Resoftables: Cuddles with a conscience

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Jun 152020
 

While the last few months have definitely not been easy, they have also taught people all over the world some valuable lessons. I have heard so many inspiring stories from people who soaked up this precious time with their loved ones, acquired new skills, reshaped their goals for the future, became more self-sufficient, discovered a love for nature and decided to make better choices for themselves and their families. If you would like to recycle, reuse, repurpose or refurbish more you are guaranteed to adore Resoftables:

Looking at how quickly our household plastic waste adds up each week, I am not surprised to hear that the world produces more than 275 million tonnes of plastic waste every single year. It is impossible to comprehend how much that really is, but it is roughly the body weight of a herd of 55 MILLION elephants!

We can all do our share: By sorting our household waste in the correct bins, donating unwanted goods and upcycling/recycling where possible, avoiding single-use items, bringing our own shopping bags and of course by consciously buying recycled products in store. Thanks to HeadStart now even the youngest family members can do their part, meet the Resoftables.

Not only are Resoftables hailed as the world’s softest plush, they are also made using 100% household plastic waste so they’re a safe and responsible choice for your children and the environment. Each adorable Resoftables toy (14″, ages 0+) is made from approximately 11 recycled plastic bottles, how cool is that? Next time you recycle your empty plastic bottle, your ‘rubbish’ might just turn into someone else’s Resoftable.

There are currently five different Resoftables to choose from: Bobo the Bunny, Sparkles the Unicorn, Snowie the Polar Bear, Kiki the Koala and Ted the Teddy Bear (a perfect match for our 2-year old Ted). You can find your favourite Resoftables toy at your local Kmart or Big W store. Bring on the cuddles!

To find out more about Resoftables by HeadStart and to take a closer look at the range visit www.resoftables.com.

Smooshy Mushy Baby

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Nov 032018
 

As much as I like to make my kids happy all the time, I’m afraid I can’t always be the fun mum. For quite some time my four little students have been begging me for ‘squishies’, a toy trend that has rapidly taken the entire school yard by storm. However ‘everyone has one’ is not a good enough reason to join in, and after reading some worrying reports on the nasty chemicals hiding in many squishies I decided to hold off (not a popular decision, believe me!)…

Just when my kids gave up all hope I stumbled upon these adorable Smooshy Mushy creations and they DO meet all the strict safety standards and testing guidelines! They are safe, soft, sweet, scented and squishy and of course totally cute. Happy girls, happy mama.

Each Smooshy Mushy Baby (RRP $24, Ages 6+) is dressed up like its favourite animal and comes with a squishy animal bestie to match. For added fun there is a teeny baby bottle included, as well as two small ball chains so you can attach your Smooshy Mushy Baby gifts to your handbag or backpack and take them on all your adventures.

Other gifts include a sticker featuring your new Smooshy Mushy Baby, a name tag you can fill out, a birth certificate and a collector’s poster, all beautifully packaged together in a larger-than-life baby bottle. You never know which Smooshy Mushy Baby you will get next, as the giant baby bottle gives nothing away from the outside. My girls just love the disappearing milk effect when you tip the bottle, it is like magic!

There are currently six Smooshy Mushy babies to collect: Binky Baby & Fitzy Frog, Fluffy Frou-Fou & Skunky Boo, Cuddly Cub & Bearymoore, Sweet Peep & Lil’ Lambie, Boo Boo Bunny & Cutesy Cottontail and Missy Mane & Sugarhooves.

You can find the Smooshy Mushy Baby range exclusively at a Kmart store near you or online at www.kmart.com.au.

To find out more about Smooshy Mushy Baby and to check out the range visit www.bigballoon.com.au.

Step into Bush Baby World

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Jun 062018
 

As you can probably imagine as a mum of six young children I see many toy crazes come and go. From squishy toys to fidget spinners, from collectible cards to Pokemon Go and everything in between, there is always something new all the cool kids are coveting. I’ll be honest, most of them don’t appeal to me at all but every now and then even this responsible grown-up goes a little gooey inside, like when I first spotted these gorgeous Bush Babies:

Who are Bush Babies, you ask? Far away in a magical place called Bush Baby World live a whole tribe of fabulous, fluffy creatures called Bush Babies, each cuddly character is unique, with its own name, story and special features. Together the Bush Babies go on all kinds of adventures and the good news is, you can join them!

Children can visit Bush Baby World online and see what the babies get up to in the animated Bush Baby World webisodes, picnics, parties, rescues and new realms, there is always something new for the Bush Babies to discover. All Bush Baby World webisodes are completely free to watch and there are some fantastic free activities to do too so with rainy Winter days in mind make sure to bookmark this page.

Thanks to the ever-growing Bush Baby World toy range you can welcome your favourite Bush Babies into your world and collect your very own Bush Baby family one furry friend at a time. There is even a Dream Tree where you can hang your Bush Babies in their sleepy pods. Did you know you can actually make your Bush Baby move its ears and eyes? Just use your finger to activate the clever little mechanism hiding in the back of the toys’ head and watch them wiggle.

One of the latest regions to be explored in Bush Baby World is Blossom Meadow, home to six sweet Blossom Bush Babies called Bluebelle, Petalina, Tillani, Butterlee, Pozee and Fleur. Our two newest family members have settled in beautifully, they have pretty floral bellies, big bushy tails and the cutest sparkly nose. Miss 5 and miss 7 think Butterlee and Fleur make brilliant bedtime buddies and they’re backpack size so they can come with us anywhere we go.

