Jul 162018
 

With less than four weeks to go until our big holiday I am starting to feel a little pressed for time. Packing for eight, passports and paperwork, preparing school activities for our trip, keeping on top of the housework, every day life with a big family… and don’t forget gift shopping for our family and loved ones! I am so excited to meet my two brand new nephews for the first time and we can’t wait to spoil them with plenty of gifts.

If you’re shopping for a sweet new arrival but are a little short on time (who isn’t these days?) or lack inspiration you are sure to appreciate My Baby Gifts. The clever team behind this fabulous Australian online store takes the hassle out of baby gift shopping by putting together the perfect baby present and delivering it straight to the lucky recipient, packed in a gorgeous gift box. Surely shopping for presents doesn’t get any easier than that!

My Baby Gifts has the whole family covered with a range of lovingly handpicked gifts for precious newborns (including twins), as well as their proud siblings and the new parents. From beautiful  baby clothing to cute toys, from stunning nappy cakes to lovely keepsake blankets, from soft teddies to first books and much more, with so many ready-to-go hampers to choose from there is a match for every baby and every occasion. Especially for eco-conscious parents there are some wonderful organic options available too.

I know I shouldn’t play favourites but this adorable baby blue Peter Rabbit Gift Hamper is one of my top picks, I love that it contains gifts to be enjoyed right now and some to be used as baby gets bigger. The little plush bunny and Peter Rabbit feeding set would be treasured for many years to come. You can even add a celebratory bottle of Moët & Chandon (200ml) to surprise mum and dad!

Every single hamper item has been carefully selected for its high quality, durability and style and many of the labels stocked by My Baby Gifts are proudly Australian, eg. Bonds, Marquise and Emotion & Kids. Good to know: The standard shipping rate is just $9.95 Australia wide, so you can send your birth, baby shower or christening gifts interstate without breaking the bank and you don’t even have to take care of the gift wrapping! Express delivery is available for last-minute gifts.

Thanks to our generous friends at My Baby Gifts one lucky Hip Little One reader will win a fantastic My Baby Gifts baby hamper (RRP $119) for his/her baby boy or girl. The winner can choose the delightful Floral Blossom Gift Set (Girl) or the stylish Deluxe Blue Star Hamper (Boy), which one would you pick?

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Save 10% at Hello Mama

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Sep 072017
 

Radiant skin, glossy hair and a beautiful compact baby bump? I don’t know about other expecting mamas but exhausted, uncomfortable and simply huge is a much better description for the way I am feeling right now. With just single digits to go until our baby is due to arrive I have been feeling rather up and down. On the one hand I am savouring these last days of baby kicks and wriggles, on the other hand I have no energy left and am ready to meet our new addition.

In the middle of all this last-minute stress and baby prep I felt very spoilt to receive this gorgeous surprise box of loveliness from Hello Mama, just the pick-me up this tired mama needed!

Hello Mama owner and Aussie mother-of-one Kelly knows first hand what it is like to grow and look after a brand new baby. She also knows that finding the right gift for a special mama is time consuming and time is something we’re all short of. Kelly decided to help us all out by doing all the hard work for you, delivering a fabulous range of ready-made gift boxes full of luxurious, handpicked gifts for modern mamas and their babies.

Whether you are shopping for a mama-to-be, a first-time mum, seasoned mother or little bundle of joy, Kelly has put together a selection of refreshing goodies that are guaranteed to be received with delight. Each Hello Mama gift box arrives beautifully packaged, tailored to the specific needs of the recipient and filled with unique, high quality products that ooze style and luxury.

From delicate organic skincare to scrumptious handcrafted chocolates, from soothing toiletries to calming candles, from lactation cookies to a magazine to wind-down with, from sweet baby suits to funky wooden teethers and much more, there is a perfect combination for everyone and every budget. I just love how every Hello Mama box shows great care and understanding for the needs and struggles of that specific stage, allowing you to take some time out, put yourself first and enjoy the little things in life.

Swap standard for special, boring for beautiful and ordinary for outstanding with Hello Mama, the gift box experts! Prices start at $35 and worldwide delivery is available.

Shopping for that perfect present? For a limited time only Hip Little One readers can save 10% storewide at Hello Mama. Simply enter the code ‘HIP10’ at checkout, offer ends October 7, 2017.

