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At Safetots we pride ourselves on providing the best baby and child safety products on the market, not only that, we are also believers in providing customers with the best innovative products to make life easier. We have compiled a list of the four latest innovative products from different categories that help make your home safer for your growing children.

 

BabyDan Key Guard

The BabyDan Key Guard prevents children from unlocking doors or locking themselves inside a room. The key guard can be used with most types of keys – cylinder and household. By fastening your key into the key guard and putting it back into the lock, the key guard is ready to use and with a double locking mechanism, the unit will turn without the key moving but is easy for adults to use by simply pushing and turning to unlock. The key guard is designed to not draw attention and will therefore suit any home.

 

Safetots Advanced Retractable Gate White

The Safetots Advanced Retractable Gate is a screw fitted gate which features an advanced locking system with one handed operation that allows you to walk through the gate without retracting each time as well as being able to fully retract it to stay out of the way when not in use. The retractable feature makes the mesh panel near invisible when not in use. This safety gate fits narrower as well as wider spaces up to 120cm with a height of 90cm approx and can be fitted anywhere in the home as well as outdoors, inside walls and doorways, outside frames or diagonally. The retractable feature makes this stair gate space efficient and the wall mounting brackets keeps this lightweight yet sturdy gate in place to stop children from accessing unsafe areas. The gate is easy to install with fitting and template instructions included. The gate can be safely used at the top of stairs as there is no trip bar. It is suitable up to 24 months and complies with Safety Standards EN1930:2011.

 

Window Blind Safe Cord Winder

The Window Blind Safe Cord Winder shields your child from danger by locking the device in the store position. The mechanism has been designed to operate in a similar way to a medicine or hazardous substance bottle and must be squeezed and pulled out to release the barrel and drop the blind. It is suitable for: Venetian, Roman, Vertical and Roll-Up blinds.

 

NappyTime Changing Mat

The NappyTime Changing Mat makes changing baby easier, cleaner and safer than other changing mats. The mat comes with an adjustable 4 point upper body harness that keeps baby still and calm, which features an easy open child-lock buckle to stop your little one from rolling off and potentially hurting themselves. The raised walls on three sides and the rigid back board keeps the changing mat sturdily in place on high surfaces. The wipe clean material minimises mess caused by wriggling babies.

The art of riding any bike is ultimately learning how to ‘balance’. A balance bike is quite simply a ‘bike without pedals’, it looks very much like a regular bike and sometimes without the breaks. A balance bike is a great first bike for toddlers and young children taking their first steps into learning to ride a bike, where they can learn to not only balance but steer. Balance bikes come in different materials such as wood or metal and in many different designs such as three wheelers and two wheelers. They are ideal first bikes for toddlers as they are designed with young children in mind with simple structures to allow for safe, fun play as they learn to ride their first bike and build the confidence and independence to move onto a bicycle.

Children are masters at learning and this is strengthened by letting them ride, move and steer a balance bike by themselves. The Safetots Ultimate Balance Bike trains the sense of balance, stimulates child’s development and gives them confidence and independence. The seat and handlebars can be adjusted to the height of the child so they feel as comfortable as possible when riding

 

TIPS:

ADJUSTING THE BALANCE BIKE:

Adjust the height of the saddle so that your child can easily touch the ground with the complete soles of their feet with slightly angled knees. The handlebar should be at a height that allows the arms to be held roughly horizontally. Check that your child feels comfortable in this position. If not, then adjust accordingly.

FIRST TRIES:                                 

As soon as your child is able to pick up the balance bike from the ground, it means they are able to ride it too! Let your child try and ride it and see what happens. Children are masters at learning and you strengthen this by letting them try new things out. Normally, they find out rather quickly how the bike can be moved and steered.

ROLLING:

Push forward off the ground with the feet, alternating between left and right. The smoother the feet roll off from toes to heel, the easier and faster your child will go.

STEERING:

The easiest way to steer the balance bike is with back and bottom. The balance bike trains the sense of balance, stimulates the physical and mental development, strengthens the back and makes your child like movements all in all more secure and sportive.

IN CASE YOUR CHILD NEEDS A HELPING HAND:

Let your child sit on the balance bike with their hands on the handlebar ends and move the bike’s frame from left to right. Your child will feel the new kind of movement and replicate it independently soon afterwards.

Damaging sun rays causes a risk of melanoma, skin cancer, sunburn and heatstroke so it is important to protect children as much as possible when in the sun.

You should try to avoid taking your children out when the sun is at its peak, which is usually between 11am – 3pm and you should completely avoid exposing babies under 6 months to direct sunlight.

When taking children out in a pram, it is a good idea to shade them with either a parasol or sun shade to protect them.

If you are travelling by car, make sure the car is cool before put the children in and setting off.

Kids should wear lightweight loose clothing and sun hats that will cover their ears and back of their necks.

