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Baby Boxes - proposal for new British Standard now online

The British Standards Institution (BSI) has launched a public consultation into a proposed new British Standard for baby boxes and both Association members and non-members are invited to comment on the proposed scope and purpose of the new standard. This is a key step in the document development process and is the first opportunity for manufacturers, importers, retailers or developers to have an input.

The proposed standard will specify safety requirements and test methods for the design and manufacture of baby sleeping boxes made of cardboard or similar paper-based materials, that are intended to be used for sleeping by a baby who cannot sit up unaided or pull themselves up, having an upper age limit of 5 months.

 This standard will include:

 The type of mattress that should be used with baby box for sleeping

  • The chemical components of the box’s materials
  • Construction of the product (strength and stability)
  • Warnings and instructions for use
  • Test methods for the product

It is important to note that the scope of the standard will not cover items made of alternative materials such as wood, plastic, metal, fabric or wicker.

In recent years there has been an increase in popularity of baby boxes and they are readily available from a wide range of sources from local authorities to retailers and online. The purpose of this standard is to provide a minimum level of safety for baby sleeping boxes, helping to reduce risks in the sleeping environment based on our current knowledge and best practice.

Full details of the proposal can be found at: https://standardsdevelopment.b...

Any interested parties wanting to comment on the proposed scope and purpose of the standard can do so by setting up an online account and using the comment template provided.  The deadline for comments at this very early stage is Monday 30th April.