Kids' Travel System Buying Guide

In simple terms, a travel system is everything you need for getting out and about with your new baby. This includes a pushchair and seat, a carrycot and a Group 0+ child safety seat for when you take your baby home from hospital, right through to when they're walking around with no help from mum or dad!

INFANT CARRIER
Buying Guide Kids Travel System Infant Carrier

Choosing the right travel system for you and your baby is important, as you need to take into consideration access to your home, whether you will use public transport, if you use a car, and the size of the car boot.

For car users a travel system makes life very simple, as initially your baby can be placed in the infant carrier and easily be transported from inside to the car and to the pushchair without waking them up. It’s worth remembering that babies should not be left in an infant carrier for more than 2 hours at a time.

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ADJUSTABLE CARRYOUT
Buying Guide Kids Travel System Adjustable CarryCot

An adjustable carrycot offers a cosy and safe place for your baby to travel when you're out walking. Some carrycots come with a mattress suitable for overnight sleeping, making these travel systems extremely useful when considering weekends away and overnight visits.

Adjustable handlebars ensure that you can push your baby with ease, while the one click system for removing and adding the safety seat, pushchair seat and carrycot help to make life very easy.

PRAMS & PUSHCHAIRS
Buying Guide Kids Travel System Prams & Pushchairs

Once your baby has reached the recommended age (3 or 6 months dependent on the model) you can start to use the pushchair seat. Three recline positions ensure that your baby is always comfortable and the seat can be positioned either forward or backward facing, allowing you to either interact with your tot, or let your little one discover what’s going on around them.

Lockable swivel wheels help ensure that whether you are in the high street or strolling in the park your travel system is easy to handle and manoeuvre. Removable wheels make the travel system easier to fit into a car boot or to store when going indoors.

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BABY ELEGANCE TRAVEL SYSTEM

The Baby Elegance Beep Twist Travel System is a stylish and practical 3 in 1 Travel system that has been designed to be even easier to manoeuvre wherever you may travel. With a newly designed aluminium frame, the Beep Twist is ultra-light, durable and easy to push, ensuring your baby has the maximum amount of comfort.

Watch the video to see the Travel System in action!

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Baby Bedding Guide

Congratulations on bringing home your brand new bundle of joy! As you'll no doubt have noticed, much of your little tot's time is spent sleeping. These hours spent catching forty winks are an incredibly important part of their development. While late night feeds and changes might be dominating your life at the moment, it's worth keeping in mind that establishing healthy and safe sleeping patterns from this age will pay off handsomely for you and your child in the future.

To help you along, we’ve put together a guide for navigating your infant's sleep during these first few months of parenthood with ease. It comes complete with advice on choosing the best sleeping essentials for your newborn, including bedding and accessories, as well as how to make their rest as secure as possible.

MASTERING YOUR SWADDLING TECHNIQUE

One of the first tasks many mums and dads learn is how to swaddle. Swaddling helps babies to sleep better, keeping them warm while their bodies adjust to temperatures outside the womb. A snug swaddle can also be calming as it prevents them from startling themselves.


Hospitals and birthing centres will assist you with getting your basic technique before bringing your infant home, but here are a few basics steps to help:

Instructions on how to swaddle a baby

Step 1: Select a blanket for baby swaddling

It’s important to consider the weather and temperature of your home when selecting a swaddling blanket or baby sleeping bag. You might find that you need two separate weights for warmer and cooler situations. Breathable and moisture-wicking fabrics like cotton are top choices because they’re easy to clean.

Instructions on how to swaddle a baby

Step 2: Position the blanket

Place your blanket on a flat surface with a corner pointing upwards in a diamond shape. Fold down this corner and place your child on their back with their neck aligning with the fold. If you’re practising, it’s a good idea to do so when they aren’t sleepy, hungry or irritable, so you don’t have to cope with wriggliness.

Instructions on how to swaddle a baby

Step 3: Fold it from the left

With your baby’s right arm at their side, fold the left corner of the blanket over their body, tucking it under their midsection.

Instructions on how to swaddle a baby

Step 4: Bring up the bottom

Taking the bottom left section of the blanket, bring it up and over your baby’s right shoulder, leaving enough space for them to bring their legs up and out freely.