You should apply sun lotion to exposed skin about 15 – 30 mins before heading outdoors and every 2 hours thereafter, especially covering the back of the neck and shoulders. If your child goes into the water between that time, then you should re-apply the sun lotion once they are out. For children, you should use at least SPF 15 with UVA and UVB protection and there are many brands out there specifically for children.

Make sure children get plenty of liquids to avoid dehydration, if it is difficult getting them to drink water then you can always make homemade fruit juice ice lollies, or very diluted fruit juice. Fruit and salad throughout the day will also help. If your baby is still breastfeeding they may want shorter more frequent feeds. If your baby is bottle fed then cooled boiled water is also an option along with their normal milk feeds.

 

There are many products available to protect children from harmful sun rays throughout the whole day.

The Koo-DI Pack-It Sun and Sleep Stroller Cover fits most pushchairs, strollers & buggy’s (including 3-Wheeler’s) and is a compact “Pack-it Universal Sun and Sleep Shade”, the ideal item to keep in the basket of your stroller or in your change bag at all times to protect your little one from the sun. Its blocks 93% of all UVA and UVB rays.

The Outlook Solar Shade is fully adjustable and extends the shade cover offered by your pram, stroller or car seat canopy by as much or as little as you need. It blocks 99& of harmful UV rays and glare with UPF50+ protection.

My Child Parasol for strollers, with its UV coating protects against UVB rays (sunburn) and UVA rays (collagen damage), helping to keep your child sun safe. The parasols are detachable from the clamp and the stem of the parasol unscrews from the bracket connecting the spring. They come in fabric bag with hanging straps so you can hang them on the buggy when not in use.

The Dreambaby Clip On Stroller Fan features soft foam fins, a flexible neck, on/off switch and an alligator clip. This clip on fan can be attached to most strollers, cribs and playpens and will keep your child cool during the summer months.

The Sun Sense Toddler Milk Roll On is carefully formulated to help increase protection against the suns harmful radiation. It is made specially for children and features a handy roll on design to make applying fun for kids. It is suitable for delicate and sensitive skin, water resistant, dermatologically tested and blocks UV-A and UV-B rays. It is also tested to Australian standard.

The LittleLife Family Beach Shelter is extremely lightweight and simple to erect. The beach shelter provides protection for the family from the sun complete with its own compact carry case. Ideal for taking away to the seaside, beach or even to the park. Its protects UPF50+ and even has an extra zip up door for privacy when changing.

The Babymoov Babyni is a 2-in-1 travel cot and playshade to keep baby protected from the sun’s harmful rays whilst playing or sleeping outside in the garden. The Babyni unfolds in a flash and featuring a pop-up system, the travel cot is easy to assemble/dismantle. The Anti-UV Hood protects your little one from SPF50+ and the zipped mesh net keeps mosquitoes and other annoying insects out of the travel cot and away from baby. The Babyni also comes complete with an inner pocket, mattress, 2 removable toys and carrying bag making it easy to take away on holiday or store away when not in use.

The UV Shirt, Shorts and Sun Hat can be worn in the sun and water, making it perfect for holidays or playing in the park. The set is fast drying with protection up to UPF50+ and the sun hat protects the neck as well as shading the face with its flat peak. These sets also come in Disney Princess or Spiderman themes.

The Lindam White Hot Safety Sunblock Shade for car windows are made from vinyl and helps block the suns glare whilst protecting child from UV rays. The patented ‘White Hot’ heat alert system indicates when the temperature in the car is too hot. They are easy to install.

Bathing baby can be a lovely experience for you and your baby.  It is best to bathe baby when they are awake and content and not hungry and tired.  It can also be beneficial in the evening before bed time which helps them sleep longer.  A warm bath can also sometimes help calm a colicky baby.

Babies need to be bathed two to three times a week, not every day but if they enjoy baths then you can give them one more often but take care as it can dry out their skin.

Although, you do not need to bathe baby every day, you should however top and tail them every day.  This is where you wash baby’s face, neck, hands and bottom.

To top and tail your baby, make sure you have everything you need with you.  This would be a bowl of warm water, a towel, cotton wool, a new nappy and if needed clean clothes.  To top and tail:

· Take baby’s clothes off apart from their nappy and vest and wrap them in a towel to keep them warm

· Dip the cotton wool in the bowl of warm water and squeeze out all excess water, making sure the cotton wool is damp

· Wipe gently around baby’s eyes from the inner corner outwards, making sure you use a new piece of cotton wool for each eye to prevent infection from spreading

· Dampen new pieces of cotton wool and wipe around the rest of their face, neck and ears.  Pay extra attention to the folds and creases and do not clean the inside of baby’s ears or nose with a cotton bud

· When washing baby’s hands and feet, look out for sharp nails and remove them with baby scissors as babies can scratch themselves

· Remove baby’s nappy and wash bottom and genital area with freshly dampened cotton wool.  Make sure to clean in the folds and creases and then put on a clean nappy

