This post is not sponsored and I wasn’t asked to write about it either. I just wanted to share some advice from one parent to another.
Lets talk about sleep swaddles…now I’m not going to lie, my newest addition Max isn’t sleeping through the night BUT our nights are a whole lot easier since using the Grobag Swaddles. With my first child Brock I remember laying out the wraps on the bed, trying to keep his arms tucked in, having to take the whole wrap off at every nappy change and trying to work out if he was warm enough or not.
If your like our family and love to adventure outdoors then one thing you will agree with me on is that a great coat is a must. Finding a good quality, warm and durable coat for your little one was a little difficult…until now! Norte are the new brand on the block and have your child covered.
Norte was created by two very creative and smart sisters, Casey a mum of 4 very active youngsters and Amy a spirited Aunty who works in major events in Melbourne. Growing up they were lucky enough to spend countless hours at their family beach house swimming, hiking, surfing, snorkelling and riding their bikes until after dark when their parents would come to find them and call it a night. As kids they were always into surf clothes and as they got older turned their attention to art, design and music. They even have enough instruments between the two of them for an entire classroom (I might bring my recorder for a jam)
So how did it all begin? As they are a close family they spoke on the phone everyday and many of their conversations began with an excited “hey we should totally do…” and they would both discuss an array of creative ideas. Well one day Casey rang and mentioned how hard it was finding a good quality, trendy and practical jacket for the kids, who like their mum growing up, are often outdoors. Casey had spent countless hours browsing the web and searching through stores trying to find something and then decided that they should make them theirselves! So it started as a thought bubble and before they knew it they were knee deep in ideas and designs and they started work in creating Norte. An exciting time for both sisters to work on a project together and use their creative minds.
The Norte Jacket designs started out with a sketch, they both pictured a “seriously cool and seriously comfy jacket” for the kids. They found inspiration in their childhood love of clothes that were perfect for beach and outdoor use. They had a clear concept in mind that was centred around some of their favourite colours. They then designed some great patterns for the linings which are a unique feature to their jackets and look very stylish with the sleeves rolled back. Apart from looking good they wanted the jacket to be functional, a jacket families could depend on. They are light, they have elasticated sleeves and hoods so they are designed to stay put while the kids play and this also makes it easy to roll the sleeves up. The jackets are made from a high quality, light weight polyester shell with a warm jersey lining. The insulation is a great quality poly insulation which makes the jackets warm without the need to use animal down, something they were both passionate about to avoid. Not only did they create a fantastic Jacket they also have a great range of beanies!
So lately with the crazy weather we have had Brock’s Norte Jacket has not been far from hand. It was easy and light enough to roll up and throw in the nappy bag and when we needed it Brock was snug as a bug and could move freely. The elasticised sleeves were also a massive hit! I hate wet or muddy sleeves and thankfully they stayed in place and didn’t get in the way of his mud patties! I would definitely recommend Norte to all parents out there. I’m also really impressed that such a functional jacket can also look so on trend. Don’t forget if your like us and live in Victoria its never to early or late to have a good coat as the weather down here makes up its own rules.
Now for all my readers we have some exciting news to share! Norte are currently working on some new designs for next winter and even more exciting have a new range of spring and summer gear coming really soon! You can expect the same high quality, durable kids wear to get you through the warmer months. YAY!
So they were so kind enough to offer a sneaky preview for my readers of their new tee and cap design….So here they are!
Be sure to stay tuned to www.norte.com.au for more news coming soon! Also a big thank you to the Casey and Amy for sharing their story with me.
I wish someone had come to me when Brock was born and said “make sure you buy a pram liner”…it was the one thing I kept putting off. I wasn’t sure where to buy one from and I was a little nervous about purchasing online incase the quality wasn’t great. Well that was stupid because my pram got covered in food, milk and all sorts of bodily fluids. It wasn’t until about 3 months ago we came across Harry High Pants. Not only do they stock quality pram liners they also stock multipurpose covers, baby moccasins, baby bibs and baby change sets.
