Dec 222016
 

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Welcome Baby Giveaway – Day 22

Over the course of 8 years and five kids I have bought more than my fair share of baby goods, some were fantastic buys and others (in hindsight) a total waste of money. One thing I would buy all over again in a heartbeat is this fantastic b.box gem, for the past few years we’ve used ours daily and I still love it as much as I did on day one. If you want to see for yourself what I’m raving about make sure to join today’s Christmas Countdown giveaway:

b.box range

Designed right here in Australia by two clever mamas the award-winning b.box product range is fun, functional and fashionable, all rolled into one. Their innovative designs are all about making your life that little bit easier while adding a touch of style.

On one side the fabulous b.box Diaper Caddy (RRP $69.95) holds a huge stack of nappies and the other side is designed to neatly fit a big tub of baby wipes. Underneath a spacious slide-out drawer keeps your favourite nappy creams and lotions together so you have all your nappy change essentials within reach, every single time. The caddy even comes with a matching, fold-up, wipe-clean change mat, so handy!

While we do have a lovely change table in our baby’s nursery the reality is that I generally can’t be bothered to walk all the way to other end of the house (and leave the other kids by themselves). Our b.box Diaper Caddy has been living in our lounge room for several years where it has been my trusty change companion. The sturdy design is durable, strong and easy to keep clean, if it survives life in our big, busy family you can rest assured the quality is fantastic.

Long after your baby has grown out of nappies you can still enjoy your caddy as storage for eg. craft or sewing supplies, toiletries, hair accessories or toys. The b.box Diaper Caddy is currently available in five stylish colours to suit your decor and personal style perfectly. Which colours is your favourite?

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

For your chance to win a b.box Diaper Caddy in your choice of colour (RRP $69.95, subject to availability) enter our Christmas Countdown giveaway below:

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Pop-In Cloth Nappy love (+ save 15%)

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May 072016
 

Close

After trying almost 40 different brand and types of reusable cloth nappies in the last 7 years there is only one brand I can recommend with all confidence: Close. Like most mums who have tried their amazing Pop-In nappies it was love at first sight for us, there is just nothing like it! Over the years these brilliant nappies have only gotten better and the latest arrivals are sure to be well received by Aussie Pop-In fans:

Pop-In Nappies

Seriously, cloth nappies do not come any cuter than this! The award-winning Pop-Ins deliver big on performance and are super pretty too, what more could you ask for? The brand new Pop-In New Generation V2 (RRP $39.95) is made from a soft, eco-friendly bamboo fabric that is antibacterial, breathable and very absorbent. If you’ve always wanted to try cloth nappies but thought they were too tricky you will find Pop-Ins extremely simple to use: no pinning or folding, just close the velcro tabs and go.

Pop-In Parts

The winning combination of a waterproof shell with absorbent panel, a removable soaker and booster, together with double leg-gusset to prevent leaks, will keep your baby comfortable, dry and happy. There is no need to hide these stylish nappies under ugly nappy covers, they clearly deserve to be seen. You can find all 6 new designs in store right now at Eco Child.

Pop-In V2Pop-Ins clever press-stud design can be adjusted to suit babies weighing 7-35lbs, making them an excellent investment for growing families. Instead of wasting money on disposable nappies these adorable MCNs will last all the way from birth til toilet training, now that’s great value for money! We have found Pop-Ins really easy to wash and dry, a simple 60 degree machine wash does the job (no soaking) and they dry quickly.

Cheeky discount: Follow the prompts on the Eco Child website and sign up for the newsletter to receive a fabulous 15% discount on your first order. Awesome saving!

To find out more about Eco Child, to browse the Close Pop-In range and to order online visit www.ecochild.com.au.

Sep 142014
 

JJ Cole Collections

A few days ago I wrote about the never ending (and rather messy) toilet breaks when out and about with a young family, something all parents will understand. Taking three little ones to a public toilet is quite the struggle so I was actually happy to have our youngest one still in nappies. No need to line up for a busy parenting room and use a change table that is never as clean as you would like, thanks to JJ Cole Collections you can change your baby wherever you are:

JJ Cole Changing Clutch

The sleek and slim JJ Cole Collections Changing Clutch ($29.95) is a stylish and compact little changing bag perfect for trendy mamas on the go. The Changing Clutch is big enough to hold all your nappy change necessities yet small enough to fit in your (matching!) baby bag, store it in your pram basket, hang it from the pram handle or even your wrist.

Changing Clutch

From the outside the Changing Clutch looks like a classy hand bag, no one would guess it’s actually an instant baby changing station. When opened up the clutch reveals a generous 48 x 71cm wipe clean change mat with a soft, padded headrest. The handy side pocket holds a few nappies and a wipes case, all you need for a nice day out. I LOVE that the side pocket is attached so it is always within hands reach and can’t slide away or fall down.

