Child Car Seat Safety

From the morning school run and dragging the kids along on weekend errands, to road tripping days out and country-wide family visits, time in the car with your little one is inevitable. Making sure they stay safe in the car is not always easy, especially when they seem determined to come-a-cropper at every available opportunity. But there are of course things you can do to ensure a safe trip – and there are things your child can do to help, too. Check out our top five for child car seat safety.

  1. Correctly Fitted Harness

Buying a car seat is one thing, but do you know how to secure your child safely in place? Begin by placing the chest clip at arm pit level. Next, making sure the straps are over your little one’s shoulders, clip them in – make sure that you can only fit one finger between the strap and their chest.

  1. Fitting the Seat

This one is quite straight forward, but it’s important to mention nevertheless. Depending on the style of your car seat (i.e. the age of child the seat is designed for), the seat will come equipped with different slots through which to pull the car’s seat belt. If you are securing a child under the age of one or a child who is under the weight of 20lbs (see point 3. below), use the correct slots when facing the car seat to face the rear of the car. Once clipped in, make sure the seat belt cannot be pulled any tighter.

  1. Face Forwards/Backwards

Depending on the age of your little one, you will need to orientate the car seat to face either forwards or backwards. The rule is that children under the age of one year – or more accurately children under the weight of 20lbs – should ride with their car seat facing to the rear. This should always be placed on the back seat. Remember, children under the age of 12 should always ride on the back seat and not in the front passenger seat.

  1. Keep Hands in the Car

As adults, this one seems obvious. But children of 3 years and over have the ability to reach and lower the electric window. While it is unlikely that a passing vehicle would come close enough to make contact with any little arms sticking out of the side of your moving car, there is a hazard of bushes, twigs, and branches on tight bends and corners. Make sure to tell your children to keep their hands inside the car at all times.

  1. Booster seats

Booster seats are generally considered preferable to car seats in children between 40lbs-80lbs. Height must also be taken into careful consideration before choosing to ditch the car seat.

Worried that other parents may not be in the know about child car seat safety? Why not encourage your workplace or school coordinator to hang some potentially life-saving safety signs in visible areas where parents can quickly review the rules at a glance. For customisable design ideas, check out this amazing website.

How to Make a Success of Working From Home

If you’re working from home, you need to put in some effort to make it work. Whether you’re working remotely for a traditional company in the short term – perhaps while recovering from an injury or combining work with child care – or you’re self employed and your home is your office the majority of the time, it’s possible to be just as productive as when you’re working in a professional office.

Today, we’ve got three key ways to maximize your productivity while you’re working from home so you can be sure you’re making a full contribution, wherever you are!

Create an Office Space

Whether it’s a spare room, or a temporary arrangement at the kitchen table, creating a dedicated space devoted to work will help you to focus. In the short term, try to approximate your office space as much as a possible and remove distractions: having a television in the same room could prove to be too much of a temptation to someone trying to put in a full day’s work!

If you’re working from home in the long term this will help you maintain a reasonable work life balance: when there’s no official ‘stop time’ at the end of the day, it can difficult to switch off. Having a specific room you work in and setting times to leave it and stop will make sure you maintain healthy boundaries.

If you don’t have a convenient office space at home, it’s worth looking at shared working spaces you can drop into occasionally, if not to use full time: this can helpful if you thrive in a busy environment and need the background noise of an office to really focus.

Shared work spaces can be expensive, however, cheaper options are available. If you look for cheap storage, London byStored is one of the latest to open. They’re springing up all the time, and that means they have to take steps to stand out from the crowd. Some storage facilities are offering additional facilities to make themselves attractive to a market beyond people packing furniture away.

A storage facility can make a great place to work from: and as well as a no frills office, many also include meeting rooms and conference facilities for if you need to discuss things in person with clients.

Simple Wishes Hands Free Bra Review

Simple Wishes Hands free nursing braWhen you are a nursing mom, anything you can get or have that makes your life easier is necessary.  Especially a something that allows you to multi task while you have to spend all that time pumping. If you have nursed a baby you know that you just HAVE to pump if you want to every have the opportunity to leave the baby with someone else, and these days pumps have gotten more advanced. With those advancements in the pump we needed an advancement in a bra that would allow you to pump hands free. Luckily the Simple Wishes Hands Free Pumping Bra  is here to help.

The Simple Wishes Hands Free Pumping Bra ($39) gives moms the valuable gift of time by freeing up their hands for other tasks or allowing them to simply relax while using their breast pump. The patented design is adjustable in size, using high quality Velcro, to sustain a perfect fit over time as a nursing mother’s size changes. Straps and 1” Center Panel included to help achieve the perfect fit ! The Hands Free Pumping Bra comes in two colors. Black and Pink!

If you have used a pump you know how limited you are with your hands. You are pretty much stuck there holding both bottles while you pump. I personally used that time to try to watch some TV but if we are honest the noise of the pump makes that somewhat difficult. With the hands free pumping bra you are given your hands back. I think you have to be pretty masterful to walk around with it, but you definitely can have your hands to read, use your phone, or sit with another child who wants your attention.

When it comes to anything baby related, or nursing/maternity related I think we can all agree that most things aren’t necessities. But in my opinion your sanity is what is most important and if a product out there makes your life even the slightest bit easier I say it’s worth the dollars it costs to get it. $39 is a drop in the bucket to get some ease back in the rough pumping phase of motherhood.

I found this bra comfortable and easy to use. The Simple Wishes website (http://simplewishes.com/ offers a few bras to choose from so be sure to check them out! You will be happy to get your hands back!