Nov 302016
 

fly-tot

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!

fly-tot-double-seat

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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Jurni, taking kids’ luggage to the next level

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Oct 012016
 

Trunki

Sadly for us the holiday fun is coming to an end today as we get ready to fly back to Australia this afternoon. Saying goodbye is always the most difficult part and not knowing if and when you’ll see each other again makes it even harder! Back at home the school holidays are just beginning with families getting ready for fun road trips and faraway vacations. See how Trunki is taking kids’ luggage to the next level:

From storing and sliding to sitting and gliding, the exciting new Jurni (RRP $199, red, blue or pink) is the ultimate travel-accessory for young adventurers.

Jurni BlueThe Trunki Jurni is a stylish carry-on suitcase that is packed with clever features to make your next journey as simple and smooth as possible. Compact enough to be cabin-luggage approved this strong suitcase has a generous 25L capacity, one large storage compartment and a super handy pop-out pod that allows you to keep your most important must-haves on hand all the time. I just love how you can use the Jurni like a stand-up storage locker with a flexible shelf.

Trunki RedWhile on-the-move the Jurni also doubles as a sturdy seat, it even has in-line skate wheels so you can glide along and give your tired legs a well deserved rest. Thanks to the generous 100kg weight limit the Jurni comfortably holds kids and (most) adults. Whether it’s waiting in line at the airport check-in, on a train station or at the bus stop, you’ll never find yourself without a seat again.

Jurni

To find out more about The Stork Nest, to browse the Trunki range and to order online visit www.thestorknest.com.au.

Baby Bites with BabyBjörn

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Apr 052016
 

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Now that that nasty tongue-tie has been dealt with we can finally continue our solids journey, hopefully this time with more luck! Harriet certainly knows how to attack a teething rusk and she’s even had a crack at some toast soldiers yesterday, very messy but good fun. She has been sitting with us at the dinner table for a few weeks and now she can join in the eating part too, hooray.

Hattie High Chair

She may only be 6 months old but Harriet sits like a real queen in the new BabyBjörn high chair, it’s like a throne for little royals. Designed for ages 6 months up to 3 years this super stylish high chair is a perfect pick for modern families who want to invest in high quality, durable products that grow with their child.

BabyBjorn High Chair

There is lots to love about this trendy seat, like a curved backrest that helps young children to sit upright and an ergonomic fit that supports babies in all the right places. Initially I had my doubts about the ‘harness-free’ design of the BabyBjörn High Chair but my mind was immediately put at ease when I saw how the tray fits nice and snug around her body keeping her perfectly in place. Add to that the safety bar in between the child’s legs and there is no slipping away, even for a six month old.

Hattie BabyBjorn High Chair

The spacious, easy-clean tray can be adjusted to suit your little eater, it can slide closer to provide a tight fit for a small child and it can slide out to offer more room for older children. Unlike traditional rectangular trays that leave gaps around your child for food and cutlery to drop down in, this clever tray has a rounded shape that mimics a child’s body shape; no gaps = less mess! There are no small openings, seams or grooves on the tray or the seat, just a smooth surface that you can simply wipe clean after each meal.

BabyBjorn High Chair colours

The BabyBjörn High Chair is very easy to use: just sit your child in the seat, flip up the tray and turn the table lock to secure the tray and your child in one simple step. Once mealtime is over you can unlock the tray, fold it down and lift out your child. I also love the fact that you can detach the removable top tray for easy cleaning under the tap or dishwasher whilst the main tray stays in place for the next course or play time.

BabyBjorn High Chair Fold

Last but not least: storage! At first sight the BabyBjörn High Chair may not look like a very compact design but you’ll be pleasantly surprised. If you fold the back legs in and flip the tray up you’ll be left with a compact and narrow (< 25cm wide) package perfect for transport or storage.

The BabyBjörn High Chair (RRP $299.95) is currently available in three stylish colours: Snow White, Pink and Turquoise.

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

Nuna Pipa

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Jan 172016
 

Nuna

This weekend I tearily packed away baby Harriet’s bassinet and newborn clothes. Teeny suits, tiny socks and beautiful wraps that our little Houdini already breaks free from, how can she possibly be three months old already? Thankfully there are also a few baby must-haves we are still thoroughly enjoying and our baby capsule is one of them:

Harriet Hospital Nuna

Before Harriet was born I spent a lot of time researching baby capsules, our baby’s safety is very important to us and capsules are a costly investment so I wanted to make a well informed decision. Aside from the safety rating there were a few other factors at play and after lots of umming and ahhing we finally settled on the Nuna Pipa, a choice I am still extremely happy with.