Changing ClutchesWhether you like neutral or bright colours, sweet florals or funky geometric prints, there is JJ Cole Changing Clutch that’s right for you. With its very pleasant $29.95 price tag the Changing Clutch makes a lovely gift for a new or expecting mama. There are currently 6 different designs to choose from matching the rest of the JJ Cole Collections range, how amazing would it be to collect the whole set?

JJ Cole Collections nappy bags and changing clutches are available at Baby Bunting and Toys’R’Us stores across Australia.

To find out more about JJ Cole Collections and to browse the range visit www.jjcolecollections.com.

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Splash and Save with Close

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Mar 112014
 

Close

I regularly receive emails from companies asking me to try out their modern cloth nappies on my children and write about my experiences but I always politely decline. It’s absolutely not that I have something against cloth nappies, in fact I am a big fan: cloth nappies look gorgeous, are great for the environment and save you big bucks on your family budget, however the simple truth is that after trying many different brands and styles over the last few years there is simply only one name that delivers excellent results for us and that I’m loyal to: UK label Close.

Pop-In Swim Nappy LionIn Australia the Close range is being distributed by cloth nappy experts OZ Baby Trends and you can find their products at many stores and online retailers across Australia. If you are a modern eco conscious parent you are sure to love Close, the range offers so many fantastic products and new designs are being added all the time. The latest Close gems have just been uncovered and they are currently en route to all Australian stockists, ready to be snapped up by you.

Pop-In Swim Nappy HippoSummer may officially be over but that doesn’t mean swimming season is over. Whether you are taking your baby out to the pool, have a beach holiday planned or have signed up for swim school the brand new Close Swim Nappy is a must have for your swimming bag. Created by the makers of the super reliable Pop-In cloth nappy you can count on these stylish reusable swimmers to keep baby (and mum) happy and the pool clean.

Pop-In Swim Nappy RobotThe new Pop-in Swim Nappy features a soft and colourful printed outer, a world of difference from the plain, sterile, crinkly plastic disposable swim nappies you pick up at the supermarket. Hidden on the inside are three carefully created layers designed to deliver superior reliability: a layer of fast wicking fleece and a stain resistant, water repellent layer sandwiched together with a hidden waterproof membrane.

Pop-In Swim Nappy Russian DollFor ultimate safety and cleanliness the legs and waist are securely ‘sealed’ by the unique Close Seal to Skin binding. These soft and flexible ‘cuffs’ fit nice and snug around your baby’s waist and legs so that any accidents stay contained without interfering with your baby’s movability or leaving nasty marks. After the swimming adventure rinse your swim nappy thorougly and it’s good to go for next time, so easy!

The Pop-In Swim Nappy is available in four sweet prints to suit boys and girls and comes in four different sizes: Small (from birth/3kg), Medium (from 4 months/6kg), Large (from 8 months/9 kg) and Extra Large (from 16 months/13kg). With a very pleasant $19.95 price tag you are sure to gets lots and lots of water fun for your money and you don’t have to feel guilty about adding more waste to landfill.

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

Jan 072014
 

Ready to Go Toilet  Time

You’d think after doing the whole toilet training business twice before (at the same time and with a boy and a girl) I have some idea of what I am doing but the truth is that nothing ever goes as planned. As you may remember I have been planning to use the Ready to Go! Toilet Time Kit and the organised part of me had decided to neatly start on January 1st…

Ready to Go! Toilet Time GirlsWith nothing on the agenda for another 3 weeks I figured it would be a perfect time to stay home and ditch those nappies. The weather would be warm and summery, washing would dry quickly and she could run around in nothing but undies. Needless to say I would have an endless supply of clean undies, wipes, toilet paper and toilet cleaner at hand, I was well prepared. Of course miss 3 had other plans…

On Boxing Day we left for a few days away to beautiful Halls Gap, a 6 hour drive away from home. Now that’s already quite the car trip with four young children who need to be fed and entertained and I hadn’t counted on a very determined 3-year old who insisted on having a dry nappy at all times and using every single roadside toilet we passed. I have never seen so many public toilets in my life! (And I have never been so grateful for family size bottles of hand sanitiser and bulk packs of disinfecting wipes)

Ready to Go! Toilet Time BoysAs you can imagine it was a challenging few days, both on the road and while at the holiday park. Let’s say I have a new found appreciation for my trusted cleaning liquids and the big stash of emergency toilet paper in our laundry cupboard. Who would have thought you could fit so much toilet paper in a toilet? (I almost had to go ask reception for help unblocking the toilet but thankfully I was spared the humiliation)

Now that we are safely back home our sparkling white toilet is all of a sudden not so interesting at all and so far we only have a few stickers on our Ready to Go! Toilet Time chart, but every step (and every toilet visit) counts so we’ll just keep going.

If you have a fabulous, tried and tested, toilet training tip I would love to hear it and make sure you enter our giveaway to win 1 of 2 Ready to Go! Toilet Time Training Kits.

