Apr 122016
 

Fly Babee

With just over 4 months to go until our European holiday I am starting to get very excited. I can’t wait to see my loved ones again and of course to introduce baby Harriet to her Dutch family. As she will be 11 months old when we travel Hattie will not get a seat on the plane, but thankfully we received confirmation that a bassinet has been allocated to us. Together with our super handy Fly Babee that means she’ll hopefully be able to snooze in peace during the flight:

Fly Babee

Hailed as a real must-have for travelling families the award-winning Fly Babee (RRP $99.95) is the world’s first sleep-easy cover designed for airline bassinets, pram carry cots and strollers. It’s compact, portable and extremely light-weight (just 600 grams!), yet big enough to comfortably fit around airline baby beds and large prams and provide your baby with a private place for a little nap.

Fly Babee Storage BagThe practical pop-up design makes Fly Babee extremely easy to use, it unfolds in the blink of an eye and attaches to the bassinet or pram frame with simple clips. This same strong pop-up frame creates a safe, spacious ‘dome’ around your baby without a claustrophobic feel or the risk of collapsing. When not in use you can keep your Fly Babee cover safely tucked away in the handy carry bag (included) which attaches to your pram with two velcro straps.

Fly Babee Pram CoverFly Babee is packed with plenty of other great features to make travelling with a baby a little easier, for example block-out fabric that locks out over 90% of surrounding light, 100% breathable fabric to avoid overheating and a convenient ‘Chance a Glance’ window so parents can have a little safety-peek without disturbing your tiny dreamer. Whether it’s a walk around the block, a short domestic trip or a long international flight, Fly Babee takes the stress out of your next family adventure.

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

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Oct 082015
 

Fly Babee

Almost a year ago I gave you a sneak-peek of an exciting new baby product called Fly Babee, designed by a clever Aussie mama called Emma. The past year has been a whirlwind of exciting developments for Emma with Fly Babee appearing on Shark Tank (and locking in an investor!) as well as scoring a Bronze Award at the latest St George Banking Group Ausmumpreneur Awards. Clearly people all over the country are falling in love with Fly Babee and it’s time you do too:

Fly Babee

Hailed as a real must-have for travelling families Fly Babee (RRP $99.95) is the world’s first sleep-easy cover designed for airline bassinets, pram carry cots and strollers. It’s compact, portable and extremely light-weight (just 600 grams!), yet big enough to comfortably fit around airline baby beds and large prams and provide your baby with a private place for a little snooze.

Fly Babee Storage BagThe practical pop-up design makes Fly Babee extremely easy to use, it unfolds in the blink of an eye and attaches to the bassinet or pram frame with simply clips. This same strong pop-up frame creates a safe, spacious ‘dome’ around your baby without a claustrophobic feel or the risk of collapsing. When not in use you can keep your Fly Babee cover safely tucked away in the handy carry bag (included) which attaches to your pram with two velcro straps.

Fly Babee Pram CoverFly Babee is packed with plenty of other great features to make travelling with a baby a little easier, for example block-out fabric that locks out over 90% of surrounding light, 100% breathable fabric to avoid overheating and a convenient ‘Chance a Glance’ window so parents can have a little safety-peek without disturbing your tiny dreamer. So with the holiday season coming up, make sure you pack your Fly Babee and take the stress out of your next family adventure.

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

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Mama on Monday

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Sep 072015
 

Every time I near my due date I aim for a last pre-baby visit to the hairdresser, mainly to cheer me up but sneakily also in the hope the birth photos turn out remotely OK. Sadly a sick little munchkin threw a spanner in the works this weekend so it’s another week of dull and dreary hair for me, this baby better stay put! At least my wonderful hubby gave up his Father’s Day to finish a long overdue room swap and I even got to make baby’s bassinet. Everyone is getting very excited!

