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The Importance of Preventing Falls from Beds

Written by Vanessa on May 29th, 2018.      0 comments

The below link is such a sad story that was simply an accident but it could have been prevented which is why the brave mum has shared her story:

http://babyology.com.au/health/safety/mum-of-baby-critically-injured-after-fall-from-bed-shares-her-story.html

These are the latest statistics available from the NZ Ministry of Health.

chris_lewis@moh.govt.nz:

The 2014/15 numbers of publicly funded hospital discharges aged 0-2 with the following first reported external cause codes:
W00-W19 Falls - 1544
W06 Fall involving bed - 215
W06.2 Fall involving cot - 20
W06.3 Fall involving bassinet - 4
W06.4 Fall involving cradle - 0
W06.5 Fall involving hammock - 1
W06.9 Fall involving unspecified bed - 123

So,13.9% of fall hospital discharges in the 0-2 age range involve a bed, this is roughly equivalent to 1 in 7.

According to the inventor and founder of Safe T Sleep Sleepwraps Miriam Rutherford-van Gisbergen, these types of injuries are definitely preventable and parents deserve to know about a product that, since its market conception in 1992, has enjoyed 100% SAFETY SUCCESS. She has spent her adult working life helping mothers and babies and working together with Medical Professionals and organisations including Marae to help prevent these types of tragedies.

Safe T Sleep Classic Sleepwrap-446

The Safe T Sleep Sleepwraps are designed to:

Prevent your baby:
Benefits:
Available in 3 sizes, the Cot, the Classic & the Travel, there is one for any size bed.
 

Babywearing Benefits For Mums For Mother's Day

Written by on May 2nd, 2018.      0 comments

Originally posted on Ergobaby.com.au

There are lots of great reasons to babywear! There are babywearing benefits for both mums and dads (and other people in your baby’s life!). But with Mother’s Day coming up we’re going to focus on how babywearing benefits mums. And so maybe the giving the gift of babywearing would make a great Mother’s Day present for a new mum in your life.

Ergobaby Omni 360 Carrier - Cool Air Mesh Pearl Grey - Lifestyle 3
 

Babies Cry Less

Babies who are carried cry less. And babies crying less benefits EVERYONE! In fact a study showed that babies who were carried more cried 43% less. Many babies just want to be held. Have you ever heard someone say – or said it yourself – “She just won’t let me put her down!” or “He’s happy as long as I’m holding him.” That’s absolutely been my experience with my babies! By carrying your baby in an Ergobaby carrier, rather than holding them in your arms, you’re also taking care of your body. Ergobaby carriers are ergonomically designed to support your shoulders, back and hips, by evenly distributing your baby’s weight.

Bonding With Baby

There are so many different ways to bond with your baby. Babywearing is a really great tool to help support bonding. Babywearing creates a familiar womb-like environment for your baby. You’re also keeping your baby close where they are comforted, because they can feel you, hear you, see you and even smell you. Also I found I talked to my babies (and toddlers) more while I was babywearing, because they were right there with me.

Hands-Free Parenting

In an ideal world new mums will have the time to sit and snuggle with bubs on the couch, or breastfeed in peace, but realistically a lot of us have more things to do than we have hours in a day. You can babywear while vacuuming, pushing a shopping trolley, taking older siblings to school, tidying up, and so on. Alternatively, you can also use babywearing to have your free hands to eat lunch, have a (not too hot) coffee, or have a little scroll through social media. It’s up to you!

Getting Fit and Staying Active

There are so many great fitness programs for mums (and dads!) that involve babywearing. I took a babywearing dance class when my daughter was little. It was a super fun way to get active at a time where I couldn’t really leave her to go to a fitness class or the gym on my own. Also babywearing makes hiking and bushwalking a breeze without having to fuss around with a pram or stick to flat paths. Also your baby is providing you with weight resistance when you’re exercising. So that is another benefit of babywearing.

Babywearing Settles Babies For Other People

Dads, grandparents, and other important people in your baby’s life can babywear too! Which is still a babywearing benefits mums, because then they don’t always have to bear the load, so to speak, of carrying baby all the time. And it’s a lot easier letting them go so you can have a break knowing that your baby is going to be safe, happy, and comforted in their baby carrier.