Instructions on how to swaddle a baby

Step 5: Complete the swaddle from the right

Your baby will now be snugly swaddled from two sides. All that’s left to do is fold the remaining corner from your right over and around their back.

Now that you’ve fine-tuned your swaddling technique, you can explore your options for your newborn’s bed.


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OUTFITTING THE COT OR CRIB
A nursery with white furniture and a grey interior

Cribs or cots are popular options during this period and can be used in conjunction with swaddling and sleeping bags. We've listed a few essential crib bedding items that will keep them safe and secure:


Cot bumpers keep your baby’s arms and legs from striking out and hitting the hard cot surface around them. Bumper pads easily tie on to the sides of your cot or crib.

Cot bedding for newborns layered with baby blankets will create a cosy and comforting environment for your little one to sleep in. With so many colours, prints and patterns available, you’re spoilt for choice. Babies can be messy creatures, so it helps to have several spares on hand for emergency substitutions.

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KEEPING BABY SAFE DURING SLEEP
Baby sleeping in a cot

Keeping your child safe and comfortable while they're sleeping is a top priority for any parent. The following tips will make it easier for you to put your infant to bed with a little less worry:


  • Temperature is important for an infant to be comfortable and it determines how many layers of bedding they'll need. A good room temperature is between 16°C and 20°C. Take this into account when outfitting their sleeping space in colder and warmer months.
  • Keep any bedding away from their face and head. By placing them on their back and not their sides or tummy they'll be less likely to become entangled in their bedding.
  • When placing an infant in their cot, position them towards the bottom rather than the top. This gives them a firm surface on which to rest their feet and will prevent them sliding under their blankets.

Becoming a parent is one of the most momentous occasions in anyone's life, but also one of the most challenging. Hopefully this guide will help make things a little easier for both of you, although we can't do anything to prevent the inevitable sleepless nights and midnight burping sessions. It's all worth it to see your little one's first grin.

Best Toys By Age

From stocking fillers to sports equipment and from teddies to tea sets, toys and games are a huge part of our childhood. We all remember our favourite presents from when we were young, so it's no wonder we put so much thought into buying them for our own children.


This guide will help you pick out age-appropriate kids' and baby toys. We've highlighted kinds of games that will help young ones develop their motor, mental and social skills through play, so they can learn while they have fun.

BEST TOYS FOR NEWBORNS
Hamley’s wooden animal grip toys

It may seem like a newborn won't be able to distinguish between a new toy and an old sock, but in fact babies react and learn from the world around them from the moment they're born. Sound, light and touch are all important for tiny tots to experience, so provide them with objects that stimulate their senses to keep them happy and healthy.


From 2 months onwards, babies will start to smile. You can get their first grin out of them by shaking a rattle and pulling funny faces to tickle their natural curiosity. From around 3 to 6 months you'll get more noticeable reactions from your baby as they begin to appreciate music, follow moving lights and explore the feel of different objects. Encourage their fine motor skills with playthings they can hold with their hands, ensuring they're not small enough to swallow.


Here are some ideas for the newest member of your family:


BEST TOYS FOR 1-YEAR OLDS
Colourful baby walker toy

Babies are now learning to sit up, roll over and explore their surroundings. They're mastering the arts of squeezing and banging things, so expect lots of that. This period is also about learning the laws of cause and effect, which means your baby will particularly love toys that spin or move when they press a button.


To get them used to the idea of walking it's time to introduce the beloved walker. Some designs have spinning beads and buttons built into them, so your little one will be totally engrossed as they learn to toddle.


Here are some wonderful gifts for 1-year olds:


  • Baby walkers to get your infant up on their feet for the first time

  • Interactive moving toys to teach cause and effect

  • Shape sorters to develop spacial awareness

  • Noise makers to get your baby giggling

  • Electronic talking toys to help with early speech development.
BEST TOYS FOR 2-YEAR OLDS
G letter on red block

Now that your baby's moving around independently, they'll be more aware of themselves and their surroundings. There's a range of toys to entertain and engage them as they get to grips with fun new activities like dancing and singing.


