Mar 112017
 

EK Books

As parents we all wish we could keep our precious children safe from all the heartbreak and misery in this world, yet no matter how hard we try that is not always possible. Death, grief and saying goodbye are one of the hardest things for children to understand and go through, but thankfully the healing power of love makes even those a little lighter:

The Fix-It Man (RRP $24.99) tells the touching and quietly heartbreaking story of a darling girl with a wonderful and very handy dad. From broken toys to messy tangles and from building dog houses to furniture, the Fix-It Man can fix and solve almost anything. Sadly there is one thing even the Dad can’t make better, it’s mama…

In the midst of the darkness, the sadness and the missing of mum the girl and her dad discover that some things can’t be fixed by tape or glue, nails or tools. It takes time, patience and love, lots of love, for them to slowly come together again.

Written with great compassion by Dimity Powell and beautifully illustrated by Nicky Johnston ‘The Fix-It Man’ is a perfect read for families going through a difficult time of grieving. The story is gentle and doesn’t go into detail regarding the cause or death of the mother, allowing parents or carers to fill in as much or as little as they wish and to suit the age and feelings of their child. Although I very much hope you will not need it, The Fix-It Man is definitely is a title to remember for if the need arises.

To find out more about EK Books, to browse the range and to order your favourite titles online visit www.ekbooks.org.

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Oct 282016
 

Globber

One of the awesome benefits of being a parent is that you can join in all the fun kids’ stuff, our children always love it when I bounce with them on the trampoline, go on the swing, play with dolls and build cubbies (and so do I!). Seeing how much they enjoy riding their scooters it was only a matter of time before I tagged along with the cool kids and set off on my own set of Globber wheels:

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Goodbye to ‘You’re too big for that’ and hello to ‘You’re never to old to have fun!’, Globber is maximising scooter fun with the awesome Globber 18.0 by Kleefer (RRP $350, black or white). Designed for riders measuring between 1.45m and 1.90m and with a height adjustable handlebar this trendy and tough scooter is perfect for both adults and children who have outgrown their smaller rides.

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This top-of-the-range Globber scooter features only the very best, strong, high quality materials to ensure a pleasant ride and durable construction that is made for everyday use. Made from sturdy, extruded aluminum the spacious deck offers great balance and sits close to the ground so you can get on and off easily. The Globber 18.0 by Kleefer has a generous weight limit of 100kg to accommodate most adults comfortably.

globber-kleefer-foldFolding the Globber 18.0 is a breeze and done in just a matter of seconds, all it takes is a gentle kick of the foot to activate the clever piston-assisted Kleefer fold mechanism (No strong muscles required!). Not only does the scooter have a neat, compact, vertical fold that is ideal for transport or storage in small spaces, you don’t even have to carry it as you can just wheel it along like a trolley.

I was super impressed with the reliable feel and the smoothness of the ride, in fact the first time I rode it its fast speed really surprised me and I (secretly) felt a little nervous! Of course I didn’t show the kids, I put on my cool mum face and put my trust in the front and back brakes. The lever of the front brake sits conveniently on the ergonomic handlebars making it quick and simple to use.

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The Globber 18.0 is a great choice for older children/adults travelling with public transport, people who work in the city, those who enjoy a ride through the park with the wind in their hair, parents who want to explore the outdoors with their children or even just grown-ups who are a big kid at heart.

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

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Jul 192016
 

Nina Mitchell

If you have ever suffered from depression you will know that it is pretty much impossible to explain to others what depression really feels like, let alone explain it to a child. As someone who has seen up close how depression can wreak havoc on people’s lives and families I believe it is very important we talk openly about this health condition and create awareness and understanding for people of all ages.

My Mum Has Depression

Australian primary school teacher, author and mother of three Nina Mitchell knows first hand what it is like to to suffer from depression and the challenges that come with it. Her own experiences and those of other depressions sufferers inspired Nina to write and self-publish a picture book for children to help discuss this tricky topic in a caring, child-friendly manner and be a helpful conversation guide for those who need it.

DepressionMy Mum has Depression (RRP $15) is a lovely full-colour children’s book that uses easy-to-understand words and simple illustrations to gently explain to a child what feelings and thoughts his/ her parent may have when battling depression. I love how the book not only explains the dark and heavy side of depression, it also shows children how much their parents loves them, how the child can make a difference and lights up their day.

‘She says it can feel like all the colour in the world has been sucked away and everything has become dark and black’

‘Other days she says it feels like it is raining inside her and that the rain is never going to stop’

‘Mum likes it when we are busy together. She said I bring the colour back into her life’

I think ‘My Mum has Depression’ is a real eye-opener for people of all ages, not only would the book be an excellent conversation-starter for families, it would be also be great to have available in schools and libraries so it can be easily accessed by those looking for help.