To find out more about Hello Mama, to take a closer look at all the different gift boxes and to order online visit www.hellomama.com.au.

Slow and Steady with SRC

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Jun 252016
 

SRC

If there is one thing I have learnt after having had 5 babies it’s that ‘bouncing back’ after giving birth is (mostly) reserved for celebrities. Unlike what the media tries to make you believe for most mothers it will take more than a few short weeks to get their pre-baby body back, in fact many of us strong mamas never completely will and we will have to learn to love a new and changed version of ourselves.

A few days before giving birth to Harriet

My own wise mum always says that ‘it takes nine months to grow a baby and (at least) as long to recover’ which I felt was a reasonable and achievable timeframe. For the past nine months slow and steady has been my motto and with a combination of healthy eating and gentle (doctor approved) exercise I am now officially back to my pre-baby weight. Considering I gained a whopping 25kg during my pregnancy (I am feeling a connection with Kim Kardashian here) I am pretty pleased and also a tad proud to have reached my goal. I do have 5 more vanity kilos I’d like to lose but I’ll deal with them once I have stopped breastfeeding.

SRC

Due to pregnancy complications I have had, and still need, to take things easy but thankfully I had some welcome support during my journey. As you may remember I was really pleased with the performance of the SRC Pregnancy Leggings during my pregnancy so I had a lot of confidence in their Recovery Shorts too. Looking back I am convinced I could not have achieved these results without them.

SRC 2

Highly recommended by health care professionals SRC Recovery Shorts are specifically designed to reduce pain and increase pelvic/back support post-pregnancy or abdominal surgery. They are fitted with special anatomical panels that provide consistent gentle medical grade compression to C-section or perineal wound areas so they support and protect in all the right places. Nice bonus: They also help you regain your pre-baby body shape faster!

SRC Recovery ShortsBeing rushed into hospital for delivery a few weeks early meant I didn’t get to pack my SRC Recovery Shorts but I did wear them from day 2 onwards. I won’t lie, the first time I wrestled my way into these shorts I cried, a lot. Being exhausted and emotional, a dose of the baby blues, one big swollen belly and a pair of small, super tight shorts are not exactly a winning combo for any new mum’s confidence. Initially I feared I couldn’t even get them on but within a few days it got easier and as the weight came off the shorts became easier to put on and take off too.

Closely following the product recommendations I wore my Recovery Shorts almost 24/7 for the first three-four months post delivery, only taking them off to shower or for a quick wash overnight. Yes it was unpractical during toilet breaks, rather hot in the middle of summer and a bit tricky wardrobe wise (short dresses or skirts/shorts were a no-go) but the end result has been worth every minute. If I was to have another baby I will most definitely use SRC again both during pregnancy and after delivery, I can not recommend their product enough.

SRC Recovery ShortsIt may sound silly but I actually became a little addicted to my shorts, the support they gave my tummy and back was amazing. Instead of feeling weak I’d feel strong and supported wearing them and they helped me maintain good posture during the many hours I walked around soothing a crying baby. Every time someone commented on how great I looked so quickly after birth I felt encouraged, giving my confidence a boost and ensuring me the shorts were really working.

During my twin pregnancy I developed a significant case of ‘Diastasis of the Rectus Abdomens Muscle’ which never fully healed and only got worse during subsequent pregnancies. This time around it was so bad my obstetrician used my tummy as study material for training doctors, not exactly something to be proud of! I honestly felt like there was no hope for me but diligently wearing my SRC shorts has made a huge improvement, even my doctor was pleasantly surprised.

SRC Recovery Shorts

Around two months after delivery I had lost such a decent amount of weight that my initial SRC shorts had become too big and were no longer providing enough compression to be effective. Based on the fantastic results I had already witnessed I decided to keep going and moved on to a smaller size which helped continue the healing process.

Wearing the correct size is crucial if you really want to get the most out of your Recovery Shorts, so make sure you watch the helpful measuring video and use the size chart to determine the size that is right for you.

To find out more about SRC, to locate a stockist near you or to place an order online visit www.srchealth.com.

