Oct 242015


I can’t believe miss Harriet is four weeks old already, the time absolutely flies by when you have a newborn in the house. Sometimes it does feel like I live from feed to feed these days but slowly we’re getting the hang of this breastfeeding thing. You’d think after four children I am quite the expert but from my experience you start all over again each time and it takes a while before you find out what works for both mother and baby.

This ‘learning period’ is always a tricky time for me and it comes down to simple maths: too much milk + a tiny, sleepy newborn = high risk of mastitis. Luckily for me I held on to my breast pump after baby no.4 so I’ve been expressing the ‘left-over’ breastmilk as needed and building a little stash for emergency feeds at the same time. If you’re looking for the easiest and most efficient way to go from breast to bottle you are sure to love the new Closer to Nature ‘Express and Go’ range:

Designed by the experts at Tommee Tippee the Express and Go system allows breastfeeding mothers to express, store, warm and feed breastmilk using one single pouch. By removing the need to transfer your carefully expressed breastmilk from breastpump to storage container to baby bottle it ensures you will never lose a precious drop of that so-called ‘liquid gold’.

Whether you express regularly or only every now and then, with just 4 simple steps the Express and Go is quick and easy to use. Express directly into a pre-sterilised Express and Go Breast Milk Pouch by connecting a pouch to your breast pump using an Express and Go breast pump adapter (compatible with 6 of the most popular breast pump brands). Your milk pouch can then be stored in fridge or freezer, ready for when you need it.

Pouch and Bottle WarmerCome feeding time simply grab your Breast Milk Pouch from fridge or freezer and pop it straight in the Express and Go Pouch and Bottle Warmer (RRP $89.99). With just a few quick clicks this clever unit warms bottles and pouches to the correct temperature. First select the starting temperature (room temperature, refrigerated or frozen), type of bottle (glass bottle, plastic bottle or pouch) and quantity of milk to heat (<100ml, <200ml or >200ml) and the warmer will do the rest, easy as pie.

Express and Go BottleInstead of having to pour the pouch contents into another bottle and potentially wasting precious breastmilk you can click the pouch directly into the unique Breast Milk Pouch ‘Bottle’ holder and feed baby using the Closer to Nature bottle teat. Just like the pouches and bottle holder the Closer to Nature teats are of course completely free from nasties like BPA and phthalates for extra peace of mind.

The Express and Go system is very straight forward and easy to use which is not only making life a little easier for tired mums, it is also very helpful when someone else than mum or dad is in charge of the feed, think grandma or babysitter (there is little to no room for error). I love how it efficiently saves every drop and it reduces the need for washing and sterilising storage containers and bottles (of course you still need to sterilise the breast pump and teats after use). Knowing I now have a few feeds ready to go is very reassuring so I’ll definitely keep building my freezer stash. As Harriet is less than one month old and we are still establishing a breastfeeding routine I haven’t tried the teat just yet but I know from experience with my previous babies that the breast-like shape is very well received.

Breast Milk PouchesExpress and Go products can be purchased individually or as great value set: Express and Go Complete Starter Set (RRP $130) and Express and Go Starter Set (RRP $44.99). Additional Express and Go Breast Milk Pouches (RRP $19.99) are available in a handy 20-pack. Each pouch holds 180ml of breastmilk and contents and measurements are easily visible from the outside. Breast Milk Pouches come with a screw top lid for safe and clean storage and are suitable for one use only.

The Closer to Nature ‘Express and Go’ range is available at Babies’R’Us, Baby Bunting and Big W stores across Australia.

To find out more about Closer to Nature, to browse the ‘Express and Go’ range and to locate a stockist near you visit www.closertonaturebaby.com.au.

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Jun 282014


When our youngest daughter was born, now 16 months ago, we embarked on a journey with Tommee Tippee. From the Miomee breast pump and bottles to nursery gadgets and health products and from Tommee Tippee mealtime products to the all-in-one food processor, we’ve used it all. The great thing about Tommee Tippee products is that they grow with your child and there are styles to suit every age and development stage, take the BPA-free Tommee Tippee Discovera range for example:

Tommee Tippee Discovera 1

The Tommee Tippee Discovera Trainer Cup (260 ml, 6 months +) is the colourful older sibling of the Miomee First Drinking Cup: Discovera spouts and handles fit all Miomee baby bottles so you can use all products together and your baby can transition slowly. Designed with a sensitive soft feel spout this bottle is gentle on your baby’s teeth and gums and it’s the ideal next step up from traditional soft silicone bottle teats.