Safety
Nuna PipaWith a 4-star safety rating (see Child Car Seats) the Nuna Pipa is without a doubt one of the safest infant capsules around, in fact there are currently no higher rating seats available in Australia. Featuring a heavy duty shell, side impact protection and a 5-point safety harness the Pipa ensures your precious cargo is well protected. For extra peace of mind the Nuna offers a generous (up to) 6 year warranty as well as Crash Protect Support.

Design
I immediately loved the chic look of the Nuna Pipa and I often get compliments from other mothers and storeowners who admire the sleek and modern design too. The neat black base and canopy are classy, timeless and versatile and the lightweight aluminium handle adds a trendy touch.

Nuna Joolz

Comfort
The Nuna Pipa seat is extremely soft and padded and the premium micro knit fabric has a real luxurious feel to it (unlike some cheaper capsules that feel plasticky and sweaty). I love the fact that Harriet is surrounded by gentle protection, particularly around the head area, and can sleep comfortably. Especially for tiny arrivals a cushioned newborn insert is included to offer a snug and safe fit, we used this for the first few weeks.

Nuna Harriet

With the sunny Australian weather in mind the innovative Dream Drape is a fabulous selling point. This inbuilt sun shade can be pulled down to cover the entire front of the capsule and automatically stays in plays with magnets, so clever. I use the Dream Drape all the time, not only to keep harmful UV rays at bay outside or in the car but also for added privacy from curious strangers and to avoid Hattie being exposed to nasty germs in public areas. When not in use the Dream Drape can be zipped away in the hidden hood compartment.

Nuna Dream Drape

Durability
Don’t be fooled by its compact size and extremely light weight (the capsule weighs just 3.5kg, a blessing for my back!), the Nuna Pipa can be used directly from birth up to a very generous 13kg. This makes the Pipa a great investment and our Hattie has plenty of growth left in her capsule. As your baby grows you can refer to the handy height marker on the seat to decide when to move your little traveller into a bigger seat.

Nuna Height Marker

Compatibility
With more than 60 compatible prams the Nuna Pipa is an extremely versatile capsule that can turn many different prams into a complete travel system (using the correct adapters). We have used the Nuna Pipa in combination with the Joolz Day Earth (city stroll) and the Thule Urban Glide (off road walk), allowing us to go from car to shop, beach or park with Harriet asleep in the comfort and safety of her car seat.

Nuna Thule

Price
The recommended retail price of the Nuna Pipa is $599, which considering the excellent safety rating, high quality and durability is a fair price. Of course you could save yourself some welcome change by shopping around, you’ll find that retailers regularly offer great deals especially if you purchase a pram and other nursery items at the same time. We purchased our Nuna Pipa at our local Toys’r’us and I was really happy with the service we received.

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

Oct 012015
 

Maxi-Cosi

Each time our beautiful family grows there is that last-minute rush for a big bedroom change and car seat swap before we get to bring the new addition home. Our home is full of love and little people but there is always room for more and luckily there was space left in the car too. I have to admit that fitting five child seats in the car is a bit tricky (and expensive) but we did it!

Maxi-Cosi Euro NXT

If you are a regular Hip Little One reader you may remember that I previously wrote about our choice for a Maxi-Cosi Convertible Booster Seat for our twins. Over the past three years those seats have survived daily car trips, long holidays drives, passenger swaps, drink spills and messy accidents and I can safely say we have been really happy with the design, safety features and quality. Therefore we were confident the Maxi-Cosi brand would deliver again now that miss Sybbie’s seat had to be upgraded to make room for the new addition.

Maxi-Cosi Euro NXTThe Maxi-Cosi Euro NXT is a convertible car seat suitable from birth up to 4 years of age, or until your child reaches the upper height marker. Designed with a removable padded infant insert and multiple recline and headrest positions the seat offers true comfort and support for its little passenger at all stages. The Maxi-Cosi Euro NXT combines top level safety standards with comfort and style, offering parents a beautiful way to transport their new bundle of joy.

