THE 2019 EASTER EDIT

2019 Easter edit

Presented by Kids Tribe

How is Easter already a hop, skip and jump away? If you’re looking for the perfect, non-chocolate Easter gift for your little one, look no further! We are delighted to bring you our 2019 Easter Edit, presented by Kids Tribe and their wonderful collection of Easter toys and accessories. This year’s edit is simply choc-a-block with beautiful and unique Easter gifts for babies and kids from some of our favourite brands, plus we also have some wonderful Easter tips, Easter play ideas and Easter recipes… and a few special offers to share with you too, so make sure you read all the way to the end! Get ready to hop-hop-shop and be inspired for Easter!

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OUR FAVOURITE EASTER TOYS

Who Loves The Easter Bunny?

There are so many gorgeous bunnies to choose from that would make the perfect Easter gift for your little one! Here are just a few of our favourites!

Alimrose Bunnies – available from Kids Tribe – There’s something for everyone with this stunning collection of bunnies from Alimrose! Beautiful ballet bunnies, little boy bunnies, and Bobby floppy bunnies and rattles, these toys add a stunning touch to any nursery or kids room and are super cute to boot! And if you’re little one wants to be a bunny, they have the most divine Bunny bonnets available too.

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Jellycat Bunnies – available from Oakie Baby – My kids love their Jellycat teddies, they are super soft and have the sweetest little faces! I just adore their floppy ears, and the little poppet Caramel bunny is one of my favourites. Oakie Baby also have an adorable Jellycat bunny purse which I know my daughter would certainly love!

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The Sleepy Snoogu Bunny – available at Modimade – These beautiful handmade and ethically crafted bunnies (and the rest of the Snoogu range) are made by beautiful women in Cambodia who are supporting their families and communities.

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Le Grand and Le Petit Bitbit Bunnies – available at The Styled Spot – these bunnies are simply adorable and make beautiful keepsakes.

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OUR FAVOURITE EASTER GIFTS 

Chew on an Easter Teether instead of chocolate!

If you’ve got a little one who’s teething, why not give them some relief in the form of these delightful Easter edition BUNNY Silicone Teething Discs from our friends at One.Chew.Three? The Chocolate one in particular looks good enough to eat, and will have your little one chewing away in relief! They can also be personalised, a lovely keepsake if it’s your little one’s first Easter, and speaking of keepsakes, we also love their gorgeous Personalised Milestone Plaques. They also have some wonderful Easter Bundles and Gift Box sets that make stunning gifts for Easter.

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OUR FAVOURITE EASTER COLLECTIONS

We love Easter Bilbies and classic Bunny prints!

I love a bit of Australiana, and when it comes to Easter, I just adore Bilbies as much as bunnies! Our wonderful friends at Grubbee have released an absolutely divine Easter collection, featuring a beautiful Australian Bilby print designed by talented Australian artist Lauren Kelly. The collection features Baby Wash Cloths, Dribble Bibs and Snuggle Blankets, all made from beautiful cotton and bamboo fabrics.

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Does your little one love the book “Guess How Much I Love You”? Mine certainly do and it’s a book I’ve always loved reading to them! We are loving the new “Guess How Much I Love You” collection available at Towelling Stories, featuring the classic illustrations from the book. The super soft range includes Bamboo Burp Cloths, Bamboo Nursing Pads, the Hands Free Baby Bath Towel (a must have for any new mama!), Bamboo Bibs and various gift sets.

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OUR FAVOURITE EASTER CLOTHING AND ACCESSORIES

Easter inspired designs that will have your little ones hopping to it this Easter!

How sweet are these Josie Joans Bunny Hair Tie Sets, available from Kids Tribe? They come in a range of beautiful Liberty fabrics and are handmade by a gorgeous Melbourne Mama. Each set includes two hair ties (and they have some lovely clips in Liberty fabrics too!).

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We are also loving these gorgeous pastel pink bunny pieces from Milk & Masuki, available at Kids Tribe - check out the super sweet Baby Crew Neck Jumper and bodysuit!

