Monday, June 10, 2013

Tips for Practical Praising of Your Kids



Praising your kids is an important part of building their self-esteem and confidence. But before you break out in applause, there are some important dos and don't's to keep in mind that will help your child find value in your words of encouragement - from WebMD.

Be specific. Instead of saying, "you're such a good baseball player," say, "you hit the ball really hard and you are an excellent first baseman." Being specific is much better and helps kids identify with their special skill.

Be genuine. Praise should always be genuine. Kids have a way of knowing when your praise is insincere, and when it is, you lose trust. Worse yet, they become insecure because they don't believe your positive words, and they find difficulty in telling the difference between when you really mean it and when you don't.

Encourage new activities. Praise kids for trying new things, like learning to ride a bike or tie their shoelaces, and for not being afraid to make mistakes.

Don't praise the obvious. Try not to overdo praise about a child's attributes: "You're so smart, handsome, pretty, bright, talented, gifted..." Parents and grandparents are, of course, going to indulge in some of this, and that is OK. But if your kids hear a constant litany of praise, it will begin to sound empty to them and have little meaning.

Say it when you mean it. Saying, "good job," when you mean it or, "boy, you really worked hard on that paper," tells children that, as parents, you recognize the value of their hard work and efforts. It also tells them that you know the difference between when they work hard at something and when it comes easy.

Focus on the process. Praise children for their effort and hard work, not for their inherent talents. Remember, it's the process not the product that matters. Not all kids will be fantastic athletes or brilliant students or accomplished musicians. But children who learn to work hard and persevere have a special talent.

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Friday, June 7, 2013

Nutella Popsicles!


Image by Kidspot.
These Nutella popsicles from Kidspot are made with just two ingredients. They taste a bit like a chocolate Paddle Pop but you can make them at home and the kids will love them.

This amount will make around six serves but this will depend on the size of your popsicle moulds.

Ingredients:
  • 1 cup full cream milk
  • 1/3 cup Nutella
Method:
  1. Gather all ingredients and popsicle moulds.
  2. Place the milk and Nutella in a blender and blend until thoroughly combined.
  3. Pour into a popsicle moulds.
  4. Freeze and serve
Try a Zoku pop maker - it will make you six popsicles in fourteen minutes. You could use a milk shaker canister and shake this mixture by hand if you don't have a blender or stick mixer.

Please ensure that you do not serve these around or directly to anyone with a nut allergy. You can use almond milk in place of the full cream milk in this recipe.

This recipe was created by Jennifer Cheung for
Kidspot, Australia’s best recipe finder. 

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Thursday, June 6, 2013

Top 10 Tips for Reducing Toddler and Parental Tantrums



We often think of tantrums as an inevitable consequence of having a toddler, but you can reduce the tears and over-the-top reactions with consistent and creative parenting. Read on with these top ten tips from Bub Hub.

Even with your best parenting, all kids will have the odd tantrum. They are a natural reaction to a world built for big people, with boundaries in place that little people don’t understand, and especially to not having the words and skills to express their desires. If you can’t say, “but Mum, I want to play a while longer” the reaction is likely to be, “WAAAAHHHHH!”

