Remember, Remember the 5th of November…..

Remember Remember the 5th of November…

Guy Fawkes Night also known as bonfire night is celebrated on the 5th November each year with bonfires and fireworks.

We are celebrating the capture of Guy Fawkes in 1605 when he had plotted to kill King James I and all his parliament. Guy Fawkes was found in the cellars under the House of Lords with 36 barrels of gunpowder. He was captured and executed. To this day, the cellars are searched on the only day that the reigning Monarch enters parliament, which is on one day – the state opening of parliament.

An unusual celebration is the burning tar barrels of Ottery St Mary in Devon, and the tradition is hundreds of years old. The exact origins are unknown but probably started after the gunpowder plot of 1605. Various alternative reasons suggested for burning barrels have included fumigation of cottages and as a warning of the approach of the Spanish armada.
The West Country has a history of torchlight processions and burning barrels and Ottery was only one of the many towns and villages following an annual tradition containing barrels which were rolled in the streets on November 5th each year. Somewhere along the line someone decided rolling was not adventurous enough and carrying barrels on your shoulders was far more appealing and so the present tradition was born and now Ottery is the only Town in the country carrying full sized lighted tar barrels through the streets.
Enjoy your evening with jacket potatoes, sausages, burgers and marshmallows and if you are lucky, you may be able to do it again on Saturday!

Most important of all have fun and stay safe.

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Winter is coming….

Last week we were still sitting outside the coffee shop in the sunshine, today there was ice to scrape from the car – well it is November even though it has come suddenly!

We at The Internet Baby Shop are clearing the shelves of old stock and we are starting with some sleeping bags. There are some very pretty designs, and the Safari so Good and Flutterby Butterfly styles are travel sleeping bags too.
These designs have a two-way front travel zipper and back vent for effortless transfer from car seat to crib or stroller.
Winter Warmers have a gorgeous soft velvety feel and are sure to keep your babe warm at 3.5tog!

We haven’t forgotten the traditionalists amongst you, we have reduced the price of the luxurious embroidered cot duvet covers, pillowcases and cot sheets so get a real bargain while stocks last. They would make a great Christmas gift that would be appreciated for years to come.

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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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