It's always difficult to know which product is best to purchase for your new baby, there are many brands and types of different products, to help we offer the following advice.
Click on the subject below to view our buying advice, and remember if you are not sure please ask a member of our staff
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The use of car seats and belts for children is regulated by law. To ensure your child’s safety in a car, it is important that you choose the right car seat and fit it correctly. Our staff are trained to advise you on the right type of seat for your child and for your car.
Don’t leave even the shortest journey to chance: always take the time to harness your child in an appropriate car seat. Always follow the manufacturer’s fitting instructions and keep them with the seat.
• Children less than 135cm and under 12 years old MUST use the child restraint appropriate for their weight in any vehicle (including vans and
other goods vehicles).
• Rear-facing baby seats MUST NOT be used in a seat protected by a frontal airbag unless the airbag has been deactivated.
• All car seats MUST conform to the latest European standard ECE R44.03 (or R44.04).
Choosing a car seat
For a younger child it’s their weight and not his or her age that is the critical factor in deciding which car seat is suitable and safe.
European regulations define eight groups of seat, each of which is suitable for a range of weights.
All our child seats are designed to meet the current safety standards as set out in ECE R44.03 (or R44.04).
We have a range of nursery furniture to satisfy all budgets. All our furniture and bedding meets the highest standards of safety and comfort.
• For babies up to 3-4 months (6kg/13lbs).
• The strong handles make the basket easy to move, so you can keep your baby near you, wherever you are.
• Choose wicker or palm, with washable trimmings in plain fabrics.
• For babies up to 3-4 months (6kg/13lbs).
• A traditional swinging crib can help soothe your baby to sleep.
• Choose natural or painted wood.
• A crib is not suitable for a baby who has become active.
Cots are suitable for babies from birth.
Many styles have mechanisms that allow you to lower or raise the side with one hand, while cradling your baby with the other.
Adjustable-height mattress base
Cots come with either a fixed side or a drop side mechanism. Most cots come with 2 - 3 base positions. The highest position for newborns, and the lowest position for toddlers who can stand up. Mattresses sold separately.
Larger, with removable sides, so they can be converted into beds. A good value choice, since cot beds have a longer life-span.
Folding cots are perfect for holidays - some also double as a playpen. It’s a good idea to get your baby used to sleeping in the cot for a few nights at home, before you travel. Many styles have removable, washable covers and fold away into a travel bag.
All our mattresses meet the highest possible • standards of performance and safety.
• None of our mattresses contain antimony, phosphorus or arsenic.
• All foam is non-allergenic and fire resistant.
• Choose a firm mattress and make sure it’s always clean and dry.
Prams and Pushchairs
If you’re thinking about what type of pram or pushchair to buy, keep in mind three important considerations:
your needs your baby’s needs your lifestyle
You and your lifestyle
If you use public transport regularly, or have steps leading to your home, a lightweight and compact folding pram or pushchair would be best.
If you use a car, check the size of your car boot and compare it with the folded dimensions of the pram or pushchair you are thinking about buying. Do remember that, even if you have a car, you’ll still need to transport your baby around town in a pram or pushchair on foot. Consider a multi-function travel system that’s a baby car seat and pushchair in one.
If you walk a lot, choose a sturdy model with lockable wheels. Swivel wheels make a pushchair easy to manoeuvre, while fixed wheels make handling easier over rough surfaces. Some pushchairs offer both a fixed and swivel wheel option. However you travel, make sure you choose the correct handle height for both you and your partner - some models have adjustable handle heights.
If space is at a premium at home, it’s probably best to opt for a pram or pushchair that allows the seat unit to fold.
Your baby’s needs
Newborn babies need to lie back, so you’ll need a pram, a pushchair/carrycot combination, or a pushchair with a lie-back facility. Some models have fully reversible seat units so your baby can face you.
Consider also where your newborn baby will sleep: in a Moses basket, crib, cot or carrycot. This will also help you decide on
what type of pram or carrycot to buy.
Models available to you
Three-in-one pram and pushchair combinations
These models combine a carrycot and convertible two-in-one pushchair and are suitable for transporting newborn babies to toddlers. Your baby can sleep in the carrycot for the first few months.
Two-in-one pram and pushchair combination
The convertible pushchair combines the classic comfort of a pram with the versatility of a pushchair. Suitable for newborn babies to toddlers.
A typical pushchair has either a lie-back seat unit or a reclining bucket seat and is usually suitable for newborn babies to toddlers.
You can choose from two types of three-wheelers, both of which are suitable for newborn babies if they have a fully reclinable seat or cot seat. All terrain pushchairs are designed specifically for the roughest terrain and/or jogging, but are equally comfortable in everyday use. City pushchairs are designed for everyday use about town.
Travel systems - from car seat to pushchair
These include either a carrycot, pushchair and car seat, or a pushchair and car seat, and are suitable for babies from birth. Some car seats can be used for babies up to 13kg/29lbs (approximately 9-12 months); simply attach it to the chassis of the pushchair.
Buggies and strollers
Buggies and strollers are lightweight, versatile and simple to use. They’re ideal for shopping, travelling and holidays, and most can be used for newborn babies.
Sheets and Blankets
• All our sheets and blankets are non-allergic and machine washable.
• We supply cotton knitted, jersey, cellular and fleece sheets and blankets
• Sheets, flat or fitted, come in a range of colours to co-ordinate with your favourite designs.
• Use layers of sheets and blankets for a pram, carry-cot, cot or bed.
Quilts and coverlets
Use with sheets and blankets to create layers, but use these with caution as they can lead to overheating.
Baby Sleeping Bags
• Available in 0 – 6 months and 6 – 12 months
• A Baby Sleep Bag is a wearable blanket that will keep your baby at a comfortable temperature all night long.
• A safe and sound night’s sleep for your baby means peace of mind and more sleep for you!
Below you will find advice on how to use your Baby Sleep Bag correctly:
• Your Baby Sleep Bag is intended to be used instead of blankets and sheets.
• Never use your Baby Sleep Bag with a duvet or quilt.
• Check that your baby’s head cannot pass through the neck hole when the Baby Sleep Bag is fastened for use.
• Adjust nightwear according to room temperature (you will soon discover the best combination of nightclothes, blankets and Baby
Sleeping Bag for your baby’s bedroom). See what to wear page for more information.
• Keep Baby Sleep Bags away from fire.
• The safest place for your baby to sleep is in a crib or cot in a room with you for the first six months. After that if your baby shares your
bed, make sure they are only in a Baby Sleep Bag and not under your own bedding as well.
• Remember to check your baby regularly.
• Baby sleeping bags are not intended for use as a dressing gown.
• Use for babies over 12 months. Choose 4 tog.