Oct 142017


Isn’t it amazing how our babies, as tiny as they are, respond to their mama’s voice? I love seeing Ted turn his little head when he hears me talk and even my croakiest singing voice manages to calm him down during those midnight nappy changes in the dark. If you’re in need of some nursery rhyme inspiration you can count on The Wiggles to help you out:

Following on from their hit ‘Nursery Rhymes’ YouTube special and inspired by their own personal memories Australia’s favourite wiggly performers Emma, Lachy, Simon and Anthony are ready to entertain fans of all ages with The Wiggles: Nursery Rhymes,

From all the good old classics that everyone loves like Three Little Kittens, Ring-a-Ring o’ Rosy and Old McDonald Had a Farm to more unknown tunes like The Old Woman Who Lived in a Shoe and Ride a Cock-Horse, The Wiggles: Nursery Rhymes DVD  features more than 70 minutes of nursery rhyme fun. Kids can even practise their counting and colours in Arabic, Mandarin and other exotic languages!

Do you want to sing along with The Wiggles on the go? There is a The Wiggles: Nursery Rhymes CD too, perfect for in the car or to play in your little one’s bedroom.

‘The Wiggles: Nursery Rhymes’ is now available on DVD (RRP $14.95) and CD (RRP $12.95) at major retailers across Australia.

To find out more about ABC for Kids get social with ABC for Kids for Parents on Facebook and to order your copy of ‘The Wiggles: Nursery Rhymes’ visit the ABC Shop online.

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Apr 142017

It’s a wrap! With term 1 finally done and dusted we can now look forward to a well deserved Easter break. It’s a perfect opportunity to enjoy a road trip with the family, indulge in a weekend getaway or even just discover some new spots in your local area. If you’re planning to hit the road with your little Teletubbies fan don’t forget to add these to your luggage:

We all know that travelling with kids can be a challenge, but it’s nothing the Teletubbies can’t fix. Featuring 8 exciting app buttons the Teletubbies VTech ‘My 1st Tablet’ (RRP $34.99, 6-36 months) introduces young travellers to music, nature sounds, numbers, letters and much more. They’ll be so busy swiping and tapping the light-up the touch screen and watching eye-catching animations and special light patterns there is no time to get bored!

There is plenty of off-screen Teletubbies fun to be had too, the sturdy Teletubbies ‘Let’s Go Up & Down’ (RRP $12.99) and Teletubbies ‘The Tubby Custard Ride’ (RRP $12.99) board books are ideal for that much-needed quiet time. The bright pictures and simple rhyming text are perfect for infants and toddlers. Curious tots are sure to love pushing, pulling and sliding the many tabs in The Tubby Custard Ride.

Whether it’s a quick nap in the car, a holiday far away from home or just a sleepover at Grandma’s, this soft and cuddly Teletubbies Supersoft Collectible Laa-Laa (RRP $17.99, 18 months+) will help your little one drift off to sleep peacefully. Designed for small hands and gentle against the skin it makes a perfect bedtime buddy, which of the four Teletubbies is your favourite?

Teletubbies books are available from Dymocks, BigW, Booktopia, Leading Edge and all good bookstores.

You can find all your favourite Teletubbies toys at your local Big W, Myer, Target, Toys’R’Us and Toyworld store.

To find out more about Big Balloon, to browse the Teletubbies range and to locate a stockist near you visit www.bigballoon.com.au.

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Mar 282017

Pan Macmillan Australia

With Easter rapidly coming closer I find we’re surrounded by chocolate eggs, bunnies and chickens wherever we go. Thankfully these days parents are more and more moving away from sugar-loaded chocolate gifts and hunting for healthier (and more durable) presents instead. Here’s an egg-celent Easter gift idea featuring the adorable Charlie Chick:

Made from strong, sturdy cardboard and featuring bright, happy colours Charlie Chick Wants to Play is a perfect picture book for little hands. Charlie Chick wants to play, but first he needs to find his ball… The yellow chick searches the farm to find his ball and on his search he comes across a range of lovely farm friends. Young readers will love learning about different animals, finding out where they live and of course lifting the flap to look for the ball. Once he’s found his ball the whole menagerie joins in for a fun game of football.

