Nov 162014


If you are a regular Hip Little One reader you probably read about our 5-week European holiday back in August. We had an amazing time and I posted plenty of hip holiday snaps on the Hip Little One Facebook page sharing our adventures, outfits and our ways of getting around with four young children. Several people asked me how we managed to bring a full size pram on our trip, the answer is simple: Out’n’About.

Nipper V4

Designed in the UK the Out’n’About Nipper Single V4 (RRP $649) is an award-winning all terrain pram that is huge in luxury, quality, comfort and features and small in weight and (folded) size, it is amazing. Weighing in at less than 10kg the Out’n’About Nipper is one of the lightest full size prams available making it the perfect travel companion.

Nipper V4 Mojito GreenThe Out’n’About Nipper Single features a sturdy and lightweight aluminium frame that feels solid and safe, it folds without any effort and all components fit and click in easily showing excellent engineering and high quality materials. I am not usually a big fan of three wheel prams but the Nipper has won me over, in my opinion the best word to describe the Nipper feeling is ‘reliable’ which is exactly what I want from a pram carrying my precious cargo.

Nipper V4 Pedal BrakeThe Nipper has a 5-point safety harness, one pedal break and a comfortable, wipe clean, padded seat that can be adjusted from sitting up to full recline to suit a newborn or a sleeping child. I love that you can recline it slowly (as opposed to ‘clicking’ it into position like many other prams) so your baby will stay asleep, we often took miss Sybbie out for a walk in the pram at night to get her to sleep (horrible jet lag!).

Nipper V4 FoldCompared to other full size prams the Out’n’About Nipper folds down to a surprisingly compact package and when you take off the quick release wheels it’s even smaller, measuring just 48cm x 29cm x 86cm. We travelled to Paris with one week of luggage for six people and a pram in the boot, not bad if you ask me! Unfolded the Nipper V4 is long enough to accommodate older children and slim enough to fit through doorways and shopping aisles.

suspensionThanks to the strong pneumatic tyres and independent rear suspension the Nipper V4 is not to only light to push and gentle on your back, it’s also more comfortable for your little passenger who won’t feel every tiny rock and bump. On our previous holiday we brought a simple umbrella stroller which does the job but it’s nothing compared to the solid, luxurious feel of the Nipper. From the beach to the forest, from the zoo to Disneyland, from the centre of Paris to airports across the globe, it drives smoothly everywhere.

Nipper V4 Handle BarOther important reasons we chose the Nipper Single as our holiday ride is the adjustable handle bar (hubby is 30cm taller than I am) and generous 22kg weight limit. With four children under six there is always someone with tired legs so at times we were swapping pram passengers like it was a game of musical chairs. From our baby to the the oldest two, everyone sat really comfortably and even slept so it’s a perfect buggy for families with  children of different ages.

There are several Out’n’About Accessories available to help create the perfect package for your child and your adventures, e.g. Out’n’About Carrycot, Sun Mesh, Travel Bag, Foot Muff, Car Seat Adapters and more.

The Out’n’About Nipper V4 series has just arrived in Australia in a range of exciting new colours: Purple Punch, Mojito Green, Lagoon Blue, Raven Black and Carnival Red. Which colour do you like most?

For more information about Out’n’About, to browse the range and to locate a stockist near you visit www.outnabout.com.

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Nov 152014

Little Bossy Boots

The catalogues are full of gorgeous Christmas gifts, stores are filled with beautiful decorations and sweet carols are playing as you browse the supermarket, whether you like it or not we are getting closer to Christmas. Personally I love the festive atmosphere and my girls adore all the sparkly tinsel and shiny baubles, the prettier the better. Miss Sybil is totally rocking the Christmas cheer with this adorable pair of Little Bossy Boots moccasins:

Little Bossy Boots Gold

Made right here in Melbourne, Australia, each pair of Little Bossy Boots baby shoes is totally gorgeous, safe, comfortable and lovingly handmade from 100% genuine Italian leather.

Little Bossy Boots Gold Glitter

As recommended by podiatrists Little Bossy Boots moccasins ($40) feature soft, flexible soles to stay as close as possible to the ‘bare foot feeling’ that is so important for growing little feet. The size ranges caters for children from 3 to 24 months old, I am so glad we just scraped in! You can tell by the fine details that a lot of care has gone into creating these sweet moccasins: the stitching, the precise cuts of the tassels, the elastic opening that’s gentle and soft yet tight enough to keep the shoes from coming off too easily.

LBB Red MoccassinsThere are currently more than 40 different moccasins to choose from in a rainbow of colours, there is a colour and print to suit every little boy and girl and every occasion. With Christmas around the corner I expect these gorgeous red babies to fly off the shelf so if you’re keen you better get your order in quickly. As this a handmade product allow 7 days for the shoes to be made and shipped out to you.

Little Bossy Boots tinThis Christmas you can yourself the trouble of wrapping up your Little Bossy Boots gifts yourself as each pair of moccasins comes beautifully packaged in a pretty Little Bossy Boots Keepsake Tin, it looks fantastic, makes your purchase instantly ‘gift ready’ and can be reused afterwards. Use it as a lunch box, to store your hair accessories or keep all your other loose bits and bobs neatly together, the options are endless.

To find out more about Little Bossy Boots, to locate a stockist near you or to order online visit www.littlebossyboots.com.

Nov 142014

Coles Big Nappy Change

Have you tried the new Coles Little Explorer nappies yet? We recently took the 5-day Big Nappy Challenge and gave them the thumbs up. The great 3-Way Active Fit, reliable seals (no leaks during our test period) and permanent affordable pricing make Coles Little Explorer disposable nappies a fantastic nappy choice and I will purchase them with confidence.

To read my complete review visit Bub Hub In the Spotlight goo.gl/2E6znN.

