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Ten things not to buy your kids

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.  More »

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Planning for baby

09 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.  More »

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What not to buy second-hand

07 Oct 2013 | Second-hand items can be cheap and attractive, but some can pose a hazard to you and your children.  More »

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Childcare survey reveals inequities

31 Oct 2006 | To find out Australians' experiences of the childcare system, CHOICE sent a survey to people with children six years or younger and who have used or looked for childcare.  More »

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Children, babies and sleep

09 Jul 2008 | There are many causes of sleep difficulties, so it’s important to get the diagnosis right.   More »

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School backpacks buying guide

11 Nov 2005 | The stuff high-school students carry around some days can certainly add up. That’s where a good, versatile backpack comes in.  More »

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CHOICE's toy industry survey

06 Jun 2008 | CHOICE investigate how seriously corporate social responsibility is taken in the toy industry.  More »

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Toy safety reviews

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.  More »

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Child care options guide

01 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.  More »

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Playground surfaces not all equal

04 Jan 2007 | Having an appropriate landing surface that is well maintained significantly lowers the risk of injury should children fall.   More »

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Child safety devices fact sheet

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.   More »

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Dummies review

23 Oct 2013 | Dummies are used to comfort and settle your child - but hazards do exist, so care needs to be taken.  More »

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Ten things not to buy your kids

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.  More »

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What not to buy second-hand

07 Oct 2013 | Second-hand items can be cheap and attractive, but some can pose a hazard to you and your children.  More »

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Nice-to-have products

10 Sep 2013 | There are many items that, while not essential, can make life with baby easier and safer.  More »

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Shopping for your baby - must-have products

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.  More »

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IVF costs

08 Feb 2013 | With 15% of Australian couples facing a fertility problem, overcoming infertility has become big business.   More »

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Trampoline reviews

12 Dec 2012 | Trampolines are a fun way to exercise, however they can also be the cause of many injuries to children.  More »

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Toy safety reviews

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.  More »

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What's not recommended?

21 May 2012 | These strollers, cots, bassinets, and change tables failed some of our safety tests, after being tested in the CHOICE labs.  More »

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