Jul 162018
 

With less than four weeks to go until our big holiday I am starting to feel a little pressed for time. Packing for eight, passports and paperwork, preparing school activities for our trip, keeping on top of the housework, every day life with a big family… and don’t forget gift shopping for our family and loved ones! I am so excited to meet my two brand new nephews for the first time and we can’t wait to spoil them with plenty of gifts.

If you’re shopping for a sweet new arrival but are a little short on time (who isn’t these days?) or lack inspiration you are sure to appreciate My Baby Gifts. The clever team behind this fabulous Australian online store takes the hassle out of baby gift shopping by putting together the perfect baby present and delivering it straight to the lucky recipient, packed in a gorgeous gift box. Surely shopping for presents doesn’t get any easier than that!

My Baby Gifts has the whole family covered with a range of lovingly handpicked gifts for precious newborns (including twins), as well as their proud siblings and the new parents. From beautiful  baby clothing to cute toys, from stunning nappy cakes to lovely keepsake blankets, from soft teddies to first books and much more, with so many ready-to-go hampers to choose from there is a match for every baby and every occasion. Especially for eco-conscious parents there are some wonderful organic options available too.

I know I shouldn’t play favourites but this adorable baby blue Peter Rabbit Gift Hamper is one of my top picks, I love that it contains gifts to be enjoyed right now and some to be used as baby gets bigger. The little plush bunny and Peter Rabbit feeding set would be treasured for many years to come. You can even add a celebratory bottle of Moët & Chandon (200ml) to surprise mum and dad!

Every single hamper item has been carefully selected for its high quality, durability and style and many of the labels stocked by My Baby Gifts are proudly Australian, eg. Bonds, Marquise and Emotion & Kids. Good to know: The standard shipping rate is just $9.95 Australia wide, so you can send your birth, baby shower or christening gifts interstate without breaking the bank and you don’t even have to take care of the gift wrapping! Express delivery is available for last-minute gifts.

Thanks to our generous friends at My Baby Gifts one lucky Hip Little One reader will win a fantastic My Baby Gifts baby hamper (RRP $119) for his/her baby boy or girl. The winner can choose the delightful Floral Blossom Gift Set (Girl) or the stylish Deluxe Blue Star Hamper (Boy), which one would you pick?

For your chance to win enter our giveaway below:

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Jan 022018
 

Australian designer label ergoPouch takes the guessing out of bedtime dressing with an award-winning range of ergonomically designed swaddles, sleeping bags and sleep suit bags, all made from breathable, skin-friendly natural fibres. The set is completed with the clever ergoLayers collection, ensuring little ones can sleep safely and comfortably anytime and anywhere.

The cool and breezy 0.2 TOG short sleeve ergoLayers (RRP $24.95, size 0-3 months up to 3 years) are the perfect layering solution to be used with the rest of the ergoPouch range. No more wondering what to put on your baby under his/her sleeping bag or sleep suit, now that’s easy! Lovingly created with soft organic cotton (and a touch of elastane so your baby can move freely) these gorgeous suits are super gentle on sensitive skin making them ideal for all, even tiny newborns.

Being quite the chubba bubba our little Ted gets hot and sweaty easily, so I love that ergoLayers are thin and breathable. ergoLayers are nice and snug as well as stretchy and thin, I like to think of them as a reassuring, cosy hug! Instead of fiddly press studs a quick zip makes dressing and undressing simple and speedy while the top of the zip is covered with fabric, so it will not irritate or hurt your baby.

Simply work out the temperature in your baby’s nursery (a complimentary room thermometer is included) and refer to the easy-to-understand ergoPouch What to Wear guide to select the right ergoLayers and TOG-rating combination for your child’s sleeping environment, the ergoEcosystem is all about helping babies and their parents get the sleep they need whilst being SIDS-safe and stylish at the same time.

Hip tip: Sign up for the FREE ergoPouch newsletter to stay up-to-date with all the latest news and exciting arrivals and receive 10% discount on your first order.

To find out more ergoPouch, to locate a stockist near you or to order online visit www.ergopouch.com.au.

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Floor Fun with VTech

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Nov 242017
 

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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.

