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How To Securely Install A Safety Gate

HOW TO SECURELY INSTALL A SAFETY GATE

 

Although on the outset, your home may seem like a safe haven for your children, with toddlers being very curious of their surroundings, sometimes it can present an unknown field of danger. With active little children who are often unaware of the potential consequences of their actions, and who don’t always think twice before attempting something, it is best to limit access (once your child is on the move) to more hazardous areas in the home such as the kitchen and stairs.

A simple solution to keeping young children safe in the home is to buy and install safety gates that restrict them from entering more potentially dangerous areas of the home.

 

 

CHILD SAFETY GATES

 

Safety gates areavailable in various materials from wood, metal or mesh with varying heights from a standard 75cm gate, to extra tall gates measuring 105cm, there are narrow safety gates and wide walkthrough gates.  Child safety gates for the home can be pressure fitted, screw fitted or retractable and each comes with various functionalities and features from two way opening to auto close to gates that fit a diagonal space or an angled, awkward bannister.  There are a wide range of stair gates and safety gates available so considering their various features you should choose the one that is most appropriate for your home. The types of safety gates are:

 

 

IMPORTANCE OF INSTALLING A SAFETY GATE CORRECTLY

 

1.           PRESSURE FIT STAIR GATES – this type of stair gate does not require any screws for installation and there is no need to drill into the walls.  Pressure fitted stair gates are ready to assemble and provide a very stable and secure barrier once installed correctly.  A pressure fitted gate is installed using exactly that – PRESSURE.  Pressure is applied to all 4 corner spindles of the gate and once all gate gaps have closed sufficiently and the gate feels snug and secure, your gate is then suitable for use.  It is recommended with the installation of any pressure fitted safety gates that once a week you check the pressure is still retained with all 4 spindles as over time pressure can be released and the gate can become loose.  Frequent checks will ensure your child safety gate is suitable and safe at all times.  The benefits of a pressure fitted gate is that you can buy safety gate extensions in various sizes which easily connect to the gate panels, enabling you to create a bespoke size safety gate for your unique space.  

 

2.            SCREW FIT STAIR GATES – this type of safety gate is mounted directly to the wall (with screws), therefore drilling of the wall or bannister is required.  Screw fit stair gates are recommended for the top of the stairs as they provide a more permanent, stronger barrier that isn’t compromised should a toddler lean against it or attempt to climb over it.  Unlike pressure fitted gates, screw fit safety gates have no base bar, making it a safer option for the top of the stairs as there are no trip hazards.  Screw fitted gates are installed with screws at each corner of the gate into the wall or bannister as required.  As with pressure fitted gates it is vital to ensure the gate is securely tightened in place and installed correctly for the ultimate safety of young children.

 

3.            RETRACTABLE STAIR GATES – this type of safety gate provides a visual barrier and deters children from entering areas of the home you don’t want them to go.  A retractable safety gate is installed using wall mounted brackets that are screwed into the wall or doorframe.  Retractable safety gates are made from a strong mesh material and although they are great room divides they do not provide quite the same strength as pressure fitted gates and screw fitted gates Roller stair gates are versatile in that they can quickly and easily be rolled back into their bracket when not needed and quickly pulled out when required.  Stair gates that are retractable are screw fitted, for parents looking for a gate that requires no drilling or screwing for installation, a pressure fitted gate is best.

 

 

Always follow the manufacturer’s instructions thoroughly for best installation results.  Here at Safetots we recommend you always test the strength and durability of your child safety gate before allowing your child to come into contact with the gate.

 

With so many children still getting injured due to the lack of safety measures taken around their home, be sure to always be ten steps ahead of them and invest in simple home child security items to ensure their maximum safety at home.

 

Safetots security gates are available in different materials and sizes with various features to suit spaces wide, narrow and awkward and each gate can instantly make a difference to your children’s safety.  Contact our Safetots expert advisors who can suggest the best safety gate solution for your doorway or stairwell and help you to keep your young children safer in the comfort of your home.

 

For more information email info@safetots.co.uk or call 01438 728 888

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Stair Gates Jul 17 ,2017

Holiday Sun & Swim Safety

HOLIDAY SUN & SWIM SAFETY

For a few years now the government has followed the lead of a successful campaign launched in Australia about sun safety. The Slip, Slap, Slop campaign encouraged everyone to Slip on a T-Shirt, Slap on a hat and Slop on the sunscreen to protect the skin from the sun's harmful rays.

