Megan's Miracle Babies

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After what I thought was an uneventful pregnancy with my first baby in 2006, I was told at an appointment that he was very, very sick and if there was any chance of saving him he needed to be delivered immediately, and that he was. Angus was born at 28 weeks and 2 days gestation due to severe IUGR (Intrauterine growth restriction) he weighed a tiny 790 grams. After 12 weeks of ups and downs in the NICU he came home, only to return to the NICU 10 days later where he required a tracheostomy which he had for 11 months. Angus had some complex health problems for his first 18 months due to his prematurity and when he was 15 months old he had a complete reconstruction of his trachea.

When he was 2 years old we decided that we were brave enough to try for another baby. Unfortunately that journey continued for the next 19 months. A miscarriage and IVF treatment and then miraculously we fell pregnant naturally. Things never felt right. I was on medication to try to avoid another premature birth, which was not to be the case.

On the 18th April, 2010 our angel baby Hamish was born at 19 weeks. Hamish had passed away sometime before he was born due to being severely growth restricted. Our hearts were broken and we had a little boy who couldn’t comprehend that his brother had gone to heaven before he even got to meet him.

Immediately we started to try again. Then another miscarriage. 9 months later I was pregnant again. I had problems from the start and at 19 weeks I was told that this baby would not make it. How could I lose another baby? I was offered a termination. I refused. Week after week my baby held on surprising all the specialists, who to this day are still amazed that he made it. At 24 weeks my waters broke and I was admitted to hospital. After many weeks and daily ultrasounds, the baby was struggling.

Saxon was delivered in October 2011 at 28 weeks and 4 days weighing 846 grams. He spent 16 weeks in hospital and then was home on oxygen until he was 6 months old. He completes our family. I have 2 earthly angels and 1 heavenly angel. I still yearn for another baby, but acknowledge just how lucky I am to have my 2 miracle boys.

 

 

 

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Baby Led Weaning – Is It For You?

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Starting solids; it’s such an exciting time in your baby’s life! Finally your little one is going to start getting a taste for the good stuff – one slobbery, awkward, half-spat-out mouthful at a time. If you’ve done any research at all on the matter, you know that there are two camps when it comes to starting solids – good old-fashioned purees, and the newer baby led weaning craze.

True baby led weaning (or BLW to those in the know) involves giving your baby zero purees at the start, and allowing their very first food experiences to be with whole pieces of food that they can pick up, taste and explore for themselves. The focus is less on making your baby eat something new, and more on allowing her to discover food at her own pace – and if that means for the first few weeks all she does is pick things up and smush them between her fingers, then so be it!

There is an entire movement of Mums singing the praises of baby led weaning, so when you begin your research, be prepared for lots of loud and proud opinions, and brags about 7-month-olds eating table food. Take these with a grain of salt though, as ultimately the decision depends on what you are most comfortable with.

What are the benefits?

BLW enthusiasts claim that babies who learn to eat solids this way are doing it on their own terms, and will therefore be more willing to try new foods as they grow older, resulting in less picky eaters. While we can’t say for sure that this is a totally accurate claim, it is true that babies generally prefer picking up, tasting and experiencing new foods themselves far more than being force-fed purees without having any control over the situation, and so may take to solids more willingly this way.

What foods are good to start with?

Foods that are soft and easy to grip work best at first. Think baked sweet potato “chips”, banana, long strips of avocado and very ripe slices of pear. Once baby has the hang of these, more foods can slowly be introduced.

Will my baby choke?

This is the number one concern of parents considering baby led weaning, and it’s a valid one! It can be daunting handing over a piece of baked sweet potato to a tiny human who has never experienced swallowing anything more substantial than gulps of breast milk or formula. However, babies are equipped with a gag reflex that is much further forward than ours, protecting them from swallowing things that are too big for them to manage. Your baby will almost certainly gag in the beginning, but this is a normal tool that will allow him to bring the food back forward and continue chewing and sucking on it until it is a more manageable, swallowable size. It’s all a learning experience, though it can give you a fright at first!

Can I start BLW after trying purees?

Purists will quickly point out that true baby led weaning starts on day one, and not after trying purees for a few weeks. However if you find that purees aren’t working out, there is no reason why you can’t change your approach and start implementing some baby led weaning tactics.

Is it ideal for everyone?

Nope. The decision is entirely yours. In your research, you will no doubt come across people who passionately support BLW, as well as some who violently oppose it. Try not to be influenced by people’s opinions, and instead use the facts to make an informed decision that you are 100% comfortable with.

The main thing to remember when it comes to baby led weaning? Patience is key. Your baby has suddenly had a whole new world of experiences open up to him, and getting food into his tummy isn’t going to be his number one priority. Don’t worry though; once he has the hang of eating, there will be no stopping him and he will soon be enjoying meals alongside the rest of the family.

 

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Celebrating Midwives With Medela!

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I met my Mid wife when I was 30 weeks pregnant, I actually had intended on hiring a midwife earlier but every time I mentioned to someone that I wanted a mid wife I was looked at as if I was going to have a backyard birth.

As it was my first pregnancy I didn't really know which way to go, I knew I wanted a calm as possible birth, natural and if possible at home. To some this may be scary especially for a first time mum, but it's how I had always envisioned my pregnancies. So at 30 weeks I finally bit the bullet and decided not to let outside influences affect my decision, my husband I agreed that we would meet with one and see how things went.

My first appointment with my mid wife, was actually beautiful she did all the things that I would normally get done in a hospital visit, but she took time, she placed her hand on my belly smiling as if I was bringing one of her own family members into the world, I automatically felt at ease with her. She explained the whole process in a kind and gentle manner and I couldn't help but feel connected to her after one visit, besides feeling like I connected with her I also felt really secure that she knew what she was doing.

Not only did she help with the planning and birth but she was also there after the birth to help me with breast feeding and adjusting to being a new mum. Using a mid wife might not be for everyone but I am glad that I followed my gut and used one.

