Baby on the move

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Sep 062013
 

All of a sudden time seems to go even faster, the twins have turned five and are getting ready to start school, Juliet is three going on thirty and then there is little Sybil… Six months ago she was a tiny little bundle who just needed milk and sleep, now all she wants is to play and explore. Especially around dinner time, when I really need to hurry up and gets things done, I could use an extra pair of hands to keep her entertained, so we popped into our local Target store at Newton to see if we could find a solution there…

Plenty of choice

Plenty of choice

The Target Nursery Department was full of fun and colourful toys for little people, from bouncers to swings and from walkers to activity centres. Going by her age and weight we decided on a walker so she can sit up, look around and even practise moving those little legs about if she feels like it. In time it will also allow her to follow me or her siblings around the house which is entertainment in itself. There were quite a few options to choose from, all quite similar in features but very different in price, starting at $79 all the way up to $149.

Taking one of the samples for a spin

Taking one of the samples for a spin

I was glad all the walkers were on display, so we could see for ourselves what the toys were like and even let miss Sybil have a test ride. From the past we know that once babies learn to walk by themselves they will not use a walker anymore so we went for best value for money: the Target Lights & Sounds Walker ($79). So far our experiences with Target branded products have been really good, great quality and of course a fantastic price too.

Someone is excited

Someone is excited

Setting up the Target Lights & Sounds Walker was a breeze: just click in the wheels, screw in the front and side wings and attach the seat. The seat is padded for extra comfort and is both supportive and flexible so your baby can move around safely. Last but not least we fitted the toy tray which just clicks into the dedicated spot. The battery compartment is hiding underneath, neatly tucked away from curious little fingers. If you can get to the toy tray that is because our little girl got her hands on it first, isn’t it amazing how much babies love a pop of colour?

The setting up can't go fast enough

The setting up can’t go fast enough

The brightly coloured toys are great for fine motor skills like pushing, sliding and pulling and it teaches young chilren about cause and effect eg. press a button and music will start playing, she loves how the three ‘piano buttons’ light up while the songs play.

So much to touch, feel and look at

So much to touch, feel and look at

I know it is probably a bit silly but I felt more attracted to the Target Walker because of the neutral colours of the frame and the seat, somehow it felt more calming and with all those happy colourful toys there really is enough going on already. The toy tray can be removed, which leaves you with a generous sized tray which can be easily wiped clean. This will come in handy later on when she is able to help herself to finger food, nothing like a tasty snack on the go.

Perfect dinner time entertainment

Perfect dinner time entertainment

And there we go, a happy baby means a happy mum! For the first time in weeks I was able to cook dinner without a baby on my hip (that cuts the preparation time in half!) and managed to get dinner on the table in time. Smiles all around.

To find out more about Target, to browse Target’s Nursery range and to locate a Target store near you go to www.target.com.au. To shop online visit http://shop.target.com.au.

Go for a ride with Avidiva

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Aug 252012
 

You may have noticed Avidiva’s updated logo, but you may not know that behind the scenes this Australian store has recently changed owners. Busy mum Cass has handed the reins over to the lovely Jamie who is very excited about growing Avidiva to something even bigger and better. Soon we’ll be having Jamie over for Sunday Coffee to get to know her a little more. A little birdy told me that Jamie has been busy sourcing some fantastic new products and one of the new labels on board is I’m Toy:

The I’m Toy range fits in really with Avidiva’s passion for eco friendly products for baby and child. Made from sustainable rubberwood and using non-toxic paint these wooden toys are not only a fun and stylish but also a safe and durable choice for little ones. Featuring your child’s favourite animal friends the I’m Toy Walk & Ride, Rocker and Paddie Rider make great buddies and would be a lovely Christmas gift idea. Nice to know, delivery is free Australia wide.