 

For babies and toddlers this is essential as their skin is thin and delicate and more easily damaged than an adults. However, the campaign has now gone three steps further and includes slamming on a pair of sunglasses, sipping water and whenever possible staying in the shade.

 

To ensure your little one is protected from sunburn while on holiday, in the garden or at the beach, we've put together this great range of products to cover the essentials of Slip, Slap, Slop, Slam, Sip and Stay. 'Slip' – Sun Suits & Socks Slipping on a t-shirt is fine but for a baby or toddler they need some extra protection so we recommend a sun suit which can eliminate 98% of the sun's harmful rays. With less skin exposed the suit also keep nappies in place and stops the sand from getting in.  

 

For the tot who likes to get in the sea or pool but still needs sun protection, a UV Suit With Floats already built in keeps them in a safe forward tilting position while in the water and has a +50 UPF. Safetots have a wide range of Konfidence Floatsuits for babies and infants to help keep them safe in the sun and water.  And don't forget their tiny toes. The feet have a very thin layer of skin covering them so protector socks or Beach Shoes will prevent sunburn as well as being non-slip.  'Slap' – Sun Hats, serve a variety of functions such as keeping the sun off your little one's head, keeping the sun out of their eyes and keeping them cool when playing out in the sun. Buy a sun hat that has a SPF +50 protection and one that has a brim or peak for shading the eyes. Some sun hats also have side and back flaps for added protection to the ears and neck.   

 

 'Slop' – Sunscreen / Sun Cream Normal sun cream bought in any chemist can irritate your child's skin because it's so sensitive at this tender age and standard creams can be quite harsh. You'll need something specially formulated that will provide the same level of protection while being kind to your baby and toddler's skin. Sun cream shouldn't be seen as an alternative to Sun Suits and Sun Hats but an addition to the protection you're providing your little ones particularly for those areas of the body that are exposed (i.e. the face, nose, hands etc.).  'Slam' – Sunglasses We don't recommend that you actually 'slam' a pair of sunglasses onto your tot's face but you should provide them with a decent pair of sunglasses to protect their eyes from UV rays. The UV400 category lenses will block out harmful UV radiation which can damage their vulnerable eyes and the neoprene strap will keep the sunglasses in place as they play. Sizes available for babies (up to 2 years of age) and toddlers (from 2 to 5 years-old).   'Sip' – Drinks bottles and cups of water are essential to prevent your baby or toddler becoming dehydrated in the heat. Safetots have a great range of baby cups and infant cups, the Munchkin click lock trainer cup, Clevamama training cup and the Dreambaby 7oz lose or re-use tumblers, ideal for packing in your bag for days out and about.

 

Keep their drinks in a neoprene covered bottle which is perfect for travelling and will keep the contents cooler for longer. Make sure your child drinks at regular intervals.  'Stay' – UV tents and sun shade Despite all the great products we've mentioned you should still find plenty of shade in which to set up camp when outdoors in the sun. Make sure your baby or toddler regularly takes time out in the shade. Natural shade is great but also take a UV Tent with you to block out the sun's harmful rays and help to keep your tot cool in the summer sun.   

 

Parents - don't forget to follow the advice too. Slip on some clothing, slap on a hat, slop on the sunscreen, sip water and stay in the shade. This Sunproof portable UV folding beach umbrella is perfect for adults and kids.  So there you go. Just remember to Slip, Slap, Slop, Slam, Sip and Stay and you'll enjoy the summer.

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Sun Safety Jun 21 ,2017

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

Bed Guards from Safetots

BED GUARDS FROM SAFETOTS

TOP TIPS AND BABY BED SAFETY ITEMS

 

Making the transition from a cot to a bed for an older baby or toddler can be daunting for many parents and a stage in a child’s life that can open up many questions and concerns.  Will my toddler now roll out of bed? What if my toddler climbs out of bed in the night? How will my baby adjust to sleeping in a bed? Will I go back to sleepless nights? Are there any safety measures I can take to keep my baby from falling out of their bed?  There are many unknowns when you decide to take that leap from a cot to a bed but there are many solutions and tips available to help you make the transition go smoothly.

 

Having listened to our customers over the years coupled with our expert knowledge in child safety, Safetots have compiled a list of top tips and bed safety items for getting your child to sleep soundly in the early days of sleeping in their new bed.

 

Will my baby roll out of bed?

 

Some babies and toddlers are as active whilst they sleep as when they are awake, wriggling and rolling and being less aware of their sleep space in the early days in the transition from a cot to a bed.  Your baby may well have become accustomed to the security of their cot frame when they roll in the night and suddenly sleeping in a bed with no frame may result in bumps and bruizes from tumbles out of bed.