Medela recently showcased the survey they conducted with 7,800 Australian mothers to better understand how midwives supported them on their motherhood journey. You also would have seen the interview they conducted with a few mums in this clip, to show how everyone’s experience is different.

 

 Medela is not only a leading global producer of technologically advanced breast pumps and vacuum technology. They also conduct a lot of research and provide education to the community and breastfeeding mums. Medela have been reaching out to the community through various exciting innovative programs assisting breastfeeding mums. Medela are excited to extend their support of mums through their new mobile app MyMedela, their free blog site and education for mums and health professionals.

 

Medela have also been kind enough to offer a $100 Medela voucher to their store www.medelastore.com.au To enter In 25 words or less let us know how did a midwife support you during those first few days of motherhood?” Please email your entry to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Competition closes 10th August, 2017. 

 

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Memorable Mum Moments with Curash™

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Anyone who has more than one child knows the struggle of siblings squabbling. Seriously I love being a mum but if there is one thing I can not stand its hearing my 7 and 5 year old argue and whinge at each other, it always ends in tears and normally they are mine ha!

In between the fights and tantrums there are plenty of nice mum moments though and I witnessed one today. I couldn't here much noise coming from their bedrooms and normally that isn't a good sign, so I went to check on them to see what they were doing. Before I got to the door I could hear them talking to each other about their Dolls, I peeked around the corner and saw they were dressing their dolls with about 30 Curash™ baby wipes spalled out around them, they had been playing babies and cleaning their dolls with the wipes. It seriously was the cutest thing to watch < even if they were wasting the wipes. To see their natural little mothering instincts come out was so sweet to see. Obviously my kids love Curash wipes as much as I do!

We have been using Curash™ products since we first bought home my eldest daughter 7 years ago and have found their products to be the best on the market.

We love how they have a complete range of products to care for babies skin from top to bottom. And given that they have been providing expert skin care advice for 35 years, it puts my mind at ease when using it on my little ones.

We love that the baby wipes are specially formulated irritant free wipes for extra sensitive skin. Soft, strong and gentle on your baby’s skin, they also come in value and bulk pack varieties.

Curash™ Fragrance Free baby wipes are developed with your baby’s delicate skin in mind and the makers of Curash™ ensure they’re:

  • Ideal for Newborns
  • Irritant Free
  • Dermatologically Tested
  • Soap and Paraben Free
  • Thick and Soft
  • Alcohol Free and pH BalancedAdded benefits include:
  • Curash™ Fragrance Free baby wipes are paediatrician and dermatologist tested, making them perfect for giving your baby a complete clean after each nappy change.

They also:

  • Help protect against nappy rash
  • Pop-up wipes – grab with one hand, so you always have a free hand to keep hold of your little one.

 

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The Most Popular Baby Names For 2017!

The Most Popular Baby Names For 2017!

With 300,000 babies born in 2016 there were sure to be some new and unique names, but did you know the most popular names where actually more traditional, with 2,145 boys being named Oliver and 1,817 girls named Charlotte.

There were however a few new names that we had never heard of and according to  McCrindle  these are the most popular baby names for 2017.

Most Popular Boys names for 2017!

1 Oliver 2145

2 William 1696

3 Jack 1666

4 Noah 1439

5 James 1269

6 Thomas 1254

7 Ethan 1193

8 Lucas 1148

9 Jackson/Jaxon/Jaxson1087

10 Lachlan 1022

11 Mason 1019

12 Alexander 1017

13 Henry 1012

14 Liam 992

15 Charlie 991

16 Max 983

17 Harrison 964

18 Leo 961

19 Samuel 929

20 Hunter 894

21 Jacob 866

22 Isaac 860

23 Hudson 854

24 Benjamin 851

25 Cooper 849

26 Oscar 842

27 Levi 836

28 Harry 786

29 Joshua 781

30 Xavier 777

31 Elijah 763

32 Ryan 726

33 Archer 700

34 Archie 691

35 Riley 662

36 Sebastian 653

37 Harvey 652

38 George 634

39 Daniel 618

40 Jayden 601

41 Logan 584

42 Patrick 579

43 Finn 568

44 Lincoln 561

45 Flynn 549

46 Nate 540

47 Eli 537

48 Edward 520

49 Tyler 508

50 Aiden 507

51 Theodore 502

52 Arlo 492

53 Jordan 490

54 Hugo 485

55 Luca 482

56 Connor 480

57 Kai 474

58 Michael 470

59 Zachary 470

60 Austin 442

61 Angus 440

62 Louis 438

63 Ashton 434

64 Joseph 429

65 Luke 402

66 Blake 398

67 Hamish 392

68 Owen 391

69 Matthew 391

70 Beau 386

71 Nicholas 383

72 Dylan 374

73 Chase 368

74 Jake 366

75 Carter 354

76 Jasper 350

77 Charles 336

78 Caleb 330

79 Adam 321

80 Muhammad 320

81 Toby 313

82 Nathaniel 311

83 Felix 295

84 Sonny 270

85 Nathan 249

86 Ryder 247

87 Darcy 246

88 Dominic 243

89 Christian 237

90 Spencer 234

91 Fletcher 221

92 Gabriel 215

93 Ali 206

94 John 193

95 Lewis 193

96 Maxwell 182

97 Marcus 180

98 Hayden 169

99 Vincent 164

100 Parker 153

 

Most popular girl names for 2017!