Ride-ons are wonderful for helping your child to get around with confidence. As they become bolder, stimulate your tot with a fun indoor tunnel or small trampoline. Toddlers should also be developing more delicate motor skills, so your baby might like to try out a set of building blocks.


Here are some top toys for toddlers:


  • Outdoor and indoor ride-ons to help 2-year olds explore the world

  • Karaoke sets to play their favourite tunes and encourage singing

  • Playsets like dolls houses and racing tracks for adventures in miniature

  • Simple jigsaw puzzles for early problem solving

  • Exploratory equipment such as tunnels to build confidence.
BEST TOYS FOR 3-YEAR OLDS
Sylvanian families on a ship toy

Your toddler's imagination is starting to take hold and they may spend a lot of time in a fantasy world. Help them to explore different possibilities with human and animal figurines. Children will love being able to act out scenarios on their own or with you. They'll be copying behaviours from the grown-ups around them, so don't be surprised if you catch your child doing an impression of you.


These toys make excellent gifts for 3-year olds:


  • Playsets with themes like fire station, pirates and farm life to allow for imaginative storytelling

  • Balls, hoops and puzzles to enhance hand-eye coordination

  • Ride-ons upgraded from push-power to battery for a more challenging experience

  • Electronic toys with simple instructions to hone recall skills.


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BEST TOYS FOR 4-6 YEAR OLDS
Pizza, pizza game

At this age, your child will start to form real friendships. Sharing toys with their new pals is one of the best ways for them to learn important life lessons. Kids will be starting to understand their own feelings and those of other people.


Whether it’s a simple jigsaw or playing catch, your child's activities are also much more coordinated at this stage. Introducing them to their first tricycle or lump of modelling clay are two excellent ways to challenge them in their play.


At this age, kids will love:


  • Tea sets, toy cars and similar games which mirror adult life and encourage role play

  • Wendy houses and dens to provide a private getaway for visiting friends

  • Crafts like painting and clay to inspire budding artists

  • Push bikes, trikes and bikes with stabilisers for your little one's first cycling experience.


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BEST TOYS FOR 7-9 YEAR OLDS
Hamley’s arts and craft set

Children strive for independence at this age, whether it’s tying their shoelaces or learning to tell the time. Your little one's personality will be well-developed and they'll know their own likes and dislikes. The best way to find out which toys they want is probably to ask them directly.


At this age, there's a vast array of kid-friendly science experiments, craft kits and games which will educate and amuse young ones. Getting them their own personal sports kit is a step towards teaching sportsmanship and healthy living. Lego sets are an old favourite which require patience and planning, with results your child can be proud of. It may also be time to upgrade their bike: look for a cool matching helmet to ensure they're road safe.


For older kids, why not try:


  • Science kits, Lego and sports gear to develop new skills

  • Bikes with stabilisers to teach kids how to ride

  • Books and games which expose your child to a range of exciting topics.


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Kids Room Guide

From the moment your little one is born, they will be in a state of constant learning. Growing up can be tiring on tiny bodies and minds, so plenty of rest is essential from birth through to adolescence. With our guide, your child’s bedroom will be comforting and conducive to sweet dreams, including useful advice on girl’s room ideas and boy’s room ideas.

WHAT TO CONSIDER BEFORE YOU BEGIN
Children’s pirate themed bedroom décor

It’s important to take into account the size of your child’s room. Once they have transitioned out of using nursery furniture and you feel they are ready for their room and bed, it helps to keep dimensions in mind so that you can select furniture that slots in comfortably, with plenty of room to move around.


As there is a good chance it will be their room for some time, remember that modifications that make sense now might be less suitable in the future.


While the mattress you use will change as they grow, it’s a smart idea to invest in a set of quality bedroom furniture that will stand the test of time. Meanwhile, explore kid’s room décor ideas that will be easy to swap out as their needs and tastes change.


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WHAT KIND OF BED TO CHOOSE
Purple children’s bunk bed

Trusted safety guides agree that children aged four and above are ready for junior-sized beds. For peace of mind, always opt for a frame with guardrails to prevent your child from falling out of bed. For younger ones, consider securing the bed in the corner of the room against the wall.


From the age of six, you have the option of installing a bunk bed to save space and accommodate other siblings.


