Jun 302016
 

Baby By Sia

No matter how tired or grumpy she is, the sound of the shower never fails to cheer up our little Hattie who absolutely loves bath time. Thankfully so as she is turning out to be a very messy eater, after a busy day she loves relaxing in the bath while I rinse of all that sticky goo. If you adore a squeaky clean baby too but you are worried about what you’re putting on your baby’s skin you’ll appreciate the gentle approach of Baby By Sia:

Baby By Sia Pack

Lovingly created by skin expert and mum-of-two Sia Hendry (the clever lady behind You by Sia) this dedicated skincare range for babies uses the finest kind and soothing botanical ingredients. Each of the specially formulated products values the skin’s natural properties and helps to protect and nourish the natural way.

WashiWashi (RRP $22, 250ml) by Baby by Sia is a fresh and fruity baby wash that gently cleanses and cares for chubby baby rolls and soft tufts of hair. It has a light citrus-based smell that is pleasant and refreshing, perfect for cleaning your tiny treasure at bath time. Made with olive and avocado oil to add moisture and seabuckthorn to soothe the skin Washi keeps your newborn’s skin naturally healthy by preserving the natural oils that make baby’s skin so soft and cuddly.

ZinkiHarsh sun and wind, heaters, airconditioning, germs and other invisible pollutants in the air… when you think about it your baby comes into contact with so many things every day and it is bound to have an effect on their sensitive skin. Zinki (RRP $27, 50ml) offers an effective little layer of protection in the shape of a gentle face and body lotion that is absorbed easily (no thick white paste like many other zinc products). The addition of natural gems like olive leaf extract, green tea extract and coconut oil ensures skin is left hydrated and nourished throughout the day.

MutiOne look at the pretty packaging of Baby by Sia’s Muti (RRP $29, 15ml) and you know you are in for a treat. This luxurious Soothing Skin Repair Ointment is the ultimate rescue package for dry, irritated skin, red patches, nappy rash, burns and bruises. Harriet is a real grabby crabby and sometimes leaves small scratches on her face, Muti is the perfect balm to help calm and heal those red lines. Just a tiny amount of ointment is needed so this compact dispenser goes a long way.

The secret ingredient to this powerful potion are Vitamin C, B5 and K1, skilfully blended with Aloe Vera, Millet Seed and Liquorice Root Extract. It’s safe to use from top to toe so if you are looking for a fabulous multi-purpose product for your precious bundle Muti is sure to do the trick.

To find out more about Baby by Sia, to locate a stockist near you or to order online visit www.babybysia.com.au.

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Sales & Savings – Week 26

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Jun 292016
 

BabyographyBabyography
What? 20% off Weegoamigo
How? Prices as marked
When? Until June 30, 2016
Where? www.babyography.net.au

Tiptoe & CoTiptoe & Co
What? 10% off all boots
How? Enter the code ‘WINTER’ at checkout
When? Until June 30, 2016
Where? www.tiptoeandco.com.au

EarlybirdsEarlybirds
What? 15% off Sunnydays All-in-Ones
How? Prices as marked
When? Until June 30, 2016
Where? www.earlybirds.com.au

Baby BlossomBaby Blossom
What? EOFY Sale
How? Prices as marked
When? Until June 30, 2016
Where? www.babyblossom.com.au

TerryRichTerry Rich
What? 15% off Zebra Surf Poncho
How? Enter the code ‘ZEBRA15’ at checkout
When? Until June 30, 2016 or until stock lasts
Where? www.terryrich.com.au

Little StylesLittle Styles
What? 40% off storewide
How? Enter the code ‘YES40’ at checkout
When? Until June 30, 2016
Where? www.littlestyles.com.au

Jun 282016
 

Penguin

After seeing how well The Kid with the Amazing Head was received by our two 7-year olds I had no doubt Andrew Weldon’s next book would be able to tickle their funny bone too. It must be an awesome group of friends to hang out with: Steven with his magic head and then there is Stuart…

Andrew Weldon

Stuart? Considering nothing rhymes with Stuart and the fact that he is incredibly smart he simply goes by Trevor, Clever Trevor. Makes sense I guess! From the moment he was born this super talented kid has a real eye for special inventions, some incredibly useful and some not so much. When his evil teacher Mr. Shmedric steals one of Trevor’s inventions it makes him very rich, time for Trevor and his friends to come up with big plan to teach the horrible thief an important lesson in Clever Trevor’s Stupendous Inventions (RRP $9.99).

If you have a keen inventor at home who loves a good laugh ‘Clever Trevor’s Stupendous Inventions’ is sure to be a hit. We can’t wait to see what author and cartoonist Andrew Weldon is working on next!

To find out more about ‘Clever Trevor’s Stupendous Inventions’ by Andrew Weldon and to order a copy online visit www.penguin.com.au.