Dec 152013
 

Ready to Go Toilet  Time

Like many other mums across the country I have been waiting for decent summer weather to arrive so I can finally start toilet training miss 3. While it was quite an easy process with the twins it turns out to be a little harder this time which proves what we all knew already: every child is different. To make sure this transition from nappies to undies is going to be as quick and smooth as possible I have been preparing for the journey ahead with the Ready to Go! Toilet Time training kit by Hinkler:

Ready to Go! Toilet Time GirlsWhen it comes to toilet training you’ll soon notice that everyone has an opinion and everyone thinks they know exactly how and when it should be done. As a mum it can be hard to filter through all those comments and ‘helpful’ advice which adds extra stress to this messy stage. The Ready to Go! Toilet Time training kit is developed with the help of expert child psychologist Dr. Janet Hall who shares her best toilet training facts, tips and tricks in a clear, calm and compact six-step guide.

Parent GuideTo make the journey fun for little ones the Ready to Go! Toilet Time training kit contains a cute board book that is sure to get children excited about the toilet. The lovely illustrated book covers all aspects of toilet training like nappies and underwear, babies and big kids, using toilet paper, flushing and hand washing and at 14 pages it’s the perfect size for a quick read while sitting on the toilet and waiting for some toilet action.

Reward Chart GirlsWith the handy, easy-to-understand parent guide in hand the toilet training process will seem a lot less daunting, you know what signs you should be looking for and what to do and what not to do as your little one gets ready to ditch the nappy. Also part of the Ready to Go! Toilet Time kit is a cute double sided reward chart and stickers so your child can ‘earn’ stickers for successful toilet visits or even attempts, after all encouragement is very important for children and will motivate them to keep trying.

Ready to Go! Toilet Time BoysAll components of the toilet training kit are neatly kept together in a gorgeous, hard cover storage case that would make a lovely gift for a cheeky toddler who is (almost) ready for toilet training. Ready to Go! Toilet Time ($16.99) is available in a boys and girls version and you can find it at all good book and department stores, newsagents and online retailers across Australia.

To find out more Hinkler Books, to browse the range and to locate a stockist near you visit www.hinkler.com.au.

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Feb 252012
 

If you are using cloth nappies on your baby you have most likely discovered that not every nappy does what it is supposed to do. They all promise to provide an excellent fit and not leak but in reality that is not always the case. Maybe you tried them again and again, hoping that they would get more absorbent after a few washes (something that is recommended by many cloth nappy brands) but you still end up with a useless nappy that was a waste of money. I have experienced this scenario myself too but there is one brand that has never let me down, Close Parent.

I have been using Pop-In nappies for more than two years and in that time the nappies have been redesigned and improved several times, getting better and better each time. Although I was already very happy with the performance of the Pop-Ins I did understand the mums who said the pastel colours were a little plain and could do with a little ‘pop’. Close Parent has listened and the old pastel colours have made room for funky brights in the New Generation Pop-In.

The Pop-In’s are a one size fits all nappy designed for babies between 3-16kg so they will last (most babies) from birth all the way to potty training. The velcro closure and press studs at the front allow you to adjust the nappy for a perfect fit at any age and stage. Fitted with a double elasticised gusset the Pop-In offers excellent containment whilst still being soft, stretchy and comfortable (no nasty marks from tight gussets, even on my chubby baby).

There are two different Pop-In styles available, bamboo and minkee, and both come in a range of colours. The bamboo Pop-In is the perfect choice for people who love the extra absorbency of natural bamboo and how gentle it is on baby’s skin. The minkee Pop-In on the other hand is a tad faster in drying and the minkee fabric is extremely soft. Both styles are fantastic and it really is a personal choice.

The Pop-In system is super easy, even for dads and babysitters, as the nappy goes on in one piece just like a disposable. The nappy itself consists of three pieces: the outer shell (soft to touch and waterproof), an inner soaker and booster. As the wetting pattern of boys (front) and girls (middle to back) is different the booster can be adjusted accordingly. The three parts are all connected by press studs so they are easy to put together or change. To make it even easier you can leave all pieces connected during the washing (just undo one end to create a ‘chain’) so you don’t have to waste time searching for individual components afterwards. The washing tabs make sure the velcro tabs stay safely in place and won’t damage the other laundry in your machine.

I have been using the New Generation Pop-In’s since January so they have had a great work-out with plenty of washing and I can safely say that the new Pop-In is a real winner. I am not surprised that the performance is outstanding (no leaks) and the fit is great, nice and trim so not the bulky look you might expect from cloth nappies. My choice for night time is the bamboo Pop-In as it is a little more absorbent especially in combination with the night-time booster. For daytime with more regular nappy changes the minkee Pop-In are ideal as they dry in no time, especially in summer.

To find out more Close Parent, to browse the range and to locate your nearest stockist or consultant near you visit www.ozbabytrends.com.au.

For your chance to win one of two New Generation Pop-In’s watch the Pop-In video on www.ozbabytrends.com.au and answer the following question: What have you learned about the New Generation Pop-In?

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Competition ends March 25, 2012. Sorry, Australian entries only.