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August 27, 2016

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Car Safety- Mistakes you need to look out for

Car Safety- Mistakes you need to look out for

 Car seat safety

  

Car safety is a very important issue for Ababy. Purchasing, installing and using your car seat and harnesses properly are your most important decisions that you make while you are expecting your little one.
Avoiding these mistakes, purchasing a good quality car seat and then using it as instructed can save your child’s life. Therefore, we cannot stress enough how important it is to learn, read and educate every mother and mum-to-be about it.

We have collected the biggest mistakes that parents need to avoid when it comes to car safety.
If you have any questions about car seats please send us an email at ababy.com.au@gmail.com or give us a call on (02) 4422 1010 – we will be more than happy to answer any questions and help you.

 

Using an old or second-hand seat

 

That safety seat you scored at a garage sale for a fraction of its original price may seem like a bargain, but it could cost your child his life. The same goes for that older-model seat your sister gave you after her child outgrew it.

 

Not only are used seats unlikely to come with the manufacturer's instructions (vital for correct installation), but they could be missing important parts, have been involved in an accident (even unseen damage can affect the seat's functioning), fall short of current safety standards, or have been recalled due to faulty design. Moreover, plastic gets brittle as it gets older, so a seat that's too old could break in a crash.

 Not using a car seat properly

If you must use a second-hand seat, make sure it has the original instructions (or contact the manufacturer for a replacement copy), has all its parts (check the manual), has never been involved in a serious accident, and hasn't been recalled. (Check your seat's recall status here.)

 

Not using a safety seat consistently

 

"We were only going to the grocery store ..." "He hates to ride in his car seat, so just this once I didn't make him ..." "She was having a meltdown, so I took her out of her seat for a minute to calm her down." Safety experts hear these words all too often from distraught parents after tragedy has struck. Remember, a one-time lapse can result in a lifetime of regret.

 

In any case, using a safety seat consistently and correctly is the law. All 50 states require that children up to 3 years of age (or 40 inches tall in Kentucky) ride in car seats in private vehicles, and many have laws requiring car seats or booster seats until a child is considerably older.

 

There's good reason for that. Every year, tens of thousands of children are injured in car crashes, and about a thousand are killed. In fact, auto accidents are by far the leading cause of death for American children.

 

Turning your child to face forward too soon

 

Children have large heads and comparatively weak necks, so in a head-on collision a child's head can jerk forward suddenly and violently, resulting in spinal injuries. For this reason, keep your child rear-facing as long as possible. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) says to keep your child in a rear-facing car seat until the age of 2, or until he reaches the seat's maximum rear-facing height and weight limits.

 

 car seat with age

Moving your child out of his car seat or booster too soon

 

Though safety-seat laws vary from state to state, all require that children under age 3 ride in a safety seat. Experts are unequivocal in their recommendations for safe riding beyond that age:

Your child should ride in a safety seat with a five-point harness until he weighs at least 40 pounds, or until his shoulders no longer fit under the harness straps. Get more details from our expert about when kids can safely switch from a car seat to a booster.

Rear facing baby

Your child should ride in a booster seat from the time he weighs 40 pounds and is at least 4 years old until he's 4 feet 9 inches tall and at least 8 years old. Get more details from our expert about when kids can safely switch from a booster seat to car seat belts alone.

You can substitute a travel vest for a safety or booster seat if your car has only lap belts in the back seat or your child weighs more than a safety or booster seat allows.

 

Not installing a safety seat correctly

 

A safety seat won't do its job if it's installed wrong. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) estimates that three out of four safety seats are used incorrectly.

 

Among the most common mistakes: Not buckling the car seat in tightly enough, and not using the right type of seat belt to secure your child in his booster seat. Check to be sure that car seats don't tip forward or slide from side to side more than an inch, and that boosters are secured with a lap-and-shoulder belt.

 

Better yet, use an anchoring system if you can. By law, all car seats and vehicles manufactured since September 2002 must be compatible with the LATCH system, or "lower anchors and tethers for children."

 

This system combines the previously existing top tethers with lower anchors, built into the rear of the car. Some cars built between 1999 and 2002 also have the system. Toddler/booster combo seats are required to have both the upper and lower attachments; booster seats are not required to work with LATCH.

