May 302018
 

The uggs are back in use, the woodfire is on and the beds are made with flannelette sheets… the cold season has well and truly arrived! She may be old enough for a proper girl bed, but Hattie is definitely not big enough to manage the sheets and keep her quilt on throughout the night. Of course I hate to think that she’s laying there in the cold, so I trust ergoPouch to keep her warm all night long:

Super soft, padded and snuggly warm, stepping into a ergoPouch 2.5 TOG Winter Sleep Suit (RRP $64.95) is pretty much like being wrapped up in a cosy quilt that fits your body like a glove. I secretly wish they made these awesome sleep suits in my size too!

Over the years ergoPouch has become known around the globe for its dedication to natural fibres, offering parents a safe choice for their baby and the environment. By avoiding nasty chemicals and itchy synthetic fabrics ergoPouch has also earnt the tick of approval from the Eczema Association, great peace of mind for those with sensitive skin! The Winter Sleep Suit outer is made with 95% organic cotton with a touch of elastane to allow active kids to move around freely, while the thick 100% organic cotton filling keeps cold chills at bay with a 2.5 TOG rating.

As Hattie is past the sleeping bag stage the Winter Sleep Suit is the perfect next step, it’s just as comfortable and warm and at the same time it allows her to hop in and out of bed by herself and walk around too. Dressing your little sleepy head and midnight nappy checks/changes are a breeze thanks to the special three-way zip, opening up both the front and back. It also has super handy fold-over cuffs at the wrists (up to size 2) and ankles, allowing you to cover tiny toes and little hands in just a flash.

The 2.5 TOG Winter Sleep Suit is currently available in sizes 1 to 5 years and comes in three gorgeous prints to suit boys and girls: Midnight Arrows, Petals and Triangle Pops.

Hip tip: Sign up for the FREE ergoPouch newsletter to stay up-to-date with all the latest news and exciting arrivals and receive 10% discount on your first order.

To find out more ergoPouch, to locate a stockist near you or to order online visit www.ergopouch.com.au.

Hop on over to our Instagram page (@thewoottons) and follow the prompts under the ergoPouch giveaway photo for your chance to WIN an ergoPouch 2.5 TOG Winter Sleep Suit (RRP $64.95).

LeapPad Ultimate by LeapFrog

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May 282018
 

Woohoo! For a while it seemed like our holiday would never come any closer but with less than 3 months to go we’re finally getting there. I have started packing the first gifts in our suitcases, stocked up on new pyjamas for everyone and set out six backpacks for our six little travellers. When you spend 24 hours travelling (and 5 weeks away from home) you have to bring some great boredom busters (read sanity savers), which is where LeapFrog comes in:

Juliet has owned her LeapPad Ultimate (RRP $199.95, ages 3-9) for about 8 months now so we’ve tested it through and through and I can not speak highly enough of this kid-friendly tablet. Designed by the toy-experts at LeapFrog and backed by a team of dedicated educators this amazing tablet is all about custom learning whilst having fun and staying safe.

Where do I begin? Let’s start with the basics, the LeapPad Ultimate (8GB) has all the popular tablet features like a powerful quad-core processor, dual camera to take photos and videos, WiFi connection (more on that later!), a music player, rechargeable battery and more. It also comes preloaded with a whole heap of cool games and apps that have been thoroughly tested to be appropriate, educational and safe.

From practising your ABC with Letter Factory Flash Cards to fun with animals and learning to care for them in Pet Pad Party, from finding out interesting milky way facts in the Cosmic Cleanup Science Game to solving a mystery in the Dog Show Detectives Interactive Storybook and much more, there is lots to discover when you first tun on your LeapPad Ultimate.

Of course there is plenty more where this came from, so you can expand your content with your choice of 1000+ LeapFrog learning games, videos and eBooks as your child grows and his/her interests change. You can either download them directly to your LeapPad via the LeapFrog App Centre (ideal for last-minute add-ons before a trip) or you can buy selected cartridges at your favourite LeapFrog stockist.

What really makes LeapFrog stand out, and makes its games so much more than just a game, is the special Just For Me learning technology. Without any effort from parents and without any need to change settings this clever technology recognises your child’s progress and automatically adjusts learning levels within the game. This keeps games fun and challenging and helps those little brains develop further.

As a mum of six I know all too well that every child is unique, their interests are different, they develop at different speeds and they struggle with different things too. I love that you can create a personal account for multiple children on one LeapPad device, so they can each access their own content and the games are tailored to their specific knows and needs. When it comes to selecting new apps for your tablet you can search by age and skill which helps you make the right educational choice for your child.

If the thought of allowing your children access to the internet terrifies you I have good news for you. Your child’s safety is LeapFrog’s top priority, which is why they have created a unique Kid-Safe Web Browser. All web content, videos, photos and pages that are accessible via LeapSearch have been triple checked and are deemed safe and appropriate by the LeapFrog learning experts. Here’s to the wonderful world wide web without the worries!

