I don’t know about you but Father’s Day always creeps up on me a little. Four of our six family members celebrate their birthday in August so just when I finish making that last birthday cake I find Father’s Day waiting around the corner. I am giving you the heads up nice and early this year: Father’s Day is 5 weeks away so it’s time to starting thinking of the perfect gift for that special man in your life.
Earlier this month I showed you the new Remington SmartEdge shaver that keeps hip daddy looking office-smart day-in day-out, if you missed it you can read up here. I know I promised to give one away as well so here’s your chance, one of my lovely Hip Little One readers will be surprising a great hubby, dad or even father-in-law with one of these fantastic razors valued at RRP $199.95 this Father’s Day. That’s a pretty awesome gift if you ask me!
To find out more about Remington, to take a closer look at the Remington SmartEdge and to locate a stockist near you visit www.remington-products.com.au.
To make the surprise even sweeter our wonderful friends at Molton Brown have thrown in some luxury skincare products for the deserving dad too, straight from their latest grooming and hair care collection:
Now that all that unwanted facial hair is gone a few pumps of the lovely Ultra-light Bai Ji Hydrator (RRP $62, 100ml) will help moisturise the skin so you can feel clean and refreshed all day. Specifically developed for normal to oily skin the moisturising hydrator leaves skin feeling firm, smooth and comfortable while shine-reducing lentil seed extract controls excess oil and helps reduce the appearance of pores.
To look after the hair that dad does want to keep (if he is lucky enough to have some left!) Molton Brown is recommending the Fennel Extract Anti-dandruff Shampoo (RRP $29, 300ml). Containing carefully selected ingredients, including fennel root extract, this wonderful men’s shampoo gently cleanses your hair, helps eliminate flakes, banishes build-up and excess oils and keeps your scalp fresh and healthy so dad can be comfortable and confident about his looks.
To find out more about Molton Brown, to locate a stockist near you or to order online visit www.moltonbrown.com.au.
Normally our weekends are filled with family activities, lots of fun but also a little tiring when you’re growing a baby. This Saturday I had my most relaxing Saturday morning ever, courtesy of the mandatory Glucose Tolerance Test I sat down in a hospital chair for 2.5 hours of blissful peace and quiet. No interruptions, no noise, no nappies to change, no arguments to solve, no laundry to fold, just me and a good book… I could get used to that! During my past pregnancies I have always managed to pass the glucose test so let’s hope it will be smooth sailing this time too, fingers crossed. Don’t worry, when I got home I made up for lost time by making cookies with my lovely little tribe and pottering around in the garden. For those keeping track, here are this week’s Mama on Monday shots:
Black Shirt Dress (RRP $103, now $75) by Eve of Eden
Some of you may remember that I featured this dress (and its siblings in navy and chambray) on the blog before, back in 2013. I bought my first Eve of Eden shirt dress when I was expecting baby no.4 and loved it so much that I have bought two more since then. These dresses are so easy to wash and wear, they are stretchy, comfortable, timeless, flattering and even have nursing access via the front buttons. This time I am wearing mine with a plaited black belt but each dress comes with fabric belt to match so you can give some extra definition to your growing baby bump.
Over Belly Style Leggings ($10) by Fertile Mind
If you’ve been following the Mama on Monday series you know I have worn these everyday black leggings a lot, and at a bargain price like this I think they should be in any expecting mama’s wardrobe. If you’re yet to grab a pair be quick as I am sure stock won’t last!
Marshmallow Cream Gumboots (RRP $79.95) by Gummie Boots
Brought to you by Heinz Infant
Lots of tears, crying and screaming, rosy cheeks, pulling the ears and chewing on everything they can get their hands on… when you spot these early signs of teething you know that first white bud can’t be far away. There is no straight answer to the question ‘When do babies start teething?’ as every child is different but a teething chart can give you some indication.
