Resoftables: Cuddles with a conscience

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Jun 152020
 

While the last few months have definitely not been easy, they have also taught people all over the world some valuable lessons. I have heard so many inspiring stories from people who soaked up this precious time with their loved ones, acquired new skills, reshaped their goals for the future, became more self-sufficient, discovered a love for nature and decided to make better choices for themselves and their families. If you would like to recycle, reuse, repurpose or refurbish more you are guaranteed to adore Resoftables:

Looking at how quickly our household plastic waste adds up each week, I am not surprised to hear that the world produces more than 275 million tonnes of plastic waste every single year. It is impossible to comprehend how much that really is, but it is roughly the body weight of a herd of 55 MILLION elephants!

We can all do our share: By sorting our household waste in the correct bins, donating unwanted goods and upcycling/recycling where possible, avoiding single-use items, bringing our own shopping bags and of course by consciously buying recycled products in store. Thanks to HeadStart now even the youngest family members can do their part, meet the Resoftables.

Not only are Resoftables hailed as the world’s softest plush, they are also made using 100% household plastic waste so they’re a safe and responsible choice for your children and the environment. Each adorable Resoftables toy (14″, ages 0+) is made from approximately 11 recycled plastic bottles, how cool is that? Next time you recycle your empty plastic bottle, your ‘rubbish’ might just turn into someone else’s Resoftable.

There are currently five different Resoftables to choose from: Bobo the Bunny, Sparkles the Unicorn, Snowie the Polar Bear, Kiki the Koala and Ted the Teddy Bear (a perfect match for our 2-year old Ted). You can find your favourite Resoftables toy at your local Kmart or Big W store. Bring on the cuddles!

To find out more about Resoftables by HeadStart and to take a closer look at the range visit www.resoftables.com.

Nov 132016
 

VTech

At 13 months old miss Harriet is becoming an independent little girl: she brushes her hair, opens cupboards to get/put away bowls, she hangs up her own jacket, tries to put on her socks and shoes, pats the cat and attempts to control the TV and DVD player… she is learning something new every day! When it comes to discovering new things and learning to follow instructions this cute VTech Baby toy is a fantastic exercise:

vtech

My Friend Alice (RRP $30) is a cuddly, interactive teddy bear that is specifically designed for curious babies and toddlers aged 6 to 36 months. Not only is she soft and huggable with fun, bright colours, she also sings, talks and teaches your little one a wide range of words, body parts, numbers, colours and much more.

vtech-alice

Measuring a generous 35 cm from the tip of her funky sneakers to the top of her fluffy head My Friend Alice offers plenty to see, feel and hear, she sure knows how to make exploring the senses fun. After the initial tight hug we showed Harriet how to press Alice’s hands and feet to make her talk, read a short story or sing a song and she immediately caught on. Her favourite feature is the red heart button that lights up, she just loves hearing the heartbeat.

vtech-my-friend-alfieMy Friend Alice encourages little tots to listen carefully and follow her instructions, e.g. Can you put on my mitten? or Can you find my heart?. When they get it right a loud applause follows to reward their actions. She keeps children busy for ages as they learn to open/close the velcro shoe, do up shoelaces and tuck the hanky/mini-teddy in her pockets. As My Friend Alice, and her boy pal My Friend Alfie, are fun and interesting for different ages and stages they are a great investment for young families.

VTech toys are available at major department stores and independent toy retailers across Australia.

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

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Aug 162015
 

Lamaze

We may still have to wait a few more weeks until we get to hold our own little bundle but at least I will be getting a lovely dose of baby goodness this afternoon when we meet the darling girl of friends of ours. No matter how many new babies I meet, it never gets boring! While we already spoilt the little lady with some gorgeous gifts a few weeks ago we don’t want to show up empty handed so we got her a copy of one of my children’s favourite baby toys:

OctotunesWe’ve had our friendly Lamaze Octotunes (0-24 months, RRP $29.95) since the twins were born almost 7 years ago, after the twins the other kids enjoyed him and so have lots of little visitors to our home. Over the years the award winning Octotunes design has been released in a few different colours but the concept is still as much fun as it was back then. Children can squeeze the eight musical tentacles to play different tunes and even put together a real nursery rhyme or their own song.

Lamaze Frankie the Hanky WhaleIf you are looking for another guaranteed hit look no further than Frankie the Hanky Whale (9 months+, RRP $29.95), we only discovered him with baby Sybbie but he was a real winner and I know our new baby will enjoy him too when the time comes. Soft and cuddly Frankie comes with four coloured hankies that you can stuff into his mouth and pull out again from his spout, such a fun way to teach little ones about cause and effect. Who needs nasty plastics, expensive batteries, bright lights or loud noises when you can have Frankie?