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WHAT FURNITURE TO INVEST IN
Children’s bedroom furniture white bedside table

You kid’s room design will benefit from careful choices when it comes to furniture. A bedside table is a useful addition to any room: it can support a nightlight in the early years, and a table lamp as they get older. It’s always handy for kids to have their own chest of drawers to store clothing, toys and books.


You can never have too many storage baskets and boxes on hand. These also provide you with a great opportunity to instil useful habits from a young age, such as tidying up after yourself. Another item of furniture that can foster good patterns is a sturdy study desk, which you can pick out as soon as your child starts getting regular homework.


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WHAT ACCESSORIES TO CHOOSE
Girl singing stood on bed

When it comes to kids’ bedroom décor, there are many choices, whether you’re looking at girl’s room ideas or boy’s room ideas.


For instance, as your child naturally starts to develop a personal sense of style, they might like a mirror to help them get ready in the morning.


Another accessory worth considering for your kid’s room design is a rug. Not only will this extend the longevity of your flooring by protecting it from mucky shoes and spilt drinks, but it will also keep little feet cosy in colder months.


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WHAT SCHEME TO USE WHEN DECORATING
Children’s dinosaur themed bedroom décor

Now that you have your staple furniture in place, you can explore children’s room decorating ideas. Some parents like to opt for classic blue baby boy and pink baby girl room décor in the first few years after birth. However, you can choose any colour you like, of course, and explore bedding, accessories and artwork to match. Many families will like the look and feel of cute wallpapers with playful textured patterns.


As your child gets older and starts to develop its own interests, the sky is the limit when it comes to choosing themes and colours. Involving them in the process will encourage them to take ownership and responsibility for their own space – and everything in it. It helps to remember that their likes and dislikes are likely to change over time, and therefore any permanent changes (such as painting the walls) might not last very long.


Investing in long-lasting duvets and pillows is a useful option as you will be able to swap the covers quickly and easily.


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Decorating a room is an enjoyable experience for all the family, whether you have a toddler or pre-teen in your home. With our guide, you’ll be able to balance fun with functionality to create a result that makes everyone happy for years to come.

Newborn Baby Essentials Checklist

Preparing for the arrival of a baby is no easy feat, especially if it's your first. Nine months may seem like a long time, but it will disappear in the blink of an eye – there's just so much to get done! Whether you're compiling an all-encompassing baby checklist or just want to double check you've thought of everything, our baby essentials list will help you tick all the boxes before your little one arrives.

CHOOSE A COT
White wooden baby cot

Setting up a nursery is a truly enjoyable part of preparing for your newborn, but cross off the essentials before moving on to toys and accessories. There are plenty of options to consider when buying a cot, but uppermost in your mind are probably safety and functionality. Most cots come with drop sides to allow you to get your baby in and out with ease, and there are stringent manufacturing standards that make them very safe. If you choose a bedside cot with a removable side, you can position the cot directly next to where you sleep.


The great thing about most cots and cot beds is that they are very adjustable. You can set them up for a newborn baby with protection on all sides for the first few months. As they get a bit bigger, lower the mattress and keep the sides raised to stop your toddler adventuring out of bed in the middle of the night. Once they've grown up a little more, remove the sides completely to make it more like a bed.



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FINE TUNE YOUR SLEEPING ARRANGEMENTS
Mother with baby

There are plenty of products that can keep your little one safe throughout the night and will give you peace of mind. Small bedside cots are more suited to newborn babies as they leave less room to move about and are relatively easy to position in your own bedroom.


Make sure your little one is as cosy as possible by stocking up on baby blankets and cot bedding. They're likely to get spoiled so it's wise to have plenty of spares. Save yourself from heading to the laundry room in the middle of the night and keep a stash of clean sheets and bedding close by.



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INCREASE YOUR STORAGE CAPACITY
Pink and Blue clothes basket

If you've argued over wardrobe space as a couple before, make investing in storage for your baby's things a priority. Leaving storage items off your shopping list is a no-no – you'll simply end up sacrificing your own space. You need a separate place to keep all the new blankets, nappies, toys and onesies that you'll acquire in anticipation of the new arrival.