Many parents feel that tablets and small hands are not always a good combination and it’s true, accidents happen to the best of us! Thankfully the LeapPad Ultimate is durable and kid-tough, featuring a shatter-safe screen, super strong frame and wrap around bumper for extra protection. Even better, from the end of June you can get your hands on a new LeapPad Ultimate bundle which comes with a complimentary zip-up Carry Case to keep your LeapPad safe while travelling or in storage.

The LeapPad Ultimate + Carry Case Bundle will be available at BigW, good toy stores and selected online retailers.

To find out more about LeapFrog, to browse the range and to locate stockist near you visit www.leapfrog.com.au.

Disney Princess giveaway

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May 272018
 

With princesses being hot news at the moment there are many girls dreaming of finding their own prince charming. Gorgeous dresses, a sparkling crown, a real castle, a dashing prince and preferably a golden carriage and some talking animals too, there is nothing as magical as a princess life. Especially for those little dreamers Disney has created a royal gift fit for a princess:

Exclusively available at Chemist Warehouse the Disney Princess Story Book Perfume (50ml, RRP $19.99) will make any girl feel like a true princess. Each bottle of Story Book Perfume comes beautifully packaged in a special keepsake tin picturing one of Disney’s much loved princesses. Frozen, Aladdin, Sleeping Beauty, The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast or Cinderella, which Disney Princess is your favourite?

As a mum of four girls I knew that these delightful scents would be a huge hit, the only question was which princess to match with which daughter… Going by the delighted look on their little faces I think I did well, big smiles all around and of course the house smells particularly nice these days as they are making very sure to keep up the perfume throughout the day! They really love the pretty tins with the peek-through window, a lovely place to store their treats and treasures.


Good to know: All Disney Princess Story Book perfumes are ethyl alcohol free and safe for children aged 5 and up. What a wonderful gift idea for your young Disney fan!

To find out more about the Disney Princess Story Book Perfume collection, to locate a stockist near you or to order your favourite online visit www.chemistwarehouse.com.au.

Hop on over to our Instagram page (@thewoottons) and follow the prompts under the Disney Princess giveaway photo for your chance to WIN a Disney Princess Story Book Perfume (RRP $19.99).

Moments4me giveaway

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May 242018
 

I don’t know about you but this miserable winter weather is really weighing me down. The many broken nights, the dark, cold mornings and trying to keep up with life with six little kids… some days it is just about making it through the day and a few spare minutes to myself are hard to find. If you are in need of a little time-out too you will love this welcome treat from Chemist Warehouse:

Produced in France and warmly received in countries all over Europe, eco-friendly skincare brand Moments4me has now made it to Australian shores where it is rapidly becoming a big favourite with busy people desperate for fresh, revived skin.

Moments4me offers a range of high-quality, natural bio-cellulose face masks to suit many different skin types eg. rejuvenating, moisturising, anti-ageing, lifting and more. The range is completed by a de-puffing eye mask, perfect for tired mamas like me! Using natural, active ingredients and being cruelty free Moments4me is sure to appeal to those looking for ways to look after themselves the right way and achieve clean, pure skin.

Moments4me products are convenient, easy-to-use and surprisingly affordable with a pleasant price tag of just $10.99. Whether you are at home, on a business trip or holiday, make sure you always have one of the handy single use masks on hand for a quick pick-me-up. I love the fact that Moments4me is simple, straight forward and stress-free and mess-free too!

To find out more about Moments4me, to locate a stockist near you or to order your favourite products online visit www.chemistwarehouse.com.au.

Hop on over to our Instagram page (@thewoottons) and follow the prompts under the Moments4me giveaway photo for your chance to WIN a Moments4me Pamper Pack (RRP $43.96).

May 222018
 

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If you have a family full of little (and big) Disney fans like I do you will find that picking a Disney favourite is tricky. Rarely do they all agree on who is the funniest, the cutest or the prettiest Disney character and which Disney movie should be watched over and over again. Thankfully there is no need to argue when it comes to Disney On Ice, as this year’s show will feature all your most loved Disney stars:

In a dazzling 2-hour experience the public will become part of the legacy of Disney in Disney On Ice celebrates 100 Years of Magic. Are you madly in love with Aladdin? Get excited by the adventure of The Lion King? Adore the love story of Beauty and the Beast? Love the ocean journey of Finding Nemo? Young or old, boy or girl, every single guest is in for a treat when Disney’s biggest hits slide onto the ice guided by Mouse-ter of Ceremonies Mickey Mouse.

Having seen Disney On Ice before I just love how the characters move around the entire stage so that every spectator, no matter where they sit, gets a great view of their personal faves. You’ll find yourself on the edge of your seat, determined not to miss a second of the action while singing along to all the familiar tunes. This Winter Disney On Ice has lined up more than 30 songs so you better start warming up those vocal cords!