Handy tip:
If you have private health insurance you may want to check with your insurer before making a purchase from SRC Health. Many private health insurers in Australia will provide a Health Fund Rebate to customers who purchase an SRC product as they are considered a medical compression garment, designed to aid with the recovery and health of expectant and new mothers. You could save yourself some welcome dollars to spend on gorgeous baby goods!

Jan 072016
 

Toucan

As you may have read earlier this week miss Sybbie finally made the move to a big bed. After trying for 8 months to convince our stubborn 2-year old it was the temptation of the ‘big girl room’ that won her over. We’re lucky enough to have a huge room that easily sleeps three girls so it all works out well, they love each other’s company (most of the time).

Toucan sisters

All this swapping beds and bedrooms called for some redecorating and I am really pleased with how our ‘girls dorm’ turned out. We have chosen to keep our walls neutral throughout the house and decorate with accessories instead: matching bedlinen for all my girls, a nice rug, pretty wall stickers and this gorgeous ‘sisters make the best friends’ print, isn’t it lovely?

Toucan prints

Australian label Toucan offers a range of stylish home decor pieces that provide you with an instant designer look, but without the designer price tag (just the way we like it!).

Tribal FeathersWhether it’s for your living room or kids space, nursery or playroom, a boys or girls room, with more than 130 different designs to choose from the Toucan prints collection has got your wall covered. They even create personalised (birth) prints, a perfect gift for squishy new arrivals! Now that baby Harriet has moved into the nursery I am looking forward to making her room ‘hers’, I think the Tribal Feathers would look amazing.

Cloud and HeartsToucan prints are available in sizes A4-A1 and come unframed so you can handpick a frame that suits your taste and your space beautifully. Prices start at a very affordable $15 up to $45, allowing you to change your print as often as your style or decor changes without breaking the bank. All prints are made to order (doesn’t that make you feel a little special?) and are generally shipped within 10 days of placing your order.

To find out more about Toucan, to browse the range and to order online visit www.toucanonline.com.

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Oct 172015
 

Sophie la Girafe

Most of us will know Sophie the Giraffe as the famous French teething toy loved by tots around the globe. Made from 100% natural rubber and designed with interesting shapes and textures to bite and chew on she is the perfect helper when it comes to teething trouble. But Sophie does more than soothe sore gums, she brings lots of giggles too in this sweet new board book brought to you by Penguin Books Australia:

Sophie's Big Noisy Book

As you’ve probably guessed by the title Sophie’s Big Noisy Book! is not an ordinary book. Speaking to the minds of curious young readers this large board book has beautiful pictures to look at, a story to read, flaps to open and close and (the highlight of it all) five interesting sounds to listen to. At first Sophie thinks she has a nice, quiet day of her, but then there is a knock at the door… get ready for a fun, noisy day out with Sophie and her friends!

To find out more about Sophie’s Big Noisy Book! (RRP $19.99), distributed by Penguin Books Australia, and to order online visit www.penguin.com.au.

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Oct 112015
 

Earlybirds

Welcome Baby Giveaway – Day 11

One peek in my baby’s hospital bag will tell you all you need to know about my favourite newborn clothing brand. After using (and loving!) Australian label Earlybirds for baby no.3 and baby no.4 I knew this time I around I’d confidently choose Earlybirds again as my baby’s first outfit.

Earlybirds range

As the name suggests Earlybirds is dedicated to those precious newborns that come into this world very (or even just a little) early, catering for birth weights as tiny as 800 grams up to a generous 4.5kg.

Earlybirds Gift SetEarlybirds clothing and accessories are designed by a wonderful Aussie mum who knows all about premature arrivals and the specific needs of early birds and their carers. The fabrics are soft against sensitive skin, the colours neutral and simple and the quality amazing. There is even a special Earlybirds Organics collection for those who prefer the luxurious touch of premium, chemical-free organic cotton.

Earlybirds Isolette SuitsWith delicate premie babies in mind most Earlybirds garments are designed for easy dressing and undressing as well as regular doctor checkups, especially valuable for babies spending their first weeks/months in a hospital special care unit. Thanks to convenient fold-open designs and easy press-studs you don’t have to hurt or upset your baby with every outfit change. Earlybirds clothing is available in neutral, pale pink and light blue shades to suit all babies.

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

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