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Displaying posts by archives 'February, 2017'

Play Pen Safety for Babies

Many parents will tell you how big a help a playpen can be when you've got a baby. A playpen can be used regularly inside the house or outdoors allowing you to go about your daily tasks safe in the knowledge that your little one is in a secure environment. However, each year many infants, and parents, suffer injuries because of poor playpen safety. This article will give you some tips and products for keeping both you and your baby safe when using a playpen.

 

Play Pen Safety Advice

The first and most important piece of advice is to avoid leaving your child unattended whilst in a playpen. Sometimes it's unavoidable, it is difficult to be with your baby all the time and modern playpens are extremely safe environments for your baby to be but supervision is always recommended. Also, try and avoid leaving your baby in a playpen for too long as they need time to move about on the floor and playpens restrict movement. Avoid using a second-hand playpen or one that has been handed down as it may not meet the current safety regulations regarding design or could have been a product recall by the manufacturer. Buy the latest playpen design and buy new if you can.

 

Playpens are great for the garden when you want to be outside with your baby as they can watch what you're doing and interact with the outdoor environment. However, if you take your playpen outside, make sure it's placed in a safe and shady spot.

 

Keeping your baby comfortable in their playpen is important but you shouldn't place extra soft padding in with them. Babies have a tendency to become wrapped up in blankets and bedding and aren't able to move their head freely leading to breathing difficulties and the potential for suffocation. Ideally, blankets and bedding should not be placed inside the pen with your baby but if you need to keep them to a minimum of one. The padded mattress included with the playpen should be the only padding you use as it's been designed to perfectly fit the playpen preventing any gaps or spaces where your baby can pull on.

 

Many playpen injuries each year are actually to adults. There's a tendency to lift your baby out of a playpen which can lead to serious back problems. Buy a playpen that has a fully opening door so you can enter the playpen and lift your child properly.  Playpens are typically built with either slatted sides or meshed sides. If you buy a playpen with slats they should be less than 6.1cm apart to prevent your baby getting their head caught. If you buy a mesh sided playpen, the mesh holes should be less than 0.6cm across to prevent fingers and toes getting caught.

 

Try to keep hard toys out of the playpen; better to give your baby soft toys to play with. Hard toys can be thrown and potentially bounce back off the sides causing injuries to your child. Your baby may also fall while in the playpen and land on the hard toy hurting themselves. Older children may also use hard toys as a step to climb out of the pen.

 

Regularly check the playpen for any problems such as loose fittings or tears in the mesh. Modern playpens are extremely well designed and made from strong materials that will give you years of hassle free use but it's advisable to double-check the integrity of the pen each time you use it.

 

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Play Pens Feb 17 ,2017

How to Bathe your Baby Safely

Bathing can be fun for parent and baby but for the first time mum or dad the experience may seem like a daunting prospect. By following these tips for baby bathing and making sure you have all your baby bathing essentials to hand, you’ll soon be looking forward to bath time and bonding with your little one whilst you get them nice and clean.

 

How Often Should You Bathe a Baby?

Until your baby starts to crawl and become more mobile, a daily bath is not necessary, unless they become especially dirty, although some parents to choose to bath their children every day. Providing you frequently wash your baby’s face and ensure that they are clean, fresh and comfortable with every nappy change then you won’t have to bathe them every day.

The choice is up to you but using cleansers and tap water too regularly may damage the delicate developing skin of a new-born. You should use a specially formulated cleanser with a gentle pH and use it sparingly within the first weeks. 

 

How to Bathe a New Baby

Firstly, make sure you have a baby bath, bath chair or bath support. You may find it easier to use a baby bath, to begin with as a standard bath can make it awkward to kneel or lean over your infant. This results in a loss of control over your baby's movements. If you don't want to use a baby bath, a baby bath chair or support will keep your infant comfortable and safe in an elevated or seating position. If you're going to be using a standard bath, make sure you've placed a non-slip mat down to prevent any accidents. 

 Safetots Bath Set with Bath and Box

Once you've got all your bathing accessories to hand, you're ready to begin.

 

1. To reduce the risk of scalding your baby, run the cold water first and then the hot. Never put your baby in the bath while the water is running. 