Milkbar giveaway

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Oct 302017
 

It may surprise you but even after six kids and with more than 53 months of breastfeeding under my belt I am still learning new things. As someone who always has an oversupply of milk I have seen lots of precious breastmilk drip away, soaking piles of towels every day. Of course I realised this was a real waste, but I was also hesitant to start pumping and increase my milk production (and my mastitis risk) even more. Until I discovered Milkbar

Milkbar Breastpumps is an Australian online store that specialises in, you guessed it, breast pumps. Proud owner and mama-of-two Diana has selected only the very best brands and is dedicated to providing Aussie mothers with valuable knowledge and expert advise when it comes to feeding your baby and finding the right product for you and your situation. Diana definitely hit the mark for me when she sent me this awesome pack by New Zealand brand Haakaa:

Quick and easy to use the Haakaa Silicone Breast Pump (RRP $27.90-$29.90) is not only a very effective but also affordable way to capture every valuable drop of breastmilk that comes out of your breast while you are feeding your baby on the other side. Based on the concept of suction you simply squeeze the Haakaa pump and place it on your breast, creating a vacuum seal around your nipple. Instead of your milk dripping away and going to waste it now flows straight into the Haakaa pump, it’s as easy as that!

On my very first try of the Haakaa pump I collected 90ml of breastmilk, without any effort and without the worry of overstimulating my breasts to make more milk. Since then I have been collecting my ‘excess’ milk at every feed which left me with quite a nice emergency supply in the freezer. It has also proven to be very handy for dissolving Ted’s daily reflux medication and even miss 2 (whom I had to wean six months ago) has been able to enjoy a little cup of breastmilk every now and then. Needless to say I am super chuffed with my Haakaa.

Featuring a simple one-piece design this compact pump is an absolute breeze to use and clean (great for sleep deprived parents), it can be cleaned in a steriliser, boiled water or dishwasher. There are no tricky bits to put together or go missing and no batteries or cords to mess around with, it’s always ready to go. You can store your breastmilk directly in your Haakaa using the funky Flower Stopper or Storage Cap or you can transfer the milk into milk storage bags or containers.

Especially for new mamas Haakaa has combined all your pumping essentials in the fabulous Haakaa New Mum Starter Pack (RRP $55), containing a 150ml Haakaa Breast Pump, Storage Cap, Flower Stopper and a box of 36 disposable Haakaa breast pads. Good to know: The Haakaa Breast Pump is made from 100% food grade silicone and is completely from nasties like BPA, PVC and Phthalates.

To find out more about Milkbar Breastpumps, to browse the range and to order online visit www.milkbarbreastpumps.com.au.

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Oct 062017
 

When I walked (or should I say waddled?) into the delivery room at almost 41 weeks pregnant I loudly informed Hip Daddy that, compared to my five previous pre-term babies, this one was surely going to kill me. At the time the midwives reassured me that the baby would be average in size, but when our boy weighed in at a whopping 4.6kg (10lbs 3oz) I couldn’t help but think ‘I told you so!’. Now that Ted is 2 weeks old I am feeling a bit more like my old self and our big chubby bundle of joy is an absolute delight who feeds and sleeps like a champ, most of the time…

All six of our babies have been swaddled from birth (some even up to 10 months+) and I found it extremely helpful in establishing a good bedtime routine. As soon as those wriggly little arms and kicking legs are snuggly wrapped our little boy calms down and drifts off to sleep, here he is on cloud 9 with ergoPouch.

With its super clever 2-in-1 design the ergoPouch Cocoon Swaddle + Sleep Bag (RRP $34.95- $44.95, ages 0-12 months) is the ultimate womb-to-world sleep solution for young families. You can start using the Cocoon immediately from birth (Minimum baby weight 3kg) as a swaddle, keeping arms safely tucked inside whilst the bell-shaped bottom leaves plenty of room for hips and legs to move freely.

If you’re put off by all the folds, twists and tucks of traditional swaddling with a large piece of fabric you will absolutely love the ease of the Cocoon, just zip up and you’re done. Strong little Houdinis won’t be able to escape from their Cocoons, allowing both baby and parents to get a proper sleep without endless re-wrapping. Midnight nappy checks are a breeze too, as you can use the two-way zip to quickly check the bottom half without having to take off the whole Cocoon.

As your baby gets bigger and moves on from being swaddled you can use the same Cocoon as a sleep bag by opening up the arms with the handy armhole poppers. You can even choose for a slow transition and free up one arm at a time, how easy is that? There is no need to buy different products and you can change back and forth as needed, making the Cocoon a budget-friendly investment for new parents.

