Keeping Your Child Safe on Holiday…

When travelling with your child, it is always a high priority to keep your child safe, and comfortable whilst in strange environments. The best ways to achieve this are with specially designed, lightweight travel cots. A number of leading brands such as Little Life, NScessity, and Samsonite produce a range of these baby travel cots that can be erected in seconds, and give your baby a safe, cosy environment no matter where they are in the world.

The Sun’s UV rays can be very harmful to your child, and portable UV Travel Tents from NScessity and Samsonite are a great way to keep your baby safe on the beach, in the pool, or even in the garden at home. These come in a range of colours and styles and can be arranged in seconds, leaving you free to enjoy quality time with your child. Manufactured from lightweight SPF rated fabrics, they provide a shady haven for your little one from the Sun’s rays. Some of the UV Travels Tents currently available can be utilised as a travel cot, making them ideal for naptimes when you are on the go. With in-built mesh panels, UV travel tents allow a cool breeze to flow through, keeping your child cool, whilst still in the shade. The mesh panels in UV Tents are specifically designed to be insect-proof, meaning that whilst in their UV Travel Tent, your child is protected from the native creepy-crawlies.

To view and purchase BabySecurity’s range of Portable Travel Cots and UV Travel Tents click here.

 

Information on Car Seat Groups

Preparing for a newborn baby draws up an endless list of products that you will need in preparation for the arrival, but the one thing you may not know so much about is the car seat. So, for example, did you know that there are now in fact 5 different groups of car seats?  Why so many you may say, well each type of car seat will suit, fit and keep your baby safe.

It may sound baffling but in fact it is very simple. Once your child is a certain weight, they will need to be placed into a different group which will be designed to protect and keep them safe in the highest possible way from any sudden impact.

The rules and the weight of each car seat group have been defined by the United Nations Safety Regulations which ensures that children from birth up to 36kg are covered.

Group 1 car seat

Chicco Group 1 Car Seat  (suitable for 9-18kg)

Before you go and make a final purchase of a car seat for your little one, you must understand the correct groups of which your child will fit into. Not only will it be more comfortable for your baby but it could also save your child’s life  in a collision.

Furthermore, if you decide to move your child into a larger car seat before they reach the maximum weight of their group, this could cause more damage or inflict severe injuries to your child in a car accident as they are not being fully protected from any impact or forceful shocks around them.

Please also remember that when purchasing your child’s car seat, their weight is the one and only important factor, not their age.

Another factor to think about when it comes to the safety of your child’s car seat is whether you choose to place it either forward facing or rear facing. It seems to be the common thing that once your baby reaches an age of becoming more aware of their surrounding environment, the car seat is automatically turned around so that they can see the passing scenery or more often than that, so that you can see them, yet this is not always the greatest nor the safest of ideas.

Below is a very simple table of each of the group sizes and the weight of what your child will need to be to be able to fit in the seat.

Weight ranges for different types of car seat groups

Weight range for which type of car seat

When can baby face forward in car seat?

By placing the seat of your child forward facing, you could be potentially putting them at great risk.

If your car was to be involved in a collision, there is a more than likely chance that your child will suffer serious injuries and possibly sustain life threatening injuries to their spinal cord.

Furthermore, during a collision, the forward momentum of their head can overstretch their developing neck muscles and ligaments which can cause a significant amount of damage. It’s suggested that you leave your baby’s car seat rear facing until they are at least 15 months old.

Dreambaby Retractable Gate

Today we are going to review the Dreambaby Retractable Gate, one of the most popular mesh gates in the UK.

We have stocked this gate for years now and we have listened to the opinions of our customers, so we have been able to compare it to other similar retractable gates. Our main conclusion is that is an effective gate, really good value for money and works fine for babies and pets. We actualluy think the Dreambaby Retractable Gate is the best retractable dog gate.

Once your little one discovers that the two limbs attached to the bottom of their body can actually make them move around much quicker than they ever have before, there is no stopping them. They will literally want to run everywhere! Well that’s great for them but not so for you, your home and the upmost important of all, their safety.

It’s at this point in your little bundle of excitements life that you may think about purchasing a baby gate or two for your home. However you may not be looking for such a permanent fixture and you certainly do not want to add any more trip hazards or dangers to your home. So what’s the best alternative to look for? What is non-invasive, not too permanent and doesn’t take up your whole home and constantly be in the way?

Well, what you will be looking for is a retractable baby gate. They have been designed to be a fantastic security product which will keep your baby safe and secure around your home.

Retractable gates expand from nothing to create a safety barrier in your home. They can be used as a pet gate, stair guard or a room divider and they are completely non-invasive.

So how do they work exactly? Well, if you have a bustling home environment with pets, elder siblings with their friends, family and your baby all rushing around your home, the last thing that you and everyone needs is to be constantly unlocking and then re-locking the gate each time they walk through. A typical vibrant home with an adventurous excitable toddler running around needs to be made as safe and hazardless as possible! This means that you do not want any trip bars or any obstacles which could get in your way, which is something the traditional baby gate does offer you unfortunately.

