Nov 302016
 

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Now that December is finally upon us everyone is getting excited about warm family get-togethers, special trips and much anticipated holidays, I can’t wait! While most of us looks forward to the fun, friends and festivities that await at our destination, the thought of travelling there is a lot less inviting. If you are planning a plane trip with young children you are going to love this sanity-saver:

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Created by two clever mothers and seasoned travellers the Fly-Tot (RRP $120) is an absolute travel must-have for young families, If only I had discovered it before our last European adventure, it would have been such a great help!

fly-totThe Fly-Tot concept is simple but genius: First place your Fly-Tot cushion in front of your child’s plane seat, then blow it up with the included foot pump to instantly create a comfortable lounge seat for your little jet-setter. It’s almost like turning your regular Economy seat into First Class luxury! Thanks to all this added space little ones can rest their legs and even curl up for a nap without limbs continuously sliding off the seat, how clever is that?

fly-tot-compactFly-Tot has been thoroughly tested to fit nice and snug in between plane seats and even if you are in a Super Economy seat (very little space!) you can use the Fly-Tot upside down. If you are travelling with two children you can double the Fly-Tot comfort by using two cushions next to each other to create ‘beds’, it’s a bit like camping on a plane. When not in use your Fly-Tot cushion deflates to a compact package and a handy carry-strap for easy transport is included.

As you may know we travel to Europe every second year to visit my family so I know all about exhausting long-haul flights, tired children and uncomfortable sleeping positions. Fly-Tot is such an easy way to make the journey more enjoyable, after all happy, well-rested children equal happy parents!

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To find out more about Fly-Tot and to order your own Fly-Tot online in time for the holiday season visit www.flytot.com.au.

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Oct 242015
 

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I can’t believe miss Harriet is four weeks old already, the time absolutely flies by when you have a newborn in the house. Sometimes it does feel like I live from feed to feed these days but slowly we’re getting the hang of this breastfeeding thing. You’d think after four children I am quite the expert but from my experience you start all over again each time and it takes a while before you find out what works for both mother and baby.

This ‘learning period’ is always a tricky time for me and it comes down to simple maths: too much milk + a tiny, sleepy newborn = high risk of mastitis. Luckily for me I held on to my breast pump after baby no.4 so I’ve been expressing the ‘left-over’ breastmilk as needed and building a little stash for emergency feeds at the same time. If you’re looking for the easiest and most efficient way to go from breast to bottle you are sure to love the new Closer to Nature ‘Express and Go’ range:

Designed by the experts at Tommee Tippee the Express and Go system allows breastfeeding mothers to express, store, warm and feed breastmilk using one single pouch. By removing the need to transfer your carefully expressed breastmilk from breastpump to storage container to baby bottle it ensures you will never lose a precious drop of that so-called ‘liquid gold’.

Whether you express regularly or only every now and then, with just 4 simple steps the Express and Go is quick and easy to use. Express directly into a pre-sterilised Express and Go Breast Milk Pouch by connecting a pouch to your breast pump using an Express and Go breast pump adapter (compatible with 6 of the most popular breast pump brands). Your milk pouch can then be stored in fridge or freezer, ready for when you need it.

Pouch and Bottle WarmerCome feeding time simply grab your Breast Milk Pouch from fridge or freezer and pop it straight in the Express and Go Pouch and Bottle Warmer (RRP $89.99). With just a few quick clicks this clever unit warms bottles and pouches to the correct temperature. First select the starting temperature (room temperature, refrigerated or frozen), type of bottle (glass bottle, plastic bottle or pouch) and quantity of milk to heat (<100ml, <200ml or >200ml) and the warmer will do the rest, easy as pie.

Express and Go BottleInstead of having to pour the pouch contents into another bottle and potentially wasting precious breastmilk you can click the pouch directly into the unique Breast Milk Pouch ‘Bottle’ holder and feed baby using the Closer to Nature bottle teat. Just like the pouches and bottle holder the Closer to Nature teats are of course completely free from nasties like BPA and phthalates for extra peace of mind.

The Express and Go system is very straight forward and easy to use which is not only making life a little easier for tired mums, it is also very helpful when someone else than mum or dad is in charge of the feed, think grandma or babysitter (there is little to no room for error). I love how it efficiently saves every drop and it reduces the need for washing and sterilising storage containers and bottles (of course you still need to sterilise the breast pump and teats after use). Knowing I now have a few feeds ready to go is very reassuring so I’ll definitely keep building my freezer stash. As Harriet is less than one month old and we are still establishing a breastfeeding routine I haven’t tried the teat just yet but I know from experience with my previous babies that the breast-like shape is very well received.

Breast Milk PouchesExpress and Go products can be purchased individually or as great value set: Express and Go Complete Starter Set (RRP $130) and Express and Go Starter Set (RRP $44.99). Additional Express and Go Breast Milk Pouches (RRP $19.99) are available in a handy 20-pack. Each pouch holds 180ml of breastmilk and contents and measurements are easily visible from the outside. Breast Milk Pouches come with a screw top lid for safe and clean storage and are suitable for one use only.

The Closer to Nature ‘Express and Go’ range is available at Babies’R’Us, Baby Bunting and Big W stores across Australia.

To find out more about Closer to Nature, to browse the ‘Express and Go’ range and to locate a stockist near you visit www.closertonaturebaby.com.au.

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Clean baby bottles the easy way with Boon

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Jul 182015
 

Boon Inc

With less than 3 months to go until our new baby is due I have started nesting early and dug up all my baby gear. Looking at piles of tiny baby clothes makes me very excited, the sight of a breast pump and lots of bottles that need to be cleaned not so much… I remember vividly the broken nights and endless pumping and bottle cleaning we did when our twins were small, in all honestly it is a miracle we made it through without going crazy! Luckily this time around Boon Inc. is here to offer a welcome helping hand in the cleaning department:

We’ve come to know stylish label Boon Inc. for its colourful range of practical, nifty and super trendy baby products and Suds is definitely a game changer, watch the video and see for yourself!

Boon SudsIf you like the sound of less work and more play (or sleep!) you are sure to love the clever new Suds Bottle Washer (RRP $19.95), a handy kitchen gadget designed to take the hassle out of cleaning your baby bottles, toddler cups and even your own (wine) glasses. Doing the washing up is as simple as placing your bottle on the pump and pressing it down, now watch the water jets and spinning, scrubbing bristles do the hard work for you. Thanks to the flexible bristles Suds is suitable for most baby bottles.

The base of the Suds keeps the soapy water neatly contained, but just in case a drop or two splashes out of the bowl you can conveniently sit Suds in your kitchen (or bathroom) sink. Like all Boon Inc. products this new addition to the range is free from nasties like BPA, PVC and Phthalate and you can simply pop your Suds in the dishwasher (top-rack only) for a thorough clean. Priced at less than $20 this Boon Inc. creation is a small investment that will save you a bucket load of precious time.

You can find your favourite Boon Inc. products at Baby Bunting, Toys ‘R’ Us, Bubs Baby Shop and Baby Village.

To find out more about Boon Inc. and to browse the range visit www.booninc.com.