10 ways to prevent and reduce tantrums
  • Model the behaviour you want. Mainly, don’t have tantrums yourself in front of the child. If you need to go outside to kick a brick wall or scream, do it. If you lose your cool, your kid will think that’s a great new game – getting Mum/Dad to lose their cool. It also shows the child you think this is acceptable behaviour. Show your children you are open to new ideas and events, not easily disappointed, and flexible – for the most part, they will follow suit. If you have calm, rational reactions to challenging situations and persevere in the face of difficulty, your child will learn to be calm and persevering, too.
  • Don’t give in once you’ve said “enough” or “don’t touch.” And think very carefully before you say anything, so you NEVER go back on your word. Once you have allowed something, even once, your toddler will think it is now and always an allowable activity. If your child knows you will change your mind easily, they will push for this. Stick to your own rules without making a big fuss over it.
  • Give incentives. When you have to leave a place or finish an activity, give the incentive of a next thing to look forward to. “We have to leave now” is nowhere near as enticing as “we have to leave now so we can do some finger-painting at home!” Keep your eye on the prize – reiterate the incentive often (elaborate if you need to, but don’t change it) until you achieve it.
  • Give them warning. Give a ‘five-minute warning’ before nappy changes, activity changes and leaving a place your child is enjoying. Say WHY these things are necessary (“We need to change your nappy so you don’t have a wet bum, we need to go so we can get to Grandma’s”).
  • Carefully choose your response to tantrums. Save your ‘big reactions’ to good behaviour; kids love to please us, and consistent praise of good deeds, words and actions brings more of them. Some small transgressions are best ignored, others with a gentle reprimand. Tantrums tend to ensue when toddlers are hungry, tired or over/under-stimulated, and can be avoided by paying close attention to your child’s needs and providing snacks, quiet time or a nap before they realise they even need these things, and not overloading toddlers with choices and activities at these times.
  • Keep it simple. When giving directions to your toddler, use simple language you know they understand. Repeat your directions a few times or change the words you use if they don’t get it. Touch your child on the shoulder and say their name before you give directions so you know you have their attention. Rather than expecting them to pick up the blocks on the floor or put away their shoes when they are engrossed in an activity, choose transitional times between activities for these kind of tasks.
  • Set important boundaries. Some things are annoying for toddlers as they are objects their parents often touch, like hot mugs of coffee, and which are totally out-of-bounds. Make your life easier by ALWAYS watching where you put your coffee, not ever letting young children play with cups and mugs (it’s much harder to go back if you allow it even once), and teaching WHY it is important not to touch …"the mug is HOT." Cultivate in-built instant reactions to “Hot!” and “Stop!” Hot means keep your hands away. Stop means go no further, or freeze where you are.
  • Use positive directions/redirection. Take the focus AWAY from the object/activity you want to dissuade, and focus on something new that is allowed. Don’t harp on about the disallowed activity (this brings the focus back to it), make the allowed activity/object seem new and exciting. Get down to their level and look them in the eyes when you speak. If you are showing them something and want their attention, tap, scratch or use noise to show them where you want their attention.
  • Teach them the right words. If your child wants a drink or is hungry and is using crying, whining noises or anything other than words to tell you, explain the way to ask for what you think the child wants – “yes, I want juice” or “no, I don’t want it” etc. My toddler thinks this is a great game, watching Mum talk to herself like this, and he finds it so funny that is defuses most whinge-attacks.
  • Tell the child how to, rather than NOT to, do something. Say “pat the dog gently” or “glass can break – touch it like this”. Toddlers need experience of how to do things and if told constantly NOT to do things, their frustration levels rise and tantrums ensue. Be patient when instructing your child – then count to five and be patient again!
We hope these tips can go some way towards helping communication between you and your toddler, and keep tantrums to a minimum. Keep on parenting with love, gentleness, compassion and consistency and you will bring positive change to the life of your family.

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Wednesday, June 5, 2013

A DIY Project for You and the Kids - A Home-Made Magnifying Glass



These would be perfect for party favors or a birthday craft or to simply make at home. It is a little science experiment and a very cool looking toy when you are through, from Just Mommies.


The materials:
  • A plastic bag
  • Water
  • A small embroidery hoop
  • A wooden dowel (if you'd like to make it easy to transport)
  • Hot glue and scissors.
 

The process: 
  1. Spray paint the embroidery hoop and the dowel whichever color your'd like to coordinate, or leave them plain for an at home project. Black would be perfect for a spy or treasure hunt party! 
  2. Fill your plastic bag about 10% with water and make sure to seal fully. 
  3. Hold each of the four corners of your water bag together to center the water.
  4. Lay the bag center down inside the bottom embroidery hoop circle.
  5. Top with the outer circle and tighten the hoop together for security.
  6. Turn your hoop over and cut around the bag along the hoop back. Make sure the bag being left behind is pulled tight before cutting.
  7.  Seal off the bag and hoop closer with a string of hot glue (careful with this step if kids are helping). 
  8. Glue on dowel to make the hand hold. Use your magnifying glass to peer into small words, or to explore outside and see ants in a whole new light! 
 

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Tuesday, June 4, 2013

All Things Hanging from Moo Said the Cow


Magical mobiles, friendly balloons, hooks and tree stands – all things beautiful for the bedroom from online children's store Moo Said the Cow.


Visit Moo Said the Cow.

Monday, June 3, 2013

Smooze Fruit Ice – the Healthier Alternative
to Lunchbox Treats


Forget the days of feeling guilty every time you reach for an icy treat in summer. Now you can have a healthy, natural, delicious snack as often as you like because Smooze Fruit Ice has only 66 calories per serve!

Responsible serving sizes of 65mL encourage healthy eating habits for the whole family, while adults are able to use Smooze Fruit Ice in cocktails, smoothies, or even curries. Being 100 per cent natural, Smooze Fruit Ice is the perfect summer snack for Australians with gluten, dairy and preservative intolerances. 

