Mar 012018
 

Well, what can I say? Life with 6 kids under 10 is hard work. It’s good our darling Ted has the most beautiful smile in the whole wide world as he sure is keeping us on our toes! We are still battling with reflux, severe lack of sleep and sadly our first attempts at solids indicate that we will be going down the food allergy route once again. To add to Ted’s misery (and ours) his first teeth seem to be on the way, so it’s rosy cheeks and sad faces all around. Thankfully distraction and relief has arrived from ONE.CHEW.THREE HQ:

Aussie mama Elisa knows all about those bothersome little toothy pegs and the trouble they cause for tiny babies (and their families), which is why she created ONE.CHEW.THREE. This gorgeous online boutique comes to the rescue with a wide range of designer teething products that bring comfort to teething babies and class to their mamas, double win!

When you are surrounded by many grabby hands and chomping teeth your fancy jewellery quickly ends up at the back of your drawer, but that doesn’t mean you have to give up on accessorising. Featuring my favourite shades of timeless blue this pretty Ruby Nursing Necklace (RRP $22.95) is stylish, safe and super versatile, it goes with absolutely everything! It’s such an easy way to keep Ted happy when waiting at the shop, the doctor, at school or anywhere I am holding him.

Made with high quality, 100% food grade silicone beads all ONE.CHEW.THREE necklaces are safe for young children to chomp and chew to their heart’s content. They are completely free from nasties like BPA, lead, cadmium, phthalates, PVC and latex and they are mould, fungus and bacteria resistant too. The lovely wooden beads used in some of the designs are made from untreated natural beech wood that can be oiled or waxed if you wish (coconut oil, yum!).

Ted may be five months old already but my heart still skips a beat anytime I see his name somewhere, doesn’t Ted look super chuffed with his very own personalised Shapes Teether (RRP $26.95)? It turned out absolutely lovely and the different textures, shapes and angles really keep him busy.

I love that the ONE.CHEW.THREE range caters for everyone, there are lots of different designs and colours to choose from allowing you to create a piece that suits your style and personality perfectly. They make great gift ideas for new mamas and the turnaround is super quick.

Found a style you love? Right now Hip Little One readers enjoy FREE shipping Australia wide at ONE.CHEW.THREE, simply enter the code ‘HIPLITTLEONE’ at checkout for your discount to apply. Be quick, this offer is valid for a limited time only!

To find out more about ONE.CHEW.THREE, to browse the range and to order online visit www.onechewthree.com.au.

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Milkbar giveaway

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Oct 302017
 

It may surprise you but even after six kids and with more than 53 months of breastfeeding under my belt I am still learning new things. As someone who always has an oversupply of milk I have seen lots of precious breastmilk drip away, soaking piles of towels every day. Of course I realised this was a real waste, but I was also hesitant to start pumping and increase my milk production (and my mastitis risk) even more. Until I discovered Milkbar

Milkbar Breastpumps is an Australian online store that specialises in, you guessed it, breast pumps. Proud owner and mama-of-two Diana has selected only the very best brands and is dedicated to providing Aussie mothers with valuable knowledge and expert advise when it comes to feeding your baby and finding the right product for you and your situation. Diana definitely hit the mark for me when she sent me this awesome pack by New Zealand brand Haakaa:

Quick and easy to use the Haakaa Silicone Breast Pump (RRP $27.90-$29.90) is not only a very effective but also affordable way to capture every valuable drop of breastmilk that comes out of your breast while you are feeding your baby on the other side. Based on the concept of suction you simply squeeze the Haakaa pump and place it on your breast, creating a vacuum seal around your nipple. Instead of your milk dripping away and going to waste it now flows straight into the Haakaa pump, it’s as easy as that!

On my very first try of the Haakaa pump I collected 90ml of breastmilk, without any effort and without the worry of overstimulating my breasts to make more milk. Since then I have been collecting my ‘excess’ milk at every feed which left me with quite a nice emergency supply in the freezer. It has also proven to be very handy for dissolving Ted’s daily reflux medication and even miss 2 (whom I had to wean six months ago) has been able to enjoy a little cup of breastmilk every now and then. Needless to say I am super chuffed with my Haakaa.