Who does Christmas pyjamas? Why not do the same for Easter? Twenty One Moore have the most gorgeous 100% cotton Kip & Co Bunny Pyjamas and Nighties, featuring hiding bunnies on a soft grey background with touches of candy pink. You can also check out their entire Easter collection here.

Twenty One Moore is also offering a special Easter discount of 20% off STOREWIDE until midnight March 31 using the code TNCEASTER! Shop here

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OUR FAVOURITE EASTER DECOR

If you're looking at decorating your little one's bedroom or nursery, why not take some inspiration from Easter?

The lovely Abby from The Mum Life suggests a gorgeous Easter inspired space featuring a magical tulle canopy, star garland, beautiful house bed, classic Miffy nightlight and their stunning swan wall hanging. Simply divine! Now what little lady wouldn’t love this gorgeous set up, I know my daughter would! The perfect spot to hide some easter treats, or this wonderful Easter bundle featuring a personalised Easter pail and gorgeous Easter bunny!

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The Mum Life is also offering a special Easter discount of 12% off STOREWIDE using the code TNCEASTER! Shop here

OUR FAVOURITE EASTER RECIPES

Create Easter memories by making your own eggs!

Now that we’ve been through the non-chocolately gifts, lets admit it, we all consume more chocolate than we need to over Easter, and I’m no egg-ception! But if you’d like to know just how much sugar is in the chocolate eggs you and your family are consuming, why not make your own? Plus getting the kids involved is sure to create some wonderful Easter memories for all of you!

We love this recipe for Homemade Easter Eggs filled with a delicious coconut caramel from our lovely Nursery Collective Kid approved Food Blogger Rachel Cassidy of Little Peeps Eats. She’s also got a wonderful blog about how to deal with the onslaught of chocolate over the Easter period. And if you scroll right to the bottom you can also download her free Easter colouring in placements that come with an Easter joke to add to the fun at your Easter lunch or dinner!

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OUR FAVOURITE EASTER PLAY IDEAS FOR LITTLE ONES

Our gorgeous TNC Mama blogger Fi Morrison shares 6 Easter Play Ideas for little ones with us!

Egg shakers (3 months +)

Buy some hollow, plastic eggs (usually from the $2 shop or reject shop) and fill them with some sensory items, such as rice, pasta or lentils. Seal the plastic eggs shut with some glue. When dry, give to your baby to shake and explore the different sounds.

Egg painting (12 months + with assistance)

Place a piece of paper in a large box or tray. Put some blobs of paint on the corner of the paper. Place some mini eggs onto the paper, and shake the box from side to side so the eggs roll around the paint and paper. You’ll create an amazing artwork that will last well beyond Easter! NOTE: Plastic eggs from a $2 shop are ideal, otherwise use the mini foil-covered chocolate eggs. For extra safety, cover them with another layer of foil to make sure they are fully covered, and after the painting leave them to dry. Remove all the foil and make sure no paint is on the eggs. Use non-toxic paint too!

Easter Egg Hunt (12 months +)

Who doesn’t love a good Easter egg hunt? Grab a bucket for your child, hide some eggs around your space (inside or outside, just remember where you hide them if it’s inside!) and let them go for it! If you’re wanting to be mindful of how much chocolate your child has, hide plastic eggs or some laminated printable eggs/chickens/bunnies that can be collected and exchanged for something else. For example, you might tell your little one that if they collect 5 bunnies, they can get one chocolate egg, etc.

Easter play ideas

Easter Small World Play (18 months +)

Start by collecting some basic materials such as mini bunnies and/or chicks (those little cheap yellow chicks would be perfect), mini Easter Eggs, mini baskets, and something for a base (for example, lentils, artificial grass from Bunnings, etc). Put these all together in a shallow tray to create a mini “world” for your child to explore and play with. This is a fun, imaginative way to inspire creative and dramatic play for your little one – if you’re unsure what this looks like, check out #smallworldplay on Instagram!