Lamaze Torin T-rexTwo weeks ago we picked up our baby capsule at our local Toys’R’Us and all of a sudden it is starting to feel very exciting, not long until a teeny tiny baby will be coming home in that seat! I can’t wait to share a snap of our new addition with you all. The gorgeous Lamaze Play & Grow toys are designed to easily clip onto your pram, capsule, car seat or baby bag and provide your little one with lots of entertainment on-the-go.

Lamaze Squeezy DonkeyEach Play & Grow toy (RRP $19.95 each) is unique and has different features to keep your baby happy when out and about. Bright colours to look at, interesting textures to touch, quirky sounds to listen to, mirrors to peek in, fun shapes to explore and even funky teethers to bite on, send your child on a journey of discovery with one of the many friendly Play & Grow characters. I am already picturing this gorgeous Squeezy Donkey dangling on our new capsule.

Lamaze Developmental Toys are available at Target, Big W, Toys’R’Us, Baby Bunting and all good independent baby retailers across Australia.

To find out more about Lamaze and to browse the range visit www.lamazetoys.com.

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May 222015
 

Lamaze

Big Baby Shower – Day 22

One of the first toys we purchased for our twins was a Lamaze pram toy, a colourful little dangly friend that kept them entertained when out and about. We have added quite a few Lamaze toys to our collection since then and with every child we gained a few more. I am already thinking about which character to get our new baby when he/she arrives later this year!

Play & Gro

Lamaze Play & Grow toys (RRP $19.95 each) are fun, friendly soft toys that are made for little hands and inquisitive minds. They are suitable from birth onwards so they make a great baby shower gift.

Toots the ToucanPlay & Grow toys are full of bright colours, quirky sounds, interesting textures and shapes so young children can discover while they play. Rusty the Robot, Jacque the Peacock, Bella the Bunny, Mortimer the Moose… with almost 20 different designs to choose from there is a perfect Play & Grow buddy for everyone. I especially love the handy pram clip, no more dropped/lost toys and baby will always have his/her favourite friend within reach.

OctotunesThe award winning Lamaze Octotunes (0-24 months, RRP $29.95) has been around for a few years, the colours may have changed a little over time but the concept is still the same and it is still a big hit with little ones at different stages. Babies will love looking at the bright colours and patterns, exploring the different textures and feeling the knots, while older babies and toddlers can use Octotunes to practise their colours.

Of course the most popular feature of Octotunes are its eight musical tentacles. By squeezing the legs each tentacle produces a different note, encouraging children to use their hands, train their muscles and listen to the sounds. Believe it or not but you can actually ‘play’ popular nursery rhymes like Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star and Mary had a little Lamb (find the right notes/colours in the manual) using Octotunes, how cool is that?

Lamaze Developmental Toys are available at Target, Big W, Toys R’Us, Baby Bunting and all good independent baby retailers across Australia.

To find out more about Lamaze and to browse the range visit www.lamazetoys.com.

For your chance to win a Lamaze Prize Pack (RRP $49.90, Octotunes and Play & Grow) enter our giveaway below:

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Dec 222014
 

Lamaze

Christmas Countdown – Day 22

As a mum of four children I know very well how tricky it can be to find time to get anything done when you have a curious baby to entertain. Today’s awesome Christmas Countdown prize from Lamaze will keep little minds engaged and small hands busy so you can pop to the toilet, hang up the washing or make yourself a well deserved cup of coffee:

Lamaze Symphony Motion Gym

The Lamaze Symphony Motion Gym (RRP $99.95) is the perfect mix between a play rug, motion gym and tummy time mat, it’s a fantastic multifunctional design that provides hours and hours of fun for little ones from birth onwards.

Lamaze Symphony Motion Gym PondThe soft, padded mat is round in shape and decorated with attractive colourful patterns and pictures that are appealing to young eyes. Many babies are not very keen on tummy time so the key is to present them with lots of interesting things to look at and play with, that way they won’t even have time to get bored or upset. Tummy time is very important for baby’s development and can help avoid and relieve ‘flat head’ symptoms.

Lamaze Space ToysWhen your baby is on his back there is plenty to see too, pop up the quick snap arches and watch your baby as he follows and grabs the fun hanging toys and mirror. The toys and arches of the lightweight Lamaze Symphony Motion Gym are detachable (handy for easy storage or transport) and the soft play mat is machine washable so you can remove little dribbles, food spills and other messy accidents. Nice bonus: The toys are great entertainment in the pram or car too.

With the added entertainment of sound and motion (3 AA batteries, not included) the Lamaze Symphony Motion Gym is sure to put smiles on little faces whilst stimulating baby’s brains and encouraging hand/eye coordination. The Lamaze Symphony Motion Gym is currently available in two stylish designs: Pond and Space.

