Cuddle up with CoCaLo

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Nov 152016


Before Harriet was born I carefully handpicked her a gorgeous soft baby blankie, hoping that it would be love at first sight and the two would become inseparable. Of course Hattie turned out as headstrong as her mother and she refused to have anything to do with it. Fast forward 13 months and she has finally found one she adores, she carries it around throughout the house and she is not in the slightest bothered by the fact that it’s more a blanket than a blankie. I have to admit, this wonderful CoCaLo comforter is quite the prize:


Measuring a very generous 91 x 114 cm in size her beautiful CoCaLo Pinwheel Quilted Comforter is not only a great fit for a baby’s cot, it would also make a lovely soft spot for a precious little one to practise tummy time. Baby Harriet loves to nap with it but our 3-year old and even 5-year old like to snuggle up with it whenever they can too, it’s definitely a quilt that will be enjoyed well past the baby stage.


This beautiful comforter has a cosy 100% cotton outer that is comfortable to touch and gentle against the skin with a lightweight polyester filling for extra fluffiness. Bonus: Because busy mums have better things to do than tediously washing their laundry by hand CoCaLo comforters can be machine washed (cold, gentle cycle), it’s the simple things in life that make me happy.


Do you love the pretty CoCaLo look as much as I do? There is plenty more where that came from with matching sheets, blankets, bumpers and change pad covers to complete your stylish nursery. The Pinwheel Quilted Comforter is currently available in four stylish colours: Petal Pink, Orchid Hush, Starlight Blue and neutral Grey, which shade is your favourite?


To find out more about Childsmart and to browse the CoCaLo range visit or get social with @Childsmart on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter.

May 292015

Label Label

It’s not a secret that many babies and toddlers love a good snuggle with a special blanket or soft toy and often it’s the little tags and labels they’re really obsessed with. All this cuddling, hugging, wiping, patting, pulling and tracing helps them calm down and drift off to sleep peacefully, even our 4-year old still sleeps with her tag comforter.

Friends Label Label

I recently stumbled upon these gorgeous plush Friends blankies ($23.50) by European brand Label Label and think they are totally adorable.

Label Label Friends PigThe super soft toys feature tags in lots of different shapes, colours and patterns all around, offering plenty of sensory distraction for little hands and minds. Pig or horse, fox or polar bear, the animal Friends are available in a range of stylish designs to suit both boys and girls. I have to say I am partial to the fox but of course they’re all very cute. Bonus for mum: Friends are machine washable.

To find out more about Gear4Baby, to browse the Label Label range and to order online visit

Oct 062014

Spring is here and it’s been buzzing with excitement in the Aden + Anais beehive. New products, news designs, new materials, there is plenty of unpacking to do. Here are some of the highlights:

Aden + Anais Merino

After lots of toe tapping and nail biting the Aden + Anais Merino collection has finally arrived and boy was it worth the wait. This stunning marriage between beautifully soft Australian Merino wool and Aden + Anais’ signature muslin is simply divine, you won’t find anything more luxurious than this for your little bundle.

Merino Muslin Dream BlanketsThe Aden + Anais Merino collection currently consists of 4 great products that will make bedtime pure heaven for children of all ages: newborns can be wrapped snug as a bug in the Merino Muslin Swaddles, older babies will sleep and sound in the Merino Muslin Sleeping Bags, kids of all ages will love the cosy and comfortable feel of the Merino Muslin Dream Blankets and everyone is sure to find a lovely new cuddly friend in the gorgeous Merino Muslin Security Blankets.

All Merino Muslin products are lovingly hand-dyed and available in three breathtaking ombre tones: natural Horizon, pretty blue Seaside and striking pink Sunset. Each piece comes packaged in a sweet gift box making the Merino Muslin collection a wonderful present for a special little person in your life.

Merino Muslin Swaddle

If you are a longtime Aden + Anais fan like I am you probably have a large collection of Aden + Anais muslin swaddles already, I dare to admit that my pile is at least 12 wraps tall yet I still can’t resist buying new designs when I see them. This latest release is just waiting to jump in your shopping basket, isn’t it cute?

Vintage Circus Classic SwaddlesThe Vintage Circus Classic Swaddles (RRP $49.95, 4-pack) bring the best of the carnival into the nursery. Beautiful prints, lovely red and blue colours and of course the famous Aden + Anais muslin fabric, a winner all around. Measuring a huge 120 x 120 cm in size Aden + Anais swaddles are very easy to use and designed to survive a grow spurt so you can wrap your baby for longer. The 100% cotton muslin is soft and stretchy and it only gets better with washing, big bonus: they dry in a flash!

To find out more about Aden + Anais, to locate a stockist near you or to order your favourite products online visit

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Feb 282013


When I was pregnant with the twins, and before I started Hip little one, we set up our nursery with what we thought were the nicest, best nursery pieces around. Looking back now I knew so little about what was available and more importantly, what actually works and what makes a parent’s life easier. Four years on and I have made it my hobby to research all the options, compare product features and hunt down the products that mums can really use and will truly love.


Tommee Tippee has been busy doing research too. A talented team of designers, mothers, doctors, midwives, lactation specialists and other professionals has combined their knowledge and developed an innovative range of products that ticks the boxes for everyone, meet Miomee. In the upcoming months I will introduce you to some of the best Miomee products and it wouldn’t be Hip little one if we weren’t giving away lots of fantastic prizes as well. Today we are kicking off the series and talking about ‘Getting ready for baby’.