 

2. Check the bath water temperature is warm and not hot. Ideally, you should be trying to get the temperature to 38°C (100.4°F). Use a thermometer to make sure.  

 

3. Fill the bath with around five inches of water until your baby reaches six months old then you can add more. 

 

4. If you're using a baby bath seat or support, place it into the water. 

 

5. Undress your baby and place them into the bath supporting both head and neck. 

 

6. Use a soft flannel or sponge.  Take the sponge and apply soap to it sparingly. Never use too much soap, shampoo or bubble bath as too much can cause dry skin and irritation – even the formulated baby options. Wash from head to toe and front to back but use moist cotton wool to clean the face and eyes.

 

7. Rinse the baby with a clean sponge or flannel. 

 

8. Wrap your baby in a towel and pat them dry (don't rub dry). If their skin feels dry or your baby has nappy rash apply baby moisturiser.

 

Note - You must never leave your baby unattended in the bath and make sure the room is warm to minimise heat loss after the bath. 

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Bathroom Safety Feb 10 ,2017

Essential Baby Safety Equipment

Once you baby starts to crawl, a few things may be attractive to them that will stir their curiosity but may not always be safe to encounter. It is important at this point to baby proof your home in order to prevent any unfortunate accidents from happening.

The right baby safety equipment could be the only way to restrict your baby to a limited place. To stop your children from reaching certain rooms and also touching dangerous items that can harm them; baby proof your home from a child’s perspective. Think of the world at their eye level and consider all the risks they may encounter. This way you can easily identify all the child safety products that your home will need.

Safetots provide an extensive range of products which are suitable for a range of hazards including fire safety equipment. To safeguard your little ones against this danger you can install item such as smoke alarms, fire extinguishers, escape ladders, fire blankets and other fire safety related accessories.

Must Have Baby Safety Equipment

There are numerous possibilities where your babies at home can meet certain injuries like little fingers getting trapped in doors or falling down stairs. Install stair gates and door stops in order to avoid all kinds of threats to their enjoyment of crawling around the house. Safetots have hand-picked and compiled an extensive stock of child safety products for cautious parents.

 

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Childproofing Feb 24 ,2017

Safety Gates and Window Locks

Caring for an active child who is curious about their environment can be challenging. At Safetots, we provide child safety essentials, such as safety gates and window locks that enable you to keep your child in a safe environment and to prevent them from straying into potentially hazardous areas.

 

With such a large range of pressure fit, screw fit and retractable stair gates on the market to choose from, the task of sourcing the most suitable and compatible child safety gate, pet gate or stair gate for your space can sometimes prove challenging.

 

As leaders in the child safety industry, and with expert knowledge in ‘child safety gates’ we have listened to our customers over the years and devised a unique SAFETOTS STAIR GATE FINDER to enable you to find a safety gate that fits your space perfectly, blends with your home décor and works perfectly in keeping your child safe in the home.

 

High-Quality Safety Gates

There are two three different types of safety gates available, screw fitted, pressure fitted and retractable safety gates.  Screw fitted safety gates are perfect for the top of staircases, which can be hazardous for children, strong and robust they provide the strongest solution in preventing your child from toppling down the stairs.  Screw fitted stair gates have no trip bar, another key reason for installing a screw fitted gate to the top of your stairs. For the bottom of the stairs, kitchen doorways and the bathroom area, pressure fit safety gates, screw fitted safety gates and retractable gates are suitable. At Safetots you will find some of the best safety gates on the market. Our high-quality safety gates will give you peace of mind as you go about your day and help to keep your children out of harm’s way.

 

 

A Safer Home With Window Locks And Safety Gates

During the warmer, summer months, windows are often left open for ventilation and children may become curious as to what is outside of the window.  To prevent potential accidents or injuries consider your window safety in the home.  Fit child proof locks and latches to prevent them from opening windows to a dangerous level, Safetots have a range of white window locks which prevent children opening the window too widely or transparent adhesive window locks compatible with sliding doors.

 

 

Safetots are experts in child safety, and with our high-quality safety gates and window locks, you can make your home a much safer place for your child.

 

For more information about our child safety products email info@safetots.co.uk or call 01438 728 888

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Stair Gates Feb 20 ,2017