Baby safety equipment Child safety symbols
Child safety symbols explained
There are many things a parent can do to keep their baby safe, from buying a Best Buy child car seat (we put seats through tests that are more rigorous than the standard, and we've found ones that we recommend you don't buy as well as those that will keep your baby safe) to understanding the safety labels on baby products.
Many parents recognise the symbols found on children's equipment and toys as well as furniture and other home appliances - but you might not understand what each safety symbol actually means.
These are the child safety marks and symbols to keep an eye out for, along with what their presence does - and doesn't - indicate:
|Symbol||What it means|
Will not easily catch light from cigarettes or matches.
Does not mean fireproof.
Manufacturer's self declaration that its product meets basic EU legal requirements.
This is not a safety symbol.
The Kite mark confirms that the British Standards Institution has tested a product and found it meets a particular standard.
Unsuitable for children under three years because it might, for instance, contain small parts.
The Lion mark shows that a toy meets British safety standards and adheres to strict advertising and counterfeiting ethics.
Many of our tests on baby products include safety checks, some of which are higher than the UK standard needed to be sold legally in the UK and gain these symbols. We will only give a Best Buy to a product that we're sure is safe. You can visit all our reviews to find the safest and easiest to use:
- Best Buy child car seats
- Best Buy pushchairs
- Best Buy high chairs
- Best Buy cot beds
- Best Buy stair gates
If you're not a Which? member you can access all our reviews, including home and technology products too, all with a £1 trial subscription to Which?.
Best shops for child safety products
Baby and child safety equipment
We've asked over 11,000 UK shoppers to rate shops, including Argos, Boots, Toys R Us, Early Learning Centre, Mamas and Papas and Mothercare, alongside smaller chains, to can find out what parents think are the best and worst shops for buying baby products.
If you prefer to shop online, we also asked parents to rate the best and worst sites shops for buying baby products.