Buy several storage boxes to help you keep everything organised. They can slide under a bed or cot when not in use, and provide the perfect clutter-disguising system. If you have unexpected guests, simply throw all the dirty blankets and toys into the 'to wash' box and deal with them later.



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MAKE FEEDING TIME EASY
Boss baby bottles

When it comes to feeding time, there are a couple of accessories you will need. If you're not breastfeeding, you'll need an army of baby bottles and dummies to keep your little one happy, as well as a steriliser. Don't forget to stock up on baby bibs, as these will make cleaning up after mealtimes a whole lot easier.


Even though your baby might be tiny, they can still sit at the table on a highchair while you eat your own meals. Once they move on to solid meals you can start exploring the wonderful world of children's plates, beakers and cutlery. Here comes the aeroplane!



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LET THE ADVENTURES BEGIN
Baby pram

It's a wonderful feeling to take your baby out into the big wide world. But you won't get far without a few travel-related baby necessities. When shopping for a pushchair, look for features like rain covers and sturdy wheels which mean you won't be hindered by poor weather. The extra storage space on large pushchairs is also useful, helping you carry all those baby essentials you need for long days out.


You can also keep a sense of order to your baby pushchair by loading it up with different packs and bags for separate things you may need to do throughout the day. You can carry one bag with all your feeding gear, one bag with all the changing gear, and one for spare blankets and accessories.



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SHOP FOR BABY CLOTHES
Patterned baby grow

If you're becoming a parent for the first time, you're no doubt excited to pick out clothes for your baby. There are so many products out there, it pays to know what you should be looking for. Generally speaking, cotton is the best choice for baby clothes because it is soft, absorbent and gentle against skin, unlike synthetic fabrics which can feel scratchy and cause irritation.


Baby grows and onesies are super practical, easy to wear and will keep your baby warm from top to toe. They're also really functional thanks to the snap button closures which make them easy to whip them on and off. Little ones are known for trying to take their socks off, so buy some more secure booties instead to help keep their toes nice and toasty.



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Whatever you do between now and the baby arriving, don't be afraid to ask for advice. Talk to friends and family who've been in your position – they'll no doubt be eager to share their parenting 'hacks' with you, and might even offer to help out while you take a much-deserved rest.

Nursery Furniture

When careful decisions need to be made as to exactly what furniture, mattress and bedding you should choose for their nursery, we’re here to help.

GLIDER OR SWING CRIB
Buying Guide Nursery Furniture and bedding Glider

For newborns a glider or swing crib offers a cosy and enclosed environment, which gives a gentle motion that will sooth your baby back to sleep. Both can be locked to keep them stationary and stop the rocking or gliding motion. A crib also takes up less space and is particularly suitable for when baby is sleeping in your room.

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THE COT
Buying Guide Nursery Furniture and bedding Cot

Deciding on a cot or a cot bed would be the next step. A drop side makes getting your baby in and out a lot easier and teething rails help with sleepless nights. A cot bed will last your child until they are 4 or 5 years of age.

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STORAGE
Buying Guide Nursery Furniture and bedding Storage

Complete your nursery with a chest of drawers with removable changing unit and a roomy double wardrobe offering valuable storage space. Opt for furniture which will personalise the nursery’s colour scheme.

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Kids Car Seat Buying Guide

 

 

If your child is under 12 years of age, you’ll need a child restraint appropriate to their weight in any vehicle (this includes vans and other goods vehicles). There are currently eight clearly defined groups of child safety seat governed by ECE R44* each suitable for a range of weights.

 

BUYING A KIDS CAR SEAT: HINTS AND TIPS
Buying Guide Hints and Tips

 