Get ready to be amazed by a magical mix of dancing and singing, jaw dropping stunts and mind-blowing costumes, if you’ve every had the joy of seeing Disney On Ice you know it is a memory that will be treasured forever. Don’t miss your chance to be part of this legendary Disney celebration, book your seats before they’re all gone! Make sure you arrive on time so you don’t miss Zootopia duo Judy Hopps and Nick Wilde solve a mystery…

To say the Disney On Ice celebrates 100 Years of Magic schedule is jam-packed is an understatement. There is no time for rest as the show slides onto the rink in Perth on June 15 and whirlwinds through Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne, Newcastle with the curtains closing in Sydney on July 23, 2018. More popular than ever the Disney On Ice shows are booking out in record time, so they even added some new performances to make sure everyone gets a chance to enjoy the magic. Booking tip: There are still great seats available for Melbourne spectators for the Thursday 7pm, Friday 7pm and Monday 3pm shows.

To find out more about Disney On Ice celebrates 100 Years of Magic, to check out the tour schedule and to book your tickets online via Ticketek visit www.DisneyOnIce.com.au.

Want to treat a special little person to a magical evening of fabulous frosty fun? Thanks to our wonderful friends at Disney On Ice one lucky Hip Little One reader will win 2 A Reserve tickets to see Disney On Ice celebrates 100 Years of Magic on Thursday 5th July 2018 (7pm) at Melbourne’s Hisense Arena (RRP $96). Travel to/from the venue is not included, two entry tickets only.

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May 212018
 

Now that Ted has finally accepted the Neocate formula prescribed by the allergy specialist he is reducing his breastfeeds. Not only does this make me a little sad, it also increases my risk of mastitis which is something I am rather prone to. Knowing how horrendous mastitis is I am well prepared and making sure blocked milk ducts are dealt with promptly and effectively thanks to LaVie:

As the name suggests the LaVie Lactation Massager (RRP $49.95, rose or teal) is a clever little massage tool specifically designed for breastfeeding and pumping mothers. It is compact, it is clean, it is effective, it is waterproof and it is incredibly versatile! If you have ever experienced the pain and discomfort of clogged ducts or struggled to completely empty your breasts during a feed the LaVie may well be the life-saver you are looking for.

The rechargeable LaVie massager has a unique shape that is easy to hold in one hand while you can use your other hand to hold/feed your baby or to keep your breast in the right location for targeted massaging. Using the LaVie is simple and starts by charging the device at the power point. Once fully charged you can turn it on and push the button to select the massaging/vibrating pattern that suits your needs best.

You can then point, move, press and rotate either the narrow tip, long side or the wider end of the LaVie massager directly on those hard-to-reach problem areas in your breasts. The quiet vibration will help unblock those painful blockages and improve milk flow, without all the hard work of a manual massage and you can do it anytime and anywhere. You can even pop the LaVie in your bra before a feed to improve milk let down, so handy!

Obviously every mother and each situation is different and therefore results may vary. Personally I was very pleased with the results and will definitely continue using the LaVie. I use my favourite heat bag (a lavender filled MyOKi) to warm up my sore breast before feeding, then feed Ted from one breast while working on the painful areas on the other side with the LaVie. Being waterproof you can also massage in the shower when you are relaxed and the hot water helps milk flow easier.

Handy tip: If your shoulders get a little achy from breastfeeding your baby (or in my case sometimes two children at once!) you should try to use the pointy end of the LaVie massager on your shoulder. It works a treat!

To find out more about LaVie, to locate a stockist near you or to order online visit www.laviemum.com.au.

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May 192018
 

EK Books

You may not expect it (coming from someone who moved to the other side of the world for love) but I am actually a real homebody, I love staying close to home and I don’t like change. I am at my best when I am at home, in a familiar, safe, comfortable environment where I know everything and everyone. Our little miss Sybbie is just like her mama and she would prefer to stay with me every day which does get a bit tricky sometimes, so I was very excited to discover this gorgeous new EK Books title:

In Scaredy Book we visit the local library, filled with fun, exciting, adventurous books who love being borrowed and going on special outings with the children who borrowed them. Except for Book, a quiet book that prefers the safety of the library shelf. Its pages are still clean and neat, why risk them getting bent, smudged or even ripped out during an ‘outing’? What if he gets lost? But Book’s safe life is also a little boring and it would be nice to see the wide world out there. Then one day Emma visit the library, now its Book’s time to be brave!

If your precious little one needs some encouragement to step out of his/her comfort zone, if you have big holiday or excursion coming up or if you just want to teach your child about being brave, confident and giving things a go, Scaredy Book is a must-read. Written by Devon Sillett and illustrated by Cara King the book is filled with gorgeous illustrations, the story-line relatable and it is both fun for children to read or listen to. Scaredy Book has been a really welcome addition to our book shelf.

You can find Scaredy Book (RRP $24.99) in leading book stores across Australia.

To find out more about EK Books, to browse the range and to order your favourite titles online visit www.ekbooks.org.

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