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Buyer and Seller Safety Tips

Buyer and Seller safety Tips

Please consider the following safety tips for both buyers and sellers.

Car Seats

  1. Car seats should always be discarded if they have been involved in an accident. Never buy or sell a car seat that has been involved in an accident.
  2. Always ensure you buy a car-seat appropriate for the weight, height, and age of your child.

Prams and Pushchairs

All prams and pushchairs sold in the UK must comply with British Standard BS 7409. This law also applies to the sale of second-hand prams and pushchairs and sellers are responsible for ensuring the following requirements:

  1. Soundness of construction and stability
  2. A built in 3 or 5-point harness and functional breaks
  3. The pram/pushchair itself must display the British Standard label and year it was made, eg. BS7409 2009, and include manufacturers instruction manual.

Cots/Moses Baskets

  1. Ensure all surfaces are clean, smooth and splinter free.
  2. Check there is no flaking or chipped paint falling off that could potentially cause harm.


  1. The foundation for the study of Infant deaths advises that babies should sleep on a mattress that is not too soft or saggy, and displays no signs of wear and tear.
  2. It is recommended that a new mattress should be used for each new child that you have.

Travel cots/Play Pens

  1. Ensure all door openings/latches are fully functional and secure properly in upright position.
  2. Ensure all surfaces are smooth and splinter free.


  1. Ensure that the seat has no rips in the fabric that could harm a baby.
  2. Ensure there is a 3 or 5-point harness.
  3. Ensure the chair is stable and can be properly secured in the upright position.


  1. Look for CE mark. All toys approved by British Toy and Hobby Association will also carry the Lion Mark.
  2. The above also applies to larger items: baby bouncers, swings etc.
  3. Check toy is not broken or damaged, or has loose parts that could potentially cause harm.


  1. Check labels on nightwear states ‘keep away from fire’ or ‘low flammability to BS 5722′. If not, they may not meet basic standard requirements.
  2. Avoid drawstrings around the neck, or loose buttons that may become detached and cause harm.


  1. Bag-like slings with deep pouches, such as Infantino sling rider or Premaxx baby bag, could potentially cause suffocation if baby’s face becomes covered.

Electrical Items

  1. The law states that all second-hand electrical items must be tested by a competent person before being sold and include the manufacturer’s instruction manual.