Easter Egg Sorting (2 years +)

Buy an assortment of Easter eggs for your toddler or preschooler to sort through – by colour, brand, however you like. Provide some sorting bowls and small tongs for your little one, as they practise their fine motor skills to pick up the eggs and sort into separate bowls. This activity can be changed to practise counting, or number and letter recognition (write numbers or letters on the eggs and the bowls, and get your little one to sort into different bowls).

Blown-Out Eggs (4 years + Need steady hands!)

If you have a preschooler with steady, gentle hands (!!), they might like to decorate a blown-out egg (ie. an empty egg shell). Here are some instructions on how to empty the egg, and your little one can paint and decorate the egg as they like. This would also be a great way to make personalised, gorgeous Easter gifts for friends and family.

SOME SPECIAL EASTER OFFERS!

Our wonderful friends at Storksak and Babymel offering 20% OFF ALL NAPPY BAGS until the end of April. Simply use the code TNCEASTER grab your discount. There are designs to suit every style and taste, from neoprene bags to the softest of leather backpacks and totes – why not spoil yourself too this Easter?

easter bag offer

You can also get a special Easter offer from our friends at Baby Loves Sleep who are offering 20% off STOREWIDE until midnight March 31! Simply use the code TNCEASTER grab your discount. You'll find a huge range of sleep suits and wraps from newborn to toddler age, whether your little ones like to sleep swaddles, with hands in or out, in lighter or heavier togs!

Easter Baby Loves Sleep

The lovely team at Musluv are offering 15% off their Cardboard Crowns Baby Sun Cover until the end of April using code EASTERCROWNS, and this special Easter tip:

Keep an eye on the UV levels when you’re visiting all the Easter shows. The SunSmart app is an excellent way to check this out. Even though the weather is starting to cool down at this time of year, the UV level can remain too high for you and your baby.”

easter musluv offer

The Musluv covers offer UPF 50+ protection, an invisible safe UV protective barrier in the cotton to absorb UV rays, as well as a multipurpose design that combines ultimate comfort with essential protection for your baby from the Australian sun.

And don't forget Twenty One Moore are offering 20% off Storewide and The Mum Life 12% off Storewide using the code TNCEASTER - see above under Décor and Clothes & Accessories!

AND LOOK OUT FOR OUR UPCOMING EASTER GIVEAWAY!

We are planning a super exciting and MASSIVE Easter Egg Hunt giveaway with $1,000 worth of amazing prizes to win! If you don't want to miss out, hop down below and sign up to our VIP list  to find out when the giveaway is live (we promise never to spam you!)

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Things to do with Your Baby in the First 6 Months – Part 2

Things To Do With Your Baby Part 2

Kathy Stirrup, our resident Mental Health and Parenting Expert, shares some great ideas of things to do with your baby in the first 6 months, in this 2 part blog series. READ PART 1 HERE

8. Things to do with your baby: Roly Poly

Babies often enjoy the sensation of rolling even before they can do so by themselves. Help your baby to develop this skill by gently rolling them over on to their tummies and then back again to their backs. Make sure that the surface that you have placed your little one on is a soft surface such as a rug or blanket. Keep going as long as your baby seems to be enjoying the activity. When your baby starts to make attempts at rolling themselves then you can encourage them to do so by putting toys just out of their reach so that they have to move to reach it.Continue Reading →

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Things to do with Your Baby in the First 6 Months – Part 1

Things To Do With Your Baby Part 1

Kathy Stirrup, our resident Mental Health and Parenting Expert, shares some great ideas of things to do with your baby in the first 6 months, in this 2 part blog series.

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Survived those first days, or weeks, at home in a haze of birth recovery, sleep deprivation, new routines, and endless feeding ✓
Now what to do with this new little person when they AREN’T sleeping or eating? Continue Reading →

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Parenting an Anxious Child: What You Should Know

Parenting An Anxious Child

Do you have a child who is anxious? The lovely Alexandra Newmarch, Psychologist from Phoenix Place Play Therapy & Counselling shares her thoughts on parenting an anxious child and just how to recognise anxiety in kids.

