Health and Hygiene

obody ever likes to think of their baby being unwell. Sadly most of them are at some time. But even a simple cold can be distressing and parents need to be prepared.

A blocked nose means a baby has difficulty in breathing and also difficulty in feeding. Whereas we adult simple get a tissue and blow it clear, a baby cannot. A simple aspirator does the job - every home should have pone. Likewise a thermometer. How else can a parent determine whether baby has a temperature that is cause for concern?

Thermometers are also useful for ensuing the nursery is the temperature and the bath water is neither too hot or too cold.

There's also the need to prevent problems. Home sterilisers for bottles fall into this category by making sure that baby's bottles are clean and free of nasties.

Products such as these are never going to be top of a parent's shopping list - it's not the sort of thing they think about! But they are still essential purchases.

Toothcare is very important to ensure babies' teeth grow well and strong. There is much on the market to help.

Toothpaste needs to be user friendly - that is has a pleasant taste (I sometimes wonder why we always go for minty tastes when the kids' stuff seems so much more interesting - Raspberry toothpaste? Yummy!). Kids also have a tendency to swallow the paste rather than spitting it out so again, it needs to be safe to eat as well. The addition of Xylitol can help prevent cavities in little teeth.

The other key ingredient is the toothbrush. Easy for them to hold and easy for them to get into all corners with a brush that's just right. Again, there's lots of choice.

Teethers can also help when baby is teething - especially those that can be cooled. And there's a new product category arriving - teethers that look good enough for mum to wear!

Finally, don't forget that babies' skin is very delicate. A recent piece of research suggested that washing away the natural chemicals could be the cause of allergies! Adult toiletries are too harsh so there is a need for more baby friendly stuff.

6-1 lead for health

The Brother Max 6-in-1 Projection thermometer is non-contact, silent and easy to use, making it perfect and suitable for the whole family.

It can be used to measure a child’s temperature at first sight without contact as it projects the illuminated temperature reading from the thermometer onto their forehead. The illuminated projection function also makes taking an accurate reading simple, with its unique built in ‘aiming’ system. Simply ensure the projection is pointing onto the desired reading surface, directly centered in the outer cradle. This will guarantee the right distance is achieved to give the most accuracy and reliable reading.

The 6-in-1 Projection thermometer can also be used to measure bath water, liquid, room, food or skin (body) temperature, measuring from 1-80 C. The handy memory function also stores the last nine previous readings.

If you would like to know more on how to become a Brother Max stockist, contact or call 01280 878 266

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Babycup First Cups - the weaning cup dentists love

Health experts are urging retailers to stock Babycup First Cups and be up to date with the weaning cup dentists and health visitors are recommending.

NHS Oral Health promoter Lynette Anear recommends stores advise their customers to pick up a pack of Babycups when shopping for weaning kit. Anear says, “This little cup is an essential. Everyone should sell it.”

Multi award-winning, made in Britain and BPA-free, Babycup’s mini open drinking cups are for every highchair mealtime from weaning onwards. They are also suitable for cup-feeding infants, giving them an impressive total age range of 0-36m.

Parents and children love Babycup. It looks good and does good too, encouraging sipping, developing fine motor skills and very importantly, supporting dental health. Tooth decay is one of the most prevalent childhood diseases in the UK and using a mini open Babycup can help support good oral health.

With a reported 700,000 babies being born each year in the UK alone, and every single one of them being weaned at some point, making Babycup a normal part of the weaning kit means a market as big as the birth rate.

Already selling in many leading retailers in the UK and overseas, you can add this feeding essential to your baby products roster by contacting Babycup on 01483 866081 or

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Get Aquainted with Vital

Vital Baby Aquaint is a multipurpose, 100% natural antibacterial Sanitising Water that kills 99.9% of bacteria in seconds. Containing no alcohol, harsh chemicals, fragrances or preservatives, it is safe for use on surfaces, hands and body (from birth

Another “must have” product from the Vital Baby range is the Health & Safety Kit which includes a fun, bear design Digital Bath and Room Thermometer which not only accurately takes the temperature of baby’s nursery and bath water, but also acts as a cute bath toy for baby.

Also included in the kit is the nasal decongester, with a soft silicone tip, it safely clears baby’s blocked nose quickly and effectively with a gentle squeeze. Completing the kit is the easy to use Flexisafe Thermometer, which can be used by the whole family.

The 3-in-1 design means it is suitable for oral, underarm or rectal use at any time of the day or night with fast, reliable and accurate results. The built-in memory function will help keep track of body temperature changes over the course of the day.

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Good dental health with Brush Baby

Dental decay is almost entirely preventable and an oral care routine should start from day 1 of a child’s life.

Many children don’t visit a dentist until they are school age. In fact, recent NHS figures* indicate that more than four in ten children have not visited an NHS dentist in the last year. Therefore, it’s imperative that parents encourage a good dental care regime at home.

Brush-Baby can help, by offering a simple three-step solution which offers education and products for the ‘no teeth’, ‘teething’ and ‘teeth’ stages of a child’s dental development.

