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Bathing Baby

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 baby 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

 

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Bathroom Safety Jun 01 ,2016

Innovative Safety Products at Safetots

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.

BabyDan Key Guard

 

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. Safetots Advanced Retractable Gate White[/caption]   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. Window Blind Safe Cord Winder[/caption]   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. NappyTime Changing Mat[/caption]

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Childproofing Sep 29 ,2016

Balance Bikes

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.

MOST POPULAR BIKES.

The safetots ramge of balance bikes have all been specifically designed with safety in mind.  

From the ever popular Batman and Superman bikes:

Batman Bike

To the multi colour options from the Safetots Ultimate Balance Bike range:

Balance Bike Red

Safetots have a full range of premium quality balance bikes, ideal for safely developing the skills young children will require to ride pedal bikes.

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Leisure Sep 29 ,2016

Changing a baby's nappy

If you're expecting your first baby and have never had to change a baby's nappy before it can be a daunting prospect. Making sure you've got the right nappies, knowing how to change the nappy and making sure your baby is clean, dry and comfortable are all things you'll need to learn and master. Don't worry, with a few useful tips and some recommended products for changing a nappy you'll be well prepared and changing a nappy will soon become second nature. Before your baby is born make sure you're well equipped for changing their nappy. The essential products you'll need include: changing mat, nappies, wipes and nappy cream. A baby changing mat is a necessity and there are plenty to choose from. Changing mats can be placed on the floor or on a changing station or table. Your baby will roll and wriggle about while you change them so the floor is the best location. If you find it difficult to change your baby on the floor (because of back problems for example) then a sturdy table or purpose built changing table is fine, just make sure your changing mat has secure harnesses to prevent your baby rolling off. Harnesses are also useful when changing your baby on the floor keeping your infant stable and comfortable. 

 

If you're out and about, a travel changing mat or outdoor changing bag is ideal. A travel changing mat is a compact version of the mat you use at home and can hold all of your nappies, wipes and other changing essentials too.  The nappy debate between using disposable or reusable nappies has been going on for years with both sides arguing that one is more eco-friendly than the other. Ultimately the choice is yours and many parents opt for disposable nappies because of the convenience.  If you decide to go reusable, the pre-folded nappy with removable washable or biodegradable liners offers the convenience of disposable nappies with the cost-effectiveness and green credentials of reusable nappies. 

 

Baby wipes: For a newborn baby, or one who has sensitive skin, you'll need a bowl of warm water and some cotton balls to clean them. Alternatively you can use baby wipes which are chemical free, biodegradable and flushable down the toilet.  You'll also need to buy some barrier cream (nappy rash cream) in case your baby has any rashes. The cream will help prevent the rash spreading further. Changing a nappy: The first thing to consider is the safety and comfort of your baby so never leave your baby unattended while changing them. If it's your first time changing a nappy you're bound to be a bit nervous but try and remain calm otherwise your baby will pick up on your emotions and become distressed making the process even more difficult. 

1. Wash your hands thoroughly. Hygiene is paramount when changing your baby's nappy. 

 

2. Place your baby on their back on the changing mat and secure them with the harnesses should you need to. 

 

3. Next you'll need to remove your baby's lower clothing which will usually be a sleep suit or vest. Undo the poppers, pull the clothing up but keep your baby covered over the top half of their body so they stay warm. 

 

4. To remove the nappy, undo the tape or fasteners at the top, open the nappy and then hold your baby by the ankles so you can raise their body up slightly. Slide the nappy away and roll it over as you go. If there's any mess on the skin use the front of the nappy to wipe it away. N.B. Be aware with boys that when removing a nappy, cold air is felt on the penis and they can wee into the air. Have some muslin close to hand to wipe away any accidents. 

 

 5. Put the nappy in a nappy bag if you plan on disposing it or place it out of your baby's reach if you plan to wash and reuse it. 

 

6. Next you need to make sure your baby is clean so using your wipes or cotton wool and warm water wipe them from front to back. Wiping front to back is especially important for girls as wiping from the back to the front can spread bacteria from the rectum to the urinary tract. Make sure you clean the creases of the things and bottom properly. 

 

7. You'll now need to ensure your baby is dry so use a soft towel or some dry cotton balls. 

 

8. If your baby has nappy rash (usually around the top of the thighs) then apply a little barrier cream to the affected area. 