1 Charlotte 1817

2 Olivia 1632

3 Mia 1401

4 Ava 1397

5 Amelia 1375

6 Isla 1203

7 Sophia/Sofia1163

8 Chloe 1115

9 Grace 1082

10 Emily 1076

11 Evie 1072

12 Sophie 1032

13 Lily/Lilly 1017

14 Ella 977

15 Isabella 953

16 Zoe 951

17 Ruby 937

18 Harper 935

19 Evelyn 919

20 Ivy 890

21 Matilda 866

22 Scarlett 786

23 Lucy 778

24 Sienna 761

25Isabelle/Isabel760

26Maddison/723

27 Willow 713

28 Georgia 698

29 Aria 659

30 Emma 649

31 Zara 641

32 Hannah 634

33 Eva 620

34 Mila/Milla 610

35 Layla 554

36 Abigail 551

37 Audrey 531

38 Violet 463

39 Alice 439

40 Piper 434

41 Savannah 407

42 Ellie 406

43 Annabelle 398

44 Stella 392

45 Imogen 392

46 Jasmine 388

47 Mackenzie 376

48 Madeleine/Madeline373

49 Elizabeth 363

50 Alexis 356

51 Maya 356

52 Poppy 350

53 Phoebe 349

54 Penelope 349

55 Frankie 343

56 Sarah 334

57 Eleanor 333

58 Hazel 326

59 Summer 325

60 Emilia 321

61 Chelsea 315

62 Addison 314

63 Anna 305

64 Harriet 298

65 Claire 297

66 Indiana 294

67 Billie 288

68 Eloise 288

69 Ayla 286

70 Bella 283

71 Paige 279

72 Lola 277

73 Elsie 272

74 Eliza 271

75 Jessica 269

76 Rose 269

77 Aurora 268

78 Eden 261

79 Daisy 239

80 Ariana 224

81 Olive 219

82 Bonnie 210

83 Alyssa 203

84 Hayley 198

85 Thea 195

86 Victoria 187

87 Holly 185

88 Aaliyah 180

89 Charlie 176

90 Quinn 174

91 Molly 162

92 Heidi 158

93 Eve 148

94 Aisha 143

95 Lara 141

96 Peyton 138

97 Florence 119

98 Alexandra 108

99 Brooklyn 98

100 Sadie 97

 

 

 

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Introducing the next generation of skincare adapted to each skin type by Mustela®.

Introducing the next generation of skincare adapted to each skin type by Mustela®.

 

One lucky parent can win a Mustela pack simply enter HERE

New scientific research reveals each baby is born with a specific skin type and need. Introducing the next generation of skincare adapted to each skin type by Mustela®.

Mustela® is the first skin care company globally to embark on a research program that analyses the physiology of babies and children’s skin from outer layers of the epidermis all the way to the deepest epidermal layers. Using advanced, non-invasive imaging technologies and the development of the world’s first reconstruction of babies and children’s skin, Mustela® researchers discovered that a baby’s skin is most fragile between birth and age of two and scientifically demonstrated babies each have different kinds of skin with different needs, deserving of its own care.

The breakthrough insight shows children are born with either: Normal skin that needs to be hydrated daily; Dry skin that needs to be hydrated and nourished, and Extremely dry/eczema-prone skin, subject to extreme dryness and sensations of itching, that needs to be hydrated, soothed and replenished daily. With this insight, Mustela® developed patented specific natural ingredients - clinically proven under dermatological and/or paediatric supervision - to be effective for each type of skin.

The ingredients in the new range include:

  • For Normal skin: Avocado Perseose®, a patented natural ingredient that deeply hydrates skin epidermis, protects the skin barrier and preserves the cellular richness of the skin.
  • For Dry skin: Avocado Perseose® and a dermo-nutritive complex that deeply nourishes the skin.
  • For Extremely dry eczema-prone skin: Avocado Perseose® and a patented natural ingredient, Sunflower Oil Distillate®, which replenishes and soothes eczema-prone skin.

Already an established brand with a global cult-like following (number 1 baby dermo-cosmetic brand in Europe), Mustela® has taken the range to the next level with this new generation of hygiene and skincare products adapted to all skin types from birth onwards. Products available, priced between $7.95 - $34.95 rrp, include Foam Shampoo for Newborn, Gentle Cleansing Gel, Body Lotion, Face Cream, , Vitamin Barrier Cream, Multi-Sensory Bubble Bath, , Travel Set, No Rinse Cleansing Water and fragrance-free skincare products like Stelatopia Emollient Cream, Stelatopia Cleansing Cream and more.

The baby skincare expert for over 60 years, Mustela® guarantees safety from birth onwards and is committed to minimising environmental impact with eco-designed products that are conscious of people and the environment at each stage of their life cycle. With a priority given to ingredients of natural origin, there are no parabens, phthalates or Phenoxyethanol. Light textures and delicate fragrances add to the appeal.

The new Mustela® bébé-enfant *range is available in Chemist Warehouse, Babies "R" Us, Amcal, Chemmart Terry White, Priceline, and all good pharmacies. To make it even easier for parents to work out what skin type is right for their baby, Mustela® has created an online 2-part skin diagnosis questionnaire. With Mustela®, it all starts with skin.

And for one lucky parent we have a Mustela pack up for grabs simply enter HERE

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GIVE AWAY - 1 X - Tend Sleepsuit up for grabs

GIVE AWAY - 1  X - Tend Sleepsuit up for grabs

 GIVE AWAY - 1  X - Tend Sleepsuit up for grabs ENTER HERE 

I love this sleep suit as my son hates blankets and is a little too big to wear a sleeping bag. I can never find the matching tops and bottoms for pyjamas either - so this is the perfect solution! 3 kids and I finally have the solution for my 3rd child! 

Today was the first day this school term that I have looked half decent at school drop off, you see for the past couple of weeks my 3 year old has been climbing into bed with us at all hours of the night, sleeping on me with limbs I didn't even know he had haha. As any mum who has little ones climb into bed  with them knows that you don't get a lot of sleep at all, if you are anything like me you roll out of bed in the morning, rush around to get kids ready for school and its not before you are dropping kids off and talking to other parents that you realise you didn't even brush your hair ha!

