Oct 062017
 

When I walked (or should I say waddled?) into the delivery room at almost 41 weeks pregnant I loudly informed Hip Daddy that, compared to my five previous pre-term babies, this one was surely going to kill me. At the time the midwives reassured me that the baby would be average in size, but when our boy weighed in at a whopping 4.6kg (10lbs 3oz) I couldn’t help but think ‘I told you so!’. Now that Ted is 2 weeks old I am feeling a bit more like my old self and our big chubby bundle of joy is an absolute delight who feeds and sleeps like a champ, most of the time…

All six of our babies have been swaddled from birth (some even up to 10 months+) and I found it extremely helpful in establishing a good bedtime routine. As soon as those wriggly little arms and kicking legs are snuggly wrapped our little boy calms down and drifts off to sleep, here he is on cloud 9 with ergoPouch.

With its super clever 2-in-1 design the ergoPouch Cocoon Swaddle + Sleep Bag (RRP $34.95- $44.95, ages 0-12 months) is the ultimate womb-to-world sleep solution for young families. You can start using the Cocoon immediately from birth (Minimum baby weight 3kg) as a swaddle, keeping arms safely tucked inside whilst the bell-shaped bottom leaves plenty of room for hips and legs to move freely.

If you’re put off by all the folds, twists and tucks of traditional swaddling with a large piece of fabric you will absolutely love the ease of the Cocoon, just zip up and you’re done. Strong little Houdinis won’t be able to escape from their Cocoons, allowing both baby and parents to get a proper sleep without endless re-wrapping. Midnight nappy checks are a breeze too, as you can use the two-way zip to quickly check the bottom half without having to take off the whole Cocoon.

As your baby gets bigger and moves on from being swaddled you can use the same Cocoon as a sleep bag by opening up the arms with the handy armhole poppers. You can even choose for a slow transition and free up one arm at a time, how easy is that? There is no need to buy different products and you can change back and forth as needed, making the Cocoon a budget-friendly investment for new parents.

To ensure a comfortable temperature at any climate you can choose from a 0.2 TOG or 1.0 TOG rating. Made from breathable organic cotton (0.2 TOG) or a soft organic cotton/bamboo blend (1.0 TOG), with a touch of elastane for extra stretch, the Cocoon Swaddle + Sleep Bag is ideal for sensitive newborn skin. The ergoPouch Cocoon is currently available in six stylish prints to suit boys and girls.

Hip tip: Sign up for the FREE ergoPouch newsletter to stay up-to-date with all the latest news and exciting arrivals and receive 10% discount on your first order.

To find out more ergoPouch, to locate a stockist near you or to order online visit www.ergopouch.com.au.

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Dec 192016
 

Christmas Countdown – Day 19

It’s a feeling all parents know too well: whether you are a soon-to-be, new or seasoned mother, getting a gift for your little one(s) is often more fun than getting something for yourself. We totally understand how easy it is for mum to be forgotten, so we have made sure our Christmas Countdown has the whole family covered. In fact, this sweet prize pack from Milk and Love spoils both mother and child in one go:

Lovingly put together by Milk & Love owner Corryn the Mother-to-Be Eco Gift Box (RRP $59.95) contains three fabulous products any eco-conscious mama will adore:

Made right here in Australia with nourishing goat’s milk this luxurious Billie Baby Goats Milk Moisturiser (100ml) will keep your family’s skin soft and nourished the natural way. The gentle, caring formula is ideal for people suffering from eczema and other sensitive skin conditions as it is completely free from colour and fragrances that often cause irritation, you can even use it on the delicate facial area.

Containing the same delicious Aussie goat’s milk, as well as a number of carefully selected skin loving ingredients, Billie Baby Goats Milk Baby Body Wash (240ml) is the perfect addition to your daily bath or shower routine. This gentle cleanser is free from questionable nasties like parabens, SLS, propylene glycol, DEA and petrochemicals, so you can safely use it on your precious newborn (and the rest of the family). One little pump is all you need, so this bottle goes a very long way.