 

9. Now put a new nappy on. Nappies today are designed to make it easy for you to know which way round to put them. Usually they'll be a picture at the front but as a general rule the tabs of the nappy always go under and at the back. 

 

10. Gently lift your baby by the ankles and slide the nappy under. As a guide, use the belly button as where the nappy should be in place. If you're having a boy, make sure their penis is pointing downwards before securing the nappy in place to prevent leakage out of the top of the nappy. 

 

11. Wrap the adhesive tabs or fasteners across the tummy and secure. Don't secure too tightly (but not too loose either) and avoid sticking the adhesive tape to their skin. 

 

12. Now pull their clothes back down and do up the poppers. 

 

13. Dispose of liners, wipes or cotton wool then wash your hands thoroughly.

 

If you're expecting your first baby and have never had to change a baby's nappy before it can be a daunting prospect. Making sure you've got the right nappies, knowing how to change the nappy and making sure your baby is clean, dry and comfortable are all things you'll need to learn and master. Don't worry, with a few useful tips and some recommended baby changing products you'll be well prepared and changing a nappy will soon become second nature Products for changing a nappy Before your baby is born make sure you're well equipped for changing their nappy. The essential products you'll need include: changing mat, nappies, wipes and nappy cream. Baby changing mats A changing mat is a necessity and there are plenty to choose from. Changing mats can be placed on the floor or on a changing station or table. Your baby will roll and wriggle about while you change them so the floor is the best location. If you find it difficult to change your baby on the floor (because of back problems for example) then a sturdy table or purpose built changing table is fine, just make sure your changing mat has secure harnesses to prevent your baby rolling off. Harnesses are also useful when changing your baby on the floor keeping your infant stable and comfortable. 

 

 

 If you're out and about, a travel changing mat or outdoor changing bag is ideal. A travel changing mat is a compact version of the mat you use at home and can hold all of your nappies, wipes and other changing essentials too.  Nappies The nappy debate between using disposable or reusable nappies has been going on for years with both sides arguing that one is more eco-friendly than the other. Ultimately the choice is yours and many parents opt for disposable nappies because of the convenience. However, reusable nappies have come a long way so read our top ten reasons to go reusable nappies before deciding which way to go. If you decide to go reusable, the pre-folded nappy with removable washable or biodegradable liners offers the convenience of disposable nappies with the cost-effectiveness and green credentials of reusable nappies. 

 

 

 Baby wipes For a newborn baby, or one who has sensitive skin, you'll need a bowl of warm water and some cotton balls to clean them. Alternatively you can use baby wipes which are chemical free, biodegradable and flushable down the toilet.  You'll also need to buy some barrier cream (nappy rash cream) in case your baby has any rashes. The cream will help prevent the rash spreading further. Changing a nappy The first thing to consider is the safety and comfort of your baby so never leave your baby unattended while changing them. If it's your first time changing a nappy you're bound to be a bit nervous but try and remain calm otherwise your baby will pick up on your emotions and become distressed making the process even more difficult. 1. Wash your hands thoroughly. Hygiene is paramount when changing your baby's nappy. 2. Place your baby on their back on the changing mat and secure them with the harnesses should you need to. 3. Next you'll need to remove your baby's lower clothing which will usually be a sleep suit or vest. Undo the poppers, pull the clothing up but keep your baby covered over the top half of their body so they stay warm. 4. To remove the nappy, undo the tape or fasteners at the top, open the nappy and then hold your baby by the ankles so you can raise their body up slightly. Slide the nappy away and roll it over as you go. If there's any mess on the skin use the front of the nappy to wipe it away. N.B. Be aware with boys that when removing a nappy, cold air is felt on the penis and they can wee into the air. Have some muslin close to hand to wipe away any accidents. 

 

 

 5. Put the nappy in a nappy bag if you plan on disposing it or place it out of your baby's reach if you plan to wash and reuse it. 

 

6. Next you need to make sure your baby is clean so using your wipes or cotton wool and warm water wipe them from front to back. Wiping front to back is especially important for girls as wiping from the back to the front can spread bacteria from the rectum to the urinary tract. Make sure you clean the creases of the things and bottom properly.

 

7. You'll now need to ensure your baby is dry so use a soft towel or some dry cotton balls.

 

8. If your baby has nappy rash (usually around the top of the thighs) then apply a little barrier cream to the affected area. 

 

9. Now put a new nappy on. Nappies today are designed to make it easy for you to know which way round to put them. Usually they'll be a picture at the front but as a general rule the tabs of the nappy always go under and at the back. 