Make sure you click through to the Coles Little Explorer website to win a 1-year supply of nappies, what an amazing win that would be!

Coles Little Explorer front

Nov 142014

Two weeks ago I was invited to the twins’ school to talk to the children about Hip Little One. We talked about spotting cool stuff, trends, TV, popular toys and characters, Christmas wish lists and the impact other people have on our shopping. We ‘reviewed’ a couple of items together and it was really interesting to see how their little minds work.

Olaf Pillow Pet

One of the products we looked at was a Pillow Pet, a very popular item amongst young Australian children. The students all agreed that Pillow Pets are totally cool, they are soft and cuddly and an excellent companion for snuggles on the couch or bedtime hugs. From a mother’s point of view I like that Pillow Pets are safe and machine washable so they will last for years. That’s a pretty good review if you ask me!

Pillow Pet OlafThe Pillow Pet family is always expanding with gorgeous new designs so there is a friendly pal to suit everyone. The girls loved everything pink, purple and sparkly, the boys were more into dinosaurs, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Cars, there are so many different options! Just in time for Christmas Frozen’s favourite snowman Olaf has made his first appearance, he’s soft, white and huggable and won’t melt no matter how many warm hugs you give him!

Let’s hope the mums don’t blame me for all the Olaf Pillow Pets that have now made their way onto the Christmas wish lists!

The Olaf Pillow Pet (RRP $34.99, size 16″) is now available at Target, Big W, Spotlight, TRU and independent toy stores across Australia.

For a limited time only, order two or more items from www.mypillowpet.com.au and receive free shipping Australia wide.

To find out more about Pillow Pets, to take a closer look at the different designs and to order online visit www.mypillowpet.com.au.

Nov 132014

Adventure Passport

Ever since our European adventure a few months ago the kids have been intrigued by different continents, countries and cities and are forever studying the world map to locate the places we’ve visited. Even if your child has never been outside of Australia they are able to learn more about the world we live in with their very own Adventure Passport:

Adventure Passport

From Europe to The Americas and from The Orient and Africa to Asia Pacific, each Adventure Passport (RPP $39.95) Geo Discovery Activity Kit will take your little explorer on a fun adventure around a different part of the globe.

Adventure Passport EuropeFriendly twins Preston and Sienna are off travelling the world and they would love to keep your child in the loop by sharing all about the people they meet, the things they see, the languages they learn, the animals they spot, the things they eat and much more. Created with children aged 5-10 in mind these colourful kits are fun, educational and interactive and they make a fabulous holiday project.

Adventure Passport The AmericasEach kit contains letters from the twins’ latest holiday destination, a map, an oversized toy passport to personalise, sticker sheets, photos and a fabulous selection of activities based on your chosen part of the world, all neatly packed together in a cool little suitcase. If you’ve been looking for a way to spark your child’s interest in geography Adventure Passport is exactly what you need!

There are currently 4 different Adventure Passport kits to choose from, where would you like to go next? Please note that Adventure Passport kit contents may differ from the pictures. You can find the Adventure Passport range in the Coccinella store at super stylish market place Down That Little Lane.

Adventure Passport kit

To find out more about Down That Little Lane, to browse the Coccinella store and to order online visit www.downthatlittlelane.com.au/coccinella-eco.

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Nov 122014

Tiptoe & CoTiptoe & Co
What? Save 15% on all Tiptoe & Co Baby Shoes
How? Enter the code ‘SWEET15′ at checkout
When? Until November 20, 2014
Where? www.tiptoeandco.com.au

French BazaarFrench Bazaar
What? 15% off all full priced items + free shipping Australia wide
How? Enter the code ‘mywish’ at checkout
When? Until November 16, 2014
Where? www.frenchbazaar.com.au

Bonito BabyBonito Baby
What? 20% off storewide
How? Discount automatically applied at checkout
When? Limited time only
Where? www.bonitobaby.com.au

So FofoSo Fofo
What? Storewide Birthday Sale
How? Prices as marked
When? Limited time only
Where? www.sofofo.com.au

What? 25% off dresses
How? Enter the code ‘DRESS UP’ at checkout
When? Until November 12, 2014
Where? www.baobab.com.au

WDYGT?Where Did You Get That?
What? 20% off all Stocking Stuffers
How? Enter the code ‘STUFF-THAT’ at checkout
When? Until November 12, 2014
Where? www.wheredidyougetthat.com.au

Nov 112014


With just six weeks to go until Christmas it’s time to start thinking about the kids’ Christmas outfits. Personally I love seeing my girls in dresses, all year around but especially at Christmas time so I tend to buy each of them a special Christmas dress every year. If you’re on the lookout for a pretty, practical and party perfect frock for your little lady make sure to visit Baobab:

Baobab DRESS Up sale

Right now you can save a huge 25% on all Baobab dresses (yes, even the styles already on sale!) with the code ‘DRESS UP’. Hurry as this great offer ends tomorrow November 12, 2014. 

Australian label Baobab creates beautiful organic cotton children’s clothing that is stylish, comfortable and gentle on your child’s skin as well as the environment. With more than 30 dresses to choose from, of which quite a few already reduced, there is a dress for every child, budget and weather forecast. Which one is your favourite?

Baobab Halter Dress

Personally I have a soft spot for this gorgeous Halterneck Dress ($46.95, size 2-8) , it’s sweet and twirly and can be worn long after Christmas has come and gone. The Halterneck Dress is available in a delightful mauve colour with cute contrasting trim and in trendy blue chambray with fresh green binding, a fantastic options for girls who don’t want to wear pink or purple. Just keep in mind that this is a very popular style and selling quickly, if you love it you better quick scoop it up before it’s gone!

To find out more about Baobab, to locate a stockist near you and to order online visit www.baobab.com.au.