Parents advised to remove valuable baby items from cars to combat thieves

According to recent research, the top five items left in cars overnight are pushchairs, toys, books, coats and travel cots. With baby products often very valuable, it seems that thieves are increasingly targeting such items and therefore parents are being advised to take them indoors when possible.

Andy James from Allianz, which commissioned the research, said:

“Parents are very good at making sure they have all the essentials to cater for travelling with young children, but they also need to be mindful of car security.

“You can discourage thieves from seeing your car as a target by removing equipment from the car overnight or locking it in the boot out of sight.”

Car tidies, sun shades and seat protectors are unlikely to attract thieves, but a car seat or pram is likely to be worth a fair amount of money.

While it may seem a chore to repeatedly carry them from the car to the house, if these items are relatively expensive, keeping them secure may actually end up saving you the hassle that would result from their being stolen. Furthermore, in many cases such items are not covered by insurance policies, providing an even greater incentive to move them indoors overnight.

Breast feeding may help combat sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS)

A review of recent research seems to indicate that breast feeding may offer some degree of protection against sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS).

Many of the benefits of breast feeding are well-established, but a review of previous research published in medical journal Pediatrics found that breastfed babies were 60 per cent less likely to die as a result of SIDS than those who received no breast milk at all. The effects appeared to become greater, the longer the baby was breastfed.

Many studies have indicated a link between SIDS and lack of breastfeeding before now, but equally, many have appeared to show otherwise. The review looked at 288 separate studies and in so doing attempted to take into account differing definitions of what constituted SIDS. It was also necessary to identify any methodological flaws that may have affected particular studies.

The researchers were then left with just 18 studies that met their criteria and it is on these studies that the statistics are based.

As to why breastfeeding might be so beneficial in this particular instance, the researchers gave a couple of potential explanations. Firstly, breastfed babies rouse more easily at 2-3 months of age and secondly, breastfeeding delivers immunoglobulins that are absent from formula and which may help combat infection.

In the studies that were examined, exclusive breastfeeding without the use of formula appeared to provide the greatest protection from SIDS, so it is certainly worth investing in a breast pump. This ensures a supply of breast milk even when the mother cannot express or is not available for some reason.

Parents overspending on baby products according to study

A recent study carried out by SuperValu and Eumom found that 92 per cent of new mothers questioned felt they had overspent during the first year of their baby’s life. Almost three-quarters said that they had cut down on holidays and socialising to help make up for the overspend.

A quarter of respondents said that their overspending had been down to ignorance, saying they did not understand what was essential and what was not, so it would be wise to do as much research as you can when preparing for the arrival of a child.

Secondly, as with anything, keep your eye out for offers. Many everyday essentials can be bought in bulk for long-term savings, but even one-off purchases can often be found included as part of a sale from an appropriate retailer.

On some level, you might feel like you are cutting corners if you purchase baby safety equipment for a reduced price, but that is not the case. Whether you are buying a baby monitor or a safety gate, simply take the same steps you would were you buying the same product for full price. Check safety ratings, ensure the product is fit for the purpose you have in mind and read the instructions carefully to ensure you know how to use it correctly.

NHS chief speaks of social responsibility to encourage breastfeeding

Phil Morley, who is chief executive of Hull and East Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust has spoken of how he feels it is a social responsibility to encourage mothers to breastfeed. To that end, the Trust will stop issuing formula milk.

Morley explained the move by saying:

“If we believe in getting the health of our population right, we have to give out the right messages. I think anybody who makes the decision to have children needs to think through how they are going to make it work.

“I’m sure they don’t decide to have a child on the basis that they are going to have free milk for however many days.”

New mothers who are insistent on bottle feeding will now get just one bottle after they have given birth and must bring their own formula milk or have family do so. Previously, it had been available for free for the duration of their stay in hospital.

Currently only a third of mothers in the region breastfeed, despite the well-known health benefits. Bottle feeding is also associated with rapid weight gain in a baby’s first year, so the trust will provide advice and support to help combat overfeeding.

Morley went on to say:

“For most mothers, there isn’t a reason why they can’t breastfeed. If it’s better for the baby and better for the long-term bond, why would we not want to promote that?”

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