Aug 132012
 

Today is my youngest daughter’s second birthday and boy, did those two years fly by. A few weeks before my due date the doctors decided that she wasn’t growing as much as she should so I was induced and she was born on lucky Friday the 13th, in room 13. As a mother of twins I was already familiar with having premature babies so I was prepared for the possibility of her ending up in special care but thankfully she only stayed there for a few hours. When babies arrive earlier than planned they are usually tiny in size and it can be hard to find the right clothes which is where Earlybirds comes in.

Some of you may already know Earlybirds, a fantastic Australian label that creates beautiful clothing and accessories for babies weighing as little as 800gram. What you may not know is that Earlybirds has had a little growth spurt and now offers an extended Bigger Birds range too. The Bigger Birds Collection is designed for ages 3 months all the way up to 5 years old (selected styles), so your growing earlybird can enjoy the earlybird comfort for much longer.

Earlybirds owner Lynda, mum to a little earlybird herself, discovered that as her son got older there was a need for bigger clothing with a leaner, slimmer fit that is perfect for prematurely born children. The Bigger Birds Collection offers just that with a range of different suits and even undies designed for narrow hips and legs. The Bigger Birds designs feature a funky, bright bird motif suitable for boys and girls with navy blue or raspberry print.

If you are a parent of a premature baby, or if you are shopping for one, you will truly appreciate the difference Earlybirds makes with clothing that is tailored to your babies specific needs and shape. When buying Earlybirds or Bigger Birds by Earlybirds you are also doing your share in supporting a number of baby and children’s charities including Life’s Little Treasures Foundation, SIDS and Kids and Ronald McDonald House.

To find out more about Earlybirds, to browse the range and to order online visit www.earlybirds.com.au.

For your chance to win a Bigger Birds suit or set of Bigger Birds undies of your choice (subject to availability) visit www.earlybirds.com.au and answer the following question: Which Bigger Birds product would you most like to win and why?

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If you really want to win you can earn up to ten additional entries, please leave separate comments for each entry:

Competition ends September 13, 2012. Sorry, Australian entries only. By entering you agree to our Terms & Conditions.

Jan 102012
 

If you have been following Hip little one for a while you may have been wondering how our toilet training journey is coming along. Having newborn twins was hard, having three kids under two was hard too, but compared to toilet training twins that was all a piece of cake. I did not expect it to be this hard, this time consuming and so stressful, each time we made progress something happened and they took a few steps back so I really didn’t have much to write about.

I decided to wait it out until summer, the toilet training season, so they could walk around in undies all day, saving me the hassle of undressing, dressing and washing numerous outfits every day (twins really is double the work!). Every child is different and although I copped a fair few moments on my decision to wait I knew we would tackle this in our own time, when they were completely ready. That time has come and so far so good, no more nappies at daytime and aside from a surprisingly small number of accidents everything is going brilliantly.

I was well prepared this time: 20 pairs of undies for each child, an endless supply of toilet paper and several boxes of Kleenex Cottonelle Flushable Fresh Wipes for Kids, a stool, soap and all within a hand’s reach. I have made it my life’s task to ask every 5 minutes if someone needs to go to the toilet and I don’t rest until I get a yes or no out of them. The twins have taken to the new routine really well, I was amazed by how many times they go to the toilet and manage to produce a few drops.

By now they can go the toilet by themselves, often our toilet is a high traffic area with one twin on the toilet, the other twins waiting for a turn and mummy trying to make everything run smoothly and with as little mess as possible. The baby is watching these new developments closely and sometimes even claims to want to do a ‘wee-wee’ herself, pulling up her top and sitting down on the potty, without success so far but that doesn’t matter!

They think toilet paper is very interesting and all this extra wiping can be pretty harsh on their skin so the Kleenex Cottonelle Flushable Fresh Wipes are a perfect solution. These handy wipes are alcohol free and contain Aloe Vera, so they are gentle and soothing to the skin like the baby wipes they are used to. It makes cleaning little bottoms a lot easier and once done they can be flushed down the toilet (unlike regular baby wipes!).

You can buy the Kleenex Cottonelle Flushable Fresh Wipes for Kids from most Woolworths, Coles and independent supermarkets and now also Big W. A 42-wipe refillable pop-up tub costs just $4.98 each and when empty you simply purchase the 84-wipes refill pack ($6.98), the clever pop-up design makes it easy to use for little ones and only one wipe comes out at a time (no unnecessary waste!).

To find out more about Kleenex, to browse the range and to get involved with the Kleenex Mums community online visit www.kleenexmums.com.au.

For your chance to win one of ten Kleenex prize packs valued at $41 (containing a Kleenex Plush Puppy, Kleenex Cottonelle Flushable Fresh Wipes for Kids Tub and Refill Pack) visit the toilet training section on www.kleenexmums.com.au and answer the following question: What is your best toilet training tip?

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If you really want to win you can earn up to ten additional entries, please leave separate comments for each entry:

Competition ends February 10, 2012. Sorry, Australian entries only.

Dec 232011
 

You may remember that I wrote before about my oldest daughter and her obsession with undies. Somehow they seem to be the most important part of her wardrobe and she loves trying on all her little flower print undies one after another. One could argue that underwear is not meant to be seen so it doesn’t matter how it looks but she most certainly disagrees. Underwear has to tick her style boxes too and when I spotted the gorgeous Bluebelle range at Sustainababy I knew I had found a winner.

Designed in Australia Bluebelle underwear is made from 95% organically grown bamboo cotton (and a touch of spandex for that extra stretch!), making it a perfect choice for the eco-friendly Sustainababy store. The adorable Bluebelle underwear sets ($24.95, size 1-7) consist of a sweet singlet decorated with a rosette or bow and frilly knickers (bloomers for size 1), don’t they look gorgeous?

To find out more about Sustainababy, to take a closer look at the Bluebelle range and to order online visit www.sustainababy.com.au.