My husband and I have tried everything to get our 3 year old to stay in his bed, we noticed that since the weather has changed and gotten cooler that he has been coming in and saying that his cold. < no matter how many blankets we put on him.

So we were pretty excited when we received the X - Tend Sleepsuit in the mail, these suits are great they have removable sleeves for the warmer nights as well. The X -Tend Sleepsuit is perfect because he is not one for keeping his blankets on, hence him coming into bed with us every night.

Well what do you know the last 3 nights he has slept through, which means I have as well, which equals a happy mum

These suits really are amazing and  they are luxurious, super-soft, certified organic cotton; no polyester, no harmful chemicals and pesticides, creating a healthier option for baby – while being super practical for parents.

The X-Tend Sleepsuit is an Australian-first invention that grows with baby! Simply extend the arms and legs of the suit once the baby is ready for the next size. Boasting handy features such as removable sleeves, hand and feet mittens and two way front zippers, it’s suitable for babies 6 months up to 7 years of age. For babies 18 months and up, a unique extra-large drop seat feature makes nappy changes or middle of the night toilet stops so much more convenient. The X-Tend Sleepsuit keeps baby safe and comfortable all night without the worry of kicking off blankets.

You can find more about X - Tend Sleepsuits here:  sleepycompany.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Raising Wild Kids: The Benefits of Outside Play

Raising Wild Kids: The Benefits of Outside Play

I am not an outdoorsy kind of girl. If there’s an opposite to “outdoorsy”, that is me. Indoorsy? Is that a thing? Let’s go with that. I am indoorsy. I choose dinner parties over picnics, yoga over hiking, and reading on the couch over laying on a beach towel in the sun. The sun-kissed, brown-as-a-berry skin I enjoyed up to the age of about 11 is but a distant memory. Pale and proud; that’s my jam.

For the last 18 months, this indoorsy girl has also been a mother. As an immobile baby, my son became very familiar with the confines of our home, of cafes and shopping centres, of friends’ houses and the local library. When he began walking, he was initially content with laps around the house and trips to indoor play centres. But pretty soon, he wanted more. He would stand banging on the back door, begging to be let outside. It was ingrained in him; he yearned to be outside. And so we began making trips out into the yard. Trips to the park. Trips to the beach. And my son became a wild boy.

When he goes outside, he comes alive. He runs, he tumbles, he explores. He gets dirt on his hands and knees. He sits and watches beetles in the grass. He splashes in the mud. He cries when it’s time to go back inside. And despite my indoorsy tendencies, going outside with him has become one of my favourite things.

I recently watched the short film “Canvas of my Life”, featuring the actor Jason Momoa talking about his creative childhood, and the way he is now raising his kids to be wild, free creatives. And despite the fact that it’s actually just a super-long ad for Carhartt pants, I haven’t been able to get it out of my head. Because for all my love of air conditioning and cups of tea, nothing beats a shot of a pack of happy kids racing through the woods and climbing rocks with big, wild grins plastered across their faces. That’s the kind of joy I want for my kid.

There are a number genuine of benefits to outside play, too.

1.     It’s active

Put a kid in the confines of four walls with a bunch of toys, and he will sit and play. Let him loose in a yard with grass, trees and dirt, and he’s unstoppable. Kids are natural explorers, and they just love to run. Being outside lends itself to active play.

2.     It’s sensory

They can smell the grass, hear the birds and cicadas, feel the wind on their face and crunch leaves beneath their feet. Outside play fully engages all the senses – yep, even picking up a handful of dirt for a sneaky taste counts!

3.     It’s healthy

They soak up some good old vitamin D, they inhales bucket loads of fresh air, and they stretch those little limbs in new ways, which contributes to their muscle development.

4.     It’s interesting

Our outside environments are subject to constant change – changes in the weather, new weeds popping up between the pavement, new leaves falling from the shrubbery. There are always holes to be dug, ants to be trailed behind and flowers to be picked. The engagement is endless!

5.     It’s confidence-building

Outside play is often quite independent, which gives kids a massive sense of self-confidence as they learn their capabilities and test their limits.

The benefits of outside play are endless, and so important for developing kids. These days I aim to get outside with my son at least twice per day – and I have to say I think I enjoy it almost as much as he does! So let’s hold that thought on my “pale and proud” skin – I just might end up revisiting that berry-brown glow after all!

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How Swaddling Boosts Your Kids’ Development!

How Swaddling Boosts Your Kids’ Development!

 

As a mum of three enchanting little girls (she said objectively and with a sigh of love), I’ve had my share of failures and successes with upbringing my kids. Not only does the process have a learning curve, but every baby has a unique tempo, personality and needs, so while there is much to learn with the first one, I had to reshape my mum-self to be better suited for my second and once again, for my third daughter.

 

Some things, however, such as swaddling and babywearing helped me stay sane and grow a deep, loving relationship with each of them. That doesn’t mean that all kids and parents enjoy these methods equally, so it’s important to always bear in mind your baby’s health and habits. Let me share with you how swaddling helped me be a better parent and my girls become as lively and happy as they are today!

 

Swaddling Calms Fussy Babies

 

All of my daughters have always had a temperament and they’ve never been afraid to express it! From day one with my oldest daughter, the wiggling and crying were almost endless, which of course lead to numerous sleepless nights. As soon as I started wrapping her up into a tiny burrito, she fell asleep more easily, reacted better to sleeping on her back, didn’t wake up so often and actually cooed more than cried.

 

While some medical experts wouldn’t recommend swaddling, others have recognized its effects on boosting your baby’s ability to sleep better and wake up well-rested and happy.

 

It Has Many Health Perks

 

The comfortable tightness of your swaddle encourages your baby to breathe slowly and mostly use belly breathing, which has endless benefits, from having a soothing effect, to increasing the amount of oxygen your baby gets. This, in turn helps regulate digestion and reduces potential inflammations and rashes. Once I learned all of this, I slept much more peacefully knowing that my baby is safe and sound.

