Welcome to the Squad: Best Furry Friends – Series 2

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Jan 042019
 

Just when the kids had gotten comfortable at the new school things are about to be shaken up, with brand new classes waiting for them next year. A new teacher and new students to meet, many new names to learn and (hopefully) new friends to make, it’s a little scary but I am trying to get them excited about what’s ahead. Best Furry Friends Besties Zoe, Cassandra and Angelina are about to make new friends this year too, check out these fresh faces:

2019 is off to an exciting start with Best Furry Friends Series 2 hitting the shelves. BFF Besties Kristin, Stephanie and Phoebe are the new kids on the block and the latest girls to join the furry friend fraternity, bring on the next #BFFSquadGoals adventure!

As we recently adopted two baby bunnies (Annie and Benjamin) there was an instant connection with our new BFF Bestie (Ages 5+) Kristin and her BFF Cuddles the Glitter Bunny. Kristin has long blonde hair (great for playing hairdresser), shoes that come off and you can pose her head, arms and legs for pretend play. Her pet Cuddles has a sparkly tuft of fur, big fluttery eyes and a teeny pink nose and she loves being carried in Kristin’s Pink Gift Bag. Of course Kristin also brings along her rolling pet carrier, which is where we found Scruffy the Furry Guinea Pig.

Each BFF Bestie comes with an exclusive BFF and fashion bag, a hair accessory and a rolling pet carrier with a hidden BFF inside.

If you thought the BFF’s in Series 1 were adorable you are in for a real treat with the new Best Furry Friends BFF’s (Ages 5+) Series 2. How can you not fall in love with Gummy the Koala or Gus the Galah and covet the Pepperoni Pizza Bag or Pineapple Donut Bag? We are still hoping to find Florida the Flamingo, nor have we found the Strawberry Cupcake Bag just yet but we’ll keep trying.

There are over 50 BFF’s and bags to collect in series 2, some common, some rare and even three very special limited editions: Sasha the Rose Gold Husky, Deedee the Gold Sparkle Jelly Dragon and Samantha the Furry Persian Cat. With so many possible combinations there is a perfect BFF + bag match for everyone. And remember you can always swap and trade your doubles with your collector besties!

BFF’s are available in single mystery packs (1 fashion bag/1 BFF House/1 BFF) and in assorted Deluxe 6-packs (1 fashion bag/1 pet carrier/6 BFF’s), so you can grow your BFF collection at your own pace.

Lucky for our miss Hattie (age 3) you are never too little to become a BFF Bestie, these adorable Mini Plush in a Bag (Ages 0+) make the perfect furry friends and you can take them with you wherever you go in their own little carry bag. Who will become your BFF: Is it Sasha the Husky, Dash the Ginger Tabby Cat or maybe Stardust the Glitter Pegacorn?

You can find the BBF range at all major toy stores and toy departments across Australia.

To find out more about Best Furry Friends, to browse the range and to locate a stockist near you visit www.bestfurryfriendshq.com.

Win with BabyBjörn #dadstories

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Mar 192017
 

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Baby snuggles, as a proud mother of five little ones it is no secret that I just can’t get enough of those squishy little bodies and that sweet baby scent. The way they just lean into you and are comforted by your unique mama smell and the feel of your body is absolutely priceless. But mums are not the only ones who enjoy that closeness, dads love bonding with their babies too and babywearing is a wonderful way to keep your precious bundle close.

Like myself Hip Daddy has totally fallen in love with baby wearing and has walked many kilometers with one of our children strapped to his chest. Does your baby daddy still needs some convincing? The stylish new Baby Carrier One Spring collection by BabyBjörn is sure to win him over, I can’t decide which of the new colours and prints I love most!

BabyBjörn’s heartwarming #dadstories campaign proves that loving dads come in all shapes and sizes, why not join in the fun and share your favourite ‘dad stories’ on Instagram using the hashtags #babybjorn #dadstories. Your special contribution could be rewarded with one of the weekly BabyBjörn prizes and one lucky dad will even take home a $1000 Master Card cheque (of course all dads win unconditional love from their special little people!). Conditions apply, competition ends April 6, 2017.

To find out more about BabyBjörn, to browse the range and to locate a stockist near you visit www.babybjorn.com.au.

Dec 202016
 

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Christmas Countdown – Day 20

From shopping trips to beach walks, from family visits to friend talks and everything in between, it’s the season for going out and catching up. If you’ve got a precious little one to accompany you this wonderful Christmas Countdown prize from BabyBjörn will be your perfect companion:

The lucky winner of today’s giveaway will take home the award-winning BabyBjörn Baby Carrier One (RRP $229.95, Black Cotton), a stylish baby carrier that is ideal for modern parents with an on-the-go lifestyle.

