Bean bag furniture is one of the most comfortable types of furniture for people of all ages, from babies to seniors, but as with any product, it must meet the proper safety standards. Bean bags have several benefits and therapeutic qualities. Leading doctors and scientists recommend them as a healthy alternative to traditional furniture.
The difference is that these days, bean bags come with a whole range of inbuilt safety precautions. Naturally, some parents have questions about potential hazards such as the filling of bean bags or the security of fastenings. Don’t worry, we’ve got all your questions answered! If you use a high-quality bean bag properly, there should be no worries about safety.
Are baby bean bags safe for newborns?
When it comes to babies, the Australian government recommendations advise that children under the age of 12 months should never be put down to sleep on a bean bag.
How much should I fill the bean bags?
You should ensure that a bean bag is always firmly packed. Leaving too much space in a bean bag can be a hazard for small children, as toddlers need good neck and head support.
Can bean bags be a choking hazard for toddlers?
As we know, toddlers like to get into everything! If toddlers do manage to get the bag open somehow, there’s a chance they may choke on the stuffing. As mentioned, our bean bags come with safety zippers, and are also made from extremely strong material which means they are difficult to split open. However, you may like to consider an alternative filling.
Is it safe to sleep baby on a baby bean bag?
No. The safest place to sleep baby from birth is in a safe cot, which complies with the AS/NZS mandatory standards for either household or folding (portable) cots, in the same room as an adult caregiver for the first six to 12 months of life.
It may have been suggested by family and friends that you sleep baby on a beanbag. However, it is not safe to do so. A bean bag, defined as a material sack encasing a large quantity of polystyrene foam beads that is usually a pyramid-shaped sack used for seating, poses a suffocation risk to babies and small children and a choking hazard if they inhale the beads. See here some product safety standards.
Should You Get a Baby Bean Bag?
Baby bean bags are actually pretty comfortable things, which your baby will love sitting on. The bean bags designed especially for babies also come with ultra-soft material, which babies will really enjoy.
Although bean bags do pose safety concerns for babies and children, the new designs and safety precautions built into them have ensured that they are safe for use. After all, there are a number of toys and other baby-related items in the market that also come with similar choking or suffocation hazards for children but are still in high demand as they follow proper safety precautions.
Finally, it is highly recommended that you read the safety instructions or precautions of a baby bean bag before use. Also, since it is your baby’s safety and health that is in question here, you should always buy the baby bean bag from a reliable manufacturer.
You can also ask the seller to explain to you the safety features of the bean bag such as the double zipper inner lining before finalizing your purchase.
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Blissbeanbags.com.au. 2021. Are Bean Bags Safe for Toddlers? | Bliss Bean Bags Australia. [online] Available at: <https://www.blissbeanbags.com.au/are-bean-bags-safe-for-toddlers/> [Accessed 1 September 2021].
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