Featuring a simple one-piece design this compact pump is an absolute breeze to use and clean (great for sleep deprived parents), it can be cleaned in a steriliser, boiled water or dishwasher. There are no tricky bits to put together or go missing and no batteries or cords to mess around with, it’s always ready to go. You can store your breastmilk directly in your Haakaa using the funky Flower Stopper or Storage Cap or you can transfer the milk into milk storage bags or containers.

Especially for new mamas Haakaa has combined all your pumping essentials in the fabulous Haakaa New Mum Starter Pack (RRP $55), containing a 150ml Haakaa Breast Pump, Storage Cap, Flower Stopper and a box of 36 disposable Haakaa breast pads. Good to know: The Haakaa Breast Pump is made from 100% food grade silicone and is completely from nasties like BPA, PVC and Phthalates.

To find out more about Milkbar Breastpumps, to browse the range and to order online visit www.milkbarbreastpumps.com.au.

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Sort, Stack and Soothe with Jellystone Designs

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Jul 092016
 

Jellystone Designs

Our poor little Hattie can’t catch a break lately. After months of teething trouble her two bottom teeth have only just appeared and now the next two chompers are already making their way down. Nothing is safe from her sharp new toothy pegs so we are keeping teething toys on hand 24/7. If you are looking for a teething toy that ticks al the boxes you will love this awesome design by Jellystone Designs:

Jellystone Designs Rainbow Stacker

Designed right here in Australia and made with soft, safe, food grade silicone that is free from nasties like BPA and Phthalates the colourful Rainbow Teether Stacker (RRP $19.99, all ages) is sure to turn that grumpy frown upside down in a heartbeat.

Rainbow StackerCheeky tots will go crazy for the Rainbow Teether Stacker for many reasons: Its vibrant rainbow colours are appealing for little eyes, the washable pieces easy to hold for small hands and the interesting shapes and textures provide much needed relief for sore gums. And then there is the educational aspect, this clever stacking toy is a fantastic fine motor skills exercise and a fun way to learn different colours at the same time.

You can find this gorgeous baby teething toy in store at Australian online store Moose in the Moon.

To find out more about Moose in the Moon, to browse the Jellystone Designs range and to order online visit  www.mooseinthemoon.com.au.

BowerBird Creations

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Apr 302016
 

BowerBird Creations

As someone who loves unique gifts I really have a soft spot for handmade treasures, after all you won’t find anything more special and original than that. Knowing someone has put so much love and time in making something, the attention to detail, the charm of handwritten parcels and cute tags tied on with string, there’s just nothing like it. If handmade makes your heart tick a little faster too you will adore BowerBird Creations:

BowerBird New

Made with love in Queensland, Australia by talented mama Danielle the BowerBird Creations range is perfect for trendy mamas and their youngsters. The beautiful jewellery, gorgeous toys and pretty accessories are totally stylish and of course safe too, I’d love to add a few of these to my jewellery cabinet!

BowerBird Baby

If teething trouble is bothering your little munchkin you may find these colourful teething toys bring a welcome distraction and much needed relief for sore gums. They’re a perfect size for small hands and will easily fit in your handbag or pram pocket. With prices starting at just $12 you can easily pick a few different designs so you always have one on hand to cheer up your grizzly baby.

BowerBird

As a mum of five I gave up on costly, delicate jewellery a long time ago, it just doesn’t work when curious little hands are always around to grab and pull. Especially while miss Hattie is teething everything makes it into her mouth so safety is top priority. These lovely designs are made with BPA-free silicone beads and organic maple and beech timber so they are safe and non-toxic, while the quality safety clasp ensures a ‘safe break’ (no beads flying everywhere) when pulled on.

To find out more about BowerBird Creations, to browse the range and to order online visit www.bowerbirdcreations.com, shipping is free Australia wide.

Oct 142015
 

Silikids

Welcome Baby Giveaway – Day 14

When it comes to baby and kids essentials a lot has changed over the last few years, gone are the days of cheap plastic and easy disposables! Not only have modern parents discovered the joys and benefits of recycling and reusing, this new generation of kids products is much safer too.

Silikids range

U.S. label Silikids uses silicone to create a range of trendy children’s products that are innovative, non-toxic, practical, safe and durable with a stylish designer look.

Silikids Sippy TopsTake for example the clever Silikids Sippy Top (RRP $17.99, 2-pack), a stretchy silicone cover that can be placed on top of ordinary cups and glasses to create an instant sippy cup. Keep one in your baby bag so your little one can enjoy a spill-free drink anywhere and anytime, it’s perfect for restaurants or visits to friends and family. Bonus: The tops are dishwasher-safe for easy cleaning.