To find out more about Pan Macmillan, to take a closer look at Charlie Chick Wants to Play (RRP $14.99) by Ant Parker and Nick Denchfield and to order a copy online visit www.panmacmillan.com.au.

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Mar 202015


As a mum of four young children I know all too well the drama baby teeth can cause, for little ones but for parents too! Tiny chompers cutting their way through sore gums is a painful process but luckily there’s some welcome relief in the shape of the gorgeous Mizzie:

Mizzie the Kangaroo

She is soft, safe and squishy, she’s easy to hold, fun to play with and interesting to look at, she soothes and entertains… Join the fast growing group of fans all across Australia and get ready to fall in love with the adorable Mizzie the Kangaroo (RRP $25.95, 0 months+).

Mizzie the Kangaroo ToyMizzie is a 100% natural rubber teething and squeeze toy, designed right here in Australia by real parents like you and I. Not only is she made from 100% natural rubber from the Hevea Tree, she is also free from nasties like PVC, BPA, Nitrosamines and Phthalates and is finished with non-toxic food-grade dyes making her perfectly safe for little children to play with, smell and even chew on.

You’ll be surprised in how many ways this cute kangaroo toy is able to stimulate the senses of young children. Her colourful look and friendly face make her appealing to little eyes while her soft and rubbery texture is pleasant to touch. Mizzie’s gentle, and purely natural, rubbery scent will encourage baby’s smell and to stimulate baby’s hearing she sounds a funny squeak when you give her a squeezy hug. Every single Mizzie toy is individually handpainted, making each toy unique just like every baby is unique.

Mizzie Teething Toy

Measuring a generous 19cm in size and featuring interesting shapes like a long tail, legs and ears to meet those hard-to-reach molars at the back Mizzie offers plenty of teething relief, from the moment those first white buds start to appear up to the last chunky molars. Of course she meets Australian, European and American safety standards so parents can be sure they are purchasing a high quality, safe product.

If your child already owns a Mizzie the Kangaroo and loves her to bits (how can you not?) make sure to share your #mizziethekangaroophoto on the Mizzie the Kangaroo Facebook page for your chance to win a Mizzie Freezzie.

To find out more about Mizzie the Kangaroo, the browse the range and to order online visit www.mizziethekangaroo.com.

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Mar 152015


While most days it is still a lovely temperature outside the nights are noticeably getting cooler which can only mean one thing: Autumn has begun! Personally I love this cosy season that sees nature’s colours change and leaves fall, I also very much enjoy snuggling up near the fire place and wearing warm boots. Make sure your little one doesn’t feel the chill during the cooler months with these gorgeous new Winter arrivals from Skeanie:

Skeanie Winter

Australian footwear label Skeanie creates classic leather shoes for stylish kids. Proudly named as an Associate Partner of The Australian Podiatry Association they value the health of growing little feet and use only high quality materials. Add to that the fact that the Skeanie range is Fair Trade made and you’ve got a winning combination.

Skeanie Infant Snug CreamFeaturing beautifully soft teddy bear fur lining the Skeanie Infant Snug Boot (RRP $39.95) is the ultimate luxury shoe for precious little baby feet. It’s super soft, comfortable and keeps small toes toasty warm during the cold season. Thanks to the adjustable velcro ankle strap you can ensure a correct fit for your child at all times and it makes it super easy and quick to get these little booties on (we all know how hard it can be to fit shoes on chubby baby feet!)