To ensure a comfortable temperature at any climate you can choose from a 0.2 TOG or 1.0 TOG rating. Made from breathable organic cotton (0.2 TOG) or a soft organic cotton/bamboo blend (1.0 TOG), with a touch of elastane for extra stretch, the Cocoon Swaddle + Sleep Bag is ideal for sensitive newborn skin. The ergoPouch Cocoon is currently available in six stylish prints to suit boys and girls.

Hip tip: Sign up for the FREE ergoPouch newsletter to stay up-to-date with all the latest news and exciting arrivals and receive 10% discount on your first order.

To find out more ergoPouch, to locate a stockist near you or to order online visit www.ergopouch.com.au.

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Save 10% at Hello Mama

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Sep 072017
 

Radiant skin, glossy hair and a beautiful compact baby bump? I don’t know about other expecting mamas but exhausted, uncomfortable and simply huge is a much better description for the way I am feeling right now. With just single digits to go until our baby is due to arrive I have been feeling rather up and down. On the one hand I am savouring these last days of baby kicks and wriggles, on the other hand I have no energy left and am ready to meet our new addition.

In the middle of all this last-minute stress and baby prep I felt very spoilt to receive this gorgeous surprise box of loveliness from Hello Mama, just the pick-me up this tired mama needed!

Hello Mama owner and Aussie mother-of-one Kelly knows first hand what it is like to grow and look after a brand new baby. She also knows that finding the right gift for a special mama is time consuming and time is something we’re all short of. Kelly decided to help us all out by doing all the hard work for you, delivering a fabulous range of ready-made gift boxes full of luxurious, handpicked gifts for modern mamas and their babies.

Whether you are shopping for a mama-to-be, a first-time mum, seasoned mother or little bundle of joy, Kelly has put together a selection of refreshing goodies that are guaranteed to be received with delight. Each Hello Mama gift box arrives beautifully packaged, tailored to the specific needs of the recipient and filled with unique, high quality products that ooze style and luxury.

From delicate organic skincare to scrumptious handcrafted chocolates, from soothing toiletries to calming candles, from lactation cookies to a magazine to wind-down with, from sweet baby suits to funky wooden teethers and much more, there is a perfect combination for everyone and every budget. I just love how every Hello Mama box shows great care and understanding for the needs and struggles of that specific stage, allowing you to take some time out, put yourself first and enjoy the little things in life.

Swap standard for special, boring for beautiful and ordinary for outstanding with Hello Mama, the gift box experts! Prices start at $35 and worldwide delivery is available.

Shopping for that perfect present? For a limited time only Hip Little One readers can save 10% storewide at Hello Mama. Simply enter the code ‘HIP10’ at checkout, offer ends October 7, 2017.

To find out more about Hello Mama, to take a closer look at all the different gift boxes and to order online visit www.hellomama.com.au.

Sleep and Snooze with VTech

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Aug 152017
 

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It may have been a race against the clock but after many long, late nights Hip Daddy has finally completed the baby’s nursery, just in time! I have to admit I was starting to feel a little stressed, there’s nothing more pleasing to an expecting mama’s eye than a beautifully made cot or bassinet waiting for its new owner…

Time will tell whether our new bundle will be a good sleeper but VTech is ready to help him/her drift off peacefully with this cuddly bedtime buddy:

The Starlight Sounds Hippo (RRP $49.95, ages 0 months+) combines the soft hug of a plush toy with the reassuring comforts of sound and light, it’s a winner all around.

Starlight Sounds HippoIt is no secret that babies are intrigued by movement and a simple light can keep babies entertained for ages. With four different coloured lights and six different light displays the Starlight Sounds Hippo definitely has plenty in store to keep little minds busy as they nod off for a nap. Imagine your baby’s delight while watching a wonderful light show being projected on the nursery ceiling!

Does your little one need some more gentle encouragement to fall asleep? This happy hippo is up to the task with an extensive 100+ range of soothing lullabies, calming nature sounds and well-known nursery rhymes that can be played on a 10, 20 or 30 minute timer. The volume is adjustable so you don’t have to worry about the sound being too loud or invasive to sleep with.

The absolute best part of the Starlight Sounds Hippo is that he is voice activated, he jumps into action when your baby cries which could help settle your baby back into sleep before he/he is fully awake. I will have to get back to you in a few months time to report on our sleeping success, keep an eye out!

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.