Mar 082018
 

Long time Hip Little One readers will know by now that I am raising a tribe of little bookworms. From thick novels to massive encyclopaedias (not kidding!) to sweet picture books and wonderful pop-up stories, we can never get enough of reading. If, like my family, you are a big fan of Australian authors Alison Lester and Jane Godwin I am excited to share they’ve bundled their talents for a very special collaboration:

Inspired by and in partnership with the amazing children from the Royal Children’s Hospital Alison and Jane created The Silver Sea (RRP $19.99), a magical picture book that takes readers on a unique discovery trip of the ocean. Take a deep breath and dive under water and explore colourful creatures and eye catching nature like you have never seen before.

The rhyming story of a midnight adventure under the sea has been illustrated by the children of the hospital themselves, so much talent! The Silver Sea has allowed these children to momentarily forget about being patients, instead becoming real artists and seeing their very own art printed and enjoyed by many. The end result is a unique children’s book that will be read over and over again, there is so much to see and learn in the deep of the ocean.

As if we didn’t love The Silver Sea enough already, here’s the most fabulous thing about this beautiful book: All proceeds from The Silver Sea will go to the Education Institute at the Royal Children’s Hospital! So if you are looking for a wonderful gift that keeps on giving this is it.

To find out more about Affirm Press, to take a closer look at ‘The Silver Sea’ and to order online visit www.affirmpress.com.au.

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A Little Love for my Mini-Me

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Nov 272017
 

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As little as she is miss Hattie has proven to be a very interested big sister, who doesn’t miss a thing when it comes to her new baby brother. She is very keen to help out with changing and dressing him and watches closely when the nurses or doctors check out our little Ted. If you don’t keep an eye on her at all times she’ll even try herself to check his ears and rub some cream onto his face! To reward her caring attitude (and to give Ted a break from all that attention every now and then) we felt this clever VTech creation would make the perfect 2nd birthday gift:

Isn’t she adorable? Young boys and girls will instantly fall in love with Little Love Cuddle & Care (RRP $59.95, ages 2+), a darling girl doll who is in desperate need of some tender love and care. Time to get out your medicine bag and make her feel better…

Little Love encourages children to use their imagination, listen carefully and respond to her needs with the help of six included doctor tools. Miniature doctors can grab the stethoscope to listen to her heart, use the thermometer to check her temperature, inject the syringe, get out the medicine bottle and spoon or cover up an imaginary injury with a pretty bandaid.

Pretend play gets extra real thanks to the special sensors on her body which recognise and react to the different accessories, eg. when you touch Little Love’s heart with the stethoscope you can hear her heart beat, a quick check of the ear with the thermometer confirms if her temperature is normal, when her elbow hurts a bandaid does the trick and a spoonful of medicine takes care of a sore throat.

From sound and colour effects to short, easy-to-understand phrases (simple health lessons in disguise!), with Little Love there is loads to see, hear, learn and discover. By recording your child’s name Little Love will form a special bond with her ‘doctor’. You can even go to the VTech website to select your child’s birthday, favourite things to do and set meal- and bedtimes, then sync these to your doll to get personalised responses.

I love how VTech uses fun, engaging pretend play to teach children about different body parts and everyday health problems, and what a fantastic way to prepare kids for a doctor visit or hospital stay too! If your little one gets nervous when medical professionals perform basic body checks Little Love can be just the friendly companion your child needs to put his/her mind at ease.

VTech toys are available at major department stores, select online 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.

Oct 112015
 

Earlybirds

Welcome Baby Giveaway – Day 11

One peek in my baby’s hospital bag will tell you all you need to know about my favourite newborn clothing brand. After using (and loving!) Australian label Earlybirds for baby no.3 and baby no.4 I knew this time I around I’d confidently choose Earlybirds again as my baby’s first outfit.

Earlybirds range

As the name suggests Earlybirds is dedicated to those precious newborns that come into this world very (or even just a little) early, catering for birth weights as tiny as 800 grams up to a generous 4.5kg.

Earlybirds Gift SetEarlybirds clothing and accessories are designed by a wonderful Aussie mum who knows all about premature arrivals and the specific needs of early birds and their carers. The fabrics are soft against sensitive skin, the colours neutral and simple and the quality amazing. There is even a special Earlybirds Organics collection for those who prefer the luxurious touch of premium, chemical-free organic cotton.

Earlybirds Isolette SuitsWith delicate premie babies in mind most Earlybirds garments are designed for easy dressing and undressing as well as regular doctor checkups, especially valuable for babies spending their first weeks/months in a hospital special care unit. Thanks to convenient fold-open designs and easy press-studs you don’t have to hurt or upset your baby with every outfit change. Earlybirds clothing is available in neutral, pale pink and light blue shades to suit all babies.

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

For your chance to win a $150 Earlybirds gift voucher enter our giveaway below:

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Sep 272015
 

For an impatient person like me there is nothing worse than not knowing when things will happen. Even with a due date in hand you can’t rely on baby arriving exactly on that one day you circled on the calendar. Like most expecting mums I packed my hospital bag a few weeks ahead of time and it surprises me every time how much space you need for all your little things. If only this beautiful, spacious new gr8x arrival made it here in time:

gr8x Escapades Holdall

The new gr8x ‘Escapades’ Holdall (RRP $179.95) in stylish charcoal is currently en route to Australia and due to arrive in October. The bad news is that I couldn’t get my hands on one in time for my hospital stay, the good news is that by entering our giveaway below you may well be the first hip Aussie mama to own this fabulous new style!

Picking the right baby bag is a personal decision: some mums like small and compact, while others prefer large and roomy (and if you have twins or lots of young children like I do you have no choice!). Personally I prefer a larger bag with lots of storage space so I can throw in everything I need without squashing and squeezing. The Escapades Holdall is the ultimate large baby bag, it’s ideal for mums of multiple children and it makes a fabulous weekender too.

