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March 17, 2014

Keeping Kids Safe At Bathtime

Bath time very quickly becomes a regular part of your daily routine with young children. However as children get older it can be easy to leave the children unattended while you set about getting dinner ready, or start catching up on your bookwork. However it is important to remember that while your children may have become accustomed to baths and bath time, there are still some serious risks in leaving children unattended.

Bathrooms can play host to a whole range of different dangers, and sometimes the bathwater can be the least of your problems. Children under 6 years of age should never be left in the bathroom unattended, but children aged 8 or 9 can still get into dangerous situations when left unattended. Follow these top tips to make sure that your bathroom is a safe and clean environment for children.

Locks

Bathroom cabinets can contain a vast array of different creams, lotions, oils and scented soaps, all of which are probably harmful if ingested, or applied to sensitive areas of the skin. Lock up all your cabinet medicines in overhead cabinets, and keep the bathroom cleaning solutions away from low hanging cupboards, keeping it out of sight where possible.

Slips, Falls and Burns

Use non slip matts for both the floor of the bath and the floor of the bathroom, to prevent falls and slips. Bathrooms are full of awkward edges which can cause a nasty bump or bruise, so non slip mats are essential. Rubber mats are an efficient non-slip mat, as they can be easily wiped down and cleaned after each use.

Try to discourage splashing in the bath tub, unless it is gentle or towards an adjacent wall, as spills and puddles can be a slip hazard for when children get out of the tub.

Check the taps after running a bath to ensure that the metal is not too hot, as a child could lean on the taps and be burned by the hot metal. Likewise check to make sure that the water run in the bath is not too hot by using the inside of your wrist or the inside of your elbow, as the skin there is more sensitive to the heat.

Sibling Safety

It may be tempting to leave younger children in the care of their older siblings while you get on with other chores in the house, but this is unfair as it puts needless responsibility on the older sibling, plus they may not be able to deal with a sudden emergency as quickly or effectively as an adult can. There should always be an adult supervising the bathroom during bath time.

Never leave young children unattended in the bathroom, or if you absolutely have to leave them, make sure to keep the door open so that you can easily hear any accidents, and try to return to supervising them as soon as possible, or have your partner sit with them for a few minutes while you do what you need to. Stay vigilant and you can greatly reduce the number of accidents occurring at bath time!

Author: Kate Varners is a design interior enthusiast and loves the thrill of a new project. With a discerning eye and a passion for the smallest of details, Kate also enjoys writing about bathroom projects and topics for TBBC Bathrooms.


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August 23, 2013

Things to do with the family on the Costa Brava

Holidays in Spain

If you’re planning a getaway during the endless summer holidays with your family, look no further than the Costa Brava. There’s something to keep everyone occupied, from the massive range of outdoor activities for little daredevils and a fascinating array of museums to grab the interest of everyone from grandparents to toddlers.

Outdoor fun

It gets to that point in every holiday where the kids are tired of traipsing round in the heat or waiting in long queues and they want to let off some steam. Thankfully, in the Costa Brava there are lots of activities to choose from. Waterbabies might like to try snorkelling or sea kayaking, or teenagers might want to try something more extreme in the form of jetskiing or parasailing. If you prefer land-based activities, why not try horse riding in some of the region’s fantastic mountain resorts, or go hiking through the Catalonia countryside?

Food for thought

Lots of children can be quite fussy about their food, so might not appreciate the beautiful fresh fish and seafood dishes in the same way that you do. Fortunately, the Costa Brava is brimming with food options, with restaurants serving up cuisine from all around the world available. If you want to keep costs down, be sure to pick up some traditional Spanish sandwiches with Iberian ham, or get your family a selection of tapas dishes to make sure there’s something that everyone will eat.

Animal magic

Children love animals. That’s a fact. If they’re tired of snorkelling, though, or have lost interest in the lizards they’ll spot in the street, why not take them off to a zoo? The zoos in the area are great fun, with play areas and family-friendly feeding times, and the children will love being introduced to all the animals from around the world. Most of the zoos in the region can be easily reached by car, meaning no tired children on hot, crowded public transport.

Museums and art

Children and museums don’t always go hand in hand. Most of us can probably think of times in the past where our quiet afternoon in a gallery has been ruined by whining children. However, the Costa Brava, fortunately, has some great museums which should grab the kids’ interest without being too child-orientated. Highlights include the Dali museum – the summer home of the famous artist or the Portlligat House-Museum in a small village near to Cadaques where Dali built a house.

Summer holidays can often strike fear into the hearts of parents around the world, but if you choose the right destination and a family friendly Spain holiday rental, your trip should be a breeze with as few tantrums as possible.


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August 5, 2013

Gifts for newborn babies

We’ve all had that exasperating moment trying to buy for a notoriously picky person who doesn’t need anything new when we’ve asked ourselves ‘What do you buy the person who has everything?’ Well, buying for a newborn baby poses the exact opposite problem: ‘What do you buy the person who has nothing at all?’

When you’re buying a gift to celebrate the birth of a new baby, you won’t necessarily be buying for the baby as they are now. Most of the practical items will have been bought already by the baby’s parents or will have been provided at a baby shower, but obviously it is silly to buy anything too frivolous for a newborn baby.

baby-photo-frame

The best new baby gifts are those which will last long into their future. For example, we love this silver photo album which has lots of little spaces for photos of the little one to track the first year of their life. This isn’t just a great gift for baby, who will be able to learn more about their early life when they’re older, but for the whole family, as the attractive silver cover means this album doubles up as a picture frame and can be enjoyed by everyone.

If you want to buy something really special to spoil the new baby boy or girl, we think that you can’t go wrong with one of these baby boy and baby girl celebration gift hampers. They come in adorable pink or blue with themed toys, and the luxury wicker hamper containing all the goodies can be kept as a toybox or for storage. We particularly like the piggy bank to start their savings collection, and the silver birth certificate holder makes this special document even more precious.

baby-gifts

Of course, the one who’s done all the hard work is Mum. Mum needs spoiling too, which is why we recommend this Mumms the Word gift basket. It contains a bottle of Mumm Cordon Rouge champagne (see what they did there?) to give a no doubt frazzled mummy a well-deserved treat. It also contains some beautiful toys for the little one, including a rattle and a teddy bear.

Sometimes, it feels like a baby really does have everything already. If Mum and Dad have said that they don’t need any gifts, we suggest sending a bouquet instead. You can never have too many flowers, and these pink and blue arrangements of pretty blooms are a unique way to signify the birth of a new baby.

If you need more ideas for new baby gifts, check out Sparkling Direct for inspiration.


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