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Memories on Monday

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Jun 272016
 

Ahhh, nothing like a trip to the ER to add some excitement to your week! After an unfortunate encounter with a doorframe our sweet Sybbie ended up with a split head so she has been sporting this stylish look for 5 days. Thankfully a bit of special doctor’s glue did the trick and we didn’t need stitches or pretty curls removed, phew! In other exciting news, baby Harriet finally has two little teeth and her cheeky grin has become even more adorable.

Syb hospital

Hattie 2

Hattie 3

See Kai Run – End of Year Sale

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Jun 262016
 

See Kai Run

When you have a big family like ours hand-me-downs are often the norm, in fact some of our baby girl’s clothes have been worn by all three of her sisters before her! The one thing we do buy new for all of the kids is shoes, as we feel their growing little feet are too important to be wearing footwear that has been worn down by older siblings.

MykahIf you care about a proper fit and excellent quality as well as stylish looks you are sure to appreciate US label See Kai Run. Last year I purchased some gorgeous styles for the oldest three kids (on sale of course!) and they have lasted really well, I think it is safe to say we are big fans. With five pairs of feet that are growing rapidly we’re due for another big shoe shop and luckily for me it happens to be sale time at See Kai Run stockist Shoes of Seddon.

LeeannSee Kai Run has kids’ feet of all sizes covered with three great collections: Smaller, See Kai Run and Kai. Across the range there are some huge bargains waiting to be snapped up, with savings up to 70% these amazing shoes are guaranteed to run out the door so you better be quick. To celebrate the launch of the new Shoes of Seddon website all Australian orders over $50 ship free (Excludes Micro Scooters).

Handy tip: Thought the deal couldn’t get any better? If you sign up for the Shoes of Seddon newsletter you will receive a bonus $10 gift voucher, now that’s awesome!

See Kai Run

To find out more about Shoes of Seddon, to browse the See Kai Run range and to order online visit www.shoesofseddon.com.au.

Slow and Steady with SRC

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Jun 252016
 

SRC

If there is one thing I have learnt after having had 5 babies it’s that ‘bouncing back’ after giving birth is (mostly) reserved for celebrities. Unlike what the media tries to make you believe for most mothers it will take more than a few short weeks to get their pre-baby body back, in fact many of us strong mamas never completely will and we will have to learn to love a new and changed version of ourselves.

A few days before giving birth to Harriet

My own wise mum always says that ‘it takes nine months to grow a baby and (at least) as long to recover’ which I felt was a reasonable and achievable timeframe. For the past nine months slow and steady has been my motto and with a combination of healthy eating and gentle (doctor approved) exercise I am now officially back to my pre-baby weight. Considering I gained a whopping 25kg during my pregnancy (I am feeling a connection with Kim Kardashian here) I am pretty pleased and also a tad proud to have reached my goal. I do have 5 more vanity kilos I’d like to lose but I’ll deal with them once I have stopped breastfeeding.

SRC

Due to pregnancy complications I have had, and still need, to take things easy but thankfully I had some welcome support during my journey. As you may remember I was really pleased with the performance of the SRC Pregnancy Leggings during my pregnancy so I had a lot of confidence in their Recovery Shorts too. Looking back I am convinced I could not have achieved these results without them.

SRC 2

Highly recommended by health care professionals SRC Recovery Shorts are specifically designed to reduce pain and increase pelvic/back support post-pregnancy or abdominal surgery. They are fitted with special anatomical panels that provide consistent gentle medical grade compression to C-section or perineal wound areas so they support and protect in all the right places. Nice bonus: They also help you regain your pre-baby body shape faster!

SRC Recovery ShortsBeing rushed into hospital for delivery a few weeks early meant I didn’t get to pack my SRC Recovery Shorts but I did wear them from day 2 onwards. I won’t lie, the first time I wrestled my way into these shorts I cried, a lot. Being exhausted and emotional, a dose of the baby blues, one big swollen belly and a pair of small, super tight shorts are not exactly a winning combo for any new mum’s confidence. Initially I feared I couldn’t even get them on but within a few days it got easier and as the weight came off the shorts became easier to put on and take off too.

Closely following the product recommendations I wore my Recovery Shorts almost 24/7 for the first three-four months post delivery, only taking them off to shower or for a quick wash overnight. Yes it was unpractical during toilet breaks, rather hot in the middle of summer and a bit tricky wardrobe wise (short dresses or skirts/shorts were a no-go) but the end result has been worth every minute. If I was to have another baby I will most definitely use SRC again both during pregnancy and after delivery, I can not recommend their product enough.

SRC Recovery ShortsIt may sound silly but I actually became a little addicted to my shorts, the support they gave my tummy and back was amazing. Instead of feeling weak I’d feel strong and supported wearing them and they helped me maintain good posture during the many hours I walked around soothing a crying baby. Every time someone commented on how great I looked so quickly after birth I felt encouraged, giving my confidence a boost and ensuring me the shorts were really working.