With 64 per cent of Australians considering themselves overweight and 82 per cent of people actively trying to lose weight by changing their diet, the need for a healthier way to cool down as the weather heats up is greater than ever. Smooze Fruit Ice is worth 2 Weight Watcher’s Pro Points.

Smooze Fruit Ice is made with a base of coconut milk, with real fruit added to create four delicious flavours – Pineapple + Coconut, Pink Guava + Coconut, Mango + Coconut and Simply Coconut. Available in boxes of 10, Smooze Fruit Ice doesn’t need to be frozen all the time, making it a convenient addition to the pantry all-year around. For this reason, Smooze Fruit Ice can be found not in the frozen section, but in the dessert aisle of supermarkets, near ice-cream cones and jellies.

Smooze Fruit Ice is also free from cholesterol, trans-fats, artificial colours and flavours, preservatives and genetic modification. Halal & Kosher certified, Smooze Fruit Ices are so healthy there’s no need to call them a ‘treat’ – the entire family can enjoy them every day!

Smooze Fruit Ice is distributed in Australia by Health Attack.
 

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Friday, May 31, 2013

It's Mum's Big Day Out This Weekend at Flemington



When: Sunday, June 2nd 2013
Where: Inside the Atrium at Flemington Racecourse, Epson Road, Flemington.
Time: 9.00am to 1.00pm
Admission: $5 (Kids are FREE)

"Mum's Big Day Out" is a big market with free kids activities and giveaways from BIG brands.

This event will be ultra fun - FREE Goody Bag - FREE kids entertainment from Hey Dee Ho, Ready Steady Go Kids, Aardys Castles and our special Kidspot Corner. Enjoy giveaways from big brands and more!

Coffee and snacks are available for purchase and of course you can shop till you drop for the preloved bargains you know and love from Baby & Kids Market, as well as new goods from a selection of unique baby & kid focused businesses.

The Market is held inside the Atrium at Flemington Racecourse, Epsom Rd, Flemington. All our Markets are held inside, so no matter what the weather brings, we will proceed.

There is an ATM located at the Tabaret next to the Market however this is not open until 10am. Please bring plenty of cash as all market stall sales are cash only.

Please note that a small parking fee of $2 per car will apply for all shoppers attending this event. All parking is controlled by the VRC.


Visit Kidspot.

Make Your Own Chalkboard for the Kids!



Step One: Paint the wall (or surface of your choice),
Step Two: Once dry, use your chalk on your very own chalkboard!

Create a space that is fun and entertaining for the kids, anywhere! The kit comes with chalk, chalkboard paint and a paint brush!

 Visit TMOD.

Thursday, May 30, 2013

Quick Tips for Feeding a Picky Eater



Your child may happily eat some foods and toss others on the floor. Is it just a phase, and how long will it last? What do you do in the meantime: give them what they want or hold your ground? Find the answers to these and more below from WebMD

Solution: Don't Fight It: Don't turn mealtime into a battle of wills. Keep offering a variety of good-for-you foods, even if your kid rejects it at first. Many kids take their sweet time before deciding they like a new food after all, so keep trying. Offer fruit, vegetables, and even "grown-up" food, without pressure. Your child may surprise you with what they like.

Problem: Won't Eat His Veggies
: Does your child say he hates asparagus, even though he's never tried it? It happens a lot. Many vegetables have a strong smell and taste, especially when cooked. Be patient. He may want to see it and smell it before he'll taste it, and even then he may spit it right back out. Take a breath and try it again another day.

Solution: Give Him Choices
: Many children warm up to veggies when they've helped pick them out, whether at the store or at meals. If green veggies turn him off, try orange or red ones instead. Or offer them raw with a dip like ranch dressing or hummus. Although hiding vegetable purées in foods like baked goods or pasta sauce is a short-term fix, it doesn't teach them to like those veggies when they are out in the open. 


Problem: Drinks Her Calories: Does your child drink so much milk or juice during the day that she's not hungry at mealtimes? It can be a problem if she drinks so much it makes her miss meals.

Solution: Limit Liquid Calories
: For children ages 1 to 6, keep juice to 4 to 6 ounces a day. That's 1/2 to 3/4 of a cup. Avoid juice with added sugars. Water it down gradually until your child is drinking plain water. Or try serving milk or juice for meals and water the rest of the day. Your child should have about 2-2½ cups of milk a day. Remember that kids over 2 should be drinking 1% or skim milk.

