May 152017
 

Now that my growing baby hump has revealed our big news I can finally start sharing some of my favourite finds for our much loved bundle of joy. I secretly started my shopping a few months ago with a new ride to seat our two littlest ones and last week I added a gorgeous gr8x nappy bag to match, I am super pleased with this stylish travel combo:

If you are a regular Hip Little One reader you no doubt know that I have a soft spot for all shades of blue and I often dress both my girls and my only boy in blue. So regardless of what our new addition will turn out to be (we love our surprises!) I was immediately drawn to the neutral blue colour of the recently released Zoe, doesn’t it look awesome?

Zoe (RRP $99.95, Snowflake Blue) is the latest addition to the gr8x nappy bag range and it is quickly winning hearts across the country. I am not surprised these bags are flying off the shelves, as the spacious but lightweight satchel style bag is packed with clever features that will make life easier for busy parents on the go. After five babies I consider myself a bit of a nappy bag expert and I know exactly what I want and don’t want, so no more miss-buys for me.

Measuring a generous 39cm x 26cm x 17cm in size the Zoe offers plenty of storage space for all your baby’s gear and even some of your own bits and pieces too. Inside you’ll find neat internal pockets to keep everything tidy and organised, on the outside are two smaller front zip pockets (ideal for your car keys or your favourite lip gloss) and a handy end pocket on each side to keep your baby’s and your own drink bottle within hand’s reach.

Personally I just love the clever zip-around top, allowing the bag to open up nice and wide so you can instantly find what you are looking for. Especially when you have a nappy emergency you’ll be glad not to have to dig around in the dark for ages to find a packet of wipes or a clean nappy!


There is plenty more to love about Zoe like an adjustable shoulder strap with comfortable padding, super practical easy-clean canvas fabric and protective metal feet on the base to ensure the bottom of your bag doesn’t get dirty or damaged when placed on the ground. As an extra bonus your new Zoe bag comes with a complimentary soft, padded, change mat and a zipped insulated bottle traveller in matching blue fabric.

Blue may be my absolute favourite colour, but if is not really your shade you’ll be pleased to know that the Zoe bag is also available in neutral and classy Snowflake Grey to perfectly match your monochrome look.

To find out more about gr8x or to order your favourite styles online visit www.gr8x.com.au, orders over $99 are delivered free Australia wide.

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May 312016
 

Lamaze

When I look at our beautiful Harriet I can’t believe she is 8 months old already, time is just flying by and her first birthday will be here before we know it. On the weekend I folded away tiny baby clothes that no longer fit her, packed up the bouncer and even replaced her capsule by a normal car seat, our baby is turning into a little girl. She may be growing out of a lot of things but her Lamaze toys are still getting their daily workout:

Space Symphony Play Gym

The Lamaze Space 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 BoxThe 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 its 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 Space 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 small toys are a great size for pram or car trips too.

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

Play & Gro

Lamaze Play & Grow toys (RRP $19.95 each) are cute, friendly soft toys that are made for little hands and inquisitive minds. Thanks to the handy pram clip there will be no tears about dropped/lost toys and baby will always have his/her favourite friend within reach. These lovely plush toys are suitable from birth onwards and even now at 8 months Harriet still loves her Plaw & Grow buddies, we take them everywhere!

Toots the ToucanPlay & Grow toys are designed with bright colours, quirky sounds, interesting textures and shapes and sometimes even vibrations so young children can discover while they play. Rusty the Robot, Jacque the Peacock, Bella the Bunny, Mortimer the Moose… there are more than 25 different designs to choose from so there is a perfect Play & Grow buddy for everyone. We have one in the pram, one in the car seat, one in her playpen and one in my nappy bag, can you tell we are fans?

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

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

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Snuggle up with Dulcie & Banana

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May 292016
 

Dulcie & Banana

With 5 kids in tow I may look like the travelling circus but when possible I prefer to leave the car at home and walk to school instead. I really enjoy the relaxing walk, the fresh air and the casual chatter of my munchkins and I know they also love this time of talking about their day. Thankfully a bit of cold doesn’t scare us, we just dress up for the weather and head out!

