Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Janod Wooden Toys from The Hip Infant


Janod are a French based company, recognised for their striking range of children's wooden educational toys, each beautifully designed with bright bold colours with children's learning in mind. Each Janod toy is exquisitely packaged and make a fabulous gift choice for birthday's and other special occasions. The Hip Infant have a great range of selected Janod wooden toys, here are our favourites…

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Tuesday, November 29, 2011

The Essential Bodysuit…



The first thing most babies wear is a bodysuit and Natures Baby's Organic cotton short sleeved bodysuit from Bebe is an essential for newborns. The easy snap bottoms which won't ride up and expose baby's tummy and back, make nappy changes easy. For ease of dressing, they have an envelope neckline and is double stitched in natural cotton thread.

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Monday, November 28, 2011

Baby Shower Games


We came across some great games for your baby shower on Belly Belly
  
The Price Is Right…?
What You’ll Need
A selection of baby products varying in price
Notepad and pen for each guest
How To Play
This game is simple but fun – buy around 8 baby products which vary in price and place them in random order on a table or bench. Each guest must guess how much each item costs and write it down on paper. The guest who guesses closest to the amounts wins. An easy way to tally the total up is to work out the differences in amounts of the guessed amount and actual amount, then add up all the differences in prices for each guest.
 
Dress the Baby
What You’ll Need
A newborn baby sized doll (with a nappy on)
Disposable nappies
A timer   
How To Play  
For this game, each guest needs to take off doll’s nappy and then put another nappy back on the doll, as fast as they can, using only one hand – the other behind their back. Depending on the amount of guests and / or time you have, you could expand this to dressing also. The guest who changes / dresses baby the fastest is the winner.
 
Clothes Horse Game
What You’ll Need
A clothes horse
Lots of pegs
A timer
How To Play 
Place lots of pegs on the clothes horse and the guest to take off the most pegs and put them into a container or bucket in 15 seconds is the winner.
 
Belly Measure Game
What You’ll Need
A tape measure
Pen and paper for each guest
The guest of honour’s pregnant belly!
How To Play 
This is a simple game, everyone needs to make a guess of how many centimetres the mother-to-be’s belly is. The person who guesses closest is the winner.

Friday, November 25, 2011

How To Make A Travel Game



Create this great travel game from Homelife and keep your little ones entertained in the car or plane when travelling long distances.

What you will need  
 For the board
30 x 30 cm piece of felt - the edges finished with pinking shears;
Sewing machine;
Contrasting coloured sewing thread;
Two colours of clay;
Teaspoon;
Skewer; 

For the bag
2 pieces of calico - 20x15cm rectangles;
Sewing pins;
Iron;
A 50cm length of string;
Iron-on motif (we used an iron-on cross) 

How to
1. Zigzag stitch a grid on the felt to make the board.
2. To make the game pieces, create six small balls out of each colour of the clay, then flatten slightly with your thumb or the back of a teaspoon. Use a skewer to mark the pieces with noughts or crosses. Allow to dry completely.
3. To make the bag, pin together the rectangles of calico, then stitch around three sides (two long sides and one shorter side). Pin and press a hem along the unfinished opening, then stitch in place, leaving an opening for the drawstring.
4. Press the seams, then turn right side out.
5. Add an iron-on motif if desired.
6. Thread string through the casing and tie.

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Thursday, November 24, 2011

Personalised Door Stickers From Mooo



Instantly cure blank door syndrome and create the ultimate entry to your little ones room with these personalised door stickers from Mooo. These door decals are completely removable and reposition-able, simply peel the stickers off and re-apply. While most door stickers are made from Vinyl these decals are are made form a strong fine-weave adhesive fabric that doesn't stretch easily and will stick to almost any surface including, brick, glass, and painted walls. 

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Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Christmas Gift Ideas from kikki.K


kikki.K have some great gifts for kids this Christmas. From diaries to notebooks to pens and stamps, you are bound to find a great gift that your little one will love!





 


 
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Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Tike Bike II



The Tike II from happy little hippos is a superb development of the original Tike with some new features and upgrades. The Tike II is a bike without pedals, designed specially for 2-6 year olds to master balance, steering and motor skills without forming habits generated by trainer wheels that must be later unlearnt. 