So Happy Mother’s Day to all the great mums and mums-to-be out there! I hope you all have a fabulous day and that someone spoils you on this special day!
 

Reflection Of Our Heroes

Written by Vanessa on April 26th, 2018.      0 comments

With Anzac Day being yesterday, it got me thinking and reflecting and appreciating how lucky we are.
 

So Many New Products!

Written by Vanessa on February 15th, 2018.      0 comments

We have been busy for the past few weeks behind the scenes sourcing the latest & best products from some of your favourite brands & we now have so many new products that have arrived in store this month!  There are way too many to list on one post so we'll spotlight a few over the coming weeks, keep an eye on this space!

Towards the end of last year we became proud stockists of the Nuk brand & so whilst it is not a new brand for many of you, it is for us. The response to the fabulous range of products has been overwhelming and we are struggling to keep up with the demand!  We are continually expanding on the range we are stocking, we currently have over 80 different products. It is a very well loved brand and there is definitely something for everyone.
If there is something you'd like to see us stock that we aren't currently, let us know, we love to hear your feedback :-)

Here are just a few items of the Nuk range we are now stocking:

Nuk First Choice Plus Glass Baby Bottle 240ml-577Nuk First Choice Flexi Cup - Soft Straw 300ml-111
Nuk Bottles and Teats for all ages and stages                     Nuk Cups for every stage


Nuk Extra Soft Baby Brush-462Nuk Baby Nail Clippers-432
Nuk Baby essentials
Nuk Weaning Set with Cutlery-342       Nuk Submarine Bath Thermometer-303
Nuk Mealtime essentials                                                Nuk Bathtime items
 

Christmas 2017 Customer Service Hours

Written by Vanessa on December 19th, 2017.      0 comments

Customer Service Christmas & Holiday Hours

We are open over the holiday period - place your order via the website and we'll dispatch it the same or next working day (or as specified within the item(s) itself).  Customer service will be available via phone or email during the below hours (see schedule below). 
 

Order Dispatch

If expected dispatch date is not already detailed in the item description and we cannot meet our usual 1-2 working day dispatch time frame we will let you know by email.  Items in stock will be dispatched throughout the holiday period except on weekends and Public Holidays when we'll be hanging out with our families and soaking up the sun.


Friday 22nd December - Available & dispatching - CLOSED 12PM.  We will aim to dispatch all orders received by 10AM.

Saturday 23rd December - Closed

Sunday 24th December - Closed

Monday 25th December - Closed

Tuesday 26th December - Closed

Wednesday 27th December - Dispatching orders, available 10am - 2pm
Thursday 28th December - Dispatching orders, available 10am - 2pm
Friday 29th December - Dispatching orders, available 10am - 12pm
Saturday 30th December - Closed

Sunday 31st December - Closed

Monday 1st January - Closed

Tuesday 2nd January - Closed

Wednesday 3rd January - Dispatching orders, available 10am - 2pm

Thursday 4th January - Dispatching orders, available 10am - 2pm

Friday 5th January - Dispatching orders, available 10am - 2pm


Standard delivery timeframes apply but keep in mind that couriers don't operate on Public Holidays.

Merry Christmas!
Topics: Christmas Hours
 

Can I Wear an Underwire Bra when Breastfeeding?

Written by Vanessa on November 8th, 2017.      0 comments

If you have asked this very question then this post is for you...
 

Is My Toddler Ready For Toilet Training?

Written by Vanessa on October 31st, 2017.      0 comments

You may be wondering where to start, it can be overwhelming to tackle this milestone.
Use the checklist below to measure if your toddler is getting ready. You don't need to wait until you've checked all items off the list to start training. Just look for a general trend toward independence & an understanding of what it means to go to the bathroom like a grown-up.
 

Is My Toddler Ready for Toilet Training?

