A return to natural fibres, sustainable building methods and “warmer” interiors are evident via design and style key influencers this season. Wood is definitely “in” again, and is being increasingly used and championed by interior designers and lifestyle bloggers alike. The launch of Dreambaby’s new range of wooden-inspired gates is very in keeping with this trend offering parents and carers a stylish safety option for their homes.
The NEW Dreambaby Murano Gate is made from wood and polycarbonate in a unique grey tint and has been designed with a stylish see through door panel; perfect for homes with an interior design mix of retro & contemporary.
The Murano Gate features; A one-handed opening & easy close system – just the thing for new parents, who never have enough hands! Swings open in both directions with the ability to change the opening direction (to be restricted to only one direction, depending on your needs). Pressure-mounted wooden U-frame. Fits openings up to 85.5cm. Solid timber frame. Extendable up to 101.5cm (40”) with extensions. RRP $149.00
If you are after it is a more old-school look you are after, the Dreambaby® Bordeaux-Barclay Gate is a perfect option. This retro–inspired, pressure mounted solid timber safety gate comes in a stunning toffee colour and features; Easy close system One-handed opening Swings opens in both directions Extendable up to 101.5cm (40”) with extensions Opening direction can be restricted RRP $149.00
The Dreambaby® Savannah-Windsor Gate is a beautiful mix of the “new and old”, with its metal frame and timber door construction. This gate is pressure mounted and boast many of the great features of this new range’s counterparts; Extendable to 167.5cm (66”) Easy close system Opening direction can be restricted Swings opens in both directions One-handed opening 2 step handle – push and lift RRP $149.00
Visit the Dreambaby® web site at www.dreambaby.com.au or call (02) 9386 4000 or in New Zealand, call (09) 274 8788. Become a Dreambaby® fan: http://www.facebook.com/Dreambabysafety. For useful safety tips & advice from Dreambaby®, check out http://www.youtube.com/dreambabytv
Childproofing the home is one of the biggest, most important tasks when raising a family. Almost everybody combats the obvious; hot stoves and sharp knives, poisonous chemicals and staircases, to name a few. There are some dangers which slip our minds because they may not seem harmful to us – but they can be deadly for some young children.
There are “modern-day hazards” including small remote controls, magnets, batteries and treadmills, but there are also plenty of traditional items of furniture which can cause injury.
One such hazard is curtain and blind cords. While cords are easily forgotten for us, they can lead to serious – and sometimes fatal – injuries with small children. Last week, two Sydney families suffered from horrific tragedies when their children strangled to death on blind cords. A 15-month-old was strangled by on a blind cord in Quakers Hill, NSW recently, and a 16-month-old from Hornsby, NSWdied after being entangled in a cord while she slept.
Devastating incidents like these should act as serious wake up calls for the rest of us. We should take action to prevent such an accident from ever happening again.
Of course, we cannot protect our young from every possible hazard which comes its way. Some accidents are unavoidable, but not all. We can work hard to prevent avoidable accidents and injuries. Some can be avoided using common sense and learning from error, while others can be avoided using simple, effective and affordable household safety items.
Last year, an 18-month-old boy also died after being accidentally strangled in his sleep by a blind cord. Unaware of the danger, the cot was placed next to a window with vertical blinds. His parents later issued a warning to others about the danger of “something so silly,” which has changed their lives forever. “My biggest message would be check the layout of the room and then while you’re in there give them a big kiss, because that’s what we miss,” said the boys mother, Linda Mackay.
While statistics regularly show that there has been a vast improvement in prevention of injury and accidental death, they do still occur regularly. Being careful means more than driving slowly, turning off hot water, and locking away chemicals. It also means checking every corner of the house for potential danger, and doing everything possible to avoid injury. Speaking to Fairfax Media last week, Dr Danny Cass, head of trauma at the Children’s Hospital at Westmead said, “The overall message is don’t panic, kids have never been safer but a lot of common sense goes a long way,” he said. “So just do a careful review of a hanging point in the nursery, care for the button batteries and hot water, proper restraints in cars, they’re all common sense things. We’re not wrapping our kids in cotton wool, or a nanny state, it’s just common sense.”
Tragic stories such as these remind us that we need to continue being careful and safe around the home. Always ensure that blind or curtain cords are safely concealed, particularly in an unattended bedroom. Items such as the Dreambaby ® Blind Cord Wrap and Blind Cord Wind-Ups are an affordable and highly effective example of how to keep your little ones safe from a serious danger in the home.
Did you know? ACCC Statistics: 1-2 Australian children die each year after being strangled by blind or curtain cords Between 2001-2008, there were at least 11 deaths in Australia. Nine of these were of children under three years of age In the US, a child aged between 7 months and 10 years dies each month after being strangled on curtain and blind cords.
Monday, April 21, 2014
If you’re worried about your child crawling out of your sight and into possible danger, the white Chelsea tall swing closed security gate would be offer greater security. A security gate allows your child to stay on the same level of your home as you are.
Name of the Product
Dreambaby Bordeaux Gate Product code F2012.
Age Group it’s for
Baby up to pre-schooler-or at least until the child is able to open the gate.
What does the product do?
Keeps babies and children in one room and separates them from rooms where the parents don’t want them to go. You can also put in hallways as well as doorways. The gate also has the benefits of not closing a door so you can still see the child and what they’re up to and because it’s a gate there’s no interruption with the room’s circulation.
Does it do what it should?
Yes it does. This gate is a cut above so many “generic” ones on the market because it looks good as well as works well. This gate is made of wood and has a lovely dark grain to it. We placed the gate across our kitchen doorway so our crawling baby can see us but she’s not able to get under our feet when we’re cooking which she tends to do. And it also keeps our dog out of the kitchen as well because the rails are close enough together to not let him get through.
Would you recommend it and why?
Yes I would especially for parents who have an older style house with hardwood floors like ours. This gate actually goes with our décor and fits in with everything else we have. I like the fact that it’s not a harsh and bright coloured plastic like most kid related items are. We can live with this in the house for a long time or at least until our baby is old enough to not have to restrain to safe rooms. The dog’s another matter though! The gate feels like it’s made from quality components too. There is a reassuring “click” as it closes so you’re not left wondering if it is secure. And when I’m carrying my baby I can close it with one hand or if there’s enough swing and the gate is close enough to the securing mechanism it almost self closes.
The other thing is that it swings both ways so it doesn’t matter what side you’re entering or exiting so if my daughter is on the floor near the gate I’m not having to open it onto her.
www.dreambaby.com.au or call (02) 93864000 or in New Zealand (09) 274 8788.