Mama on Monday

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Bassinet

Wearing:
Charcoal Maternity Top with Faux Cardi by Ripe Maternity
Flora Slim Straight Maternity Pant (RRP $99.95) by Soon Maternity
LiZ Ankle Boots (RRP $285) by FRANKiE4

Fly Babee, first class flying for babies

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Nov 302014
 

Fly Babee

When people hear we recently travelled to Europe for a whole month with four children under six they usually call us crazy. Because all my family lives overseas plane trips are simply unavoidable so (while I admit it is not the most relaxing journey ever) over the last few years we’ve become quite experienced in air travelling with kids. The key is to be well prepared and there are some fantastic products out there to help you make your next flight enjoyable and stress free.

Fly Babee

We’ve flown with all four children when they were babies, even with the twins, so we know first hand how tricky it can be to stick to your normal routine and settle your (newborn) baby into a good sleep. The in-flight bassinets are fantastic but unfortunately they are usually located under a brightly lit TV screen, near the frequently visited toilets and next to noisy kitchens so there is a lot of disruption. Invented by one very clever Australian mama the brand new Fly Babee is here to rescue your baby’s (and your own!) sleep:

Fly Babee Storage BagFly Babee (RRP $99.95) is the world’s first sleep-easy cover for airline bassinets, pram carry cots and strollers. The brilliant breathable design blocks out 97% of hindering light, offers UPF 50+ protection against harmful UV rays, protects your child from the looks of well-meaning strangers and reduces your baby’s exposure to nasty germs. It’s compact, portable and light-weight (it weighs just 600 grams!) and the universal fit will make this every mum’s must-have travel accessory.

Fly Babee Pram BagSetting up the Fly Babee is a piece of cake, thanks to the handy pop-up design it unfolds itself automatically and attaches to the in-flight bassinet or pram frame with one simple clip on either side. Returning it to a compact package and back in the included storage bag takes a bit of practice but after a few tries you will have mastered this technique too. The storage bag conveniently attaches to your pram handle with velcro.

Fly Babee Pram CoverThe dome shaped canopy gives your baby plenty of room to move and breathe and you can check up on your sleeping bundle at any time through the super quiet ‘Chance a Glance’ flap. Once the Fly Babee is in place you can easily put your baby in and take baby out via the big zippered openings. Fly Babee is such a fantastic invention, if you are travelling with a baby this Summer you have to put this great Aussie product on your packing list for sure.

Fly Babee ClipsAs the Fly Babee is the world’s first airline bassinet cover it is hard to compare but it also doubles as a pram cover which makes it a great multifunctional product. Compared to many other pram covers it is a lot quicker and easier to use, all it takes is two clips instead of endless ties to do up or press studs to close. It also offers much more room thanks to the dome shape whereas other covers often stretch tightly across the frame leaving little moving space which can be scary for young children.

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

Apr 182013
 

Out'n'About

Here at Hip little one we really enjoy sharing hip finds and we especially love it when we are (one of) the first to trial an exciting new product. A few weeks ago the award winning Out’n’About prams arrived in Australia and I was lucky enough to take one for a test drive.

Out'n'About Nipper SingleThe Out’n’About brand may be new to Australia but back in its home country the U.K. it is one of the big boys, well known for its high quality products. With a whole range of awards and nominations behind its name Out’n’About has well earnt its place in the pram market and now it is time of Australian parents to put it to the test. The current Out’n’About range offers a 3-wheel single, double and sports model, here’s our miss 2 enjoying a ride in the Nipper 360 Single:

Miss 2 in the Nipper 360

Miss 2 in the Nipper 360

The first words that came to mind when I started pushing the Out’n’About Nipper 360 (RRP $549) were solid, reliable and active. While the pram feels really sturdy and robust it only weighs 9.8kg so it surprisingly light weight. In fact, it is the lightest full-sized 3-wheeler (with 12-inch wheels) in Australia! The strong pneumatic tyres are perfect for our hilly Adelaide suburb and keep the little passenger comfortable even when driving off-road.

suspensionBut it’s not just a great pram for bumpy tracks, its smooth driving and quick turning make it perfect for city life too. Thanks to the rear suspension your child won’t feel every kerbside and the slim size (61.5 cm wheelbase) makes manoeuvring through narrow aisles a breeze. Even though this is a full size pram (not a flimsy stroller) it folds down to a compact package that will easily fit in small cars. You can fold it ‘standing up’, so you don’t have to fold it all the way to the ground which is gentler on your back.

