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!

easter jellycat bunnies

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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Top Tips for Flying with Children

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These wonderful Top Tips for Flying With Children have been written by our friends at Kooshy Kids – who are all about making family travel easier! If you’re planning some travel with the little ones, make sure you take a read of these fabulous tips!

These days there are so many great family-friendly places to travel to with kids, and with international travel being more affordable than ever, families can easily embrace an overseas family holiday. But we all know travelling with children, particularly flying with children, can be tough – so it’s best to be prepared! Here are our top tips for stress free family flying!

Flying with Children Tip 1 – Keep them entertained

Ipads, tablets and gadgets are undeniably great entertainment options when flying with children. Pre-downloading their favourite shows to watch and games to play will keep them quiet and content. Remember to always fully charge electronic devices prior to departure.

flying with children keep them busy

Also consider other toy options to keep them occupied, games and toys that encourage creative play are great and will limit the amount of screen time they have onboard. Small portable toys and activity sets with options like colouring, stickers, magnetic games, cards, puzzles etc are the best for travel.

There are some really great pre-packed kids activity kits that are age appropriate and designed for travel. In addition taking a favourite soft toy along for the adventure will also help them enjoy the journey. Avoid taking toys with small parts as they can easily get lost under and in-between seats, and before its time for sleep, give kids a break from backlit screens to help them wind down. Packing a book to read onboard is also a good quiet entertainment option for kids that can read.

Flying with Children Tip 2 – Get some rest

Keeping kids comfortable is key, especially on long-haul flights which can be a nightmare if you don’t have a way of letting your child sit and fall asleep comfortably. You really want to try and avoid the uncomfortable situation where you’re stuck holding a sleeping child sprawled out across you for hours on end rendering you unable to move!

flying with children kooshy kids

Luckily there is a practical and affordable product now available to help your child (and therefore you!) fly comfortably and get some rest. The Kooshy Kids Kooshion can be used to create a flat, flexible space for kids to enjoy as a couch or bed on the airplane. It is placed on the floor between your child’s seat and the seat in front and then inflated, providing a large flat surface for legs to stretch out and little ones to lay flat on for sleeping. It’s simple to use, lightweight, durable and most importantly comfortable with a soft material on top. Over 50 airlines allow the use of the Kooshy Kids Kooshion during flight. This product is a must when flying with children…if the kids can get some sleep then so can you, and you’ll arrive at your destination feeling rested and ready to explore! For more information on the Kooshy Kids Kooshion, head here.

Flying with Children Tip 3 – Pack some snacks

Food can be a huge help – kids can get cranky when they are hungry and they may not like the plane food available. It’s a good idea to pack some snacks you know they like in your carry-on luggage for the journey.

Take a few options, something healthy and their favourite treats too, and carry them in a separate easy to access bag. Snacks are also a good way to pass some time and keep kids quiet when travelling. Also remember to encourage your kids to drink lots water, airplanes can be very dehydrating environments, and walk around the plane at regular intervals.

snacks when flying with children

Flying with Children Tip 4 – Be prepared

With the extra bags and gear that comes with travelling with kids, it pays to be well organised. If you’re travelling with a toddler you may find they can carry their own small backpack bag. This is great as it means everything is packed together and saves you from having to carrying all their toys, games, water bottle, snacks and spare clothes.

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A backpack style bag is also handy for parents’ carry-on bag so when your travelling through airports your hands can be free to help or hold the kids. It’s also very important to be organised when it comes to your families travel documents and passports. It’s a good idea to take copies and keep them together and safe, a family passport wallet is handy for this.

If your children are a little older it can help to talk to them prior to the trip about what is going to happen, so they know what to expect and also so they get excited and look forward to the journey.

Flying with Children Tip 5 – Focus on the positives

It can really help to remain calm when travelling with a toddler and focusing on the positives can help. There are so many amazing benefits to travelling with kids, the knowledge they will acquire, skills they will develop and memories you will all gain from travel makes the journey totally worth it! Sometimes reminding yourself of the positive impact travel will have on them and the great experiences you will have together as a family can help you get through any stressful part of the plane journey.

So go on, select your dream places to travel with kids, book the flights and rest easy knowing that you can have a stress free travel experience with your kids!

Written by Megan Maden from Kooshy Kids. Follow them on Facebook and Instagram.
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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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BABY TRAVEL TIPS!

Guest Blog Post - Eva from Tree Hut Village

I used to fly a lot as part of my corporate life and I was never afraid of flying. Especially not of short trips to Sydney or Adelaide (by the way Adelaide is seriously underrated – it’s the city I secretly have a crush on).  Since quitting my job and having a baby I’ve stayed home a lot more and for some weird reason I’ve started to become scared of flying. When I’m scared I need to be prepared (ask me about what I’ve done for labour prep...).

I read about this lady who travelled the globe with her baby and I have never been more in awe of someone’s achievements  than when I heard about her. The sleep deprivation, the lack of routine, the sourcing of food – I thought it would be all too overwhelming. Danielle from “Bubs on the Move” recently wrote a blog post about flying with kids and she mentioned that it is exhausting but you’ll be exhausted anyway so why not on holiday. Fair point.

