Apr 112015


Since starting swimming lessons last year our four kids can’t get enough of the water, but getting to the water is not always as easy as they would like. Whether it’s a hot and sandy beach, a rocky lake side or a slippery pool deck, often there are some obstacles to overcome for little swimmers. Dutch designer label Duukies has come up with the perfect way to help little feet find their way into the water:


Duukies Beach Socks (RRP $34.95) are the hip and comfortable way to keep kids’ feet safe in and around the water. Brand new to Australia these clever nylon/neoprene beach socks are sure to be a huge hit, after all we are blessed with beautiful weather for most of the year and you will have a hard time finding an Aussie kid who doesn’t love the water!

Duukies Beach Socks LieveDuukies are comfortable to wear, protect against the sun, hot sand and sharp rocks, are slip-resistant, easy to put on and they won’t be in your way when swimming (unlike the traditional stiff and uncomfortable water shoes). There are currently six colourful designs to choose from to suit both boys and girls with sizes ranging from a tiny 4 up to a big 4. Not only do Duukies match up with your favourite swimmers, just like your cossie they dry in a flash too.

To find out more about Duukies, to locate a stockist near you and to order online visit www.duukies-beachsocks.com.au.

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Aug 012013


On school days our mornings are always busy, with four children under five there is a lot to be done and they still need help with most things. Getting dressed, brushing teeth, quickly organise breakfast, lunch and snack, then refill the water bottles and off we go. It is easy to forget to actually check the drink bottles for cleanliness but I highly recommend you do take a closer look next time you fill up…

Munch Drink Bottles

Many bottles have little ridges or small gaps and are made of porous materials which make perfect hiding spots for bacteria. Even if your children just drink water there will still be nasties that find their way in and in turn they float straight into your child’s mouth, eek!! Munch Stainless Steel Drink Bottles are both clean and safe, free from toxins and BPA and made with high quality 18/8 food-grade brushed stainless steel.

Munch Drink BottlesStainless steel is known to be a very hygenic material choice, it is easy to clean and it leaves your drink tasting fresh without retaining odours. By choosing a Munch reusable and recyclable bottle instead of single use fruit boxes or plastic bottles you are also doing your share for the environment. Munch bottles ($9.90-$15.40) are available in 350ml, 500ml and 800ml size, so from little tots all the way up to thirsty dads they have got the whole family covered.

Munch Sippy SpoutRaising kids is expensive enough as it is so parents will be pleased to know that Munch bottles are a great investment. There are five different Munch Bottle Lids ($3.30-$4.40) to choose from and as your child grows you can simply replace the lid instead of the whole bottle. Starting with a sippy spout for the youngest ones up to a more grown up flat cap or sport cap, you get to choose the type of lid that comes with your new bottle and spare lids are available in store.

Munch Insulated CoverTo protect your shiny new bottle and to make sure your drink stays at the right temperature you can slip on one of the Munch Neoprene Insulated Covers ($6.60-$9.90). These padded, washable little ‘jackets’ are available in a range of prints and colours to suit young and old and are fitted with a handy clip so your child’s bottle can stay attached to backpack or belt. Nice bonus: These clever covers also keep condensation away from school books and clothes.

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

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Nov 012011

Last week we spent four days in a holiday house near the beach and we had a fantastic time, the kids were so sad to leave as they loved going to the beach. Luckily we had beautiful weather and although it was too cold to swim they had a ball looking for shells and building sand castles with their Opa and Oma (grandparents) who came all the way from Holland. It was the first taste of sand and water for the baby and she absolutely loved it, by the time it is summer I doubt she will get out of the water unless I drag her out! To make sure she doesn’t get cold I might need a Konfidence Babywarma.

The Babywarma ($31.95) is designed to keep your baby warm (I am sure that doesn’t surprise you). It is like a mini wetsuit for little people, made of soft neoprene fabric that feels comfortable and snug whilst keeping out the chills. Babywarma’s are available in three sizes (2-7kg, 7-12kg and 12-16kg+) to guarantee a proper fit for your baby. The two smaller sizes are a handy wraparound style to make (un)dressing and nappy changes a breeze, even the shoulder straps are adjustable!

For older kids up to 7 years old there is the Kids Warma ($34.95) with choice of three sizes and five different colours to suit boys and girls. Both the Babywarma and Kids Warma can be worn in combination with a long sleeve UV rashie for extra protection when worn outside. Children often have so much fun they stay in the water even if they are getting cold and their lips turn blue, the Konfidence kids wet suits will help them to stay warm.

If you are a bit nervous about small kids and water (I know I am!) you will appreciate these cute blue and pink stripe float suits ($39.95). The 8 removable floats will help to keep your child safe and provide him/her with added confidence as they learn to swim, they also provide parents with peace of mind. As the confidence grows the floats can be removed to suit your indepent little swimmer.

For more information about Konfidence, to browse the range and to order online visit www.konfidence.com.au.