Trade-in Offer in support of St Kilda Mums

Trade-in Offer in support of St Kilda Mums

                Are you happy with your pram?   Right now is a great time to consider the status of your current pram. Is it right for you? Was it ever right for you? If the answer is NO, and if you live in Melbourne then trade it in and let your old pram – any brand –  go to St Kilda Mums for rehoming. Every month this awesome charity is asked for hundreds of prams for disadvantaged families. That’s when we came up with the idea of running a trade-in campaign: You get a great price on a new pram and St Kilda Mums gets your old one. Everyone’s a winner!   Between 15/4 – 15/5 2018 you will get $200 for your old stroller/pram towards a new Bumbleride Indie or Speed. If you buy an Indie Twin, the trade-in value increases to $300. We donate a trade-in value to you and you donate your pram to St Kilda Mums. You will pay just $559 for a brand new Indie, $599 for Speed and $799 for the Indie Twin   Simply visit one of these stockists: TWINKLE TOTS    538 High Street Northcote VIC 3070 Ph 9482 2687 THE BABY GALLERY 2167 Princes Hwy Clayton VIC 3168 Ph 9518 1818 GLEN HUNTLY BABY CARRIAGES 1174 Glen Huntly Rd Glen Huntly VIC 3163 Ph 9563 5888 BABY DIRECT 178 Princes Hwy  Dandenong VIC 3175  Ph 1300 859 808 BABY DIRECT  160 Maroondah Hwy Ringwood VIC 3134 Ph 1300 859 808 BABY GOODS WAREHOUSE  127 Mornington-Tyabb Rd Mornington VIC 3931 Ph 5977 0966   As the prams are being re-homed only prams...
Capsule versus Car Seat

Capsule versus Car Seat

I chatted to my pregnant sister-in-law this weekend and found myself again pointing out that a capsule that fits onto your pram is not the ultimate transport solution necessarily. It seems to be so popular that no one questions its merits but like everything, it’s not perfect. Just because you can, doesn’t mean that you should. I agree that the capsule is wonderfully convenient when you have older children as well and are popping into kinder or swimming lessons etc. In other words for short trips. It is important to distinguish between long and short trips because the time your baby spends lying curved in a capsule should be limited. This means that you shouldn’t leave your baby in the capsule just because she fell asleep. It also means that it is not a good idea to walk around the local shopping centre for a few hours with her in the capsule because she should be lying flat. A pram cannot get newborn status unless the back rest can lie completely flat so how can it be OK to use a capsule for extended periods? When you drive for long periods you cant avoid it but you have to stop regularly and get your baby out of the seat for a stretch. So before you invest in an expensive capsule ask yourself if your money is more wisely spent getting a car seat 0-4 years instead? You have to get a car seat at 6 months anyway. Another option is to rent one for 3 months and see how much you use it. After 3 months the capsule is...
Recall of undersized Troll mattresses

Recall of undersized Troll mattresses

A small number of Troll mattresses produced in late 2016 have been found to be too short and after a serious investigation, a recall notice has just gone up via ACCC. Too short means that there is more than a 4cm gap between the end of the cot and the mattress when the mattress is at one end (2cm at each end is permitted). It is very important to note that it is ONLY the UNDERSIZED mattresses that have been recalled. Cots and correctly sized mattresses are not recalled. The issue was taken very seriously by all parties and although it is believed to have been an isolated incident, increased quality control measures were implemented by the manufacturer immediately and documented in writing by March 2017. We have had no further incidences reported to us and all stock on hand measured was found to comply. If you have a Troll mattress and you think there may be a bigger gap than 4cm, we encourage you to follow these instructions in order to measure the mattress correctly and know what to do if it is short. We are terribly upset about this situation and fully understand that you might be upset, too. We hope that you will continue to trust us and Troll, and remind you  that we are talking about very few mattresses found short out of more than 6000...
Starting solids. What do I need?

Starting solids. What do I need?

It is another milestone when you are moving onto feeding your baby solids. Hopefully it will be a positive change but be prepared for a messy time and that quite a bit more organisation is required. There are many, many brands of pre-made baby food but I think you will benefit from making your own. It is not hard albeit a little time consuming but you will know exactly what is in it. I would argue that it is also cheaper (unless you whop to make the purees but then don’t and the produce goes to waste). When to start is individual and the theory seems to change regularly. My feeling is at least 4 months but if you can stretch it to 6, you keep your life simpler for longer. Bland food is the secret. You cook pumpkin till it’s super soft, then you mash it. Ready. No spices, No onion. Nothing. Now in terms of mashing, it is tempting to use a blender, however it makes it superfine. This is OK for the very beginning but after that some texture is preferable. After all we are talking solids. So really all you need is a pot with its lid, and a fork for mashing. Cook for the week and freeze. Prepare larger portion and freeze in servings. Use an ice-cube tray and once frozen, put into labelled, dated and sealed bags. As you baby gets more adventurous, you can mix a cube of pumpkin with one of broccoli and eventually you can add a meat cube. So add some ice cube trays to your shopping list and some...
Travelling with children

Travelling with children

Holidays are good for the soul and restores our energy levels for the busy lives we live. However, holidaying with children is not always as relaxing as we would like and a fair amount of planning is required. Whether you are staying in Australia or heading overseas, and whether you are having a relaxing holiday or an adventure you will need to adapt things a bit. Gone are hours by the pool with uninterupted reading time, nor will intrepid travel be quite as free flowing as it used to be. But you will make long lasting memories and strengthen the family bonds and as long as you make it as easy as possible for yourself and the child(ren), then fun will be had by all. Destination and accommodation. Australia is full of family friendly destinations. A pool or the beach is always a hit with children and staying coastal keeps the temperature down. Overseas travel is easy these days, however some exotic destinations where access to good health care and clean water are limited may be best left till a bit later. Children are not as robust as we are and fevers come and go as do tummy upsets. In terms of where to stay, apartments are generally a better option than hotel rooms with more space plus a kitchen and laundry. Most places can arrange a port-a-cot for you and a high chair if required. Resort style accommodation has the benefit of large, secure grounds and a kids club can give you some child-free time, so have a look at both options, Perhaps your budget will decide for...
Which pram is right for us?

Which pram is right for us?

We are regularly exhibiting at baby expos with our Bumbleride strollers and it is obvious that new parents-to-be often find it really hard to know what to look for in a pram. To the untrained eyes the many models look more or less the same and in many regards, they are! They all have seats, brakes, hoods etc. BUT they do not have the same wheels! And when you are outside on a track through the park, it is all about the wheels. Some prams have 3 wheels, some have 4. Some have double wheels. Some have air tyres, some have hard foam tyres. How are you meant to know the difference? Well, here is a simple guide: The harder and smaller the wheels are, the harder the pram is to push. On the other hand, air tyres can go anywhere but can puncture if you are unlucky. Keep this guide in mind while investigating your choices and note that all prams are easy to push on the smooth shop floor with no weight in them! It is also important to think about your lifestyle and what you would like to do as a parent and match the features of the pram to that. If you want to be outdoors on trails and on the beach, you will regret if your pram has wheels suitable only for an urban terrain with smooth footpaths and roads. However, the other way around is fine: large air-filled tyres are as good in the city as in the bush. Another thing to look for in a pram is the size of the seat and foot...