Save 30% at Mini Sandcrabs

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Jun 052016

Mini Sandcrabs

Whether it’s the beach and outdoor pool in Summer or a heated indoor pool in Winter, if you ask our crazy team of waterlovers swimming is an all-year round hobby. They are always keen for a splash in the water, they would go for a swim every day if they could! If your little swimmers could do with some awesome new swim gear I’ve got the perfect sale for you:

Mini Sandcrabs Girls

This weekend only you can save a huge 30% at Mini Sandcrabs, simply enter the code ‘Rainydays’ at checkout. Offer is valid on full priced items only and expires tonight, Sunday June 5, 2016 so be quick.

SunsuitThe Mini Sandcrabs range caters for little sand crabs of all ages, starting at a tiny size 0 all the way up to size 12. Designed by a lovely Aussie mama you can be sure this cool swim gear gets the thumbs up from kids and their parents. Mini Sandcrabs swimwear is made from durable, high quality materials and offers UPF 50+ protection against the harmful sun, stroke after stroke and splash after splash.

I just love the wide range of bright colours, the funky prints and the many different style options that allow kids to express their own personality and taste. Short sleeves, long sleeves, sunsuits, swimsuits, bikinis, swim shorts… what’s your Mini Sandcrabs style?

Mini Sandcrabs Boys

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Up to 40% off Plum Swimwear

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Jan 242016


Now that the school holidays are (almost) over we have recommenced our weekly swimming lessons. It is quite an undertaking to get the four big kids ready and in the water on time but they absolutely love the water and water safety is very important to us so it is worth it. I can’t wait to start baby classes with Harriet in just two months time, so exciting!

Plum Syb

In preparation for the new swimming season we treated miss Sybbie to some gorgeous new swim gear, I snapped up this awesome Plum outfit on sale a few months ago and immediately knew it was perfect for our bright and cheeky girl. Together with Opa and Oma we took the new bathers for a little test swim at the beach, the photos say it all.

Plum Swimwear

Plum Swimwear is designed right here in Australia and available in sizes 00-7. From swimsuits to bikinis, from boardies to rashies and from swim nappies to hats, Plum has all the cool beach boys and little mermaids covered. There are lots of awesome designs to choose from and the range is surprisingly affordable too. If you are after a real bargain make sure you check out the swim sale section, there are discounts up to 40% to be had!

Plum Sybbie

For Sybil I picked the vibrant red Polkadot Rashie and teamed it up with a matching Bikini, I am really chuffed with the look and fit. I have to admit her sisters were a little bit jealous, they immediately asked if it came in their size too. Of course you could easily wear just the bikini but we generally opt for long-sleeve rashies when swimming outdoors for some added sun protection, short-sleeve rash vests are available too.

To find out more about Plum, to browse the swimwear range and to order online visit

Dec 072015

ByKay Carry Your Love

Christmas Countdown – Day 7

It’s only the first week of December and we’ve already had two 40°+ C days here in Adelaide, I think we can safely say that Summer has arrived in all its (very hot) glory. On sweltering days like this there is nothing more refreshing than a splash in the pool or sea, which is why ByKay has given their famous ByKay baby carrier a wonderful Summer makeover:

As the name suggests the ByKay Aqua Water Carrier (RRP $69.95, black or turquoise) is specifically designed to be worn in and around water, allowing parents to keep cool on hot days whilst keeping their baby safe and nearby.

Aqua Carrier TurquoiseAs a mum of five little ones I love the freedom of baby wearing, I value the closeness and knowing our Harriet is happy and content. She is currently 10 weeks old and has her longest and most settled sleeps when I wear her on my chest (or hubby’s chest), as long as she senses a familiar smell and soothing heartbeat she is in her element. In saying that, on warm days it can get rather hot and sweaty in a carrier which is not very pleasant for parent or baby.

The 100% polyester, fine gauge knit fabric of the Aqua Water Carrier wicks away moisture and sweat and dries quickly. This reduces the chance of overheating and that yucky clammy feeling of wet fabric, making it perfect for our humid Aussie summers. ByKay carriers are easy to wear and soft against the skin, the adjustable wrap around design ensures a comfortable fit for wearers of different sizes and body shapes whilst being supportive and safe.

Aqua Carrier

As the high tech fabric blocks out more than 90% of harmful UV rays you can rest assured that your baby is not only comfortable but well protected too, one less things to worry about for busy mamas. The Aqua Water Carrier is designed for front carrying and is suitable for precious babies up to 12kg. Obviously water safety is important so please be aware of these simple rules when wearing your baby in and around water.

To find out more about ByKay, to locate a stockist near you and to order online visit

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May 052015


Big Baby Shower – Day 5

While there are many things I am planning to do the same with our new baby as with our other children, there are also things I would do differently this time. For quite a few years the logistics of taking multiple young children to the pool for swimming lessons really scared me and I kept putting it off but as of last year all kids have classes on a Sunday afternoon and it is so much fun. I can’t wait to, for the very first time, enjoy swimming with a small baby once he/she is ready.