Tommee Tippee Discovera 2Like all Discovera products the slightly bigger Tommee Tippee Discovera Trainer Beaker (300 ml, 9 months +) is fitted with the patented Samtech valve, this innovative design makes the bottles and cups non-spill (a must for mum!) yet at the same time allows for easy drinking (great for little ones). Each cup features a handy ‘name strip’ so you can personalise it with your child’s name without the need for stickers or labels.

Tommee Tippee Discovera 3We are currently at the Tommee Tippee Discovera Active Tipper (350 ml, 12 months +) stage and miss Sybbie is going really well with it. The Samtech valve, unique to Discovera bottles, is not only non-spill but shake proof too, our cheeky little girl quickly worked out that crazy shaking does not result in water fun so she has stopped doing it. This bottle is a great size and holds enough for a day out.

Tommee Tippee Discovera 4

The Tommee Tippee Discovera Two-Stage Drinker (400 ml, 24 months +) is the final step in the transition from bottle to regular cup. It teaches the gentle angling of the cup and features a lower sipper spout so children can get used to drinking from a cup. Once they are ready you can simply replace the lid by the plain ring (included) and convert the bottle to a drinking cup. This ring fits all Discovera bottles so you can use them well past the sipper cup stage, great value for money!

To find out more about Tommee Tippee, to browse the range and to locate a stockist near you visit www.tommeetippee.com.au.

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May 172014


As you can imagine bath time in our household is rather crazy, getting four kids showered, dried and dressed is hard work! For us it is a case of team effort: one parent goes in the shower and does the scrubbing, hair washing and rinsing, the other lays out all the pyjamas and takes care of the drying and hair brushing. We are lucky to have a double shower so we have plenty of room for four young water lovers and plenty of room for water play.

Tommee Tippee Bath Time

Many of you will know Tommee Tippee from its popular baby feeding products but there is much more to the range than that. You can also count on Tommee Tippee to help you wave goodbye to shower tantrums and put smiles on little faces with the gorgeous Tommee Tippee Bath Collection. There are lots of fun, colourful and playful bath toys to choose from, these are some of our favourites:

Tommee Tippee Bath Time StackOur 15-month old daughter is particularly keen on the Tommee Tippee Bathtime Stack & Float Fun Play (9 months+), the bright colours are very appealing to little eyes and the toys have interesting shapes. Using the simple suction caps you can attach the blue base to the side of the bath or shower so it stays in place, making it easier for young children to stack the toys on top of each other in the right order.

Tommee Tippee Bath Time AppliquesMiss 3 and Master 5 are great sharers and they love making up their own little games with the Tommee Tippee Bathtime Tub Appliques (24+ months). These cute sea creatures stick to your shower screen, bath tube or tiles with lots of teeny tiny suction cups that are surprisingly strong. Like the rest of the bath toy range they are BPA free, very reassuring when you have a baby who puts them in her mouth when you’re not looking.

Tommee Tippee Fishing NetNow officially this Tommee Tippee Fishing Net With Floatees (4 months+) may be designed for younger children but this is actually miss 5’s favourite bath toy. She is always collecting the little floaties in the shower and squirting water with them on the baby. Between all the kids they also sometimes play a matching game e.g. pink with pink, starfish with starfish. As you can tell our bath ritual is never boring and never quick!

To find out more about Tommee Tippee, to browse the range and to locate a stockist near you visit www.tommeetippee.com.au.

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Mar 142014


You’d think after three children you know what you’re doing but life is full of surprises. Our first three kids are all very good eaters so I wasn’t at all prepared for the feeding and weight issues of our fourth baby. After many months of sleepless nights, doctors visits, hospital tests and trials with food and medication we are now slowly finding our way but boy, it’s a challenge.

The Tommee Tippee Stickee Bowl in action

Right now we’re combining Sybbie’s reflux medication with a dairy free, soy free and gluten free diet (not that easy!) but it’s already paying off so we’ll stick with it for a while. We’re on a mission to make mealtime interesting so that our little lady will hopefully start gaining some weight. Lots of colour and fun self feeding tools are a great way to get babies and young children excited about eating, starting with the Tommee Tippee Stickee Bowl.

Stickee BowlThis cleverly designed bowl offers the perfect balance between a happy baby who likes to try its hand at self feeding and a happy mum who doesn’t have to clean a tipped up bowl from the ground every five minutes. Thanks to the strong suction function the bowl stays neatly in place on high chair or table, making it much easier for your baby to get food on the spoon or fork without the bowl continiously sliding away.