Ergonomically shaped products with child-friendly handles, and small-shaped toothbrush heads and tastebud-friendly toothpastes, take into account a child’s developing dentition, when a parent is starting oral care and the evolving manual dexterity when a child starts brushing their own teeth.

Three key areas that Brush-Baby address:

No teeth

Daily Cleaning of a baby’s mouth

  • reduces the build-up of bacteria 
  • prepares a healthy environment for new baby teeth


Starting a toothbrushing routine with a gentle non-foaming toothpaste

  • helps with pain caused by gum infection/inflammation during teething
  • clean emerging teeth, top and bottom and front and back by parent and child


Ensuring that a two minute twice a day toothbrushing routine is commenced and maintained

  • Light-up toothbrush handles and integral timers to ensure two minutes toothbrushing time is maintained and fun
  • Tastebud-friendly, non-foaming toothpastes with Xylitol to reduce the bacteria that causes tooth decay 
  • Toothbrushes with bi-level flossing bristles which deal with ‘gaps’ and developing dentition

Trade Contact: Tel: 0845 520 2229

*Source: NHS Digital. Until March 2016

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Jack N' Jill Natural Toothpaste

Jack N' Jill natural toothpaste with Organic Fruit Flavours and Calendula for babies, toddlers and children soothes little gums and is safe if swallowed.

A few years ago the founders had their first child and immediately joined many parents the world over who are concerned about current environmental issues and the direct effects they have on our children. They started to question everything their sons came into contact with, not wanting to expose them to unnecessary additives and chemicals.

Jack N' Jill Toothpaste is 100% safe for young children from six months - especially because they have a tendency to swallow it, rather than spit it out! All Jack N' Jill branding are designed to be appealing to children and cute enough that parents won't mind it sitting on their bathroom vanity. Alongside the toothpaste the Founders designed and manufactured the first children's toothbrushes with handles that are made of NON GMO cornstarch, and are therefore biodegradable and recyclable. Additionally, the latest product includes Baby Gum & Tooth Wipes which are suitable for babies from birth, along with the silicon toothbrush range which is suitable for children from six months up and bio-degradable cups for storage.

Jack N' Jill toothpaste has been evaluated by researchers from Skin Deep - the Environmental Working Group's database for the safety of personal care products. Our toothpaste rates with a '1' danger score - the safest rating they have. We are proud supporters of EWG - we refer their guidelines and resources regularly.

At Jack N' Jill we believe that businesses have an obligation to the environment, that's why we have formulated an all-natural, hypoallergenic toothpaste with organic ingredients, and designed our packaging to be minimal, recyclable and BPA-free.

All the products are in shelf ready packaging and available from the following distributors: Suma Wholesale, The Health Store, CLF Distribution, Infinity Foods Wholesale, Tree of Life, Sparks Brand & Natural Medicine Company Ltd (Ireland).

To view our full product range head to

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Getting rid!

As one of longest reigning nappy bins on the market, the award-winning Angelcare Nappy Disposal System is the most convenient and hygienic way of disposing of dirty nappies.

Parents love the Air-Seal™ technology designed to keep bad smells at bay. Its quick, easy and simple-to-use system makes for a happier, more fragrant home. Once the nappy days are over, this 2-in-1 bin works perfectly as a family bathroom bin for extra product value and longevity!

  • Hygienic push&lock - simply push the nappy in to lock smells in
  • Hygienic - all nappies are safely contained and you won’t have to touch or smell them ever again
  • Air-seal™ - the multi-layer film in the cassette provides effective odour-barrier technology
  • One-handed operation - no difficult twisting required, you just need to push the nappy through the clamp system
  • Environmentally friendlier - the Angelcare Nappy Disposal System uses up to four times less plastic than other systems
  • Easy-to-use refill - each refill cassette includes enough bags to last 1 month
  • Safe and simple - the cutting mechanism is inside the bin

Tel: 01785 503 305

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Humidifiers to Create a Healthy, Happy Home

New for 2016 from Nimans Home is Crane, who have taken the lead in putting the “fun” into cool mist humidifiers.

The products are functional and efficient while communicating an appreciation for elegant design. The commitment to quality means babies sleep sounder - humidifiers relieve cough, cold, and flu symptoms, including nasal congestion, dry cough, sinus irritation, nose bleeds and dry skin making for happy babies and happy parents!

Crane has launched four humidifiers – a funky 'Droplet' and fun Elephant, Duck or Frog designs. Each humidifier has the following features:

  • Clean Control Antimicrobial Material in the Base is proven to help reduce mould and bacteria growth up to 99.96%*
  • Removable 1-gallon tank easily fits under most bathroom sinks
  • Runs whisper quiet up to 24 hours
  • Auto-Off function activates when water tank is empty
  • More energy efficient than a household light bulb – up to 45W
  • Does not require a filter
  • 1-year manufacturer’s warranty

* EMSL Test Report 151305654. Reduction of mould and bacteria is based on independent laboratory testing. EMSL report 151305654 results are based on the reduction of the bacteria in the humidifier base with Clean Control material, during continuous use. The humidifier base showed a reduction rate up to 99.96% of Gram Negative – Pseudomonas Aeruginosa after eight hours.

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