Mar 262016
 

The First Years

Yesterday it was six months ago that our sweet Harriet was born, six whole months of loving on our beautiful girl. Even though we’ve been through this baby stage four times before, I still enjoy every little bit of it. I just love the cuddles and the kisses and all those special ‘firsts’.

Harriet TFY

Babies grow so quickly and their needs change all the time, luckily when it comes to eating and drinking The First Years has got all stages covered.

Wean On Me cupAs Harriet is exclusively breastfed she has not had any experience with drinking from bottles, she doesn’t even take a dummy! However with three little teeth coming through she enjoys biting, chewing and drinking around the clock so we felt a small, spill proof sippy cup with some water might be a welcome distraction. She immediately grabbed on to the handles of the 207ml ‘Wean On Me’ Trainer Cup (RRP $5, 4 months+) and went for it, instant success.

Simply SoftAs your baby gets bigger and becomes more confident with drinking from a cup you can move onto the ‘Simply Soft’ Soft Spout Cup (RRP $5, 6 months+). Like its smaller sibling this 266ml cup has a nice, soft spout that is gentle on sensitive gums and tiny toothy pegs but has a taller, slimmer fit so children can learn to hold the cup properly by using two hands. All The First Years toddler cups are completely free from BPA, after all we don’t want any nasty chemicals near our precious bundles.

Simple SippyFrom 9 months onwards babies can start trying a more rigid spout like the ‘Simple Sippy’ Cups (RRP $8, 2-pack). These colourful cups and lids are stackable for more efficient storage. Not only does The First Years know exactly what works for little ones, they make mum’s life easier too with their clever ‘one piece lid’ design: there are no small pieces to lose, clean, take apart or fit together, so easy! All lids from the ‘One Piece Lid’ collection are interchangeable so you don’t even have to find the matching lid to the right cup saving you time and hassle.

Simple StrawLast but not least there are the cool ‘Simple Straw’ Cups (RRP $8, 2-pack), they are suitable for ages 18 months+ but our 3-year old still loves these ‘bottles’ (and I love the ‘no mess’ part!). Thanks to the pleasant price tag of the ‘The First Years’ feeding range (RRP $5-$8) you can afford to have one cup in the kitchen, one in your baby bag, one at grandma’s and one in the dishwasher, without breaking the bank.

The First Years toddler feeding range is available in many different designs to suit boys and girls and can be found exclusively at Target stores across Australia.

To find out more about The First Years and to browse the range visit www.thefirstyears.com.

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Aug 012013
 

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On school days our mornings are always busy, with four children under five there is a lot to be done and they still need help with most things. Getting dressed, brushing teeth, quickly organise breakfast, lunch and snack, then refill the water bottles and off we go. It is easy to forget to actually check the drink bottles for cleanliness but I highly recommend you do take a closer look next time you fill up…

Munch Drink Bottles

Many bottles have little ridges or small gaps and are made of porous materials which make perfect hiding spots for bacteria. Even if your children just drink water there will still be nasties that find their way in and in turn they float straight into your child’s mouth, eek!! Munch Stainless Steel Drink Bottles are both clean and safe, free from toxins and BPA and made with high quality 18/8 food-grade brushed stainless steel.

Munch Drink BottlesStainless steel is known to be a very hygenic material choice, it is easy to clean and it leaves your drink tasting fresh without retaining odours. By choosing a Munch reusable and recyclable bottle instead of single use fruit boxes or plastic bottles you are also doing your share for the environment. Munch bottles ($9.90-$15.40) are available in 350ml, 500ml and 800ml size, so from little tots all the way up to thirsty dads they have got the whole family covered.

Munch Sippy SpoutRaising kids is expensive enough as it is so parents will be pleased to know that Munch bottles are a great investment. There are five different Munch Bottle Lids ($3.30-$4.40) to choose from and as your child grows you can simply replace the lid instead of the whole bottle. Starting with a sippy spout for the youngest ones up to a more grown up flat cap or sport cap, you get to choose the type of lid that comes with your new bottle and spare lids are available in store.

Munch Insulated CoverTo protect your shiny new bottle and to make sure your drink stays at the right temperature you can slip on one of the Munch Neoprene Insulated Covers ($6.60-$9.90). These padded, washable little ‘jackets’ are available in a range of prints and colours to suit young and old and are fitted with a handy clip so your child’s bottle can stay attached to backpack or belt. Nice bonus: These clever covers also keep condensation away from school books and clothes.

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

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Nov 102011
 

If you are a regular reader of Hip little one you probably know that if at all possible I try to avoid products that contain BPA. Although there are still many baby products available that do contain BPA the market for BPA-free products is growing rapidly and hopefully more and more parents will start to realise that it is better to be safe than sorry and your child’s health is nothing something to gamble with. One company that understands the importance of this and is determined to make a difference is Kiddie Concepts.

Kiddie Concepts is an Australian family business with a passion for safe, healthy and reusable alternatives for modern families. They have combined these three important factors in their innovative Adaptable Kiddie Bottle, a reusable stainless steel kids bottle that is free of BPA, has no tiny gaps for bacteria to hide in and is non-toxic and non-leaching. What really makes this bottle stand out from the crowd is the fact that it grows with your baby and easily transforms from sippy bottle to sports bottle.

The original Adaptable Kiddie Bottle ($27.95) comes complete with an Avent Sippy Top and handles and is compatible with (nipple) teats and sippy tops from other leading brands too. This makes it really easy to replace worn or broken parts, you just buy them at your local supermarket or chemist. As baby grows and becomes a more independent, mess free drinker you can change the sippy top for the Kiddie Concepts sports top ($7.95).

The Adaptable Kiddie Bottle holds 350ml, so it holds a decent amount of water for a thirsty child yet it is not too big and heavy for tiny toddler hands. Speaking of little hands, they will have no trouble handling this design thanks to the double handles. The handles are available in the colours green, pink and blue and can be removed for thorough cleaning. The bottles are even dishwasher and steriliser safe (top rack) saving you cleaning and scrubbing.

To find out more about Kiddie Concepts, to take a closer look at the adaptable bottle design and to locate a stockist near you visit www.kiddieconcepts.com.au.

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