Tutti Bambini Nursery Furniture

The Internet Baby Shop has been proud to be a supplier of Tutti Bambini nursery furniture for many years now. The styling and quality of the items is top class and the service that goes with delivery and assembly is equally good.

Tutti Bambini have now announced that they have been awarded the ISO 9001 Certificate, which ensures that its customers receive consistent, good quality products and services. The ISO 9001 standard is based on a number of quality management principles, which includes a strong customer focus,

We are showcasing some of their items on our front page this week, although more are available on the Nursery pages. The prices are very competitive and don’t forget that the price includes delivery and in the case of the five and seven piece nursery sets, it also includes assembly.

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Summertime – or not?

It’s flaming June – well it’s June anyway but where is the spring/summer weather we should expect? There have been a couple of flashes of good weather, rapidly followed by grey skies and rain.
But here at the Internet Baby Shop we are ready for it when it comes. Take a look at our Baby Banz, Sunhats, Parasols, Car sunshades and summer weight Sleeping Bags amongst many other items.
Some of these items are already proving very popular so don’t wait too long to order sunglasses etc for your little one, or you may be too late!
There are many other bargains available so visit our online shop now!

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Pipsy Koala Now At The Internet Baby Shop

The Internet Baby Shop is now able to supply the gorgeous new items from Pipsy Koala.

Pipsy Koala is dedicated to bringing you reasonably priced, good quality, useful and effective products to help make life with your baby a little easier, because then you’ve got more time to spend having adventures together!
Simon, who started the company, wanted to produce a range of practical, effective, no-nonsense, just does what its supposed to, items for Mums and Dads and their babies under a brand that they could rely on and trust to stand the test of time… and so of course there was only one name he could choose because Pipsy Koala isn’t just a name, he was Simon’s childhood bear. A good, strong, solid kind of bear he could always rely on to bravely accompany him on whatever adventures they took together.
He was a rather special kind of bear.  They first met when Simon was 3 years old, after he’d flown all the way over from Australia with Simon’s Grandmother. They were introduced at the airport, Simon gave him his name and they decided there and then to be best friends. He stood by Simon’s side all through his childhood, enjoyed all his games and stories and even tolerated the knitted martian he was forced to spend time with in the toy box.
He’s still with Simon of course, but he’s not up for so many adventures these days, but then he’s pushing 40 and has earned a quieter life and we don’t think he’s still in touch with the martian.
Take a look at the Changing Mat, Feeding and support pillow, kangaroo packpack, sunscreens, reflux pillow, soft dome nighlight, travel changing mat, unisex changing bag and foam bath toys at Pipsy Koala at the Internet Baby Shop.

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Gro Company Sleeping Bags

At The Internet Baby Shop we want to be sure that the items we sell to you are good quality and value for money which is why we sell Gro Company goods.
Along with the gro swaddle. gro clocks, gro eggs and gro lights, there are the gorgeous sleeping bags.
They are carefully designed and made by Gro Company who work closely with British Standards in order to set the bar for quality and safety, so theirs is the quality other manufacturers aspire to.
The Gro bag is also uniquely endorsed by safe sleep charity The Lullaby Trust. The Gro company is proud that their partnership with The Lullaby Trust has donated over £500,000 to date and has reached hundreds of thousands of parents with safe sleep advice and materials.
The sleeping bags are produced in 1.0, 2.5 and 3.5 togs, covering all times of the year and are available in sizes up to 36months.
While some of the designs are bright, colourful and modern, others are more muted and classical.
We have some ‘last season’s’ styles left and would like to empty the shelves in order to stock some of the new designs, and so we are offering a discount for the Gro bags untl 3rd April 2014.
When making your purchase, enter the code SLEEP01 to get an additional 5% off your sleeping bag purchase. Hurry before the last of the sleeping bags is sold!
Gro Company Sleeping Bags at The Internet Baby Shop

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Pipsy Koala Soft Dome Nightlight

This is a new nightlight on the block so we thought we would test it ourselves.

It is a soft dome, not glass and you plug it into a socket and switch it on at the mains.   The nightlight comes on as the evening gets darker and turns off as the morning light comes in.    It is, exactly as it says, a gentle light which the children loved.   We used it for a nine year old who was comforted by this cosy light, and we then then transferred it to a three year old – who is still using it some four weeks on!  It was sufficient light to check on the children as the evening wore on, so was very useful for us too.