Measuring a very generous 120 x 120cm in size the beautiful Little Bean Organics Baby Wrap will surround your precious bundle with layers of super soft and snuggly organic cotton that is free from pesticides and other toxic ingredients. You can use this versatile wrap as a swaddle, a light blanket in the cot or pram, a play mat or even a nursing cover when out and about. The gender neutral leaf print is perfect for both boys and girls and of course surprises, what a wonderful babyshower gift idea.

As the cherry on top (and to make your life a little easier) one of Milk & Love’s Celebrating Motherhood Gift Cards and complimentary gift wrapping are included, ensuring the Mother-to-Be Eco Gift Box is ready to be gifted to a special mama in your life.

To find out more about Milk & love, to browse the range and to order online visit www.milkandlove.com.au.

For your chance to win a Mother-to-Be Eco Gift Box (RRP $59.95) enter our Christmas Countdown giveaway below:

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Baby Loves Sleep

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Nov 102016
 

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Sleep, what can I say… As a mum of five I get very little of it, in fact I can’t even remember the last time I slept a whole night without being woken by one or more of my beautiful children. Many people think it’s newborn babies who cause all these broken nights, but not in our house. We have swaddled all our little ones from birth and found it worked a treat, the night time trouble only started once they grew out of the wrap…

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Going from the snug, safe haven of a swaddle to the big, wide world of flapping arms and kicking legs is a tricky and tiring transition for precious bundles and their parents. Thankfully Baby Loves Sleep owner and Aussie mama Lourdes, also known by her nickname Malou, is coming to the rescue of tired families across the country with this clever invention:

sleepy-hugs-greyThe unique, patent pending Sleepy Hugs sleep suit is designed to help you to gently and safely move away from the tight swaddle whilst maintaining that comforting, cosy feeling that so many babies need to get into a restful, deep sleep. The enclosed wing-like sleeves mimic the ‘restricted’ feel of a traditional swaddle without limiting arm movement and the spacious, wide sack allows for plenty of hip movement (and even a hip dysplasia harness).

Made from 100% soft, breathable cotton fabric Sleepy Hugs are perfect for the sensitive skin of newborns and those suffering from eczema and other skin conditions. Even better, thanks to the closed-in design small hands are kept safely away from the face to avoid scratching. To make midnight nappy changes as quick and easy as possible you can zip the suit open from the bottom, so convenient! Here’s to long nights and lazy naps for everyone…

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The Sleepy Hugs sleep suit (RRP $59.95, ages 3 months – 12 months+) is currently available in four stylish designs to suit both boys and girls. Whether you live in a cold or hot climate, with both an Autumn/Winter and Spring/Summer weight to choose from you can rest assured your Sleepy Hugs suit will keep your baby comfortable all night long.

To find out more about Baby Loves Sleep, to locate a stockist near you or to order online visit www.babylovessleep.com.au.

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.

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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 www.bykay.com.au.

For your chance to win a ByKay Aqua Water Carrier (RRP $69.95, black) enter our giveaway below:

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Oct 022015
 

Hodge Podge Baby

Welcome Baby Giveaway – Day 2

Whether it’s braving the shops, a relaxing stroll to the park or school pick up for older siblings, sooner or later you’re going to have to take that little bundle of joy outside for the first time. Hodge Podge Baby will help you keep your baby safe from sun, stares and strangers with their gorgeous range of baby must-haves:

Peggles Pram Pegs

Forget about improvising with wooden pegs or sloppy knots, Peggles Pram Pegs (RRP $19.95, 2-pack) are the stylish new way to attach a wrap, blanket or sheet to your baby’s pram/infant carrier when out and about. Shaped like a pretty butterfly Peggles hold your cover neatly in place, so your baby can sleep peacefully in the shade.

Pram PegsI love how versatile these clever clips are, you can tell they are designed by a team of real, hands-on mamas. Unlike traditional wooden laundry pegs Peggles feature a larger and wider clasp to easily fit around your pram frame or sun hood and snuggly hold onto bunched up fabric so it doesn’t slip out with the tiniest tug of little hands. They are available in six trendy colours to suit your baby’s gender, stroller or nappy bag beautifully.

