Baby proofing your home

Baby proofing your home

As your baby becomes mobile, your home suddenly appears to be full of dangers. Stairs, balcony doors, kitchen cupboards and laundry drawers are all potential dangers, and baby gates and other home safety products like cupboard/drawer locks may need to be installed to keep your little one safe. Although it is not rocket science, choosing what is right for you will require a bit of time. Not only do you have to identify where the dangers are, you will also have to find/decide on the right solution. For your general home safety in kitchen, bathroom and laundry etc. it is fairly straightforward, however you would want the products to last so make sure you choose a quality that will see you through all your children. Plastics (and most of the devices are made from plastic) vary in their quality and ability to handle constant use/pressure and it is annoying having to go back and buy replacements. In regards to stair gates and barriers, it is crucial that you think carefully about the space you need to secure. If it is a staircase, what are the limitations/dimensions for fitting a gate? Do you have a sturdy wall on each side? Or is one side the banister? Can you fit the gate away from the actual stairs or will the gate sit really close or even on one of the steps? Often we want to avoid drilling into the walls and prefer a pressure fitted gate. This is understandable but keep in mind that a pressure gate gets its strength from its U-shape frame. This means that you have a cross...
TROLL Lukas cot voluntary recall

TROLL Lukas cot voluntary recall

We have discovered that a batch of Troll LUKAS cots – available at Baby Bunting only – were delivered without the mandatory warning stickers on the base. As a consequence we are undergoing a voluntary recall for any Troll LUKAS cot bought between July 2017 and now that are without these stickers. This action is published via the ACCC website. If you have a Troll LUKAS cot without warning stickers on the base, please follow these instructions and we will assist to rectify the issue. Full...
When night duty calls

When night duty calls

A newborn baby turns your life upside down and night into day. A classic quote sums it up nicely: “I wish I was as tired as I thought I was before I had children”…… Nothing really prepares you for the disturbed nights – except perhaps the uncomfortable sleeps late in the pregnancy – but you have no choice and must get on with it. So what can you do to make sure you can go back to sleep easily? There are a couple of things that can help: Bedside Bassinet – Consider investing in a bassinet that sits by your bedside. This means you can hear your baby’s breathing  and it is easy to reach over and touch him/her, which is reassuring and lets you stay relaxed instead of wondering is all is OK. You will also hear baby’s soft cries straight away and can tend to him/her quickly. No doubt this keeps baby more relaxed and sleepy and instead of getting up, you can easily pull baby close for feeding. There are many models on the market of varying costs and looks.  My favourite is the Bednest. It is one of the most expensive, I know but I feel you really get something for the money as it has so many features. You can read more about it here. Lighting – You need some light to see what you are doing but you need to keep it dim and soft. Otherwise your brain switches on to full alert and you might struggle to get back to sleep. There are many, many lamps on the market and all have their...
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...