Dec 172016
 

Weanmeister

Christmas Countdown – Day 17

While you are preparing a delicious feast for your Christmas guests, don’t forget about the baby! Save yourself time and hassle on Christmas Day by planning ahead and whipping up some baby-friendly treats now to pop in the freezer. To help you store and serve your homemade babyhood safely and in style Wean Meister has put together a fabulous $75 prize pack for one lucky reader:

Wean Meister Freezer PodsFirst up is Wean Meister’s hero product and best seller, the Freezer Pod (RRP $25 each or $60 per 3-pack). These clever freezer trays are made from flexible silicone and divided over 9 handy 75ml serves. Fill them up with your own homemade puree, mash, sauce, yoghurt or even breast milk and pop the pod in your freezer, that way you always have fresh and healthy meals on hand in ideal portions for little eaters.

adoraBOWLSIf you are looking for all the benefits of the Freezer Pod but prefer one slightly bigger container look no further than the cute AdoraBOWLS (RRP $25, 2-pack). I absolutely love the beautiful colours of the AdoraBOWL range, my kids would love to pick a bowl each. With a convenient 250ml capacity the AdoraBOWL is perfect for baby and toddler meals, soups or leftovers from dinner and you can heat the contents directly in the bowl.

Not only is Wean Meister storage super pratical, safety is very high on the priority list too. The high quality BPA-free silicone is bacteria resistant and no tiny grooves and corners for germs to hide in). It can even safely be used in freezer, fridge, microwave AND oven (up to 240°C), now that’s what I call multipurpose. Once you’ve tried Wean Meister you’ll definitely want to stock up, make sure to grab one of the well-priced value packs while you are there.

Because baby feeding does tend to get messy Wean Meister has come with a great solution for that problem too. The new Easy Rinse Bibs (RRP $25, 2-pack) with crumb catcher tray are light in weight, prevent spills and crumbs from dropping down your baby’s clothes and have an adjustable neck fastening. Best of all they’re easy to clean, just rinse/wipe off and they’re good to go! The bibs are available in three stylish colour combinations and are suitable for ages 6 months – 2 years.

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

For your chance to win a $75 Wean Meister Prize Pack (Turquoise Freezer Pod, AdoraBOWL Greens 2-pack and Green Easy Rinse Bib 2-pack) enter our Christmas Countdown giveaway below:

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Sip in style with Steely

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Jun 092016
 

Steely

When it comes to mealtimes our little miss Harriet is getting better by leaps and bounds. She now happily enjoys three small meals a day and her tongue tie is no longer causing any trouble, I am so glad we decided to go ahead with the procedure. She is also getting more confident with drinking from a cup and has sips of water throughout the day using this baby-friendly drink bottle by Steely:

Steely 6

The trendy Steely bottles and cups are made from strong, high-quality stainless steel making them not only stylish but safe too. Unlike many plastic bottles they are completely free from BPA and other nasties so they are the perfect healthy pick for parents who want only the best for their child and the environment (and surprisingly budget friendly!).

Steely 2

With Hattie’s initial feeding issues in mind we felt the Steely First Sipper (RRP $12.95, 4 months+) was a good starting point for independent drinking. The non-slip handles are the ideal size for small baby hands and the easy flow spout makes drinking a breeze, there is no super strong sucking required. I think the 250ml capacity is spot on for young babies, big enough to last the day without too many refills and small and light enough for them to hold.

Steely 5

Thanks to the durable 18/8 surgical stainless steel the water stays cool and fresh for longer and the material does not discolour or smell like plastic often does. One of my other favourite features is the ease of cleaning, the First Sipper comes apart in three separate pieces (cup, spout and ring) that can be cleaned in the dishwasher, less scrubbing for me!

To find out more about Childsmart and to browse the Steely range visit www.childsmart.com.au or get social with @Childsmart on FacebookInstagram or Twitter.

Eat, Love, Mae

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Apr 262016
 

Love Mae

As a mum of five I know very well that mealtimes with little people can be tricky. While we mostly have happy, healthy eaters we also have our beautiful Sybbie for whom food is an ongoing battle. Wherever possible I try not to make too much of a fuss about things, the less attention you give it the more likely she is to at least eat a few bites of everything. Letting her pick her own plate and cutlery is always a happy start to the meal and I think she would adore these delightful new Love Mae arrivals:

Love Mae bamboo dinnerware

Ever since its first release Love Mae’s Bamboo Dinnerware has been brightening up tables all across Australia and the globe. In May these two lovely dinner sets will be added to the range, aren’t they cute? Get your pre-order in today so you don’t miss out.

