When I think of Easter I always think of a nice long weekend in April, so I was a little shocked to discover that Easter actually falls in March this year, that’s soon! With just over 3 weeks to go it’s time to get your thinking caps on and plan a fun few days outside with the family. Need some inspiration? The outdoor specialists at Anaconda are here to help:
During Great Outdoors Month (February 24 – March 24) you can visit Anaconda stores across Australia for loads of outdoor fun. Whether you are an adventurous camper, a fishing enthousiast, a keen cyclist, a thrill seeking climber, hiker or relaxed walker, they’ve got you covered this Easter.
As a mum of five young children I know the logistics of camping with kids can be a little scary, so if you are a bit nervous too make sure you check out all the Camp Out action at your local Anaconda store. The team is ready to ‘ inspire, equip and enable’ using helpful demonstrations on setting up your tent, packing your sleeping bag, cooking a camp meal and much more.
Even if you prefer to stay close to home there are plenty of ways to get active. Turn off those mobile phones, tablets and computers and set off to explore your own neighbourhood. Go for a ride on your local bike track (drop in for the ‘maintain your bike’ demo), catch a big one at a lake or beach (learn how to set up a fishing line in store) or play a game of tennis in your backyard or a park.
While parents are stocking up on expert knowledge the kids will have a ball in the special kids’ corner (selected stores). Activity tables, face painting, a bug garden, balloons, a yummy BBQ… there is nothing boring about a visit to Anaconda. Our kids have made a little start at home already with the Anaconda Colouring Competition; there are 4 different images to choose from and you can print them at home, quick and easy.
Hot Tip: Make sure to share your favorite outdoor adventure on the Anaconda Facebook page for your chance to win two nights at a Big4 Caravan Park + a $500 Anaconda Gift Card!
With just 6 weeks (or maybe less?) to go until baby no.5 arrives I am starting to get very excited about meeting our new addition. I can’t wait to see if we’ve been blessed with a little boy or a little girl, what he/she looks like and introducing the baby to the four siblings. I know it is a lot less important but I’ll admit that I am also looking forward to not feeling/looking like a whale, finally being able to sleep on my belly and getting out of the house and back into shape.
As we are expecting a Spring baby I am planning to spend plenty of time outside, exploring the neighbourhood and getting fresh air whilst enjoying some (gentle!) exercise and hopefully building up to some running in the future. Outdoor specialist Thule, famous around the globe for its high quality transport gear, is on a mission to get parents off the couch and out the door with a fantastic all-round sports stroller perfect for our Aussie landscape.
The sleek and modern Thule Urban Glide is packed with great features that will make your outdoor experience fun, safe, smooth and hassle free:
Sybil (2 years old) enjoying a comfy trip
The Thule Urban Glide is one of the lightest full-size strollers I have ever come across, weighing in at just 10.5kg it is extremely light to lift (yay for my poor back and post-delivery recovery) and a breeze to push. Don’t be fooled by the featherlight design though, there is absolutely nothing flimsy about the Urban Glide! It is strong, sturdy and solid and can hold up to an extremely generous weight of 34kg. This means that all four of our children, ranging from 2 to 7 years old, can enjoy a ride in the same pram, now that’s what I call an excellent investment that will really grow with your child.
Juliet (5 years old) hitching a ride
The clever designers at Thule have made sure the Urban Glide is very comfortable for both child and parent. The pneumatic tires and rear suspension guarantee a smooth, comfy ride even on bumpy terrain whilst the soft padded seat can be reclined to a near-flat position, making it an ideal pick for snoozes on the go. The ergonomic handlebar can be adjusted in height to suit anyone from petite, gorgeous mummies to tall and handsome dads and anyone in between, measuring close to 2m hip daddy is particularly grateful for this back-saving feature! I also love the multi-position sun canopy that comes down nice and low compared to other prams, keeping the bright (and harmful!) sun out of your little one’s eyes.
The extra-generous sun canopy is ideal for bright, sunny days
Whether you are strolling, jogging or running, thanks to the strong, adjustable 5-point safety harness your little passenger will sit safe and snug in the Thule Urban Glide. You can keep a close eye on your precious cargo at all times by peeking through the handy view-in-roof window. The front wheel swivels for easy manoeuvrability as you navigate the shops or park and can be locked into place when you are jogging longer distances, of course the Urban Glide meets all safety standards.