Physical signs
  • Is coordinated enough to walk, and even run, steadily.
  • Urinates a fair amount at one time.
  • Has regular, well-formed bowel movements at relatively predictable times.
  • Has "dry" periods of at least two hours or during naps, which shows that his bladder muscles are developed enough to hold urine.
Behavioural signs
  • Can sit down quietly in one position for two to five minutes.
  • Can pull his pants up and down.
  • Dislikes the feeling of wearing a wet or dirty nappy.
  • Shows interest in others' bathroom habits (wants to watch you go to the bathroom or wear underwear).
  • Gives a physical or verbal sign when he's having a bowel movement such as grunting, squatting, or telling you.
  • Demonstrates a desire for independence.
  • Takes pride in his accomplishments.
  • Isn't resistant to learning to use the toilet.
  • Is in a generally cooperative stage, not a negative or contrary one.
Cognitive signs
  • Understands the physical signals that mean he has to go and can tell you before it happens or even hold it until he has time to get to the potty.
  • Can follow simple instructions, such as "go get the toy."
  • Understands the value of putting things where they belong.
  • Has words for urine and stool.
We have a great range of pottys & step stools from BabyBjorn that can help to get you started!
 

International Babywearing Week 2017

Written by Vanessa on September 28th, 2017.      0 comments

It's almost International Babywearing Week & here in New Zealand, it kicks off on 30 September - 8 October 2017.

There are many official babywearing events scheduled all around the country so check out your local community babywearing Facebook page for dates & times of events near you.

The theme for this year's International Babywearing Week’s celebration is Threaded Together. The inspiration for the theme comes from the many different threads that when combined through the weaving process form all of the carriers we use. All of these individual threads, once woven, create a material in the same way individuals and groups worldwide come together to create a global babywearing community.
We love, love, love this!

If you are new to the world of babywearing & wondering what this week is all about, well, it is about celebrating babywearing in New Zealand & around the world.
It is about spreading the word about babywearing and its many benefits for children and their caregivers and to share information about babywearing.

If you need convincing about getting started with babywearing, below are just some of the benefits:

Benefits of Babywearing


Medical professionals agree that infants thrive through touch; “wearing” your baby is another way to meet this need. The benefits of babywearing don’t end there … babywearing offers many other advantages, some of which include:

Happy Babies. It’s true … carried babies cry less! In a study published in the journal Pediatrics, researchers found that babywearing for three hours a day reduced infant crying by 43 percent overall and 54 percent during evening hours. (1)
Healthy Babies. Premature babies and babies with special needs often enter the world with fragile nervous systems. When a baby rides in a sling attached to his mother, he is in tune with the rhythm of her breathing, the sound of her heartbeat, and the movements his mother makes—walking, bending, and reaching. This stimulation helps him to regulate his own physical responses. Research has even shown that premature babies who are touched and held gain weight faster and are healthier than babies who are not. (2)

Confident Parents. A large part of feeling confident as a parent is the ability to read our babies’ cues successfully. Holding our babies close in a sling allows us to become finely attuned to their movements, gestures, and facial expressions. Every time a baby is able to let us know that she is hungry, bored, or wet without having to cry, her trust in us is increased, her learning is enhanced, and our own confidence is reinforced. This cycle of positive interaction deepens the mutual attachment between parent and child, and is especially beneficial for mothers who are at risk for or suffering from postpartum depression. (3) (4)

Loving Caregivers. Baby carriers are a great bonding tool for fathers, grandparents, adoptive parents, babysitters, and other caregivers. Imagine a new father going for a walk with his baby in a sling. The baby isbecoming used to his voice, heartbeat, movements, and facial expressions, and the two are forging a strong attachment of their own. Baby carriers are beneficial for every adult in a baby’s life. Cuddling up close in the sling is a wonderful way to get to know the baby in your life, and for the baby to get to know you!

Comfort and Convenience. With the help of a good carrier, you can take care of older children or do chores without frequent interruptions from an anxious or distressed infant—which helps to reduce sibling rivalry. Baby carriers are also wonderful to use with older babies and toddlers; you can save those arms and go where strollers can’t. Climbing stairs, hiking, and navigating crowded airports all can be done with ease when you use a well-designed baby carrier!

