Super Spy Must-have: KidiGear Walkie Talkies

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Oct 172019
 

Like most parents we always try to fulfil our children’s birthday wishes for as much as that is possible. It is obvious that snakes are out of the question (Juliet), iPads/iPhones not necessary (Tommie) and unicorns impossible to get your hands on (Harriet), however we never thought walkie talkies would be such a tricky request! Our little super spy Sybil has been asking for walkie talkies for well over a year, and 8 months after her birthday her wish has finally come true:

For months and months we researched and compared different walkie talkies, trying to find the right balance between quality, durability, price and most of all safety but (to Sybil’s great disappointment) there was absolutely nothing out there that ticked all the boxes. When we recently came across the new KidiGear Walkie Talkies (RRP $49.95, ages 5+) we immediately knew our search was over and we’ve most definitely found our match.

Whether your child is a secret spy, police officer, detective, adventure seeker or treasure hunter, these kid-safe walkie talkies are a must-have for any special mission. Designed by the toy-experts at VTech the KidiGear Walkie Talkies are designed with real kids in mind, they are simple to use and comfortable to hold with rounded corners for safe play. On the front they even have a large easy-to-read LCD display, after all modern kids need trendy gear.

Sybil mostly dreamed of chatting to her sisters from her bedroom or while on a bush walk or scavenger hunt in our neighbourhood, but to her big delight the KidiGear Walkie Talkies are much more than a two-way radio. Aside from communicating in walkie talkie mode, the two units can compete in four different 2-player games and send each other fun messages.

Kids can choose from a selection pre-loaded pictures/messages on the screen and respond with simple yes/no answers, even young children can do it. Because the messages are pre-loaded there is no risk of inappropriate content, just another way VTech keeps your children safe. These little secret texts are perfect for situations where audible radio-chats are not an option, no one will know you’re quietly communicating!

Safety has always been our main concern for any walkie talkie purchase. Most of the walkie talkies with a decent range and nice clear sound use UHF channels. This comes with a big risk of kids accidentally overhearing conversations of others using the same public channels (eg. truck drivers), people listening to your children’s chatter or even worse: strangers making contact with your precious children. KidiGear Walkie Talkies completely take away that fear by using a clear and secure digital connection, keeping your children and their adventures safe and sound within a huge 200m range.

KidiGear Walkie Talkies are available at Big W, JB Hi-Fi, good toy stores across Australia and selected online retailers.

To find out more about VTech, to take a closer look at the KidiGear Walkie Talkies and to locate a stockist near you visit www.vtech.com.au.

‘Wonky Fruit & Vegetables’ giveaway

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Sep 162019
 

I’m sure by now you’ve all spotted the Coles ‘I’m Perfect’ fresh produce range and the ‘Odd Bunch’ section at Woolworths, but here’s a delightfully different alternative you’ve (most likely) not heard of before:

Dutch social enterprise Kromkommer (Krom means crooked, Komkommer means cucumber) has joined forces with sustainable play specialist and multiple award-winner Plan Toys to bring funky formed fruit and vegetables to toy kitchens around the globe. Grab a quirky apple and bumpy pear, add a two-legged carrot and heart-shaped tomato, throw in a curvy cucumber and you’ve got the Wonky Fruit & Vegetable Playset.

The Wonky Fruit & Vegetables Playset (RRP $50.99, 18 months+) is a powerful platter in many ways: It encourages children to use their imagination and grow social skills during pretend play, it helps budding chefs to develop fine motor skills as they cut their food with the (toddler-safe) toy knife, it stimulates logical thinking as kids match the food halves to make pairs, it teaches children about different fruits and vegetables and the importance of healthy eating habits AND it shows them that fruit and vegetables come in many perfectly imperfect shapes that are all tasty and worthy!