Problem: Too Much Sugar
: Does your child have a sweet tooth that won't quit? She insists on sugary cereal for breakfast. You open her lunchbox to find she's eaten the cookie and nothing else. At dinner, she begs for dessert right away.

Solution: Everything in Moderation
: These tips may help tame your child's sweet tooth:
  • Offer snacks that are naturally sweet (low-fat yogurt, fruit, frozen bananas or grapes, apple slices with peanut butter).
  • Don't keep many sweets in the house. If they're not around, she won't be tempted by them (and neither will you).
  • Don't use sweets as a bribe or reward. Make them a small part of a balanced diet, rather than the big prize after your child has cleaned her plate.


Problem: Grazer: Many kids snack so much all day that they're not hungry at mealtimes. Kids need to eat up to six times a day, including three meals and two or three snacks. So how do you keep him full and happy all day while making sure he saves room for a healthy dinner?

Solution: Set a Schedule
: Get your child on track by setting a time frame each day for meals and snacks. Your child may still skip a meal once in awhile, but if there's a schedule, he'll know when to expect the next meal. If your child wants a snack at another time, offer items like fruit, vegetables, yogurt, peanut butter, cereal, or half a sandwich.

Why Is He So Picky?
Many young children are picky eaters. Choosing when and what they'll eat is how they learn to be independent. Most develop healthy eating habits as they get older. If you think your child physically has trouble eating, talk with your pediatrician. Those cases are rare, and remember, the pickiness is probably just a phase.

Does He Eat Enough?
If your child seems to live on nothing but three chicken nuggets a day, you might wonder if he needs a lot more. But if he has plenty of energy and is growing at a healthy rate, he's probably OK. Still, it's a good idea to talk to your pediatrician. If your child isn't growing at the normal rate for his age, you and your pediatrician should look into that. 


Do: Make Mealtime Fun: Little tricks can sometimes encourage better eating. For instance, you could cut foods into fun shapes using cookie cutters. Turn mealtime into a game to see who can "eat all their colors." Or try an at-home picnic for a change of scenery. Keep the mood happy and upbeat by talking about fun topics.

Don't: Bribe With Dessert
: "If you eat all your broccoli, you can have some ice cream." Don't go there. Bribing is shortsighted, and it backfires. It can teach your child to value treats more than other foods and to please you through food. Take the focus off dessert, don't use it as a reward.

Do: Keep Offering
: Just because he's turned up his nose at zucchini the last five times you've served it, don't give up. Most children will try a new food after it has been offered 10 to 15 times. When introducing new foods, keep portions small, and when you offer something new, also serve a food you know he loves.

Don't: Be a Short-Order Cook
: Resist the temptation to prepare special meals just for your picky eater. Offer the same foods to the whole family, but try to make at least one thing that you know he likes. If someone in your family is an adventurous eater, apply a little positive peer pressure by seating them next to the picky eater.


Do: Let Kids Help in the Kitchen: Kids who help prepare a meal are much more likely to eat it. Let your child help shell beans, roll out dough, wash lettuce, or other easy meal prep. She may give them a try once they are on her plate.

Don't: Negotiate
: Bargain with your child over food sets you up for a power struggle. Put the food in front of your child, and leave it up to her whether she eats it or not. Let her follow her own hunger cues.

Do: Set a Good Example
: Kids copy the adults in their lives. Are you modeling the kind of eating habits you want them to have? It's just like other things in parenting: Your child is looking to you, so let them see you walk your talk.

Don't: Fall into a Junk Food Trap
: It's tempting to give in when she asks for an unhealthy snack. If it's not a rare treat, giving in may start to set a habit that's hard to break. Kids naturally love sweet and salty foods, just like the rest of us, and it's up to parents to offer choices that nourish and to keep treats as exceptions.


Do: Pay Attention to Her Cues: If your child is pushing food around on her plate, she may be full. Forcing her to keep eating can set her up for overeating and weight problems down the road. Offer child-sized portions of a variety of healthy foods, and let her decide when she's had enough.

Will She Ever Outgrow It?
Most children get over being picky eaters by the time they reach school age. In the meantime, take it in stride. Praise your child for what she's doing right at mealtimes, and don't make a big deal about picky behavior. The more you talk about it, the more likely she is to keep doing it. A nutritionist can help you cover your child's nutritional needs, too.

Visit WebMD.