As mean as it sounds, there is no avoiding this horrible stage so it’s simply a case of battling through (You will get there, we all do!). If you are in desperate need of a few tried-and tested survival tips here are my three favourite teething remedies:
Teething toys come in all shapes, sizes and colours but I myself particularly like the plain and simple wooden teethers which are usually finished with a food safe oil. The smooth, natural material and rounded shapes are perfect for little hands and baby can chew to its heart’s content without damaging those new teeth or inhaling nasty chemicals. Think ahead and look for designs with an interesting contour so they can reach the back molars too when they rear their ugly head.
If your teething baby refuses to let you anywhere near those sore gums you may find a natural teething oil (eg. Grumpy Gums Teething Oil) applied around the ears and jawline is your best call. This gentle non-toxic formula contains safe essential oils well known for their anti-inflammatory, pain relieving, cooling and soothing properties which will help with the symptoms of teething and it’s great for teething rash too, nice bonus.
The molecules in essential oils are so tiny that they are instantly absorbed through the skin into the bloodstream so your unhappy baby should start feeling better in as little as ten minutes. Many parents swear by natural teething oil so talk to your fellow mummies or read the reviews online to find one that works for you, it could be just the gentle alternative for Panadol or Nurofen you are looking for.
Our four children have always been extra fussy with their meals when teething, so I found a frozen treat was the perfect way to combat those nasty teething pains, cool the gums and get some food into them at the same time. To create a soothing snack for your baby you can use a traditional ice lolly maker to freeze the food or add frozen fruit to a mesh baby feeder. From my experience even the grumpiest baby can be won over with a yummy ice block on a colourful stick, just be prepared for a bit of mess.
If you don’t have fresh fruit on hand or lack the time to cook and mash it, most mums are super busy as it is, you can still make a refreshing teething treat with one of the convenient Heinz Baby food jars. Heinz infant food is prepared right here in Australia and there are lots of tasty fruit combinations (and consistencies) available that babies love. They contain no artificial colours, flavours or preservatives making it a perfect healthy option and you can use these handy jars of goodness straight from your pantry or even the store shelf, it’s so quick and easy!
A little tip: A few years ago we got the handy Zoku Quick Pop Maker which allows you to make ice lollies in just 7 minutes and it really is a fabulous invention. You keep the Zoku unit in your freezer permanently and when teething trouble strikes you grab it out, fill the slots with your child’s favourite Heinz baby food (or fresh fruit, juice or other ingredients), slide in the handles and minutes later your teething relief on a stick is ready!
If you have another awesome teething tip I would love to hear it, please share your mama wisdom below.
There is no denying it, life with a family of six (soon seven) is BUSY. There is always something happening, books to be read, hair to be plaited, jokes to be shared, tears to be dried, chores to be done, meals to be cooked and much more. Most days I manage to stay sane (some I don’t!) thanks to my organised nature. I am a planner, someone who thinks ahead where possible and gets things sorted in advance to avoid chaos.
Like all mums I have many jobs and some I am better at than others, I’ll be honest and admit that cooking will never be my big talent but of course my hungry tribe still needs to be fed so it has to be done. Thankfully it is okay not to be good at everything and there are some wonderful mamas out there who generously share their gifts and ideas to keep you inspired like the lovely Katrina at The Organised Housewife.
I often jump onto Katrina’s blog to discover new recipes and meal ideas and I particularly love her helpful Lunchbox Ideas section. Prepared with a big stack of Décor containers and inspired by The Organised Housewife I regularly fill up my freezer with delicious meals, lunchbox snacks for our kids, that way I never find myself empty handed! I love opening my fridge or freezer and seeing a stack of red containers full of yummy, homemade food waiting for us.
The reusable Décor Microsafe range is ideal for storing meals in fridge or freezer and even defrosting, heating and steaming in the microwave thanks to the handy steam release vent. Doing all of this in one single container means no need to transfer food and create more dirty dishes, yay! The stackable containers are available in a wide range of shapes and sizes (perfect for family meals, single meals, cakes, soups and sauces) and you can use your fridge and freezer space as efficiently as possible.