The Stickee Bowl (6 months+) comes complete with looped ‘starter spoon’ and lid, so you can pack a meal or snack for on the go and use it when out and about. Of course the set is completely BPA free so you don’t have to worry about nasty chemicals leaching into your child’s food.

Twin Compartment BowlNow the Tommee Tippee Twin Compartment Bowl with Spoon (6 months+) has been one of my favourite mealtime products for three years or so. We have a few of these bowls and use them all the time when going out because they are so convenient. The two separate compartments are ideal for main and dessert or two different snacks, I often pack some crackers on one side and fresh fruit or sultanas on the other.

The biggest selling point for me however is the specially designed lid with little flap to store the spoon in, it means you’ve got a complete meal sorted in one container. You’ll never find yourself without a spoon again and you don’t have to pop a dirty, sticky spoon in your baby bag afterwards either.

Roll 'n' Go BibI know I’ve mentioned the handy Roll ‘n’ Go Bibs (4 months+) before but they’re still getting a great work out at our house. They do an awesome job catching dropped food and after dinner I just rinse them under the tap, much quicker than fabric bibs that need to be washed in the washing machine and hung up to dry. Instead of digging for dropped food on her lap and under her legs (and getting everything dirty in the process), Syb just picks it out of the food catcher.

My First Cutlery SetOf course a small knife is still a while off but little miss independent is giving her first fork and spoon a pretty good try, we all have to start somewhere! She’s been closely watching our 3-year old using her First Cutlery Set (24 months+) and tries to copy her which is adorable to watch. We usually do the main feeding while she does her training (Shhh… don’t tell her) and that way dinner doesn’t take forever.

To find out more about Tommee Tippee, to browse the range and to locate a stockist near you visit www.tommeetippee.com.au.

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Nov 282013


It feels like I just blinked and 9 months went by. Not much longer and Sybbie won’t be a baby anymore, she is standing up, cruising the furniture and eating two whole slices of bread for lunch. With no teeth in sight Sybil is still enjoying her baby meals but she is quickly becoming more independent, feeding herself with her hand and trying very hard with a spoon. If you are about to start your baby on solids you can count on Tommee Tippee to make your life easier. Check out these awesome Tommee Tippee baby feeding products and enter to win them all:

Food ProcessorNow don’t let the name of this multifunctional gadget fool you, the All-in-one Food Processor (RRP $169.95) is so much more than just a food processor! Yes it steams and blends, allowing you to create nutritious, fresh meals for your baby whenever you want (and saving you a bucketload of money compared to store bought jars and pouches) but there is more to this clever kitchen appliance. Aside from the food preparation part it warms baby bottles and foods and it can even sterilise your bottles for you too.

Tommee Tippee Food ProcessorSo that’s 5 great uses in one unit and no, it will not take up your whole kitchen bench. It is suprisingly compact in size and comes complete with storage bag perfect for at home or on holiday. It takes just a few simple buttons to control so even dads and grandparents can master it. You can cook separate meals for your baby or you can just add the ‘family meal’ to the processor for a quick blend, easy as pie.

Soft Bite SpoonsAnd then there you are, a bowl of freshly made up baby food in hand and hopefully a camera ready for those ‘first solids’ photos. The Soft bite spoons (2-pack RRP $7.25, 4 months+) are created with adults and babies in mind: the long spoon is easy to hold for parents (the extra length is very handy when feeding from a jar) and it has a small tip to fit in little mouths. Many babies will ‘insist’ on holding a spoon too so for them the shorter spoon is perfect. Both spoons are soft and gentle on gums and teeth.

Roll 'n' Go BibSolids equals mess: on their face, in their hair, on the high chair, on the ground, you better get the wipes ready! I’ll admit that it is hard to end a meal with clean clothes but you can always try, the Roll ‘n’ Go Bibs (2-pack RRP $14.75, 4 months+) are a great size so they cover most of the front, have a useful food catcher, are easy to wipe clean (plus dishwasher safe) and you can roll them up into a compact package for in your nappy bag.

Fresh Food FeederWe used the Fresh Food Feeder (RRP $6.75, 6 months+) for all of our children and with summer coming up we’ll definitely be using it a lot. Fill these clever tools with fresh or even frozen fruit (our favourites are pear, apple, watermelon, rockmelon and grapes) and you’ve got your hungry little baby a delicious, healthy snack without the risk of choking. They can hold it themselves, it works a treat for teething and comes with keep-clean cover and 2 extra feeding bags.