 

To make the transition easier and safer many parents fit a bed guard to their child’s first bed.  Installing a bed guard prevents young children from falling out of bed whilst retaining the same safety as a cot guard, a child’s bed guard enables infants to climb in and out of bed independantly.  A bed guard provides safety during sleep whilst introducing them to their first steps to independence.  

 

What if my toddler climbs out of bed in the night?

 

If your infant is active and inquisitive and less inclined to sleep through the night, along with fitting a bed guard, if you haven’t done so already, now might be the time to install a child safety gate to their bedroom doorway.  Whilst your child may be ready to sleep in their own bed independantly, as a parent you may not be ready for the challenge of a wandering toddler.  Keep your child safe in their bedroom by removing any potentially harmful items out of reach, fixing wardrobes and drawers securely to walls with furniture straps and installing a child safety gate.

 

How can I help my baby adjust to sleeping in a bed?

 

To help your infant make the transition from a cot to a bed consider installing a bed guardBed guards are versatile, simple to install and quick to remove.  There is no need for drilling or screwing to install a bed guard, the base frame simply slips beneath the mattress and the weight of the mattress holds the bed guard in place.  A toddler bed rail can be fitted to both sides of the bed.  If for example your child’s bed is in the centre of a room a bed rail can be fitted to either size of the bed for extra safety.  A bed rail provides the security of a cot, helps older babies and toddlers to feel safe and secure and provides parents with peace of mind that their infant is safe from falling out of bed.  There are many bed rails from which to choose, wooden bed rails, the contemporary bed rail option can be purchased in many colours, designed to blend in with bedroom furniture of today’s modern homes.  Safetots have a great range of wooden bedrails for keeping toddlers safe whilst they sleep.  Mesh bed rails are light weight and ideal for home or away.  Most mesh bed rails come with their own carry bag making the ideal solution to keeping babies and toddlers safe on holiday or simply for visiting grandparents.

 

Will I go back to sleepless nights?

 

Introducing ‘new’ things and change of routine in your infant’s life may cause them to be restless at night time and those sleepless nights may well start to creep back in.  When your child moves to their new bed, try continuing with the same bed time routine.  Make bed time exciting and make moving into their new bed an exciting time!  Install a bed rail to make the transition smoother, by installing a bed rail your child will feel less exposed to the open space and still feel the same safety and security provided by a cot frame.  A smooth transition from cot to bed and keeping your child in their bed time routine is less likely to result in sleepless nights.

 

Are there any safety measures I can take to prevent my baby from falling out of their bed? 

 

To prevent your baby from falling out of bed, the best solution is to install a bed guard,  Extra tall and extra wide bed guards are recommended for larger beds with a larger mattress and there are many bed rails suited to single beds, cot beds and toddler beds.  Safetots have a wide range of wooden bed rails and mesh bed rails suitable for most beds.  It’s important to check the size and depth of your mattress and bed to ensure the compatibility of the bed rail.  Installing a compatible bed rail that fits well and is securely fitted, is crucial to ensuring your child is safe whilst they sleep.  Bed rails are recommended up to the age of 5 years, however it is completely up to a parents discretion as to how long a bed rail should remain in place.

 

What to consider when choosing a bed rail?

 

There are many things to consider when purchasing a bed guard, from the ease of installation, quality and strength through to the compatibility with the bed intended for use.  Consider the size of your bed, the depth of your mattress and ensure your bed rail reaches at least 16cm above the top of your mattress.  It’s important to also ensure a 25cm gap at the foot and head of the bed.  Consider also if you require your bed rail for home or for home and holidays.  A wooden bed rail is heavier than a mesh bed rail and less suitable for transporting with ease.  A mesh bed rails is light weight and designed for packing with ease for travels.  For some parents, the aesthetics of a bed rail is of consideration and wooden bed rails are often the choice for parents wanting their bed rail to blend in with their child’s bedroom furniture.

  

SAFETOTS BED GUARDS

 

Your one stop destination for bed rails and bed guards is here at Safetots, leading suppliers of all child safety products. Here at Safetots, we stock the best brands from BabyDan, Lindam, Shrunks and our very own Safetots brand. We are confident you’ll be delighted with the quality, functionality, design and safety of our products. Safetots bed guards come in wood and mesh, in a wide range of colours, styles and sizes, so there are plenty of options from which to choose.