Silikids SilispoonsThe high quality silicone used by Silikids is free from nasty chemicals like BPA, lead, PVC and Phthalates so your precious little ones are not being exposed to potential dangers while eating or drinking. Whether your cheeky tot uses the funky Silispoons (RRP $17.99, 2-pack) for a first messy attempt at self-feeding or to soothe sore gums when tiny teeth come through, you know you’ve made a healthy choice.

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

For your chance to win a $50 Silikids Prize Pack (Assorted items) enter our giveaway below:

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Aug 012015
 

Mayapple Baby

As I am going through all the baby stuff (after four babies I have gathered quite the collection!) I think back to those early days with our newborn twins. As a brand new mum with two tiny babies, living in a relatively new country without family nearly, I knew so little. Over the past seven years I have come to realise how many nasties are hiding in many baby products and no one really knows what damage it can do in the long run. Better safe than sorry is my motto so over time I have replaced most of my old baby gear with stylish baby products that are free from all these nasties.

Mayapple Baby Suri Blueberry

If teething trouble is causing your little one grief (and driving mummy crazy) you will find these gorgeous Mayapple Baby creations are the perfect distraction AND they are totally safe.

Mayapple Baby SuriFeaturing interesting shapes and textures the colourful Suri & Friends teething toys (RRP $22.95 per set of 3) will help soothe sore gums, are easy to hold for little hands and can even get to those hard-to-reach spots. Hip mamas can let their precious babies chomp away without any worry as all Mayapple Baby teethers are made from high-quality German medical-grade silicone and are free of yucky plastics, heavy metals, BPA, Phthalates and Nitrosamines.

ABC Teething LettersAlso available in the teething range are the funky ABC Teething Letters, soft and flexible to bite on with a firm chew ball at the end. With three teethers per pack you can keep one at home, one in your nappy bag and even one in your car, you will never get caught by teething pains again. You can find your favourite Mayapple Baby products in store today at Australian online boutique Fluffy Tails.

To find out more about Fluffy Tails, to browse the Mayapple Baby range and to order online visit www.fluffytails.com.au.

Jun 232015
 

Safe Lace

During the last school holidays I discovered a nifty little Aussie product called Safe Lace that promised to make life easier (and safer) for me and the kids. We have been testing it thoroughly for weeks and now that we’ve reached the end of term I am ready to make a verdict: it’s a winner!

Safe Lace (RRP $12.95 per pair) is a compact but very effective gadget that keeps laces in place and therefore people safe, no more tripping over loose laces! To ‘install’ Safe Lace you simply thread it onto your regular shoe laces at the top of your shoe, tie your laces like you always do and then fold down the top flap and ‘lock in’ your knot, it is so easy! Made from strong, flexible silicone Safe Lace is designed for everyday wear and can withstand the rough and tumble of kids’ play.

Safe Lace range

With four small children and a rapidly growing baby bump I was forever kneeling down to tie up loose laces, I’m so glad that tiring task is now taken care of. These days I secure the kids’ shoe laces in the morning with Safe Lace and I know they’ll still be neatly in place when they come home from school. Unlike the old-fashioned double knot (which can be tricky for young children to undo when it’s time for PE or sandpit play) you only need a single bow, the Safe Lace locks it tight and kids can still independently undo/do up their laces throughout the day.

Safe Lace

No more muddy, loose laces for Master 6!

Not only does Safe Lace prevent tripping and saves you the hassle of re-doing the knots over and over again, it also keeps laces clean and stops them from dragging through muddy puddles and dirty toilet floors. Clearly it is a great invention for school aged children but it can be very helpful for adults too, particularly those who work in high-risk places were safety is important (nurses, tradies, athletes, hospitality workers, swimming coaches and many more).

The universal Safe Lace design is suitable for most adult and children’s lace-up shoes and is available in ten stylish colours to suit your footwear, outfit, (school) uniform or personal taste perfectly. Right now you can pick up a pair of Safe Lace locks for just $10 in the Safe Lace EOFY Sale, be quick as this great offer ends June 30, 2015.

To find out more about Safe Lace, to browse the range and to order online visit www.safelace.com.au.

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