This gorgeous Walk & Ride Bunny Sorter is a fantastic 3-in-1 toy that will keep curious little monkeys busy for ages (cow available too). The sturdy wooden construction is designed to support wobbly legs when they are ready for those first steps. It also makes a cool ride-on, not everyone has a rabbit they can just hop on and take off. At last don’t forget the shape sorter game on the side for some calmer, on-the-spot play.

If your cheeky monkey has already got the walking under control and is up for some speed you might want to check out the I’m Toy Wooden Ride-Ons. You can choose from a Lamb, Calf, Rabbit or Tiger design and each little ride-on comes with a soft seat cover that is removable and washable. Wooden toys like these are timeless and durable, they can easily be handed down again and again so they are great value for money.

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

Jun 152012
 

Last week our neighbour’s beautiful little boy celebrated his birthday so of course we had to pop over and spoil him with a little present. Now we have tried many Colorific products over the past few years and we have always been really happy with them, so for the birthday boy I picked a gift from the fantastic Colorific Giggles range (he loved the Giggles Tool Box, a real winner).

The Giggles range is created with the littlest ones in mind, offering a great selection of colourful, wooden, colourful toys that allow kids to learn and have fun at the same time. Giggles toys are packed with educational features, after all young minds just love discovering things like colours, movement, cause and effect, shapes, matching and much more. The Giggles motto is ‘Fun for clever kids’.

One of the latest, but definitely not the smallest, additions to the Giggles range is this gorgeous My First Steps Wagon ($69.99). Designed for little ones aged 10 months and up this cute wooden wagon is the perfect buddy for those first wobbly steps and later for lots of exploring around the house. Kids will have a ball pushing around their favourite toys and dolls; packing, unpacking and moving things from one room to another.

The sturdy My First Steps Wagon is carefully developed to offer steady support for young children as their legs get stronger and they learn to get up and walk. The robust wooden frame will stop the wagon from taking off while baby is trying to get up, your baby will feel supported and confident and he/she will be up and running in no time. Fitted with strong, rubber wheels you don’t have to worry about the wagon hurting little toes, or your furniture/floors for that matter.

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

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Mar 192012
 

With three kids very close in age our house is filled with toys and many of them are doubles. Aside from the fact that it is expensive to buy two or three of everything there is also the issue of space, not that little cars or dolls take up much room but walkers, ride-on’s. trikes and bikes certainly do. In fact our playroom looks a bit like a parking garage with a whole row of rides in all shapes and sizes along one wall. If you are just about to start investing in wheels for your little one make sure you check out this awesome 3-in-1 Transformable Toy by Mishi Design, available at Shop For Tots.

From just 9 months old your baby can start using this toy as a Walker, complete with toy basket for all his/her favourite belongings. The sturdy wooden construction will offer all the support your child needs when learning to take those first wobbly steps and before you know it your inquisitive toddler will be exploring every corner of the house (and collecting treasures on the way).

The second stage of the 3-in-1 Transformable Toy is the Ride-On mode, turning the sturdy walker into a funky bike. For kids this is the start of learning how to steer and how to use their little legs to get the bike moving, it will be a bit tricky at first but once they get it there is no stopping them. Ride-on’s are fun for all ages, my three (3,5 year old twins and an 18-month old) are always racing theirs through the hall way.

The last fase, but definitely not the least exciting, is the transformation from ride-on to trolley. A trip to an imaginary shop to stock up on groceries and pay with plastic money or hanging up the washing, there are hours of fun to be had. The pretend play stage will last for quite some time so the trolley will be thoroughly enjoyed by children up to 6 years old. Conclusion: Invest once and do it well and you’ll get years out of this fantastic 3-in-1 Transformable Toy.

To find out more about Shop for Tots, to take a closer look at the 3-in-1 Transformable Toy ($150) by Mishi Design and to order online visit www.shopfortots.com.au.