 

10. Gently lift your baby by the ankles and slide the nappy under. As a guide, use the belly button as where the nappy should be in place. If you're having a boy, make sure their penis is pointing downwards before securing the nappy in place to prevent leakage out of the top of the nappy. 

 

11. Wrap the adhesive tabs or fasteners across the tummy and secure. Don't secure too tightly (but not too loose either) and avoid sticking the adhesive tape to their skin. 

 

12. Now pull their clothes back down and do up the poppers. 

 

13. Dispose of liners, wipes or cotton wool then wash your hands thoroughly.

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Baby Changing May 31 ,2016

Must have items when travelling with Children

When travelling with your little one there are so many things that you need to consider just to travel, whether it be in a car, plane or train.  Below we have suggestions on products that will make your child comfortable and less fussy whilst you travel.

 

Car seat neck supports

We stock car seat supports for your baby, to make them extra comfortable and allowing them to sleep better and let you concentrate on your journey. We have a Red Castle soft 2-in-1 head hugger which provides baby with a more comfortable ride when seated in the car seat. The head hugger reduces the size of the car seat so baby can sit more relaxed and their head and neck is more supported. After a few months and baby grows bigger, the inner cushion can be removed to continue to provide a comfortable and supportive ride.  There are slots for the harness straps and is machine washable.

 

Red Castle 2-in-1 Head Hugger We also have the Babymoov fresh anatomical cushion which is a universal and ergonomic headrest that provides support to baby's head and gives optimal comfort for newborn babies. The cushion is made with visco-elastic memory foam that avoids pressure on baby's head and the jersey and honeycombed micro air permeable materials constantly provides perfect temperature regulation. The padded edges maintain the dorsal position and this anatomical cushion can be used on a baby bouncer, swing, car seat or carry cot, making it versatile and handy so that you do not have to carry different cushions and blankets.

 

 

Babymoov Fresh Anatomical Cushion Snack Catchers Snack catchers are handy containers to put your child's snack in when travelling and are specially designed so that the snack does not fall out so you don't need to worry when your child is having snack time in the car or anywhere else.  These are great for children learning to eat independently and they can be filled with their favourite snack. The munchkin snack catchers are available in different colours and feature soft flaps on the lid for easy access with special 'finger cleaning' bumpsMunchkin Snack Catcher The Oxo Tot snack disc features a curved shape, low profile, and non-slip base.  The 180 ml snack disk is designed for little hands and keeps snacks contained whilst they eat.

 

 

 

Oxo Tot Snack Disc Neck Pillows These are great for young children to support their neck on long journeys.  When children fall asleep whilst sitting down, their neck tends to loll forward or to the side, with a neck pillow they can sleep comfortably and without leaning on anyone or getting neck cramps. Skip Hops neck rests are made of soft, plush velour and come in a variety of different animal designs.

 

 

Skip Hop Neck Rest The Dreambaby inflatable neck cushion is made of soft, polar fleece and can be inflated to two sizes, making this perfect for babies and toddlers.

 

 

Diono Car Shades Car shades protect your little ones from annoying glares from the sun which in turn upsets your child and turns the car ride into a nightmare.  They also protect the kids from harmful UV rays and are very easy to attach. Dreambaby adjustable car shades come in different sizes and in cute designs with tigers and zebras.  The length is adjustable and can be rolled up when you don't need it.

 

Dreambaby Adjustable Car Shade Clippasafe also do car shades which are easy to put up and can also be taken off and folded and stored in a bag provided.  They come in cute designs of cartoon dogs.

 

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Toilet Training

 

 

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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Baby & Infant Guide Jun 01 ,2016

Changing Bags for Dads

 

 

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.

[caption id="attachment_2088" align="alignnone" width="150" caption="Skip Hop Duo Double Changing Bag Black"]Skip Hop Duo Double Changing Bag Black[/caption]

 

[caption id="attachment_2089" align="alignnone" width="150" caption="Diaper Dude Eco Friendly Messenger II Changing Bag Green Dude"]Diaper Dude Eco Friendly Messenger II Changing Bag Green Dude[/caption]

 

[caption id="attachment_2090" align="alignnone" width="150" caption="Diaper Dude Convertible Messenger and Backpack Black Grey"]Diaper Dude Convertible Messenger and Backpack Black Grey[/caption]

 

 

 

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Baby Changing Jun 01 ,2016