Loved and cherished across the globe Plan Toys are made from replenishable rubberwood which is preservative free and naturally processed. No harmful additives or colourings are used during manufacturing and the carefully selected water-based paints are safety certified, making Plan Toys a fantastic sustainable choice for modern eco-conscious parents. After all we all know pretend meals sometimes involve real bites or cheeky chomps and your child’s safety is Plan Toys’ priority.

Australian families can find the Wonky Fruit & Vegetable Playset at Knock On Wood ToysThe Coffee Apple, Amazon and Twigs Toy Boutique. Enjoy your meal!

To find out more about Plan Toys, to take a closer look at the Wonky Fruit & Vegetable Playset and to locate a stockist near you visit www.plantoys.com.

For your chance to win a Wonky Fruit & Vegetables Playset (RRP $50.99) hop on over to the Hip Little One Facebook page to enter, good luck.

Bamboo Bargain: Save 40% at Linenly

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Jun 262019
 

During these chilly winter nights there is nothing I enjoy more than snuggling up in a nice warm bed with a good book. All evening I look forward to that wonderful moment of finishing my final chore of the day and sliding into bed. Although relaxing in bed sounds fabulous, when you know what’s hiding in your bedlinen it may not be such a good idea at all!

Australian company Linenly recognises not only the value of rest and relaxation, but also the importance of high quality organic materials and ethical production. Linenly has made it their mission to provide Australian families with beautiful 100% organic bamboo bedlinen that is both luxurious and loving for your health and the environment, ensuring you the sweetest of dreams night after night.

Carefully sourced by owner Luyang the entire Linenly range is made from silky soft 100% organic bamboo fibre which is completely free from nasty toxins or harmful substances (backed up by Oeko-Tex certification). Bamboo is naturally hypoallergenic, breathable and anti-microbial which makes it the perfect choice for eczema sufferers and those with other sensitive skin conditions.

Fitted sheets, flat sheets, pillow cases and even quilt covers, single, double, queen or king, Linenly has every bedroom covered. With a range of classy colours to choose from there is a Linenly look to suit your style and decor perfectly. Prices range from $44.95 to $239.95.

Want to discover the many benefits of bamboo for yourself without breaking the bank? Right now you can save a massive 40% on all Linenly bamboo sheet sets, now that’s what I call a sale! Prices as marked.

As we recently upgraded to a king size bed this was the perfect opportunity to spoil myself with some Linenly luxury too. My new bamboo sheets have just arrived and I can’t wait to put them to the test. Obviously I’ll make sure to share my thoughts a little later so keep an eye out for my review. I am excited!

To find out more about Linenly, to browse the range and to order online visit www.linenly.com.au.

Cocobare Baby

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Jun 022019
 

For as long as I can remember I have loved coconut. As a child I would be over the moon if my mum bought a coconut, savouring every piece I could get out of the shell. As a teenager I was addicted to the tropical scent of coconut shampoos and body creams and of course I would eat more than my share of yummy Bounty bars. Aside from the delicious smell and the scrumptious flavour coconut is full of fabulous health benefits, so I knew I was in for a treat when I discovered Cocobare Baby:

Made right here in Australia by the skincare experts at Beauty Ninja this lovely coconut based baby skincare range is the bee’s knees, one little sniff and you’re hooked! Cocobare Baby skincare uses naturally derived and organic ingredients to keep your baby’s delicate skin in tip top shape (and secretly this mama adores it too).

Unlike many other skincare brands, that use water and synthetic ingredients to treat only the top layer of the skin, Cocobare Baby uses soothing coconut oil which penetrates deeper, making it an excellent moisturiser and nourisher. Not only does it pamper the skin thoroughly, it also kills harmful micro-organisms so it is a gentle but strong protector too. Combine that with natural superheroes like chamomile, aloe vera, calendula oil and Shea butter and you’re in for a treat.

Whether you are fighting a battle with stubborn nappy rash, flaky cradle cap or itchy eczema or just want to keep your baby’s skin soft and supple Cocobare Baby has you covered from top to toe with a Baby Wash, Shampoo, 2-in-1 Shampoo and Baby Wash, Lotion, Bottom Balm and Massage Oil. The entire Cocobare Baby range is completely free from nasty minerals, paraben and palm oil, ensuring parents they are making the right choice for their precious little bundle and the environment at the same time. Cocobare is not tested on animals so our little fluffy bundles give it the thumbs up too!