Nipper 360 in the boot

Nipper 360 in the boot

The Nipper 360 is suitable from newborn up to 22kg which is extremely generous (many other prams have a 15kg weight limit), this makes it a very good investment for families as the Nipper 360 can be enjoyed for years. The seat can lie flat to suit newborns and there are three different heights for the five-point harness so you always have the right (safe) fit for your child.

Nipper 360 Single

Nipper 360 Single

The ‘active’ feel of the pram lines up with the sporty look of the Nipper 360. This look may not be to everyone’s taste but it really suits this style of pram. Practical wipe clean fabrics, plenty of storage both under and at the back of the seat (easy access!), a sun canopy and one-touch brake, the Nipper 360 is packed with great features that will make your trip with baby as simple and enjoyable as possible.

If you are like me and prefer using a bassinet for newborn babies you’ll be pleased to know that there is an Out’n’About Carrycot ($199) available too. The carrycot can be used until your baby is approx. 6 months old/9 kg. Compared to other bassinets this design is quite long and slim in shape to avoid baby rolling over at every corner. Our 8 week old fits very comfortably and has plenty of growing space left.

Nipper 360 with Nipper Carrycot

Nipper 360 with Nipper Carrycot

CarrycotThe Nipper Carrycot comes with a removable quilted liner that completely covers the inside of the bassinet and folds over the edges. This is a fabulous design as your baby doesn’t have to sleep against the cold pram canvas and both liner and mattress cover can be machine washed. If your baby spills quite often like our daughter this is really handy, no more scrubbing!

Conclusion:
My over all opinion on the Out’n’About Nipper 360 is that is a very durable, high quality pram that is perfect for active Australian families. From city strolls to tough bush walks, a smooth ride is guaranteed. If you are looking for a pram to take off-road but you don’t want the heavy weight this is the perfect pram for you.

Priced at $549 the Nipper 360 is very affordable and you get great value for money. Out’n’About really stands behind their product and backs it up with a fantastic 2-year warranty, something you won’t get with most other prams.

To stay up-to-date with the latest Out’n’About news and specials make sure you follow Out’n’About on Facebook.

For more information about Out’n’About, to taker a closer look at the features of the Nipper 360 or to locate a stockist near you visit www.outnabout.com.au.

Quinny Buzz

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Mar 192013
 

Quinny

Ever since the twins were born in 2008 I have loved walking, babies safely strapped into the pram and just getting some fresh air does wonders for your sanity. I started off with a big double pram, later I added baby no.3 in a baby carrier. After that my big boy would walk and the two girls enjoyed the luxury ride. This time around I only have one baby in the pram and with 4 years of experience under my belt I knew exactly what I wanted.

Buzz 4Quinny Buzz 4
The Quinny Buzz 4 (RRP $549) has a sleek, modern look that will appeal to many parents. This classy ride offers a comfortable trip for your little one when out and about, yet folds down to a compact, flat package that is easy to transport or store. The reclinable seat can be used in a forward and rearward facing position, a fabulous feature that I really missed in my last pram.

When it comes to setting up the Quinny Buzz 4 it is as easy as undoing the clip on the side, then simply step aside and watch the pram unfold automatically thanks to a clever gas lift mechanism. I love anything that makes a parent’s life easier and is more gently on your back, which we all know is not in top condition after giving birth. The height of the handle bar can be easily adjusted with the press of a button, making the pram comfortable to push for tall dads and short mums and anyone in between.

