Archive for January, 2015

Winter Wonderland

Wednesday, January 21st, 2015

We’ve woken to a winter wonderland here at Chiggs HQ. This is the view from my work station this morning- and the snow is still falling in Harrogate!

Harrogate snow

I must say, it’s times like this I’m very glad Chiggs is a home based business, and I don’t have a commute to tackle! This morning I’ve been keeping up to date with social media (no, not just faffing around on Facebook- this is serious stuff 🙂 ). If you would like to keep in touch with all things Chiggs, our Facebook page is Chiggs Wheels and I am on Twitter @ChiggsHQ

This afternoon I’ll be (hopefully!) walking into Harrogate to deliver Baby Feed Wheels to a lovely card and gift shop, Magpie Greetings on Beulah Street in the centre of town, who have been selling Chiggs Wheels since we first started- they were our very first stockist way back in January 2006!

New parents will be ‘appier with a Baby Feed Wheel

Friday, January 16th, 2015

Baby Feed WheelsThe Android and iPhone markets are awash with parenting apps to help new mums and dads track their baby’s feed times. The proliferation of these parenting applications leaves little doubt about the need for a feeding reminder in the homes of new babies, and the reassurance for parents of knowing the last time their little one had a feed.
The electronic world has recently discovered what we at Chiggs have known since 2005; that monitoring baby’s feed times helps to ease the stress of a new baby, be it the life changing experience of a firstborn, or the juggling of an existing family around the 24hr demands of a new addition.
As every parent knows, a baby’s feeds occur around the clock so having an accurate reminder of the previous feed helps parents decide whether another feed is due – especially when their new son or daughter is crying in the middle of the night.

So why, in this age of using the mobile phone for everything from barcode reader to video recorder, is the battery-free Baby Feed Wheel a better option?

Send it with love.  Baby Feed Wheel reverse

A Baby Feed Wheel can be given as a gift for new parents and can also be posted as a new baby card complete with a greeting on the reverse – it’s much more pleasant to give and receive! Each Baby Feed Wheel is supplied with an envelope, is printed with “to…” and “from…” on the reverse, and can be posted for just the cost of a normal stamp- ‘large letter’ stamp is not required!

Colour co-ordinated

With a choice of traditional colours, friends and family can give a blue, pink or lemon present to celebrate the new arrival.

Visibly betterBFW on mantelpiece

Smartphones tell the time, but in their homes people glance at the clock on the mantelpiece –which is the perfect place to put a Baby Feed Wheel!

How clean is your phone?

Mobile phones are handled in-between attending to babies needs, but a Baby Feed Wheel will only be used at the  time of baby’s feed – keep those nasty handset germs away from the little one.

…shower timeBaby Shower Wheel
It’s the perfect gift for a baby shower, and the lemon Wheel is ideal before the “reveal”.

 

All power to the Baby Feed Wheel!
(Oh, and it never needs recharging!)

Heel-prick screening expanded

Friday, January 9th, 2015
The heel-prick test that newborn babies throughout England have when they are between five and eight days old now include checks for more debilitating genetic diseases.

Blood is collected by a midwife, generally within the first week of life. The baby’s heel is pricked and drops of blood are collected and analysed in a specialist newborn screening laboratory; the current heel-prick test checks for

  • Phenylketonuria (PKU),
  • Congenital hypothyroidism (CHT),
  • Sickle cell disease
  • Cystic fibrosis
  • Medium-chain acyl-CoA dehydrogenase deficiency (MCADD).

Four rarer conditions will now also be tested for:-

  • Maple syrup urine disease
  • Homocystinuria
  • Glutaric acidaemia type 1
  • Isovaleric acidaemia

They are all inherited conditions where babies have problems breaking down amino acids, the “building blocks” of proteins, and Public Health England expects 30 cases will be identified each year, allowing life-saving treatment.

The increased screening follows a year-long pilot programme of expanded screening, run by Sheffield Children’s NHS Foundation Trust. This found 20 confirmed cases of the four extra conditions, in 700,000 babies. Wales will follow suit on the 12th of January, Scotland and Northern Ireland have not yet made a decision.