Summer essentials for babies and toddlers

Summer essentials for babies and toddlers

Suzi Catchpole 10:55am A safe and happy summer in Australia means a few essential products for babies and toddlers, who we need to take very special care of in the sunshine and heat.

Essential Baby Christmas book guide 2015

Dream Snow by Eric Carle and Little Santa by Jon Agee

Suzi Catchpole 11:45pm Babies love books and they will love this selection of Christmas books written especially for little ones.

Splurge gift picks for babies and toddlers

Are these some the most expensive baby and toddler gifts in the world? the crib would have to top the list at $63,000 AUD.

Suzi Catchpole For the well-heeled and dreamers among us, may we present the very most luxe gifts for babies and toddlers.

Want heaps of babies? Let's hope the Multimac car restraint comes to Australia soon

One of the Multimac four-seater options in action

Anyone who has three kids or more knows all too well, the pain of finding and fitting car restraints. Some buy a new car on the arrival of baby number three or four, trading zippy compact cars for what can feel like the ocean liners of the car world.


Cot sheet brands for the nursery

Confetti sheet - $59 from Olli Ella

Suzi Catchpole With so many awesome cot sheet options these days, we thought we'd put together a list of go-to brands for you to seek out for your baby's bed.


Divine Christmas onesies from Organique Bebe

Christmas onesies by Organique Bebe for Chrsitmas 2015.

Suzi Catchpole We've showed you this gorgeous brand before and now they've just released tasteful Christmas onesies for babies.


Baby clothes for sweet tinies: Milk and Masuki

Clothing from the spring/summer Milk and Masuki range for 2015/16.

Suzi Catchpole A sweet clothing find for your lovely babies.


Hot Christmas picks for babies and toddlers at Kmart

Sweet toddler decor items just perfect for Christmas gifts, from Kmart.

Suzi Catchpole We've found lots of things that will be perfect gifts for babies and toddlers at Kmart.


It's really cool and you can't have it: Quinny Longboard Stroller

Quinny Longboard Stroller is only available in the EU.

Suzi Catchpole Sadly, it's only available in the EU, but we thought we'd show you the Quinny Longboard Stroller anyway.


Our top prams suitable from birth

Bugaboo Bee3

Suzi Catchpole If you've started the hunt for a new pram for your baby, you'll know how confusing it can be. Here are our top picks - all suitable for use from birth.


The smallest stroller in the world: GB Pockit

The Goodbaby Pockit stroller is the smallest in the world.

Suzi Catchpole It's so small, it made the Guinness Book of Records. Come see what all the fuss is about.


Love Letters By Tillie: 'My first Christmas' personalised ornaments

My first Christmas wooden ornaments.

Suzi Catchpole These sweet wooden ornaments are a lovely decor piece for your baby's first Christmas.


Kardashian Kids Christmas Collection now at Big W

Kardashian Kids have gone for gold for Christmas 2015.

Suzi Catchpole Kardashian Kids' 'Falling Stars' Christmas Collection has just landed at Big W stores.


Real mum's review: Fisher-Price Smart Stages Scooter

Bec's toddler trialling the Fisher-Price Smart Stages Scooter.

Bec Sanderson A mum of three kids under four, Bec Sanderson got to trial the Fisher-Price Smart Stages Scooter and has already recommended it to her friends.

Real mum's review: Fisher-Price Dance and Move BeatBo


Hannah Dale We gave the opportunity for a few of our mums to try out some of the new Fisher-Price toys, here is mum to 3, Hannah who got to review the Fisher-Price Dance and Move BeatBo.

Real mum's review: Fisher-Price Smart Stages Toolbox


My 18-month-old daughter and I were very excited to be selected to trial the Fisher-Price Laugh & Learn Smart Stages Toolbox.

Real mum's review: Fisher-Price Little People Big Animal Zoo


Angela Burt The Little People Big Animal Zoo was a big hit with Angela's 3-year-old and 16-month-old.

