Are you tired of shopping for the person who has everything? Looking for a practical gift that isn’t simply another pair of socks or jocks? Here’s a list of ten unique Christmas gift ideas that you may not have considered before – from $4 stocking fillers to $40 stylish and practical eco-gifts.
Reusable Coffee Cup – from $32.95
Frank Green Smart Cups are spill proof and leak proof, making them ideal to toss into your bag and go! They fit into standard cup holders, are available in two sizes, and come in a range of colour combinations – so you know there’s going to be one your friend will love!
Stainless Steel, Insulated Drink Bottle – $39.95
Stylish and practical, these bottles feature a flip-up spout so you can use them one-handed, perfect for breastfeeding mummas! They also come with a straw (plus a spare), which you can use if you choose.
Cooling Towel – $14 (FREE postage)
Not just for babywearing! Perfect for anyone who feels the heat (which, let’s face it, is basically anyone in the Australian summer!), these towels help you stay cool but not wet. Packaged in a handy storage pouch, use it while out and about, or while relaxing at home.
Stainless Steel Straws – from $17.50
Eco-friendly products are becoming all the rage. Make sure your friend isn’t left behind by buying them a pack of reusable straws. A great stocking stuffer or Secret Santa gift.
Agreena 3-in-1 Wraps – from $22.95
Even the “person who has everything” probably doesn’t have reusable glad-wrap, right? These Agreena wraps are made of silicone and replace the need for glad-wrap, alfoil, and baking paper. Yep – three products replaced by one.
Babywearing Milestone Cards – $29.95
If your friend or family member is into babywearing, they are bound to love these cards. Each pack comes with 24 different milestones to celebrate their babywearing adventures. From the first carry, to “fluffy mail” and stash shots, these cards will be a hit!
Reusable Produce Bags – from $15.95
It’s always handy when Christmas gifts are useful, and these are useful for both the user and the environment! Help your friend be eco-friendly with a pack of reusable produce bags. They even come with their own carry pouch that can clip onto a handbag or belt loop, so they won’t be left at home like reusable bags so often are.
Vanilla Ozi Summer Candle – $38.95
We all know someone who adores candles, and the Summer Candle is just the gift for them. Choose between white and pink, these glass candles bring the summer scents of vanilla and spearmint into your home. Beautiful to look at and to smell.
Reusable Lunch Wrap – $12.95
Everyone has to eat lunch. So why not give a gift that makes lunch more colourful as well as environmentally friendly? The Onya Reusable Lunch Wrap is uniquely designed to wrap around all sorts of lunches: rolls, sandwiches, pizza, bagels or even croissants.
Bamboo Toothbrushes – from $4.50
I know what you’re thinking – “a toothbrush? Really?” It’s not your usual Christmas gift that’s for sure, but after all, this post is titled unique Christmas gift ideas! These brushes make a great stocking filler and are very environmentally friendly as well. Win-win! We stock them in 5 bright colours (adult and child size), or if that’s not your things, we also have plain bamboo with black bristles. Something for everyone!
So there you have it – our ten favourite unique Christmas gift ideas! Which ones will you have under your tree or in your stocking this year?
When my son was born in the middle of a scorching Adelaide summer, wearing him in a carrier was tricky. I loved the close snuggles, but did not enjoy the trickling sweat that accompanied them! Wearing a baby can be like strapping a hot water bottle to your torso – great in winter and pretty uncomfortable in summer! Wouldn’t you agree? The problem is this: babies don’t suddenly stop wanting to be worn just because it’s hot. Toddlers will still demand their lunch and you’ll need to make it at the same time that the baby needs to be held. Kangatraining classes will still make you work up a sweat, even more than normal! So what can you do?
The answer is both simple, and affordable: the Baby Mumma Babywearing Cooling Towel!
To use, simply wet the towel, wring it out, and wear! If it dries out or you find it isn’t cooling well enough after a time, simply follow the three steps again to reactivate. It really is that easy! The towel works by evaporation – when wet, the fabric will cool to 15 degrees below the outdoor ambient temperature. As long as the towel has moisture, and there is some airflow present, the cooling effect will continue.
Wear around your head or neck to stay cool, or if your baby is over six months old, you can slip it between them and the wearer. (Babies don’t regulate their own temperature well before this point, so best to use it on yourself only until your little one is at least 6 months.) These towels are also great if you attend a Kangatraining class, or any exercise or gym class.
Although called a “babywearing cooling towel”, this towel is the perfect accessory for any warm activities, or just whenever you feel hot!Use one around your neck when going for a walk or working in the garden, or drape it over your child’s legs while they are in their car seat or pram. These towels are also wonderful for those who are more prone to feeling the heat, such as pregnant or menopausal women. Our towel is made from a light microfibre material, similar in texture to a basketball singlet. It has a drapey feel to it, so it works well to mold around you or your baby, and it is delightfully soft!
