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Keeping toddlers safe from hot radiators

KEEPING TODDLERS SAFE FROM HOT RADIATORS

 

As Summer quickly turns to Autumn, winter looms and the cold days and evenings take over, fires are lit, the heating is switched on and child proofing the home for winter begins!  When child proofing the home it’s important to look at all areas of the house that may prove potentially hazardous to young infants.  One potential risk to children that is often overlooked is a ‘hot radiator’. Protecting children from potential burns from open fires and hot stoves by installing a fireguard seems obvious and most parents are quick to install a fireguard, less obvious and frequently overlooked are the potential bumps and burns infants may acquire should they come into contact with a boiling hot radiator.

 

Fireguards are vastly available to protect children from open fires and hot stoves and radiator covers are also readily available to enable homes to be heated and infants kept safe.  Radiator covers are no longer ugly, solid structures that take up floor space in the home, today there are various, simple, fabric radiator covers available that neatly cover radiators, take up no floor and wall space, radiate heat efficiently and keep cool to the touch.  Padded, fabric radiator covers are the best radiator covers for keeping infants safe from bumps and burns.  

 

Safetots supply white fabric radiator covers to fit radiators vertical and horizontal.  Size adjustable radiator covers that fit snug to most radiators thanks to the pull tie fastenings in a range of sizes to suit most radiators large and small.  Safetots padded radiator covers, cushion and prevent toddlers from the sharp edges and corners, the 25mm soft padding ensures any harm to infants is vastly reduced should they stumble and fall into a radiator and the heat resistant fabric prevents toddlers from burns. Fabric radiator covers enable 95% of heat to radiate a room, very little heat is lost from covering the radiator and the stretch fabric ensures they are simple to install.

 

If your baby or infant has just found their feet, take a quick look around the home, asses the radiators in the rooms they play and sleep and cover where possible to prevent and reduce risks of injury.  Fabric radiator covers are the most energy efficient radiator covers, their clean, simple design looks good and blends in almost unnoticed with the furnishings and furniture of todays’ modern home. 

  

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Childproofing Sep 20 ,2017

FIRE SCREENS

FIRE SCREENS

 

WHAT IS A FIRE SCREEN?

A fire screen is an item used to shield and protect a room from sparks and embers from an open fire. Fire screens are generally placed in front of a fire, often used simply for decorative purposes only and not for the safety and security of young children and pets. Unlike a fireguard a fire screen stands free around or within the fire hearth and is not screw fitted securely to the surrounding wall. Fire screens in the uk are not suitable or advised for parents wishing to keep their children safe from an open fire, log burner or gas fire in their home. Should a young child topple into a stand free fire screen there is the danger of the fire screen collapsing and a child falling into a hot fire. If not used for decorative purposes only, a fire screen will prevent sparks and embers from damaging surrounding floors and furniture, but will not prevent a child from coming into contact with fire.

 

WHY CHOOSE A FIRE GUARD?

Fireguards that are screw fitted safely and securely in place such as the Safetots flex multi panel fire surround and the Babydan flex hearth gate are the best fireguards for keeping children safe around fire.

 

Child fire guards in the UK are the best solution to keeping children safe around fire and recommended in homes with open fires and log burners.  Small fireguards for babies are screw fitted and safe and particularly popular in preventing young babies on the move from crawling into an open fire or pulling a hot fireguard on top of themselves.  Baby fireguards are the safest solution in keeping inquisitive babies safe around fire as apose to firescreens.  Should a baby come into contact with a fireguard there is no risk of it toppling over and causing potential harm.  A fire screen stands freely on the hearth and can topple with ease if grabbed by a young tot.

 

Today there are many contemporary fireguards on the market, designed to not only be functional but to look good in today’s modern home.  Safetots have a wide range of childproof fireguards, flexible white fire guards and black fire guards, fire guards for children and small fire guards for babies.  Multi panel fire surrounds enable you to create a fire surround to fit your own unique space.  Made from separate panels, these versatile fireguards enable you to create an extra large fire guard if needed or a small fireguard.  Multi panel fireguards enable you to create your own fireguard configuration.