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Six Mobile Apps for Mums (Or Mums To-Be)



There’s an app for everything – from information about your baby’s in utero development, to games for when your kids (or you) are feeling bored, and to up-to-date news of the world – local and global. Here are six mobile apps that mums love and use all the time as features by Bub Hub.

Lactation mom

This app tells you what medications are okay while breastfeeding, as well as, environmental contaminants, diseases, and herbal substances. This great app will tell you just what you can and can’t do while breastfeeding, so you never have to worry if your environment, current medication, illnesses, or herbal supplements you may be taking will be detrimental to you or your baby while you are breastfeeding. This app costs a few dollars, but you can try it out for free for a set timeframe – get Lactation Lite – just to be sure if you can really benefit from this app.

What to expect: pregnancy

With this app, you can keep informed about your baby’s developmental progress from day one. You can track your pregnancy week by week and use a range of features like: 
  • Due date calculator
  • Week-by-week details on your baby’s growth and development
  • Weekly baby illustrations
  • Updates on your changing body
  • Slideshow of your belly pictures
  • Countdown to your due date!
ABC for kids

All of your kids’ favourite songs and videos are right here at your fingertips! You can watch great videos with Bananas in Pyjamas or Giggle and Hoot, or listen to much loved ABC music.


Emergency AUS

Provides real-time information about official weather warnings, incident reports, and gives you the most accurate and up-to-date information so you can make good and quick decisions should an emergency arise.

Shopping list

A high-tech, fancy app that allows you to manage your shopping list, and even have other people add to your list from their phone! You can customise the app to your liking and finally skip the scraps of paper that I know I end up losing half the time – or forgetting to pick up as I leave the house!

Wonder weeks

This app shows you all the developmental stages your baby goes through after birth and up to 20 months. It has all the information you could want about the leaps and bounds your baby is making in developmental progress – you can understand exactly what your baby is learning every step of the way, all from your mobile.


Visit Bub Hub.

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Quick and Easy - Microwave Brownie's for the Kids - Perfect for Winter



If you are in need of a chocolate fix then this microwave brownie is for you! Ideal for kids looking for a warm winter treat - try this Microwave Brownie recipie from Kidspot. Mix it in a mug and pop it into the microwave. When it beeps, top it with a scoop of ice cream for a delicious dessert.

Prep Time: 2 mins
Cooking Time: 2 mins

Ingredients:
  • 1/4 cup (40g) self-raising flour
  • 1/4 cup (60g) caster sugar
  • 2 tbsp cocoa
  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 3 tbsp (60ml) water
  • 1/2 tsp icing sugar (to sprinkle on top)
  • Ice cream (optional)
Method:

Step 1. Add flour to the cup.
Step 2. Add sugar to the cup.
Step 3. Add cocoa to the cup.
Step 4. Add oil to the cup.
Step 5. Add water to the cup.
Step 6. Mix all together until you have a smooth mixture.
Step 7. Place into the microwave on high for 1 min 40 seconds.
Step 8. Dust with a little icing sugar and EAT!

For extra fun - serve with a scoop of ice cream on top. We recommend using a BIG tea cup as your average mug is too small. Experiment with the microwave time as microwaves, like ovens, vary.

This recipe was created by Jennifer Cheung for Kidspot.

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Monday, May 27, 2013

The Pacifier that Grows with Your Baby from Difrax



Finally! A stylish pacifier designed to stimulate baby’s happiness at every stage and age.

As any parent will tell you, babies come in all shapes and sizes. They are all different and have their own unique personalities and set of needs. So why would you give your baby a one-size-fits-all pacifier? Now you don’t have to! Difrax, one of Europe’s most trusted brands, developed the perfect solution - a 3-stage pacifier system that will cater to every baby’s developmental stages.

Difrax pacifiers come in two distinct styles: Classic and Orthodontic. Each style has a 3-stage design to accommodate baby’s growth and development. As seen below, each size pacifier features colorful patterned designs that make little tots happy, as well as their responsible parents!

  • 0-6 months is the perfect first pacifier for a preemie or newborn, as the size of the nipple and shield has been scaled down to accommodate their smaller features. This design also has the softest nipple texture. Classic or orthodontic styles retail for $5.49 for a duo-pack.
  • 6-18 months is larger in size yet still suited to the baby’s development. The nipple is still soft, but a bit firmer than the newborn nipple. Classic or orthodontic styles retail for $5.99 for a duo pack.
  • 18+ months is unique in its design, because the nipple is solid, which prepares the child to be weaned from pacifier use. Classic or orthodontic styles retail for $5.99 for a duo pack.
Unique Butterfly Shape!

