Health and Toothcare

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.

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). Great for use at home or when out on day trips!

Vital Baby has an extensive range of Award Winning weaning and feeding products as well as a wide selection of cups. The 2 in 1 Steam and Blend makes weaning as simple as 123 with fresh, nutritious meals in as little as 15 minutes.

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.

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 built-in memory function will help keep track of body temperature changes over the course of the day.

Vital Baby also has some amazing products for when parents are out and about, such as the Travel Unbelievabowl, a suction bowl that really works and comes complete with a lid and spoon. The Weaning Set and Trap-A-Snack are great for taking food out with the family and Mum On-The-Go is a great essential for changing bags and contains three disposable bibs and one large disposable change mat!

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Preventing the effects of indoor pollution with Babymoov's Hygro+ humidifier

Studies have shown indoor pollution can be up to ten times worse than outdoors; where a combination of dust particles, spores and other airborne molecules combine to form a toxic mix.

This pollution can be at its worst during winter months when windows are kept shut (reducing ventilation) and fuel-fired appliances are used to heat the home.

For parents with young infants, it’s a top consideration. Infant immune and respiratory systems are still developing, making them far more sensitive to the quality of their surrounding environment.

Co-created with mums, Babymoov’s Hygro+ Humidifier has been designed to provide clean and healthy air for the infant. An in-built temperature and humidity monitor, alongside adjustable steam output, helps parents keep the environment of the room at an optimum, working to reduce coughing, conjunctivitis, bronchitis, nasal infections and irritation to the mucous membranes, promoting better sleep.

Other features include:

  • Backlit touch screen for easy use
  • Night light function (7 colours)
  • Essential oil diffuser
  • Optimal autonomy for continuous diffusion from bedtime to awakening

The Hygro+ Humidifier comes with a lifetime warranty as standard.

For further information contact Babymoov on 01823 772995 or email:

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Imagine if Father Christmas was a dentist!

Bickiepegs Healthcare has launched the New Finger Toothbrush & Gum Massager – ideal for first teeth as babies try new tastes this Christmas.

A baby’s first Christmas is an exciting time as they are introduced to new experiences and often for a baby that is at weaning age, they will try new tastes. It’s lovely to watch them exploring new foods – but equally important to ensure that an oral care regime is implemented from this point. To this end, Bickiepegs Healthcare, a committed supporter of babies’ oral care since 1925, introduces a new Finger Toothbrush & Gum Massager which is designed to gently clean a baby’s first teeth and massage their gums.

Bickiepegs supports the #DCby1 campaign which encourages babies to have a dental check before their first birthday. And regular use of the Finger Toothbrush & Gum Massager, which is suitable for babies of 6-18 months, is a great way to introduce a baby to having their teeth and gums cleaned. It is double-sided with soft bristles to ensure that new teeth are kept clean, and then a dimpled reverse-side offers gums a soothing massage, ideal for when a baby is teething. It is important to clean teeth and gums from the moment they erupt to ensure that their mouths are in good condition ready for the arrival of new teeth as they appear.

“We’re sure that if Father Christmas was a dentist, he’d be popping a Bickiepegs Finger Toothbrush & Gum Massager into each baby’s stocking!” commented Alex Blincoe of Bickiepegs.

Bickiepegs Finger Toothbrush & Gum Massager and other Bickiepegs products are available from independent baby retailers such as Babyprice and Babybase as well as on-line at

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