Perhaps most importantly of all the features, caring for the towel is easy. While out and about, you can store the towel in the accompanying storage pouch, and then simply let it air out when you get home. It’s machine washable too, as all good baby-related products should be. Just what tired, sleep deprived parents need, am I right?!
Head on over to the product listing for the Babywearing Cooling Towel, and choose your colour. Available in five colours, there’s bound to be one you love! And to make them even better value, postage is FREE!
Guest Post by Eva Van Strijp
If you’ve perused the baby aisle in any major supermarket over the past 2 decades, you’ve probably noticed packs upon packs upon packs of disposable nappies. Nestled among these – usually between the night undies and the pull-up training pants – you’ll find swim nappies.
Single use swim nappies.
Literally, a product that is designed to be used for one swim and then disposed of.
Considering the length of time most children spend in the water in any one session, this is significantly shorter than the time between normal nappy changes, and as such, a disposable swim nappy has a useable lifespan that rivals the water bottle.
We’re talking about something that is used for approximately half an hour and then disposed of.
Reusable swim nappies, on the other hand, can be used for hundreds of swim sessions. Better yet, if you grab a one-size-fits-most swim nappy – such as Paddle Pants – you won’t need to purchase bigger sizes as baby grows and the same nappy will see you through from bub’s first aqua class all the way to when they’re toilet trained and no longer require swim nappies.
Let’s say a one-size-fits-most reusable swim nappy sets you back $25 and you go swimming with your bub once a week at the local swim centre, all year round. That’s 48 cents for each wear during the first 12 months.
Add to that the extra 18 months of weekly lessons you’ll get out of this swim nappy and the cost per wear comes down to 19 cents.
Add to that all the other times you go swimming with bub throughout the summer months and your cost per wear drops even further.
On the other hand, a disposable swim nappy will set you back around 1.37 every time. Over two and half years of weekly lessons, that’s $178.*
The difference between $25 and $178 is a delightful $153.
That’s two tanks of fuel, or a night out with dinner and a movie, or new books, or the next size up in clothing for your little one. It’s a haircut and colour, or the pink slip for your car or a zoo friends membership or a term of swimming lessons.
It’s a lot of great things.
But it’s also the satisfaction of knowing you’ve saved over 130 single use products heading to landfill over the first two and half years of your child’s life.
So if you’ve been tossing up whether or not to use cloth nappies, dive into the journey with a reusable swim nappy. Just #startwithonenappy and see where it takes you.
*Average price of premium brand disposable swim nappies across 3 sizes (small, medium, large).
Eva Van Strijp is a mother of six and creator of Seedling Baby. When Eva isn’t hanging out with her family or running a business, she’s eating chocolate, listening to podcasts or tending her veggie patch.
We can’t believe it’s 2018 already, but we’re ready and raring to go. And with the hottest days of summer still ahead of us, we’re already planning on how to beat the heat for our families so as to stay cool, and happy!
1. Stay hydrated
The number one rule of summer is to stay hydrated! The Australian government recommend a litre per day for children aged 1-3, and 2 litres for their mummas. Make sure your nappy bag always includes some water for everyone. Our Frank Green water bottles are leak proof, so you can toss them in your bag and go!
2. Protect yo’ self
Sun protection is so incredibly important in our harsh Australian summers. Sunscreen, hats, and sunglasses help protect us for the sun’s UV rays, and is definitely worth the “But I don’t wanna wear it!” battles we all go through at one time or another with our children!
3. Make a splash
You can’t go wrong with a bit of water play. Whether you hit the local pool, or head out to a nearby water play area, or even just play in the backyard while you water the garden. Don’t forget to pack baby’s swim nappy so they can splash too!
4. A cool bite
There’s nothing more refreshing than a cool treat at the end of a hot day. Or, let’s be real, in the middle and the end of a hot day. Using our Sinchies Pops makes it so easy to freeze your own ice block creations, ready to crunch and suck on the next hot day.
5. Use the right carrier
Babywearing does not need to stop in summer! Using a lighter weight wrap or a carrier with a mesh panel helps keep everyone just that little bit cooler. We love to use a ring sling in summer because they’re thinner and there’s only one layer of fabric over bubs.
What are your favourite tips and tricks for staying cool in summer? Share them in the comments!
Its our 6th birthday today!! And what 6 year old doesn’t love to colour? To celebrate, we are giving away a Lillebaby Colour Me Complete Carrier!
Wanna win it? Head on over to Facebook, and make sure you are a fan of the Baby Mumma Page. Like the Birthday Post pinned to the top, share it amongst your friends, and give a shout out to someone you know who would love to colour in their own carrier. Wishing us a Happy Birthday wouldn’t go astray either 😉
I will draw the winner on Sunday (3rd of April) night, but if you get too excited, and want to win more stuff, there will be lots going on in our chatter group over the weekend to celebrate! Come and join in the party – Baby Mumma Chatter!