Euro NXT Rearward FacingWhen choosing car seats for your most precious cargo safety is obviously most important and knowing the Euro NXT meets the latest Australian regulation for child car seat safety is a great reassurance. Unlike many other child seats on the market this fantastic design allows for up to 30 months of rearward facing, proven to be the safest way for young children to travel by reducing side impact forces by 75%. When it comes to rearward facing the longer really is the better, spread the word! The handy height markers will tell you when to swap the seat around.

As your child grows you can easily adjust both the height of the shoulder straps and the headrest from the front using the QuickFit System, located on top of the headrest. This brilliant feature removes the need to uninstall the seat and rethread the straps like in older seats, what a fabulous time saver and great for people who transport children of different heights in the same seat.

Maxi-Cosi Euro NXT Headrest

The Euro NXT is also fitted with G CELL, the ultimate in crash absorption technology, and the revolutionary ISOGO system, allowing for easy and secure three-step Isofix installation in compatible cars. Unfortunately our car only offers Isofix in certain seats and therefore we can not enjoy the benefits in the seat’s current position, however we look forward to using it when we move the seat in the future for the baby. Last year we experienced the convenience of Isofix during our European holiday and thought it was extremely handy and reassuring.

Maxi-Cosi Euro

Not only does the comfortable, padded design provide excellent protection, it looks luxurious and classy too and the neutral colour schemes will fit in beautifully with the interior of your car. The specially selected Cool Baby wicking fabric is gentle against your baby’s skin and will help keep your child at a comfortable temperature during the hotter months ahead. Good news for mum: The covers of the Euro NXT can be removed for easy machine washing and the complimentary car seat protector mat will help keep your car clean too, after all some ‘accidents’ simply cannot be avoided.

Euro NXT

With our children growing up so quickly I am always trying to plan (and budget) ahead so where possible I try to invest in quality products that are safe, durable and grow with our children. The Euro NXT ticks all the boxes for us and once Sybil grows out of the seat (at 32 months she has just passed the forward-facing marker) the next little passenger will already be waiting to take her spot. By the way, did you know that all Maxi-Cosi car seats come with a generous 6 year warranty on the shell and 3 years on the trim?

You can find the Maxi-Cosi Euro NXT (RRP $649, available in the colours Argento, Dolce, Rouge, Gravity and Vienna) at all good independent retailers across Australia.

To find out more about Maxi-Cosi, to discover the Maxi-Cosi Difference or to locate a stockist near you visit www.maxi-cosi.com.au, contact Dorel Australia on 1300 809 526 or get social on www.facebook.com/maxicosi.australia.

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Bounce for joy with Bombol

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Jul 242015
 

Bombol

Now that we have dug up most baby goods from storage we’ve finally put together a short shopping list for the last missing bits and pieces. Most items can easily do with some more squishy baby-love but sadly our bouncer has not survived its winter sleep, I am a little sad as it holds sweet memories but there is nothing we can do about it. On the hunt for a lovely replacement I stumbled upon this super stylish number at The Little Haven:

Bamboo Bouncer

The Bamboo, created by Italian designer label Bombol, is a beautiful modern piece of nursery furniture that would look stunning in any nursery or living room. Inspired by the famous properties of nature’s own bamboo this classy seat is light, flexible, durable and strong, in fact it is so strong it can easily hold up to an impressive 18kg (the weight of an average 4-5 year old). From baby bouncer to comfy ‘chaise longue’, what a brilliant investment for young families!

Bamboo SpringFrom sit and play to rest and nap, thanks to the patented Dynamic Backrest the Bamboo bouncer adjusts to your child’s needs effortlessly. Not only can parents adjust the position of the seat without disturbing a sleeping baby, children can also change their position independently simply by shifting their weight, how easy is that? This ability to move positions easily in combination with the ergonomic design encourages healthy development.

You can use the Bamboo from birth (3.5kg onwards) keeping baby comfortable strapped in by the safety harness. However smaller babies might lack the weight to bring Bamboo’s Dynamic Backrest down to the sleeping position so for those lightweight bubbas a special New Born Kit is available. The New Born Kit provides extra head support and adjusts the Bamboo’s performance to the lighter weight of smaller babies.

Bombol Bamboo

The Bombol Bamboo Bouncer (RRP $289.95) is currently available in three stylish unisex colours: Spring (lime), Elephant (grey) and Coconut (cream). Which one is your favourite?

To find out more about The Little Haven, to take a closer look at the Bombol Bamboo Bouncer and to order online visit www.thelittlehaven.com.au.

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!

buckle me up

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.

buckle me up

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.