To find out more about Nina Mitchell, to take a closer look at ‘My Mum Has Depression’ and to order a copy online visit www.nutsaboutnina.com.au.

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The Sleep Coach giveaway

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Jun 242016
 

The Sleep Coach

When people hear I am a mum of five they sometimes think I must be a parenting expert by now. While I consider myself quite experienced at changing nappies, wrestling a wiggly baby into a bodysuit and swaddling a newborn in a few quick moves there are plenty of things I still struggle with too. It is no secret that all babies are different and they all come with their own challenges with sleep being one of the biggest battles for most families (including ours!).

Over time many babies settle into a ‘proper’ sleeping pattern by themselves but sometimes this doesn’t happen naturally and slowly the whole family starts to suffer from sleep deprivation. If you are in desperate need of some much-needed zzz’s you’ll be glad to know The Sleep Coach is here to help:

Cheryl FinglesonSnooze Specialist Cheryl Fingleson, also known as The Sleep Coach, is a lovely Australian mum of two who has a real heart for helping young children, and their parents, achieve the restful sleep they all need. As a certified gentle sleep coach Cheryl is experienced, fully trained and well-equiped to develop effective, personal sleeping solutions that will fit your family’s situation and needs perfectly.

Personally I found it very reassuring that Cheryl only supports safe and gentle sleep techniques and does not believe in leaving babies or children to cry it out (CIO), nor in the practices of controlled crying. Even co-sleeping is not necessarily a no-go, here are Cheryl’s top tips for co-sleeping the safe way:

How to Co-Sleep Safely:

Make sure your mattress is firm, as your baby could suffocate or overheat on a soft mattress. If your bed has a frame, a headboard, or is against a wall, make sure the mattress fits snugly, so your baby can’t fall into any gaps. This risk is highest when your baby is between 3 months and 10 months.

Keep the bedding light and minimal, and don’t use a duvet if you are co-sleeping. If your baby is less than a year old, use lightweight covers, and use them sparingly to prevent overheating or suffocation. This risk is highest during his first three months of his life. Check every now and then to make sure he hasn’t wriggled down and covered his head.

Never sleep on a sofa with your baby, as he could become wedged in the cracks between the sofa cushions or between you and the back of the sofa. Don’t co-sleep on a waterbed as these are too soft and may have deep crevices around the frame where your baby could get trapped.

Keep your baby warm, not hot, and dress him lightly for sleep. Contact with your body will raise his skin temperature. As a rule of thumb, if you’re a comfortable temperature, then your baby probably is, too.

Don’t let your baby and toddler sleep next to each other in bed. Toddlers don’t understand the risks, and could roll over onto your baby, or put an arm across his mouth or head. You or your partner should always sleep between the children if you want them both in your bed.

Your baby should never be left alone on the bed, as he could easily fall out, even if you’ve just nipped to the loo. Don’t let your baby sleep on a pillow, or put one either side of him, as he may roll off it or be smothered in the folds.

Buy a rail to attach to the side of the bed or put him in a safe place, such as a bassinette or cot, while you are out of the room.

When is co-sleeping not safe?

Do not co-sleep if:

  • You or your partner smoke.
  • Your baby was premature or had a low birth weight.
  • You or your partner have been drinking alcohol, or have taken medication or drugs. This may affect your memory and you could forget that your baby is in your bed and roll over onto him. You may also sleep so soundly that you are unaware that you’ve rolled on to him.
  • You are extremely tired, or have a sleep disorder, such as sleep apnoea. You may be in such a deep sleep that you don’t wake up if you roll onto your baby.

To find out more about The Sleep Coach, to see what services Cheryl offers and to inquire about a sleep solution for your family visit www.thesleepcoach.com.au.

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Oct 202015
 

Kids First Aid

Welcome Baby Giveaway – Day 20

It’s a simple case of doing the numbers: the more children you have the higher the risks of accidents. As parents of five young children (aged 0-7) that means hip daddy and I have to be prepared for absolutely everything and know what to do in case of emergency. I’d like to think we are always cool, calm and collected but I know I panic easily so to boost our confidence and refresh our knowledge I sent hubby along to a Kids First Aid course on Sunday:

Kids First Aid offers the only first aid courses in Australia delivered exclusively by experienced paramedics, designed to teach parents and caregivers how to respond calmly and confidently to 10 of the most common first aid emergency situations involving children. Kids First Aid courses are currently available in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, the Gold Coast, Perth and Adelaide.

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Over the course of three hours (a ‘do-able’ time for busy parents) the friendly Kids First Aid paramedics guided participants through a range of childhood emergencies that any parent will most likely experience at some point in time. In our family we have so far ‘ticked off’ choking, fractures, fevers and burns and while I obviously hope we will never encounter any of these horrible situations it is very important we know what to do when it does happen.