 

It’s good to know that when your baby starts breathing only through the nose and starts trying to sleep on the tummy, it’s a good indicator that you can stop using swaddling and your baby will sleep, well, like a baby!

 

Warmth Boosts the Feeling of Safety

 

Just like when you keep your baby close, on your chest or in your arms, the feeling of warmth when you put them in swaddles naturally soothes your child. I imagine it would be like sleeping in a constant, cosy hug, embraced by that familiar fragrance of safety and cleanliness.

 

The comfortable, safe position of your baby’s hips, back and neck actually allows your baby to relax even when awake. The cotton is designed in such a way to provide a toasty protective layer in winter, and a light, breathable layer during summer, so your baby will be stress-free all the time.

 

How to Pick the Perfect Swaddles

 

If you are a newbie parent or you have many curious minds to confront like I do, door-to-door store shopping is out of the question. And again, if you’re anything like me, you’ll want to get your kids swaddles to match their emerging personalities and find something that just looks like your little bundle of joy. Nowadays you can easily buy swaddles online, check out recommendations of mums who have already tried the brand and use the benefit of home delivery.

 

Look for swaddles that are made of 100% cotton, to ensure proper breathability and hip support, so that your baby can sleep in a natural position. Also, check if it’s a one-size-fits-all, or if you should first weigh your wee one. Remember, a quality swaddle will also serve as a feeding cloth, a light blanket, and a safe toy! You’ll have your gorgeously designed and perfectly safe swaddle ready for your baby in no time.

 

All in all, I now have my two girls already in school and the youngest one in kindergarten, all three curious and clever, emotionally very warm but independent, and they surprise me daily with their bright ideas and incredible imagination. I’m having a hard time believing that they have grown up so fast and that burritos can produce such extraordinary originality and character!

 

I owe at least some of their present confidence and healthy self-love to bringing them up with swaddles and all kinds of baby slings that let us bond and become close. It seems that letting them enjoy their burrito-selves was beneficial in many ways, for me as much as it was for them. Now, our relationship grows deeper and stronger every day, and I couldn’t be more grateful for having three happy little girls that will surely grow up to be amazing people. The bottom line is, motherhood truly rocks!

 

References:

 

http://www.webmd.com/parenting/baby/news/20050502/swaddling-helps-babies-sleep

 

http://www.normalbreathing.com/why-when-to-stop-swaddling.php

http://www.lilfrasercollection.com.au/collections/swaddle-baby-wrap

 

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$10.00 Chorizo & Sweet Potato Pasta!

$10.00 Chorizo & Sweet Potato Pasta!

This is SOOOOO easy.

This is a great dish you can prepare in advance and just toss the spinach through before serving.

I would say this serves about 4-5 people, and as this can be served hot OR cold its a great dish to take to a barbecue thats just something a little different from your average salad or coleslaw.

Ingredients

3 cups of penne pasta (or any pasta is fine)

2 chorizo sliced and browned gently in a fry pan

1 medium cubed sweet potato (roasted)

70g of butter

1/2 teaspoon of dried sage

2 cups of spinach

Once your pasta is cooked al dente, drain and set aside.  To stop it sticking, add a small teaspoon of butter and stir through.  In the frying pan you used to brown your chorizo, add the 70g of butter and 1/2 teaspoon of dried sage and cook on high until bubbling.  Add the cooked pasta, the roasted sweet potato, chorizo to the butter sauce.  Stir until all the ingredients are covered.

Just before serving, toss the spinach leaves through so you have that lovely fresh bite.  season with a little pepper.

This Recipe was created by Jess Steel from Jess Steel Diaries.

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We Review One Of The Best Play Mats on the Market - Bubba Mat

We Review One Of The Best Play Mats on the Market - Bubba Mat

 

I have been through a few play mats with my little ones and Bubba Mat from SoftMats are the best by far.

I remember when my daughter was little I purchased a bag of these connecting alphabet pieces that turned into a mat, all you had to do was spend 2 hours putting them together to make the mat, to only then come out half an hour later and find that your little one had pulled all the pieces apart ha! It looked great but wasn't practical at all. Then with my son we purchased the car road track mat off ebay the print was awesome but it was carpet and my son didn't think it was great for pushing his cars on , especially when there was last week's Weet - Bix squished into it still < no matter how hard I tried to get it out!

Then we got onto Bubba Mat from SoftMats, these mats are seriously amazing, Soft, safe, non-toxic, comfortable for the kids and mum and dad, and simply wipes clean making it ideal for growing families.

But what I  love most about Bubba Mat is the fact that it is reversible, I love the Bubba Mat actually grows with your child. Take the 'Urban' BubbaMat below for instance. One side you have town and road set, and a train line with alphabet and numbers, which is perfect for a little one, and the other side has a more contemporary feel that can be turned over when you have visitors, it can even be used in a teenagers room. The fact that the Bubba Mat doesnt out date is a real winner in my opinion.

We use our BubbaMat for everything, we have taken it camping, to the park for a picnic, and to the beach. simply wipe clean when finished and then straight into the car. At least some stage throughout the day I can guarantee my children have sat on the Bubba mat.

The mats are great for sitting on, eating on, doing crafts on it really is very versatile.

Bubba mat is the perfect gift for any aged child.

I wish I had found these sooner, it would have saved me a lot of mess!

For more information about Bubba Mat from Soft Mats click here: More information please!

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12 Awesome Ways To Eat Cauliflower Instead Of Carbs!

12 Awesome Ways To Eat Cauliflower Instead Of Carbs!

Cauliflower is super healthy and a great vegetable on it’s own, but cauliflower is also amazing at taking the place of potatoes. There are endless ways to substitute cauliflower for carbs, take a look at some of our favourites below.