The light has a very low power consumption (0.4watt) and has an approximate LED life of 50,000 hours.   It does not get hot so is safe to the touch and amazingly has a 3 year warranty.   (As always, children should not be allowed to touch electrical appliances and should be supervised when the lamp is in use.)

All this for a very reasonable £8.99!  How could you not invest in one?

Pipsy Koala Soft Dome Nightlight at the Internet Baby Shop

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OXO Tot Feeding Set

OXO was founded by Sam Farber who “re-designed” a vegetable peeler when he saw his wife, who suffered from arthritis, struggling to use a conventional peeler.   They discovered that there was a market for such utensils, and OXO was founded.   Sam Farber named his company “OXO” for its “backward, upside-down and vertical graphic symmetry”.   Farber’s OXO products were more expensive, but the line proved a hit with consumers, who paid more for the new, easier-to-use utensils

The Internet Baby Shop has introduced the OXO Tot range of weaning dishes, cups and forks and spoons, not forgetting the freezer trays.

This four piece feeding set is essential for little ones learning to feed themselves.  The fork and spoon have curved handles and are deep enough for the children to scoop up their food – even peas! The cutlery is suitable for children of 12 months and over.

The OXO Tot plate is designed with a colourful ring around the edge which helps to keep food on the plate, and guide food on to utensils. The plate is weighted for stability, and has a non-slip base to take the frustration and awkwardness out of eating from a plate. When tots have mastered self feeding, the ring can be removed.

Lots of mums prefer to cook their own food for babies, and with the freezer tray, you can make up a few extra batches and freeze them.   To make your life that little bit easier, the baby blocks are perfect for you to portion, heat, store and serve baby food food for your little one.   Ideal for serving your tot on the go, the measurement markings indicate portion size and they are when using microwave and freezer

The colours are bright and fresh and we love the up-to-the-minute styling.

As an introductory offer, any orders placed to the value of £10 and over for OXO tot items are subject to a 10% discount when using the code BLOG01.  Just enter the code when ordering and a discount of 10% will be applied.

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Car Seats

Types of Child Seats

An appropriate child restraint is one which:

  • Conforms to the United Nations standard, ECE Regulation 44-03 or later version
  • Is suitable for the child’s weight and size
  • Is correctly fitted according to the manufacturer’s instructions.

Child restraints are divided into categories, according to the weight of the children for whom they are suitable. These correspond broadly to different age groups, but it is the weight of the child that is most important when deciding what type of child restraint to use.

Retailers often describe child restraints in terms of “Stages”:

Stage 1 = Groups 0 and 0+ (Group 0 baby seats are no longer produced.)
Stage 2 = Group 1
Stage 3 = Group 2
Stage 4 = Group 3

(Booster seats that only fit into Group 2 or only into Group 3 are no longer produced. They now fit into either Group 2 and 3 or Groups 1 to 3)

Some child restraints are capable of being converted as the child grows and, therefore, fit into more than one group or stage.

The main types are:

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Rearward-facing Baby SeatsRearward-facing Baby Seats
Group 0: for babies up to 10 kgs (22 lbs) roughly from birth to 6-9 months, or

(Group 0 baby seats are no longer produced).

Group 0+: for babies up to 13kg (29lbs) roughly from birth to 12-15 months

They can be used in the front or rear of the car. It is safer to put them in the rear. DO NOT put them in the front passenger seat if there is a passenger airbag. Rearward-facing seats provide greater protection for the baby’s head, neck and spine than forward-facing seats. So, it is best to keep your baby in a rearward-facing seat for as long as possible. Only move them to a forward-facing seat (or a larger (group 1 or 2) rearward-facing seat) once they have exceeded the maximum weight for the baby seat, or the top of their head is higher than the top of the seat.

For more information about rearward-facing seats for older children, take a look at Rearward-facing Child Car Seats for Children Under 4 Years Old.

 

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Forward-facing child seatForward-facing child seat
Group 1: for children weighing 9-18 kgs (20-40 lbs) roughly from 9 months – 4 years.

Once children have outgrown a rearwards facing seat, the best option is to use a Group 1 seat with an integral harness; the large area of the harness helps to reduce the risk of injury if there is a crash. The bottom attachment between the legs will also prevent the child from sliding under, and out of, the harness.

They can be used in the front or rear of the car, but it is safer to put them in the rear, especially if there is a passenger airbag in the front.

Once again, it is safest to keep children in this type of system until they have outgrown it. Only move your child to a booster seat once they have exceeded the maximum weight for the child seat, or when the manufacturer’s advice recommends that they are too tall for the seat (usually this will be when the top of the seat is below the eye level of the child, but this can depend on the model of seat).

