Baby Bites with BabyBjörn

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Apr 052016
 

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Now that that nasty tongue-tie has been dealt with we can finally continue our solids journey, hopefully this time with more luck! Harriet certainly knows how to attack a teething rusk and she’s even had a crack at some toast soldiers yesterday, very messy but good fun. She has been sitting with us at the dinner table for a few weeks and now she can join in the eating part too, hooray.

Hattie High Chair

She may only be 6 months old but Harriet sits like a real queen in the new BabyBjörn high chair, it’s like a throne for little royals. Designed for ages 6 months up to 3 years this super stylish high chair is a perfect pick for modern families who want to invest in high quality, durable products that grow with their child.

BabyBjorn High Chair

There is lots to love about this trendy seat, like a curved backrest that helps young children to sit upright and an ergonomic fit that supports babies in all the right places. Initially I had my doubts about the ‘harness-free’ design of the BabyBjörn High Chair but my mind was immediately put at ease when I saw how the tray fits nice and snug around her body keeping her perfectly in place. Add to that the safety bar in between the child’s legs and there is no slipping away, even for a six month old.

Hattie BabyBjorn High Chair

The spacious, easy-clean tray can be adjusted to suit your little eater, it can slide closer to provide a tight fit for a small child and it can slide out to offer more room for older children. Unlike traditional rectangular trays that leave gaps around your child for food and cutlery to drop down in, this clever tray has a rounded shape that mimics a child’s body shape; no gaps = less mess! There are no small openings, seams or grooves on the tray or the seat, just a smooth surface that you can simply wipe clean after each meal.

BabyBjorn High Chair colours

The BabyBjörn High Chair is very easy to use: just sit your child in the seat, flip up the tray and turn the table lock to secure the tray and your child in one simple step. Once mealtime is over you can unlock the tray, fold it down and lift out your child. I also love the fact that you can detach the removable top tray for easy cleaning under the tap or dishwasher whilst the main tray stays in place for the next course or play time.

BabyBjorn High Chair Fold

Last but not least: storage! At first sight the BabyBjörn High Chair may not look like a very compact design but you’ll be pleasantly surprised. If you fold the back legs in and flip the tray up you’ll be left with a compact and narrow (< 25cm wide) package perfect for transport or storage.

The BabyBjörn High Chair (RRP $299.95) is currently available in three stylish colours: Snow White, Pink and Turquoise.

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

Aug 102014
 

Toosh Coosh

Big Birthday Bash – Day 10

Anyone who has ever been to our house will agree that mealtimes are a tad crazy. There is lots of talking and laughing (and sometimes also arguing), rattling of knives and forks and shuffling of bottoms on seats, just the everyday hustle and bustle of a big family. Our kids are still quite young but thanks to Toosh Coosh they can all eat at our large dining table:

Toosh Coosh RedToosh Coosh designer Jo is determined to make family mealtimes easier by bringing little kids to the family table, you’ll be surprised how much more enjoyable dinner can be if you all sit together. If your child is ready to get out of the high chair yet a bit too small for a big chair a Toosh Coosh Booster Seat is exactly what you need. We have been using our Toosh Coosh seats for several years now, multiple times a day, and they’re still going strong.

Toosh Coosh PileToosh Coosh Big Kids Booster Seats are soft, light weight, strong, durable, easy to clean and portable, the modern look is very attractive and does not look childish at all. Use your seat at home, when visiting family or friends, when eating out at a restaurant and even at the movies, anywhere your child needs a bit of a lift. There are no straps or buckles to do up, the Toosh Coosh seat simply stays put with just the weight of your child.

The $49.95 price tag is fantastic considering it is a product you will daily for several years and for even better value there is also a Toosh Coosh Sibling Pack available containing two Toosh Coosh seats for $90 (a saving of 10%).

To find out more about Toosh Coosh, to locate a stockist near you or to order online visit www.tooshcoosh.com.au.

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Baby Bud by Mamas & Papas

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Jan 202014
 

Mamas and Papas

As some of you are aware our little Sybil has been a bit of a troublemaker in the eating and sleeping department. At 11 months old she still wakes up several times overnight and while we now have the vomiting under control with medication we are still fighting daily food battles. At this stage Sybbie is not gaining as much weight as she should and refusing most foods, add to that the recent diagnosis of cows milk allergy and we’ve got our work cut out for us. Time to spruce up mealtimes at our household:

Mealtime fun

Mealtime fun

In the hope that the little lady would be distracted by her siblings and eat more we’ve swapped our highchair for this funky booster seat by Mamas & Papas so she can join the others at the big table. The Mamas & Papas Baby Bud sits on your normal dining chair and provides a raised seat for young diners aged 6 months up to approximately 3 years old. Sybil is currently 11 months old and sit in it really well, safely strapped in by the 3-point harness.