  • Your child’s weight is the critical factor in deciding which car seat is the safest and most suitable for them.
  • The correct fitting of all car seats is vital to ensure the safety of your child in the event of an accident. Always refer to the instructions supplied with your seat and if in doubt contact the manufacturer.
  • The seat should always be fitted as tightly as possible with no excessive sideways or forward movement.
  • Check regularly that the seat is secure in the vehicle and that there are no signs of wear on the harness, buckles or the seat itself.
  • Ensure the lap section of the harness is across the pelvis and not the stomach; this can be achieved by ensuring the buckle is as low as possible.
  • In Group 0 and Group 0+ rear facing seats the shoulder straps should be slightly below the child’s shoulders and slightly above the shoulder in forward facing seats.
  • Adjust the integral harness for every journey, regardless of how short it may be. The harness needs to fit snugly and you should be able to get one finger between the harness and your child’s chest.
  • Always ensure your child is properly strapped in for every journey, regardless of how short it may be.
  • It is advised not to use or buy a second hand car seat as it is possible there could be damage to the structure not readily visible which could affect the seats future performance.
  • Never use a car seat which has been in an accident, regardless of how minor the accident was, as there could be damage not readily visible.
  • Ensure that anyone who will be given the responsibility of placing and securing your child in a car seat is aware of how it operates.
CHOOSING THE RIGHT SEAT FOR YOUR CHILD'S WEIGHT

 

The chart below correlates the appropriate car seat for the child’s weight.

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Rear facing child safety seats must not be used in a vehicle seat that is protected by a frontal airbag, unless that airbag has been either manually or automatically deactivated.

CHILD AND BABY SEATS IN MORE DETAIL
Buying Guide Child and Baby Seat in more detail

 

Group 0+

Rear facing car seats, also known as infant carriers, are often bought as an integral part of a travel system and may have fittings to attach to a pushchair as well as a handle for transportation. Suitable for use from birth to 13kg, offering suitable support for your baby’s back and neck in the event of a collision. The seat is held in place with the vehicles 3 point seat belt or the ISOFIX system. Baby is secured in the seat by the integral 5 point harness, suitably adjusted to keep your baby firmly in place. Do not use in the front seat of a vehicle fitted with an active airbag under any circumstances. The air bag should always be deactivated either manually or automatically.

Group 0+ and 1

Rear facing car seats with the flexibility to also be used in a forward facing position, when your child is over 9kg and can sit unsupported. Some group 0+ & 1 seats have a one-pull harness tightening system and recline options for added comfort. The seat is held in place with the vehicle's 3 point seat belt or the ISOFIX system. Baby is secured in the seat by the integral 5 point harness, suitably adjusted to keep your baby firmly in place. Do not use in the front seat of a vehicle fitted with an active airbag under any circumstances. The air bag should always be deactivated either manually or automatically.

Group 1, 2 and 3

Forward facing and suitable from when your child is 9kg, the seat is held in place with the vehicle's 3 point seat belt or the ISOFIX system. Some Group 1 seats have a one-pull harness tightening system and recline options for added comfort. Your baby is secured in the seat by the integral 5 point harness, suitably adjusted to keep them firmly in place. When using a forward facing seat in the front of a vehicle, always check that the vehicle manufacturer has declared it is safe to do so in the vehicles handbook.

Group 4

Forward facing and suitable from when your child is 9kg, the seat is held in place with the vehicle's 3 point seat belt. Your baby is secured in the seat by the integral 5 point harness, suitably adjusted to keep them firmly in place. When your child is approximately 25kg, the harness can be removed and the vehicle's 3 point seat belt is used to secure both the seat and your child. When using a forward facing seat in the front of a vehicle always check that the vehicle manufacturer has declared it is safe to do so in the vehicles handbook. Some seats in this category have a one-pull harness tightening system and recline options for added comfort.

Group 5

Forward facing and suitable for when your child reaches 15kg, the vehicle's 3 point seat belt is used to secure both your child and the seat. When using a forward facing seat in the front of a vehicle always check that the vehicle manufacturer has declared it is safe to do so in the vehicles handbook. Some seats in this category have a height adjustable headrest. Booster seats also come into this category.


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ISOFIX: WHAT IS IT?
Buying Guide Isofix

 

Cars made since 2006 have mostly had two ISOFIX fixing points which the bottom of the car seat (or any associated base) plugs into. ISOFIX is a universal system that ensures in most cases that any ISOFIX compatible seat will fit any vehicle with ISOFIX fixing points.

Newer cars must now also have a third fixing point which attaches to the top of the child seat too, preventing it from tipping forward if there is a collision - this is called a top tether and is sometimes referred to as an ISOFIX+ system.