 

All Safetots bed rails come with excellent child safety locking mechanisms and simple anchor mechanisms. Installing these child safety products is simple and most are versatile in that they can be transferred between beds.

 

For more information on our safety products contact us at Safetots Unit 7, The Orbital Centre, Gunnels Wood Road, Stevenage, Hertfordshire SG1 2NB United Kingdom, Telephone: +44 (0)1438 728888, email: info@safetots.co.uk

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Bed Rails Jul 12 ,2017

Travel Safety Gates For Your Holiday

PORTABLE SAFETY GATES FOR YOUR HOLIDAY

 

The summer is here and kids summer holidays are looming! As children break up for the summer from pre-school and school for another 6 weeks, you might be thinking about booking that summer holiday or already in the throes of packing to get ready to go on your much longed for planned trip away. As thoughts turn to where to go, what to pack and the facilities offered for children and pets, why not be organised and tick one thing off the list now?

 

If you are travelling with a baby on the move or an inquisitive toddler choosing the right travel gate for your holiday might be on the top of your list. Safetots have portable gates designed to keep little ones safe and provide parents with peace of mind during adventures outside of the home.

 

TRAVEL SAFETY GATES

 

If you currently use a child safety gate at home for your child or pet, then it makes perfect sense to take one with you on holiday. Child safety products can often be forgotten and deemed unnecessary whilst on holiday, however, these are the times when your guard is down and accidents are more likely to happen.

 

A portable travel gate adds that extra re-assurance that your child or pet is as safe away from home in unfamiliar surroundings as they would be back in the comfort of their own home. Travel gates collapse and fold for ease of travelling and packing in the car or suitcase, they are designed for temporary use at home, ideal for popping up if a friend visits with their dog or great for visits to grandparents and taking with you to holiday homes in the UK or abroad.

 

FEATURES OF A TRAVEL STAIR GATE

 

Travel stair gates for children are lightweight and versatile, designed to be packable and portable whilst travelling. Safetots travel gates are made from a heavy duty nylon with a see through mesh centre. Made from the highest quality materials the Lindam Flexiguard and the BabyDan Gate to Go can be used in hotels, holiday homes, caravans and as a temporary gate for the home. Travel gates are not designed for every-day use in the home, they simply create a visual barrier and therefore do not feature an opening gate panel, unlike regular wooden or metal, pressure fit gates and screw fit gates.

 

 

SAFETOTS TRAVEL SAFETY GATES HAVE THE FOLLOWING FEATURES:

 

 

PRESSURE FITTED:  Pressure fit, nylon frame with mesh centre. Safetots travel gates are pressure fit gates, designed to provide a temporary safety solution without leaving any lasting damage to door frames and walls during your stay. Pressure fit travel gates are simply held in place with the pressure of the four spindles at each corner of the gate.

 

SIZE:  Safetots travel gates fit spaces 71cm-92cm, a standard doorway opening. Both the Lindam travel gate and the BabyDan travel gate measure a height of 75cm.

 

LOCKING MECHANISM: The pressure fit handles lock all 4 pressure points into place. Collapse & fold: Travel gates can quickly collapse and fold for ease of packing in the carry bag. Space saving safety gates designed for travelling with ease.

 

CARRY CASE:  Safetots travel gates come complete with a carry case with a shoulder strap for convenient transportation.

 

LIGHTWEIGHT:  Travel gates are much lighter than standard safety gates. Made from a lightweight material they are ideal for packing in the case for flights abroad or for popping in the car for more local journeys.

 

For further information on our travel safety gates, please contact Safetots at: Unit 7, The Orbital Centre, Gunnels Wood Road, Stevenage, Hertfordshire SG1 2NB, United Kingdom.

 

Telephone: +44 (0)1438 728888, email: info@safetots.co.uk

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Stair Gates Jul 04 ,2017

Remembering To Shut Stair Gates

Stair gates are a commonly used safety measure around the home and prevent babies and young children from falling down stairs or entering a hazardous area without supervision. Safety mechanisms vary from gate to gate, however, the one thing they all have in common is that once your child figures out how to open it or you forget to shut it, it will no longer keep them safe!

 

When You Forget to Shut the Stair Gate

I don’t need to reiterate to any parents the importance of shutting gates for the safety and wellbeing of your children, but the fact of the matter is, sometimes we forget. Bring up children can be a stressful business! At Safetots, we have come up with a solution for this common problem with an auto-shut gate. You will never have to worry about who left the baby gate open ever again!

 

To view our range of Auto Close Safety Gates, visit our SAFETOTS STAIR GATE FINDER, key in the measurements required to fit your space and select 'Auto Close' in our Gate Features section.