A developmentally superior way to ride a bike, the tike allows younger children to experience the exhilaration and freedom of a bike while developing critical motor skills, independence and confidence before they can ride a two wheel bike. A safe approach to teaching young children to ride through limited steering angles, low centre of gravity and accurate steering geometry. 

The Tike is suitable for indoor and outdoor use. It comes in a range of fun colours and seats are adjustable for different heights (6 seat adjusters) and age groups. Seat covers are removable and washable and additional seat covers in different colours may also be purchased separately to cater for change in taste or gender of child.

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Monday, November 21, 2011

Shortbread Trees


 

Box up these shortbread trees for a Christmas gift both kids and adults will love. 

Ingredients (makes 3 large)
120g unsalted butter, softened
60g caster sugar
120g plain flour
60g rice flour (see note)
1 eggwhite, very lightly beaten
1/2 cup 100s and 1000s
 
Method
1. Preheat the oven to 180°C.
2. Place the ingredients in a food processor and blend until just combined. Turn out onto a well-floured work surface and bring together with your hands until you have a rough ball of dough. Use a floured rolling pin to roll out the dough to about 1/2 cm thick. Use a decorative or festive cookie cutter* to cut shapes from the dough, then place on a greased baking tray and bake in the oven for 20-25 minutes. Remove from oven, brush with eggwhite and sprinkle with 100s and 1000s. Return to the oven for a further minute.
3. Allow to cool completely before packing in tissue-lined boxes. 

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Friday, November 18, 2011

Benders

 
Benders are the secret weapon to get food successfully into your little ones mouth, because we all know it can be a mission! When first-time eaters start using utensils, their motor skills are not fully developed. Benders adaptable utensils were designed to help make the transition to regular utensils a little easier.

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Thursday, November 17, 2011

The Perfect Party Dress

We just love this summer dress from Seed. With an all over star print it's the perfect party dress for your little one!

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Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Stacking Toy



This delightful froggy fellow wobbles on his round base as littlies stack his colourful body parts. With lots of stimulating sounds and textures, this interactive toy is a great gift for babies.

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Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Mango & Raspberry Iceblocks



These colourful iceblocks make the most of new season raspberries and mango and are a sure hit on a hot summers afternoon.

Ingredients
1 cup chopped fresh mango
1 1/2 cups frozen raspberries
3/4 cup vanilla yoghurt

Method
1. Process chopped fresh mango in a food processor and transfer to a bowl.
2. Puree 1 1/2 cups frozen raspberries in the same way. Add 3/4 cup yoghurt to each bowl and mix to combine.
3. Fill 8 x 100ml iceblock moulds, alternating layers of mango and raspberry. Insert popsicle sticks into the iceblocks, cover and freeze until firm, about 4 hrs. To unmould iceblocks, dip quickly in hot water.Serve immediately. 

Monday, November 14, 2011

Gypsy Nursing Maxi Gown From Queenbee



The stunning Trimester Gypsy Nursing Maxi Gown From Queenbee, is oh so chic and stylish. The perfect dress for all your special events. Team with a pair of sandles and a colourful necklace for day or a pair of heels and a clutch for night. 

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Friday, November 11, 2011

Bobo Choses


Bobo Choses is back this summer at Kido Store with a fresh range of prints and colours that will make you wish you were a child again. From sail boats and bunnies to stars and moons, Bobo Choses mixes comfort with extra-cute style to create a range that kids will want to wear. Here are our favourites…





Thursday, November 10, 2011

Personalised Wooden Name Puzzles



Mooo personalised wooden name puzzles are a fantastic way for children to learn their own names. They're tactile, stimulating, colourful and fun! They make a great present and one that will be kept for a lifetime. 

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Wednesday, November 9, 2011

The Ultimate Baby Bag!



Tribe’s iconic Singapore Sling bag, made of luxurious soft-milled cowhide leather, comes in an array of classic shades and vibrant hues (our favourite is Raspberry!). A bag that can be dressed up or down, the Singapore Sling is roomy enough to hold all the necessary baby products whilst being chic and distinctively different at the same time. The Singapore Sling can be worn over the shoulder (sitting above, at, or below, hip level) or across the body, or simply hang from the pram.

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Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Choc Pancake Sundaes



Kids will go 'flat out' making these fantastic quick and choc pancake sundaes.
 
