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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...
New Innovative and Engaging Toys for your Child

New Innovative and Engaging Toys for your Child

When it comes to choosing toys for your child there is more to choose from than you could possible ever sift through. Good news is that you don’t have to. You just need to have a think about what you would like to child to learn and what interests him/her and what you would like to look at/listen to. We LOVE educational toys where skills are learned while playing and where the activity is not just a repetition from the previous play. Therefore we are super excited to add 3 new brands to our range, Calafant from Germany, Milaniwood from Italy and Kipod from Israel. These new brands will launch in Melbourne in August at the Reed Gift Fair and Kids inStyle (part of Life inStyle). The toys and games from each brand are very different from each other but they all strive to develop the child’s do-it-yourself skills and the associated confidence that comes from being able to do things yourself. They also support the research that shows that creative children become better at problem solving and innovation. Smart toys for smart kids.  Calafant makes cardboard models that the child assembles and then decorates. Great for an indoor day or on a plane or train going somewhere. There are many different designs in various sizes and level of difficulty and they can all be disassembled and put away for another time should you run out of time before the project has been completed. For the younger children the models have lines like a colouring in book to assist the decoration and a pack of felt pens is included. For...
Linea by Leander

Linea by Leander

After 10 years Leander has released a new range, Linea by Leander and although the trademark soft curves are nowhere to be seen, there is no doubt that it’s a Leander: it is complete in its form and function, made of the best materials and has longevity both visually and practically. Designer Stig Leander says: “The innovative design of Linea by Leander® is not an attempt to keep the classic and organic Leander shapes at a distance. Rather it’s a sophistication of what I love. Making design that matters.” The inspiration came from the hour glass and is evident in the design of the change table, a striking piece of furniture which fits into any size nursery. Its angled legs led to the design of the cot, also featuring non-traditional lines and a story took form.     The story is now ready to be told and Linea by Leander will arrive into Australia mid-June. The range including a dresser is made from European beech in natural and a comprehensive series of textiles lets you accessorise it to your individual style and includes canopies for the cot as well as cushions and covers for the sofa.          If you would like to know more click through...
Bednest voluntary modification, not recall

Bednest voluntary modification, not recall

There have been a series of reports written on various media sites after a recent interview with the family who lost their child in 2015 in the UK, whilst sleeping in a bednest. This coincides with the upcoming inquest on the 14th Dec. We would like to explain the situation and urges everyone to understand that the coroner has at no time labelled the bednest dangerous nor asked that it be recalled. The following comment has been provided by the manufacturer, Bednest UK. “The bednest has not been banned or recalled in Australia. Faced with some concern raised by some experts in the U.K., we developed a modification kit in November 2015 to delete the half-fold feature. This was also offered to customers in Australia. All cribs shipped to Australia after November 2015 have been modified at the point of manufacture. They no longer have a half-fold feature. Our distributor Danish by Design in Australia has kept the authorities informed. The term ‘recall’ is also used for product modifications that don’t require the product to be returned. “ References to a recall of the product in Canada are false. The bednest has never been for sale in Canada because the bedside bassinet as a category is not allowed there. A small number of people had imported the unit into Canada themselves and were contacted and offered kits by Bednest UK to modify the half drop side. The bednest voluntary product modification had to be done through the ‘recall’ mechanism in Australia as there is no other option offered by the government department that manages such things. Danish by Design has made every...