As always, this give away is only open to Australian residents! Xx.
We are very excited to be stocking Lillebaby! We just had to celebrate this fabulous new addition to our line up and give someone the chance to own their very own.
We are giving away the new Lillebaby/TokiDoki COMPLETE – ALL SEASONS – Passport Travel (Cotton/3D Mesh)
You can view our instock range HERE
To enter our draw you needed to tell us how Babywearing helps you.
Our winner told us: Babywearing has completely changed the way I thought I would cope with raising a tiny human since my partner works long and terrible shifts. I have no idea where I would be right now without Babywearing, considering I don’t ever leave the house without a carrier.
Congratulations Jennifer Brown a Lillebaby/TokiDoki COMPLETE – ALL SEASONS – Passport Travel (Cotton/3D Mesh) carrier is on its way to you and your tiny human.
We are very excited to be stocking Lillebaby! We would like to celebrate this fabulous new addition to our line up and give someone the chance to own their very own.
We are giving away the new Lillebaby/TokiDoki COMPLETE – ALL SEASONS – Passport Travel (Cotton/3D Mesh)
You can view our instock range HERE
All you need to do is like our page on Facebook and comment on this blog post on how babywearing helps you.
1 comment per person, closing MIDNIGHT Monday, 15 February 2016
A winner will be drawn and announced on our blog on Tuesday 16 February
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Join now to not miss out on some exclusive deals and giveaways.
Our first giveaway has already been drawn – A Wrap Conversion Ring Bag is already on its way to our first winner Kimberly! Congratulations Kimberly!
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Fil’Up? Yes please!
I was one of the lucky few that was trialling the Fil’Up Mesh Wrap for Baby Mumma. It arrived just in time for the heatwave we experienced up here in Brisbane in late November and Early December. Awesome timing for a summery wrap to arrive.
The Fil’Up is made of 100% cotton and comes in 7 gorgeous colours, with 1 being organic. It is a knitted fabric rather than woven and has a unique pattern that allows amazing airflow. I tested this wrap with my then 10kg 8 month old daughter and my 11kg 2 year old son.
I found it had a fair amount of give due to the size of the spaces in the mesh. So when using I found the best carry for me was in a front carry. I found it comfortably supporting both my little ones in a Front Wrap Cross Carry for up to 3 hours.
This is a fantastic wrap for our hot, humid summers. I was fortunate to be able to use it on multiple occasions on the walk to and from school in November and December, and it allowed a lovely breeze to help keep my daughter and I comfortable whilst wearing in the incredible humidity we had.
The Fil’Up is a great wrap if you are looking for a breathable, cool wrap for summer and is very simple to use for basic front carries.
Baby Mumma –
North Brisbane Consultant
We love our car seat protectors here. I have 3 car seats in my car and the thought of having to remove, wash and dry those covers…well its can just be overwhelming. Even in Central Queensland where it’s hot and sunny most days, it will still take a full day to clean a car seat cover. Most of that time is spent drying the cover, for those south of us (enjoying nice cooler temperatures), I imagine it could take longer than a full day in the sun.
Mess happens not when we are prepared for it and have time to clean…no mess happens during chaos. So you child will probably spill their milk or yogurt in their seat at the beginning of you errand day (but after you have left home), have a poo-splosion in the seat just as you’re doing the school run or surprise you with a much needed toilet stop (yay for toilet training) in the middle of built up traffic. Your car seat protector won’t prevent these accidents but at least you know you’re covered (well your car seat is).
I had one mum at my market stall; she had just come back from a 6hr drive and told me she has always thought about getting car seat protectors but just never got around to it….until returning from her trip where both kids had accidents 3hrs from home. It was not a fun trip for mum.
Ah the joys of parenthood!!!
So now the gross talk is out of the way let’s talk about what the car seat protectors can do.
What It WILL NOT do though is protect your car seat from #3’s! Especially ones where the mess reaches up bubs neck lol. Nothing can protect your car seat from that mess.
I have seen the car seat protector work well in newborn capsules up to some of the larger toddler booster seats. It’s a great flexible design that works for every car seat I’ve come across.
I love the wipe clean top too. Where you see the print is the waterproofing. Under that is a little bit of padding just for comfort. On top of the waterproofing is microfleece to wick away any moisture. This microfleece can be detached from the car seat protector for washing and cleaning.
So in short – yep we love our car seat protectors, yep we love the prints and colours (robots are our fav!), yes it totally protects where needed, yes it fits all my car seats. No it cannot protect against #3’s!.
Until next time!
Stacy – Baby Mumma – Gladstone