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    Hi all,
    I'm hoping to start making and selling patchwork quilts/blankets. Some of the ones I've been making are keepsake memory quilts made of old baby clothes and not meant for use, but people have requested I make quilts for use by babies/children. My question is can anyone point me in the direction of the legalities for safety for these types of product please?
    Thanks in advance

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    I'm sure someone will be able to point you in the right direction, but thought I'd just say to the forum.
    Lucy Blossom
    Shop and blog: http://www.lucyblossomcrafts.co.uk
    https://www.facebook.com/LucyBlossomCrafts

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    • #3
      Hi and Welcome. Like Lucy says, we have a lot of lovely members who will be only too willing to give you some advice on this.
      I am a quilter but as I do not make for resale I don't have to be so familiar with TS regs.
      Carol
      God helps them that help themselves.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by NinaB View Post
        Hi all,
        I'm hoping to start making and selling patchwork quilts/blankets. Some of the ones I've been making are keepsake memory quilts made of old baby clothes and not meant for use, but people have requested I make quilts for use by babies/children. My question is can anyone point me in the direction of the legalities for safety for these types of product please?
        Thanks in advance
        Hi Nina, your first port of call should be your local Trading Standards office; they should be able to point you towards the correct legislation for this.

        If you're on FB this page may also be of help: http://www.facebook.com/CESupportPage

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        Liz aka bigbirdlittlebird

        http://www.facebook.com/BigLittleBird
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        • #5
          Can you find any CE regs covering nursery bedding? I can't. It's all about toys. Weird.
          Wikipedia says there aren't any. (Trust no one!)

          Practicalities would dictate that it passes a flamability test and is machine washable. There are a couple of dyes that are banned so I would go for fabrics made in the EU as they won't be using them.

          I found this on flamability. http://www.satra.co.uk/spotlight/art...iew.php?id=360 It's UK only, seems to exclude bedding and is 1988. Can anyone find anything more recent?
          Answering myself - 1989 - This is quite good http://www.textilesfr.co.uk/7175.html
          BS 7175 is what to search for.
          (I couldn't work out why searches were bringing up prisons and illegal immigrant centres. It's because the government expects them to set fire to their beds so there's a niche market in bedding and towels that won't burn.)

          Do these numbers/codes take you anywhere?
          http://babymattressesonline.co.uk/british-standards

          If you have an hour to spare you could read this http://www.childsafetyeurope.org/pub...-standards.pdf but I got to screaming point when seaching for bedding lead to don't let children drive tractors!!!!!!!!!

          Let us know if you find anything, Nina. The lack of info is interesting.

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          • #6
            To Liz - TS are applying toy regs to taggy blankets (or as I call them sucky blankets). I can't find any regs on blankets. That's bonkers as my kids sucked actual blankets. (I have to astest they all grew up to manhood. No visible harm done.)

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            • #7
              I believe that current recommendations advise that quilts are NOT used as bedding for babies under a year old. People nowadays seem to make and use them more to make a safe, soft, clean place for baby to lie on for 'playtime'. You might want to think about how to advertise them, bearing in mind the advice from the NHS baby website

              Don't use duvets, quilts, baby nests, ...

              Last edited by eena; 23-07-2013, 11:44 AM.


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              • #8
                Just on practical note my baby grandson had a couple of quilts. I nicked one and I was using it as a mat for him to lie then sit on (an anti sick on my carpet device ), as a cover when he was in his pram/stroller/buggy (it was winter), and then as a cover when he has an afternoon nap.......but he's never out of our sight - a bit different from in his own home where he sleeps upstairs in his own room.
                It might be an idea to print out a section of the NHS advice and give it to a customer who can then make up their own minds how best to use the quilt.
                On another note quilts work by insulation. They trap the body heat and keep a person at a very even temperature. A suspected cause of cot death is overheating. I'd say blankets are more likely to cause this than quilts and a problem would only arise if the baby was ill with a temperature.
                The other thing that's a worry is the quilt ending up covering the baby's head. That's easily sorted by adding ties that would secure the end to the foot of the crib/cot.
                BTW the quilt is now being a tent/roof of a cave/sail of a pirate ship

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