Knowledge Sharing

Opening & Folding Your Maclaren Umbrella Strollers

We understand that some parents may have heard and concerned about the news about the Maclaren Recall that happened only in the USA on 10 November 09. It is actually a Voluntary recall and this does not represent that the product is unsafe to use. So parents do not need to be worry too much about this. The main point is – to keep children clear from the stroller during opening and folding the stroller.

As a precaution step, Maclaren is also distributing free safety kit to pram owners worldwide.

Maclaren has shared out a video with all the consumers on the correct way of opening and folding a Maclaren umbrella stroller. They also assured that “Maclaren umbrella strollers meet all U.S. ASTM & JPMA compliance standards. These certifications guarantee Maclaren umbrella strollers meet the required maximum safety standards. Maclaren umbrella strollers have served as the benchmark for quality for umbrella strollers and have maintained outstanding records for safety along with durability for over 40 years.

Some basic precautions shared by Maclaren in their official Recall notification letter, and actually this shall also apply to all other buggy’s owners as a safety precaution:

  • Keep children clear of the stroller during opening and folding.
  • Always use the safety harness.
  • Always apply the brakes when stationary.
  • Never leave your child unattended – even with the harness fastened.
  • Don’t overload the buggy. Heavy items hanging from the handles can cause it to topple over.
  • Don’t let children play or climb on a stroller and don’t carry a second child on a stroller designed for one child.
  • Negotiate curbs carefully. Wherever possible always carry a stroller down flights of stairs.

100% Organic Cotton Baby Clothings

In this day and age when people are looking for new and better ways to optimize their health, there has been a growing movement towards going organic. Organic food is naturally raised and grown and therefore free of additives and preservatives. Research has shown that the eating of organic food is far healthier for the human body – and supports a healthier environment.

It stands to reason, therefore, that organic clothing does its part for the environment as well as a service to those who wear it. And no other organic clothing is as popular as organic baby clothing.

Facts: Cotton crops alone account for $2.6 billion in pesticides used each year and is the definition of a chemically dependent agriculture. Even though cotton only uses 2.4% of all cultivated land, 25% of the world’s pesticides and 10% of the world’s insecticides are used on it yearly.

In other words, for every one pair of jeans and t-shirt produced, 1 pound of pesticides and chemical fertilizers are used. The problems with clothing production do not stop in the field. During the conversion of conventional cotton into clothing, numerous toxic chemicals are added at each stage – harsh petroleum scours, softeners, brighteners, heavy metals, flame and soil retardants, ammonia and formaldehyde – to name just a few.

How does non-organic clothing affect our children?

Did you know that a baby’s skin is more porous and thinner and far more sensitive than adults? That means that their skin absorbs things very easily. A baby’s skin is thinner, more fragile and less oily than an adult’s. A baby’s skin also produces less melanin, the substance that helps protect against sunburn. It’s less resistant to bacteria and harmful substances in the environment, especially if it’s irritated. Babies also sweat less efficiently than the rest of us, so it’s harder for them to maintain their inner body temperature. This means that children are at greater risk for pesticide-related health problems than adults.


Can Your Baby Crawl?

For those who have registered for the Mummycare Baby Crawling Contest, or for those who are interested to join but not yet submitted your form, if you want to learn more about encouraging your baby to crawl “efficiently”, you may want to watch this video.

Video Sharing: How to Get Started Breastfeeding

We came across this great video online and would like to share with all mothers that are keen in breastfeeding. Take a look, the drawing is clear making it easy to understand, it can serve as a good reminder on some basic breastfeeding steps and knowledge.

Transcript is also available for your convenient reading and a great help to follow the video, continue reading below… (updated: saw the green arrow on the top right corner? Click that and you will be able to see the transcript of the narration at the same time when the video is playing too…nice aid!)

Something is not shown in the video is that, you can actually get a lot of nursing aids to ease your breastfeeding journey. One example, the nursing pillow, put it underneath the baby and it can prop baby up to a comfortable position so that mummy will not feel too much pressure on the arms to hold the baby. Nursing pillow is useful and always comes in handy for breastfeeding mothers, and can be helpful for daddies to bottle-feed too. You can always get one in Mummycare outlets.