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by Katie Hodgkins

Dummy Safety & Testing - Information From Asda

Dummy safety is so important, but something many parents don’t think about (myself included)!

The team over at Asda are very safety conscious when it comes to incidents of dummies breaking, especially when in use. We got in touch with them to chat about dummy safety, and to make sure that your minds are set at rest they have sent us this wonderful and incredibly useful guide on optimal dummy safety as well as the testing that they put their dummies through.

Asda’s Dummy Information Guide

“Our baby and nursery technical manager, Simon Hollidge, explains some of the testing procedures that our soothers go through to ensure they’re safe for our customers to use…

At Asda we take the safety of all of our products very seriously, but we take even greater care with our baby and nursery ranges as we know how important this is for our customers. Be that from nappies or wipes, to toys or clothing, we have strict procedures in place with each and every one of our suppliers which makes sure that the products we sell are 100% safe for our customers and their babies.

And when it comes to soothers there is no difference. All our Little Angels Soothers are tested to the BS EN 1400:2013+A2:2018 child use and care standard, which is in place to certify that the soothers are safe for use. This includes each and every one being tested to withhold a 9.2KG weight – that’s the equivalent of nine large bags of sugar.

The standard ensures all soothers are bite resistant and recommends we use materials such as silicone, which is durable for longer periods of time. The standard also means that soothers have adequate ventilation so that in the very rare case that the whole soother may enter the mouth of the child, they will still be able to breathe. If this does happen, customers should call the emergency services straight away.

Even with all the testing that is completed, we know how important the safety of their children is to customers. We’ve put together some safety tips for customers when using soothers:

  • Before using the soother for the first time, place it in boiling water for five minutes, allow to cool and then squeeze the teat to remove any water left inside
  • Products should always be used under adult supervision
  • Ensure you are using a soother that’s the right age for your baby – all of our soothers are clearly labelled with the appropriate age range
  • Soothers are designed differently to suit lots of mouth shapes
  • Inspect the soother before you use it and also straight away after each use
  • Pull the soother teat in all directions to make sure its is attached securely
  • Throw the soother away at the first signs of damage or weakness
  • Replace the soother after four weeks for hygiene and safety reasons
  • If in the unlikely circumstance that the soother becomes lodged in the baby’s mouth, remove it from the mouth as carefully and as gently as possible. The soother cannot be swallowed and it has been carefully designed so that this type of situation can be swiftly rectified
  • Never dip the teat in sweet substances or medicine as this causes tooth decay
  • Soothers are dishwasher safe, so you can wash it – but keep it on the top shelf only!
  • All of our soothers are suitable for all forms of sterilisation.

If any of our customers do feel that our products are not up to the standard they expect, then we would welcome their feedback. They can get in contact with our customer service team on 0800 9520101.”

Thank you, Asda! We hope that this information is really helpful to the mummies and daddies in our community.

Love from Katie, Team Asda, and Team BBY. Xx

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I'm Katie, and I'm a mama, wife, and freelance content creator for Bump, Baby & You. I also help to run our thriving online community over in our Facebook support group, as well as volunteering for my local branch of the National Childbirth Trust. I'm a busy bee and enjoy keeping active, cooking, writing, and fun days out with my little family. My special topics of interest are... autism (as me and my son are both autistic), science, all things parenting and pregnancy related, and The Handmaids Tale!
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