Real mum's review: Fisher-Price Smart Touch Play Space


Maria Rodriguez Maria, mum of a 9-month-old, reviewed the Fisher-Price Smart Touch Play Space for babies/toddlers.

Sneak peek: 40th anniversary Vulli Magic Tree House

The 40th anniversary collector's edition of the Vulli Magic Treehouse.

Suzi Catchpole Always coveted the famous Vulli Magic Treehouse? Well now you can have an identical one to the 1975 release.

Sneak peek: Halloween for babies by Bardot Junior

Halloween options for babies at Bardot Junior.

Suzi Catchpole It's not long at all until Halloween and we have two sweet picks for your baby.


Kippins baby comfort toys: a soft pal for your baby

Kippins baby comfort toy with its incredibly cute owner.

Suzi Catchpole The perfect baby shower or newborn gift, Kippins baby comforters are a modern take on a traditional item.


A mum's review of the Britax Safe-n-Sound Platinum PRO SICT

The new Britax Safe-n-Sound Platinum PRO SICT.

Jessica Bartlett Choosing a car seat for your newborn is one of the most important decisions you'll make when getting ready for baby's arrival.

Huxbaby's summer kids' clothes range at Tinystyle


Suzi Catchpole Famous for its monochrome graphic print garments, Huxbaby brings urban style to teeny tiny tots and their parents.

Dinosaur products for babies and toddlers

Dino photo prop by Our Photo Engraving on Etsy.

Suzi Catchpole Dinosaurs are one of those classic childhood crazes. We've put together a host of products for dinosaur-mad parents, babies and toddlers.

Gorgeous summer hats for babies and kids from Little Papaya Studio

Hats from Little Papaya Studio

Suzi Catchpole Made from swoon-worthy retro fabrics, the summer hats from Little Papaya Studio will keep them protected this summer.

Sneak peek: BZBX Tower Chair

The BXBZ Tower Chair in its various configurations.

Suzi Catchpole Other convertible highchairs are justifiable running scared. Here's the latest designer highchair of-your-dreams and the best thing is, it will last until age 7.


Luxe baby and toddler clothing by Pappe

Pappe luxury baby and toddler wear.

Pappe clothing has the look of old-world luxury - small gents and misses will be adorable in Pappe this Christmas.

The sweetest baby onesies from Organique Bebe

Baby onesies from Organique Bebe.

Suzi Catchpole These beautiful baby onesies should carry a warning; you'll want a baby after seeing them!

Saltwater Sandals for babies and toddlers

Saltwater sandals for babies and toddlers.

Suzi Catchpole Many mamas are wearing Saltwater Sandals - why not buy them for your babies and toddlers too?


Sneak peek: Maxomorra bee dress, t-shirt and romper for babies

Summery-fresh bee romper by Maxomorra.

Suzi Catchpole Cutest snap find on the planet - bee rompers, tees and dresses for babies.

Sneak peek: new Love Mae bamboo dinnerware designs

Love Mae new season bamboo dinnerware

Suzi Catchpole We do love ourselves some brand new designs in tried and true products. The renowned bamboo dinnerware from Love Mae has just had several more members join the family, in addition to a brand new website.


Sneak peek: Geleeo self-cooling pram liners

Geleeo self-cooling pram liners

Suzi Catchpole We just spotted Geleeo, a brand new self-cooling pram liner you can buy in time for summer.

Best newborn baby hampers to buy online

Monochrome hamper from Pamper Hampers

Suzi Catchpole Looking to send a baby hamper to family, colleague or friend? We have the best line-up imaginable, and you can order them all online.

'It sort of became an addiction': parents buying, reselling Bonds Wondersuits

One of last year's Bonds Baby Search winners in the popular Confetti Wondersuit.

Lucy Battersby and Kim Arlington Your baby might be crawling around in hundreds of dollars worth of clothing.

Exclusive video: Collette Dinnigan's 'Young Hearts' for Aldi

Young Hearts by Collette Dinnigan for Aldi.

