Apr 202015

Penguin Australia

After almost 9 years in Australia I have become familiar with many typical Australian sayings and habits, but I still remember very clearly how odd it all felt when I just arrived on Aussie shores. While I did speak English quite well some people would still pick up a hint of an accent, generally they’d guess I was from South Africa or some Scandinavian country. As Dutch is quite similar to Afrikaans I appreciated the connection and it is also why Nick Earls‘ new children’s book New Boy really spoke to me:

New Boy

New Boy (RRP $14.99) by Nick Earls tells the story of South African boy Herschelle who moves to Australia with his family. He has to settle in at a new school, learn the Aussie slang, try new foods and meet new mates, it’s all much harder than he thought it would be. It is not always easy and Herschelle even has to deal with racism and bullying but slowly the Van Der Merwe family settles in to Australian life.

As a foreigner living in Australia I recognise some of the struggles and confusions and can only imagine how hard a move like this would be for a child. This is a fantastic read for those new to Australia but also for Aussie kids so they can get some insight into how they can make the ‘new kid’ feel at home. My favourite part was when Herschelle’s mum was to asked to ‘bring a plate’ to school and brought an empty plate, that could easily have happened to me!

To find out more about New Boy, published by Penguin Books Australia, and to order online visit www.penguin.com.au.

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Nov 042013


Before the twins were born I had absolutely no idea how to wrap a baby, it looked really difficult and in the early days I let my husband do the swaddling as often as I could. Five years and four children later I am quite the expert if I say so myself; the twins slept wrapped for 7 months, miss 3 for 10 months and we are far from ready to ditch the wrap for our 8-month old. But no matter how good your wrapping skills are, sooner or later the standard wraps will get too small which can cause lots of bedtime dramas. Don’t fear, the solution is here thanks to Bubziboo:

Bubzidoo Pram WrapYou may remember Bubziboo from its innovative baby Pram Wrap and now mum, owner and designer Catherine designed a fabulous product that will help bigger babies (and mamas) get the sleep they need too. Where most other baby wraps measure 80 cm, 100 cm or 120 cm in size the brand new Bubziboo Organic Wrapping Sheet ($43.90) stands out from the crowd with a huge 200 cm (two meters!) length.

The Bubzidoo Organic Wrapping Sheet is designed and made right here in Australia using soft, 100% organic cotton in a gender neutral white colour and finished with a sweet colourful trim. No more fiddling, stretching and pulling to get a tiny bit of material to tuck in, only for your baby to wake up in the middle of the night with arms waving around. The extremely generous size of the wrapping sheet means there is no need for tricky folds and twists, just wrap it around your baby it doesn’t get any simpler.

Bubzidoo Organic Wrapping Sheet

Bubzidoo Organic Wrapping Sheet

Whether baby is being wrapped by mum, dad, grandma or babysitter, with a simple, straight forward wrapping sheet like this is it easy to be consistent, which will help in establishing a good sleeping pattern for your baby. Where other wraps are usually square the Bubziboo Wrapping Sheet is rectangular shaped (200x68cm), giving you the extra fabric where you need it (around the arms) and without excess, bulky material at the bottom.

Postage for one Bubzidoo is just $5 and if you order two or more postage is FREE, within Australia and worldwide!

To find out more about Bubzidoo, to take a closer look at the Bubzidoo Organic Wrapping Sheet and to order online visit www.bubzidoo.com.au.
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Jun 142013

Sleep Rumbler

When you are rocking or patting an unsettled baby in the middle of the night you are likely to feel like you’re the only person up, hubby is snoring away, the whole house is quiet except for your crying baby. It can be so exhausting and upsetting for both you and baby and all you want is for your baby to be happy and sleep, and for yourself to get some much needed rest too. Rest assured, you’re not the only one feeling like this and behind the scenes two Australian mums have been working hard to create a little helper for you: meet the Sleep Rumbler.

Sleep Rumbler03The story behind Sleep Rumbler is one that many mothers will recognise: a tired mama took an unsettled baby for a car ride in the hope that the baby would fall asleep. The baby did indeed fall asleep but so did the mum… next thing she knows she is stuck in her upside-down car on the side of the road. Sleep deprivation is a risky thing and while going for a drive often settles your baby it can be very dangerous and sometimes even fatal.

Sleep Rumbler CompactThe Sleep Rumbler is designed to recreate the rhythmic motion of a car ride or pram trip that is so soothing to young children and at the same time allowing you to stay within the comfort and safety of your own home. To use the Sleep Rumbler just pop it on the ground and push your pram back and forth over the mat, for many babies this repetitive movement is calming and they will start to relax and fall asleep. As the Sleep Rumbler folds down to a compact package you can easily use it when out and about as well as at home.

Sleep Rumbler34 - CopyWhen our baby wakes up I often have to pick her up and rock her back to sleep, only for her to wake up again when I try to put her down. With the Sleep Rumbler your baby can stay in the pram (or bassinet if you have one on wheels) and be soothed on the spot, once asleep you can tip-toe away and with a bit of luck they won’t even notice! If your baby is little cat napper this could be just what you need to gently coach him/her back to sleep.

The Sleep Rumbler is already being used in a number of birthing and special care units, maternal child health centres and by infant settling and sleep educators, helping mums and babies getting the sleep they need.

To find out more about Sleep Rumbler ($69.95) and to order online visit www.sleeprumbler.com.

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