So we travelled and I like to be prepared. I read a lot of blogs and seriously overpacked my hand luggage. I HATE flying with lots of luggage so travelling with a bub wasn’t on the top of my favourite things to do. We flew from Melbourne to Sydney (baby was 4 months), Melbourne to Auckland (5 months), Melbourne to Hamilton Island (5 months), Melbourne to Munich (10 months), Munich to La Palma (10 months) and back of course.  From all of this flying I have the following tips for fellow parents who are travelling with one baby (if you travel with more than one let me know how you handle it – you have hero status in my books).

1. Try not to pack too much into your hand luggage
I packed for every single possibility and ended up forgetting a sleeping bag, a book and almost my mobile phone and glasses on a few planes. Plus, lugging it all around is a nightmare.  I don’t even want to mention screening points – I might have had a meltdown on my trip to Europe (travelling solo..). It took forever to unpack it, push it through x-ray and I didn’t know that you had to take off the carrier too. Where’s my additional set of hands?? It pushed me over the edge – if I was failing at the first hurdle how was I going to cope with the whole flight??

2. Let your baby suck on something during take-off and more importantly during landing
It will help to prevent ear pain. Use a dummy, boob, bottle or even your finger – anything works as long as they are sucking on it for the entire time of the descent. I’ve always made the mistake of starting too early and by the time we were into the landing he was over it..  Not helpful!

3. Take a stroller that you can put into the overhead compartment or take a carrier
I love baby carriers and I’ve taken it everywhere. My little one couldn’t really sleep in it during the flight but at least I had my hands free when walking through the airport. A stroller would have been a godsend when I was travelling by myself. It’s either that or taking less carry on.

4. If your baby is less than a year old take a feeding pillow
Yes, very bulky but worth it. My baby slept the whole time on that feeding pillow (V-Shaped pillows worked best, as they prevented him from being too uncomfortable when lying on the arm rests).

5. Take your own food
They say they carry baby food but it’s really only those purees in jars. Your baby might want more. I recommend the pouches you can get and perhaps some rice crackers. Also, best thing I’ve done was bake savoury muffins to take with me (check below to get the recipe).

6. Don’t worry about liquids so much
If you have a baby you are allowed to take liquids with you within reason and if it's clearly baby related.

7. Take some toys
This is obvious but take a few toys and preferably ones that don’t make any noise. That’s a tough one I know but a mirror works wonders. Also an all-time favourite: water bottles. Babies love them.

8. Beware of baby’s leaky water bottle
We all love our babies’ water bottles. Whatever your favourite one is – take it with you. One thing you should be aware of is that water bottles often leak when you’re on a plane because of the change in pressure – even the most awesome ones have leaked. Put them in a plastic bag so that you don’t ruin your bag’s contents like I did.

9. Be friendly
Strangers love babies. I made lots of new “friends” and your little one will love the interaction with other passengers. It passes time and you get to talk about a few interesting things with interesting people. Embrace it.

10. Book a night flight
If you can – book a night flight. Especially for long haul flights. The more active your little baby is the more grateful you will be for longer stretches of baby sleep. You might not sleep but as mums and dads we are used to that anyway right

11. Take additional documents for identification
If you are travelling solo and your partner / your baby doesn’t have the same citizenship/passport as you take the birth certificate and also a letter, signed by your partner, that it is ok to take the kid overseas without him / her. You might be able to leave Australia but you might have some issues getting into another country which is a hassle you don’t want after flying for 20 hours

12. Flight attendants are awesome
Really there is not much more to be added here. They are so lovely and helpful and you will get an extra blanket and some extra care because of your little one. If not from them then definitely from other passengers.

13. Other passengers
Don’t worry. Babies cry and everyone knows that. I know it’s stressful when your baby cries. I get so frazzled! You are well prepared. As you know your baby is either hungry, tired or bored.. You’ve got this – your baby will stop. A few cuddles, distractions and it will be ok. If nothing works walk up and down the aisle. One word is to be said here for all mums who are still breastfeeding – it’s pretty much the silver bullet. It worked every single time.

14. Be prepared for things to happen
My little one knocked his lip on a table one hour before departing to Europe. He bled like nothing I’ve ever seen before. I honestly can say this was the worst part of our whole trip. I looked away for one second and then I heard him cry. I applied some pressure and made sure he was ok. The bleeding stopped and we went on the plane. At least it took my attention away from being nervous about the flight and he was giggling minutes afterwards (phew).

15. Take it slowly
I’m a 24/7 sort of person. I don’t sit down – much to the dismay of my husband. Relaxing is hard for me and I usually want to go and see 10 places in 7 days. Allow yourself to relax for a few days before getting stuck into your travel plans. Your baby will be grateful for it and so will you. Sleep deprivation is always hard but with a baby and jetlag on top it’s a nightmare. Get adjusted and then go for it and keep exploring these new countries!

I have written a list of things to pack in your carry-on luggage along with  my savoury muffin recipe for long haul flights. Head on over to TREE HUT VILLAGE, register and I’ll email you the file.

Enjoy travelling with your little one. It’s a lot of fun. Please share your story with us.,I would love to hear how it all went for you. Short trip or long trip? Near or far? Let me know!

Merry Christmas and I hope your travels bring you closer to your loved ones.
Eva x

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