 

Owners of earlier model cars may want to consider having their car retrofitted with the LATCH system. Check with your local auto dealership for information on cost and feasibility.

 

If your safety seat choices seem confusing, look for the NHTSA's 5-Star Ease-of-Use Rating to find one that is easy to install. You can also have your seat installation checked by a professional. Find a child seat safety inspection station near you.

 Car seat installation

Not using a locking clip or using it incorrectly

 

If your car is a pre-1996 model, chances are the lap-and-shoulder belts don't lock unless you come to a sudden stop. This means you need a locking clip — a small metal device that looks like an oversize paper clip or capital I — to hold the seat belt (and thus your child's car seat) tight in the event of a crash.

 

After you buckle your child's seat tightly in place, see if you can move it more than an inch toward the front or sides of the car. If you can, install the locking clip about half an inch above the buckle — not on the other side of your child's car seat, which pinches the shoulder and lap belts together before they're threaded through the appropriate slot in the car seat.

 

If you've misplaced the locking clip that came with your car seat, get in touch with the manufacturer to order a replacement or buy a new one at a store that carries car seats and other safety supplies.

 

Not securing your child in the seat

 

To make sure the car seat harness straps are snug enough to hold your child firmly in the event of an accident:

 

Buckle your child in, making sure the harness straps aren't twisted, and then use the mechanism on the front of the car seat to pull the harness tight. You shouldn't be able to pinch any harness fabric between your fingers.

Slide the plastic retainer clip that holds the two straps together up to armpit level before securing it. If the clip is too low, your child could be ejected from his seat in a crash.

Not buckling a car seat into the car

 

Believe it or not, many parents who are cited for car seat violations have their child buckled into a car seat but have not buckled the car seat to the car. This may be the result of confusion about how the seats work or just of switching a seat from one car to another on a hectic morning.

 

To avoid this mistake, when you're putting your child in his seat, double-check to be sure that the seat is buckled tightly to the car. Forward-facing safety seats come with a strap so you can tether the seat to an anchor point in the car. Tethering the seat gives extra protection, helping to prevent head and neck injuries to children if there is a collision.

 

If you have an older car that doesn't have an anchor, you might want to find out if you can have one installed.

 

Holding your child on your lap

 

It's tempting to lift your child out of the car seat and hold him in your arms when he's having a tantrum after hours on the road, or when you're making a quick dash from one place to another with friends and it's easier for everyone to pile into the same vehicle than to take separate cars.

 

This might seem safe enough. After all, you'd hold your child tight if anything happened, right? But the truth is that even if you're belted in, your child could be ripped from your arms by the force of a collision. And if you manage to get the seat belt around both of you, your weight could actually crush your child to death.

 

So as much as your child may scream — and as inconvenient as taking your own car is when the two of you could just hop into someone else's — never let your child ride in a moving car unless he's safely strapped into an age-appropriate, correctly installed car seat or booster.

 

Car seat in crash

 

Letting two kids share one seat belt

 

Don't do it. Crash tests have shown that when two children ride buckled into one seat belt, in an accident their heads can knock together with potentially fatal force.

 

Letting your child ride in the front seat

 

Although your child may whine and plead to ride in the front seat with you, the backseat is by far the safest place for him. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) recommends that all children under age 13 ride in the backseat every time they get in the car.

 

Other tips on safe riding positions:

 

  • If possible, buckle your child into the middle of the backseat, where he's best protected from side-impact collisions. (Of course, if you have more than one child only one can ride in the middle!) If your child rides in a booster seat and your car has only a lap belt in the center back (which is fine for car seats but should never be used on its own with a booster seat), position your child's booster on either the right or left side of the backseat and buckle him in with the car's lap and shoulder belts.
  • If you have a passenger-side air bag in your car, that's all the more reason to keep your child in the back. Air bags are designed to reduce injuries in adults, but they can cause serious head and neck injuries to children when they inflate, especially if the child is in a rear-facing car seat. To find out whether your car has air bags, look for a warning label on the sun visor or the letters SRS or SIR embossed on the dashboard, or check your vehicle owner's manual.
  • If putting your child in the front seat is your only option (for example, if the backseat is full or your car is a two-seater), check to see whether your car's air bag has an on-off switch. If so, turn it off. If not, have one installed. The NHTSA maintains a list of companies that install air bag on-off switches.
  • If you can't turn your passenger-side air bag off and you need to transport a child in the front seat, put your biggest or tallest passenger in the front, in an appropriate safety seat, and move the seat as far back from the dashboard as possible.

