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    The Skeleton Frame of Britax B-Agile 3

    The Skeleton Frame of Britax B-Agile 3

    Frame of Britax B-Agile 3

    The skeleton frame of Britax B-Agile 3, a sight only seen by those who love your child by cleaning the pram for them.

    This is part of our process of doing functional check and thoroughly clean the pram before sending it out to our customer.

     

    When was the last time you see the skeleton frame of your baby pram? 

     

     

    How to wash your infant car seat

    How to wash your infant car seat

    It is always good to wash your infant car seat regularly so as to provide a high hygiene environment for your baby and prevent germs from spreading. Furthermore, washing a car seat is not as exhausting as what you might first imagine it to be because the majority of car seat covers can be washed by machine.   

    Here is a step-by-step guide:

    Step 1: Remove all covers and accessories

    Check your user manual to on the correct way to remove all the car seat accessories and cover. If you have lost your user manual, you may download it from your manufacturer's website.


    User guides are always available for download at Stokke's official website

    Step 2: Wash the covers accordingly

    Refer to the washing label tagged to the car seat cover for washing instructions,  and they are usually located under the covers.

    As indicated on the washing label of Stokke iZi Sleep X3 over here, the covers can be machine washed at a maximum of 40°C/104°F. Do not tumble dry, and let it drip dry instead.    

    Please use mild detergent/baby laundry detergent for the wash, we have also selected "Easy Care" function on our washing machine for a more delicate wash. 

     Step 3: Inspect your infant car seat

    While all the covers are washing or drying, this is the best time to inspect your infant car seat for any defect. Infant car seat is meant to be a protection for your baby in the event of accidents, ensuring that all functions are working properly can safeguard your baby from any injury. 

    Check that all small parts are in good working condition and most importantly check that your Energy Absorbing Foam (EAF) is intact. EAF is the large piece of white foam underneath the seat cover, it is meant to absorb the impact during car accident hence minimising injury to the baby. 

    *If you are using one passed down from your friends, please ensure to have the EAF check prior to use.

    Checking on the Energy Absorbing Foam.

    Step 4: Wipe the car seat

    For those that cannot be washed in the machine, such as the seat buckle and seat body, you may use a baby wipe to clean them. 

    Step 5: Refit the cover and accessories

    Refit all the covers according to the user manual and store your car seat in a cool area or you may start installing it in your car for next use! 

     

    Let us know if you have another better way to wash and care for your infant car seat. :) 

    If you find this guide useful, feel free to share this link to your friends! :D 

    Pramshare @ SAFRA Diaper Dash 2019!

    Pramshare @ SAFRA Diaper Dash 2019!

     

    Last weekend we collaborated with SAFRA Punggol for their annual Diaper Dash. Held at SAFRA Punggol, Diaper Dash is a yearly event that features a series of competition which all have one goal in common, to crown the fastest baby in town!

    Laughter and joy flooded the place as parents started snapping photos of their children in a myriad of poses, trying their utmost best to finish the competition. Diaper Dash proved to be a fitting occasion for parents and even grandparents to bond with their little ones over the various activities organised. 

    Despite stepping foot at the North-East for the first time, PramShare was not an unfamiliar name to the event-goers! We were delighted to see parents coming forward to express their interests towards PramShare's rental subscription plan, as they embark on a hunt to find the most suitable stroller for their children. 

    As parents, although we are swarmed continuously with endless tasks on our hands; we will always try out best to give the best to our children. Providing the best for your children comes in numerous forms, such as renting strollers through our subscription plan instead of buying. Our subscription plan gives you the flexibility to swap them whenever you need to meet both your children and your needs.

    At PramShare, we believe in providing the best for your children while keeping it affordable for your pockets and sustainable for our environment. Our children are the future of our community. Through our rental subscription, we aim to reduce baby gear wastage and harm caused to the environment. We are thereby creating a sustainable future for the next generation. 

    PramShare is continuously on the lookout for new locations to get closer to you. And we hope to see you at our next location! For more information and the latest news, follow us on our Facebook and Instagram pages @pramsharesg.

    Top Tips on How to Childproof Your New Home

    With their giggles, games, and sheer cuteness, there’s no doubt that toddlers and children make a house into a home. However, one of the downsides to having young ones around is all the home security measures you have to put in place before letting them loose. If you don’t think in advance about how to childproof your home, then kids can get hurt, and parents can face a world of woe.