Miss 2.5 catching a ride

Miss 2.5 catching a ride

Designed to carry up to 20kg the Quinny Buzz 4 is made to last so it is a great investment (for comparison, my 4.5-year old son weighs 17 kg). Both the 5-point safety harness and the footrest are extremely easy to adjust to allow for children of different heights, this is often an issue with other prams and you only find out once your toddler grows taller. Although I mainly use the pram for our newborn I have tested it with the older ones too and miss 2.5 has enjoyed a few rides in it already.

Buzz 3Personally I enjoy the sturdy feel of a pram with four wheels but if you prefer the more narrow shape of a 3-wheel pram you might find that the Quinny Buzz 3 suits you better. Both Buzz designs have the same stylish look, air-filled rear tyres for a smooth ride and other clever features, it is just a case of wheel preference. Both the Buzz 3 and Buzz 4 are a breeze to push and have a (lockable) swivel wheel(s) for easy manoeuvring.

Dreami CarrycotDreami Carrycot
I have always been a big fan of bassinets/carrycots, they look just gorgeous and make such a sweet, snug bed for baby when out and about but also at home. The Quinny Dreami (RRP $249, birth to 9kg) is ideal for newborns as it allows baby to be fully reclined when travelling (this means baby can sleep in the same, familiar position as in a cot).

The Dreami clicks onto the Buzz 4 frame without any effort (no waking the baby) and when the hood is up you can use it as a carry handle, very handy. This is a very sturdy bassinet that will give parents the peace of mind they need when it comes to their precious little bundle. The Dreami comes complete with a foot cover which will you keep your baby well protected when outside.

Baby Sybil having a snooze in the Dreami while out and about

Baby Sybil having a snooze in the Dreami while out and about

I knew I would be using the Dreami Carrycot a lot but I did not know how much of a sanity saver it would turn out to be. From the moment we first placed our little lady in the Dreami she loved it, she fell asleep peacefully and stayed asleep for 5 hours. Since then we have often used the Dreami to get her to sleep when nothing else would work (read all the time), it simply moves around the house with me and lets me do my chores while she sleeps. I can even walk to kindy, pick up the kids and come back home without her waking up at all, how convenient is that?

Maxi-Cosi MicoMaxi-Cosi Mico
If you are in and out of the car a lot you will realise very soon that strapping baby in and taking him/her out is quite a hassle and of course time consuming too. You can save yourself a lot of stress by installing the Maxi-Cosi Mico Infant Carrier (RRP $449, birth to approx. 6 months), a compact and high-quality infant car seat designed with the same Air Protect technology I wrote about back in December.

The Maxi-Cosi Mico is also compatible with the Buzz 4, simply click it onto the pram frame and you have an instant ride without having to move your baby. The Maxi-Cosi Mico is a breeze to install, in and out of the car in less than 1 minute. It is as easy as hooking on the anchor strap and clicking the carrier in to the adjustable base which stays in your car permanently. The seat is generously padded to keep your baby comfortable and well protected, especially around the sensitive head area. Of course it is fitted with an adjustable 5-point safety harness so your precious cargo is as safe as possible.

Quinny Buzz + Maxi-Cosi Mico = The ultimate travel system

Quinny Buzz + Maxi-Cosi Mico = The ultimate travel system

When you take the Maxi-Cosi Mico out of the car/pram and place it onto the ground you can keep the carry handle up to allow the seat to rock gently (great for putting baby to sleep) or move the handle to the back of the seat to secure it and keep it from rocking. Whether you are having a picnic at the park or are visiting friends or family, you will always have a safe, clean place to put your baby. It even has a removable sun canopy to keep baby cool and in the shade, very important especially in the hot Australian summer.

To find out more about Quinny/Maxi-Cosi and to take a closer look at the products featured above go to www.igcdorel.com.au or visit one of the many stockists across Australia.

