As much as I would have liked to be, being a babywearing mum was not my thing when I had my first baby. I kind of wished I could prance around barefoot, bub attached to me, without a care. Alas, there was no prancing. The pram was too easy to get her to sleep and the carrier I had was not comfortable to wear. It was all too hard. Flash forward to bub number two and I’m converted. Finn, my little joey, loves being close to me in his ‘pouch’ – and this kangamumma is loving every minute of it.
School holidays are drawing to a close which means thousands of Aussie preppies are about to walk through the school gates for the first time. All the memories of a summer at home or away will soon make way for new experiences.
But what about the mums and dads who will still have their little sidekicks for another year or two? The mighty fine weather will continue long after this week and there’s still lots of fun to be had.
Road trips, beach house stays, camping sites, cruise ships or long-haul flights to far-off destinations – no matter where you end up on holidays there’s some amazingly cool/cute/helpful/necessary items for kids that no jetsetting family should be without.
Packing the car for a little escape down the coast this summer reminded me that packing for the family is painful. I’ve learnt some lessons along the way so here I’ll make the task of what to bring along for the kids a lot easier for you next time you travel.
Summer holidays are fun. But like all the fun things in life, they never last long.
Everyone is now in a frantic ‘back to school’ mode and missing out on this glorious sunshine by trawling through shops looking for the perfect pencil case or pair of regulation shoes.
I’m still lucky enough to have both my babes home with me this year – Millie will attend 3yo kinder but only for a few hours each week – and so I can enjoy the rest of January the way it should be enjoyed: having fun while footloose and fancy-free in the sunshine.
Not having to make the bed in the morning was heaven. Not having to cook breakfast, lunch or tea for the family was a welcome change and spending quality time with the people I love most in this world was bliss. If this is a staycation, I can’t believe I’ve left it this long.
Summer – and all the swimming that goes with it – is just about upon us. It means togs and towels are in constant use, so finding durable swimwear is a must. We’ve splash tested the latest Speedo kids’ swimwear for leading parenting website Babyology and Millie was eager to pull on her tropical bathers for some laps during swimming lessons.
Baby number two comes along and while most things can be passed down from an older sibling, there’s a dilemma if you have a single pram and your toddler still enjoys the ride. This was exactly the problem I had when Finn arrived because Millie was still very happy to sit back and be pushed around town in our pram.
It was something I grappled with in the months before my son arrived. Do I buy a new, bigger pram or try my luck with a toddler on the loose? It was so hard to decide that I didn’t end up buying anything – but immediately regretted it. Anything beyond a quick stroll to the local shops just became too hard. I just couldn’t manage to keep my hands on the pram and feel comfortable that I had a good grip on my daughter’s hand as well.
There’s nothing swift at all about deciding on a pram once you find out you’re expecting.
There’s hundreds out there, all looking snazzy and user-friendly, but it’s not until you get them home and pop bub in it you realise it may not be as compact/comfortable/easy to push as you thought when wheeling around a doll inside a shop.
I’m a writer for parenting website Babyology and was invited to road test the new Mountain Buggy Swift with some other mummy bloggers. With baby number two almost here, I couldn’t wait to try it out and get used to how it manoeuvred and folded before our baby’s arrival.
With our second baby on the way – soon! – I’ve gone into full nesting mode. I’m fluttering around getting everything ready for this baby’s arrival. Funnily enough, I’ve got most of the baby essentials already and it’s Millie who needs an upgrade on some very important items so bubba can move in.
The pram, the cot and the car seat will soon belong to the newest member of our family and that means Millie gets some new surprises. She’s successfully moved into her ‘big girl bed’ and a new, larger Britax car seat.
We’re always in the car and on the go – weekend road trips and family visits to all corners of Melbourne – so it was especially important to us to find a car seat that was as comfortable as it was safe.
From the moment Millie’s sharp little eyes spotted the Melbourne Star Observation Wheel from the window of the car, her legs started a kicking frenzy.
She does that when she’s excited (it turns into a happy stomp when she’s standing up).
I was excited too. For Christmas 2008 I received a gift voucher to ride the Southern Star from an aunty – I had to cash in my voucher soon after when the wheel closed due to faults caused by extreme heat.
Last week I finally got to see the views for myself as a guest of the Melbourne Star, hubby and Millie in tow.