However, there is a brand new Retractable Gate on the market that may be just perfect for you; this is the Dreambaby Retractable Stair Gate. The gate is suitable for the use in any door frame in your home and it will fit a gap of up to and between 140cm.

This retractable barrier is available in white, grey and black.

Widths covered: 0-140 cm
Height: 81.5cm
Colours Available: White, Grey, Black
Manufacturer: Dreambaby

The Dreambaby gate is also supplied with two sets of mounting brackets which means that you are able to use the same gate in multiple locations throughout your home. The gate can be used for a variety of reasons such as the most obvious, protecting your baby in addition to a pet barrier.

The sturdy Retractable Gate poses as no danger or obstacle within your home when not in use as it can be simply retracted away, causing no risk of a trip hazard, unlike when you walk through traditional stair gates.

Dreambaby Retractable Gate

Dreambaby Retractable Gate

The gate allows for quick and easy access when needed yet keeps your baby or your dog safe and secure and out of harm’s way. It has also been fitted with a locking system that enables you to either lock the retractable stair gate or allow it to automatically lock as you close it across.

Some of our customers, when they reach us, are interested in knowing if a pet barrier be used as a child gate. The answer is yes, specially with mesh ones, as small pets like cats or puppies will not be able to squeeze through any gaps or bars.

The gate is even equipped with a loud ratchet sound when it is retracted; just to let you know that it is being shut. A great little feature to have if you know your little treasure is going to try everything possible to get the gate to open.

It has been made with a strong fabric mesh that will guarantee to keep your children safe and withstand their force. Furthermore, if for any reason you would want to use the gate outside, you can, as it has been designed to be weather proof. We would however suggest not using it during extreme gale force weather conditions.

Regarding the installation of the gate, we think it might be easier to actually see how to do it, so here is a video explaining how to:

Our Dreambaby Retractable Gate Review

So how is this gate compared to all the others? Well for starters it is the only retractable gate which extends up to a very generous 140 cm compared to the Avant and Accent which only extends to a maximum of 120cm. Compared to the Avant it also has an automatic locking system ensuring that it cannot be opened by any wondering little hands in addition to it also having the ratchet sound effect, letting you know that the gate is being with tampered by someone!

The Dreambaby gate can also be mounted either on the inside or the outside of the frame, so you are able to fit it to your needs. It is also made of a high quality, sturdy material which is going to protect your little one or pets from running into the guard.

So if you are looking for a room divider or security gate which is not going to be a permanent fixture or be constantly up and in the way, you need to take a look at the Dreambaby Retractable Gate!

Retractable or Traditional Stair Gate?

What is it best, a retractable or a traditional stair gate?

It is natural for your child to explore the home and safety gates will help to keep them away from dangerous places. So, you go to type baby gate into your search engine and you are hounded with pages and pages of all kinds of white barred gates.

When you begin to investigate even further you come across wooden ones, different coloured ones, tall, wide and then retractable ones! You may think that it looks like an roller blind tipped on its side, but who knew that this could be another option for a baby gate.

Is it even any good? What is the actual difference between the two?

Retractable Gate

Not only does the retractable baby gate look like a sideways roller blind, but it actually works like one too!

The retractable gates are extremely handy to keep around the home as it’s not bulky or permanently in the way. The gates can virtually expand from nothing to a vast 130cm or more and then retract again out of sight when not in use.

Almost all of the retractable gates are designed with a contemporary design or colour meaning that it will compliment any modern home. Retractable gates are typically used as a stair guard, a room divider or a pet gate and the bonus of it being retractable, you can put it back away again so that it is no longer in the way. The retractable gate is great for the modern busy family home who require the safety element but also need it to be convenient within their hectic lifestyle, meaning that you are able to move it out of the way whenever you like.

Furthermore, it will look modern and not be such a bulky permanent fixture within the home.

Some of the most popular retractable gates right now is the Dreambaby Retractable Gate. Read our review about this gate if you want a deeper description of how it works and what to expect from it.

Baby leaning on a retractable stair gate
Dreambaby Retractable Gate

Traditional Barred Stair Gates

Traditional barred stair gates may be the first option for most parents as it is what you naturally think a stair gate looks like. They are also a fantastic piece of safety equipment for your home and again there are many options which you can choose from such as wide, tall, narrow, pressure fit or wall mounted. If you are not one for DIY then a pressure fit gate may be exactly what you are looking for, why? There are no screws involved, so that means there are also no tools needed!

Screw fit gates are ideal for parents who need a safety gate in a permanent position. You do not need a handyman to fit these gates, simply attach the gate to a solid surface with the included wall mounting kits, which are very simple to follow. The traditional barred stair gates are ideal for you if you are looking for a more permanent safety fixture in your home.

Babydan pressure fit safety gate
Callowesse Carusi Narrow Safety Gate With Auto-Close

So really it depends on your lifestyle and how you are going to be using it. If you need a safety gate but do not want it to be so permanent and in the way, then a retractable gate may be your best option as it can work around you and your home environment. However, if you are looking for a permanent safety gate then the traditional ones may be for you.

There is a vast variety of gates available to choose from, so you are bound to find one which suits your needs in your home.

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