True fact: parenting an anxious child is not easy.  I remember the mother of one of my little therapy clients exclaiming to me once, “It’s non-stop!  I know she’s not doing it on purpose, but I’m so tired of trying to be sympathetic.  I wish she’d just grow out of it.”

She was right – it is non-stop.  It is tiring.  And because anxiety often manifests differently in young children than it does in older children and adults, it can sometimes be hard to know if that’s even what’s going on!  So how do you know, and if you do have an anxious little person, what can you do to help them?Continue Reading →

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End of Financial Year Sales Wrap Up!

End of Financial Year Sales | Baby and Kids

It’s time for our End of Financial year Sales Wrap Up! Can you believe we are almost a the half way point for 2018! Time is flying, my baby girl is turning 4 next week (sob!) and before we know it we’ll be counting down to Christmas! As this financial year comes to an end, I am super excited to bring you this round up of some fantastic EOFY offers from our favourite Nursery Collective brands! Enjoy the shopping, there really is something for everyone!

Offers are valid until midnight June 30, 2018 unless otherwise indicated.Continue Reading →

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THE 2018 EASTER EDIT

Easter Gifts for Baby and Kids

Presented by Twenty One Moore

Are you looking for the perfect, non-chocolate Easter gift for your little one? We're delighted to bring you our 2018 Easter Edit, presented by Twenty One Moore and their wonderful Easter Collection! Our edit is choc-a-block with fabulous Easter gifts for Baby and Kids (and Mum!) from some of our favourite Nursery Collective brands! You're sure to find the perfect gift right here, so enjoy and get hop-hop-hoppity shopping!

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5 Ways to Encourage Baby To Crawl

Exciting Milestones in the First Year

Learning to crawl is an exciting milestone for your baby in the first year – up until they crawl, their only way of getting around is with your help (being carried or pushed in a stroller). It’s their first real taste of moving independently and opens up their little world to so much more exploration and discovery…eventually paving the way to pulling up, kneewalking, standing, walking and one day running!

Crawling is just as important for your baby’s development as it is cute to look at. Crawling develops babies’ gross motor, visual, spatial and cognitive skills – your baby needs to use their body and their mind to achieve this milestone! Their core must be strong, as well as their back, neck, shoulder and arm muscles to stay balanced. Their vision also develops as they switch between looking into the distance and down at their own hands. They also start developing ways to navigate, and remembering where things are also aids their memory development.

As Mums, we all love seeing our babies achieve milestones, and you might be wondering if there are ways to encourage your baby to crawl. Babies typically begin to crawl anytime from 6 to 10 months and there are certainly ways you can help your little one with this milestone. Here are our Top 5 Ways to Encourage Baby to Crawl!

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Quick and easy Halloween ideas!

Quick and easy Halloween ideas for babies and toddlers

by Catherine Nelson-Williams

If you’re anything like me, Halloween will have crept up on you this year, leaving you a little unprepared! After scouring Pinterest (because my daughter has not one but TWO dress up days at nursery and I also need to prepare some spooky yet healthy treats for the class!), I thought it might be helpful to put together a little mini guide of some quick and easy Halloween ideas for your little ones!

Here are my favourite quick and easy Halloween ideas for recipes, crafts, games and last minute DIY outfits!

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HOW TO CREATE A TOY ROTATION SYSTEM and 5 REASONS TO LOVE IT

By Erin from Nappy Cakes by Erin

One of the many first things learnt as a new mother is how quickly the house can become cluttered with toys. Toys, toys and more toys - scattered across floors, stored in every nook and cranny of storage spaces, in prams, in bassinets/cots, in car seats, in nappy bags, on benches, lounges and tables - you name it - there is a toy! And before you know it, what once was a tidy, organised home, has fast become nothing short of resembling a toy shop, and a messy one at that, which often leads to feelings of disorganisation and toy overwhelm.

Today I am going to share 7 EASY STEPS TO GET YOU STARTED ON CREATING A TOY ROTATION in your home and FIVE reasons why you will love it.

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