To find out more about Cocobare Baby, to locate a stockist near you or to order online visit www.cocobarebaby.com, prices range from RRP $9.95-$15.95.

VTech Secret Safe Diary

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Nov 292018
 

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Last year Sinterklaas treated our daughter Olivia to a gorgeous VTech electronic diary which quickly became the envy of her younger sisters. They’ve been trying to crack the password ever since but it has kept her secrets safe nonetheless, to great frustration of the wannabe-hackers. It was no surprise Juliet instantly added a lockup diary to her wishlist too and thankfully for her this fabulous new VTech release hit the shelves at the right time:

Not only does this pretty pink VTech Secret Safe Diary (RRP $59.95, ages 6-11) keep secrets safe, it also helps you keep track of your diary, addresses, alarms and more and even protects your favourite little treasures without the need for a key. So how does that work?

There’ll be no unwanted snooping in this special diary, only the true owner can see what’s behind the little heart by saying the magic voice password. Once unlocked the digital diary reveals a large 2.4” colour screen and a proper QWERTY keyboard, ready to record all your secrets, stories, musings and plenty more. At the bottom of the diary a secret little drawer provides a perfect hide-out for small treasures like jewellery or tiny notes.

Using the six cute flower buttons you can access the different modes of play: Diary, Pets, My Friends and Me, My Voice Recordings, My Games and Activities and My Settings. With 20 different learning activities to choose from the diary is a very versatile design that will keep young girls entertained for ages. Juliet loves writing about any special outings or events in her diary and her alarm clock helps her get ready on time (although sometimes she sets the wrong time and wakes everyone up!).

One of Juliet’s favourite features is the virtual pet play, she has created an adorable pet dog named Bella that she can give food and water, bathe and play games with or even give an immunisation. You can also decorate your pet’s living and areas to create the perfect home. If cats or horses are more your thing they are available for adoption too. There are loads of other fun and educational activities to keep young minds busy, like a typing test, crosswords, amazing mazes, maths challenges and logic thinking games.

Another big hit with our little performer is the ability to tape voice memos and songs and edit them to make them extra spectacular. You can listen to your recordings over and over again and practise to become a great singer, news reader or TV presenter. Juliet is forever singing her favourite tracks in her room and admiring her efforts afterwards.

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.

May 302018
 

The uggs are back in use, the woodfire is on and the beds are made with flannelette sheets… the cold season has well and truly arrived! She may be old enough for a proper girl bed, but Hattie is definitely not big enough to manage the sheets and keep her quilt on throughout the night. Of course I hate to think that she’s laying there in the cold, so I trust ergoPouch to keep her warm all night long:

Super soft, padded and snuggly warm, stepping into a ergoPouch 2.5 TOG Winter Sleep Suit (RRP $64.95) is pretty much like being wrapped up in a cosy quilt that fits your body like a glove. I secretly wish they made these awesome sleep suits in my size too!

Over the years ergoPouch has become known around the globe for its dedication to natural fibres, offering parents a safe choice for their baby and the environment. By avoiding nasty chemicals and itchy synthetic fabrics ergoPouch has also earnt the tick of approval from the Eczema Association, great peace of mind for those with sensitive skin! The Winter Sleep Suit outer is made with 95% organic cotton with a touch of elastane to allow active kids to move around freely, while the thick 100% organic cotton filling keeps cold chills at bay with a 2.5 TOG rating.

As Hattie is past the sleeping bag stage the Winter Sleep Suit is the perfect next step, it’s just as comfortable and warm and at the same time it allows her to hop in and out of bed by herself and walk around too. Dressing your little sleepy head and midnight nappy checks/changes are a breeze thanks to the special three-way zip, opening up both the front and back. It also has super handy fold-over cuffs at the wrists (up to size 2) and ankles, allowing you to cover tiny toes and little hands in just a flash.