Love Mae cutleryThe new designs are just gorgeous and sure to bring smiles to the table, even the fussiest eater can’t resists a serve of whimsy! Love Mae dinnerware is made from eco-friendly, biodegradable bamboo and free from nasties like BPA, phthalates and other toxins, making it gentle on the environment and safe for your hungry eater too. All pieces are created with little hands in mind, a great way to encourage independent eating and make mealtime fun for the whole family.

Love Mae cupFairy Garden, Hungry Bear, Woodland Supper, Dinosaur Feast, On Safari and more, there are lots of different designs to choose from so there is a perfect theme for everyone. You can even pick a different set for every child so they can recognise their own dinnerware, yay for no more arguments! My personal favourite is Peacock Plumage, so pretty. Prices range from RRP $29.95 (3-piece set) up to $44.95 (5-piece set).

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

Oli & Carol

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Apr 022016
 

Oli & Carol

Poor Hattie. Six months immunisations, a tongue-tie release procedure and three teeth coming through, she is really having a rough few weeks. On my hunt for teething relief I stumbled upon these adorable baby toys by Oli & Carol, aren’t they just divine?

Oli & Carol Forest Range

Made from 100% natural rubber from Hevea Malaysian trees these whimsical delights are not only super cute but also super safe and gentle on your baby’s sensitive gums and delicate little teeth. Free from nasty chemicals like PVC, BPA, Phthalate and Nitrosamine and lovingly hand painted with food graded dyes they offer complete peace of mind for concerned parents.

Oli & Carol StrawberryYour baby can safely munch away on a rabbit ear, gnaw on (non-toxic!) mushrooms and chew on a brightly coloured strawberry, apple or pear, too cute! Designed with interesting textures, shapes, bumps, ridges and grooves there is lots to be discovered. Oli & Carol toys are biodegradable, sustainable and environmentally friendly so they are a great pick for your precious bundle and the world we live in.

You can find the Oli & Carol range in store at Australian online store My Messy Room, prices start at just $14.95.

To find out more about My Messy Room, to browse the Oli & Carol range and to order online visit www.mymessyroom.com.au.

Simple Steps to Starting Solids

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Feb 172016
 

Heinz Baby Basics

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No matter how much I wish she would stay small forever, our beautiful little Harriet is growing up fast and she is definitely no longer a newborn. Now that she is almost 5 months old and weighs in at an impressive 7kg this gorgeous girl is starting to get very interested in all the ‘grown-up food’ she is missing out on, I think her first try of solids is just around the corner.

Heinz Baby

As cute as that ‘first bite’ photo will look on your wall, after four kids I know that starting solids also comes with a fair bit of work and a huge amount of mess. Here are a few tips and tricks to make this stage enjoyable for all:

Cook in bulk
Instead of preparing one tiny bowl of fresh food every day it is much more time efficient (and budget friendly) to cook larger quantities and store them in your freezer. If you freeze your baby’s meals in bite-size portions you can simply take out a single serve when needed; quick, easy and less wasted food.

Freezer Pod TrayThe practical Freezer Pot Tray holds six convenient 60ml pods, an ideal size for little tummies. Hungry baby? Simply pop out the frozen food to defrost your nutritious home-made meal or microwave the contents directly in the container, yay for less washing up! The tray keeps all your pods neatly organised while the individual pods are great for on-the-go too, the secure clip-on lid avoids messy spills in your nappy bag.

Tip: Use the coloured lids to ‘colour-code’ your meal stash, eg. green for vegetables, pink for fruit/dessert and blue for breastmilk.

Heinz Freezer Tray

Drip, drop, splash
Babies + Food = Mess, and lots of it. Whether you like it or not, as soon as you start solids you are in for a whole lot of gooey, sticky, slippery, crunchy, caked on mess. Thankfully there are a few things that could help limit the damage like a good absorbent bib, a non-spill cup, a splat mat under the table and of course this clever invention:

UnbelievabowlThe innovative Unbelievabowl Suction Bowl uses super strong suction to safely secure your baby’s bowl to the high chair or table. Not only will this keep the bowl from tipping over by accident, it also makes it much easier for baby to scoop out dinner without having to hold onto the bowl AND your cheeky eater can’t throw the bowl on the ground in protest. Now that’s what I call a sanity saver!