It is so much easier to take off the pram liner and wash it then clean my pram! So please if you are expecting a baby put this on your baby shower list or do yourself a favour and buy a pram liner. Harry High Pants has a fantastic range of beautiful, stylish prints that are also reversible and come with matching shoulder straps. They are made from a premium high density foam for extra comfort and durability and are treated with Ultrafresh to keep away mildew (which is a big bonus for those with asthma or eczema). They will also fit most prams, strollers, rockers, high chairs and trolleys. Oh and machine washable! Win win in my eyes.
Harry High Pants is a wonderful business ran by Lauren, her tradie hubby and her two sons Harry & Charlie. It all started out when Lauren was frustrated by not being able to find good quality, practical, preferably Australian made and funky baby products. First she began designing and making her own accessories for her first son Harry via YouTube lessons to teach herself how to sew. Then it wasn’t long before she had requests from friends who soon turned into customers and Harry High Pants began.
Harry High Pants is still designed by Lauren but now made by a family run manufacturing team right in here in Melbourne. Their packaging is also made in Melbourne and they are passionate about being Australian made and feel that it sets them apart from the other leading Pram Liner/Baby accessories businesses. Though their leather moccasins are not made in Australia they made the choice to support ethically run leather making businesses.
Lauren is an incredibly wonderful, vibrant and creative person with a flare for picking on trend prints and creating the perfect pram liners and baby accessories. Lauren hopes that her prints put smiles on faces and if they don’t, then her business name certainly should!
Like most mums of boys we often find ourselves walking into a kids store and are blinded by the amount of pink, floral prints and glitter. As we fight our way through cute accessories and tutus we see a glimpse of blue, hidden at the back of the store. The boys section, usually lacking in sizes and mostly out of date fashion. Well hunt the boys section no more…Threads For Boys is an online store with all you need to keep your little man looking his best.
The mum who decided to create a dedicated shop for boys is the lovely Daniella and her inspiration and sidekick is a strong willed 2.5yr old boy named Benjamin, soon to be joined by another gorgeous boy in September. Daniella quit her day job as a Myotherapist to focus on Threads For Boys and although she doesn’t have specific retail experience she has a background in e-commerce/marketing and a fantastic taste in trendy threads. Her journey so far has been self taught and she is loving every moment.
Threads For Boys has a wide range of incredible brands such as Kipp Kidds, Harlow Clothing, Jr Cooper, Little Lords, Paxton and Co and Huxbaby and for me finding them all in the one shop is highly convenient. Not only that I can also do my shopping once Brock’s in bed (the beauties of online.) They also have a great selection of shoes and hats. Daniella looks for brands that are unique and edgy whilst still being practical. She’s after clothing that lets boys express their individuality and stand out from the crowd. Most of the brands that are stocked are Australian owned but some are from New Zealand & America. Daniella understands what it’s like to run a business as a parent and most of the brands are also fellow mums and dads with small independent business’s she feels this adds to the uniqueness as she doesn’t want them mass produced and widely available.
So next time your considering tackling the shops to find your little man a very cool outfit, check out ‘Threads For Boys’ and save yourself the hassle. Or if your a brand looking for a stockist, have a chat to Daniella she is always on the hunt for new brands. Not only that she has told me that she is toying with the idea of designing her own range of clothing…definitely a lady to keep your eye on!
Let me introduce you (if you haven’t already discovered) to this gorgeous little brand,
Baby Harrison Apparel.
I don’t think this brand could have your child looking any cuter! From their beautiful rompers, overalls, shorts, leggings, harem rompers, singlets and soft comfortable jumpers, your child will be the best dressed in the playground. Not only will your child be looking the part, these clothes are designed for comfort. They are non restrictive so your little one can keep walking, crawling or wriggling around.
The amazing, creative and clever woman behind this brand is Chloe, and Baby Harrison Apparel was named after her 14month old son Harrison. It all started when Chloe had Harry, she went from working 12 hour days to being a stay at home mum and had no idea what to do. She was on her own, with no family around. She ended up suffering from post natal depression and spent the first six weeks of Harry’s life crying. She didn’t know who she was anymore and decided to change this and do something for herself.