Baby Bud Play TrayJust like a normal high chair the Mamas & Papas Baby Bud comes with a meal tray ideal for self feeding and optional fun play attachment for the meal tray. The ‘toy tray’ has lots of different play areas to explore and offers great entertainment for during and after meals (or before as you’re doing the cooking!) and it simply attaches with strong suction caps. I never thought we would use this as much as we do but Sybil absolutely loves it.

Mamas and Papas Baby Bud BlueThe Baby Bud meal tray has raised edges to keep food from dropping on the ground and is easy to wipe clean. Depending on the size of your baby (and his/her belly) you can pull the tray closer to/further away from baby, it simply locks in on the sides. I love that you can take the tray off completely as it gives you lots of room to put your baby in without blindly fiddling with a harness under a tray and after dinner you can clean around/ under your baby easily while baby stays safely strapped in.

Mamas and Papas Baby Bud RaspberryTo make sure the Baby Bud sits safely on the chair and does not wobble or slide it is secured by two straps across the backrest and seating area. We have leather dining chairs which can get slippery but the straps are nice and tight (without causing damage) so there is no movement in the seat. The Baby Bud also features four rounded feet that are easily adjustable so you can set the booster seat at the right height for your table.

The Baby Bud Booster Seat is great for at home but makes a clean and safe baby seating solution when eating out too. As your baby gets older you can eventually leave off the meal tray completely and just slide the dining chair with Baby Bud closer to the dining table.

Baby Bud

To find out more about Mamas and Papas, to take a closer look at the Baby Bud (RRP $99) with Baby Bud Activity Tray (RRP $24.95) and to locate a stockist near you visit www.mamasandpapas.com.au.

Jun 032013
 

Life is not easy when you are two going on twenty. Miss Juliet is trying hard to get along with the twins but sometimes she is just a tad too young to keep up. While the twins are doing great eating at the big dinner table she is clearly not ready, wiggling around, hopping on and off and making a mess. Luckily we’ve recently found a solution that keeps everyone happy: the new phil&teds Poppy.

phil&teds Poppy

phil&teds Poppy

The phil&teds Poppy is not just an ordinary high chair, it is specifically designed to grow with your child and goes ‘from high chair to my chair’ in a flash. 

Poppy High ChairThe sleek, simple, modern high chair is very easy to set up, the legs and feeding tray just click into place and no screws or tools are needed. Fitted with a five-point safety harness the Poppy can be used from ca. 6 months onwards (baby has to be able to hold up its head). As well as the safety straps the chair features a raised bar in between the legs to keep your baby from sliding down.

Miss 2 enjoying a snack

Miss 2 enjoying a snack

The molded seat is made with an insulating, hypo-allergenic, UV resistant and non-toxic material called aerocore to provide a soft and comfortable seating area. It is also waterproof and can be wiped clean, after all dinner time can get pretty messy! The large feeding tray is made with the same aerocore material for easy cleaning, and to really help out busy mums it can even be placed in the dishwasher. Because the tray is seamless there are no hiding spots for nasty bacteria to grow in.

Poppy is very light weight so miss 4 just drags it around to enjoy a quiet read

Poppy is very light weight so miss 4 just drags it around to enjoy a quiet read

Poppy My ChairOnce your child gets too big for a high chair you can convert your Poppy from high chair into a cool kids chair by removing the tray and shortening the four legs. The tray and legs just unclick and the raised part in between the legs simply unscrews (a smaller cover is included). The transformation takes just a few minutes and your new chair is ready, it’s the perfect seat for a kids bedroom, playroom or reading corner. With a generous weight limit of 20kg it can easily hold an average 3-4 year old (even my almost 5-year old weighs only 17kg).

Told you she's pretty chuffed with her chair :)

Told you she’s pretty chuffed with her chair 🙂

What I really like about the Poppy is that it, unlike our old high chair, slots nicely onto the dinner table so she can join the big people instead of sitting second row. She is still confined to a high chair and her food stays nicely in place on the tray but she doesn’t seem to mind as much as before. I also love that the tray is rounded so it fits much better around her body, most high chairs have straight, rectangular trays so lots of food seems to fall in between.

... And baby S is waiting next in line, not long to go!

… And baby S is waiting next in line, not long to go!

Setting up a nursery is expensive so make a smart investment and choose phil&teds Poppy ($149), the high chair that will last well past babyhood. Poppy is available in Lime, Bubblegum and Cranberry.