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Fire Guards Sep 07 ,2017

Baby allergies and sleeping problems

As we enter the warmer months, getting your baby/toddler off to sleep because pollen is triggering hay fever or because it's just too hot in their nursery can be a major headache for parents. If your infant is struggling to sleep, there is a great range of products available that can help. In this article, we look at baby allergies as well as ways to help get your little one off to sleep. What's an allergy? An allergy is a reaction by the body's immune system to substances it believes are attacking it. These substances, known as allergens, are typically things such as pollen, dust mites and animal fur that are to most people harmless. Allergens can be inhaled, ingested or touched and trigger a release of a chemical called histamine (as well as other chemicals) that causes symptoms such as congestion, blocked nasal cavities, itchy eyes and throat, rashes or diarrhea. How do I know if my baby has an allergy? Allergies are difficult to detect in babies as a slight wheeze may just indicate a cold and is something they are likely to grow out of doing as they get older. However, a persistent wheeze that continues up to the age of three and with no other symptoms could indicate asthma. Asthma, along with other common allergies such as hay fever and eczema can be easily diagnosed by your GP. Should you suspect an allergy or your baby is having trouble breathing visit your doctor immediately to get a professional diagnosis. Pollen and Hay Fever Babies, toddlers, children and adults can all develop an allergy to many different things and at any time in their life but the most common problems are with animal fur and pollen. Pollen is what triggers hay fever and around 20% of the population suffer with this condition typically between the months of March and August although some people have attacks in the autumn months. Pollen is a harmless substance but to a hay fever sufferer it triggers a release of histamine that creates a reaction of symptoms similar to a cold. If you live in a city, hay fever can be heightened as the pollen mixes with pollution from exhaust fumes. How do I treat my baby's allergy? Drug treatments such as antihistamines and steroids are occasionally used for infants with allergies but the best way is to identify and remove the cause of the allergic reaction. An allergen could be cigarette smoke, dust mites, pet hair, woollen blankets, feather pillows or pollen. Consider what's in your baby's environment to see what the probable cause is. A baby's stuffed toys for instance will attract dust mites so ensure you wash them frequently. If pollen is the cause of their reaction, keep them inside during heavy pollen alerts which are worse in the months of March to August and also on windy days when the pollen is likely to stirred up. If a pet is the cause, keep the animal restricted to certain parts of the house and make sure they are never allowed in your baby's nursery. Keeping your baby's room completely dust-free is near on impossible but frequent cleaning will help to keep the dust to a minimum ensuring dust mites (the cause of allergies) are controlled as much as possible. It is possible to improve the air in your home using air purifiers. These products help to remove airborne particles such as pollen, dust and pet dander improving the air your baby breathes. For smaller rooms such as baby's nursery, a small, quiet and discrete air purifier will filter the majority of particles in the air giving baby a better night's sleep Nursery air purifier Air Purifier For other larger areas of the home, a plasma air purifier uses a five-stage process of UV light and active carbon to filter and reduce house dust, pet hair, pollen, mould spores, viruses and bacteria. Baby sleeping problems Babies and toddlers can have difficulty falling to sleep for a variety of reasons and often a comforting word or hug from a parent will be sufficient to send them off. However, it's not always possible, or recommended, to attend to your child every time they cry when put to bed. It's worth considering the reasons your baby is not getting to sleep. Are they too hot? Is their nursery environment too warm? Is the air quality good enough? Do they need some reassurance? In the UK, our climate is changeable and we spend many months of the year either in a sealed environment with heating on or with the windows wide open because it's too hot. During the winter, central heating can draw moisture from the air meaning air quality is poor causing dry throats and skin. Moisture can be replaced using a humidifier. Maintaining good humidity in your home is a proven way to help with restless sleep as well as avoiding itchy eyes, dry skin and respiratory problems (particularly beneficial if your child has asthma). Nursery humidifier Keeping your child's room at the right temperature can be made a lot easier if you can monitor what a safe and comfortable temperature is. The ideal temperature for a safe sleeping environment is between 16-20°C and to make monitoring even easier the latest nursery thermometers glow different colours to indicate when the room is within the recommended guidelines. Nursery thermometer For some children, the position they naturally adopt during the night isn't ideal for a good night's sleep. Indigestion and reflux can all be made worse by sleeping in the wrong position. A sleep positioner is specifically designed to elevate your child into a position that will aid digestion and reduce reflux. Some positioners include a gentle pulsating artificial heart-beat that soothes baby to sleep. Baby sleep positioner Baby Sleep Positioner Many babies require reassurance to get off to sleep so consider buying a sleep assisting soft toy to make them feel safe and secure. These toys can play gentle soothing sounds, mimic heart beats or release natural aromas such as lavender which is proven to soothe babies into a gentle night's sleep. Soothing baby toy for sleep Slumber Bear

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Bathroom safety for baby and toddler

Bathing your baby is a great bonding experience as well as being a fun time for parent and infant. Splashing about in the water, playing with bath toys and of course keeping your tot clean and healthy is what bath-time is all about, but there are some potential hazardous in the bathroom that you need to protect your child from. You can minimise the risks of accidents in the bathroom with a few simple precautions and some great bathroom safety products.

 

Bathroom Safety Checklist

Bathrooms tend to be the place where we keep medications and toiletries. Think about what's in your bathroom right now and no doubt painkillers, antacids and mouthwashes (which have a higher alcohol content than wine) will be there. Add to that, items such as nail scissors, tweezers, razors and cleaning products (e.g. toilet bleach) and you can start to see the real hazards of the bathroom. All of these products represent a danger to your little one so it is essential they're are out of your child's reach. If they can't be removed from the bathroom and stored in another room place them within a locked medicine box. By fitting bathroom locks to cabinets and drawers in your bathroom you'll have a tamper resistant way of keeping curious tots from accessing the contents. Another place of fascination, but risk, to your toddler, is the toilet. Toilets are unsanitary places, contain chemicals and of course have lids and seats that can slam shut trapping little fingers. A toilet seat and lid is easily lifted by an inquisitive child so remove the opportunity to do so with a toilet lock. These devices are easily fitted to base and tank toilets. Some products will automatically reset to the locking position when the lid is lowered while others have a simple squeeze and release mechanism.