Dulcie & Banana Blankets

If you’re planning to take your little bundle out this Winter make sure to pack a cosy blanket to keep him/her toasty warm on the journey. These beautiful blankets by Australian designer label Dulcie & Banana are stylish, soft and snuggly, making them the perfect travel companion for a day out in the cold.

Bloom BlanketMade from 100% cotton fabric Dulcie & Banana blankets are super cuddly and gentle against the skin, ensuring a comfortable snooze for your tiny traveller. There are several lovely designs to choose from, but this pretty Bloom Blanket (RRP $59.95, now $39.95) is my personal favourite. The fresh and fruity green colour is cheerful and bright and the cute pink crochet flowers add a sweet vintage touch, I might have to get one for our little Hattie to snuggle up with!

For a limited time only you can save up to 50% on the gorgeous Dulcie & Banana blanket range. Prices are as marked but you better run, a deal this good doesn’t hang around!

To find out more about Dulcie & Banana, to locate a stockist near you or to order online visit www.dulcieandbanana.com.au.

Save 20% on Sponky

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Apr 152016
 

Sponky

With lots of babies being born or still on the way amongst our family and friends I am always on the hunt for sweet baby gifts that both adorable and affordable. Sponky is proof that you don’t have to look far, this Melbourne chihuahua loves making little ones smile and does it without breaking the bank:

Sponky Play Mat

The Sponky toy range is designed right here in Australia and is inspired by a real Aussie dog and his furry friends. They are always up for a play, just like your baby.

Sponky SpiralThe current Sponky collection consists of a range of fun and fabulous baby toys packed with interesting colours, shapes, patterns, textures and sounds that will keep little minds busy for ages. From small toys to shake, rattle and chew to activity toys to attach your pram or car seat and even a play mat for floor-level entertainment, Sponky is the perfect baby-buddy for at home and on the go.

You can find the Sponky range in store at Australian online store Wow Baby, prices start at $7-$15 for the small toys up to $49.95 for the play mat. Want an even better deal? See below for a fabulous stockist offer:

Sponky range

Right now you can save a welcome 20% storewide at Wow Baby, discount will be automatically applied at checkout. Cannot be combined with any other offer or discount, sale ends April 17, 2016.

To find out more about Wow Baby, to browse the Sponky range and to order online visit www.wowbaby.com.au.

Apr 122016
 

Fly Babee

With just over 4 months to go until our European holiday I am starting to get very excited. I can’t wait to see my loved ones again and of course to introduce baby Harriet to her Dutch family. As she will be 11 months old when we travel Hattie will not get a seat on the plane, but thankfully we received confirmation that a bassinet has been allocated to us. Together with our super handy Fly Babee that means she’ll hopefully be able to snooze in peace during the flight:

Fly Babee

Hailed as a real must-have for travelling families the award-winning Fly Babee (RRP $99.95) is the world’s first sleep-easy cover designed for airline bassinets, pram carry cots and strollers. It’s compact, portable and extremely light-weight (just 600 grams!), yet big enough to comfortably fit around airline baby beds and large prams and provide your baby with a private place for a little nap.

Fly Babee Storage BagThe practical pop-up design makes Fly Babee extremely easy to use, it unfolds in the blink of an eye and attaches to the bassinet or pram frame with simple clips. This same strong pop-up frame creates a safe, spacious ‘dome’ around your baby without a claustrophobic feel or the risk of collapsing. When not in use you can keep your Fly Babee cover safely tucked away in the handy carry bag (included) which attaches to your pram with two velcro straps.

Fly Babee Pram CoverFly Babee is packed with plenty of other great features to make travelling with a baby a little easier, for example block-out fabric that locks out over 90% of surrounding light, 100% breathable fabric to avoid overheating and a convenient ‘Chance a Glance’ window so parents can have a little safety-peek without disturbing your tiny dreamer. Whether it’s a walk around the block, a short domestic trip or a long international flight, Fly Babee takes the stress out of your next family adventure.

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

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Dec 182015
 

Lamaze

Christmas Countdown – Day 18

If you have been following our Christmas Countdown you know that we’ve got the older kids covered with plenty of art & craft, dolls, toys and electronic entertainment, but what do you put under the tree for the youngest members of the family? If this is your (grand)child’s first Christmas this year you’ll love these special gifts from Lamaze, the developmental toy specialist:

Lamaze Play Mat

When it comes to floor play the Sit Up and See Activity Gym (RRP $149.95, ages 0 months+) would have to be one of the most versatile play mats around and a great gift for young families this Christmas.