New to the Hodge Podge Baby range are the handy Organic Teething Wraps (RRP $49.95). Made right here in Australia using super soft and breathable 100% Certified Organic Cotton they are not only gentle on your baby’s skin, they are kind on the environment too. The two unique teething corners (BPA free) are excellent chomping material for grumpy babies without the worry of dangerous nasties near your child. Measuring 110 cm x 80 cm in size they are the perfect fit for your bassinet, capsule or pram and of course you can secure your wrap in style with Peggles.

Hodge Podge Baby Wraps

If you want to know what great uses other Aussie mamas have for their Peggles make sure you follow Hodge Podge Baby on Instagram for a regular dose of baby goodness and lots of fabulous Peggles ideas.

To find out more about Hodge Podge Baby, to locate a stockist near you and to order online visit www.hodgepodgebaby.com.au.

For your chance to win a Hodge Podge Baby Prize Pack (RRP $69.90, Peggles Pram Pegs 2-pack and Organic Teething Wrap in white) enter our giveaway below:

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Jul 232015
 

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Unless you have been living under a rock, if you are an expecting or new mum you have most likely heard of Australian label Love To Dream. Their gorgeous range of easy swaddles and sleeping bags is helping babies (and parents!) all over the country get some much needed zzz whilst being comfortable, safe and stylish.

The Swaddle Up Original, a Love To Dream top-seller, is hugely popular all year around and this season Swaddle Up fans are in for a treat with a very special limited edition design. Featuring a trendy denim, aqua and white stripe print the new Denim Swaddle Up is perfect for both boys and girls or of course little surprise babies like our own!

LTD DenimSo what’s the Swaddle Up excitement all about? The Swaddle Up (RRP $39.95-$41.95, from 2kg- 11kg) is an easy-to-use, quick, fool-proof, zip-up baby swaddle that encourages self soothing by allowing baby to sleep with its hands up. Some parents and carers finds all the folding, stretching and tucking of traditional wrapping with a large piece of fabric a little tricky, well none of that hassle with Swaddle Up. Simply place your baby in the swaddle, do up the zip and you’re done!

Made from soft and stretchy cotton-elastane fabric the Swaddle Up provides little ones with that snug, safe swaddling feeling whilst leaving enough space for growing hips to wiggle (unlike conventional tight wraps that may restrict hip movement and could potentially do serious harm). Thanks to the two-way zip midnight nappy changes are a breeze and there is even a handy opening for your stroller straps, that way your baby can stay asleep on the go too.

Limited Edition Denim Swaddle Up

Limited Edition Denim Swaddle Up

To find out more about Love To Dream, to locate a stockist near you or to order online visit www.lovetodream.com.au.

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Up to 50% off Aden + Anais

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Jun 192015
 

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I have a confession to make: I am addicted to buying Aden + Anais swaddles. Whether I am pregnant or not, the sight of all those gorgeous Aden + Anais wraps always make my heart beat a little faster and I simply can’t resist buying a few more. While I have plenty of wraps left from our last bubba I have already put away some more for our new arrival, my best excuse was that they were on sale!

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Aden + Anais 4-pack Swaddles (from $27.45)

When people ask me about my number one must-have for a new baby I always vote for Aden + Anais wraps. They are such a useful, versatile, stylish and practical baby gift and you could easily use a few at the same time. When we have a new baby in the house we generally use one as a wrap, one as a sun cover on the pram, one as a mattress cover in the carrycot, one in my nappy bag and one for breastfeeding privacy and clean-ups. Now you can see why I need a whole stack of them!

When you don’t know the gender, you just have to buy both!

In my opinion Aden + Anais swaddles are always excellent value for money (they wash beautifully and really last) but of course it’s even better if you can stock up while they are on sale. If you are in need of some Aden + Anais goodies you better pop in at The Little Haven, who currently offer up to 50% off all Aden + Anais products. You can pick up a 4-pack of wraps for as little as $27.45, that’s an unbeatable price!

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More Aden + Anais goodies on sale

We don’t know the gender of our new baby just yet but that hasn’t stopped me from shopping. With prices this good I grabbed both pinks and blues, after all we know one of them will have to be right. Aside from the swaddles you can also pick up Aden + Anais blankets, comforter toys, sleeping bags and wash cloths, all heavily reduced. Be quick as stock as limited and sure to sell out.

To find out more about The Little Haven, to browse the range and to order online visit www.thelittlehaven.com.au.