Skeanie Infant Riding Boot RedThis handmade Pre-Walker Riding Boot (RRP $39.95) is probably one of my favourites, I love the smooth, buttersoft leather and with a range of colours to choose from it’s a fantastic winter shoe for both boys and girls. The elasticised sides will help create a nice snug fit so that cheeky little tots can’t kick them off too easily. Depending on the size the Pre-Walker Riding Boots are fitted with a suede sole or split suede/rubber sole to provide excellent grip and flexibility.

To find out more about Skeanie, to browse the range and to order online visit www.skeanie.com.au.

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Feb 232015


It’s colourful, fun, interesting, educational and super cool, the award-winning Yookidoo toy range has arrived in store at Urban Baby and it’s going to sell like hot cakes. Check out what we’re so excited about:


Yookidoo is all about discovery, providing babies and toddlers with innovative toys that engage their growing little minds in many different ways. Colours, shapes, textures, sounds, movement, lights, these delightful toys are sure to keep kids entertained for hours.

Yookidoo Pull Along Whistling DuckThis friendly Pull Along Whistling Duck (RRP $59.95, ages 1-3 years) teaches young children about cause and effect. When you pull him along he will sing and whistle with delight, but when you halt he will stop. If you leave him for a while he will whistle and call you back to play, babies will love this! The colourful bead coaster is removable for another great way of play for little hands.

Flow 'n' Fill SpoutThe Flow ‘n’ Fill Spout (RRP $34.95, ages 9m – 3 years) is one of my favourite Yookidoo designs. Kids just love flowing water but letting the bath tap run non-stop is a costly business and I’d rather avoid a painful accident with a hot tap. This clever battery operated bath toy pumps water from the bath tub so you are not using any more water than normal and the temperature is always right. It comes with three little tumblers so kids can play around with different water effects.

Create an exciting play corner for your toddler in a flash with the Discovery Playhouse (RRP $139.95, ages 1-5 years). This portable play centre is filled with great activities, each of the walls (and even the inside) offers different things to explore, see, do and try. Learn about colours, numbers and shape, practise fine motor skills, peek in the mirror, roll the balls and much more. To save yourself precious floorspace the Discovery Playhouse can be folded away when not in use.

Discovery Playhouse

To find out more about UrbanBaby, to browse the Yookidoo range and to order online visit www.urbanbaby.com.au.

SipSnap, for drinks on-the-go

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Feb 082015

Double Double

You know what it is like, you’re off enjoying a lovely meal at a cafe or restaurant or maybe visiting a friend when you realise you forgot your child’s sippy cup. As a mother of four I know what will happen when you give excited little munchkins an open cup or glass and generally you’ll regret it soon after. The clever mums at Double Double have come up with the ultimate child-friendly solution for drinks on the go, meet SipSnap:

SipSnap TOT

A SipSnap is a colourful, flexible silicone cover that can be ‘snapped’ onto ordinary cups and glass to create a kid-safe drinking solution. Made from durable, high quality, LFGB approved food grade silicone and free from nasties like BPA-, Phthalate-, and Latex-free it’s a super safe choice for your precious babies.

SipSnap CoverNot only are SipSnaps safe for children, they are great for the environment too as they can be used over and over again. After use simply pop them in the dishwasher or steriliser and they’re ready for the next drink. The SipSnap TOT (RRP $24.95 per 3-pack) instantly turns any cup into a sippy cup, easy a pie! SipSnaps are compact, foldable and come with a free carry case so they can just be thrown into your nappy bag.

For older children who are past the sippy cup stage Double Double has come with the stylish SipSnap KID Straw Silicon Covers (RRP $24.95 per 3-pack). They look absolutely awesome and can be used with any size straw, perfect for parties too! While not entirely spill proof these cool covers do reduce the amount of liquid that can splash over the sides when drinking from an ordinary glass or cup. Nice bonus: The cover keeps drinks in and insects out so it is a great picnic product.

SipSnap KID

You can find SipSnap in store at Australian organic baby store Nature’s Child, to browse the range and to order online visit www.natureschild.com.au.