Miomee 4-in-1 Digital Thermometer As a mum of 4 I have dealt with my share of fevers high and low. Often a light fever is nothing to worry about but when it comes to newborns it is something to keep a close eye on so a good thermometer is a must-have. The Miomee 4-in-1 Digital Thermometer ($89.95) is a fantastic multi-tool that is very helpful for parents in many ways. Not only does it give an accurate temperature reading of baby’s forehead and ear, it also tells you what the nursery temperature is like and what the time is.

Just keep the thermometer in its cradle in your baby’s room and you’ll always know if the nursery is too hot or too cold. If you do need to take your child’s temperature it is within reach at any time (no need to go to the medicine cupboard and hunt for it). The large, clear LCD display is easy to read and will flash red if your baby has a fever (green if normal) so you can even take the temperature in the dark.

Miomee Musical NightlightOne of the things I have learnt from my other babies is that routine and stability is very important when it comes to bedtime. When you do things exactly the same at every sleep your baby will soon recognise the pattern and fall asleep peacefully. The Miomee Musical Nightlight ($79.95) is specifically designed to provide your baby with a calm, reassuring environment that will encourage a restful sleep time and time again.

The night light can be set to a cool blue or soft pink glow, not too bright to keep baby awake yet bright enough to comfort baby and for you to find a lost dummy. As the light is portable you can just pick it up from the stand and walk around with it which is very practical for a mid-night inspection, it will last approximately 7 hours before it needs a recharge.

In addition to the light settings there are three sound options to choose from: Mum’s heartbeat, nature sounds or gentle melodies. You can set the Miomee Musical Nightlight to use ‘light only’ or ‘light and music’ for a selected period of time (15 min, 30 min or permanently). Clever feature: Even if you choose one of the shorter times the light will still turn on automatically if your baby starts crying during the night. With a bit of luck this will calm baby down and he/she might just drift back off to sleep!

Miomee Electronic Baby ScalesAs you might know my first three babies were rather small (my lightest was 2.1 kg) so I know how important it is to keep a close eye on baby’s weight. Especially with my smallest twin every 5-10 grams gain was a win and at the same time the tiniest loss was a worry. Instead of waiting for the midwife to make a house visit (or having to walk to the local chemist and weigh baby in public) you can now weigh your baby at home with the Miomee Electronic Baby Scales ($139.95), how convenient!

The sleek looking digital baby scales are suitable for babies up to 15kg, for comparison: my 4-year old weighs 15kg but so does my 2,5-year old so it depends on the child. Whether you just want to weigh your baby every now and then, daily or even before and after feeds, you always get accurate results. Accuracy is as close as 10g from 0-6kg and 15g from 6-15kg, because Miomee understands that sometimes every little bit counts. A handy carry bag is included and the clever display-lock function makes sure you can calmly read the recorded weight even if baby keeps moving.

The Miomee Nursery Humidifier ($99.95) keeps the air in your baby’s nursery healthy and clean. By controlling the humidity in the air you can not only prevent congestion, soothe coughs and reinforce your baby’s natural immune system, it will also reduce dust and dust allergens. The unit is easy to clean and fill and will last all night through without waking up your baby. If the water level gets too low the humidifier turns off automatically.

Miomee Bath and Room ThermometerThe Miomee Bath & Room Thermometer ($34.95) takes the guessing out of bath time. This floating thermometer scans the bath water every second and displays the exact temperature so you can be sure the water is at the right temperature at all times. It also shows the time, features a count down timer and can be used as a nursery thermometer, four great functions in one small product. Flashing, coloured lights will remind you if the water is too hot/cold or if the count down is over.

Miomee Orthodontic ComforterLast but not least, a basic baby item that most parents will reach for sooner or later, the dummy. As you will soon discover not all dummies are the same and the new BPA-free Miomee Orthodontic Comforters ($7.95, 0-6, 6-12 and 12-18 months) are most definitely different to what you are used to. Their unique wider shape ensures that biting pressure is more evenly distributed over your baby’s palate.

By distributing this pressure evenly the Miomee Orthodontic Comforters will protect against teeth and jaw misalignment, very important for your child’s future health. Developed in conjunction with leading orthodontists you can rest assured that these pacifiers look after your child’s mouth and teeth in the short and long run whilst offering the soothing, comfortable feeling many babies ask for.

To find out more about Tommee Tippee Miomee, to locate a stockist near you or to order online visit, shipping is free Australia wide.

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Poppy Lou

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Apr 052012

We all know florals can look a little old fashioned and grandma-ish but Australian label Poppy Lou has managed to pull off the country style with great success. I spotted some of the new Poppy Lou designs at Budburst Kids and have fallen in love instantly.

How gorgeous is this Poppy Lou Country Classic Quilt Comforter ($59.95)? It features a lovely combination of sweet little flowers and stripes in pink and green tones and even a touch of blue. The scallop edging adds a soft feminine touch and the reverse side shows a petite floral print on a white background. This comforter would look fantastic in a nursery and as your little girl gets bigger she can enjoy it as a playmat or even picnic rug for all those tea parties.

You might know Poppy Lou from their signature bag range, officially they are called nappy bags any woman could carry one of these stylish bag with or without baby goodies inside. They are designed right in here Australia and made with the highest quality materials and close attention to detail. Poppy Lou bags are available in lots of different styles and sizes but this divine Satchel Shoulder Bag ($149.95) is by far my favourite.

Florals really are for girls of all ages, these Vintage Collection Aprons are seriously cute and you can buy them in a ladies and toddlers size. Surely they make cooking, baking, painting and other messy jobs a lot more enjoyable. These hip Poppy Lou aprons are made from PVC so they are super easy to clean, just wipe them down and they are as good as new. Other prints are available in store.

To find out more about Budburst Kids, to take a closer look at the Poppy Lou range and to order online visit