May 252012
 

I remember standing in the baby store, looking at all the different prams and comparing all their features. A pram is usually one of the biggest nursery expenses and you want to get it right straight away. Three wheels or four wheels, something colourful and trendy or rather something neutral and timeless, to start with a bassinet or straight into a normal seat, there are so many things to consider and choices to be made. Until Rozibaby entered the scene, because this exciting new brand lets you have it all.

Rozibaby is a new Australian label that is all about supplying modern parents with stylish, practical, high quality products that tick all the boxes. The freshly launched Rozibaby pram is the perfect example of their fabulous concept, at Rozibaby they believe that you shouldn’t have to change your style to fit in with a product, instead they let you change the product and make it fit your personality, lifestyle and needs.

The Rozibaby pram is far from a finished, unchangeable product, it is actually built from lots of different parts that you select yourself so you can build your very own, customised Rozibaby pram. Change the colours, change the seat type, the number of wheels, make your pram totally YOU and when your taste or needs change you can just order new parts separately and give your pram a small or big makeover. Your Rozibaby pram changes with you.

Now a pram can have all the looks but if it is not up to the task it is no good, which is why for the past week I have been putting a Rozibaby ride to the test so I could give you the full report. It is no surprise that the ‘build-your-own’ Rozibaby pram arrived in lots of separate pieces, but don’t let that put you off. The Rozibaby YouTube channel has a short and clear instruction video for every piece so I had no trouble setting it up. My first impression was that everything looked very sturdy, streamlined and fitted well.

For me this was the first time I got to try a pram with a lovely high seat (6 months+) like this and I am totally sold, but more importantly my little miss absolutely loved it too. So much less bending down for me and she sat up beautifully, checking out everything around her. For once there was no pulling on the straps trying to sit up, as she was already sitting up. Of course it can also be reclined for a relaxing snooze and it can even face forward and backward. For babies under 6 months there is bassinet option.

My husband always pays more attention to the technical and mechanical side of products so he took the Rozibaby for a test drive too. He spoke very highly of the quality of the materials used, the way the pieces move and fit together and he was extremely thrilled with the 4-Wheel Air Set. This type of tyre is brilliant for the hilly area where we live, the pneumatic (air filled) rear tyres ensure a comfortable ride for baby and you can’t feel every lump and bump in the road.

When folding the pram you do have to separate the seat from the frame, but this is as easy as one click and requires zero effort. In fact all the changing of parts is very simple, like going from 3 to 4 wheels, from forward to backward facing or attaching the canopy, sunshade or rain cover. One of my favourite features (besides the seat) is the bar across the seat as it opens up so you don’t have to wrestle your baby in there from above.

It is obvious that I have been really pleased with the Rozibaby pram and I will be sad to say goodbye to it this week. If I had to give one downside to this clever design it would be the weight capacity. The seat is designed for a maximum weight of 15kg which could be an issue, depending on the child and how long you want to use the pram for. For comparison: my nearly 2-year old already weighs 14kg and still sits in the pram a lot, on the other hand my nearly 4-year old weighs only just 15kg.

The Rozibaby pram system offers parents a flexibility like no other, it is so easy to replace parts that have gotten lost, damaged or maybe you just got bored by a certain colour or want to have a range of colours in your ‘pram wardrobe’ (there are currently 8 colours available and more to come). The separate pieces are very affordable and shipping is free for 98% of Australia’s population.

To find out more about Rozibaby, to take a closer look at all the different options and to build and order your own Rozibaby pram visit www.rozibaby.com.

Now the part you are all waiting for: Rozibaby is generously providing one complete Rozibaby pram package for a very lucky Hip little one reader. The prize consists of the Rozibaby chassis, circle frame, 3-wheel eva tyre set, 4-wheel air tyre set, canopy, bassinet unit, bassinet apron, seat unit and shopping basket; this amazing package has a total value of $1019.55 and of course the winner gets to pick his/her favourite colours.

For your chance to win this awesome Rozibaby pram package (RRP $1019.55) try the prambuilder on www.rozibaby.com and answer the following question: If you were to be our lucky winner what is your ideal Rozibaby pram going to look like?

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