 

Baby Bathing Safety

The first, and most important, piece of advice is never, ever leave your child unattended in the bath even if using a bath support seat. If you can, set your hot water thermostat to 50°C (120 degrees Fahrenheit) to minimise the chance of your baby being scolded by water that is too hot. The ideal temperature for your baby's bath water is between 36°C and 38°C When drawing bath water for your baby's bath, start with cold water first and then introduce the hot water checking it all the time with the sensitive skin areas of your elbow or wrist. A great product to help you get the safest and most comfortable temperature for your baby's bath is a bath thermometer. Make sure you have everything you'll need at bath-time to hand including your phone so should it ring you can answer it without leaving the bathroom. If you do need to leave the room to attend to something, take your baby with you and wrap them in a big snug and warm bath towel. When it comes to bathing, there is a great range of baby baths and baby supports to suit all ages and requirements. A bath support will keep your tot in a comfortable position making it easier for you to clean them and prevent your baby from slipping into the water. Shampoo in the eyes is a big bug-bear to tiny tots but that hair has to be cleaned! So how can parents make hair-washing easier? Firstly, use a specially formulated shampoo for babies and toddlers that isn't harsh and won't cause irritation should it get into their eyes. You can also use a shampoo shield to ensure the worst of the shampoo is kept away from their eyes or a specially designed rinse cup that has a rubber panel to direct the water away from the eyes. When bathing your baby/toddler, remember their skin is thin and sensitive so avoid using one of your own flannels and go for a soft natural fibred mitten. These products have soft corners to avoid irritation when washing the eyes and ears and will help take the hassle out of bathing your tots. Finally, let's not forget that bath-time is fun-time and that means bath toys to keep your little one entertained. Keep the toys safely and securely stored close to the bath with a bath toy bag.  

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Bathroom Safety Mar 08 ,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

Child Safety Products for the Kitchen

They say a kitchen should be the hub of any home, but this particular hub can be brimming with baby safety dangers. Hot ovens, bubbling saucepans and boiling kettles are no match for an inquisitive child and with no concept of danger, a disaster can happen in a moment. More than 42,500 children are taken to hospitals for kitchen-related injuries every year, a large proportion of which are toddlers. Accidents can be avoided with some simple child-proofing tips and inexpensive child safety products. There are two options when it comes to child safety products for the kitchen, you can invest in a good quality safety gate to keep your little angel out of the kitchen and out of harm’s way or you can childproof the kitchen with products such as cooker guards.

The first port of call for childproofing is an essential babyproof starter pack, which includes things like cupboard locks and plug protectors. You’ll also need oven locks and cooker guards. You can find all the child safety products you’ll need to transform your home into a safe baby playground in our safety essentials section or you can contact a child safety products expert for more information.

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Kitchen Safety Mar 07 ,2017

Why Choose a Wooden High Chair?

Choosing a high chair can be like looking for a needle in a haystack, with so many different makes, models and features, establishing what exactly you need can be really difficult. When it comes to wooden high chairs, the decision is marginally easier as many of the features of wooden high chairs do not differ too greatly from model to model. The wooden high chair has a timeless look and a style that has been around for generations, despite this, wooden high chairs that you see around today have evolved to become more modern yet still as hardy and strong as their predecessors. One of the main benefits of choosing wooden high chairs over modern plastic high chairs is that they last longer. As wooden high chairs are more similar in appearance to dining chairs, they typically match dining room furniture and after removing the feeding tray can be used up to approximately 10 years of age.  The wooden high chairs stocked at Safetots comply with safety standard regulations and the majority of our wooden high chairs are fully adjustable, meaning that by simply adjusting the height of the base plate accommodates child growth easily. The one drawback of a wooden high chair is that some models do not fold down as small as some of its plastic competitors. Whilst this may cause a sticking point in some parents choice, for those who rarely need to fold down the high chair it causes no worry. You can find the full specifications on in the high chairs section of our website.

 

As wooden high chairs are more similar in appearance to dining chairs, they typically match dining room furniture and after removing the feeding tray can be used up to approximately 10 years of age.  All Safetots wooden high chairs comply with safety standard regulations and the majority of our high chairs are fully adjustable, meaning that by simply adjusting the height of the base plate accommodates child growth easily. The one drawback of a wooden high chair is that some models do not fold down as small as some of its plastic competitors. Whilst this may cause a sticking point in some parents choice, for those who rarely need to fold down the high chair it causes no worry. You can find the full specifications on each of the wooden high chairs stocked by Safetots in our safety essentials

 

The one drawback of a wooden high chair is that some models do not fold down as small as some of its plastic competitors. Whilst this may cause a sticking point in some parents choice, for those who rarely need to fold down the high chair it causes no worry. You can find the full specifications on each of the wooden high chairs stocked by Safetots in the baby essentials section of our website. You’ll find wooden high chairs in a range of colours and matching, wooden high chair accessories.

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High Chairs Jun 18 ,2017

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