Suzi Catchpole Hot off the press: Collette Dinnigan has paired with Aldi to release an exquisite range.


Interior trends: chevron - love it or over it?

Chevron: love it or over it?

Suzi Catchpole Chevron - love it or over it? Cast your vote now.


Classic wooden blocks for babies and toddlers

Bajo Architecture Blocks, $99.95 from Down That Little Lane.

Suzi Catchpole There's no denying wooden toys deliver a tactile sensation that plastic ones rarely do. We've discovered the best classic wooden blocks to suit all budgets.

Incy interiors launches elegant gunmetal Ivy cot

Incy Interiors Ivy Cot

Suzi Catchpole There's a new baby on the block at Incy Interiors and her name is Ivy.

First look: 2015 Bugaboo by Diesel Denim collection just announced

Bugaboo by Diesel Denim 2015

Suzi Catchpole Bugaboo and Diesel have just announced baby number two is on the way.


Tutti frutti baby fashion with Wilson and Frenchy

Wilson and Frenchy Tutti Frutti

Suzi Catchpole Wilson and Frenchy do a fruity take on baby fashion for spring summer 2015/16.


Maxi Cosi Euro NXT convertible car seat: rearward face your baby until 30 months

Maxi Cosi Euro NXT convertible car seat

Suzi Catchpole Despite compelling evidence that extended rearward facing children in the car is much safer, Australian parents haven't had a choice of seats to do this. Now we have the Maxi Cosi Euro NXT convertible car seat.

Capture twins' special moments with Milestone Twin Cards

Milestone Twin Cards

Suzi Catchpole We love the singleton Baby Milestone Cards - now parents of multiples can get in on the baby milestone photo action with Milestone Twin Cards.

Marquise clothing for babies: spring/summer 2015/16 has landed

Marquise Spring Summer 2015/16 has landed

Suzi Catchpole Take a look at the latest baby and toddler clothing from Marquise for Spring Summer 2015/16.

Dad toys around to get perfect baby photo

The Baby Focus attaches to the back of the phone.

LETITIA ROWLANDS It might be a simple idea, but it's one Dave Canavan is adamant will work.

Jools Oliver Little Bird for Mothercare: a rainbow of clothing for babies

Jools Oliver Little Bird for Mothercare

Suzi Catchpole The sweetest baby rompers you will ever see from Jools Oliver's Little Bird range for Mothercare.


Sweet Love Mae wallpaper for the nursery and kids' rooms

Love Mae wallpaper

Suzi Catchpole Dreamy florals, floating feathers, monochrome woodlands and perky polka dots all form the divine children's wallpaper collection by Love Mae.


Fun Sunny Life pool inflatables just for babies

The swan and flamingo pool seats are suitable from 6 to 24 months.

Suzi Catchpole The babies of 2015 will thus be thrilled to paddle their happy baby legs in these brand new flamingo and swan baby inflatables.

Eco-travel for baby: the recyclable Greentom Upp stroller

Greentom Upp baby stroller

Suzi Catchpole Never before has there been a pram with this much eco-cred. The brand spanking new Greentom Upp is launching this week in spectacular style, with a lot to recommend it to eco-aware parents.


All accessories included with the Silver Cross Pioneer Graphite

Silver Cross has released its all-inclusive Pioneer Graphite model, which comes complete with a huge list of inclusions.

Suzi Catchpole Silver Cross has released its all-inclusive Pioneer Graphite model, which comes complete with a huge list of inclusions.


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Michael Clarke reveals baby's name

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The logistics of breastfeeding twins

Our life is more or less divided into neat four hour parcels of time and it's hard to get much of anything done in the time between feeds.

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We can make a conscious effort about how we react to those curly Christmas day scenarios that can send us up the wall, or should we say chimney.

Lots of formula offers for desperate mum

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Surviving breast cancer while pregnant

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Cot sheet brands for the nursery

With so many awesome cot sheet options these days, we thought we'd put together a list of go-to brands for you to seek out for your baby's bed.

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