Floor Fun with VTech

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Nov 242017
 

VTech

Can you believe that little Ted is two months old already? On the one hand it feels like those two months have flown by, on the other hand I have felt every exhausting minute of it with our sad little boy crying for hours on end. He spends the majority of the day in the baby carrier because keeping him upright and close to mummy seems to bring some relief, but every now and then my back gets a few minutes rest when he is happy to kick away on the floor with VTech:

Make floor time fun with the Little Friendlies Glow & Giggle Playmat (RRP $89.95, ages Birth+), a gorgeous, brightly coloured play mat designed to grow with your baby, offering different ways to play as your little one develops new skills and reaches new milestones.

Right now Ted prefers to be on his back, while kicking his legs and watching the dangling toys. He is yet to reach for them but I don’t think it will be much longer! His little feet however are already super strong so when he kicks up a storm they hit the colourful ‘piano keys’ which magically turns on flashing lights and music. Depending on which of three modes you select it plays a range of tunes, animal sounds and sing-along songs and even teaches colours and shapes. It shows that you’re never too young to learn about cause and effect!

Unfortunately tummy time is not Ted’s favourite pastime so we’re keeping it short for now, but at least the padded Glow & Giggle Playmat is easy to wipe clean from all the sticky baby drool. Once he gets older and learns to sit up the mini piano can be turned and locked horizontally, that way he can sit and play the keyboard like a proper little musician. Miss 2 has been busy practising her musical skills so that she can teach her baby brother when he’s ready.

The Little Friendlies play mat may be a bit too big to take along (it doesn’t fold up, my only negative about the design), however you can easily unhook the four toys for some quick entertainment on-the-go. Using the connector rings you can attach the brightly coloured rattle, mirror, teether and crinkly toy to your pram or baby carrier to keep your baby happy and distracted when you’re away from home. With so many different ways to play and enjoy, this play mat is a fantastic investment (and great first Christmas gift idea) for young families.

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.

May 312016
 

Lamaze

When I look at our beautiful Harriet I can’t believe she is 8 months old already, time is just flying by and her first birthday will be here before we know it. On the weekend I folded away tiny baby clothes that no longer fit her, packed up the bouncer and even replaced her capsule by a normal car seat, our baby is turning into a little girl. She may be growing out of a lot of things but her Lamaze toys are still getting their daily workout:

Space Symphony Play Gym

The Lamaze Space 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 BoxThe 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 its 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 Space 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 small toys are a great size for pram or car trips too.

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

Play & Gro

Lamaze Play & Grow toys (RRP $19.95 each) are cute, friendly soft toys that are made for little hands and inquisitive minds. Thanks to the handy pram clip there will be no tears about dropped/lost toys and baby will always have his/her favourite friend within reach. These lovely plush toys are suitable from birth onwards and even now at 8 months Harriet still loves her Plaw & Grow buddies, we take them everywhere!

Toots the ToucanPlay & Grow toys are designed with bright colours, quirky sounds, interesting textures and shapes and sometimes even vibrations so young children can discover while they play. Rusty the Robot, Jacque the Peacock, Bella the Bunny, Mortimer the Moose… there are more than 25 different designs to choose from so there is a perfect Play & Grow buddy for everyone. We have one in the pram, one in the car seat, one in her playpen and one in my nappy bag, can you tell we are fans?

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

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

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Jan 012016
 

Elektra

As we open up our 2016 calendar it once again hits me how quick our little ones grow. In just a few weeks our beautiful Juliet will start school and our little miss Sybbie will make an early start at kindy later in the year, at least I will still have Harriet at home to keep me company!

Cloud9 Nap Mat Girls

Being away from their comfortable, safe environment can be quite daunting for young children, but Elektra Bub, Tots & Kids Shop makes naps away from home easy and fun with their latest mum-invention.

Cloud9Whether your child is off to daycare, kindy, grandma’s, a sleepover or even just camping in the living room, the brand new Elektra Cloud9 Nap Mat (RRP $89.95) takes the hassle out of naps. This all-in-one bedding set includes a sleeping mat with attached blanket and pillow and together they effortlessly roll up into one compact, portable bundle. No more hunting for individual bedding items and no lost bits either, saving your precious time AND money.