To help you keep track of your stash you can label your meals with Tellfresh Tags that can be attached to the side of each container. The Tellfresh Storer System Tag Set (RRP $3.49) comes with 12 waterproof tags, a little pencil and eraser (yep, they’re reusable) so you will never be guessing what exactly is inside and when you cooked it, that means there will be less wasted food. Décor Microsafe products are made right here in Australia and are free from BPA so they keep your food fresh AND safe.
To find out more about Décor, to locate a stockist near you and to browse the range visit www.decor.com.au.
Now that we have dug up most baby goods from storage we’ve finally put together a short shopping list for the last missing bits and pieces. Most items can easily do with some more squishy baby-love but sadly our bouncer has not survived its winter sleep, I am a little sad as it holds sweet memories but there is nothing we can do about it. On the hunt for a lovely replacement I stumbled upon this super stylish number at The Little Haven:
The Bamboo, created by Italian designer label Bombol, is a beautiful modern piece of nursery furniture that would look stunning in any nursery or living room. Inspired by the famous properties of nature’s own bamboo this classy seat is light, flexible, durable and strong, in fact it is so strong it can easily hold up to an impressive 18kg (the weight of an average 4-5 year old). From baby bouncer to comfy ‘chaise longue’, what a brilliant investment for young families!
From sit and play to rest and nap, thanks to the patented Dynamic Backrest the Bamboo bouncer adjusts to your child’s needs effortlessly. Not only can parents adjust the position of the seat without disturbing a sleeping baby, children can also change their position independently simply by shifting their weight, how easy is that? This ability to move positions easily in combination with the ergonomic design encourages healthy development.
You can use the Bamboo from birth (3.5kg onwards) keeping baby comfortable strapped in by the safety harness. However smaller babies might lack the weight to bring Bamboo’s Dynamic Backrest down to the sleeping position so for those lightweight bubbas a special New Born Kit is available. The New Born Kit provides extra head support and adjusts the Bamboo’s performance to the lighter weight of smaller babies.
The Bombol Bamboo Bouncer (RRP $289.95) is currently available in three stylish unisex colours: Spring (lime), Elephant (grey) and Coconut (cream). Which one is your favourite?
To find out more about The Little Haven, to take a closer look at the Bombol Bamboo Bouncer and to order online visit www.thelittlehaven.com.au.
Unless you have been living under a rock, if you are an expecting or new mum you have most likely heard of Australian label Love To Dream. Their gorgeous range of easy swaddles and sleeping bags is helping babies (and parents!) all over the country get some much needed zzz whilst being comfortable, safe and stylish.
The Swaddle Up Original, a Love To Dream top-seller, is hugely popular all year around and this season Swaddle Up fans are in for a treat with a very special limited edition design. Featuring a trendy denim, aqua and white stripe print the new Denim Swaddle Up is perfect for both boys and girls or of course little surprise babies like our own!
So what’s the Swaddle Up excitement all about? The Swaddle Up (RRP $39.95-$41.95, from 2kg- 11kg) is an easy-to-use, quick, fool-proof, zip-up baby swaddle that encourages self soothing by allowing baby to sleep with its hands up. Some parents and carers finds all the folding, stretching and tucking of traditional wrapping with a large piece of fabric a little tricky, well none of that hassle with Swaddle Up. Simply place your baby in the swaddle, do up the zip and you’re done!
Made from soft and stretchy cotton-elastane fabric the Swaddle Up provides little ones with that snug, safe swaddling feeling whilst leaving enough space for growing hips to wiggle (unlike conventional tight wraps that may restrict hip movement and could potentially do serious harm). Thanks to the two-way zip midnight nappy changes are a breeze and there is even a handy opening for your stroller straps, that way your baby can stay asleep on the go too.