During my twin pregnancy I developed a significant case of ‘Diastasis of the Rectus Abdomens Muscle’ which never fully healed and only got worse during subsequent pregnancies. This time around it was so bad my obstetrician used my tummy as study material for training doctors, not exactly something to be proud of! I honestly felt like there was no hope for me but diligently wearing my SRC shorts has made a huge improvement, even my doctor was pleasantly surprised.

SRC Recovery Shorts

Around two months after delivery I had lost such a decent amount of weight that my initial SRC shorts had become too big and were no longer providing enough compression to be effective. Based on the fantastic results I had already witnessed I decided to keep going and moved on to a smaller size which helped continue the healing process.

Wearing the correct size is crucial if you really want to get the most out of your Recovery Shorts, so make sure you watch the helpful measuring video and use the size chart to determine the size that is right for you.

To find out more about SRC, to locate a stockist near you or to place an order online visit www.srchealth.com.

Handy tip:
If you have private health insurance you may want to check with your insurer before making a purchase from SRC Health. Many private health insurers in Australia will provide a Health Fund Rebate to customers who purchase an SRC product as they are considered a medical compression garment, designed to aid with the recovery and health of expectant and new mothers. You could save yourself some welcome dollars to spend on gorgeous baby goods!

The Sleep Coach giveaway

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Jun 242016
 

The Sleep Coach

When people hear I am a mum of five they sometimes think I must be a parenting expert by now. While I consider myself quite experienced at changing nappies, wrestling a wiggly baby into a bodysuit and swaddling a newborn in a few quick moves there are plenty of things I still struggle with too. It is no secret that all babies are different and they all come with their own challenges with sleep being one of the biggest battles for most families (including ours!).

Over time many babies settle into a ‘proper’ sleeping pattern by themselves but sometimes this doesn’t happen naturally and slowly the whole family starts to suffer from sleep deprivation. If you are in desperate need of some much-needed zzz’s you’ll be glad to know The Sleep Coach is here to help:

Cheryl FinglesonSnooze Specialist Cheryl Fingleson, also known as The Sleep Coach, is a lovely Australian mum of two who has a real heart for helping young children, and their parents, achieve the restful sleep they all need. As a certified gentle sleep coach Cheryl is experienced, fully trained and well-equiped to develop effective, personal sleeping solutions that will fit your family’s situation and needs perfectly.

Personally I found it very reassuring that Cheryl only supports safe and gentle sleep techniques and does not believe in leaving babies or children to cry it out (CIO), nor in the practices of controlled crying. Even co-sleeping is not necessarily a no-go, here are Cheryl’s top tips for co-sleeping the safe way:

How to Co-Sleep Safely:

Make sure your mattress is firm, as your baby could suffocate or overheat on a soft mattress. If your bed has a frame, a headboard, or is against a wall, make sure the mattress fits snugly, so your baby can’t fall into any gaps. This risk is highest when your baby is between 3 months and 10 months.

Keep the bedding light and minimal, and don’t use a duvet if you are co-sleeping. If your baby is less than a year old, use lightweight covers, and use them sparingly to prevent overheating or suffocation. This risk is highest during his first three months of his life. Check every now and then to make sure he hasn’t wriggled down and covered his head.

Never sleep on a sofa with your baby, as he could become wedged in the cracks between the sofa cushions or between you and the back of the sofa. Don’t co-sleep on a waterbed as these are too soft and may have deep crevices around the frame where your baby could get trapped.

Keep your baby warm, not hot, and dress him lightly for sleep. Contact with your body will raise his skin temperature. As a rule of thumb, if you’re a comfortable temperature, then your baby probably is, too.

Don’t let your baby and toddler sleep next to each other in bed. Toddlers don’t understand the risks, and could roll over onto your baby, or put an arm across his mouth or head. You or your partner should always sleep between the children if you want them both in your bed.

Your baby should never be left alone on the bed, as he could easily fall out, even if you’ve just nipped to the loo. Don’t let your baby sleep on a pillow, or put one either side of him, as he may roll off it or be smothered in the folds.

Buy a rail to attach to the side of the bed or put him in a safe place, such as a bassinette or cot, while you are out of the room.

When is co-sleeping not safe?

Do not co-sleep if:

  • You or your partner smoke.
  • Your baby was premature or had a low birth weight.
  • You or your partner have been drinking alcohol, or have taken medication or drugs. This may affect your memory and you could forget that your baby is in your bed and roll over onto him. You may also sleep so soundly that you are unaware that you’ve rolled on to him.
  • You are extremely tired, or have a sleep disorder, such as sleep apnoea. You may be in such a deep sleep that you don’t wake up if you roll onto your baby.

To find out more about The Sleep Coach, to see what services Cheryl offers and to inquire about a sleep solution for your family visit www.thesleepcoach.com.au.

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