The BabyBjörn Baby Carrier One is a stylish baby carrier suitable for babies weighing 3.5 to 15kg, that means that (on average) you can use it from birth all the way up to three years old! The fantastic 4-in-1 design offers parents the freedom to carry their child as they wish: higher for newborns, lower for older babies, inward-facing, outward-facing, front or back carrying position. The Baby Carrier One is all about versatility and it adjusts to your, and your child’s, needs and preferences in just a flash.

At BabyBjörn they understand that we all want the best for our children which is why this carrier is developed in close collaboration with leading paediatricians. With precious newborns in mind the Baby Carrier One has an inbuilt infant insert and offers important head and neck support. The International Hip Dysplasia Institute recognises the Baby Carrier One Air as a ‘hip-healthy’ carrier with an ergonomic wide-leg carrying position and a generous 32 cm seat area.

One of the (many) fantastic features of the BabyBjörn Baby Carrier One is that it is suitable directly from birth (min. weight 3.5kg), there is no need to purchase a separate infant insert. This not only saves you money but hassle too and you can easily change between passengers of different ages/weights. The clever ‘zipped’ seat can be adjusted to suit newborns up to 62cm (higher newborn position) or older babies (lower baby position). Just do up the correct zip and you’ll always have the perfect seat for your little traveller, easy as pie.

Aside from being safe for your child’s hips and development the Baby Carrier One is also safe to chew or suck on, something babies often do when they’re relaxed and snuggled up against mum or dad. All fabrics used in this carrier are gentle against your child’s skin and completely free from health-hazardous substances and allergens, that’s one less worry on your mind. When not in use the carrier folds up to a compact, light-weight package for easy transport or storage.

There are lots of different baby carriers around and some are trickier than others but the BabyBjörn Baby Carrier One is definitely easy to use. The main ‘frame’ simply slides on over your head like a sweater, next you do up the waist band behind you and pull it tight. All that is left is to place your baby on the ‘seat’ and fold the front panel towards you which you then secure with 4 strong safety buckles. Click and go!

To find out more about BabyBjörn, to browse the range and to locate a stockist near you visit www.babybjorn.com.au.

For your chance to win a BabyBjörn Baby Carrier One (RRP $229.95, Black Cotton) enter our Christmas Countdown giveaway below:

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Dec 072015
 

ByKay Carry Your Love

Christmas Countdown – Day 7

It’s only the first week of December and we’ve already had two 40°+ C days here in Adelaide, I think we can safely say that Summer has arrived in all its (very hot) glory. On sweltering days like this there is nothing more refreshing than a splash in the pool or sea, which is why ByKay has given their famous ByKay baby carrier a wonderful Summer makeover:

As the name suggests the ByKay Aqua Water Carrier (RRP $69.95, black or turquoise) is specifically designed to be worn in and around water, allowing parents to keep cool on hot days whilst keeping their baby safe and nearby.

Aqua Carrier TurquoiseAs a mum of five little ones I love the freedom of baby wearing, I value the closeness and knowing our Harriet is happy and content. She is currently 10 weeks old and has her longest and most settled sleeps when I wear her on my chest (or hubby’s chest), as long as she senses a familiar smell and soothing heartbeat she is in her element. In saying that, on warm days it can get rather hot and sweaty in a carrier which is not very pleasant for parent or baby.

The 100% polyester, fine gauge knit fabric of the Aqua Water Carrier wicks away moisture and sweat and dries quickly. This reduces the chance of overheating and that yucky clammy feeling of wet fabric, making it perfect for our humid Aussie summers. ByKay carriers are easy to wear and soft against the skin, the adjustable wrap around design ensures a comfortable fit for wearers of different sizes and body shapes whilst being supportive and safe.

Aqua Carrier

As the high tech fabric blocks out more than 90% of harmful UV rays you can rest assured that your baby is not only comfortable but well protected too, one less things to worry about for busy mamas. The Aqua Water Carrier is designed for front carrying and is suitable for precious babies up to 12kg. Obviously water safety is important so please be aware of these simple rules when wearing your baby in and around water.

To find out more about ByKay, to locate a stockist near you and to order online visit www.bykay.com.au.

For your chance to win a ByKay Aqua Water Carrier (RRP $69.95, black) enter our giveaway below:

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Oct 032015
 

OZ Baby Trends

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If you are a long-time follower of Hip Little One you will now by know that I am big fan of baby wearing. While it was a little tricky to do with the twins I definitely got the hang of it with baby no.3 and our little reflux baby miss Sybbie (no.4) was attached to me almost permanently. I absolutely love the close feeling of having my baby nearby, there are just so many benefits for both mother and child! If you’re keen to discover the joys of baby wearing too you can count on OZ Baby Trends to get you started:

Caboo NCT

Created by the talented people behind Close Parent the Caboo NCT (RRP $89) is an ideal baby carrier for busy families on the go. It’s soft and safe, light in weight, easy to use, allows for multiple carrying positions and it’s super comfortable to wear, what more could you wish for?