1. Cauliflower fried rice from Iowa Girl Eats

This is just like traditional fried rice; the only difference is the use of grated cauliflower in place of rice. Best of all, it still tastes just as good!

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2. Cauliflower tortillas from Recipe Girl

These tortillas bend just like the flour version, and so can be used in exactly the same way, minus the carbs found in the flour version. They also taste amazing eaten all by themselves. cauliflower instead of carbs 2

3. Mini cauliflower pizzas from Damn Delicious

These single serve pizzas are so easy to make, and the cauliflower crust make them much healthier than typical pizzas. You can get creative with these pizzas and top them with anything you like. cauliflower instead of carbs 3

4. Quick and Easy Cauliflower Alfredo Sauce from I Wash You Dry

This ultra creamy cauliflower sauce is a healthier alternative to cream based alfredo sauce. Eat it on pasta as it is, or top with some grilled chicken for a delicious, healthy and filling meal. cauliflower instead of carbs 4

5.Cheesy Cauliflower Breadsticks from Jo Cooks

The cauliflower base of the cheesy breadsticks is so simple to put together, all you need is grated cauliflower, eggs, grated cheese and some spices if you want extra flavour. These breadsticks make the perfect low carb side dish to any meal. cauliflower instead of carbs 5

6. Cauliflower Pizza Bites from Wicked Spatula

Next time you crave savoury muffins, try the cauliflower pizza bites. They look just like muffins, only they are made from grated cauliflower, eggs and olive oil. This is another recipe that allows you to get creative and add in and fillings you like. cauliflower instead of carbs 6

7. 5 Ingredient baked cauliflower tots from Just a Taste

These cauliflower tots are the perfect alternative to tater tots. They are a super healthy finger food, being packed full of veggies and baked rather than fried. cauliflower instead of carbs 7

8. Low carb cauliflower mashed potatoes from The lowcarb Diet

Who doesn’t love mashed potato? If you want the mash minus the carbs, swap the potatoes for cauliflower. Use it in place of traditional mashed potatoes to accompany any meal. cauliflower instead of carbs 8

9. Cauliflower rice tabouleh salad from Hello Glow

This fresh and colourful salad is a gluten free twist on the classic version. This cauliflower rice salad will become a summer staple in your house. cauliflower instead of carbs 9

10. Cauliflower crusted grilled cheese sandwiches from Kirbie Cravings

These grilled cheese sandwiches are so much healthier than the typical version. Instead of white bread, the ‘bread’ in these sandwiches is made from cauliflower, egg and parmesan cheese. Now there is no need to feel guilty for craving grilled cheese sandwiches. cauliflower instead of carbs 10jpg

11. Everything bagel cauliflower rolls from Lexis Clean Kitchen

Who knew it was possible to bake without carbs? These cauliflower bagels prove that it is not only possible, but also delicious. While they do contain a very small amount of almond flour, coconut flour and corn meal, the main ingredient Is cauliflower. cauliflower instead of carbs 11jpg

12. You can check out yummy cauliflower pizza base here: Pizza

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Help Save the enviroment with Hippybottomus Cloth Nappies!

Help Save the enviroment with Hippybottomus Cloth Nappies!

 

To be honest when I had my children I didn't even consider cloth nappies, the thought of using pins to secure a nappy sort of frightened me as a first time mum. I was one of those mums who was scared at first to hold my baby in fear of dropping them so I definitly didnt want t go anywhere near them with a pin. I talked myself into it being ok to use disposable nappies as I was also a busy working mum and would need the convenience of disposable nappies, and the time I saved washing would give me more time with my little one. Up until this point I only thought there were 2 options with nappies, disposable and cloth with pins.

 Then I  came across a business called Hippybottomus that designed cloth nappies that weren't only easy to use < button clips not pins, but they are also great for the environment.

 We tried the nappies and loved them instantly. My little one was a lot more comfortable in them then the  disposables. I had noticed that from time to time my baby would get a little red around the sides of hips where the sticky tabs where on the disposable nappy but using Hippybottomus nappies stopped this.

I thought that using cloth nappies would be a lot more work, but honestly it isn't and the money you save on buying disposables is so worth it. We were spending at least $30 a week on nappies. Now the money we save on disposable nappies we can use on other things for our little one.

I love that the Hippybottomus nappies comes in a load of gorgeous colours and are super soft and absorbent, but what I love even more is for every nappy you buy Hippybottomus also donates a nappy to a child in need around the world < how awesome is that! You can read more about their "YOU DONATE WE DONATE" initiative here.

Some of the awesome features of Hippybottomus are:

Natural fabric – against the skin is a layer of white bamboo fleece, which is anti-bacterial (& mildew resistant), has great ventilation, helps reduce odours, and is really soft. It is also anti-pilling and anti-fuzzing, so it washes really well. This fabric is far superior to the synthetic fabrics generally used in stay-dry nappies. It is also known to generate anions, which are very beneficial to bub’s health (they activate the bodies cells, purify the blood, help tiredness, calm the nervous system & improve allergies)

Stays dry against the skin – Bamboo micro-polar fleece has the ability to draw moisture away from the skin, keeping your baby dry and helping prevent nappy rash. All moisture is drawn into the insert.

Pocket design – a removable insert is placed inside the shell which allows you to separate the two parts for thorough washing and to speed up drying. It also allows you to add an extra insert or two of a nighttime to increase absorbency (meaning no midnight nappy changes).

Highly absorbent – each nappy comes with one insert which is made up of 2 layers of bamboo fleece and 3 layers of microfibre, which are both highly absorbent fabrics.

Waterproof – the combination of the layer of PUL (polyurethane laminate) and the polyester outer makes this nappy as waterproof as they come, so no cover is required.  From our previous nappies we have concluded that this is the best outer fabric in terms of containing moisture and preventing wicking.

Fast drying – the fabrics that make up the nappy allow it to dry extremely fast (1-2 hours with wind and sun and within a day if not).