Chloe has always been a creative person and during her primary school days she would make quilts and sew clothes for her dolls and bears. She also studied art during and after school. So when Harry napped she would sew, (lucky for her he napped a lot) she would be in her craft room doing what she loved and taking her mind off her post natal depression. Now when Harry started dribbling she made him bibs to match his outfits and from there other mums in her mums group started asking for bibs, cute nappy covers and so on. They would request and she would sew.
image provided by Baby Harrison Apparel
Image Provided by Baby Harrison Apparel
So from there Baby Harrison Apparel has grown and become the wonderful brand you see on your own kids or others. Chloe always sources out her own fabrics and looks for fun patterns and colours, she’s drawn to ones that make her feel happy. The designs she creates are also different from those you can buy at the shops. She also offers custom order spots, which is wonderful if you have something in mind and like me you can’t even sew your button back on your shirt.
So if your browsing the internet trying to search for the perfect 1st Birthday outfit or something fun and happy for your child to wear look no further then Baby Harrison Apparel. Not only are you supporting another mum, your child will be looking the goods.
Ps: If your reading this and you too are feeling overwhelmed by the journey of motherhood, remember you are not alone. Reach out to someone, see your doctor or find your happy place. The combination of fatigue, hormonal changes and the psychological adjustment to motherhood can be little too much at times.
Something I have recently realised is how important it is to have “me time.” I don’t mean everyday or in every week but as a mum you can get so caught up in the life of your child that we start to neglect ourself.
There has been plenty of times where my son has had a full stomach but mines empty, he’s had a bath but I’m going to bed smelly, he’s well rested and I’m sleep deprived. So I was long overdue for some “me time.”
Brock is still breastfed but up until recently he was having at least 4 feeds a day and before that he was feeding nearly every 3-4 hours. I could never express and he wouldn’t take to a bottle. Now I’m not complaining I LOVED breastfeeding it came very easy to us and the only issue we had was some biting when he teethes so I feel very fortunate. But because I chose to breastfeed so often for so long, I’ve never had much time to myself. I never strayed to far from Brock because I didn’t want him to miss a feed.
So since Brock is now down to two feeds a day, one in the morning and one before bed, my husband and I decided to take advantage of this and actually spend some quality time together and go out, just the two of us for our 3 Year Wedding Anniversary. We chose day time so that we weren’t exhausted for the next day and we could also spend some extra time relaxing together once Brock had gone to bed.
Before our date day I wanted to feel good. Im not talking “Oh I brushed my hair today, good” I mean, “I am wearing clean clothes and makeup good”. We went shopping and managed to scrounge up some money to spend on ourselves that came under the guilt free category of anniversary gifts. I also went out of my way to buy some new makeup. I have been rocking the same foundation since Yr12 and I have no clue what I’m doing. So I went and got some professional help. Thats a very long story because I literally had no clue and I learnt a lot! There is this stuff called primer?! You can also make it look like your cheek bones are bigger and apparently my skin isn’t too bad for someone who doesn’t “cleanse” …what ever that is?
Our date took place in beautiful Melbourne and when we hit the pavement I felt gooood, I was channeling my inner Kim K and rocking my pigeon toed strut. It was such a good feeling to get out, have an adult conversation, hold hands, wear makeup and clean clothes. Of course we missed Brock terribly but we knew he was fine, the constant phone call check ins reassured us.
This break gave me a chance to feel human again. Reboot my system and give me some mental stability to tackle motherhood until my next “me time.” I may of not been alone but being with my husband was also a great way to reconnect and spend some quality time together. I hope all parents out there schedule in some time to yourself or even with your partner. Don’t take the opportunity to do the washing, cleaning or other jobs (unless you love doing that stuff). Take time to read a book, get a massage, see a movie or have a date day. Recharge, because at the end of the day you are better to your child functioning then as a walking zombie.
So we discovered this brand through a competition that they regularly have where they post a pic of a new bib that is about to be released and you get to suggest name ideas. Which ever name she picks wins the new bib. We thought we would give it a shot and our name “Darcy” was chosen for a very stylish grey/grey with white crosses number.
