Oct 032015

OZ Baby Trends

Welcome Baby Giveaway – Day 3

If you are a long-time follower of Hip Little One you will now by know that I am big fan of baby wearing. While it was a little tricky to do with the twins I definitely got the hang of it with baby no.3 and our little reflux baby miss Sybbie (no.4) was attached to me almost permanently. I absolutely love the close feeling of having my baby nearby, there are just so many benefits for both mother and child! If you’re keen to discover the joys of baby wearing too you can count on OZ Baby Trends to get you started:

Caboo NCT

Created by the talented people behind Close Parent the Caboo NCT (RRP $89) is an ideal baby carrier for busy families on the go. It’s soft and safe, light in weight, easy to use, allows for multiple carrying positions and it’s super comfortable to wear, what more could you wish for?

Caboo NCT FrontThe Caboo NCT is suitable for teeny tiny newborns (minimum weight 2.27 kg) all the way up to 15 kg and complies with safety standards so you can rest assured your growing baby is carried in a safe and healthy way at all times. The adjustable design of the Caboo NCT and the classic gender neutral colour makes it a great pick for both mums and dads (and grandparents and babysitters too!).

Caboo NCT BackBaby’s weight is distributed evenly and thanks to the comfortable wide straps that cross over on the rear there will be reduced strain on the wearer’s back and shoulders, after all, a newborn may be light as a feather but baby do get heavier very quickly! Unlike many other carriers the Caboo NCT also offers a convenient hip carry position for older babies, allowing you to enjoy the closeness for longer.

To find out more about OZ Baby Trends, to browse the range and to locate a stockist near you visit www.ozbabytrends.com.au.

For your chance to win a Caboo NCT (RRP $89) enter our giveaway below:

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Oct 022015

Hodge Podge Baby

Welcome Baby Giveaway – Day 2

Whether it’s braving the shops, a relaxing stroll to the park or school pick up for older siblings, sooner or later you’re going to have to take that little bundle of joy outside for the first time. Hodge Podge Baby will help you keep your baby safe from sun, stares and strangers with their gorgeous range of baby must-haves:

Peggles Pram Pegs

Forget about improvising with wooden pegs or sloppy knots, Peggles Pram Pegs (RRP $19.95, 2-pack) are the stylish new way to attach a wrap, blanket or sheet to your baby’s pram/infant carrier when out and about. Shaped like a pretty butterfly Peggles hold your cover neatly in place, so your baby can sleep peacefully in the shade.

Pram PegsI love how versatile these clever clips are, you can tell they are designed by a team of real, hands-on mamas. Unlike traditional wooden laundry pegs Peggles feature a larger and wider clasp to easily fit around your pram frame or sun hood and snuggly hold onto bunched up fabric so it doesn’t slip out with the tiniest tug of little hands. They are available in six trendy colours to suit your baby’s gender, stroller or nappy bag beautifully.

New to the Hodge Podge Baby range are the handy Organic Teething Wraps (RRP $49.95). Made right here in Australia using super soft and breathable 100% Certified Organic Cotton they are not only gentle on your baby’s skin, they are kind on the environment too. The two unique teething corners (BPA free) are excellent chomping material for grumpy babies without the worry of dangerous nasties near your child. Measuring 110 cm x 80 cm in size they are the perfect fit for your bassinet, capsule or pram and of course you can secure your wrap in style with Peggles.

Hodge Podge Baby Wraps

If you want to know what great uses other Aussie mamas have for their Peggles make sure you follow Hodge Podge Baby on Instagram for a regular dose of baby goodness and lots of fabulous Peggles ideas.

To find out more about Hodge Podge Baby, to locate a stockist near you and to order online visit www.hodgepodgebaby.com.au.

For your chance to win a Hodge Podge Baby Prize Pack (RRP $69.90, Peggles Pram Pegs 2-pack and Organic Teething Wrap in white) enter our giveaway below:

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Oct 012015


Each time our beautiful family grows there is that last-minute rush for a big bedroom change and car seat swap before we get to bring the new addition home. Our home is full of love and little people but there is always room for more and luckily there was space left in the car too. I have to admit that fitting five child seats in the car is a bit tricky (and expensive) but we did it!

