Childcare articles are products designed to facilitate the sleep, carrying, transport, feeding or hygiene of children. These include prams, carry cots, car seats, high chairs, dummies, bottles and bibs.
Just like toy safety, the safety of childcare articles is particularly important because children are a vulnerable group of consumers. Childcare articles must meet the general safety requirements set in product safety legislation. They must not pose a risk to consumer health or property.
Childcare articles must come with the information necessary for their safe usage throughout their useful life. This information must be provided in a clear and comprehensible format in both Finnish and Swedish.
Childcare articles and their packaging must feature details including:
- the product's name in accordance with commercial practice;
- the manufacturer, its authorised representative or importer;
- user, maintenance and care instructions, such as cleaning and washing instructions for textiles and any warnings.
Make sure you always follow user instructions and warnings. Never leave a baby or infant unsupervised! A baby or infant should not be left unsupervised even if using safety products or equipment such as safety gates, harnesses or stove guards as these products alone cannot prevent accidents.
For more information about safety in the home visit the home accident prevention campaign website.
Deficiencies in product safety defect are always regarded as defects under the Consumer Protection Act. In such cases the consumer is entitled to rectification of the defect, which in practice usually means they can return the product and get their money back.
You should pay particular attention to the safety of second-hand childcare articles. Older products may not necessarily be at the same level of safety as newer ones or meet all the current safety requirements. The safety of a second-hand childcare article may also have deteriorated considerably due to reasons such as structural wear. You should also remember that hygiene requirements set for products intended for babies are particularly high and that it may be difficult to check the hygiene level and cleanliness of a second-hand item.