KFA DVDThe hand-on approach, the obvious experience of the course leaders and the fact that the course tailored to the specific needs of young families have left hip daddy more confident and prepared. It had been several years since he last attended a first aid course so it was a valuable and practical refresher, hubby was especially grateful to learn the latest CPR instructions (which have changed considerably over time) and how to deal with cases of drowning and bleeding.

At the end of the session participants were given a handy poster that you can hang up at home as a quick reference guide, for the participant but also for any other caregivers in the home who may need to act in a case of emergency. As I was unable to attend the course myself the poster helped hubby talk me through the different situations with all the information still fresh on his mind, now we both feel better prepared for the scary side of parenting.

To find out more Kids First Aid, to browse locations/dates near you and to book a course online visit www.kidsfirstaid.com.au. For a welcome 10% discount get in touch with Kids First Aid via email today.

For your chance to win a First Aid Kit (RRP $35.95) AND a free ticket to a Kids First Aid course near you (RRP $85, subject to availability) enter our giveaway below. Please note that by entering this competition the lucky winner agrees to answer six short questions about his/her experience with Kids First Aid.

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May 132015
 

MAM

Big Baby Shower – Day 13

Present shopping can be a little tricky but luckily baby shower gifts come in all shapes, sizes and prices, there are so many items a new mum needs! Personally I find it best to leave the big ticket and most important items to the expecting parents or close family as they can be a real personal choice, I’d rather spoil the lucky family with a selection of smaller, practical items instead.

MAM Feed and Soothe Set

MAM offers a fantastic range of baby essentials that would make perfect baby shower gifts (and they won’t break the bank). Bottles and cups, dummies and teethers, oral care and family mealtime, there are heaps of great products to choose from and they are readily available in stores across Australia.

MAM Anti-ColicWith many babies suffering from colic the innovative MAM Anti-Colic bottles are a real sanity saver for new parents and their little ones. Cleverly combining a unique silky-soft teat with a special MAM vented base to reduce air swallowing these great bottles will help baby feed comfortably. As if that is not enough to make mum happy the bottles are also easy to clean and even have a self-sterilising function, how convenient is that!

MAM SoothersMAM is probably most well-known for its wide range of dummies. Not only are they designed in close collaboration with designers and orthodontists and therefore gentle on your baby’s developing teeth, they are also super cute. MAM soothers are available in a rainbow of colours, designs and sizes to suit little bubbas of all ages with a perfect fit that allows for healthy jaw and teeth development.

To find out more about MAM, to browse the range and to order online visit www.mambaby.com.

For your chance to win a $50 MAM Prize Pack (assorted items) enter our giveaway below:

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buckle me up

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Apr 032015
 

Buckle Me Up

While it does make me a tad sad that our kids are growing up so quickly, I have to admit it is also quite nice when they can start doing little things themselves. My days of strapping four kids into car seats are over as the twins have moved into full booster seats, using the car seatbelt to buckle up. The only problem with independent kids who can buckle themselves up is that they can unbuckle themselves too and not always at the right time…

‘Don’t unbuckle until the car has stopped and mummy says you can!’, I am sure I am not the only mum who says this all the time. Still, on quite a few occasions I have had to turn around when driving to tell them off and make sure those buckles are done up safely. Whether kids are impatient to get out, went to retrieve something they dropped on the floor or simply forgot to buckle up, it can be very dangerous and your child’s life may be at risk.

Some scary facts:

  • 20% of all kids in car crashes were NOT wearing a seat belt
  • Every year 80 children die and another 3,000 are left with serious injuries
  • Drivers and passenger travelling unrestrained are at least 10 times more likely to be killed in a road crash than those wearing a seat belt
  • More children are seriously injured as passengers in cars than as pedestrians

The patented buckle me up wireless seatbelt safety system uses sound and light to alert the driver of the car when the seatbelt of a back seat passenger is not done up or if the back seat passenger unbuckles when driving. It’s a fantastic safety device for young families and will help you keep track of your child’s safety even when he/she is sitting out of your eye sight. Not only does buckle me up keep your child safe, it also reduces the need for the parent to turn around so it keeps you safe too!

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Designed, made and tested right here in Australia the buckle me up system is super quick to install and is compatible with most makes of car. It’s as easy as attaching the dash mounted unit to your dashboard or windscreen and sticking the seatbelt cartridge to your child’s seatbelt buckle, anyone can do it. Before you drive off simply use the dash mounted unit to confirm how many buckle me up seatbelts are in use during the trip, after that any changes to the buckles will result in audible beeps and flashing lights so you can take action before an accident happens.

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The standard buckle me up kit (RRP $189) consists of a dash mounted unit (which can be charged using the included USB car charger) and two seatbelt cartridges. Additional seatbelt cartridges (RRP $39.95) can be purchased separately if required. Shipping is FREE Australia wide.

To find out more about buckle me up, to take a closer look at how it works and to order online visit www.bucklemeup.com.