Maxi-Cosi Euro NXT

If you are a regular Hip Little One reader you may remember that I previously wrote about our choice for a Maxi-Cosi Convertible Booster Seat for our twins. Over the past three years those seats have survived daily car trips, long holidays drives, passenger swaps, drink spills and messy accidents and I can safely say we have been really happy with the design, safety features and quality. Therefore we were confident the Maxi-Cosi brand would deliver again now that miss Sybbie’s seat had to be upgraded to make room for the new addition.

Maxi-Cosi Euro NXTThe Maxi-Cosi Euro NXT is a convertible car seat suitable from birth up to 4 years of age, or until your child reaches the upper height marker. Designed with a removable padded infant insert and multiple recline and headrest positions the seat offers true comfort and support for its little passenger at all stages. The Maxi-Cosi Euro NXT combines top level safety standards with comfort and style, offering parents a beautiful way to transport their new bundle of joy.

Euro NXT Rearward FacingWhen choosing car seats for your most precious cargo safety is obviously most important and knowing the Euro NXT meets the latest Australian regulation for child car seat safety is a great reassurance. Unlike many other child seats on the market this fantastic design allows for up to 30 months of rearward facing, proven to be the safest way for young children to travel by reducing side impact forces by 75%. When it comes to rearward facing the longer really is the better, spread the word! The handy height markers will tell you when to swap the seat around.

As your child grows you can easily adjust both the height of the shoulder straps and the headrest from the front using the QuickFit System, located on top of the headrest. This brilliant feature removes the need to uninstall the seat and rethread the straps like in older seats, what a fabulous time saver and great for people who transport children of different heights in the same seat.

Maxi-Cosi Euro NXT Headrest

The Euro NXT is also fitted with G CELL, the ultimate in crash absorption technology, and the revolutionary ISOGO system, allowing for easy and secure three-step Isofix installation in compatible cars. Unfortunately our car only offers Isofix in certain seats and therefore we can not enjoy the benefits in the seat’s current position, however we look forward to using it when we move the seat in the future for the baby. Last year we experienced the convenience of Isofix during our European holiday and thought it was extremely handy and reassuring.

Maxi-Cosi Euro

Not only does the comfortable, padded design provide excellent protection, it looks luxurious and classy too and the neutral colour schemes will fit in beautifully with the interior of your car. The specially selected Cool Baby wicking fabric is gentle against your baby’s skin and will help keep your child at a comfortable temperature during the hotter months ahead. Good news for mum: The covers of the Euro NXT can be removed for easy machine washing and the complimentary car seat protector mat will help keep your car clean too, after all some ‘accidents’ simply cannot be avoided.

Euro NXT

With our children growing up so quickly I am always trying to plan (and budget) ahead so where possible I try to invest in quality products that are safe, durable and grow with our children. The Euro NXT ticks all the boxes for us and once Sybil grows out of the seat (at 32 months she has just passed the forward-facing marker) the next little passenger will already be waiting to take her spot. By the way, did you know that all Maxi-Cosi car seats come with a generous 6 year warranty on the shell and 3 years on the trim?

You can find the Maxi-Cosi Euro NXT (RRP $649, available in the colours Argento, Dolce, Rouge, Gravity and Vienna) at all good independent retailers across Australia.

To find out more about Maxi-Cosi, to discover the Maxi-Cosi Difference or to locate a stockist near you visit www.maxi-cosi.com.au, contact Dorel Australia on 1300 809 526 or get social on www.facebook.com/maxicosi.australia.

For your chance to win a Maxi-Cosi Euro NXT Convertible Car Seat (RRP $649, colour subject to availability) enter our giveaway below. Please note that by entering this competition the lucky winner agrees to answer four short questions about his/her experience with the Euro NXT:

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Sep 302015

And The Little One SaidAnd The Little One Said
What? 25% off all toys
How? Prices as marked
When? Until October 5, 2015
Where? www.andthelittleonesaid.com.au

Owl Baby
What? Closing Down Sale
How? Prices as marked
When? Until stock lasts
Where? www.facebook.com/OwlBabyStore

All Tots TreasuresAll Tots Treasures
What? 15% off storewide
How? Enter the code ‘BDAYSALE15’ at checkout
When? Until October 4, 2015
Where? www.alltotstreasures.com.au

