“ Brand: Safety 1st / Health Aid: Nasal Aspirators „
When my nephew was born, he recieved this safety first nursery kit as a gift. I have to say it is quite an odd gift to give. Particularly as the main tools within this kit are related to dispensing medicine. Nevertheless my sister was grateful and excepted the gift with great gratitude. When we sat down and had a good look inside the kit we were both curious on how much this person had paid for what was to us a completely useless box of goods.
Firstly, this kit contains two things which you can pick up for free in any chemist. A medi syringe and a medicine spoon. Infact all medicines aimed for children usually have a medicine spoon included in the packaging. I think that including this in a kit is quite rubbish as you are paying for something that you can have for free.
The other things in the kit were really cheap and hardly cheerful. I was a nurse, unyet I was unsure what one item was. It was an aspiration tube attached to a green squeezy ball. I believe this is for clearing baby's nose. I certainly would not do this without medical advice or supervision. I think it looks quite harsh and could possibly cause nasal damage. I suggested to my sister that she ask her health visitor before using this. But my sister never had cause to use it anyway. I have to say I dont think I would have let her use it as it looks very intrusive to me.
The thermometer was again of a very poor quality. It was quite thin and not particualrly easy to operate when trying to hold a fretful baby. Also the digital element of this thermometer was pretty ineffective and didn't last for very long before the battery run out.
The only thing that my sister used out of this kit on baby was the scissors. This scissors was of a good quality and easy to hold and control. It was sharp enough to accurately snip baby's finger nails but vey safe. I used these a couple of times to trim baby's nails and I found them very easy to use and I found it caused minimal stress to both me and baby.
I would not recommend this kit at all. I am not sure how much this kit costs, but I am sure it is over priced for what is included in the kit. As I mentioned previously, a few of the items in this kit can be obtained for free. I also hated the packaging, I don't think any parent would want something for their child with 'hospitals' written on the front. I think this causes an image of an ill baby and is not very nice at all. I feel this kit is too clinical and this is reflected in the packaging. Which makes it seem unattractive to me.
There are alot of kits on the market, which offer handy little tools which will come in useful when raising baby. However, I found this kit a load of rubbish. I thought that the only good thing in this kit was the scissors as the other things were either things which could be picked up for free or cheap and unhelpful. There was nothing attractive or endeering about this kit. I would not leave this kit to be displayed in the nursery. It is not at all pleasing and I have to say that my sister has thrown most of the kit in the bin.
When our twins were tiny and had a cold we were in a local babycare centre and found this kit. The part which really appealed to me was the suction bulb, the greeny blue looking ball on the right.
There are various items in here which look great, the spoon with a measure inside the handle, the nail clippers, a digital thermometer and a strange sort of syringe.
The nasal aspirator is one of those items few know about, those who do often swear by them, those who don't wish they had when they needed it. It's basically a bulb with a tube attached, you squeeze the bulb to expel the air, then place the tube against the blocked up nostril of your child and release the vacuum, which in turn pulls the mucus into the bulb. Allowing you to clean it out.
Since babies cannot blow their noses and a wipe with a tissue rarely does much, the aspirator is a huge help to clear the nose, for feeding, for comfort and to reduce those panicky moments babys have. Well, ours did, finding they couldn't breathe and not opening their mouth instantly gave them a horrible look of concern, after which they would open their mouths wide to cry, then finding they could breathe.
I was less keen on the fact that the tube seemed to fit too far up the nostril, allowing for potential accidents if they moved too suddenly. We were very careful but later bought one which didn't pose that problem anyway.
Still, I'd say an aspirator is worth it's weight in gold some days.
The thermometer never seemed much use to us, they couldn't hold it in their mouths and the under arm technique was fine but the number began dropping as soon as I took it out so it was never entirely accurate. I found a stick on forehead thermometer strip much more useful, especially for long term monitoring.
The nail clippers are excellent, we still use them for the girls fingernails now. They are a little smaller than you'd usually find which works well for little fingers and the ideal nail shape. They're also pretty sharp, which makes each cut immediate and singular.
The spoon is a hollow handled clear plastic affair with measurements, allowing you to measure directly into the handle then tip the medicine forward onto the spoon and then into your childs mouth. A great idea but children's medicines tend to be viscous and coat the inside of the handle, not giving the full dose. On the other hand, its a great technique now as they can see the goop inside now they are 3 and we can discuss the benefits, or consequences of not taking it!