Big sturdy wheels perfect for exploring the Aussie outdoors
With years of experience in the car industry hip daddy has come to know the Thule brand as a high quality, durable and reliable label. His expectations of the Thule Urban Glide were therefore very high and I am glad to say it did not disappoint. The frame is very solid and strong and everything clicks and slides into place easily and smoothly. Thule is so confident that their prams are built to last that they back up their design with an unbeatable 10-year frame guarantee, is that the ultimate peace of mind or what?
Big in perfomance, small in storage
To save you time and energy the Urban Glide can be folded in a quick, effortless one-handed motion. Simply slide the folding mechanism, hidden under the seat and away from curious little hands, to the side to instantly collapse the pram to a compact fold for storing and transporting. If desired the wheels can be taken off to create an even smaller package.
Three of my favourite busy-mum features are the thick, strong fabric that is easy to wipe clean, the handy mesh pocket next to the seat that keeps your child’s drink bottle within reach and of course the large zippered basket that holds up to 4.5kg. I often do a quick shop on the way (usually ending up with more than planned) so I love the roomy storage. The basket cover is even water resistant in case you encounter a little shower on the way.
Accessories: There are quite a few Thule accessories available (sold separately) to help you make the most out of your Urban Glide, including a rain cover, mesh cover, snack tray and more. I am particularly excited about the Thule Infant Car Seat Adapter which is compatible with our chosen baby capsule, I can’t wait to share a snap of our new addition enjoying a Thule trip in just a few short weeks. I will make sure to share our experiences with the Thule and a newborn once the baby is here and we are ready to head outside.
The Thule Urban Glide (RRP $749, colours Dark Shadow, Mars or Thule Blue) is available at Baby Bunting, Babies’R’Us and leading independents retailers across Australia.
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When it comes to babies and infants most parents are well aware and agree that going barefoot is the healthiest choice for little feet. We let our small children crawl and toddle around without shoes whenever possible or opt for soft soled shoes that allow their growing feet to develop naturally. The big question is, when does ‘barefoot is best’ end?
At VIVOBAREFOOT they believe that ‘barefoot is best’ is a lifestyle, and by walking barefoot from early on people can grow strong and naturally healthy feet. They first created the original barefoot shoe in 2003 and today they offer the largest range of barefoot shoes on the market. You may have seen the ‘grown-up’ VIVOBAREFOOT shoes around but have you spotted the VIVOBAREFOOT kids range too?
Because a child’s foot is not fully formed until late teenage years and consists of bones that are soft and malleable, any artificial alternations in the shape of ‘pre-formed’ shoes (e.g. stiff materials and hard soles, padded pitch and arch support) will interfere with natural foot development. Allow your child’s feet to get naturally strong and go barefoot with one of VIVOBAREFOOT’s trendy kids shoes.
Whether you need a traditional black school shoe, a white runner for PE, a stylish boot, a comfy water shoe or a colourful sneaker for sport and play the VIVOBAREFOOT range has got all kids feet covered from a tiny size 18 up to a generous size 36. Our very active miss 4 is always running, jumping, climbing, crawling, hopping or skipping so these bright pink Neo Kids shoes (RRP $89.95) are perfect for her and the velcro closure makes them super easy and quick to put on (ideal for kindy days!).
At first the VIVOBAREFOOT design takes a bit of getting used to, but when you see how easy her feet slide into the shoe, how lightweight and breathable the shoe is and how it wraps around the natural shape of the foot the barefoot principle is very obvious. According to miss 4 her Neo Velcro Kids shoes are very comfy and she can run really fast in them so she’s a happy little camper.
Two-and-a-half days a week my two big kids go to kindy, on their backs a cute Woddlers backpack filled with water bottle, fruit/snack, lunch and a hat. Now that winter has arrived they also need to bring their winter jacket, as they grow their lunches are getting bigger and I haven’t even started about all the art and craft they are bringing home. Soon it won’t all fit in their backpacks anymore but that is not a worry as Woddlers grows with your child. Kids start with the Toddler Backpack and as they grow they can upsize to the Kinder Backpack.
The Woddlers Kinder Backpack ($42.95) is currently available in Cheeky Little Monkey and Pretty Bird design and new styles are due later this year. At almost 40cm high this is a great size backpack with three large zip compartments, plenty of room for all those kindy essentials or sleepover must-haves. The handy mesh pocket on the side keeps the drink bottle within reach and away from other things inside so it all stays nice and dry.
Just like its smaller siblings the Woddlers Kinder Backpacks are free from PVC and made with strong durable nylon that can handle a little pulling and throwing (my kids have put it to the test!). Kids should have no trouble recognising their gorgeous backpack in between all the others at kindy or daycare, but to be sure they are designed with a name tag too.