To find out more about phil&teds, to locate a stockist near you or to order online visit www.philandteds.com.

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Feb 272012
 

As you know the twins recently graduated from their high chairs and are now eating at the big dining table using their Toosh Coosh support seats. After more than 3 years their high chairs were looking rather battered and were broken in several places so this was the right time to say goodbye. I have written before about my regrets about the high chairs I purchased for them, a high chair is something you use every day (even multiple times a day) for several years and maybe multiple children too so you want to get it right. I know we have definitely got it right for the baby, who sits in a beautiful, sturdy, high quality high chair from Qtoys.

The Qtoys Frog High Chair is sure to add a bright and fun touch to mealtimes. The green frog seat looks very inviting and the baby is often trying to climb on even when it is not dinner time. The clever design is durable, versatile and timeless and it grows with your child, carrying up to 20kg. The tray is adjustable and removable with a non toxic finish so perfectly safe. Speaking of safe, it is also fitted with a five point safety harness and complies with the highest of Australian/NZ safety standards.

The Frog High Chair is beautifully made with eye for even the smallest details. All Qtoys product are made exclusively from plantation and/or recycled timber, which means you are making a brilliant choice for the environment. Except for the backrest and the feet the wood grain is left exposed instead of hidden by paint or stain, celebrating the true beauty of real wood and adding to the handcrafted look Qtoys is famous for.

There are a lot of things I love about this high chair, and for once I don’t have to compromise. The chair folds down nice and flat for storage yet is not flimsy and wobbly. The chair is safe for babies with a nice snug fitting five point harness and rounded corners yet it is also perfect for older children, who can use the chair with and without tray just like a dining chair. The wood is smooth, easy to clean and of course eco friendly, what else can you ask for?

If you are a big Qtoys fan just like we are make sure you check out the competition Qtoys is running at the moment. There are 5 fabulous prizes to be won and the first prize winner will take home this absolutely gorgeous Rocking and Bouncing Kangaroo valued at $160. On top of that 9 other people will win a prize too just for voting on the Qtoys Facebook page. A good reason to give their page the thumbs up!

To find out more about QToys, to take a closer look at the Frog High Chair ($119.50) and to locate a stockist near you visit www.qtoys.com.au.

Toosh Coosh

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Feb 032012
 

I know you may find it hard to believe but until this week we had never taken the kids out for dinner. Some people manage to take their little ones out to restaurants from a very young age which I think it fantastic, we just couldn’t do it. When the twins were babies we didn’t find the idea of trying to feed a baby each (and ourselves) very relaxing so we never did it. Baby 3 was born before the twins turned two and the thought of three small kids in high chairs in a restaurant would scare even the most organised and calm parents so we kept putting it off. But as we were invited to a birthday dinner this week we decided to bite the bullet and go…

On Tuesday it was time for our big outing and we were well prepared, the restaurant had reserved one high chair for baby and we brought along our Toosh Cooshes for the older two. At 3 years old the twins may be too big for high chairs but they are still a little bit too small for regular dining chairs, making it hard for them to eat properly and not make a mess. And this is exactly where the Toosh Cooshes come in.

The Toosh Coosh is a kids support seat designed right here in Australia by clever mum Jo. After searching high and low for a simple, portable, stylish support seat for kids she decided to create her own solution to the problem. If you imagine trying to eat your dinner at a table that is too high for you you’ll realise that eating mess free is not easy. Bringing the table down is not an option but making your seat higher is!

Unlike other booster seats the Toosh Coosh features a stylish, timeless design that is not too babyish for older children, its neutral colour options (charcoal/red) will fit in beautifully with your interior. Conveniently packaged in its own carry bag you can easily take your Toosh Coosh to friends, family and restaurants so kids can sit up at the table and you can have a relaxing meal together.

Obviously this fantastic seat is not just useful around meal times, the twins use their Toosh Cooshes all the time to do drawing, playdoh or other crafts at the big kitchen table. The Toosh Coosh sits really well on our dining chairs (it sits really well on every chair we have tried it on!) and they do not slide even when the twins hop on and off. Sticky fingerprints are easy to wipe off and its compact size makes it easy to store, because isn’t storage space something we all never have enough of?

The Toosh Coosh kids support seat costs $59.95 or $109.90 for a sibling pack, at the moment you can enjoy free delivery Australia wide.

To find out more about Toosh Coosh, to take a closer look at the design and to order online visit www.tooshcoosh.com.au. Keep an eye on the Toosh Coosh Facebook page for the latest news and specials.