One size fits most – each nappy can be adjusted to fit from birth (3kg) through to toilet training (17 kg) so there is no need to buy a whole new set of nappies as your baby grows. There are also two rows of snaps for a snug fit around the thighs and the waist as your  baby grows. The snaps are also nice and sturdy so won’t catch in the wash or wear over time like velcro can.

Easy – no folding or pins and no soaking is required (see how to use for more info) which make our modern cloth nappies just as easy to pop on as a disposable and really simple to wash (especially if you use a flushable bamboo nappy liner to collect the solids).

 Great price – one of our main objectives at Hippybottomus is to provide an affordable price whilst maintaining the quality. We do this by keeping things simple, doing all of our web design and marketing ourselves and by only taking a very small profit margin. As an Australian company we also offer quick and friendly customer service and advice.

We highly recommend if you have little ones in nappies to give Hippybottomus a go, you wont be disappointed!

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Certified Organic, Free from major allergens & Sugar FREE! - Why we love Baby Mum - Mum!

Certified Organic, Free from major allergens & Sugar FREE! - Why we love Baby Mum - Mum!

 

Before I had kids I was always going to be that mum that only  ever fed their kids organic no nasty foods. My kids would eat nothing with sugar and would be blissful little sunny humans . I thought I would make my own baby food from scratch and all would be bliss < Ha!

I soon found out pretty quick that I was flat out actually getting dinner on table then creating preservative  free foods for my little one. I try my best but let's face it we don't always grab the best snacks for our kids and often give into their demands of wanting something they shouldn't.

It is easier when they are babies as they are happy to try new foods and are not as fussy so kids tend to eat more veggies and things that are good for them, there is no fighting for them to eat something that is healthy as opposed to a 3 yr old who won't even look at anything green.

I knew if I didn't have time to make preservative free snacks for my baby that hopefully there was a company out there that did. I went in search and soon found an awesome company Baby Mum - Mum.

Baby Mum - Mum make a variety of baby rusks, that contain no nasties , babies love them and mums love knowing that their little ones aren't eating anything that they shouldn't be.

 

They are free of all the major allergens, milk, wheat, shell fish, fish, peanuts, soy, sesame, tree nuts and wheat. But what really sold me on Baby Mum - Mum was the fact that they have been developed with  food nutritionist specialists. They are also used  by day care centres and hospitals.

It can be scary when your little one first starts to try new foods you don't know if they will have any reactions to certain foods, so it definitely puts the mind at ease knowing that the major allergen foods are not added to Baby Mum - Mum products.

 

Baby Mum - Mum rusks come in 6 flavours and are certified organic.

But best of all my Baby loves them! So now I know I can give my baby a snack without feeling guilty, it sure does beat an arrowroot biscuit!

We highly recommend you try them for your little one, you won't be disappointed, to find a stockist near you click here: Baby Mum - Mumstockists.

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Shop On Line With SIDS And Help A Great Cause!

Shop On Line With SIDS And Help A Great Cause!

We here at Australian Baby card are proud supporters of SIDS, we think the work they do is amazing and much needed.

Did you know that SIDS actually has an online store called Shop Red Nose that sells hundreds of baby and children's items. And get this 100% of shop red profits are reinvested into delivering the Red Nose mission of saving the lives of babies and children during pregnancy, birth, infancy, and childhood, through education services, advocacy, bereavement support, and world-class research. How awesome is that?

They stock lots of brands like some of our favourites below.

And guess what all Australian Baby Card holders also receive 20% discount (excluding Postage and Handling). You can view Australian baby card deal here: SIDS

So next time you are doing some online shopping, why not shop Red nose through SIDS, you will not only be purchasing items you want but also helping a worthy cause.

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Don’t just shop, Shop Red Nose and help save more little lives!

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Fun In The Sun Reviewing Plum Swimwear!

Fun In The Sun Reviewing Plum Swimwear!

 My kids are fish, they literally spend most of the summer swimming, you can guarantee on any given day if I ask them  what they want to do the answer is always either the beach or pool.

 We have the best of both worlds in Sydney, we have great beaches and we also have some fantastic  indoor swimming pools for the days that Sydney weather is temperamental, which means the kids can swim all year round.

 My little ones seem to outgrow swimmers yearly so I was really excited when Plum gifted us their swimmers out of their latest range for us to try.

 

 Plum is an Australian label and is the leader in kids swimwear worldwide, that is pretty impressive right?

 What makes Plum so great is the fact that they are not only on trend with their designs ranging from nautical, vintage and bright themes but they also have UPF 50+ protection from the sun, which is super important for our little ones in the Australian weather.

Their range is endless and includes the following;

 

•Swim Nappy

 

•Bikini

 

•Halter-Necked One Piece

 

•Rash Vests &Shorts

 

•All-In-One Swimsuit

 

•Swimming Trunks

 

•Legionnaires Hats

 

•Board Shorts

What surprised me the most was how well the swimmers were made, the quality is fantastic and they are very affordable and range in sizes from 000 to 7. They make perfect gifts especially for their price point. I know what I am getting the nieces and nephews for Christmas this year!

 

 

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Keep your kids safe this summer while still looking fashionable with Plum!

 

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10 Tips For keeping Sane While Grocery Shopping With kids

10 Tips For keeping Sane While Grocery Shopping With kids

There is no denying that grocery shopping, or any type of shopping for that matter can be difficult with kids. But we all need to eat, so grocery shopping is a necessary part of life, no matter how much we don't want to do it. There is the option to go alone, but thats not always possible, and sometimes its good to teach kids that everyday activities can be fun too!

 

1. Take snacks

Snacks are always a great way to keep kids occupied and happy, and trips to the supermarket are no exception. Take foods that take a while to eat and don't make a mess; something that will keep the kids sitting in the trolley the entire shop if possible.