Konfidence range

At Konfidence they know all about enjoying the water with little people whilst staying safe and warm. Their extensive range of baby swimming, buoyancy and beachwear products will help you feel confident and comfortable splashing around with your new baby.

Konfidence BabywarmaThe cleverly designed Konfidence Babywarma (RRP $29.99, size 0-24 months) is a super-soft neoprene swimsuit that provides welcome warmth and 100% UV protection on covered bodyparts parts. It fully opens up so dressing your baby is a breeze and thanks to adjustable velcro fasteners a perfect snugly fit is ensured at all times. Even nappy changes are a piece of cake, just open the convenient flap at the bottom for speedy access. The Babywarma is currently available in Blue Polka, Strawberry, Clownfish, Nautical Blue and Red and Fuchsia.

Konfidence BabyChangerChanging a wet, slippery baby near the water can be quite the battle, which is why the handy Konfidence Roll & Go BabyChanger (RRP $16.99, birth +) features a non-slip surface. No matter where you are, with the Roll & Go in your baby bag you’ll always a have a clean, safe and hygienic place for unexpected nappy changes. After use simply wipe clean, roll up and fasten ready for the next little clean-up.

Konfidence AquaNappyIf you are swimming regularly and enjoying an heated indoor pool you will love the Konfidence AquaNappy (RRP $15.99, size 3-30 months). Unlike bulky disposable swim nappies they are a compact fit, re-usable and gentle on the environment and your wallet. The new and improved design will grow with your baby from 3 all the way to 30 months, at which stage your child will most likely be toilet trained and able to wear regular bathers. Little accidents are contained thanks to elasticised waist and leg openings without them being too tight and uncomfortable.

To find out more about Konfidence, to browse the range and to order online visit

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Aug 072014

Big Birthday Bash – Day 7

The weather may be cold and wintery but that doesn’t mean there is no water fun to be had: the beach in Summer and the pool in Winter, you can enjoy a good swim all year around. Iconic Australian label Terry Rich has swim time covered with a fantastic range of swim and beach robes, cover-ups, swim wear, towels, beach bags and more.

Terry Rich Carousel Beach RobeNo matter how nice the water temperature is, once you get out there is always the inevitable shiver. Keep chills at bay and the sun away with a beautiful Terry Rich swim robe. Made from soft, 100% cotton towelling and a thick terry lining this gorgeous Carousel Beach Robe ($89.90, size 2-12) will keep your little girl toasty warm near the water. The handy hood offers extra sun protection and blocks out the wind while the zip closure allows for easy dressing and undressing.

Terry Rich gladly looks after the whole family with styles for boys, girls, mums and dads, you can even go for matching looks if you like! Terry Rich has been supplying Australian families with towelling and beachwear since 2002 and with most garments designed, printed and made right here in Australia you can trust you will receive true Aussie quality and durability.

Terry Rich Family

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Splash and Save with Close

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Mar 112014


I regularly receive emails from companies asking me to try out their modern cloth nappies on my children and write about my experiences but I always politely decline. It’s absolutely not that I have something against cloth nappies, in fact I am a big fan: cloth nappies look gorgeous, are great for the environment and save you big bucks on your family budget, however the simple truth is that after trying many different brands and styles over the last few years there is simply only one name that delivers excellent results for us and that I’m loyal to: UK label Close.

Pop-In Swim Nappy LionIn Australia the Close range is being distributed by cloth nappy experts OZ Baby Trends and you can find their products at many stores and online retailers across Australia. If you are a modern eco conscious parent you are sure to love Close, the range offers so many fantastic products and new designs are being added all the time. The latest Close gems have just been uncovered and they are currently en route to all Australian stockists, ready to be snapped up by you.

Pop-In Swim Nappy HippoSummer may officially be over but that doesn’t mean swimming season is over. Whether you are taking your baby out to the pool, have a beach holiday planned or have signed up for swim school the brand new Close Swim Nappy is a must have for your swimming bag. Created by the makers of the super reliable Pop-In cloth nappy you can count on these stylish reusable swimmers to keep baby (and mum) happy and the pool clean.

Pop-In Swim Nappy RobotThe new Pop-in Swim Nappy features a soft and colourful printed outer, a world of difference from the plain, sterile, crinkly plastic disposable swim nappies you pick up at the supermarket. Hidden on the inside are three carefully created layers designed to deliver superior reliability: a layer of fast wicking fleece and a stain resistant, water repellent layer sandwiched together with a hidden waterproof membrane.