 

When Your Child Learns How to Open the Stair Gate

It is inevitable that once your children reach a certain age/height they will develop the ability to open and close the stair gate themselves. There are a couple of things you can do to combat this, the first being replace your stair gate with a tougher to crack mechanism but chances are your little sweetheart will crack this one just as fast. Alternatively, you can invest in an extra tall stair gate where the mechanism is higher up out of reach.

 

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Stair Gates Jan 26 ,2017

Essential Baby Safety Equipment For The Car

ESSENTIAL BABY & TODDLER SAFETY EQUIPMENT FOR THE CAR

 

Here at Safetots, we offer a wide range of car safety equipment and useful car travel items that will keep children of all ages safe, entertained and comfortable whilst travelling by car.

 

HOW TO KEEP YOUR CHILDREN SAFE DURING CAR JOURNEYS

 

Here are car travel toddler and baby car safety items and tips you might want to consider to ensure the maximum safety and comfort of your child when travelling by car:

 

Car Seats – It goes without saying that your child should be seated in a child car seat that is age and weight appropriate.  Make sure before travelling on long journeys that your baby hasn’t progressed from a baby car seat to an infant car seat and that they are still safe in their exisiting car seat.  Most car seats have a recommended height and weight for use.  Always check your car seat is safe and strapped in appropriately before travelling.  Some car seats such as the Diono Radian 5 All in one car seat are suitable from birth to 7 years, versatile in that they can be altered and adapted to grow with your child.

 

Car Seat Protection Mats – Investing in a car seat protector will help prevent your infant car seat from slipping.  Car protection mats protect your car upholstery from dirt and damage and sometimes have handy storage pockets for your toddler to place treats and toys.

 

Food & Drinks – Be careful what food and drinks you leave your toddler to eat and drink during journeys.  Food that they might potentially choke on such as grapes and crisps, should be kept for car stop breaks.  Make regular car stops and offer drinks and food at break times to prevent your child from choking whilst travelling.

 

Baby Back Seat Car MirrorsInfant car mirrors are ideal for being able to see and check on your child in the backseat while driving. Most baby car mirrors fit with a strap around the head rest of back car seat, enabling you to check on your baby whilst they are in a rear facing car seat.  Car mirrors for children enable you to glance behind and see if they are sleeping, or awake and if they are ok and well.  Infant car mirrors provide parents with reassurance whilst driving and are ideal for those long journeys.  Some car mirrors such as The Diono Easy View Backseat Mirror, rotate to 360 degrees and pivot on a ball and socket enabling you to achieve the perfect angle to keep an eye on your child, without having to adjust your rear-view mirror.

 

Baby On Board Signs – A baby on board sign notifies other drivers that you have a baby or toddler with you in the car.  It encourages other drivers to be more patient and understanding, knowing that you have a baby or toddler on board.

 

 

HOW TO KEEP TODDLERS ENTERTAINED IN THE CAR

 

Car Seat Organisers and Car Toy HoldersCar seat organisers and car toy storage boxes enable infants to keep their activities, snacks, drinks and toys in order and carefully stored throughout the journey.

 

Car seat organisers come in various styles and designs.  Some children’s car seat organisers such as the Diono Stow n Go Backseat Organiser fasten securely to the back of a front car seat and come with plenty of easy to access pockets. The Diono Stow n Go Backseat Organiser is ideal for keeping everything in place and easy to find when you need it.  Alternative designs such as The Babydan Car Caddy Organiser, fits and fastens between seats in the back of the car preventing bottles, cups, toys and other treats from rolling around in the back of your car.  Car tidy organisers are ideal for keeping the car free from clutter, keeping kids entertained as they can access all their favourite things with ease.

 

 

HOW TO KEEP BABIES AND TODDLERS COMFORTABLE IN THE CAR

 

Car Sun Shades - You can browse and choose from a variety of car window sun shades. It’s important to protect children from the sun and keep the car at a comfortable temperature. Car sun shades will block most of the heat and glare of the sun and help keep the car cool.  Sunshades for back car windows and car shades for side windows are designed to enable parents to still see through the window taking up only a percentage of the window.

 

Neck Pillows - For the ultimate comfortable trip, neck supports and neck pillows for toddlers are ideal.  We have all witnessed our child’s head flopping into what appears to be the most uncomfortable position as they fall off to sleep in the car and spend endless minutes trying to find something to prop up their head.  Infant neck supports safely encase and cushion their head enabling them to sleep soundly and comfortably without waking up to a painful neck.  Toddler neck supports also help to keep your child in a more upright, safer position for travelling.