References
1 – Hunziker UA, Garr RG. (1986) Increased carrying reduces infant crying: A random-ized controlled trial. Pediatrics 77:641-648
2 – “Current knowledge about skin-to-skin (kangaroo) care for pre-term infants”. J Perinatol. 1991 Sep;11(3):216-26.
3 – Pelaez-Nogueras M, Field TM, Hossain Z, Pickens J. (1996). Depressed mothers’ touching increases infants’ positive affect and attention in still-face interactions. Child Development, 67, 1780-92.
4 – Tessier R, M Cristo, S Velez, M Giron, JG Ruiz-Palaez, Y Charpak and N Charpak. (1998) Kangaroo mother care and the bonding hypothesis. Pediatrics 102:e17.

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New Innovative Breast Pump from Unimom!

Written by Vanessa on September 14th, 2017.      0 comments

If you are looking for a quiet, yet powerful, efficient & affordable option for part time expressing, then the brand new Unimom Minuet LCD Breast Pump is the answer for you!

An innovative & compact design delivers powerful double expressing performance.  With 7 levels of massage modes & 9 levels of expressing modes, it makes pumping a more comfortable & efficient experience.

The Unimom Minuet comes with an in-built rechargeable battery & a USB charge port which makes pumping on the go easy. With 1 hr 45 minutes of charging, you will get approximately 2 hrs 12 minutes of pumping life.

A new, improved hygienic back flow protection system prevents your milk from being contaminated by any unwanted particles.

An easy-read LCD display will ensure you always know which setting you are on.

Unimom Breast Pump - Minuet

Order yours today for $275.00


If you need a full time expressing option, we recommend the Unimom Forte, a hospital grade double breast pump for $255.00
 

Exciting New Innovative Ergobaby Omni All Position Carriers!

Written by Vanessa on August 29th, 2017.      0 comments

We are excited to bring you the latest innovation from Ergobaby, the Omni All Position 360 Carrier!

The new Ergobaby Omni 360 Carrier is a forward-facing, newborn-ready baby carrier that delivers better-than-ever comfort and ergonomics without the need for an Infant Insert. This easy to use carrier offers all carry positions and adjusts to support babies from newborn to toddler (3.2-15kgs).

The Omni 360's variable bucket seat ensures your little one will always be seated in the hip-healthy "M-Shape" position across all carry positions, at all ages & stages.

With more comfort & features also included for parents such as lumbar support, extra-cushioned crossable shoulder straps & the very long awaited detachable pouch that is perfect for holding your phone & keys, you won't want to take it off!
 

Available in Pure Black, Pearl Grey & Midnight Navy

Due to arrive Mid September, we are taking pre-orders now at the introductory price of $319!
 

Hotmilk Lingerie - Winner of Favourite Breastfeeding Product Award

Written by Vanessa on August 16th, 2017.      0 comments

Congratulations to Hotmilk Lingerie who won Bronze at the 2017 My Child Magazine Excellence Awards for Favourite Breastfeeding Product. 

Shop our range of Hotmilk products now to see how good they really are

My Child Excellence Bronze Award
 

Baby Vapour Balms

Written by Vanessa on July 24th, 2017.      0 comments

With winter well & truly making it's presence known across the country & no sign of it letting up anytime soon, you may be experiencing sniffles, nasty colds & other miserable bugs in your household.  Winter can be tough on your little one (& you) and finding relief with well known remedies such as baby vapour balms is common practice.

We rub these into our children’s skin (and our own) in order to soothe and protect them.

Vapour balms are well known remedies to help:
 
  • Bring warmth to the body
  • Clear congested breathing
  • Clear the sinuses
  • Clear the air when used in a vaporiser
It is normal to rub these on the chest, back, neck, feet & under the nose which means quite a bit of product is in contact with your baby's (or your) skin at any one time.  Unfortunately many of the traditional vapour rubs available from your local supermarket contain a heavy petroleum base.

There is a 100% natural & organic alternative that is completely free from nasty petrochemicals like petroleum and mineral oil, so it’s safe to use from birth on delicate newborn skin. Instead, it is made from natural Beeswax, Certified Organic Shea Butter and infused with essential oils of Spearmint, Lemon, Eucalyptus and Rosemary. This fresh and zesty balm absorbs gently into the skin to melt away discomfort and restlessness.