Caboo NCT FrontThe Caboo NCT is suitable for teeny tiny newborns (minimum weight 2.27 kg) all the way up to 15 kg and complies with safety standards so you can rest assured your growing baby is carried in a safe and healthy way at all times. The adjustable design of the Caboo NCT and the classic gender neutral colour makes it a great pick for both mums and dads (and grandparents and babysitters too!).

Caboo NCT BackBaby’s weight is distributed evenly and thanks to the comfortable wide straps that cross over on the rear there will be reduced strain on the wearer’s back and shoulders, after all, a newborn may be light as a feather but baby do get heavier very quickly! Unlike many other carriers the Caboo NCT also offers a convenient hip carry position for older babies, allowing you to enjoy the closeness for longer.

To find out more about OZ Baby Trends, to browse the range and to locate a stockist near you visit www.ozbabytrends.com.au.

For your chance to win a Caboo NCT (RRP $89) enter our giveaway below:

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May 302015
 

Hodge Podge Baby

We may not know the gender of our baby just yet but that hasn’t stopped me from stocking up on gorgeous wraps already, I simply can’t resist a beautiful swaddle. One to sleep in, one as a change mat cover, one as a breastfeeding cover, one as a spare in your nappy bag, one as a pram shade… a simple piece of fabric with so many uses.

Hodge Podge Peggles

If you’ve ever popped your muslin wrap on your baby’s pram as a quick and easy sun shade you have probably noticed it doesn’t always stay put. All it takes is a sudden breeze, a quick peek at your sleeping baby or a gentle tug from little hands and your wrap slides off. No more of that this time around thanks to these clever babies from Hodge Podge Baby:

Pram PegsShaped like fluttery little butterflies Peggles (RRP $19.95, 2-pack) are much more than handy pram pegs, they are also a sweet decoration showing that practical and pretty go very well together. Of course they can be used to attach your wrap elsewhere too, you can snap them onto your baby carrier to block out sun or wind or clip them onto your capsule for a bit of privacy during nap time, now that’s handy.

Peggles Pram Pegs are currently available in six stylish colours to perfectly suit your pram, your nappy bag or personal taste. They make a unique and useful gift for a baby shower or new arrival and priced at under $20 they won’t break the bank. Handy tip: If you sign up as a Hodge Podge Baby VIP you get 10% off your first order.

Peggles Pram Pegs

To find out more about Hodge Podge Baby, to locate a stockist near you and to order online visit www.hodgepodgebaby.com.au.

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Boba, now available at Avidiva

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Oct 212014
 

For a while baby wearing seemed to be a bit out of fashion and more a ‘hippy’ thing to do but (thankfully) times have changed as more and more benefits of baby wearing are becoming known to parents around the globe. Mums and dads of all ages and all walks of life have taken on baby wearing and I am a big fan myself, I could not imagine parenting without it. It’s an easy mode of transport, a convenient way to keep your hands free and a gentle tool to hold baby close and soothe an unsettled child, there are so many things to love about baby wearing.

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As more people take on baby wearing there are also more and more stylish designs available, Avidiva has just welcomed brand new stock of the popular Boba Carrier and it’s gorgeous. I have owned a Boba carrier myself for several years now and still love it, they’re super safe and easy to use, extremely comfortable and have a great modern look that suits both mothers and fathers.

Boba 4G Carrier VailThe Boba 4G Carrier (RRP $189) is a versatile baby carrier that is jam packed with great features, there is nothing I don’t like about it. The Boba 4G can be worn front and back and features easy to use, adjustable buckles around the waist and chest/back, this makes it easy to put on/off and to swap between wearers. The waist and shoulder straps are strong and padded for extra comfort, I still carried my 20 month old in my Boba when I was 6 months pregnant without any trouble.

Boba 4G KangarooWith a weight range of 3.1 kg up to 20.4 kg the Boba 4G will carry you all the way from birth to toddler and beyond. For comparison: All four of my children (aged 1-6) fall within this range and yes, my 4 year old still loves to be carried sometimes when her little legs get tired after a long walk. Unlike with some other brands the newborn insert, which allows babies to sit in a healthy ‘froggy’ position, is included so there are no additional costs for little extras, as baby grows the insert can simply be removed.

Boba 4G MoabOther handy features include the removable sleep hood that keep sun, rain, wind and nosy passers-by at bay and a clever smart phone pocket for when you’re out and about without a bag. The Boba 4G weighs in at less than 1kg, that’s a world of difference with a heavy pram! You will have your hands free, fit through busy crowds and narrow aisles, your baby can sleep whenever and wherever he wants and you get to kiss that gorgeous little head all day long, what more do you want?

To find out more about Avidiva, to browse the Boba range and to order online visit www.avidiva.com.au, free shipping Australia wide for orders over $50.