Aug 302012

If you are a regular reader of Hip little one you know that I had been preparing our trip to Holland for months. A lot of care went into packing our most beautiful summer clothes and organising the perfect gifts for all my family members. I shared most of the presents with you before we went but there was one little surprise that no one knew about yet… I can tell you that my family was very excited and now the time has come to share with all of you too:

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Yes you’ve heard it right, that is the beautiful, amazing, wonderful heartbeat of our 4th baby due in February. I am currently 15 weeks pregnant and obviously we are very excited and feel very blessed to be adding another little munchkin to our family.

I am sure you can imagine that it will be pretty busy for me, in the months leading up to the birth but especially when baby has arrived. In less than 6 months time we will have four wonderful children under 4,5 years old, a busy bunch but all of them so loved and so wanted. Please forgive me if I start making silly mistakes, forget to organise things or miss a daily post here or there, you know there are no bad intentions!

This amazing recording was made using the Sonotech Pro Fetal Doppler from Parents Like Us, a fantastic device that lets you listen to and record your baby’s heartbeat from the comfort of your own home. It is so easy to use and has put our mind at ease quite a few times already. A Sonotech Doppler would make a gorgeous Father’s Day present for an expecting dad, even if he can’t make it to the appointments he can still listen to baby at home!

All Sonotech dopplers ship free of charge with tracking and come complete with 250ml ultrasound gel and 12 months warranty directly through Parents Like Us.

To find out more about Parents Like Us, to take a closer look at the Sonotech doppler range and to order online visit

Sunday Coffee with Parents Like Us

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May 132012

Happy Mother’s Day! It is such a special day to reflect on how lucky we are to be a mum and of course to be spoilt a little by our loved ones. When you shop online you sometimes forget that behind most children’s stores are actually mums just like you and me. Mums who work hard running their family at home and juggle a business on top of that, it is not always easy!

Today we are enjoying a virtual coffee with one of those lovely mums, meet the gorgeous Marie from Parents Like Us.

What does your ideal Sunday look like?
My ideal Sunday would be a sleep in, anything after 7am is great! It involves attempting to read the Sunday Paper (this usually takes me the whole week though). Baking cupcakes with my girls (Kayla & Georgia), which we love doing together although there is always a massive clean-up after! And preferably eating out or getting takeaway with family and friends. My husband (Jeff) doesn’t work weekends, so if I get some ‘me’ time in it’s even better, and of course it depends a lot on if the Bulldogs are playing. Got to love football season … not!

What do you like most about running Parents Like Us?
Definitely connecting with our customers and community. Our aim from the beginning has always been to pass on our own experience through our products and service (hence our name), as well as continuing to refine our own parenting skills form what we learn through our customers. It’s great when customers love our products as much as we do and extremely rewarding when we have happy customers who keep coming back, as well as referring family and friends.

Making mistakes we enjoy too, which might sound odd, but it’s a great learning experience we use to improve what we do as is the challenge of achieving the work/life balance with young children.

What can we expect of Parents Like Us in the future?
On the product front, we will be definitely adding funky and innovative products to our range. Being a ‘boutique’ we are selective about what we stock, which means you shouldn’t expect to see thousands of products only those we consider ‘essential’ or ‘classics’ and of course they will be tried and tested by parents like us.

Growing our little parenting community is definitely one of our goals. We plan to achieve this by making what we do more interactive and engaging through participation in community events, polls and reaching out to guest bloggers (if you are interested get in touch!).

Our website is also undergoing a major upgrade too which we hope to have completed by Christmas. The upgrade aims at adding many customer centric features like social engagement and incentive referrals, repeat customer recognition, loyalty programs, a completely new blog and a streamlined interface making the online shopping experience even simpler.

What is your favourite item in store?
We have many favourites! At the top of the list would have to be our Fetal Dopplers. The re assurance that a Fetal Doppler provides is second to none and they have proven to be hugely popular. Fetal Dopplers were the original plan for our store and differentiates us to competitors. We have always been extremely motivated in stocking quality Doppler’s aiming to place them in reach of expecting parents, by making them affordable, without compromising on quality.

The Baby Zoo Sleep Trainer Clock aka ‘Momo’ comes in second. Apart from being adorably cute ‘Momo’ teaches children when it’s time to sleep, and when it’s time to wake using a combination of eye moving actions, lights and jungle noises! ‘Momo’ has definitely been a sanity saver for both our customers and us (as parents) and epitomises everything about being innovative when it comes to children’s products.

How will you be celebrating Mother’s Day?
Last year Jeff, Kayla and Georgia surprised me with breakfast in bed, well almost, Gloria Jeans coffee and raspberry/ banana bread at the breakfast table, along with a card that the kids had recorded their mother days messages on. Hope I get the same this year! This will be followed by getting together with my mum, and my MIL, SIL and the rest of the clan. No cooking or chores all day! Can we make it Mother’s week, instead of Mother’s day?

To find out more about Parents Like Us, to browse the range and to order online visit Australian orders over $50 are shipped free of charge and right now you can enjoy 20% off storewide at Parents Like Us. Simply enter the code ‘MUM20’ at checkout, hurry though as offer ends May 13, 2012.

May 112012

If you are a regular Hip little one reader you may have read before that I am one of the many mothers who has lost an unborn baby. I don’t usually share my personal story but I know there are so many mums out there who have gone through this too and it is something that will always stay with me and has defined me as a person and a mother. After losing our first baby in a missed miscarriage I was terrified of it happening again when I was carrying the twins. The doctors ordered plenty of checkups just so I could hear/see the babies, but there were still many times that I wish I could quickly hear that reassuring sound of a beating heart and I would have loved to have my very own doppler to use at home.

At Parents Like Us they know a lot of mums feel like this, which is why they stock a great selection of fetal dopplers so you can listen to your baby’s heart whenever you want in the comfort of your own home. With a Sonotech Fetal Doppler you can share those wonderful moment with your husband, children or other family and friends who would love to hear the heartbeat of your unborn baby from as early as 10-12 weeks.

There are different doppler models available in store ranging from the basic Sonotech Lite Fetal Doppler ($69) to the Sonotech Xpress Fetal Doppler ($89.90) and finishing with the top-of-the-line Sonotech Pro Fetal Doppler ($149.90). This last model has loads of amazing features like a TFT colour LCD with diagnostic graph display, out of range fetal heart rate alarm indicator, crystal clear sound with noise isolation (very important) and much more.

Your new Sonotech doppler conveniently connects to two sets of headphones and computer for listening to and recording of those wonderful, amazing moments of hearing your unborn baby’s heartbeat, movements and hiccups. All Sonotech dopplers ship free of charge with tracking and come complete with 250ml ultrasound gel and 12 months warranty directly through Parents Like Us.

If you were thinking of getting yourself a doppler you are in luck, right now you can enjoy 20% off storewide at Parents Like Us. Simply enter the code ‘MUM20’ at checkout, hurry though as offer ends May 13, 2012.

To find out more about Parents Like Us, to take a closer look at the Sonotech doppler range and to order online visit

For your chance to win a Sonotech Pro Fetal Doppler in blue or pink (RRP $149.90) simply like Parents Like Us on Facebook AND answer the following question: What do you like best about being pregnant?

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Competition ends June 11, 2012. Sorry, Australian entries only.