Designed by real parents the Cloud9 Nap Mat gets the thumbs up from everyone: Not only is it colourful, fun and easy to use for small kids, it is also practical, durable and machine washable (perfect for busy mamas). The padded mat and blanket are comfortable and warm, the removable high quality, hotel grade pillow is soft and cosy and the durable, stain resistant outer material is sure to stand the accidental spills and rough and tumble of active kids.

Cloud9 Nap Mat

When not in use simply roll up your Cloud9 Nap Mat and close the buckles et voila, your lightweight, compact sleeping solution is ready for storage or travel. You can even personalise the Nap Mat on the outside using the name label, making it easy for your child to recognise their mat and ensuring there are no mix-ups at kindy or daycare. Elektra Nap Mats are currently available in two different designs to suit boys (Dinosaurs) and girls (Teddy Bears).

Sybbie Nap Mat

To find out more about Elektra, to browse the range or to order online vist www.elektrabub.com.

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Finn + Emma

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Dec 282015
 

Fin + Emma

I have to admit, as our house is filled with little kids our home often resembles a cross between a toy store and a playground. Luckily we have a playroom so the living room stays reasonably tidy and visitor-friendly. Of course baby Harriet is way too small for playroom madness with the big four so she usually enjoys a calm play in the living room. I recently stumbled upon this gorgeous find at Twigs & Blossoms and think it’s the perfect mix of class and play:

Fin + Emma Play Gym

The Finn & Emma Play Gym (was $119, now $99) is a delight to look at and play with and effortlessly fits into your home decor without being intrusive. The simple and clean wooden frame is classy and timeless and the soft, organic cotton toys are stylish and gender neutral.

Fin + Emma Play Gym ScooterWhere most other play gyms on the market are packed with bright colours, scratchy plastics, noisy sounds and electronic movement this eye-catching design takes a pure, back-to-basics approach. The Finn & Emma Play Gym frame is made from strong 100% birch wood and lovingly finished with non-toxic stains and lacquers, ensuring there are no nasties like lead, phthalate and nickel near your precious bundle.

All Finn + Emma Play Gym buddies are removable and interchangeable, so you can swap their locations or even attach them to your pram or car seat for entertainment on the go. The wooden toys are beautifully crafted from all natural untreated indian hardwood buffed with vegetable seed wax, how amazing is that deep, warm colour? The eco-friendly knitted toys are handmade with love by artisans in Peru (Fair Trade) using 100% certified organic cotton and non-toxic dyes.

Fin + Emma Play Gym toys

Finn + Emma is the ideal choice for those who want live green and clean without giving in on style and class, this beautiful piece is sure to be loved, cherished and enjoyed for years and it will make a very special keepsake.

To find out more about Twigs & Blossoms, to browse the Finn + Emma range and to order online visit www.twigsandblossoms.com.au.

Dec 182015
 

Lamaze

Christmas Countdown – Day 18

If you have been following our Christmas Countdown you know that we’ve got the older kids covered with plenty of art & craft, dolls, toys and electronic entertainment, but what do you put under the tree for the youngest members of the family? If this is your (grand)child’s first Christmas this year you’ll love these special gifts from Lamaze, the developmental toy specialist:

Lamaze Play Mat

When it comes to floor play the Sit Up and See Activity Gym (RRP $149.95, ages 0 months+) would have to be one of the most versatile play mats around and a great gift for young families this Christmas.

Lamaze Activity GymNewborn babies can comfortably lay on their back on the padded mat and watch the dangling toys and shiny mirror, as they get older they can roll over for tummy time using the soft rainbow pillow for support. Parents can even fold out the two blue ‘legs’ so baby sit up on a slight angle safely secured in the 3-point harness. The cute mobile is sure to attract curious little eyes and its lights and sounds are automatically activated by movement, how clever!

