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When should my infant wear a Thudguard?

First stage:        

Usually the early months when baby is sitting up and/or crawling and especially if there is hard flooring.  Thudguard can be used, (perhaps twice a day) usually after a nap when baby is most alert and wants to explore the ground of a safe allocated room. 

There should be very little resistance at this age to wearing a Thudguard if any at all but short periods are best, and give lots of praise.  Baby will soon associate wearing a Thudguard with good exploring fun.
baby safely begin to crawl

Second stage:   

It's wonderful!  Baby becomes more energetic and starts to pull himself up against the sofa.  Unfortunately, if he lets go, he can fall face first.  Some time after assisting your baby with learning how to walk (see techniques of learning to walk), he may stop holding on to furniture for support and attempt to cross the floor to another part of the room on his own. 

This is a very proud and exciting time but you may be tempted to stick to him like glue for fear of falls.  Every day, frantic parents rush into hospital after their babies have fallen off a bed, table, or over objects lying around. It happens so quickly!  Babies can fall even with the most careful and attentive parents nearby. 

When babies fall, they usually land head first, since their centres of gravity are in their heads (adults' centres of gravity are in our bottoms). The head hits the floor with a terrible, ripe-melon-like "thud." Thankfully, most of these head injuries are minor. A clear safe area should be created in advance of baby walking with playpen breaks in between. If baby uses the Thudguard in the first stage, then he should be good-natured enough to wear it now.  

Thudguard can be used a few times a day, in short intervals, to allow baby to enjoy his new walking skills.
Baby will begin to pull up on furniture and stand

Third stage:  

Your toddler although walking, may still be less than sure footed so a harness outdoors can be a great help but be prepared for the time when your toddler will insist that you let go and allow him to walk unaided. 

Toddlers love to run free and develop their newfound mobility and grass is usually a good soft landing.   There will be times when there are concrete, patios, and garden furniture or play park equipment that you may be concerned about but cant avoid. 

Thudguard can give great peace of mind in this situation and your toddler will benefit from wearing this cute protective hat as an alternative safety measure.
Exploring the great outdoors

 

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Thudguard Keyfacts

Size

This stretchy, comfortable design is suitable for the ages between 7 months to just over 2 years, depending on the size of the child's head, stretching from 40 to 50 centimetres or 16 to 20 inches in circumference. It is recommended to take a measurement of your child's head first to confirm the compatibility of the Thudguard sizing.

Weight

Thudguard is one of the lightest head guards in the world, weighing just less than 100 grams / 3.2 oz. This ultra lightweight design is extremely important for an infant's developing neck muscles.

Materials

Thudguard helps cushion the forehead, side and back of the head. It is made from ultra lightweight High Density Foam and medium weight, soft-spun poly / lycra. This makes it ideal for stretching and keeping the shape of the helmet allowing it to be very durable and easily kept clean.
On my personal behalf, I want to lend full support to this effort to prevent and mitigate head injury in babies and small children.

Herman Delooz MD PhD FCCM FFAEM (Hons)
Former President of the European Society for Emergency Medicine. Former Editor of the European Journal of Emergency Medicine.

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