Featuring a trendy canvas laminate outer that’s easy to wipe clean and four large external pockets the Escapades is both good-looking and practical. On the inside you’ll find one main compartment, perfect for larger items, a change of clothes or baby blanket, as well as elasticized and zipped pockets for your smaller pieces. As a lovely bonus each Escapades Holdall will come with a complimentary soft, waterproof change mat and zipped, insulated bottle traveller, that’s your next day out with baby sorted!

To find out more about gr8x, to locate a stockist near you or to order online visit www.gr8x.net.

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Baby Batches

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Sep 192014
 

Baby Batches

I don’t know about you but I always happily make room in our busy schedule to visit a brand new bundle of joy and get my dose of newborn baby cuddles. No matter how full our diary is those sweet snuggles are so much more valuable than anything else on the agenda. Of course you can not show up empty handed but don’t worry, you can save yourself precious time with Baby Batches:

Baby Batches GirlsCreated by two lovely Aussie sisters and mamas Baby Batches takes the hassle out of shopping for the perfect baby gift with a great range of ready-to-go gift hampers. Whether you are shopping for a boy or a girl, a baby shower or a new mum, a Christening, naming day or birthday, have a big or a small budget, Baby Batches has got a gorgeous boutique present that’s right for you (they’ve even got twins and siblings covered, it truly is a one-stop-shop!).

Baby Batches MumEvery Baby Batches hamper contains different items that are lovingly matched up, in fact they look like they are meant to be together. For baby there are popular gifts like clothing, accessories and toys and for mum there are lovely luxuries like toiletries, some champagne to celebrate the new arrival and yummy chocolate, what does your ideal hamper look like? You can also add a personal touch to your hamper by adding little extras during the checkout process.

Baby Batches BoysAll Baby Batches gift hampers are put together with the greatest care, delivering a complete package with a sweet handpicked look. Your hamper will arrive beautifully packaged in a special gift box wrapped with gorgeous grosgrain ribbon and a sweet Baby Batches giftcard with your very own message is included. Baby Batches has done all the hard work, now its up to you to present it to the lucky recipient.

Want to send some Baby Batches love to someone interstate? Not a problem. Baby Batches can send your gift directly to the new mama in hospital or at home, prices and delivery time frames depend on the location.

Baby Batches Hampers

To find out more about Baby Batches, to browse the range and to order online visit www.babybatches.com.au.

Sep 162014
 

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If you are a regular reader of Hip Little One you will know by now that I am a big book lover. I love reading myself and so do my four little ones, it’s one of our favourite family activities and a result we have an ever-growing collection of books. Not only is reading relaxing and fun to do, books can also help explain situations, celebrate milestones and deal with emotions in child-friendly way. The key is to find the right book for the right event…

Wombat Goes To SchoolAt Story Mama they understand that most parents don’t have time to visit store after store and sift through endless shelves of kids books trying to find the perfect book, which is why they have done all the hard work for you. From alphabets to animals, from colours to Christmas, from moving house to going on a holiday, from learning to swim to starting school and everything in between, Story Mama has got it all covered.

Going On A PlaneAustralian mum and owner of Story Mama Debbie has handpicked (or should I say hand read) every single book in store herself, read it over and over again and rated it to make your shopping experience as quick and simple as possible. The easy to navigate website allows you to search by age, milestone or interest to be presented with a selection of beautiful children’s books that ticks YOUR boxes.

Where Is The Green Sheep?If you want to spoil a special little person with a good read that is sure to get the thumbs up you can never go wrong with one of Australia’s Favourite Kids Books. I also love the section with Victorian Premier’s Reading Challenge Books, I know our twins would really appreciate this little encouragement to take part in this great initiative that gets school kids reading. Mem Fox, Eric Carle, Alison Lester, Dr. Seuss, they’re all at your fingertips.

Pete the CatRight now Story Mama is giving you the chance to win one of two copies of Pete the Cat by James Dean & Eric Litwi ($26.99, ages 3-7). It’s a gorgeous best-selling picture book about an adventurous little cat and his new white shoes, your kids are sure to love it. Entry is easy as pie but you have to be quick as this lovely competition ends next Tuesday, September 23, 2014. Good luck!

To find out more about Storymama, to browse the range and to order online visit www.storymama.com.au, all orders over $30 ship free Australia wide.

Mar 252014
 

Earlybirds

Maybe it’s your niece or nephew, maybe it’s your little cousin, your neighbour’s baby or even your own precious bundle, we all know a special ‘earlybird’ who arrived a little (or a lot) ahead of his/her due date. In many cases these earlybirds face difficult challenges and have to spend time in hospital before they are ready to enter the big wide world. Three of my own babies were born prematurely and spent some time in the special care nursery, they were so tiny and absolutely adorable.

As you may know the beautiful baby clothing by Australian company Earlybirds is specifically designed to suit these early arrivals, their Earlybirds range caters for the tiniest of babies weighing just 8oo grams up to 4.5 kilos. But they don’t stop there, when premie babies get older and bigger they often struggle to fit into main stream clothing so Earlybirds has got them covered too with a special Bigger Birds range.

The Bigger Birds collection is available in sizes 3 to 18 months and features navy blue and raspberry colour options to suit both boys and girls. Bigger Birds garments are comfortable to wear, easy to put on and take off and offer an excellent fit for the narrow hips and legs of many early arrivals. The collection consists of popular basics like rompers, jumpsuits, bodysuits and even undies (2-5 years).

Right now you can pick up one of the lovely Bigger Birds jumpsuits for just $22.50 (normally $29.95), that’s a saving of 25%! Be quick though, this offer ends March 31, 2014.

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

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