First Fork and SpoonSooner or later your baby will want to start feeding him/herself, it’s both a delightful and very messy stage but I guess they have to learn by doing it. The colourful First Fork and Spoon (RRP $11.20, 12 months+) may look a little odd to us grown-ups but their ergonomic design make it much easier for little ones to bring the food to their mouth without spilling. They’re BPA-free, easy to hold and feature blunt edges for extra safety.

Miomee First Drinking CupWhether your baby is breastfed or bottlefed, quite early on you can start offering your baby little sips of water in a cup. The Tommee Tippee Miomee First Drinking Cup (RRP $12.95, 4 months+) is specifically designed for young babies featuring a soft feel spout (requiring similar suction to a normal teat) and easy hold handles making it the ideal next step up from a regular bottle. Very practical: the cup, bottle ring, handles and spout are interchangable with the rest of the Miomee range.

Also included is a bonus hard spout and a lid to keep the spout clean and protected when not in use. With a 150ml capacity this is the perfect starter cup for little ones and excellent value compared to other cups, especially because the extra spout is included.

Discovera Trainer CupJust like the spouts on the First Drinking Cup the 260ml Discovera Trainer Cup (RRP $12.95, 6 months+) is fitted with innovative SAMTECH technology, this clever non-spill valve design protects against messy, sticky, inconvenient spills and drips and it can even withstand a good shake (because babies just love shaking their bottles!). The handles will help your baby learn to drink independently.

Discovera Active TipperOnce your baby becomes more confident at drinking from a bottle and drinks larger amount of water he/she can move on to the Discovera Active Tipper (RRP $12.95, 12 months+). All Tommee Tippee Discovera cups and bottles are BPA free and have a very handy write-on area so you can personalise it with your child’s name, that way it is easy for babysitters and childcare workers to give your child the right bottle.

To find out more about Tommee Tippee, to browse the range and to locate a stockist near you visit www.tommeetippee.com.au.

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Aug 042013


Since baby Sybil was born I have regularly shared our experiences with the fabulous Tommee Tippee Miomee breast and bottle feeding range. I know it has been a while since my last update but don’t worry, we are still feeding her! In just two weeks time she will be six months old and so our feeding journey continues as we start solids. Here are our last Tomme Tippee breast and bottle feeding finds before we move on to ‘real’ food, wish me luck!

Tommee Tippee Bottle and Food Warmer

Of course when you are breastfeeding the temperature of your baby’s milk is always spot on (handy!) but if you are feeding your baby formula or expressed breast milk like I do there is a little bit more involved. The Tommee Tippee Bottle and Food Warmer ($69.95) takes the guess out of warming your little one’s milk or baby food as it always heats it up to the right temperature, one less thing for you to stress about.

The Bottle and Food Warmer is super easy to use, I love it. Simply check how much milk you are warming up, select that amount on the measuring cup and add the water to the warmer and also select the same amount on the easy-to-read dial, easy as pie. If you always feed the same amount you can add the water before hand so that in the middle of the night you only need to turn the dial. The warmer will turn off automatically which is a great feature, it would be easy to forget to turn it off when you are tired and all you want to do is sleep. It takes less than 3 minutes for an ordinary 240ml bottle of milk at room temperature to be heated up, now that’s what I call quick.

Tommee Tippee Bottle and Teat BrushUnfortunately when you are bottle feeding there is bit of cleaning involved after each feed. First you need to give the bottles a good clean with the Tommee Tippee Bottle and Teat Brush ($7.95), the brush features rounded corners that allow for a thorough clean of even the smallest corners and ridges and of course it is free from BPA. While I do sometimes leave the sterilising until the morning I make sure I do the brush clean straight away, saves you scrubbing the next day!

Tommee Tippee Microwave SteriliserThankfully sterilising bottles is not as hard and time consuming as it used to be when it involved boiling water on the stove. The Tommee Tippee Microwave Steriliser ($39.95) does the hard work for you, in just 8 minutes it will sterilise 4 bottles, lids, screw rings and teats for you without fuss. It is not only a practical but also a very safe design with enclosed tongs for easy removal of hot pieces and easy hold handles on both sides of the unit.

