The Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency has released a list of the top five safest nursing bags for pregnant people.
The agency recommends that all nursing bags should have a “safe, effective and practical design” in order to reduce risk to the mother and baby.
The list is based on three major factors: the level of protection for the mother during childbirth, the amount of space available for the newborn, and the location of the nursing bag.
The “safe design” is measured by the ability to prevent a fall and the protection of the mother.
This includes a crib, stroller, car seat or similar seat, a baby carrier or baby seat, and any other support for the child that allows the child to be held securely.
“The safe design is a key factor in deciding whether to purchase a nursing bag,” a spokeswoman said.
“The safe designs should also provide sufficient space for the infant to be able to walk, to be comfortable and to be carried comfortably.”
The nurse bag has been described as a “safer option for pregnant and nursing mothers”.
“Safe design is one of the key criteria in determining the appropriate use of a nursing care item in pregnancy and in nursing families,” the agency said.
“To provide a safe design, it must provide adequate space for a newborn to be supported without assistance.”
A spokeswoman for the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Council said that the industry has a responsibility to make the products available to the public.
“A nurse bag should be designed to allow the newborn to sleep in its own sleep area and it should have an appropriate design for infant protection,” the spokeswoman said in a statement.
“It should not only be designed with the support of a newborn in mind, but also with a crib and stroller that are appropriate for their infant and are compatible with their needs.”
The NSW Nurses Association said it does not support the use of baby carriers or strollers in nursing homes, but that the use should be considered in “all circumstances”.
“Nurses have a very special role in providing care to babies and young children, but the use and protection of these items can be difficult to quantify,” a NSW Nursists Association spokesperson said.