 

2. Avoid nap time shopping trips

Depending on your child, shopping during nap time might be asking for trouble. Shopping once kids have had a nap and are relaxed is going to make the whole experience a whole lot easier.

 

3. Shop when its quiet

If you can help it, its always easier to shop with young kids when the supermarket is quieter. It can be much harder to keep kids calm when there is so much going on around them.

 

4. Chose supermarkets with toilet facilities nearby

If you have a toddler or pre schooler who is toilet trained or in the process of toilet training, choose a supermarket with toilet facilities close by. A parents room within the shopping complex is a bonus, especially if you have a baby and need access to a change table or feeding room.

 

5. Adjust your expectations

Don't head into the grocery store with expectations that you will quickly be in and out with no fuss.  Shopping doesn't have to be a race. Expect that shopping will take a little longer with young kids in tow, and there will probably be a bit of whining along the way. If you head to the supermarket with a relaxed mindset there is a good chance the shopping trip will go a whole lot smoother.

 

6. Make shopping a game

Make a game out of shopping and it will make the trip much more enjoyable for everyone. You could play a game of i-spy while walking around the supermarket, or ask kids that are old enough to take the items you need off the shelf and add them to the trolley. Older kids can read the prices on the shelf to work out which product is cheaper, and cross items off the shopping list as you go. It makes kids feel like they are important and part of the shopping process when they are given their own jobs. You can also use it as an opportunity to teach your kids about healthy food choices and nutrition.

 

7. Shop after a meal

Kids (along with some adults) get cranky when they are hungry, so shopping is never a good idea when it's been a while since the last meal. The best time to shop is soon after a meal when the kids are full and happy.

 

8. Always have a list

Its extremely hard to think straight while you are trying to keep young kids happy, so write a list of everything you need, plus how many of each item. Its even better if you can write your list in isle order, to avoid having to go backward and forward in the supermarket trying to find items you missed. It also means there is less chance of having to go back to the supermarket the next day because you forgot something.

 

9. Prepare kids beforehand

In the car on the way to the supermarket, have a little talk with kids that are old enough, letting them know what you will be doing and how you expect them to behave. Something like we are going to do the grocery shopping, you can walk if you are going to walk beside me, otherwise you will be sitting in the trolley.

 

10. Grocery shop online

If all else fails and shopping in your local supermarket proves to be too difficult, switch to online shopping. You can then shop any time of the day or night and have the groceries delivered to your door.

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Líl Fraser Swaddle The Perfect Gift For An Expecting Mum!

Líl Fraser Swaddle The Perfect Gift For An Expecting Mum!

 

Fertile Mind has sent through a L’il Fraser Swaddle Wrap for me to try out. At 120cm X 120cm these wraps are huge so they will grow with your baby which makes them great value. I used the wrap as a blanket in the cot the other day and it is big enough to be used as a lightweight cot blanket, so versatile. They are also everything you want from a wrap with bright colourful designs and high quality, soft, stretchy, jersey fabrics. The other thing that is great about this product is that it comes in a beautiful little box (so great as a gift) complete with swaddling instructions, so a great reference for first time mums or if you are like me and have trouble getting it right.  This is definitely a product that I will be adding to my shopping list.

And guess what all Australian Baby card holders receive 15% off every order with Fertile Mind click here to see how to claim your discount: ABC Discount

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We Review Bespoke Baby's Unique Nappy Clutch!

We Review Bespoke Baby's Unique Nappy Clutch!

 

Over the past couple of weeks I have been lucky enough to test a new nappy clutch. Bespoke Baby's nappy clutch is small enough to clip to the belt loop of your jeans and run out the door with baby in your arms. This clutch lives in my baby bag, containing everything I need to do a change nappies, baby wipes, plastic bags, hand sanitiser, a spare bodysuit and disposable change mats plus I manage to get my wallet and phone in there too. The clutch has two internal pockets and a durable external zipper which keep everything organised and safe from falling out. The soft, vibrate fabric stretches to ensure that you can fit in that little bit extra. As a busy mum running around all day with my older daughter and unlike other clutches in this one I can fit in everything I need for at least 4 changes and often up to 7 changes. This means that I do not have to restock this clutch every time I go back to the car.

 

As you can see from the photos it comes in a funky design which doesn't really look like your traditional change stations. The best thing about it is that it clips to just about anything, including the pram. My partner has also stopped complaining about our big bulky baby bag that is way to feminine for him. At $28.95 it is also one of the most affordable nappy clutches on the market and ABC card members get an extra 10% off. This is a great baby shower gift, I know that I am going to be getting one for any expecting mums in my life.

 

If you want to find out more visit Nappy Clutch!

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Making Mums Life Easier, With Skip Hop Pronto Baby Change Mat!

Making Mums Life Easier, With Skip Hop Pronto Baby Change Mat!

 

Some of you might know that I have a new baby boy, little AJ. Over the last 10 weeks I have been lucky enough to test some new baby products that are designed to make life for mum/dad and bub a little easier. I will be posting these reviews and give-aways in the coming weeks. If you know a new mum or mums with a new baby share this page with them so that they can enter our giveaways.  

The Skip Hop Pronto Change Station is a funky change wallet, which comes in a variety of pattern colours. This has been a great addition to my baby bag and comes in handy for short trips to the shops and the daily school run when I don’t want to be carrying my bulking baby bag along. It is a compact change wallet that carries all the essentials, keys, wallet, phone as well as nappies, creams and wipes (with a translucent wipes case included).  I use the strap with the clip to hang it on my stroller or around my wrist when I have baby in the sling.

 

I have to say my favourite feature is the extra wide removable change mat. It is easy to use, wipes clean and includes a head cushion which keeps baby safe and comfy. The mat zips off so when baby is grown up use wallet section as a toiletry bag.

This really is a great buy at $49.95 and if you want to find out more you can visit www.haggusandstookles.com.au 

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