 

References:

www.babycenter.com

July 18, 2016

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June 06, 2016

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Why Should You Own A Bugaboo?

BUGABOO

 

Lots of our customers are big fans of Bugaboo, therefore we thought that you’d like to read a blog post about the brand.

 

About the brand briefly

 

Bugoo means mobility.

Bugaboo is a Dutch mobility company headquartered in Amsterdam with offices around the globe. Founded in 1999 by designer Max Barenbrug and physician Eduard Zanen, Bugaboo’s mission is to excite every person on the move.

The passion for innovation results in products that inspire people to get out and explore the world.

 

Here are a few of the most popular questions answered about why Bugaboo is the number one selling brand in strollers:

 

Why should I own a bugaboo?

Owning a bugaboo stroller lets you move freely through your world.

It is designed for your lifestyle, whichever it may be. Bugaboo are innovative giving you not what you want, but what you never knew you needed.

 

What does bugaboo offer that other brands don’t?

Total mobility concepts from the car to the stroller to the runner and back again, with the most amazing range of accessories to help you keep it original, while meeting all your needs.

To be on trend, in style, socially admired with a quality product that comes with a 3 year warranty.

 

Where is Bugaboo made?

Bugaboo is made by bugaboo, in our own factory in Xiamen. We have our own testing laboratories which have more than 1200 tests on all parts and fabrics of the strollers, with a 1 in 40 stroller coming off the packing line to be assembled and rechecked.

We are hand built by bugaboo with no robotics at all.

 

 

How long is the warranty?

2 years. However, Bugaboo offers a compliment extra year warranty on all Bugaboo strollers. To activate this extra year of warranty to get a total of 3 years warranty, simply fill register your Bugaboo product online, within 3 months of purchase.

  

How do I choose the right Bugaboo pram for me?
  

 Bugaboo range

One of the many great thing about Bugaboo is its diverse range of strollers designed to fit all mum’s different lifestyle.

  

Bugaboo Bee

Extra light, compact and quick, it keeps you both on the move – on all forms of transport.
What’s more, its unique seat grows with your child – extending, reversing and reclining in just a few clicks. While its one-piece fold with seat makes it easy to collapse, carry and store in the tightest of spaces.
That’s precisely why the Bugaboo Bee³ is so extraordinary and the perfect partner for urban adventures.

  

Bugaboo Cameleon

An icon from the start, this fully-loaded original adapts to every age and journey. From newborn to toddler, from the city to woods, sand and snow, the versatile Bugaboo Cameleon³ makes it easy to go everywhere you want go.
The original stroller, the Bugaboo Cameleon³ remains unsurpassed in terms of functionalities, such as its ease of use, versatility and high quality. It breathes the legacy of 15 years of Bugaboo design and – 15 years down the road – has only improved. An iconic yet practical all-in-one stroller.

  

 

Bugaboo Buffalo 

The Bugaboo Buffalo is an all-terrain pushchair which looks very much like a Bugaboo Cameleon seat crossed with a single Bugaboo Donkey chassis. The Bugaboo Buffalo will have a one piece fold with either the seat unit, or the carrycot left on the chassis! The Bugaboo Buffalo will also free stand when folded. However because the Buffalo is a true single stroller, the fold is smaller than the Bugaboo Donkey in Mono mode. There will be ample luggage storage options – we love that the basket has the depth and shape of the Bugaboo Cameleon basket, but is part mesh and has the open access of the Donkey basket.

  

 

Bugaboo Donkey

The Bugaboo Donkey is the convertible stroller for kid(s) and goods that grows and flows with your family, Whether you have one child, two children or twins, one stroller first all! In just three simple clicks, the Bugaboo Donkey converts from a full-sized mono to a full-sized duo stroller, and back again. With its flexible luggage options, there’s plenty of room for your goods too. Going around town has never been this easy.