What? Free shipping Australia wide (Excludes bulky items)
How? Enter the code ‘SpringHolidays’ at checkout
When? Until September 30, 2015
Where? www.tinypeople.com.au

Kiddy ClosetKiddy Closet
What? 15% off storewide
How? Prices as marked
When? Until September 30, 2015
Where? www.kiddycloset.com.au

Cherub Baby
What? Free shipping Australia wide
How? Enter the code ‘FEEDING’ at checkout
When? Until September 30, 2015
Where? www.cherubbaby.com.au

Sep 292015

It’s been a very long time in the making but now the wait is finally over, here’s your first look at the exclusive Girl Guide Uniform designed for the Australian Girl doll. My three girls are always asking for new additions to their Australian Girl wardrobe so I had no doubt this gorgeous new set would be a massive hit, doesn’t it look awesome?

Girl Guide Uniform

The brand new Girl Guide Uniform (RRP $32.95) consists of three pieces: a lovely navy blue pleated ‘skort’ (a trendy skirt and shorts combination), a Girl Guide replica shirt and the unmissable sash, after all you wouldn’t be a real girl guide without it. Of course everyone has to start at the beginning, I wonder what the first badge will be? To create your badges you can use anything you like: Buttons, stickers, tiny appliqués, embroidery… use your famous girl guide creativity and put together your doll’s unique sash.

Aussie Style Jacket

To get the ultimate Girl Guide look you can complete your outfit with the new navy/yellow Aussie Style Jacket (RRP $24.95). While this stylish coat with traditional Southern Cross embroidery on the sleeve matches the Girl Guide uniform perfectly it would also look fabulous on little athletes as they prepare for their next sport match or even the Olympics! Designed for chilly night the Aussie Style Jacket is warm and cosy and does up with a zip (as opposed to nasty velcro!).

Girl Guide Uniform

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

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Sep 282015

Not only is today the last Monday in September, it is also the last Mama on Monday photo I got to take. I hope you have loved watching our baby grow these last few months and seeing what an everyday mama wears during pregnancy, I know I will enjoy looking back at these weekly updates later down the track.

For this last photo moment with my (rather heavy, round) baby bump I am dressed up for Spring in a light and feminine maternity dress by Australian label Szabo. If you’re looking for a pretty party dress that will flatter your bump (at any size) I can highly recommend it! To celebrate the arrival of our new baby we’re kicking off our big Welcome Baby Giveaway on October 1, we have lots of fabulous prizes to give away so stay tuned!

1 Szabo Sunray Maternity Dress

3 Maternity Dress Szabo

2 Szabo Sunray

Sunray Maternity Dress (RRP $149) by Szabo Maternity
Original Saltwater Sandals (RRP $84, Silver) by Little Pinwheel

Sep 272015

For an impatient person like me there is nothing worse than not knowing when things will happen. Even with a due date in hand you can’t rely on baby arriving exactly on that one day you circled on the calendar. Like most expecting mums I packed my hospital bag a few weeks ahead of time and it surprises me every time how much space you need for all your little things. If only this beautiful, spacious new gr8x arrival made it here in time:

gr8x Escapades Holdall

The new gr8x ‘Escapades’ Holdall (RRP $179.95) in stylish charcoal is currently en route to Australia and due to arrive in October. The bad news is that I couldn’t get my hands on one in time for my hospital stay, the good news is that by entering our giveaway below you may well be the first hip Aussie mama to own this fabulous new style!

Picking the right baby bag is a personal decision: some mums like small and compact, while others prefer large and roomy (and if you have twins or lots of young children like I do you have no choice!). Personally I prefer a larger bag with lots of storage space so I can throw in everything I need without squashing and squeezing. The Escapades Holdall is the ultimate large baby bag, it’s ideal for mums of multiple children and it makes a fabulous weekender too.

Featuring a trendy canvas laminate outer that’s easy to wipe clean and four large external pockets the Escapades is both good-looking and practical. On the inside you’ll find one main compartment, perfect for larger items, a change of clothes or baby blanket, as well as elasticized and zipped pockets for your smaller pieces. As a lovely bonus each Escapades Holdall will come with a complimentary soft, waterproof change mat and zipped, insulated bottle traveller, that’s your next day out with baby sorted!

To find out more about gr8x, to locate a stockist near you or to order online visit www.gr8x.net.

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