     

    So how can you secure a new house for toddlers and kids under 5? Check out our tips, and you’ll be well on your way to a childproof home. 

     

    Image source: Unsplash

     

    1. Secure large furniture

    Far too many babies and toddlers are injured or killed each year because heavy furniture isn’t properly secured. It’s easy to avoid this awful hazard as much as possible by installing a bracket or employing a professional to bolt bookshelves and dressers to the wall. Better safe than sorry!

     

    1. Take care of any loose cables

    Children’s curiosity and electronics don’t always live in perfect harmony. Save yourself and young ones any nasty shocks by keeping cables for kettles or heaters out of reach, or by securing them with electrical tape. Plug-in caps or outlet covers would also be a good investment.

     

    Image source: Unsplash

     

    1. Beware slippery spaces

    If you have linoleum or hardwood floors in the kitchen, bathroom or elsewhere, you’ll need to minimise the risk of your young one slipping over. Do so by installing non-slip mats beside the bath and shower, by putting rugs down in hallway or living room spaces, and by ensuring there is no risk of your baby or toddler falling near high spots.

    Image source: Unsplash

     

    1. Install a safety gate (or three)

    Some house areas – such as kitchens, bathrooms and garages – may contain hazardous materials and may be difficult to keep entirely childproof. Keep kids away from these spaces altogether by installing a child gate at their entry. Just make sure you’re buying safety-approved gates, as some models can prove hazardous themselves.

     

    1. Use great prams

    One of the most important things you need for looking after your young child is a safe, durable, strong pram to use for your daily trips to the store, around the neighbourhood, and down to the park or the beach. It’s very important to find baby equipment that has a proven safety rating and will offer optimum comfort to you and your child – however, the best prams can often be very costly. A solution is offered by companies such as PramShare, which provide an extensive range of excellent, high-quality prams and other baby equipment for lease, either once-off or on a long-term rental running on a three-month cycle.

     

    At PramShare, you can select the best baby equipment to that suits your family – and at the end of the three months, you can return your pram rentals to be cleaned, and collect a different pram that has been fully sanitised and checked for functionality. PramShare’s system is dedicated to sustainability (through allowing safe community sharing of equipment), and also features an eco-friendly workspace and staff diversity.  Look no further for the perfect stroller – choose from the PramShare range today.

     

     

    1. Stay fire safe

    When you’re childproofing your home, it pays to assess your fire safety measures at the same time. Double-check your fire alarms for functionality, and ensure you have installed enough of them to meet your state’s requirements.

     

    Making a more fire-safe home also extends to the materials that your child’s clothes and sleeping accessories are made out of. Ensure you always buy flame-retardant sleepwear, blankets, and clothing for your little one, particularly if you have a fireplace or stand-alone heaters at home, and your child is at the crawling stage.

     

    1. Keep it lukewarm

    One of the biggest household hazards for any child is hot water. Luckily, you can find plenty of digital controllers on the market that make selecting a child-safe water temperature easy: this way, you won’t have to stress about water coming out of the faucet and scalding your kid.

     

    1. Sweep the home for anything dodgy

    Even if we listed all the tips in the world, we wouldn’t entirely cover the risk factors at work within your home. The best way to note and address all the potential hazards within your residence is to do a comprehensive sweep yourself (preferably involving another adult’s set of eyes, as well).

     

    Ask yourself whether anything looks precarious or could possibly pose a swallowing hazard for a child under 3. Consider both micro-level risks such as tripping hazards, and problems brought about by the design of the house such as proximity to roads and traffic and the heights of furniture.

     

     

    Author’s bio:

     

    Cloe enjoys reading, learning, and writing about a diverse range of topics – including career development, business technology, home decor, and sustainable living. Since the beginning of her freelance writing career, she has penned articles for various sites and blogs, including businesses such as Ocula. Check out more of Cloe’s work on Tumblr

    What type of pram is suitable for my baby?

    What type of pram is suitable for my baby?

    This is a question which most parents will ask when choosing a pram for their precious child, indeed; there are so many prams in the market right now that it has become very taxing on parents to choose the right one. When baby carriage was first invented by William Kent in 1733 for Duke of Devonshire, it was only meant to be a transportation to be pulled by ponies!  More than two centuries after his invention, it has been renamed as the perambulator (which is what we are used to call “pram”) or stroller.  

