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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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    How to choose a car seat that works for you?

    How to choose a car seat that works for you?

    Car seat manufacturing is one of the fastest and most innovative growing industries in the world - which is an excellent thing considering the concept of car seats was first to simply enable a baby or child to see out the window better! Now there is 5 point harnessing and build in air bags, bamboo wicking and cup holders galore. The list of new features for car seats, both for safety and aesthetic reasons go on. So it can be hard to sift through what is good, what’s not applicable to you and what suits your lifestyle best. Are you active? Do you like to get out of the house a lot as undisturbed as possible? Are you more budget conscious, and want to limit the amount of different seats you’ll have to buy? We’ve compiled a list of the different types of seats on the market at the moment, with pros and cons for each.


    Baby capsule
    The capsule has been the holy grail for mothers, a welcome addition to the standard car seats. Being able to carry your baby

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    Budget friendly nursery decorating ideas

    Budget friendly nursery decorating ideas

    As a first time mum, planning the nursery where your baby will (hopefully) sleep and where you’ll share beautiful bonding feeding moments in the middle of the night is pretty special. Pinterest, Instagram and any ‘nursery’ google search will land you in a world of rich cottons and delicate wall mounts, plush feeding chairs with matching ottomans and gorgeous wicker bassinets. And while the idea of having the absolute best for your baby and creating an ‘inspirational’ play space can be exhilarating, the costs involved can put a damper on it. Of course they don’t have to, and having children will certainly teach you to be thrifty if nothing else! We have compiled a list of practical objects that each nursery needs to be functional, while giving you some options on how to keep the costs from mounting!

    Sleeping:
    The first object you’ll probably buy for a nursery is the place your baby is going to sleep. The most cost effective way to do this, is to buy someth

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    Why every mum needs an umbrella stroller

    Why every mum needs an umbrella stroller

    Umbrella strollers got their name from the handle - which is curved, like an umbrella handle. They also fold up compactly and thus can resemble the good old rain cover! They are lightweight, easy to manoeuvre and perfect for traveling or short journeys. So why should you splurge and get one not only as a travel pram, but as a whole extra pram?

    Have you ever resent on your pram when you're:

    • trying to lift it to and from the boot?
    • trying to get the seat clicked onto the base properly?
    • deciding to take the kids shopping and can't get down an aisle?
    • checking it in at the airport?
    • can't fit anything else into your car because it takes up all the space?

    A lightweight stroller is perfect for all of the above scenarios. You can keep it in the car as your pram for out and about, you can travel long distances with it without it being a hassle and it’s such a good day pram. It doesn’t make your pram obsolete - it sti

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