Ingredients (makes 8)
1 cup plain flour
2 teaspoons caster sugar
1 cup milk
2 eggs
1 tablespoon cocoa powder (see tip)
Olive oil cooking spray
8 small scoops reduced-fat vanilla ice-cream
1/3 cup chocolate topping
1/2 cup mini marshmallows
 
Method
1. Process flour, sugar, milk, eggs and cocoa until smooth. Transfer to a jug. Cover. Set aside for 20 minutes.
2. Spray an 18cm (base) non-stick frying pan with oil. Heat over medium heat. Pour 1/4 cup batter into pan. Swirl to cover base. Cook for 2 minutes or until light golden. Turn. Cook for 30 seconds. Transfer to a plate. Cover to keep warm. Repeat to make 8 pancakes.
3. Serve pancakes with ice-cream, topping and marshmallows.
 
Notes
• To freeze: Layer cooled pancakes between baking paper. Place in a snap-lock bag or airtight container. Freeze for up to 3 months. 
• To thaw: Thaw at room temperature overnight. 
• Tip: You could use Milo or drinking chocolate instead of cocoa powder.

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Monday, November 7, 2011

For Budding Little Chefs


IKEA's DUKTIG mini-kitchen and accessory range is the perfect start for your little chef-in-training!
 DUKTIG 15-piece breakfast set $14.99


 


DUKTIG 7-piece baking set $24.99

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Friday, November 4, 2011

Floral Wallpaper



Apply this stunning soft pink floral wallpaper, designed by Habitat baby, to the wall of your little girls bedroom for some instant WOW factor. This self adhesive wallpaper, made from fabric wall sticker material, do-it-yourself, instant wallpaper-look!

Thursday, November 3, 2011

How To Choose a Baby Name



Choosing a baby name is one of the biggest decisions you'll ever have to make. It's even bigger than choosing your wedding dress, first home, or any home for that matter, because your child will carry it throughout her entire life. So Kidspot have given some great tips on choosing the right name for your newborn.

Will it last?
Make sure the name you give your child will last a lifetime. It should not only suit when they are a baby, but a child, teenager, adult and a grandparent.

Edgy or conventional?
Decide if you want a different, edgy, unusual name or a traditional, old-fashioned one. Think about if you'd prefer a popular name that will “fit in” with your child's peers, or if you're happy for him/her stand out in the crowd? While the first name is by far the most important, you'll also need to discuss with your partner what surname you're going to use and if it goes well with the first name you choose.

Spelling
Think carefully before choosing an unusual spelling or pronunciation for your child's name. While a different spelling can make your child's name stand out, it may also mean a lifetime of spelling it out. Also consider your friends and family. Do you have close family members or friends who have children with certain names and does it matter if your child has the same name?

How does it sound?
When you choose your baby's first name, try it out with the chosen surname and middle name to see how it rolls off the tongue. If there's too much alliteration going on, or is difficult to pronounce, you may need to rethink one of the names. Think about what rhyming words can be easily strung with the name to avoid schoolyard name calling. Likewise, make sure it doesn't sound similar to another word that you don't want associated with your child.

You like Tom, he likes Tim 
Some couples find it really difficult to choose a name that they both agree on. This is a tricky one and in the end you'll both have to compromise. Try this strategy: Each make a long a list of names you both can live with - then swap lists and choose a name from the other's list and go from there.

The middle name dilemma
Remember to put the initials together to make sure your child's name doesn't spell something you don't want like DUM, or TIT. Middle names can be anything you fancy, but many parents-to-be like them to have some sort of meaning. It's common for parents to give their child their first name as a middle name. Many mums and dads also opt to pay homage to a parent, or in law, or special person by giving their child that special person's name as a middle name.

Give it time
Do your best to choose a lovely name that will last a lifetime for your child, but rest assured that whatever baby name you choose, within a few days it will suit him/her completely.

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Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Royal Doulton’s Winnie The Pooh Fine China Collection

 

Join the adventures of the everyone’s favourite silly old bear, Winnie The Pooh and his best friends, with Royal Doulton’s Winnie The Pooh Fine China Collection. Featuring charming artwork based on the original Pooh illustrations by E. H. Shepard, Royal Doulton’s Winnie the Pooh giftware brings all the unforgettable characters from the Hundred Acre Wood to life. 

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Tippy Toes Socks







Tippy Toes make the most gorgeous little socks, especially designed for keeping those little feet covered! They’re very cute, very colourful and come in a set of six, so your baby’s little feet will always be nice and toasty all day!