Pop-In Swim Nappy Russian DollFor ultimate safety and cleanliness the legs and waist are securely ‘sealed’ by the unique Close Seal to Skin binding. These soft and flexible ‘cuffs’ fit nice and snug around your baby’s waist and legs so that any accidents stay contained without interfering with your baby’s movability or leaving nasty marks. After the swimming adventure rinse your swim nappy thorougly and it’s good to go for next time, so easy!

The Pop-In Swim Nappy is available in four sweet prints to suit boys and girls and comes in four different sizes: Small (from birth/3kg), Medium (from 4 months/6kg), Large (from 8 months/9 kg) and Extra Large (from 16 months/13kg). With a very pleasant $19.95 price tag you are sure to gets lots and lots of water fun for your money and you don’t have to feel guilty about adding more waste to landfill.

To find out more about OZ Baby Trends, to browse the Close Ltd range and to locate a stockist near you visit

Dec 012013


It has taken a while but now that warm, sunny weather has finally arrived in most parts of Australia it is more important than ever to think about sun protection, for little people but for big people too. With many days and weeks of beautiful beach weather ahead of us it’s time to check the expire date on your suncreen, try on your hat for size, dig up the sunglasses and add some hip new sun protective clothing to your Summer wardrobe:

Until December 31, 2013, Hip little one readers can enjoy an exclusive 50% off storewide at Tamarillo. Simply enter the code ‘HIP50’ at checkout for your discount to be applied and shipping is FREE worldwide, it doesn’t get much better than that!

Tamarillo Sun Protective Clothing

French designer label Tamarillo has got the whole family covered with a super stylish range of UPF 50+ sun protection clothing and accessories that will quickly become you go-to summer gear. Featuring beautiful designs and timeless colours and made with durable, high quality materials Tamarillo is ready to take over the Aussie market and the best thing is that, because of the different seasons in Australia and Europe, we get to shop this hot brand at half price!

Tamarillo Bali Frill VestThe Tamarillo kids collection (ages 3 to 14) caters for boys and girls and consists of long and short sleeve rash vests in a range of colours with a selection of different bottoms to complete the look. There are three great unisex styles to choose from as well as some gorgeous girls designs with sweet ruffle detail. The mix and match concept is very practical, as it allows you to put together a combination that suits your child’s taste, size, shape and needs perfectly.

Tamarillo Girls Bali Frill Shirt

Tamarillo Girls Bali Frill Shirt

For my girls I purchased the Tamarillo Bali Long Sleeve Frill Shirt and Bondi Shorts in the neutral Mocha colour to wear on our European holiday next year. Both garments look just lovely with plenty of room to grow in to and now that I have seen the quality and fit I may just have to order a second set to stop the arguments between my two little fashionistas (you’ve got to love half price shopping!).

Tamarillo Milan ShirtI myself absolutely love swimming in the sea (not the pool!) but after four little ones (including twins) my bikini days are over, so I was really pleased to discover the Tamarillo Women‘s collection. Not only does it keep my light European skin safe from harmful UV radiation (Tamarillo’s UPF 50+ fabric blocks 97.5% of the sun’s UV radiation) but it also covers up my post-baby body nicely so I can feel confident when splashing around with my children.

Tamarillo Womens Milan Sun Shirt

Tamarillo Womens Milan Sun Shirt

I chose the Milan Long Sleeve Shirt in a beautiful deep blue petrol tone, easy to wear with my current swimmers or a pair of shorts and dark is slimming right? The fabric is soft, flexible and comfortable and the zip closure makes it really easy to pop on or take off. I am really thrilled with it and have already worn it a few times when playing with the kids under the sprinklers in the garden. In regards to sizing there is a handy size chart available online, for your reference I currently weigh 63kg am wearing a size Small. As I am still breastfeeding and have a few baby kilos left to lose I think it will be the perfect fit come our next holiday.

Tamarillo MenMen are often a little ‘slack’ when it comes to sunscreen, when the weather heats up they take off their shirt but don’t always realise how much time they spend in the open sun (at the beach but also in the garden or when playing sports). You’ll be pleased to know that hip dads can sport the Tamarillo look too with a choice of three different styles. All Tamarillo Sun Protection Clothing has obtained the highest chlorine resistance grade so it will keep its excellent quality even with many dips in the pool.

Seychelles Sun ShirtTamarillo has got fashionable mums-to-be covered with two gorgeous Maternity Rash Vests in long or short sleeves, how I wish I had seen these last year when I was trying to make do with an ugly singlet and board shorts. Featuring a stylish ruffle trim at the front, rushed sides and a tie around the waist to accentuate your baby bump these sun shirts are not only practical but also very flattering and grow with your bump beautifully.

Seychelles Maternity Sun Shirt

Seychelles Maternity Sun Shirt

If you are carrying precious cargo this Summer the Seychelles Sun Shirt is a must-have for your wardrobe, choose from two classy colour options.

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