 

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Booster seat

Booster seats and booster cushions
Group 2: for children weighing 15 – 25 kgs (33 – 55 lbs) roughly 4 to 6 years.

Group 3: for children weighing 22 – 36 kgs (48 – 79 lbs) roughly from 6 – 11 years.

Booster seats that only fit into Group 2 or only into Group 3 are no longer produced and modern booster seats are designed for children between 15kg and 36kg (33 – 79 lbs).

Booster cushions can be approved for Groups 2 and Group 3, although some are only approved for just Group 3. You should ensure your child is within the weight range of any booster seat or booster cushion.

Some booster seats are designed to be converted into a booster cushion by detaching the back rest, and you should always check the manufacturers advice about when and how to do this.

Booster seats and booster cushions do not have an integral harness to hold the child in place. The adult seat belt goes around the child and the seat. So it is important that the seat belt is correctly adjusted. The basic points to note are:

  • the belt should be worn as tight as possible
  • the lap belt should go over the pelvic region, not the stomach
  • the diagonal strap should rest over the shoulder, not the neck

Booster Cushion

 

When children first move out of the forward-facing child seats into booster seats and cushions, initially, ones with backs may provide a better fit for the seat belt. Booster seats with side wings will also help to prevent injury in a side impact by protecting a child’s head, and on several seats, the height of the side wings can be adjusted as the child grows.

Booster seats and booster cushions can be used in the front or rear of the car, but it is safer to put them in the rear, especially if there is a passenger airbag in the front.

 

 

 

Information issued by ROSPA

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Car Safety Week 27th January – 2nd February 2014.

Britain’s roads are busier than ever – 29 million cars recorded in 2012, and even though we have one of the best road safety records in the world around six people die every day on UK roads.

To promote the growing importance of car safety and road awareness, Car Safety Week is set to return on 27th January – 2nd February 2014. With 24% of collisions resulting in a death and approximately 100,000 people still being caught drink driving there are issues that need addressing with growing urgency.

To coincide with Car Safety Week we are showcasing the 5 point plus Car Seat Anti Escape System at a price of £25 including p & p. Use the link http://www.theinternetbabyshop.co.uk/baby-car-accessories-61/5-point-plus-anti-3989.htm).  It does not matter which car seat you have, or how much it cost or even whether it was fitted by an expert.  If your child can get their arms out of the wholc straps, the whole thing is wasted and can result in tragic consequences.

Please consider fitting this fabulous product.  It is completely safe, simple to fit (it is not a chest clip) and has been crash tested.

 

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Children’s Feet

Babies are born with only 22 bones in each foot, but by the age of five, this increases to 26 bones.
The first few years are crucial, as the bones in your baby’s feet are made of soft, flexible cartilage that gradually converts to bone over time. Your baby’s feet are particularly vulnerable to injury if they’re not cared for properly.

Looking after your toddler’s feet now will help to prevent foot problems later on in her life.

Make sure that socks, soft booties and bedclothes allow your baby or toddler’s toes plenty of room to straighten out and move around easily.

Check her feet regularly. This will help you to notice any problems, such as blisters. Wash your toddler’s feet and dry them well between the toes. Cut her toenails straight across to prevent them from becoming ingrown.

Let your baby have some time every day with bare feet so she can exercise her feet and toes. Make a game of it by tickling your baby’s feet and legs to encourage her to flex and stretch her foot muscles.

Don’t be in a rush to buy shoes. Socks or tights made from cotton or a cotton and wool mix are best and will keep her feet warm. Check the size of your child’s socks regularly, especially if you tumble dry them. Socks can shrink, and if they are too tight, this can restrict how your toddler’s feet grow.

 

A baby who’s just started walking takes about 176 steps a minute. The longer your toddler walks without shoes, the more it will allow her feet to develop naturally.

When your toddler starts learning to walk, let her walk barefoot indoors, but make sure that the floor is clean and safe. Walking barefoot allows her feet to develop and strengthen without restriction.

Once your child can take a few steps confidently and perhaps walk outdoors on rough surfaces, protect her feet outdoors with early first shoes.

Choose shoes made from soft leather, with lightweight flexible soles, padded ankles and non-slip bottoms. The shoes should come in whole and half sizes, and in a choice of widths, so that they fit properly.

Make sure that her shoes are fitted by a professional shoe-fitter. Aim for plenty of room and width in the toe area, and a secure fastening such as Velcro, a buckle or laces. They will hold the heel in place and stop your toddler’s feet slipping forward and damaging her toes.