Each pacifier style shares a butterfly shape proven to prevent the nose from being obstructed. The added holes in the design allow airflow to reduce skin irritation. The Classic design features a round shaped nipple that is more suited to breastfeeding babies, as it has the likeness of a mother’s breast.

This style is completely interchangeable; there is no right or wrong way to use. Whereas the Orthodontic style’s specific design has a rounded top side of the pacifier to rest against the baby’s palate while the baby’s tongue presses against the flat side. It not only soothes; it also stimulates the development of the palate, tongue, and jaw muscles.


Benefits of Difrax Pacifiers

The nipple of the Classic pacifier is round and resembles the nipple. It is suitable for babies who turn the pacifier around in their mouths. The Orthodontic model stimulates the development of the palate and the muscles of the jaw and mouth.

Supporting Parents

Difrax also produces information for young mothers to help them navigate the early years of parenting. Their free downloadable book, the 'Giving Up Your Pacifier Book', is filled with stories, games, and activities to help children relinquish their pacifier in a stress-free manner. This book can be downloaded on the Difrax website.

See the Difrax pacifier system’s complete range of sizes and colors on their website along with a list of retailers. You can also follow them on Twitter and “like” them on Facebook.


Visit  Difrax.

Friday, April 26, 2013

Protect Your Baby With SnoozeShade



Wanting to be the perfect mum and not wanting to interrupt baby's napping routine is a reason mums often give for not getting out. However, it’s really important for new mums to get moving. Stroller walks can be a routine mums can employ to regain their health and pre-baby weight.

Stroller walking is a wonderful way for mum to begin focusing on her health once the new baby arrives. Here are the great reasons for mum to start a stroller walking routine: 

  • Helps new mums’ mental and physical well-being
  • Combats post baby blues
  • Gets mum out of the house so she won’t feel so isolated with their baby
  • Encourages her to meet other new moms and form playgroups
  • Helps mum to implement an easy exercise routine
  • Helps baby get plenty of fresh air in a protected environment. 
A primary concern for new moms is keeping their newborn protected while walking from weather elements including the sun and making sure baby sticks to its nap routine. SnoozeShade offers the ideal, effective shade system for the stroller to protect baby from harmful UV rays and creates a dark, cozy environment so baby can nap on-the-go.

The just launched SnoozeShade Deluxe collection offers an upscale sun and sleep solution for strollers and car seats that’s designed with a smooth, silver exterior fabric and new safety-certified snaps.SnoozeShade Deluxe protects up to 97.5% of UV rays (with UPF 40+) when in snooze mode, while projecting a sleek look so you and your baby can stroll in comfort AND style.

No more blanket draping, SnoozeShade offers the perfect solution for moms wanting to exercise outside while protecting their baby. Their shades offer versatile, year-round protection from sun, wind, insects, chill and light rain.



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Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Kate Ellis Pregnancy and Family Photography



Adelaide's best kept photography secret! Do you have images of your baby or are 
you pregnant?

As part of Sound Radiology's, beautiful 4D Ultrasound range of packages – you can now also receive a complimentary photographic session with Kate Ellis Photography including an 8"x10" matted art print.

All you need to do is purchase a Bebe or Grande Bambino 4D Ultrasound package (priced from $199) and you'll receive a gift voucher for a photographic session with Kate Ellis Photography (valued at $175 and valid for 12 months) PLUS a matted 8x10" art print of your choice valued at $70.

It's a no-brainer if you do the math - that's at least $444 of value for only $199.

Simply visit Sound Radiology and tell them Kate sent you!



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Tuesday, April 16, 2013

The 4 Moms Origami Stroller - ONE CLICK And It Collapses



Every mum's dream! This is the first stroller of its kind that has landed in Australia. 

The 4 Moms Origami stroller is:
  • Power folding, opens and closes itself at the touch of a button. 
  • Self Charging, generators in its rear wheels charge the Origami while you walk and can even charge your mobile phone. 
  • LCD dashboard includes thermometer, speedometer, trip and lifetime odometers. 
  • Lots of storage, cup holders, storage pockets, and a big removable storage bag. 
  • Accessories, the Origami stroller can be customised to suit your needs. 
  • Daytime running lights and pathway lights.

The RRP for the stroller is $1,499.95, there are extra accessories that come with the stroller - Origami Colour Kit (which comes in colours of Red, Pink, Green, Black & Blue each colour sold separately) - $149.95, Origami Phone Kit - $69.95, Origami Bassinet - $329.95.