Lamaze Activity GymNewborn babies can comfortably lay on their back on the padded mat and watch the dangling toys and shiny mirror, as they get older they can roll over for tummy time using the soft rainbow pillow for support. Parents can even fold out the two blue ‘legs’ so baby sit up on a slight angle safely secured in the 3-point harness. The cute mobile is sure to attract curious little eyes and its lights and sounds are automatically activated by movement, how clever!

Lamaze Play & GrowOf course the Sit Up and See Activity Gym is not going to fit into your child’s first Christmas stocking, but a gorgeous Lamaze Play & Grow toy (RRP $19.95) most certainly will. There are lots of colourful designs to choose from, how cute are Jacque the Peacock and Bella the Bunny (my current favourite)? Featuring interesting colours, shapes, patterns, textures and sounds they are fabulous clip-on toys for playtime on-the-go.

OctotunesOld favourite Octotunes (0-24 months, RRP $29.95) has been a Lamaze bestseller for years and he is not giving in on popularity just yet. The award winning design is simple but fun for cheeky little tots, by squeezing the colourful tentacles they can play different notes and even put together an entire song or nursery rhyme. Not that musically talented? Here’s a handy list of Lamaze Tunes to get you started.

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 $199 Lamaze Prize Pack (Includes Sit Up and See Activity Gym, Octotunes and Play & Grow Plush, designs randomly selected) enter our giveaway below:

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Nov 012015
 

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Now that our little treasure has arrived safe and well and we know the gender of our newest family member I can finally do some shopping which, as you know, is one of my favourite things to do. As Harriet is our 5th baby we obviously have most baby gear already but of course she deserves something fresh and new too, luckily with the help of little add-ons and accessories you can easily give your ‘old’ stuff a trendy makeover (and I am not just talking about your baby’s wardrobe!).

Audrey and Me range

Thanks to Australian label Audrey and Me I managed to up-style our trusty Joolz Day pram in just a flash, adding a pretty, personal and practical touch. As soon as I spotted this stunning design online I knew it would be the perfect match for our Parrot Blue ride, doesn’t it look absolutely divine?

Audrey and Me pram liner

Audrey and Me Pram Liners (RRP $49.95) are lovingly handcrafted in Australia using 100% certified organic cotton, providing your little traveller with a soft and padded seat that is gentle on their skin and the environment too. I appreciate the peace of mind knowing there are no nasty chemicals near my baby and with the warm Summer season just around the corner the breathable cotton fabric will help keep miss Hattie cool and comfortable.

Audrey and Me pram liners

Of course the eye wants something too and with 32 different prints and 6 backing colours to choose from there is a design to suit everyone. Not that I had any trouble deciding, I fell in love with the Forest Floor fabric even before Harriet was born so sneakily I was very pleased we had a little girl. I teamed it up with the aqua polkadot on the reverse which looks beautiful together and I get two very different looks in one great product. To complete the look you can even add a pair of matching Strap Covers (RRP $14) to your order.

Audrey and Me strap covers

Sometimes handmade products can look a little ‘basic’ and rough around the edges, but that is definitely not the case with Audrey and Me. To say I am impressed is an understatement, the attention to detail is amazing and the finish is sublime. I love how the pram liner fits like a glove and looks so professional whilst still displaying that handmade charm; I am absolutely thrilled with my pram makeover.

Audrey and Me pram liners range

We all know children are experts at making things dirty so a pram liner is a stylish and easy way to protect your pram seat from spills and other messy accidents. When needed you can just remove the liner and wash it in the washing machine on a cold/gentle cycle, great news for busy mums like me who don’t have time for hand washing.

At Audrey and Me they understand that not all prams are the same and have different straps at different heights, so to ensure a perfect fit for your stroller all pram liners are handmade to order and come with a unique ‘Fit Guarantee’.  Simply specify your pram make and model during checkout and Audrey and Me will deliver a custom made liner to match, now that’s what I call excellent customer service!

To find out more about Audrey and Me, to locate a stockist near you and to order online visit www.audreyandme.com.au.

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