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    Thoughtful Baby Shower Gift Ideas

    Thoughtful Baby Shower Gift Ideas

    If you have a friend or loved one who is about to have a new baby, you’re probably looking for thoughtful baby shower gift ideas that they will love! But choosing the right gift can take some time and thought.

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    Child home safety tips to prevent injuries in the home

    Child home safety tips to prevent injuries in the home

    As a parent, you become so aware of the risks and hazards in the world around. Right from day one, you are tasked with the job of keeping a little person safe and you will do anything you can to ensure that. While there are some hazards you can’t control, a safe home is one thing you can be on top of.

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    Why baby toys are so important for development

    Why baby toys are so important for development

    While you could just sit and snuggle your baby all day, introducing play and toys is such an important stage in their development. Providing stimulation and opportunities to develop skills and strength will help your baby hit those milestones they need to reach. Play in those early weeks and months is as much about spending time with your baby as it is about building their strength and knowledge of the world around them. Use “play time” to build the bond you have with your baby. It is the most amazing experience to watch them as they start to roll or laugh or simply engage with a toy.

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    Lightweight strollers – good things come in small packages

    Lightweight strollers – good things come in small packages

    Choosing a stroller is such an individual decision that depends on many lifestyle factors. While you can be guided by advice from friends, it’s best to take a look at your own lifestyle and budget to determine the right stroller for you. 

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    Choosing the Best Stroller for your Family’s Lifestyle

    Choosing the Best Stroller for your Family’s Lifestyle
    Choosing the best stroller for your family’s lifestyle is a big decision and sometimes one that can be confusing, especially to new parents. In this post we’re going to break down the key considerations when purchasing a stroller to help you make the right choice for your family. Read more »

    The key features to look for when choosing a convertible car seat

    The key features to look for when choosing a convertible car seat

    Given how much time you spend in the car, buying a car seat is one of the most important purchasing decisions you will make as a parent. The challenge lies in striking the balance between price, safety, comfort and durability.

    A convertible car seat is an ideal choice for newborns, providing flexibility with extended rearward facing for infants, while also offering forward facing as your child grows. Finding a safe car seat that meets your needs comes down to the features that you value in a car seat.

    So what should you be looking for in the best car seat for you?

    Comfort

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    5 most important features to look for in a booster seat

    5 most important features to look for in a booster seat

    You’ve made it through the capsule phase, done the rear-facing thing and now your child is old enough for a booster seat.

    Much like your earlier experiences with buying car restraints, the options are endless and you need to work out which is the best booster seat to suit your family’s needs.

    Booster seats these days can have so many features. And, of course, the price tag to match. Whether you choose an unharnessed booster or a convertible booster seat will largely depend on the size of your child, but there are loads of other features to consider.

    When to move to a booster seat

    The law as it relates to car restraints in Australia is age and height based. Depending on their seated shoulder height by approximately the age of four, a child must be sitting in a forward-facing approved child restraint, such as a booster with an inbuilt harness, or an unharnessed booster seat with a properly fastened and adjusted seat belt. They must rem

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    9 Mum Hacks you need in your life

    9 Mum Hacks you need in your life

    It doesn’t matter how independent you are, how ‘together’ you think you have everything, isn’t it nice sometimes to just be told what to do? What decision to make? What you need?

    This is especially true as a mother who makes 679 decisions a day, whether it is if the children need jumpers, or what to cook for dinner, or if they made the right choice in their pram. Being thrown into the job of the most unknown is mind boggling, so lists are good. Lists are your best friend. Lists you can read online, like 9 MUM HACKS you need in your life are ultimate! So , wherever you are, if it be hiding in the pantry, or working your toosh off in the office, or on the school run – here, is your best friend list.

    1. Snacks are life. We know this. Kids know this. Number one hack, or rule, is to never leave the house without a snack – even if its a small container of sultanas, or the crowd pleaser banana, when the kids are whining in the post office line you’ll be patting yourself on t
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    Top 8 pre baby must haves for the home and bag

    Top 8 pre baby must haves for the home and bag

    The baby bag and nursery essentials have been specifically covered, but how about just an overall list of some absolute must haves before you’re due to give birth?

    1. Your car seat is the difference between you sitting in the maternity ward for all eternity, and zooming off home to begin life with a new life. Choose well and you'll be happy and content in the knowledge that your baby is safe and sound. It can be a big decision, so we make sure that all of our convertible car seats and baby capsules accommodate all families personal choice and budget (we even have AFL themed booster seats for the AFL die hard!). 
    2. A bassinet that is lightweight, safe and portable. Something that will fit through a doorway to freely move around the house. our Coco bassinette fits the bill on all fronts, and is absolutely stunning and whimsical (enough to take 'Pinteresty' photos of baby sleeping - only you know how long it took to get them there!?. it comes in white or ta
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    Choosing the right highchair for your child

    Choosing the right highchair for your child

    While the internet, magazines and social media are saturated with tips and suggestions on how to choose the best mode of transport for your baby, we are less likely to see the same about highchairs. Which is strange really because we all know that the stay at home parent spends a lot of time .. staying at home! And as there are are multiple choices when it comes to car seats and prams the world of highchairs is also laden with options. Would you like something made from plastic, or wood? Does a clip on highchair work for you, or is something large and sturdy the best option? Here are some different types of highchairs you can get, and some pros and cons on each.

    ‘The Basic’ - moulded plastic/metal with tray and harness
    The typical highchair, inexpensive and requiring little to no assembly, this type of high chair is usually a go-to for the budget conscious family. If it lasts through more than one child (which chances are it will, they’re normally prett

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