Visit 4 Moms Origami or CNP Brands.

Thursday, April 11, 2013

The Baby & Toddler Show, Melbourne - April 12 to 14



For shopping, for advice, for baby and you! The Baby & Toddler Show is the ‘must-attend’ event for your pregnancy, baby and toddler this weekend in Melbourne. You will find Australia’s leading parenting experts, as well as amazing shopping and fantastic live entertainment for your little ones. 

Plus fantastic features, such as the Pram Trial Track, The Advice Hub, Feeding and Changing Rooms and expert seminars making this an unforgettable day out for your and your family.
  • Shop for everything from nursery furniture to nappies from 200+ of the hottest brands and grab a bargain with exclusive show discounts.
  • Sail through the early days of parenting thanks to the expert seminar series, including sleep guru Pinky McKay. Proudly brought to you by Bio-Oil.
  • Visit the unique, purpose-built Pram Trial Track and put your favourite stroller brands through their paces.
  • Take advantage of exclusive, personalised consultations with parenting experts at The Advice Hub.
  • Enjoy a live stage show, a hug and even a photo with TV favourite Peppa Pig.
  • Tend to your baby’s needs in the privacy of the luxurious baby macro feeding room and the Woolworths Select changing room
  • Take time out from the crowds, get some maternal wisdom and feel like a VIP mum in the Children’s Panadol Green Room.
  • Fun for everyone at the LEGO® DUPLO® Brick Pit, face painting, balloon animals and lots of special characters to hug and play with.
  • Everything that you need for your pregnancy, baby & toddler is all under one roof at The Baby & Toddler Show.

Visit The Baby & Toddler Show.

Thursday, April 4, 2013

New season Rosie Pose Winter 2013 collection


We'll miss those Summer days but there's special about rugging up in something soft and cosy. Start preparing those little tikes with some gorgeous outfits from the Rosie Pose Winter 2013 collection including new season Bebe and Sooki plus a super funky label from Sweden.

Get cosy with Sooki Baby's collection inspired by the winter highlands, forest friends and dinosaurs! From super cool Chuck high tops to sweet floral prints and splashes of colour, this Winter's Bebe collection is a must have for every wardrobe.

Stylish new brand - Lundmyr of Sweden - love the bold colours and cuts of Lundmyr of Sweden's collection. Their rompers have a unique "grow with me" button system that allows the suit to fit your bub as they get bigger.

Don't forget to use your VIP code for 10% off. Plus for a limited time only use your VIP code for all sale items too!


Check it all out at Rosie Pose.

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Healthy Recipes For Your Kids!


It can sometimes be hard to give kids food that's healthy and that also tastes great too! Here are some great ideas from Taste that your little ones a re sure to love and maybe even ask for more! 


APRICOT BALLS

Ingredients
2 cups toasted muesli
1 cup dried apricots
1/4 cup honey
60g butter, melted
3/4 cup shredded coconut
 

Method
1. Place muesli, apricots, honey and warm, melted butter in a food processor. Process for 2 to 3 minutes or until well combined.
2. Place coconut in a shallow dish. Roll tablespoons of muesli mixture into balls. Coat balls in coconut. Set aside to cool for 15 minutes before serving.

  

BROWN RICE & SALMON PATTIES

Ingredients 
1/2 cup medium grain brown rice
2 1/2 tablespoons olive oil
3 spring onions, trimmed, finely chopped
2 garlic cloves, crushed
415g can red salmon, drained, skin and bones removed, flaked
2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh coriander leaves
1/2 cup low-fat grated cheddar
125g green beans, thinly sliced
2 tablespoons wholemeal plain flour
1 egg, lightly beaten
1 tablespoon kecap manis
2 carrots, cut into sticks
2 celery stalks, cut into sticks
250g cherry tomatoes
100g trimmed snow peas, to serve  


Dipping sauce
1/2 cup plain low-fat Greek-style yoghurt
1 tablespoon sweet chilli sauce
 

Method
1. Cook rice following packet directions. Drain. Transfer to a large heatproof bowl.
2. Heat 2 teaspoons oil in a small non-stick frying pan over medium heat. Add onion and garlic. Cook, stirring, for 2 minutes or until onion has softened. Transfer onion mixture to rice. Cool completely.
3. Add salmon, coriander, cheese, beans, flour, egg and kecap manis. Season with pepper. Mix well. Using 2 level tablespoons of mixture at a time, shape into patties. Place on a large baking tray lined with baking paper. Refrigerate for 30 minutes or until firm.
4. Make Dipping sauce: Combine yoghurt and sauce in a small bowl. Cover. Refrigerate.
5. Heat remaining oil in a large non-stick frying pan over medium heat. Cook patties, in batches, for 2 minutes each side or until golden. Serve patties with vegetables and dipping sauce.