 

 

Bugaboo Runner

The Bugaboo Runner is specially designed for running/jogging to deliver the smoothest run possible. It has 3 large wheels with air filled tires and a fixed front wheel which gives you a smooth, straight run with utmost stability. Of course it has all other features to facilitate your jogging experience.

  

 

JOIN THE A LISTER HOLLYWOOD MUMS

  

Bugaboo being a worldwide hit, many mums and celebrities have chosen Bugaboo strollers. We are all interested in the famous people's lifestyle as they can afford the best of anything. Of course when it comes to their little ones they don't except anything less, but the most amazing brands and products, so when they are pushing a Bugaboo stroller we know that is the best of the best.

Kate Middleton and Prince William own a Bugaboo Buffalo

Kate Middleton and Prince William own a Bugaboo Buffalo. You know you are in for some great quality if the royals buy it.

 

Supermodel Miranda Kerr and movie star Orlando Bloom also purchased a Bugaboo for their son, Flynn

Supermodel Miranda Kerr and movie star Orlando Bloom also purchased a Bugaboo for their son, Flynn

 

The stylish Victoria Beckham of course has a trendy pram for her daughter

The style icon Victoria Beckham naturally has a trendy pram for her daughter

 

Funny James Corden and his wife also chose the dutch brand

Funny James Corden and his wife also chose the dutch brand

 

Aussie superstar Chris Hemsworth Bugaboo

Aussie superstar Chris Hemsworth knew what’s best: to buy 2 strollers from Bugaboo

 

Gwen Stefani with a limited edition Bugaboo

Gwen Stefani with a limited edition Bugaboo

 

Kate Hudson with her Special Edition Bugaboo

 

Kourtney Kardashian with a red Bugaboo Buffalo

Kourtney Kardashian with a red Bugaboo Buffalo

gwyneth paltrow bugaboo

Gwyneth Paltrow and her Bugaboo stroller

Sir Elton John and his husband loves Bugaboo too

Sir Elton John and his husband loves Bugaboo too

May 19, 2016

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Breastfeeding – Everything you need to know

Mothers have been breastfeeding their babies since the beginning of time. It’s a beautiful and natural way of feeding and connecting with your baby, however it is important that every mum-to-be learns about this new important job.
Research shows that the more educated the mums are about this process the more successful they will be at nursing her newborn.

Nursing can be difficult in the beginning, but just like anything in the world it will be so easy with a little patience, practice and pain tolerance.

 

To breastfeed or not to breastfeed

 Breastfeeding – Everything you need to know

Breastmilk has extremely important components for every newborn to develop: vitamins, trace elements and antibodies. Therefore, doctors, midwifes and lactation consultants all encourage mothers to give breastfeeding a go – it is natural and the best for you and your child’s health.

Breastfeeding is soothing for both you and your little one. The first few times lots of hormones are realised in your system, which makes your maternal instinct to kick in even more.

Naturally, every mother has her own opinion and / or personal reasons for choosing not to breast feed, which is completely fine.
Don’t let anyone criticise your decision, not all mums choose to breastfeed. Just listen to your body. If you feel comfortable and confident you will experience a beautiful connection and closeness with your baby- breastfeeding or not.

 

How to get started

 

The best thing is to try breastfeeding your baby while you are still at the hospital after you have given birth. This way you can have professional help and advice straight away if you have any questions or doubts of how to hold the baby, how to get the ‘connection’, how long to do it for and anything else that a new worrying parent could think of.

In the beginning the biggest challenge is to get the baby to ‘latch’ onto the mother’s nipple and start sucking. Infants instinctively know what to do when they found their way, but in the beginning the nipple might slip out of the baby’s mouth or the baby might have different plans and not do anything.

This is why it is great to have nurses and professionals around to guide and help you through the first hard stage of breast feeding. By difficult we mean difficult it could take hours or days to get it right, but don’t worry your newborn has a lot of energy stored for this first few days of struggle.

 

Holding your baby

 

There are a few ways you can hold your baby, but there is no rule what is good or not. Just feel comfortable when you are nursing your little one.