           

See our colourful and fun range of Infant neck supports by Clevamama, Clippasafe and LittleLife.

 

Baby body supports Baby body supports are ideal for keeping young babies warm or cool in their baby car seat or pushchair.  Some baby body supports are suitable and compatible with baby car seats and help younger babies to fit safely and snuggly in their seat.  If you have a very young baby, a baby body support will help to keep your baby’s head in place and in a more upright, comfortable position whilst travelling.

 

 

CAR TRAVEL SAFETY EQUIPMENT BY SAFETOTS

 

Ensure a safe trip for you and your children with car safety equipment for babies and toddlers from Safetots. You can browse many child safety products on our website. If you have any questions feel free to CONTACT US and we will endeavour to get back to you within 24 hours.

You can also contact us by email at: info@safetots.co.uk or phone: +44 (0)1438 728888

 

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Portable Baby Essentials

PORTABLE BABY ESSENTIALS

 

If you are travelling with a young baby or toddler during the holiday season, staying with friends or visiting family, you might well have started to think about all the portable/travel baby items you need to take with you to ensure your child is comfortable and your time away from home easier.

 

Safetots have a wide range of portable, packable baby and toddler products designed for holidaying with a young family.  From inflatable bath tubs and travel stair gates through to travel changing mats and the highchair alternative, portable baby booster seats.  Safetots have many baby and toddler compact travel products for keeping your young family safe and comfortable whilst away from the home.

 

Portable Potties: If you are in the throes of toilet training with your young toddler, the last thing you want to do is stop the transition and erase all your hard work just because you are venturing away from the home.  Safetots have disposable and foldable potties by Comfydo, designed for packing in your bag and popping up at a moments notice, ideal for long car journeys or for days out and about.  Portable potties take away the stress of finding a toilet the moment your child unexpectedly announces they need the toilet and they need to go ‘now’!!   

 

Safetots portable potties come complete with disposable liners and a carry case for ease of travelling.  Toilet trainer seats are also ideal for packing in the back of the car and taking with you on your travels, lightweight and compact these portable toilet seats simply pop onto an adult toilet, enabling little people to sit like a grown up without falling bottom first into the toilet.

 

Travel cots, bed rails and Inflatable toddler beds: Baby travel cots and portable inflatable beds for toddlers enable your child to sleep comfortably away from home.  Complete with travel bags for ease of travelling, portable travel cots and toddler travel beds fold into a portable, manageable size for ease of packing the car. Safetots have a wide range of portable travel cots and travel beds plus portable bed rails for older toddlers and young children, designed to prevent children from falling out of their bed at home or away. 

 

Mesh bed rails and inflatable bed rails are the lightweight, compact travel bed guard solution designed for home or away.  As mesh bed rails come complete with their own carry bag, fold with ease for times when not in use and save on space when stored away, they are often the preferred portable bed rail for enabling children to sleep safe in their bed on holiday. Portable bedrails can be stored away easily if left at a Grandparents house and then pulled out with ease whenever the kids come round.

 

Portable baby bath: Safetots also stock a range of portable bath accessories such as the inflatable safety duck bath by Munchkin, ideal when deflated for popping in your case, yet fun for baby when inflated as they get to sit in a giant duck.  The Munchkin inflatable safety duck tub also features a temperature indicator which lets you know when the water is too hot and unsuitable for your child.

 

Booster seats: Booster seats and travel booster seats are an ideal high chair alternative for feeding your child on holiday.  Baby booster seats simply strap safely and securely to a standard dining room chair, enabling your child to join in with family mealtimes.  Much smaller in size than a baby high chair, baby booster seats are again lightweight, small seating solutions for taking with you on family holidays.

 

Portable safety gate: Portable safety gates keep your little one safe out of their home environment, they come complete with their own carry case and shoulder strap for ease of travelling, and pop up and fold down with ease when needed.  Travel safety gates provide a great temporary room divide for stays away with family members or for holiday homes as no drilling or screwing is required and no lasting damage made.

 

Pop it in the changing bag: You might also consider packing in your baby changing bag a travel roll and go baby changing mat, a travel first aid kit, a pack of portable potty liners and temporary locks and latches for doors and windows that leave no lasting damage to furniture.

 

Safetots portable travel items for babies and toddlers are designed with parents and children in mind, to make your journey and vacation with young children possible, safer, easier and stress free. 

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