YOGHURT BERRY POPS

Ingredients
1 x 250g punnet strawberries, hulled, washed

1 x 500g container creamy vanilla yoghurt
1 x 150g punnet blueberries
8 wooden iceblock sticks
 

Method
1. Place the strawberries and one-third of the yoghurt in the jug of a blender or the bowl of a food processor and process until smooth. Pour evenly among eight 100ml-capacity iceblock moulds. Place in the freezer for 1 hour or until almost set.
2. Remove iceblocks from the freezer. Divide half the remaining yoghurt evenly among moulds. Tap moulds on a work surface to smooth tops. Place in the freezer for 1 hour or until almost set.
3. Place the blueberries and the remaining yoghurt in the jug of a blender or the bowl of a food processor and process until smooth. Remove moulds from the freezer. Pour blueberry mixture evenly among moulds. Insert wooden iceblock sticks into the centres. Return to the freezer for a further 2 hours or until set. Remove from moulds and serve immediately.


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Monday, February 4, 2013

Must Haves For The Youngest Wedding Guests


Weddings are a busy time and can often be twice as stressful while managing children. BubbleBum, SnoozeShade, and DaddyScrubs have created a winning combination of products to help keep “the big day” moving with ease while eliminating transition struggles, such as finding a manageable booster seat or a non-stimulating place for a small baby to nap.


On the big day, easily carpool the flower girls and ring bearers to the wedding or reception with 
BubbleBum! A perfect alternative to the standard plastic booster seat, BubbleBum weighs less than one pound and deflates in minutes, making it easy to pack into a purse during the wedding.

BubbleBum’s portability makes it convenient for families that are flying in from out of town. Use it on a plane or in a rental car, and alleviate the headache of worrying about what kind of condition a rental booster seat will be in! Designed with belt-positioning clips in place of armrests, BubbleBum’s size makes it possible to fit three boosters across the back seat of a crowded car, minivan, SUV, or limo. If the wedding party has to switch to a different car after the wedding, BubbleBum can be inflated in approximately one minute then easily transferred into a different car once the ceremony is over.

For the youngest wedding guests, 
SnoozeShade has designed an award-winning protective screen to minimize visual stimulation for babies that may need to get some rest during the excitement of the wedding. The SnoozeShade Car Seat and SnoozeShade Playard provide light-level altering which helps baby sleep in a darkened, safe place even if it is only midday. In the case of an outdoor wedding, the screen also protects against various weather conditions like rain, snow, sleet, or even insects, and it also keeps baby’s skin safe from UV rays.

DaddyScrubs' Daddy Diaper Pack holds everything you’ll need to keep on top of any and all emergencies during the busy wedding day! The diaper pack has two roomy compartments that can be easily filled with diapers, wipes, clothes, and toys so you can stay one step ahead during such a busy time. The custom design eliminates fumbling through deep pockets while the full straps and clips make removing it quick and simple if an emergency spill happens. Organizer pockets make it easy for money, keys, pacifiers, and even those special wedding rings to be stored safely without getting lost!

Stay ahead of the game with BubbleBum, SnoozeShade, and DaddyScrubs! The above products keep your wedding, or anyone else’s, as smooth, happy, and memorable as possible!





Thursday, January 24, 2013

Best High Chairs


High chairs make feeding your baby a breeze, they're a safe and simple way to help baby feel involved in family mealtimes and also allows you to still eat at the table with the rest of the family. Kidspot have given you a list of the best high chairs on the market…

Antilop 

The affordable, Swedish designed Antilop is made from lightweight, durable plastic to ensure years of use and easy cleaning. 
From: Ikea
Price: $29.99


Bella Hi-Lo

Removable tray and cover make this highchair easy to clean, with adjustable seat and tray, plus slim design for easy storage.
 From: Babylove
Price: $149.95 


Fresco Bloom 

Innovatively designed to provide a 3 in 1 resting, feeding and play chair for modern contemporary families. 
From: Bloom Baby
Price: $599.00


3 in 1 Booster  

With unique dishwasher safe tray that easily swings out or removes with one hand, the 3 in 1 Booster is foldable and compact. 
From: The First Years
Price: $34.88


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