It is not just the backpack range that is growing, the popular shoe range is growing too. The brand new Woddlers Classics range has only just been released and is already winning hearts all over the country. The timeless Mary Jayne and Boston Boot designs are available in a range of colours and go with any outfit, these gorgeous Purple Mary Jayne Flexi Sole shoes ($49.95) are my favourite for sure.
Featuring beautifully soft eco friendly leather, sourced from Australia and New Zealand, and a flexible non-slip sole the Woddlers Classics are perfect for those first wobbly steps. The new flexi sole is a little harder than the original soft sole but still able to bend and twist just like chubby baby feet. The Boston Boot has elasticised sides while the Mary Jayne closes with a buckle and you can rest assured, both Woddlers styles are designed to stay put.
While you are browsing the Woddlers website make sure you check out the ‘Design a Backpack’ competition. There are some amazing prizes up for grabs and you are supporting the Starlight Children’s Foundation at the same time, every cent counts!
To find out more about Woddlers, to browse the range and to order online visit www.woddlers.com.au.
Here at Hip little one we really enjoy sharing hip finds and we especially love it when we are (one of) the first to trial an exciting new product. A few weeks ago the award winning Out’n’About prams arrived in Australia and I was lucky enough to take one for a test drive.
The Out’n’About brand may be new to Australia but back in its home country the U.K. it is one of the big boys, well known for its high quality products. With a whole range of awards and nominations behind its name Out’n’About has well earnt its place in the pram market and now it is time of Australian parents to put it to the test. The current Out’n’About range offers a 3-wheel single, double and sports model, here’s our miss 2 enjoying a ride in the Nipper 360 Single:
Miss 2 in the Nipper 360
The first words that came to mind when I started pushing the Out’n’About Nipper 360 (RRP $549) were solid, reliable and active. While the pram feels really sturdy and robust it only weighs 9.8kg so it surprisingly light weight. In fact, it is the lightest full-sized 3-wheeler (with 12-inch wheels) in Australia! The strong pneumatic tyres are perfect for our hilly Adelaide suburb and keep the little passenger comfortable even when driving off-road.
But it’s not just a great pram for bumpy tracks, its smooth driving and quick turning make it perfect for city life too. Thanks to the rear suspension your child won’t feel every kerbside and the slim size (61.5 cm wheelbase) makes manoeuvring through narrow aisles a breeze. Even though this is a full size pram (not a flimsy stroller) it folds down to a compact package that will easily fit in small cars. You can fold it ‘standing up’, so you don’t have to fold it all the way to the ground which is gentler on your back.
Nipper 360 in the boot
The Nipper 360 is suitable from newborn up to 22kg which is extremely generous (many other prams have a 15kg weight limit), this makes it a very good investment for families as the Nipper 360 can be enjoyed for years. The seat can lie flat to suit newborns and there are three different heights for the five-point harness so you always have the right (safe) fit for your child.
Nipper 360 Single
The ‘active’ feel of the pram lines up with the sporty look of the Nipper 360. This look may not be to everyone’s taste but it really suits this style of pram. Practical wipe clean fabrics, plenty of storage both under and at the back of the seat (easy access!), a sun canopy and one-touch brake, the Nipper 360 is packed with great features that will make your trip with baby as simple and enjoyable as possible.
If you are like me and prefer using a bassinet for newborn babies you’ll be pleased to know that there is an Out’n’About Carrycot ($199) available too. The carrycot can be used until your baby is approx. 6 months old/9 kg. Compared to other bassinets this design is quite long and slim in shape to avoid baby rolling over at every corner. Our 8 week old fits very comfortably and has plenty of growing space left.
Nipper 360 with Nipper Carrycot
The Nipper Carrycot comes with a removable quilted liner that completely covers the inside of the bassinet and folds over the edges. This is a fabulous design as your baby doesn’t have to sleep against the cold pram canvas and both liner and mattress cover can be machine washed. If your baby spills quite often like our daughter this is really handy, no more scrubbing!
My over all opinion on the Out’n’About Nipper 360 is that is a very durable, high quality pram that is perfect for active Australian families. From city strolls to tough bush walks, a smooth ride is guaranteed. If you are looking for a pram to take off-road but you don’t want the heavy weight this is the perfect pram for you.
Priced at $549 the Nipper 360 is very affordable and you get great value for money. Out’n’About really stands behind their product and backs it up with a fantastic 2-year warranty, something you won’t get with most other prams.
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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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?