The bathroom is potentially a very dangerous room for a baby, but if you take a few steps, you can make it far safer. First of all, remove all sharp implements from the room. Razors, scissors and the like can either be stored in your bedroom or secured in a locked cupboard where your child cannot reach them. The same applies for medication and cosmetics and even for mouthwash, which is high in alcohol. Other than that, safety will largely revolve around bathing your baby. If you set your hot water heater no higher than 48 degrees Celsius, this will minimise the chance that your baby could be scalded by hot water, but even so, it is worth investing in a bath thermometer. Floating bath thermometers that double as rubber ducks or similar can be found, which mean they can be left in the bath for fun as well. It Continue Reading….
The actions of the South Australia state government have emphasised the importance of buying cots that meet health and safety standards. The state’s consumer affairs minister, Gail Gago, has ordered an audit of all cots available for sale in response to the fact that 18 children have died in cot-related incidents in South Australia since 2000. Gago said: “When I first saw that figure of 18 deaths, I was astounded. I thought it must have been a national figure but it’s not.” The message was backed up by SIDS and Kids acting state manager, Maurissa Ailion, who said that parents should always ensure that cots and mattresses met safety standards. “A lot of the time it is about not knowing, and not knowing what questions should be asked.” All new cots sold in the UK should conform to BSEN716. This assures you that the cot is deep enough and that Continue Reading….
Summer brings with it pros and cons. A beautiful, clear day draws us out of the house and we may opt to spend some time relaxing by a lake or reservoir, or perhaps we might take a walk by a river or along a canal. However, there are 30 different kinds of mosquito in the UK and they are often found around water. A mosquito bite can be hugely irritating for an adult, but it is even more so for a baby. Children do not understand that scratching the bite will further irritate the skin, so in this case prevention is better than cure. Tecnimed produce a number of products designed to ward off these pesky little insects. Their Mosquito-Click product makes use of short electrical impulses to tackle mosquitos and horseflies, but the effects are completely harmless to people. Furthermore, these devices to not require an energy source and Continue Reading….
Around 2.5m children are injured or killed in their own homes every year, according to Consumer Product Safety Commission research. When you have a child of your own, you see your environment in a different way and can appreciate how that astonishing figure might come about. Almost everything around you suddenly seems to pose a threat. Kitchen appliances, windows, power sockets – even doors could prove hazardous to a small child. Fortunately, there are many products available that can help minimise risk. Kitchen cupboards and appliances can be secured through the use of child safety locks, meaning your child cannot access anything you wish to keep from them. You can also get cooker guards which will prevent them from turning knobs or pulling hot pans onto themselves. Windows can also be childproofed with window locks, even when they are open, meaning there is no chance your child could get through Continue Reading….
Once children are mobile, the risk of accidents increases greatly. You will want to babyproof your home as best you can and there are a number of products you can use to achieve this. A stair gate is a great place to start. As well as protecting your child from a potentially disastrous fall, it also allows you to limit the areas of the home that can be reached, which can make life a lot simpler. Pressure fitted safety gates are the easiest to install, but because of the nature of their construction, they feature a trip bar. Screw fitted safety gates are permanently in place, but lack the trip bar. Other commonly used pieces of equipment are corner protectors. These are basically attachments which cushion the sharp corners of tables and similar furniture, thus preventing bumped heads. Door slam protectors are also a good investment, as are blockers, which Continue Reading….
There are several aspects to kitchen safety when you have a baby in your home and the first is the storage of items. You will probably want most, if not all, of your cupboards to be lockable for a start. Dangerous items should be secured using childproof cupboard locks, while other units might only demand child safety catches, which are easy for adults to open, but difficult for small children. The most dangerous items should also be stored out of reach for added security. More simply, a child safety gate can exclude a baby from the kitchen completely. When cooking, always keep items away from edges so that your child cannot inadvertently pull something onto themselves. Placemats and tablecloths should be avoided for this reason as they provide something that can be grabbed hold of. Use the rings at the back of your hob and turn handles away from the Continue Reading….
People are increasingly well-educated about the dangers of too much sun exposure, but many of us do not realise that it is even more important to protect babies as their skin is so much thinner and more sensitive than ours. Many parents believe that if they use sun cream on their child, they will be fully protected, but that is not the case. Sun cream only goes so far. Sun cream must be of a sufficiently high factor and applied properly, but even then there is a risk and further precautions must be taken. Up until six months, babies should be kept out of the sun completely and UV travel tents are ideal for this as they effectively block the sun’s rays. Older children, as well as wearing sun cream, should remain in the shade wherever possible, particularly in the middle of the day when the sun is at its Continue Reading….
A Doppler is an ultrasound handheld device that allows you to monitor the heartbeat of your unborn child. It gets its name through its use of the Doppler effect to produce an audible heartbeat. A fetal Doppler lets the parents know that their unborn child is well and it can therefore allay a lot of unnecessary anxiety. Almost every mother experiences moments of doubt where they imagine the worst. A fetal Doppler quickly helps put these thoughts out of your mind by providing valuable information that will combat your fears. This is not insignificant, because besides being good for the mother, her being in a relaxed state is also good for the baby as it promotes good health. A Doppler should not be considered infallible, however. While it can be a quick and easy way of easing anxiety, if you cannot detect any sounds, this does not necessarily mean that Continue Reading….
When attempting to babyproof your home, you may wonder what to do about windows. In the summer, it is desirable to have windows open or at least ajar in order to allow for a pleasant breeze, but this brings problems when there is a baby in the room as they could try and climb through the gap. Window guards provide a solid barrier and are suitable for children up to five years of age. With a window guard in place, you need not fear your child might find their way onto a window ledge, putting themself in danger. Available in a range of sizes, window guards can also be custom made to fit awkwardly shaped windows. They come in different colours too, so no matter what your décor, you should be able to find window guards that complement the look of the room, rather than detracting from it. For even Continue Reading….
New parents can often find themselves virtually housebound. The sheer logistics of transporting everything your baby needs can sometimes deter people from having even a day out. Fortunately, there are products available that can make your life easier. Chief among these are travel cots. A travel cot is a lightweight alternative in which your baby can sleep comfortably and which should also take away concerns that they might not settle at someone else’s house. All travel cots are easy to assemble, but for maximum convenience, pop-up travel cots are available. These fold down to a small size, but once expanded offer a comfortable place for your baby to rest. Some also come with built-in mosquito nets and even sun screens that will effectively block UV rays. This allows you to take your baby outside on sunny days without fear of harming their sensitive skin. It is especially important to get Continue Reading….