     
    Bielanko, Monica. (2011). The Evolution of The Stroller. [image]
    Source: Babble

     There are three main factors to consider when getting a pram: 

      1. Age of the child

        Child of different ages has different requirements when it comes to a pram. Newborns and babies who have not fully develop their neck muscles should be using a pram that can be reclined into flat or near flat position so that their head can be well supported.  

        Before your baby turns one, he/she will be stimulated by parent-child interactions hence a parent-facing pram will be more beneficial for their brain development. 

        When the baby starts to turn around, safety will be the most important factor when choosing a pram so that they will not fall out of the pram when you are not looking. Choose a pram that comes with a safety harness to secure them or, allows parent facing position so that you can be aware of the adventure happening in the pram! 

         http://www.staticwhich.co.uk/media/images/trusted-trader/desktop-main/baby-in-pushchair-smiling-at-parent-secondary-423188.jpg
        Source: StaticUK

        When your toddler starts to walk, he/she might dread staying in the pram for too long, very often you might find yourself holding his tiny hand in one hand and pushing the pram on the other. During this period of time, get a pram that is easy to steer with one hand and a safety feature to stop the mischievous toddler from escaping the pram!   

        As the child grows, the only time when they realise the existence of stroller is when they are tired or sleepy. A grumpy sleepy child is not easy to handle, thus most parents will tend to bring a stroller along. A lightweight but sturdy stroller will be the most practical, paying extra attention to the maximum load allowed for the pram as your child gets bigger. The child will have to be comfortable falling asleep in the pram as well. Pram which is compact when folded will be a plus point for a car with a small boot.                             

        A child has different requirements at different stages of growing up; it is not easy to find a perfect pram which can fulfill all requirements from newborns all the way to two or even three years old. We have seen parents getting another pram when the child has outgrown the first one.  

        Why not rent one for each growing stage then? By renting the most suitable pram for the child, you will not only provide what he needs most at different development phases, you will also be relieved from buying a second (or even a third) stroller when the first pram is becoming too small for your fast growing child!   

         2. Lifestyle of the parent/caretaker

          The caretaker’s usual routine matters as well. If your husband is tall, it is best to have an adjustable handlebar such that he does not need to bend uncomfortably when pushing the pram.   

          If you are driving, a pram which can be converted into a travel system by replacing the pram seat with infant car seat will prevent disturbing your child's sweet dream when they dozed off during the journey.  

          Do you know that prams/strollers must be folded up while travelling on buses? Public transport commuters should look out for a lightweight pram with quick fold function for a faster (and less embarrassing) travel up and down the bus/taxi. One-hand quick-fold will be an added advantage so that you can have another hand to hold on to your toddler up the stairs. Also, wheels cannot be too small else it will be stuck in between the train and the platform.    

           
          Kang, Audrey. (2013).
          Big struggle to haul kids and pram up crowded bus. [image]  Source: asiaone

          Another point which is often overlooked is the age of the caretaker. Learning how to operate a pram is never our concern as we have already conquered learning that new trick in iPhone, a new Excel’s formula so to say. However, it will be a different story for our parents.

          If your child is going to be looked after by your parents, they would need a fuss-free and simple pram for their daily usage. A higher pram could also reduce the strain on their back as they do not need to bend down to attend to the child. Big storage basket/bag can allow them to bring the child with them for grocery shopping 

            3. Budget

              Budgeting is part of planning for every big event in life, and it being in constraint is pretty often the case. More often than not, the pram that caught your attention is always out of the budget which forces you to buy a cheaper pram at the expense of quality. On the other hand, you may also decide to stretch your budget a little to get the best pram for your child, but who knows if you or your child will really like it afterwards 

              Either you could just ignore and get used to it or you will need to buy another pram of your liking (and the hassle of selling previous one). And we often realised that a higher quality pram could be bought in the first place for the price of getting two prams!  

              It is frustrating and causing unnecessary spending of money when you bought the wrong pram. Put your hard-earned cash to a good use, and try renting the pram for a few months before deciding to invest.

              Alternatively, you may choose to rent for long term instead of buying a pram as well. This will save you the hassle of disposing/selling the old pram and you could even change the pram anytime when your child has outgrown it.

              Make your baby comfortable, choose the right pram!