In June 2009 the British Medical Journal recommended that rear facing is the safest way for children under 4 years old to travel in a car. Children have fragile, flexible and poorly developed neck muscles, so if your child is forward facing and a frontal collision occurs, their head is flung forward in the seat which causes an enormous amount of stress in the neck. Your child’s neck and spine are vulnerable because their spines are still soft and not yet solidified like an adult’s.

How To Measure Your Child

Kids grow up fast. Their existing clothes seem to shrink before your very eyes, and before you know it they need a whole new wardrobe. Measuring your children regularly and accurately from head to toe is the best way to ensure a good fit for their clothes and shoes. This guide will cover the basic measurements, how to take them properly and how to check that your little one’s clothing is spot on every time.

MEASURING YOUR CHILD AT HOME
Measure AT Home

With just a few flicks of the tape measure in the right places, you’ll have a sure-fire shortcut to clothing that fits your infant properly. Most items of clothing will have these sizes listed on the webpage so you can quickly pick the right option, however if this information is not available then check the brand’s page for individual kids’ size guides.


Height

Get your child to stand barefoot, and measure from their heel to the top of their head. It can be easier to make a mark on a wall or doorframe and measure their height from there - it's also a fun way for you to track how much they’ve grown.


Chest

Wrap a measuring tape around your child's chest, just under the arms at the widest point is best. Leave a little room for extra comfort.


Waist

Measure around the natural waistline which is just above the hips, holding the tape lightly loose for a comfortable fit.


Inside leg

Measure from the top of the thigh to where the bottom of the trouser should fall. It's easiest to take this measurement when your child has shoes on in order to get an idea of where the trouser leg will rest above the shoe.


Hips

Standing with their legs together, measure around the widest part of your child’s hips.


Neck

Carefully measure around the neck where the collar will sit, placing two fingers in between the tape so it’s not too tight a fit.


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MEASURING YOUR CHILD'S SHOE SIZE
Child Shoe

If your baby is starting to gain confidence and skill with walking, it's probably time to invest in pair of well-fitting shoes. Children's feet can grow over two full shoe sizes in the course of a year, so you need to be measuring regularly. Try to measure toddlers’ feet every six to eight weeks, and younger babies even more frequently. Providing the right amount of comfort and support is essential for your infant's natural foot development and will aid natural growth patterns. Try to choose shoes that will keep your child's foot securely in the shoe, think Velcro and straps rather than laces – this will make your life easier and save valuable minutes in the morning.


Most shoe shops will offer to measure your child's shoe size, but if you want to buy their shoes online then knowing how to measure them at home helps. Here are a few simple tips that will make it a walk in the park:

  • Grab a piece of paper, pencil and measuring tape or ruler.
  • Put the paper on the ground and secure it with some tape to stop it slipping around.
  • Place your child's bare foot on the paper. You can either draw around it or make a line just behind the heel and slightly in front of the tip of their biggest toe.
  • Measure between the lines you’ve made and use a kids shoe size chart to find the right conversion.

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FINDING A WELL-FITTING SHOE
Fit Shoe

Once the shoe is on your child's foot, you should check the fit to ensure your measurements were accurate. Infant shoe sizes can vary somewhat, and every brand will be slightly different.


Check the width

There are usually three widths available, described as wide (H), narrow (D) or average (F). Once the foot (with a sock on) is in the shoe, feel the inside and outside with your fingers to check there are no tight spots or pinching that might cause discomfort. The foot should be positioned evenly over the footbed and they should be able to wiggle their toes slightly.


Check the depth

Check that there’s not too much pressure on the top of your child's foot by running your fingers over the top of the shoe and ask your child to wiggle all of their toes. There should be ample room for some movement, but not too much – if the foot slips around it will rub badly.


Check the length

With your child's heel placed securely at the back of the shoe, the longest toe should not reach the top of the shoe. It's a good idea to leave a small gap for them to grow into.


Check the overall fit

The final area to check is around the opening of the shoe, just around the ankle. Make sure there are no large gaps as this might mean the shoe is not securely attached to the foot. The hem of a low cut shoe should sit comfortably under the ankle, not over it. Likewise, a high-top shoe should cover the entire ankle.