Your toddler’s feet should be measured every six weeks to eight weeks. Children’s feet grow, on average, two full sizes a year until they are four years old.

Allow at least 1cm of growing room between the end of your child’s longest toe and the end of her shoe. The shoe also needs to be wide enough for all of her toes to lie flat.

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Britax Xtensafix

The following article has been published in the Daily Mail, and in the interests of  childrens safety, we are reproducing the article and asking you to pass it on to anyone who is using the seat.

Britax withdraws latest child car seat after tests find ‘severe weaknesses’ when used by older children

  • The Xtensafix, priced at £216, failed tests carried out by experts at Which?
  • Manufacturer insists the car seat meets all legal industry standards
  • But Britax has offered to exchange and stopped making the current model
  • Spokesman said ‘simply meeting legal standards is not what Britax is about’ 

By SEAN POULTER

PUBLISHED: 20:09, 12 November 2013 | UPDATED: 13:39, 14 November 2013

 

Britax has revealed the Xtensafix car seat may be exchanged after it failed tests carried out by experts at Which?

Britax has withdrawn its latest hi-tech child car seat – the Xtensafix – amid safety fears.

The hi-tech design, which costs £216, failed tests carried out by experts at the consumer group Which?

The manufacturer insists the product, designed for children from the age of nine months to the point they are big enough for the normal seat, meets all industry standards.

However, it has decided to offer an exchange following a series of stringent tests carried out by consumer groups.

The Xtensafix was one of 16 child car seats tested by ADAC, the German automotive club, for European consumer organisations including Which?

The seat was marketed as being a safety advance in that it includes a five point safety harness, likened to those used by racing drivers.

It also includes padded wings to keep a child secure, a moveable head rest and pads across the chest straps to limit any injury during an impact.

 

Which? child car seat researcher, Victoria Pearson. said: ‘The Xtensafix looked like an exciting new product that offered a long useful life span and the possibility to use a five-point harness for longer – which was good news for parents with heavier toddlers.

‘But it did not meet all of our high expectations when we got it to our test lab and scored so poorly in one test that we had to rate it as a Don’t Buy.’

The Xtensafix can be used for children between 9-36kg in four different modes, all of which were tested in simulated crash tests.

Which found ‘severe weaknesses in frontal impact safety’ where the adult seatbelt – rather than the five point harness – was used for larger children. In simple terms, a child was in danger of being thrown forward and injuring themselves in a crash.

Miss Pearson said: ‘Our tests are more stringent than the legal standard and Britax was not obliged to withdraw the Xtensafix from sale.

‘So we are really pleased that Britax has taken these disappointing results seriously and has acted fast to remove the Xtensafix from sale and offered to refund or replace seats that have already been purchased.

Manufacturers Britax said the hi-tech car seat, for children aged from nine months, meets all industry legal standards.   Which? tests around 35 new child car seats each year and says its independent crash tests are more stringent that the United Nations regulation ECE R44 that car seats must comply with to be sold in the EU.

Its front crash test is carried out at a higher speed than ECE R44 – about 40mph instead of 30mph -and it includes a side impact crash test, which ECE R44 does not require.

Child car seats are tested in a real car body, not on a sledge with a car bench seat fixed to it, so the position of the seat belt anchorage points and car seat characteristics are more realistic.

Britax said: ‘In the test results, the Xtensafix received sufficient scores in all usage modes with the seat’s integrated 5-point harness. However, it received an ‘insufficient’ score from ADAC in usage modes with the vehicle’s adult seat belt.

‘Parents should rest assured, that the Xtensafix has been fully tested, approved and certified in accordance with the legal standards applicable in the European Union (ECE R44/04) and has passed all legally required safety and other tests in all usage modes. ADAC’s opinions and ratings do not change this position.

‘However, simply meeting legal standards is not what Britax is all about and is not what our brand represents. We make premium products, work to very high standards and expect our products to deliver best-in-class performance in the most demanding tests.

‘We have, therefore, taken the decision to stop actively manufacturing and selling the Xtensafix in its current form.’

Britax is offering a full refund or a redeemable store voucher equal to the purchase price paid for parents who return their Xtensafix to the store they bought it from.

Here at the Internet Baby Shop we are anxious that parents who have purchased this car seat are aware of possible problems when using the adult seat belt with this product.

Please pass this article on to any parents/guardians/ childminders etc so that everyone is aware of the potential dangers.

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