When you are more comfortable with bathing baby, you can put them in a baby bath tub.  This should be in a warm room and you should have everything you need at hand as you cannot leave baby in the bath whilst you fetch something.  To bathe baby:

· Fill the baby bath with about 8cm of water and test the temperature with your elbow or a thermometer. Remember to swirl the water around so there are no hot spots in the bath water

· Undress baby but keep nappy on and wrap baby in a towel whilst you clean their face

· Wash baby’s hair with water or shampoo specially designed for babies and then dry their hair gently

· Remove nappy and clean their bottom

· Lower baby into either their bath support so your hands are free to wash baby or lower them into the bath by using one hand to hold their outside arm and supporting their head and neck on your arm and placing your other hand under baby’s bottom.  Lower baby into the bath gently so they do not get scared and until their bottom is resting on the floor of the bath and then free your hand from under their bottom and start washing baby

· Make sure baby’s head stays above the water and when washing, gently move the water around over baby without splashing

· When finished, lift baby out of the bath the same way you put them in and wrap them in a towel and gently pat them dry, making sure to wipe in their skin folds

· You can massage baby with special oil or cream to help soothe and relax baby and help them sleep better

· Put a fresh nappy and clothes on baby

Safety tips

· Make sure baby is wrapped up warm in a towel before and after their bath

· Make sure the room is warm

· Check the temperature of the water with an elbow or thermometer and swirl water around to get rid of any hot spots in the water

· Do not put baby in the bath whilst the tub is filling up with water

· Never leave baby alone in the bath, not even for a second

· Do not fill bath tub with water, only 8cm is needed

Safetots Princess and Pony Ergonomic Baby Bath

Luma Baby Bath Support Snow WhiteSilly Billyz Hooded Towel Lime

Emmay Care Grooming Kit


Changing bags are essential for all parents when they take out their children. In the past, there hasn’t been much of a range for Dads but now there are so many to choose from that you’re spoilt for choice.

Changing bags come in all different styles to suit your personal taste from sporty to smart. There are a range of messenger style bags to put over your shoulder whilst you and your child are on a bike ride, a hike or on a family day out. They come with lots of extra space and pockets for essentials not only for your child but for extras you need that day whilst out on an adventure.

There are also changing bags for dads who prefer a more sleeker and smarter look whether you’re a business professional or prefer a bag that looks like a man bag you would normally carry for such things as laptop or iPad etc. These bags are specifically designed for dads so not only can they carry their important items but also their childs essential items too.

Celebrity dads such as Brad Pitt, Sacha Baron Cohen and Ben Affleck have been spotted wearing changing bags when taking out their children and with changing bags such as Diaper Dude and Skip Hop spotted on other celebrities too, you can also be seen with one at a very affordable price.

With new styles and designers taking into consideration that dads need changing bags too instead of wearing mummy ones, there are new ones cropping up all the time that are not only practical but come in different styles to suit you.

Skip Hop Duo Double Changing Bag Black

Skip Hop Duo Double Changing Bag Black

Diaper Dude Eco Friendly Messenger II Changing Bag Green Dude

Diaper Dude Eco Friendly Messenger II Changing Bag Green Dude

Diaper Dude Convertible Messenger and Backpack Black Grey

Diaper Dude Convertible Messenger and Backpack Black Grey


Children are ready for toilet training at different ages but most parents start think about starting this between 18 to 24 months old.  Children are able to control their bladders and bowels when they are physically ready and when they want to be clean and dry though it takes children longer to learn to stay dry during the night.  You shouldn’t force your child to start toilet training as they can only learn when they are ready themselves but in time they won’t want to go to school with a nappy on and they will want to be clean and dry but it does help to encourage the behaviour.  When starting out toilet training, it is best to put your toddler on the potty or on the toilet with a toilet trainer seat every 15 – 30 mins and then to gradually expand the time and you will then start to see the number of accidents reducing and for them to start telling you that they need the toilet. If they have accidents, you should clean it up and try again but if it’s proving rather difficult your child may be having a tough time and it’s best to start again in a few weeks.  It is best to start toilet training over a period of time when there are no major disruptions or changes to your family routine.  It is also handy to do it over the summer because there are fewer clothes that need to be taken off and they dry much quicker.  Children learn to control their bowls quicker than their bladder but there are signs that your child is learning bladder control when they know they have a wet or dirty nappy, they start to know when they are passing urine and they may tell you about it or tell you in advance. It is best to tackle teaching your child to stay dry during the day and when that is achieved to then tackle night time afterwards. You can start to use night time nappies but also waterproof mattress protectors that can be washed and used again.

We have a range of toilet trainer seats and potties with different features from standard, musical and portable.  We also stock step stools that can be used alongside the trainer seat and teaches your child to be independent by using the stool to sit up on the toilet and get back down by themselves. We also have a range of mattress protectors that can be washed and tumble dried.

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