It's time to throw away the old balms hiding in your bathroom & be introduced to the Little Innoscents Winter Blues Vapour Balm
Little Innoscents Vapour Balm

Little Innoscents Winter Blues Vapour Balm Ingredients:
Sunflower Oil*, Shea Butter*, Beeswax*,  Avocado Oil*, Spearmint Oil*, Wintergreen Oil, Lemon Oil, Lavender Oil, Rosemary Oil, Eucalyptus Oil, Peppermint Oil. *Certified Organic by ACO
 

Keith Haring Limited Edition Ergobaby Carriers

Written by Vanessa on July 6th, 2017.      0 comments

Keith Haring (1958-90), was best known for being one of the most influential young artists of his time. He believed in the accessibility of art for everyone, which is why despite being offered large sums of money for his work, you can find them in public spaces all over the globe, from the streets and subways of New York all the way to Tokyo, Japan.
 
Haring’s art is whimsical, colourful and relatable and easy for all to understand, which is why it is still loved by art critics and children alike to this day. Much of his artworks revolve around the concepts of birth, death, love and war, sending a message of how others should be treated, encouraging respect and equality for all people. 
 
We are excited to offer two Keith Haring special edition prints for both the award-winning Ergobaby 360 and Adapt carriers. Both prints embrace Haring’s distinctive artistic style of simple lines and lively figures. “Black” features a funky monochrome print of Haring’s iconic chalk art drawings on a black canvas body, “Pop” contrasts this with a bright and bold print that features Haring’s signature colourful and lively hand drawn figures on a white canvas body. 

We have very limited stock & once they are gone, they are gone forever so if you want to be the proud owner of a piece of Keith Haring art on a very practical & usable canvas, then order yours today!  They are in stock & available for dispatch now!

Ergobaby Three Position Adapt Carrier - Limited Edition Keith Haring Black - Lifestyle 1
Ergobaby Three Position Adapt Carrier Limited Edition Keith Haring Black $269

Ergobaby Four Position 360 Carrier - Limited Edition Keith Haring Black - Lifestyle 2
Ergobaby Four Position 360 Carrier Limited Edition Keith Haring Black $299

Ergobaby Three Position Adapt Carrier - Limited Edition Keith Haring Pop - Lifestyle 1
Ergobaby Three Position Adapt Carrier Limited Edition Keith Haring Pop $269

Ergobaby Four Position 360 Carrier - Limited Edition Keith Haring Pop - Lifestyle 1
Ergobaby Four Position 360 Carrier Limited Edition Keith Haring Pop $299
 

Gorgeous Baby Gift Ideas

Written by Vanessa on May 30th, 2017.      0 comments

It can be hard to find the perfect baby shower or new baby gift.  You want something that both bubs & the new parents will love, i.e non noisy!

The stunning toy range from Weegoamigo is perfect.  

The handmade, yes you read that correctly, handmade! crochet rattles are so cute with striking colours & textures and they are the perfect size for teensy tiny hands to hold.  Plus they are machine washable which is an added bonus for parents!

Weegoamigo Crochet Rattle - Icy Icecream - Lifestyle 1
Weegoamigo Icy Icecream Crochet Rattle
Weegoamigo Crochet Rattle - Unique Unicorn - Lifestyle
Weegoamigo Unique Unicorn Crochet Rattle

A perfect cuddly companion for a little poppet is one of the gorgeous characters from the Weegoamigo Pearl Knit range. One of these would be sure to become the lucky recipient's best friend for life!
They are specially woven to be tactile which makes them perfect for cuddles & they have a weighted bottom which allows them to sit so they can look beautiful on a shelf when they aren't being cuddled & they can attend tea parties with their new best friend.

Weegoamigo Pearl Knit Toy - Monkey - Lifestyle 2
Weegoamigo Monkey Pearl Knit Toy
Weegoamigo Pearl Knit Toy - Lamb - Lifestyle 2
Weegoamigo Lamb Pearl Knit Toy

Check out the whole adorable range here

 
Topics: Baby Gift, toys
 

When should I start wearing a Maternity bra?

Written by Vanessa on May 11th, 2017.      0 comments

A question you may be asking yourself if you have just found out you are expecting a new addition to your family!
 
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