UK Child Safety Week: Holiday Accommodation Check-list

To mark UK Child Safety Week, BFB asked Katrina Phillips, Chef Executive of the Child Accident Prevention Trust, to develop this handy checklist for parents to refer to when arriving at their holiday accommodation:

1. Holiday homes often have access to water, such as pools – Make sure that your baby/child can’t get to the water alone as they could drown silently;

2. In hot weather people like to open their windows – Move furniture away from windows to help prevent falls;

3. In warm countries there are often lots of blinds – Tie up all looped blind cords, or move furniture away from blinds, to prevent strangulation;

4. Without a stair guard you will need to ensure that your baby or toddler cannot climb up and fall down the stairs;

5. If you are staying in a house, find the cleaning products and put them out of reach of your children;

6. Check that all sockets are intact – Voltage in other countries can be higher than in UK and potentially dangerous; Electrical sockets in some countries do not have shutters built into them. Shutters help to generally prevent children pushing things into the holes and reaching any live parts.

7. If you are cooking on BBQs or open fires, keep your child away from them;

8. Don’t leave your hair straighteners on the floor as they stay hot and can burn for up to eight minutes after use;

9. Make sure you know where the fire escapes are in your accommodation;

10. Consider taking a smoke alarm and CO alarm with you.

11. Don’t bring BBQs inside as the carbon monoxide fumes are poisonous.

12. Remember, BBQs stay hot long after use.

Baby-Friendly Boltholes prides itself on being the first port of call for discerning parents looking for stylish and child-friendly accommodation. All the accommodation we list is enthusiastic about offering great holidays for families with young children and provide gear and services help parents get the most from their break. However, it is important to note that our properties may not be ‘baby-proof’, in fact, it would be dangerous to assume any house is, even your own.  Parents should check the ‘Fast Facts’ columns on the accommodation listing to see what safety equipment is or isn’t included. The checklist above will also help prevent ensure a happy and relaxing break for everyone.

The Essential Parent Company, advised by Professor Lord Robert Winston and leading UK medical establishments including The Royal College of Paediatrics, St John Ambulance, UNICEF, etc, has published an independent, evidence-based, ultimate visual encyclopaedia for new parents. The Essential Baby Care Guide comprises 4 DVDs with over 8 hours of visual demonstrations, covering everything new parents need to know to raise safe, happy and healthy babies.

The Essential Baby Care Guide is available from John Lewis stores nationwide and online from www.essentialparent.com or Amazon.

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Filed under: Kids — sian @ 12:39

Tips on Keeping Your Babes Safe in the Sun + Competition!

If you are travelling somewhere hot this summer you may want to ensure that your toddler’s clothing protects them from the strong sun rays.

Whilst the sun is an essential source of Vitamin D which helps ensure the healthy formation of bones and teeth, it’s also important to remember that overexposing children to it can lead to far more serious skin damage later on their lives.

Nicole Frost, founder of Half-Pint Chic has offered us some smart summer clothing tips to help you make the best choices and stay safe and cool in the sun:

1. Sun Accessories – Encourage your children to wear sun accessories to help add protection from the sun, especially playing on the beach where there is often less shade.

2. Sunhats – are perfect especially ones with a wide brim. Brims help shade ears and back of neck areas which are prone to sunburn more easily. Top it off with a cute and comfy pair of sunglasses. Sometimes it can be a battle to get a fiery three year old to wear anything let alone hats and shades. You can help prevent clothing battles on the beach by shopping together with your child before your holiday to look for of sunglasses and hats they like too. You will find that if you allow them to choose their favourite colour for example, they will be much happier to wearing them later on

3. Cotton Breathes – Make sure you have plenty of cotton tops and bottoms on hotter days dressing a toddler in something that is 100 percent lightweight cotton is ideal because cotton will allow air to reach your child’s body so that perspiration (yes, toddlers sweat) can evaporate rather than stick to their skin causing irritation

4. Cover Up - No toddler summer wardrobe would be complete without a swimsuit. For adequate sun protection it’s best to look for tops and bottoms that cover as much exposed skin as possible. You can also slip a top over your toddler’s two-piece while she’s actually out in the sun for added protection. The best cover-up for both boys and girls are “rash” shirts, body-hugging, short-sleeved tops worn by surfers that come in stretchy, quick-dry fabrics like Lycra and nylon.

You can also buy swimwear (as well as shirts, shorts, and other summer basics) with built-in sun protection, called UPF. Like sun creams, the higher the UPF the more protection you get from the sun’s rays. If your toddler is potty training on holiday, opt for a swimsuit with a built-in swim nappy or just use a disposable one under the suit. For little mermaids, two-piece tankinis are best for hassle free toilets trips. The best form of protection for young children is clothing, especially anything that has a close weave.