Now I hadn’t been putting bandana bibs on Brock for a while as he had outgrown his other ones so I wasn’t sure whether I would keep the bib we won or gift it to a friend. We received it in the mail very quickly and when I opened it there was no way I was giving it away! It felt so beautiful. It’s made from 100% cotton and the quality is incredible.
The bibs are not only reversible but also adjustable, a win win in my eyes! You get double the fun for the cost of one! Since receiving that bib we have already ordered and received another two! (really I now have 6 haha.) They wash well as I’m not one to gently wash anything, they’re super absorbent and we got so many compliments. Oh and did I mention they are just $14.95!! That won’t hurt the wallet!
I contacted the owner of Pikanini with no time to spare and wanted to know a little about the brand and herself. Lauren is the mum behind Pikanini, she began making bibs for her first born when she couldn’t quite find what she was after. He wore these everywhere and now her bibs are worn by babies & children across Australia and Worldwide. Her eldest is now two but still wears them to add style and her new addition is currently still in the dribbly phase so rocking them daily.
Now the name comes from the pidgin English word for “little child” and it was during a visit to Vanuatu that she decided on the name for her business. Lauren has ties to Vanuatu and being the Supermum she is, travels with her family a few times a year to provide much needed medical supplies to the hospital.
So if you are after a bib for your dribbly child or a style piece to finish off an outfit go and check out www.pikanini.com.au not only am I happy with the overall quality and appearance of these bibs, I’m helping a mum with two kids keep her small business going.
So as I have mentioned I am on the hunt for brands that we would recommend to other parents and sorting through Instagram we have found Skittle and Mouse.
They have managed to mix the right amount of practical with a whole lot of style. Knee pads are a brilliant idea. I first ordered a pair a few months back and its definitely my go to outfit. Especially when he was between crawling and learning to walk. I was sick of him wearing holes in his clothes or coming crashing to the ground with zero padding between his little knees. The Crawlsuits are also nappy change friendly with press studs around the legs. Big tick there!
Brock is far from gentle on his clothes and his Crawlsuit is holding up fine! So if you are after a great outfit not only do they offer the Crawlsuit they have the cutest Crawl pants and Dribble bibs as well. Not just for boys they cater for your little princess too!
We highly recommend Skittle and Mouse and not only did we find a brand, we found a lovely Mum behind it all. Kat you are doing a brilliant job and your little ones are very lucky to have such easy access to great clothing pieces hehe.
Guilty, yes I am guilty of judging parents before I had a child of my own, but who isn’t? As I watched on with judgmental eyes at the crazy looking mum, hair in a mess, food on her shirt whist she wrangled her child into a headlock as he bit her arm. I thought to myself… “that will never be me, my child will be a perfect angel” I envisioned myself sitting with my perfect little man eating carrot sticks on a park bench as we threw our heads back and laughed at the other mums with their misbehaving children “hahaHa.”
Boy was I wrong!
My perfect little Pinterest bubble popped pretty quickly. I’m currently siting here writing this as I think back to the last few months. My son has just turned one and we have already implemented time out. My hair is rarely ever done, makeup? who has time for that? Oh and carrot sticks!! Thats a laugh I can hardly manage to get him to eat anything that isn’t a chip.
Brock is as feisty as they come, a tornado, my little fire cracker but don’t get me wrong he can also be the sweetest, most beautiful boy! But today I ducked from him because I thought he was going to bite me but instead he gave me a kiss. To all those parents out there that may have caught my judgmental eyes I AM SORRY! Here I was thinking that you must of done something wrong, that you raised them to hit and bite, that they must of been living off McDonalds and Coca-Cola.
The reality of it all is, children can get frustrated. Brock is a fine example. He is incredibly independent. He won’t stay still for very long and we have been quite strict with him from the start.
So if you see me wrestling my child as he repeatedly hits me in the face for taking him out of the shopping trolley and your thinking “my child will never be like that”…you never know they just might.