I’ve got the funny feeling that there are more Bush Baby adoptions to come… Will it be one of the sparkly Shimmies, a special scented Blossom, a mysterious Dreamstar or even a royal Bush Baby princess? Time will tell…

Bush Baby World toys are available now from leading toy retailers, prices start at RRP $16.95.

To find out more Bush Baby World, to browse the range and to locate a stockist near you or online visit www.bushbaby.world.

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).

Guff giveaway

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Aug 242017
 

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No matter how old and grubby they are by now, I simply can’t get myself to throw out my two favourite childhood toys, a soft blue bunny with one twisted ear and a sleeping baby doll whose arms are slowly falling off. Childhood toys hold so many memories and emotions, no wonder we tend to hold on to them as we get older. Take Guff, a cheeky fabric friend like no other captured by the talented Aaron Blabey:

Thoroughly loved and tad scruffy from all the cuddles and laundry cycles, cheeky monster Guff (RRP $16.99) is irreplaceable. He follows his owner everywhere, bringing not only comfort and reassurance but also cheeky adventures and mysterious disappearances. Thankfully he always show up.. after all, what would you do without your Guff?

Featuring gorgeous illustrations in Aaron Blabey’s signature style, accompanied by simple text, Guff is the perfect picture book for young readers with a favourite cuddly toy, and everyone else who still cherishes their childhood friend.

To find out more about Penguin Books Australia, to browse the range and to order your favourite books online visit www.penguin.com.au.

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Mar 022017
 

With so many babies on the way I can’t help but check in on Facebook regularly to see the latest bump shots and happy baby news. Even after five babies I still melt when I see these tiny bundles of joy, there is simply no sweeter sight! It also means I have loads of excuses to shop for adorable baby goodies and here’s one of my favourite finds of the moment:

Designed right here in Australia and made using premium 100% organic cotton NIOVI Organics is the perfect soft, safe and stylish choice for precious new arrivals. This wonderful Aussie label caters for little boys and girls from birth up to 1 year old with a gorgeous range of clothing and accessories that is sure to make anyone go clucky.

Great love and care has gone into each NIOVI Organics piece: the organic cotton fabric is soft, safe and fair-trade, the fit is comfortable and practical, the designs are timeless and eye-catching and only water-based dyes are used. And of course there is eye for the fine details too, take for example the lovely Organic Zip Romper: it has a handy print-on label instead of scratchy tags, a fabric flap that covers the end of the zipper and the cuffs fold over to create mittens and socks, they’ve thought of absolutely everything!

From rompers to dresses, from bibs to bloomers, from blankets to beanies and more, NIOVI has minifashionistas covered from top to toe. The current NIOVI Organics collection is based on the trendy RIZ print in three great colours: Sky, Lavender and Monochrome. At NIOVI they believe that safety and quality should be affordable for everyone, which is why their prices won’t break the bank and start at just $12.95.

As if you needed any more reasons to love NIOVI, during the month of March Hip Little One readers can save a huge 25% storewide at NIOVI Organics. Simply enter the code ‘HIP25’ at checkout, offer ends March 31, 2017. Time to stock up!

Hip Tip: Shopping for gifts? Make sure to add one of these unique Wooden Gift Boxes to your order to really create the wow-factor, the helpful NIOVI team will even wrap up the contents as per your instructions. These luxurious boxes don’t just look amazing (and save you the hassle of gift wrapping), they are reusable too so they add a wonderful eco-friendly touch to your eco gift.

To find out more about NIOVI Organics, to browse the range and to order online visit www.niovi.com.au.

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From cot to single: ergoPouch ‘Stretch Sheet’

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Nov 222016
 

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Cot size, single size and queen size, boy colours, girly shades and of course spares of everything… being a large family of seven it is no surprise our bedlinen collection is quite significant. I have often wished I could use the same gear for the cot and single beds, it would save me so much space and be much kinder on the family budget too! Well, thanks to ergoPouch you can:

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On Sunday I finally got Hip Daddy to assemble this pretty bunk for the two big girls, doesn’t it look lovely teamed up with these gorgeous pastel ergoPouch Stretch Sheets?

ergopouch-bamboo-sheetAs the name suggests the brand new ergoPouch Bamboo Stretch Sheets (RRP $39.95) are super soft and very stretchy, in fact they are so stretchy they are designed to fit from cot (yes, including those tricky sized and odd shaped cots) all the way up to a proper single bed! That means one single sheet will last you from baby to teen stage and beyond, now that’s a good investment. 

Made with a luxurious blend of bamboo viscose jersey and a touch of elastane for extra flexibility ergoPouch sheets are high quality, soft to touch and gentle against the skin. Bamboo is often praised for its wonderful antibacterial properties, its breathability and the way it assists temperature control, making it a perfect pick all year around. Allergy sufferers will be pleased to know that ergoPouch Stretch Sheets proudly carry the tick of approval from the Eczema Association Australasia.

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Initially I was sceptical about the ‘one-size-fits-all’ description, expecting a fit so tight you could hear the seams groan in despair, but I was pleasantly surprised. The Bamboo Stretch Sheets easily snapped around our thick single mattresses with the strong, elasticised trim staying neatly in place.

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Not only are ergoPouch Stretch Sheets a smart decision for your family budget, they also keep your linen cupboard tidy and easy to manage. There is no more need to hunt for a specific sheet to fit a certain bed or grabbing the wrong sheet during a midnight change of linen, you can use your ergoPouch sheets on all of the kids’ beds. Comfortable, convenient and cost-effective, it’s a big thumbs up from me!

The ergoPouch Bamboo Stretch Sheet is currently available in four stylish colours: Grey, Mint, Natural and Pink.

To find out more ergoPouch, to locate a stockist near you or to order online visit www.ergopouch.com.au.