About Half-Pint Chic & Sunuva…

This week’s sale from Half- Pint Chic, children’s sale boutique, offers a range of uber stylish swimwear and beachwear to help your own little beach babes stay safe when they play in the sun.

SUNUVA’s swimwear and beachwear range is totally practical and most importantly the rash vests give 50+UPF protection. Available in a variety of original prints and coordinating styles for boys and girls, your kids will look cool on the beach and be safe in the sun.

With weekly flash sales offering up to 60% off designer brands Half-Pint Chic can help you get through summer in style. Catering for fashionistas from newborn to nine years old, Half-Pint Chic features collections from designer names including Caramel Baby and Child, Their Nibs, SUNUVA and Berlingot plus many others.

Visit Half-Pint Chic’s Website

Click Here to View Our Competition to Win Sunuva Swimwear!

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Filed under: Kids — sian @ 14:39

BFB Loves…. Sparkle & Spin-Cool Kidswear…

BFB is a big fan of the inspiring collection of cool kids clothes, toys and interiors at online fashion boutique Sparkle & Spin so we’ve asked  them to compile a list of top tips for stylish tots…..

At Sparkle & Spin we’ve been busy getting creative with our wardrobe and putting together great new looks for the little ones. We think if you stick to a few essential rules and shop smartly you can create a cool capsule wardrobe that will see your little one through the season.

1. A great pair of jeans are a must have and this season they come in a rainbow of colours. Choose a classic denim for a simple, classic look or go quirky and join the fashion pack with a candy coloured denim from cool brand ESP No. 1
2. A lightweight knit is essential for those cooler Summer days (and nights!), luxury Danish brand FUB make simple, chic knits in super soft knits that oozze comfort and style.
3. A super cute dress takes the number one spot in all the little ladies wardrobes. We love this butterfly print dress from Scandinavian brand Molo. A pretty print, dip dye and a few frills makes it a perfect party princess dress.
4. Choose graphic print tee-shirts that can be teamed with jeans, shorts or cords for a fun and quirky look but avoid loud logos and cartoon characters that will date and go out of favour with your little one.
5. Add a splash of colour. Don’t be afraid to add in bright blocks of colour. Mini Rodini’s yellow cords work really well and if you’re not ready for that much colour use accessories like bags and hair bows for that splash!

Oh and remember if you get stuck and need styling tips or advices we are only a click away at www.sparkleandspin.co.uk!!

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Filed under: Fashion, Kids — sian @ 14:40

BFB Loves … Cool Mum Blogs

WARNING: These blogs may prompt a little insecurity in your own ‘cool-ness’ but I have decided that the smirks, giggles and inspiration they provide, not to mention their usefulness to me personally as a buffer against the temptation to fill my wardrobe with Boden, just because I am the wrong side of 30 and not sure I can carry off gold sparkly hi tops and skinny jeans, make them well worth highlighting!

1. ‘Mothers Meetings’ – Not just inspirational but sociable too with regular ‘meets’

2. ‘I’m Only Saying What Your Thinking’ - This one makes me smirk every time I read it. Just hilarious, rude and brutally honest. Brilliant!

3. Mum on the Run - This journalist and boutique-owning mum of three inspires me to keep fit and buy nice things!

4. The Hipster Mom – A fresh perspective from Williamsburg NYC

5. Design Mom – This France-based American interior designer and mum of six (yep six!) inspires me with cool crafts.

Found any good Mum blogs? Please add them to the comments section and share the love!

Sian
Founder
www.babyfriendlyboltholes.co.uk

Sian

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Filed under: Kids — sian @ 16:13

Hop & Hunt, Duke of York Square, King’s Road, London, SW3 – Sat 7 Apr

Over the Easter bank holiday, pack up the family and head to Duke of York Square on Saturday 7th April for Chelsea’s first ever Hop & Hunt Easter challenge.

Unscramble the clues and find the hidden riddles within the shops on the square, before picking out a golden egg at Chelsea’s first ever Hop & Hunt Easter challenge. Each egg could give visitors the chance to win an XBox or £200 shopping spree in the area.

The Easter bunny will be close by to offer a helping hand to those who fancy a photo with our furry friend. The Hop and Hunt welcome contestants and visitors of all ages to come along and enjoy the fun.

More info: www.dukeofyorksquare.com For events outside London, see this great article from the Telegraph online

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Filed under: Kids — sian @ 12:57

BFB Lifestyle - our top finds for style-savvy parents

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Mum to Erin (born 2005) & Founder of Baby-Friendly Boltholes

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Lifestyle journalist and mum to Rory and Jasper

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