Baby Sleeping Aid Ideas

 

Getting a good night’s sleep provides a host of health benefits for everyone, but it's often difficult to snooze for a solid eight hours with a newborn or young baby in the house. If you and your little one could do with a bit more time in bed, we can help.

In this guide, we'll run you through the best baby sleeping aids, how to get a baby to sleep through the night, and tips on how to keep them asleep for longer in the mornings.

 

CREATING A COSY PLACE TO SLEEP
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The most effective baby sleeping aid is a comfortable, restful and safe environment to drift off in. This will help your baby develop positive associations with bedtime, and allow a smoother transition from day to night. Some parents prefer to co-sleep with their babies, and this is very much a matter of choice; but all couples will eventually want to have the sanctuary of their bed back for themselves – especially as little ones grow up into toddlers.


You can build a cosy den from our selection of cot blankets and bedding sets. If you want to keep your baby close, put the cot next to your bed; when both of you are ready, you can move it to a room nearby.


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GETTING A BABY TO SLEEP THROUGH THE NIGHT
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Slight noises – even soft footsteps – may wake your baby. Using a soothing tape recording or a white-noise MP3 will create a gentle hum that masks other unwanted sounds. If you make this part of your bedtime routine, it will become a cue for your little one to relax and fall asleep. Babies also often wake up when they wriggle out of their blankets and become cold, causing them to panic and cry out.


Avoid any shivers by tucking them up in one of our cosy and supportive baby sleeping bags. Many have arm and leg holes so as not to restrict movement, as well as handy zips to make midnight nappy changes a little bit easier. Baby sleeping bags come in various togs that are suitable for different times of the year – just like duvets. This allows you to switch to something heavier when the weather begins to cool, and create the perfect temperature to draw them into a slumber that lasts all night.


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MAKING IT CLEAR THAT NIGHT TIME IS SLEEP TIME
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The distinction between night and day might seem obvious to us, but babies come into this world with no perception of this. You are there to help them learn that nights – and associated darkness – are for sleeping (among many other things!). One way to help your growing baby grasp this concept, and to help you get a modest Sunday morning lie-in, is by installing black-out blinds in their bedroom or nursery. These are especially useful in summer when the sun rises early and sets late. With the pull of a blind, you can begin to transform your baby's sleeping patterns to align them with your own.


To help lull your baby to sleep, consider hanging up a mobile above their cot at bedtime. Watching the gentle movement will have a calming effect, encouraging them to settle down and eventually drift off. Filling your baby’s cot with familiar items that are pleasant to touch will also help make them feel content. Toys for newborns are a great option, as they won’t have any sharp edges or small parts that can come off and be swallowed.


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ESTABLISHING A BEDTIME ROUTINE
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Creating a peaceful home environment in the evening is an essential part of helping your baby get to sleep. Start by turning off the television and any music after a designated time, and speaking only in lowered voices. You can also switch off high ceiling lights and use lower level lamps for a more relaxed atmosphere.


Start the routine with a soothing bath, and follow by wrapping your little one in a super-soft baby towel. Finish by dressing them in some snug pyjamas and reading them a bedtime story to support the transition into a restful slumber. If you build this routine into your baby’s bedtime from as early on as possible, it will help to ensure that going to sleep is a comforting experience for them.


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PUTTING A BABY TO SLEEP WHEN THEY'RE TEETHING
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As your baby starts teething, helping them get to sleep (and stay asleep) can feel even more challenging for both of you. What you need is something to distract your little one from the discomfort of teeth pushing through. This is where dummies and teethers come in: tried and tested, they have long been a new mum's best friend.


Made from super-safe materials that are designed to withstand the most determined little gnashers, they relieve sensations associated with teething and will soon become your baby’s favourite sleeping aid. Ours come in various colourful designs, adding a touch of fun where it may be most needed. Anyone who has ever passed on tips for new mums will agree that dummies and teethers are top of the list when it comes to getting your baby to sleep during the teething stage.


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Following our simple tips will help your baby fall into the land of nod like clockwork – giving you some well-deserved rest of your own. Raising a newborn is no easy task, so remember to ask for support when you need it: communicating that you could use some help is the best way to make sure mum is as healthy and happy as baby.