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May 232014


I don’t know about you but I just can’t get over how fast the kids grow. It feels like yesterday that we brought our tiny twins home from the hospital, now they’re almost six and in primary school! But kids don’t just grow in age and size, they grow in needs and interests too and it can be hard to keep up with it all.

As beautiful as your nursery may be it won’t be long until you have to start ‘swapping’: Your bassinet will be swapped for a cot, the change table replaced by a potty, your baby carrier will make room for a baby walker and the rocker will be traded in for a high chair. Just when you think you’re done it starts all over again: cot for single bed, potty for step stool, baby walker for balance bike and high chair for booster seat, it never ends!

Locl App

At Locl they understand this constant need for changing and upsizing (all families are in the same boat after all!) and they know it can be tricky to find the money to accommodate all these upgrades so they have come to the rescue of parents all over Australia with the very clever Locl App.

Locl ProfileIt’s been two years in the making and now it’s finally here: Locl is a smart, super safe, social and stylish buying and selling app for busy parents that takes the hassle out of selling your old stuff and buying new gear. Whether you want to get rid of all the items your kids have outgrown or are looking for the next step or size up, Locl will help you find a great deal, locally. It’s 100% free to download and use and is fitted with loads of amazing features to make the process simple and enjoyable.

Through the Locl App you can chat with sellers and buyers, view user profiles and feedback scores, set up alerts for items you are looking for or just browse to see what cool stuff is available near you. You may find that your back neighbour is selling the bike you need and a mum from school is keen to take over your cot! It’s a little bit addictive and your next bargain is only one click away.

We want to get the Locl App on the map and we want (and need!) you to be a part of it so here’s a little incentive for you to get Locl:

Go through the shed, empty the spare room, clear the cupboards and list all your unwanted goods for sale through the Locl App. Not only are you creating welcome space and making some extra money for your next buy or to add to your (tight) family budget, the Locl user who uploads the most items for sale until June 2, 2014, will be rewarded with an iPad Mini.

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What are you waiting for? Get Locl and download the app today at

Dec 102013

Tiny Love

If you are a regular reader of Hip little one you may have noticed a reoccurring theme in my posts: sleep. It’s obvious that I could do with some more of it and we are slowly getting there, all it takes is patience and a bit of help from some fabulous little gadgets. After five years of almost daily use our trusty old mobile recently stopped working so we upgraded to this gorgeous new Magical Night Mobile by Tiny Love:

Tiny Love Magical Night Mobile

Stage 1: Magical Night Mobile with Canopy Projector

At Tiny Love they know how tricky baby bedtime can be (and how much babies and parents need their sleep!) so they designed their new Magical Night Mobile with lots of clever features to help your baby fall (and stay) asleep peacefully. Suitable from birth the charming animal themed mobile grows with your child through three stages so it can be enjoyed for a long time to come and is a fabulous investment for new parents.

Stage 1 Magical Night Mobile

Stage 1 Magical Night Mobile

As we all know a soothing tune can be a great tool to help little ones get to sleep which is why the Magical Night Mobile plays nine different tunes (in three different categories) that can be started by the simple push of a button. The volume is easy to adjust and music plays for a lengthy thirty minutes, by then our daughter is usually fast asleep. The three round buttons are easy to find in the dark and once your baby gets older he can turn the music on all by himself. Our 9-month old has already started playing DJ when she wakes up in the morning, she doesn’t always go back to sleep but either way it keeps her happy and entertained.

Miniature DJ

Miniature DJ

In the early days (0-5 months) the Magical Night Mobile will catch the gazing eyes of little newborns with the cute, dangling animals friends that slowly spin around under the canopy. The continious movement, bright colours and interesting shapes will grab their attention and will help keep them happy while they drift off to sleep. But that’s not all, the mobile also works as a projector with sweet animal images being displayed on the canopy which is the perfect distance for young babies to look at.

Stage 2: Music box and Ceiling Projector

Stage 2: Music box and Ceiling Projector

As your baby gets older and starts rolling around and sitting/standing up (5-18 months) the Magical Night Mobile canopy can be removed, that way your baby can still listen to the familiar tunes that have by now become an unmissable part of the bedtime routine and at the same time discover an exciting new mode of play: a ceiling projection. At this stage children are able to see that much further and can follow with their eyes all the moving animal patterns that appear and disappear on the ceiling above their bed.

Magical Night Mobile 3

Stage 3: Bedside Light and Starry Night Projector

Even later on (18 months+) your baby, who is by now almost turning into a toddler, can still sleep with their loyal bedtime companion. The Magical Night Mobile can now be removed from the cot and placed on a bedside table or drawers, with the canopy reattached the mobile turns into an adorable bedside music box while projecting a delightful starry night sky on the ceiling.

The Tiny Love Magical Night Mobile (RRP $99) runs on 4 C-size batteries (not included) and can easily be attached to most standard cots.

To find out more about Tiny Love, to browse the range and to locate a stockist near you visit or contact 1300-0-VALCO.

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