Lamaze Developmental Toys are available at Target, Big W, Toys R’Us, Baby Bunting and all good independent baby retailers across Australia.

To find out more about Lamaze and to browse the range visit www.lamazetoys.com.

For your chance to win a Lamaze Symphony Motion Gym (RRP $99.95, choose from Pond or Space) enter our giveaway below:

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Jul 072014
 

Lamaze

When our twins were born 6 years ago we carefully chose a gorgeous Lamaze toy for each of them, we loved the cheerful designs and could see straight away these toys would be enjoyed for ages. They did play with them for a long time, exploring all the different learning areas as they got older and even after two more children the toys still look amazing. For us Lamaze translates in fun, age appropriate, playful learning, quality and durability, keep an eye out for these fabulous Lamaze toys in store:

Lamaze Frankie the Hanky WhaleThe very huggable Frankie the Hanky Whale (9 months+, RRP $29.95) proves that young children don’t need lights, sounds, buttons and plastic to be entertained. This soft cuddle whale toy features bright colours to catch the attention of little eyes and lots of interesting textures, patterns, ribbon loops and crinkly fabric to attract little hands. Frankie comes with 4 coloured hankies that you can stuff into his mouth and pull out again from his spout, endless fun!

Lamaze Whale

At first miss Sybbie looked very confused, how can the hankies go in on side and reappear somewhere else? It didn’t take her long to work out and she now performs her own magic tricks with dummies, blocks and balls, a little magician in the making.

OctotunesThe award winning Lamaze Octotunes (0-24 months, RRP $29.95) has been around for a few years, the colours may have changed a little over time but the concept is still the same and it is still a big hit with little ones at different stages. Babies will love looking at the bright colours and patterns, exploring the different textures and feeling the knots, while older babies and toddlers can use Octotunes to practise their colours.

Of course the most popular feature of Octotunes are its eight musical tentacles. By squeezing the legs each tentacle produces a different note, encouraging children listen to use their hands, train their muscles and listen to the sounds. There are enough notes to ‘play’ selected nursery rhymes like Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star and Mary had a little Lamb (find the right notes/colours in the manual) and if you can’t get enough of singing with Octotunes you can download additional tunes online.

Lamaze Developmental Toys are available at Target, Big W, Toys R’Us, Baby Bunting and all good independent baby retailers across Australia.

To find out more about Lamaze and to browse the range visit www.lamazetoys.com.

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Jun 262014
 

It’s been a while since I brought you an update on Ebulobo but today I’ve got news and let me tell you, it was worth the wait. A brand new delivery of Ebulobo toys has arrived from France and made it into the Coccinella store on Down That Little Lane, they’re soft, huggable and gorgeous as always and make the perfect buddy for your little one:

Super Monsieur Louloup

Even though he measures a very impressive 100cm in length this big wolf is far from scary. Kids will be running towards this cuddly Super Monsieur Louloup ($99.95) to give him a big squeeze and he has no big sharp teeth for grandma to worry about. Like all Ebulobo toys he is made with precious little bundles in mind, all of Europe’s strictest safety standards are met and he contains only safe and non-toxic elements for your peace of mind.

Trendy Monsieur LouloupWho said fairytales are old fashioned? Clearly this Trendy Monsieur Louloup (65cm, $59.95) knows his chances of eating Little Red Riding Hood for dinner are very small so he has brought along his mobile phone to order take away instead. Mr. Wolf has flexible long legs and arms that are the perfect size for little hands to hold on to and on his belly you’ll find a handy storage pouch for his phone, you didn’t know wolves could have pouches did you?

Little Bag BettyDo you remember Tightrope Betty from the Ebulobo Magic Circus Collection? Well she is back for another performance this season in the shape of this adorable Little Bag Betty ($39.95). Little girls can carry around there special treasures wherever they go in this sweet pink cord shoulder bag decorated with Betty in her pretty gold tutu. I’ve popped one of these away for my daughter’s upcoming birthday, she is going to love it!

Ebulobo WoodbearThis year Ebulobo has given old favourites Gustave, Louloup and Woodbear an extra snuggly makeover and transformed them into flat cuddly toys ($34.95), combining the eye catching look of Ebulobo toys with the soft, comfortable feel of snuggle blanket. Unlike with ordinary ’round’ soft toys there are less bumps and bulky shapes that could be uncomfortable to sleep on and it makes them more compact to pop in your bag too.

Ebulobo Toy Blankets

To find out more about Down That Little Lane, to browse the Coccinella store and to order online visit www.downthatlittlelane.com.au.

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