Lamaze Play & GrowOf course the Sit Up and See Activity Gym is not going to fit into your child’s first Christmas stocking, but a gorgeous Lamaze Play & Grow toy (RRP $19.95) most certainly will. There are lots of colourful designs to choose from, how cute are Jacque the Peacock and Bella the Bunny (my current favourite)? Featuring interesting colours, shapes, patterns, textures and sounds they are fabulous clip-on toys for playtime on-the-go.

OctotunesOld favourite Octotunes (0-24 months, RRP $29.95) has been a Lamaze bestseller for years and he is not giving in on popularity just yet. The award winning design is simple but fun for cheeky little tots, by squeezing the colourful tentacles they can play different notes and even put together an entire song or nursery rhyme. Not that musically talented? Here’s a handy list of Lamaze Tunes to get you started.

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 $199 Lamaze Prize Pack (Includes Sit Up and See Activity Gym, Octotunes and Play & Grow Plush, designs randomly selected) enter our giveaway below:

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May 172015
 

Big Baby Shower – Day 17

Especially for the Big Baby Shower our friends at gr8x have put together a lovely bundle of their favourite accessories, offering new parents a helping hand when out and about with the new arrival:

gr8x Bottle PackWhether it’s a bottle of formula or breastmilk, a fruity snack or hearty meal, with the spacious gr8x Triple Bottle Pack (RRP $34.95) your baby’s next feed is always on hand. The handy insulated bag holds 3-4 bottles/containers and even has some spare room for other little extras. With its adjustable shoulder strap it would make a great little backpack for young adventurers too.

gr8x Change MatThese days most baby bags come with a hygienic change mat but a spare one is always handy. These gr8x Change Mats (32 x 87cm, White, Dusty Blue and Misty Pink) are soft, waterproof, machine washable and generous in length to allow for growing babies, plus at $16.95 each they are very well priced. We keep an extra change mat in our car and in the living room so we never get caught out by messy accidents.

gr8x Change WalletIf you are looking for a compact and convenient alternative to your big and bulky nappy bag you are sure to love the stylish gr8x Change Wallet (RRP $34.95). While it may look small in size it actually stores 2 nappies and a travel pack of wipes and when you unfold the wallet completely an instant change mat is created. The Change Wallet easily attaches to your stroller or pram, it’s perfect for busy parents on-the-go.

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

For your chance to win a gr8x Accessory Bundle (RRP $86.85, Simple Circles Harbour Blue Triple Bottle Pack, Dusty Blue Change Mat and Simple Circles Harbour Blue Change Wallet) enter our giveaway below:

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May 072015
 

OZ Baby Trends

Big Baby Shower – Day 7

Wet nappies, dirty nappies, cloth nappies, disposables, when you bring home a new baby nappies quickly become the talk of the day. Amidst all the nappy changes it is easy to forget to schedule some much-needed nappy-free time too. OZ Baby Trends has got nappy-off time covered with this clever product by Close Parent:

Pop-In Play Mat

The padded Pop-In Play Mat (RRP $69.95) is one of those multi-purpose baby products that families will use over and over again, excellent value for money and so handy to have on hand!

Pop-In Play Mat LionThe practical waterproof laminate side is ideal for quick nappy changes or nappy-free time as well as messy play with paint and water or sandy picnics. After use simply wipe clean ready for the next time or pop the mat in the washing machine, so easy! On the reverse the cuddly soft fleece side is perfect for tummy time on the floor, a pretend tea party or snuggles on the couch, the Pop-In Play Mat is super family friendly.

When not in use the play mat can be folded away for storage and carried with ease thanks to the removable handle. Measuring a generous 120 x 120cm in size the mat lasts well past the baby stage and can still be enjoyed as your baby grows. The Pop-In Play Mat is currently available in stylish Russian Dolls, Robot, Lion and Hippo design, which one is your favourite?

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To find out more about OZ Baby Trends, to browse the range and to locate a stockist near you visit www.ozbabytrends.com.au.

For your chance to win a Pop-In Lion Play Mat (RRP $69.95) enter our giveaway below:

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