Miomee Insulated Bottle BagWhen out and about it can be tricky to find a place to warm your bottles, as if you don’t have enough to worry about when you go out with your brand new baby. To help you feed your little one on the go the Miomee Insulated Bottle Bag ($22.95) keeps your bottle of water warm (or cool) for up to 8 hours, that’s pretty much a whole day out. The sturdy, hardwearing bag offers great protection and you can easily attach it to your pram/bag or carry it with the carry handle. Fits two 150ml bottles or one 270ml/340ml bottle and a formula container.

To find out more about Tommee Tippee, to browse the range and to locate a stockist near you visit www.tommeetippee.com.au.

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Apr 062013


Our gorgeous baby Sybil is now 7 weeks old and after a few hiccups at the start we seem to have established some sort of breastfeeding routine that works for both of us. Expressing (excess) breastmilk has helped massively when I battled mastitis in the second week and it has provided me with a small milk stash. This frozen milk has proven to be very handy as the little lady regularly vomits and spills her whole feed, needing a top-up shortly after.

I have found this combined breast and bottle feeding very easy thanks to the Miomee feeding system. Check out these great Miomee Feeding Essentials and enter for your chance to win the lot:

Miomee Manual Breast PumpWhen it comes to expressing milk a good breast pump is a must-have, it will save you time and allow you to collect every single drop of precious milk. The Miomee Manual Breast Pump ($89.95) is designed to be comfortable, efficient, easy-to-use, compact, portable, durable and affordable, what more could you ask for? The unique flex cup suits most breast shapes and by gently compressing the breast it closely imitates a baby’s natural feeding action.

With the Miomee Manual Breast Pump Kit you can easily go from expressing to feeding or storing breastmilk as both a feeding teat and milk storage lid are included as well as a 150ml Miomee bottle, bottle stand and 6 disposable breast pads. The pump is compatible with all sizes Miomee feeding bottles so if you are likely to pump a decent amount you can go straight to a bigger bottle as opposed to having to stop half way to empty/change bottles.

Miomee 150ml Bottle

Miomee Feeding Bottles are available in three different sizes: 150ml, 270ml and 340ml all of which come with slow flow teats. Medium Flow Teats and Fast Flow Teats ($8.95, 2 pack) are sold separately for when your baby gets older. The extra wide neck design is another example of how well the Miomee range mimics breastfeeding, the breastlike shape will make it easier for baby to drink from the bottle which is especially important when you combine breast and bottle feeding. A nice bonus of the wide neck shape is that it is very easy to fill and clean. The Miomee bottles are made of high quality materials, are very durable and of course they are BPA free. Smart buy: when you buy the Miomee 150ml Bottles ($16.95 2 pack) two free storage lids are included.

Miomee Milk Storage LidsYou can use the Miomee Storage Lids ($8.95, 4 pack) on any of the Miomee Feeding Bottles to store breastmilk, water, milk or even solids. The flat lids allow you to stack bottles in your fridge, freezer or insulated bag for travel which is much more practical than regular rounded bottle caps. To help your poor, exhausted baby brain the lids have a write-on panel so you can mark the date or contents of the bottle.

image001If you prefer to keep you bottles on hand for daily use you can use the Miomee Breastmilk and Formula Containers ($12.95, 4 pack) to creating ‘bite size’ portions for the fridge for freezer. They are easy to fill and stack, feature the write on panel and they are much cheaper than feeding bottles. The great thing is that when it comes to feeding time you place the whole container in the feeding bottle, that way you don’t have to transfer the milk.

Miomee Nipple ShieldsIf you are yet to start breastfeeding I’d like to warn you, it’s not all moonlight and roses and can be quite painful at times. Usually this is just a fase and it will get better. To give your sore nipples a break whilst keeping up with the feeding make sure you have a set of Miomee Nipple Shields on hand. The Miomee Nipple Shields ($12.95, 2 pack) are made from soft BPA-free silicone so they are gentle on your (sensitive skin).

Miomee Washable Breast PadsIn the early days (and in some cases longer too) breastfeeding is often a bit messy. In between feeds your breasts can leak some milk and during the actual feed you might find milk flows freely from the second breast while baby is drinking from the other side. The Miomee Washable Breast Pads ($14.95, 6 pads + carry case) will keep your clothing and underwear dry, one less worry on your mind. Unlike disposable pads you can simply wash and re-use them, great value for money!

To find out more about Tommee Tippee Miomee, to locate a stockist near you or to order online visit www.miomee.com.au, shipping is free Australia wide.

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