Heinz Suction Bowl

Make mealtime fun
You may have heard the saying ‘Food before one is just for fun’, for now it’s all about introducing your baby to different flavours and textures and basically letting them have fun with food. It is no secret that babies love bright colours and interesting shapes so make sure you bring those to the table too.

Heinz Baby SpoonsThese funky Weaning Spoons are available in a range of attractive colours and are sure to appeal to inquisitive babies. The easy-grip handle is specifically designed for small hands that are still learning and the Flexisoft tip is gentle on sensitive gums. As babies grow and gain independence they can start their self-feeding journey with the First Feeding Spoons, the feeding experts at Heinz have all stages covered.

You can find the Heinz Baby Basics range in the baby aisle at your local Coles or Woolworths supermarket.

To find out more about Heinz Baby Basics, to browse the range and to locate a stockist near you visit www.nicepak.com.au.

Jan 192016
 

Bobo & Boo

As most long-time Hip Little One readers will know food has always been a bit of an issue for our cheeky miss almost-3. While we have overcome quite a few challenges and outgrown allergies along the way it is still an ongoing battle to get her to eat so we are always looking for ways to help make family mealtime a success. Our latest find has been very well received, check out these sweet Bobo & Boo dinner sets:

Bamboo dinnerware

Bobo & Boo is a new Australian homeware label creating stylish eco-friendly dinnerware made from all natural, renewable and sustainable materials like bamboo, bran and cornstarch, making it a perfect pick for modern green families who want to look after the environment and avoid nasty plastics in their home.

Bobo & Boo PebbleSo why is bamboo the talk of the town? With more and more parents become aware of the potential dangers hiding in ordinary plastic the demand for a safer, greener solution has grown considerably. As a natural and renewable resource bamboo is a non-toxic and sustainable choice that is gentle on our our children and the world they grow up in, no wonder Bobo & Boo is such a hit with Aussie families!

Bobo & Boo PacificBobo & Boo dinnerware sets (RRP $25.95) consist of a matching bowl, plate, cup, fork and spoon and are currently available in 6 trendy colours. This means our five kids could each have their own special set or we could play a fun game of mix and match, miss 3 immediately had her heart set on the soft and happy sunshine yellow. Each Bobo & Boo set comes beautifully packaged in a nice gift box.

Officially Bobo & Boo dinnerware was designed with little people in mind but I have to admit I secretly enjoy a scrumptious Bobo & Boo bowl of yoghurt or fruit salad before bedtime too. The cutlery is an ideal size for small hands and it doesn’t feel cold and slippery like metal cutlery. I just love the soft, almost velvety texture of the bamboo, it’s rather luxurious! Good to know: Bobo & Boo dinnerware is dishwasher safe (top shelf), biodegradable and smash proof = Winner!

Bobo & Boo

To find out more Bobo & Boo, to locate a stockist near you and to order online visit www.boboandboo.com.au.

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Aug 012015
 

Mayapple Baby

As I am going through all the baby stuff (after four babies I have gathered quite the collection!) I think back to those early days with our newborn twins. As a brand new mum with two tiny babies, living in a relatively new country without family nearly, I knew so little. Over the past seven years I have come to realise how many nasties are hiding in many baby products and no one really knows what damage it can do in the long run. Better safe than sorry is my motto so over time I have replaced most of my old baby gear with stylish baby products that are free from all these nasties.

Mayapple Baby Suri Blueberry

If teething trouble is causing your little one grief (and driving mummy crazy) you will find these gorgeous Mayapple Baby creations are the perfect distraction AND they are totally safe.

Mayapple Baby SuriFeaturing interesting shapes and textures the colourful Suri & Friends teething toys (RRP $22.95 per set of 3) will help soothe sore gums, are easy to hold for little hands and can even get to those hard-to-reach spots. Hip mamas can let their precious babies chomp away without any worry as all Mayapple Baby teethers are made from high-quality German medical-grade silicone and are free of yucky plastics, heavy metals, BPA, Phthalates and Nitrosamines.

ABC Teething LettersAlso available in the teething range are the funky ABC Teething Letters, soft and flexible to bite on with a firm chew ball at the end. With three teethers per pack you can keep one at home, one in your nappy bag and even one in your car, you will never get caught by teething pains again. You can find your favourite Mayapple Baby products in store today at Australian online boutique Fluffy Tails.

To find out more about Fluffy Tails, to browse the Mayapple Baby range and to order online visit www.fluffytails.com.au.