The 2.5 TOG Winter Sleep Suit is currently available in sizes 1 to 5 years and comes in three gorgeous prints to suit boys and girls: Midnight Arrows, Petals and Triangle Pops.

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.

Hop on over to our Instagram page (@thewoottons) and follow the prompts under the ergoPouch giveaway photo for your chance to WIN an ergoPouch 2.5 TOG Winter Sleep Suit (RRP $64.95).

LeapPad Ultimate by LeapFrog

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May 282018
 

Woohoo! For a while it seemed like our holiday would never come any closer but with less than 3 months to go we’re finally getting there. I have started packing the first gifts in our suitcases, stocked up on new pyjamas for everyone and set out six backpacks for our six little travellers. When you spend 24 hours travelling (and 5 weeks away from home) you have to bring some great boredom busters (read sanity savers), which is where LeapFrog comes in:

Juliet has owned her LeapPad Ultimate (RRP $199.95, ages 3-9) for about 8 months now so we’ve tested it through and through and I can not speak highly enough of this kid-friendly tablet. Designed by the toy-experts at LeapFrog and backed by a team of dedicated educators this amazing tablet is all about custom learning whilst having fun and staying safe.

Where do I begin? Let’s start with the basics, the LeapPad Ultimate (8GB) has all the popular tablet features like a powerful quad-core processor, dual camera to take photos and videos, WiFi connection (more on that later!), a music player, rechargeable battery and more. It also comes preloaded with a whole heap of cool games and apps that have been thoroughly tested to be appropriate, educational and safe.

From practising your ABC with Letter Factory Flash Cards to fun with animals and learning to care for them in Pet Pad Party, from finding out interesting milky way facts in the Cosmic Cleanup Science Game to solving a mystery in the Dog Show Detectives Interactive Storybook and much more, there is lots to discover when you first tun on your LeapPad Ultimate.

Of course there is plenty more where this came from, so you can expand your content with your choice of 1000+ LeapFrog learning games, videos and eBooks as your child grows and his/her interests change. You can either download them directly to your LeapPad via the LeapFrog App Centre (ideal for last-minute add-ons before a trip) or you can buy selected cartridges at your favourite LeapFrog stockist.

What really makes LeapFrog stand out, and makes its games so much more than just a game, is the special Just For Me learning technology. Without any effort from parents and without any need to change settings this clever technology recognises your child’s progress and automatically adjusts learning levels within the game. This keeps games fun and challenging and helps those little brains develop further.

As a mum of six I know all too well that every child is unique, their interests are different, they develop at different speeds and they struggle with different things too. I love that you can create a personal account for multiple children on one LeapPad device, so they can each access their own content and the games are tailored to their specific knows and needs. When it comes to selecting new apps for your tablet you can search by age and skill which helps you make the right educational choice for your child.

If the thought of allowing your children access to the internet terrifies you I have good news for you. Your child’s safety is LeapFrog’s top priority, which is why they have created a unique Kid-Safe Web Browser. All web content, videos, photos and pages that are accessible via LeapSearch have been triple checked and are deemed safe and appropriate by the LeapFrog learning experts. Here’s to the wonderful world wide web without the worries!

Many parents feel that tablets and small hands are not always a good combination and it’s true, accidents happen to the best of us! Thankfully the LeapPad Ultimate is durable and kid-tough, featuring a shatter-safe screen, super strong frame and wrap around bumper for extra protection. Even better, from the end of June you can get your hands on a new LeapPad Ultimate bundle which comes with a complimentary zip-up Carry Case to keep your LeapPad safe while travelling or in storage.

The LeapPad Ultimate + Carry Case Bundle will be available at BigW, good toy stores and selected online retailers.

To find out more about LeapFrog, to browse the range and to locate stockist near you visit www.leapfrog.com.au.