 
Breastfeeding – Everything you need to know

Breastfeeding pillows or folded up blankets can help to make you more comfortable and to have your child in the best position.
Once again, comfort is a priority- especially when you have to spend a longer amount of time with your baby in the beginning.


Buy breastfeeding pillows

 

Milk

 

You will notice that in the first few days your milk is not really a milk, but a yellow rich liquid (called colostrum), which is extremely high in antibodies to boost your infant’s immune system.

After a few days your real milk will come – this is a natural process, you do not have to do anything to make it happen. You’ll know for sure when your milk has arrived, as you will feel that your breasts are rock hard and about to burst. Thank god, your hungry baby can come to your help! The easiest and best way to comfort your sore breasts is regular feeding.

The first few occasions can be anywhere from 5 to 50 minutes. But once you two have your routine the babies usually suck on each breast for about 30-40 minutes.

Buy breast pumps

 
 Breastfeeding – Everything you need to know

There is no need to worry about the temperature or the quantity of your milk, just make sure you drink a big glass of water each time you are about to feed your child and take vitamins.

A lot of mums are worried about how much their baby is eating, but as long as you get your wonderful surprise packages in the nappy you know that your baby is having enough.
Also, your milk has the perfect recipe of everything that you baby needs, so there is no need to feed them anything extra while you are establishing your routine.

 

Buy bottles

 

Make your life easier

 

The easier you make your breast feeding routine and process, the longer you will do it and the healthier your baby will be.

You do not have to buy any and everything that is offered for breastfeeding – having a newborn is crazy expensive as it is –, but there is a few products that you should consider purchasing to help you feel as comfortable as you can be.

 

  • Breast pumps – Electric or manual, it relieves pain and engorgement, while lets you prepare a few bottles.
  • Nursing bras – Supportive bras without a wire will help you carrying your new watermelons.
  • Nipple pads – Far less laundry and awkward moments. Thank me later.
  • Nursing pillow – Helps you get comfortable and holds your back.
  • Nipple balm – To sooth those sore nipples.

 

The pain


There is no need to sugar-coat it: breastfeeding can hurt, especially in the first few weeks. A hungry baby sucking on your nipples 8 times a day is not pleasant in the beginning to say the least and can crack or make your nipples bleed. However, nipple creams and protectors can help you heal your nipples.

Buy nipple cream
 

 Also, it is a good advice to train your nipples while you are pregnant. If you massage your nipples with your fingers regularly it will help a lot to get them ready tfor the big job ahead them; therefore decreasing the pain.

 Breastfeeding – Everything you need to know

Sometimes nursing pain can be a result of a nasty infection called mastitis. If a mother has mastitis it means that a bacteria has entered the breast and multiplies in the milk duct. The infected area will become hot, red and very painful with flu like symptoms. It is really unpleasant and all moms who are concerned about having mastitis should contact medical help.


Buy nipple protector

 

No glass of red yet

 

I know it was hard and depressing to avoid that glass of wine for your 9 months, but sadly I have bad news: you still need to consider what you are eating and drinking. When you are breastfeeding whatever is in your system will get to your baby.
All mums want to avoid anything that could negatively affect your newborn, so please hold on for a little longer and do not drink or smoke! Even if you want to take medication you should consult your chemist or GP.

 

For the good news: eat as much as you like. Nursing your baby is both exhausting and burning a lot of calories. So eat a lot of fruits and vegetables to ensure having as much vitamins in your breast milk as you can. Also, have lots of dairy products: milk, eggs fish and meat.

 

Breastfeeding – Everything you need to know 

It is also important to note that there is no set way to eat. Even some healthy foods can upset the baby, e.g.: oranges, garlic, peas, beans, cabbage or lentils.
Just make sure to listen to your body and your baby's body language, your needs and everything is going to be fine.

 

Most importantly, celebrate this beautiful time with your child as breastfeeding is beautiful and a wonderful unique experience to connect and bond with your baby: you have just started the most incredible jobs in the whole world, being a mother.

 

Sources:

 

  • Nuk
  • Australian Breastfeeding Association
  • NHS Sources
  • Parents.com

 

January 27, 2016

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