Dec 222014
 

Lamaze

Christmas Countdown – Day 22

As a mum of four children I know very well how tricky it can be to find time to get anything done when you have a curious baby to entertain. Today’s awesome Christmas Countdown prize from Lamaze will keep little minds engaged and small hands busy so you can pop to the toilet, hang up the washing or make yourself a well deserved cup of coffee:

Lamaze Symphony Motion Gym

The Lamaze Symphony Motion Gym (RRP $99.95) is the perfect mix between a play rug, motion gym and tummy time mat, it’s a fantastic multifunctional design that provides hours and hours of fun for little ones from birth onwards.

Lamaze Symphony Motion Gym PondThe soft, padded mat is round in shape and decorated with attractive colourful patterns and pictures that are appealing to young eyes. Many babies are not very keen on tummy time so the key is to present them with lots of interesting things to look at and play with, that way they won’t even have time to get bored or upset. Tummy time is very important for baby’s development and can help avoid and relieve ‘flat head’ symptoms.

Lamaze Space ToysWhen your baby is on his back there is plenty to see too, pop up the quick snap arches and watch your baby as he follows and grabs the fun hanging toys and mirror. The toys and arches of the lightweight Lamaze Symphony Motion Gym are detachable (handy for easy storage or transport) and the soft play mat is machine washable so you can remove little dribbles, food spills and other messy accidents. Nice bonus: The toys are great entertainment in the pram or car too.

With the added entertainment of sound and motion (3 AA batteries, not included) the Lamaze Symphony Motion Gym is sure to put smiles on little faces whilst stimulating baby’s brains and encouraging hand/eye coordination. The Lamaze Symphony Motion Gym is currently available in two stylish designs: Pond and Space.

Lamaze Developmental Toys are available at Target, Big W, Toys R’Us, Baby Bunting and all good independent baby retailers across Australia.

To find out more about Lamaze and to browse the range visit www.lamazetoys.com.

For your chance to win a Lamaze Symphony Motion Gym (RRP $99.95, choose from Pond or Space) enter our giveaway below:

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May 132013
 

When a new baby enters the family it can be quite challenging to keep everyone happy. Even though my older three are quite used to sharing my attention it still took them a couple of weeks for them to get used to the new addition and sometimes having to wait a few minutes when I am feeding or changing her. Especially during the school holidays it was tricky to find a balance, luckily I had the Activities Box from Finlee and Me on hand to help keep them all entertained.

preschoolideassmThe concept of the Activities Box ($22.95) is simple: A small cardboard box filled with 40 sturdy wooden coins, each representing a child friendly activity. As soon as I opened this little box I knew it would be brilliant for our family, there are so many activities to choose from and they all require little to no preparation. Most of them I could even supervise from the couch while feeding the baby, double win.

From ‘Have a puppet show with different coloured socks’ to ‘Play thumb wrestle’ and from ‘Measure things with string/ruler/taper measure’ to ‘Play Simon says’, my kids always have an absolute ball pulling out a coin and discovering new activities. We still haven’t done them all and even if you draw the same coin the activity is never exactly the same as last time. Our 2 and 4 year olds really enjoy the Activities Box and we are definitely taking it with us when we’re off to Melbourne next month. If the weather is keeping us inside the holiday cabin at least we’ll still have lots of fun.

car11smAnother little gem that’s perfect for traveling is the Fold ‘n’ Go Car Mat ($21.95). This compact little pack (the size of a big postcard) folds out to make a nice wipe-clean play mat that measures ca. 37 x 37cm, quite a decent size for on-the-go. Of course these roads are no fun without cars to drive on them so the Fold ‘n’ Go Car Mat also features 5 handy pockets to store your child’s favourite matchbox cars in.

carmat11smKeep one in your handbag and pull it out when you need to keep your little one busy while waiting at the doctor, when visiting grandma or eating out or when you are on holidays. It weighs next to nothing, hardly takes up any space in your bag and makes a great ‘special occasion toy’. This is a handmade product so each mat is slightly different and it makes a gorgeous gift for a car crazy boy or girl.

As if one not sleeping, grumpy, crying baby is not enough we also had a sad little 2-year old on our hands after taking away the dummy. She has finally gone back to sleeping through the night but day sleeps are a thing of the past. The only way I can get her to have a rest on the couch is by putting on one of the award winning Dinosnores CDs ($19.95). I didn’t think she’d be into it but to my surprise she really likes it and lays down quietly listening to it. That’s a big thing for a busy bee like her!

dinosnoresfairysmEach CD has a different theme, for example fairies, kittens or dinosaurs (there are quite a few popular kids themes to choose from). The CD starts with a calm, relaxing story about the topic of your choice, this guided relaxation technique will help little one to settle down after a busy day. No loud voices, silly tunes or jokes, just one calming voice. After that it continues with peaceful soundscape, all together the CD plays for 60 minutes which should be enough for most children to drift of to sleep.

To find out more about Finlee and Me, to browse the range and to order online visit www.finleeandme.com.au.

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May 282012
 

A few months ago I wrote about the gorgeous Ebulobo Happy Farm range, a collection of colourful animal toys that stole the heart of many little ones (and their mums). Born in France the beautiful Ebulobo label is designed by two talented artists who burst with ideas for wonderful kids toys, in Australia you can find Ebulobo at Coccinella. Just like at a real farm there is always something happening and there have been some new arrivals recently, let me introduce you to them:

Probably still jet lagged from the long trip is this stunning Ebulobo Happy Farm Play Mat which arrived on our shores just last week. I don’t think baby will be bored easily, there are so many features to discover and explore. The five fun activity toys can be hung from the (removable) arches or attached to the soft cushion. Tummy time will be no punishment on this play mat! Right now when you purchase this beautiful nursery piece you will receive a free Happy Farm blanket (offer ends June 28, 2012).

Also available in the Happy Farm collection are three rattles in the shape of Happy Farm characters Antoine the Dog, Jeff the Rabbit and Huguette the Goat. These adorable soft rattles are the perfect size for little hands and fit easily in your baby bag for some entertainment while out and about. At Ebulobo they know babies love to taste their toys too so all fabrics are completely safe, non-toxic and have passed all safety tests.

Your toddler will love sharing meal time with his/her friends from the Happy Farm; the quicker the food is gone, the sooner all those beautiful illustrations are revealed. This colourful melamine Happy Farm Divided Plate has high sides making it easier to eat without much mess. You can complete the set with the matching Happy Farm Spoon and Mug. With pleasant pricetags between $4.95 and $14.95 these meal time products are a fabulous gift idea.

To find out more about Coccinella, to browse the Ebulobo range and to order online visit www.coccinella.com.au.

For your chance to win a 5-piece Ebulobo Happy Farm prize pack valued at $84.85 (Ebulobo blanket, rattle, plate, mug and spoon) visit www.coccinella.com.au and answer the following question: Aside from the items featured above, which other Ebulobo design do you really like in the Coccinella store?

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