LeapFrog Scout & Friends Walker

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Nov 112011
 

Although I try to pretend our youngest is still a baby I have to admit that she is not a baby anymore. She has mastered several words already, is very good at following instructions (something that can not be said of her older siblings), surprises me every day by how smart she is and she is walking everywhere, even running sometimes. It feels like yesterday that we watched her doing her first steps and before we knew it she was cruising the house behind her LeapFrog Baby Walker.

If you thought that we now have no more use for this walker you are wrong, the multifunctionality of the LeapFrog Scout & Friends Walker makes it suitable (and interesting) for children aged 6-36 months. Usually walkers are not used for a long period of time, children tend to learn quickly and it doesn’t take long for them to go from careful shuffling to confident walking. So then the bulky walker becomes redundant and as it takes up too much room it moves into storage or the shed.

Unlike most walkers the LeapFrog Scout & Friends Walker can be used in three different positions: it can be laid flat for little ones to explore on the ground (the flat shape is ideal for storage too), it can stand up in locked position so babies can learn to stand without the walker rolling away and of course it can be used as a walker. Once the walking is mastered toddlers can use it in flat position once again to explore the many features.

The music mode introduces children to different sounds and melodies whilst the learning mode is all about letters, numbers, colours and more. Using colourful buttons, shapes and pictures children can practise their fine motor skills like pushing, pulling, sliding, spinning and flipping. Strangely enough the twins favourite part is the removable phone whereas the baby is intrigued by puppy Violet who teaches about going inside and outside. Of course she also loves walking with it, or should I say racing?

To find out more about the LeapFrog Scout & Friends Walker ($79.99, 6-36 months) visit www.leapfrog.com.au. LeapFrog toys are available at leading retailers all over Australia, click here to find out where to buy your favourite LeapFrog products.

Summer at Sustainababy

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Sep 242011
 

I am a little disappointed in the weather this week. Last weekend was just perfect, a sunny 28 degrees and everyone seemed happier in an instant. Isn’t it amazing how people straight away put on their shorts and singlets at the first sign of summer? It made me all excited about taking some gorgeous pictures of the kids so hopefully we will get more nice weather very soon. I have got my eyes on some of Sustainababy‘s new arrivals from the beautiful Australian brands Baobab and Purebaby.

If there is any way I can still squeeze the baby in this lovely Baobab bodysuit I will do it, I can just imagine those chubby legs on show and the spotty fabric is very cute. I really like bodysuits on babies because they cover their bellies and backs, plus it keep their nappies well protected from curious fingers. Of course it is also very reassuring to know that Baobab clothing is made of very soft organic cotton and as I already own several Baobab pieces I know they stay beautiful wash after wash. This bodysuit ($37.95) is available in sizes 0-3 months up to 1 year.

Luckily for me Baobab does not only a baby range, most fabrics are available in bigger sizes (size 2-6) too but in a slightly different style to suit the age. So if she is too big for the bodysuit there is always the dress in the same print, although looking at the dresses I really love the vibrant blue colour of the Mimma Dress. It would look beautiful with my youngest daughters blue eyes and her blonde hair (there is not much of it but it is there!). Make sure you check out the other Baobab pieces too as I spotted some amazing winter bargains waiting to be scooped up.

You may have heard of Purebaby before but what you made not know is that the Purebaby range has been extended. The new Purebaby Kids range caters for children up to six years old because no matter how old kids are organic cotton is always best. The Skipper Blue Check Shirt ($49.95, size 3-6) is a perfect choice for the boys, just a bit more classy than most casual clothing yet just as comfortable.

Last but not least there is Cheeky Little Soles, who looks after the feet of tiny babies and early walkers up to approximately 2,5 years old. Some new walker styles are expected to arrive in store anyday, I had a sneak peek and can tell you that they are gorgeous. Have a look at these cool boy sandals called Henry! These walkers are made from premium non-toxic leather with a light-weight flexible rubber sole so they provide busy little feet with comfort, support and excellent grip.

To find out more about Sustainababy, to browse the exciting range of eco friendly products and to place an order online visit www.sustainababy.com.au.