The syringe is a dubious affair, a rigid plastic tube, narrow on one end and with a tiny rubber bulb at the other, allowing for small amounts to be drawn up by vacuum. I found I had to keep tipping the tube back and forth in order to be able to squeeze the bulb to draw more medicine up to do the full dose and then when squeezing there wasn't enough air to move it all, which ended in a sticky mess. A useless item in my opinion.
It all comes in a zip up case, which is useful and wipe clean though the inside is fabric lined and less handy.
I paid £7.95 for the kit and I've seen it for more and less since.
I'd say the aspirator is the best part of the kit, but, it isn't worth it just for that. If you want all the products then go for it, otherwise buy each item independently. We lost our aspirator for a while and bought a new and far superior one with a thicker end piece which did the job far better by creating a better seal against the nostril. That cost £2.45 so with a basic pair of clippers for £1 and a medicine spoon or proper medicine syringe from a chemist for about £1, you might be better putting your own tailor made kit together.
As with anything else, especially anything in constant or close proximity to germs, it would be prudent to sterilise items from this kit.
When I was expecting my baby a year ago, I was looking for a baby care kit wherein I would find all the necessary first aidf and daily care equipment for my baby.
I settled for this Safety first Nursery care kit thinking that it really meant that the safety of the child comes first.
Well, besides the nail clippers, I didn't really find anything else in the kit useful. Although even the nail clippers are not that convenient to use, they are serving my purpose. The grip is very inconvenient and each time I have to be very careful about not injuring my tiny one's fingers.
The nasal aspirator is really of no use becasue my son wouldn't even let me bring that anywhere closer to his face leave alone the nose. And blowing the aspirator in or out of the nose becomes out of question. Therefore it has become just a teether to play with for my little angel.
I have used the medicine dropper a couple of times but I have to make sure I sterilize it properly after each use and that's a lot of work.
The last one is the thermometer which is supposed to be used underarms. I rejected that idea right away because it becomes almost impossible to hold my son still while I am taking the reading via this thermometer. I had to buy a separate ear thermometer that was accuscan by safety first and has been working perfectly well for my son so far.
The only good thing about the kit is the case that has a zip and I have been using it to keep a few knick knacks while travelling with my son.
When I was pregnant I bought this set, as I wanted to make sure I had everything I would need for baby. I thought that as it had a nasal aspirator, thermometer, medicine syringe, nail clippers and a medicine spoon in one handy case that it was a good purchase. Now my daughter is 9 months old and has experienced a few illnesses I am not so sure.
The digital thermometer needs 90 secs under the armpit, in the mouth or up the bum in order to take a reading. It recommends that under the armpit is the best option because of hygiene reasons. The thing is, have you ever tried to hold a thermometer under a baby's armpit for 90 seconds and manage to keep it there for the full 90 secs? If so, you are better than me because I simply can't get my daughter to stay still for that long and with each attempt comes loader screams. I have managed to get readings but because it hasn't been left in for the 90 secs I am always paranoid that the reading isn't accurate and repeat the test - not good when dealing with a poorly baby.
The medicine dropper was great for dispending Gripe Water etc, but for Calpol or "real" medicines it can be tricky as the syrup is too thick and air gaps become present - also if you forget to submerge the dropper in water immediately afterwards (something which is easily forgotten when dealing with an ill baby) the syrup conjeals in the dropper and it becomes difficult to clean. The same applies with the medicine spoon. I have found the spoon that comes with the medicine is perfectly fine for administering the medicine.
The nail clippers that come with this pack have a bulbous handle, which upon first site seems like a good idea - as no one wants to chop off little ones fingers while cutting their nails, so what better than a good handle to grip hold of? Not the case I'm afraid. The bulbous handle makes them harder to move around and flexibility is something you need when trying to cut the nails of a wriggling baby. The 3rd time I used these I accidently snipped my daughter's finger and a crying newborn with blood everywhere is not an experience I would ever want to repeat. I ended up buying Boots own clippers, which are much smaller, but easier to handle.
That leaves the nasal aspirator. What a brilliant idea - a little sucker that draws out little baby boggies. Have you ever seen a baby NOT scream when mum or dad goes anywhere near their nose to go "booga retrieving", so the nasal aspirator concept was a real draw for me. That was until I used it. It's very difficult to get it in the nasal cavatity to start with and baby reacts in the same way to a brightly coloured sucker as it does to a boring finger - scream, scream, scream!
So, all in all I wish I had bought a forehead or ear thermometer, the Boots nail clippers I ended up buying and relied on good old fashioned fingers for "booga retrieving" missions!
A handy kit for the nursery. A useful nursery kit containing thermometer, medi-syringe, nasal aspirator, scissors, nail clippers, and medicine spoon.