A quick solution is to convert it into a twin-stroller by attaching a toddler seat.
If you're bottlefeeding your baby here's what you need to know about formula and equipment.
24 Jul 2003 |
If you don’t breastfeed your baby you’ll need to choose a formula; cow’s milk shouldn't be used as the primary milk drink in the first year of life.
What's best - cloth or disposable? We'll tell you about the environment effects and other issues.
22 Jul 2003 |
Most babies don't get to the toilet training stage until their second or third year. This makes nappies a major part of their life, and yours.
Here's a guide to help you make a decision when buying clothes for your baby.
22 Jul 2003 |
Many of us go on a spending spree when we're expecting but your little one is going to grow fast so avoid buying expensive things and stick to the basics.
Breast milk is the ideal food for newborn babies — it’s perfectly designed to nourish your baby.
15 Jul 2003 |
There are a number of reasons why breast is best.