GIFT GUIDE : BUB STUFF

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Its 2am, the Late show with Stephen Colbert is over and I’ve been kicked awake from the inside so what better time to blog while “who’s the boss?” plays in the background.  These hours spent begrudgingly awake are often reserved for my nesting so it only makes sense that a baby wishlist appears here. Besides, shopping for a mum-to-be can be a daunting task. When I was younger, I was blissfully unaware, purchasing cute unnecessary plush toys, Johnson and Johnson products and season:size inappropriate cutesy clothing. Now I know what is actually useful, it’s strangely tougher. So much of parenting is about personal preference. Here’s whats on my (work requested) shopping list from which I am ironically banned from shopping.

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Tasman Eco Amore Bassinet in white  $199: CHOICE approved, safety tested, breathable fabric, complete with lockable castors, this bassinet sounds pretty good to me. the fact it suits the decor of my home is a perfect bonus. For bub #1, my neighbor lent me her bassinet since I was dubious about needing one. Thank god because after an emergency C section it was a god sent, particularly with the paranoia and concern that initially follows every normal night time baby squeak and gurgle.

Waterproof bassinet mattress protector $14 : I’m not too fussed about brand on this one, as long as it’s fitted and waterproof for all those little spills. An essential !

Fitted bassinet sheets $15x 2: Once again, brand and plain vs printed doesn’t particularly matter as long as its a healthy cotton or bambo/cotton blend. You’ll need a few of these, particularly when life feels like an endless cycle of washing and you need a day off.

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Comfort and Harmony Mombo Pillow $45: Consumer reviews are great and babies can surprisingly weight a lot. Give your lap the exercise and your arms a rest with a good curved pillow. They are often multi purpose too, helping you get comfortable in the later stages of pregnancy,  giving your back some support during feeding time and propping up bub when they are over tummy time but still alert.

Kinderglo fun safe portable nightlight $? : I love the new quarter moon shape with easy grip, soft lighting and recharge station. We had a different version of a portable night light the first time around but it just couldn’t handle the enthusiastic play of a toddler. It proved so hand for middle of the night check ins and feedings, I just know we’d use it til it’s end once again.

Cherub 4 in 1 thermometer $49 : Have you ever tried to measure the temperature of a squirming sick baby? Lets just say there’s a reason the pediatric ward in hospitals use infrared thermometers now. I really wish someone had told me about these amazing things earlier!

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If you need more generic + unisex gifts, Lanisoh for breast feeding mums (doubles as baby lip balm) , muslins (large ones which I collected many of), face washers, nappies (huggies!) and wipes (coles thick fragrance free) will seldom go unused in those early days.

ETERNAL SPRING CLEAN

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My very slow paced spring clean has begun. It’s Autumn in Australia at the moment, though the hot days may deceive, and hopefully by spring I’ll be done. So far , I’ve only made a small dent in shoes and accessories as well as all the trinkets strewn casually around table tops to be addressed another day. Somehow, with the assistance of a big tube of glue, my maybe pile started procreating. It pained me to part with this very old silver handbag but when an accessory is on donation row, there’s no risk involved. While it doesn’t feel quite finished just yet, I love the result. Lesson here: take risks, have fun, freak your nephews out with you new cool aunty status.

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“Is that a pokeball??? is that an eyeball????”

MOON FACE

 

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I have entered the moon face phase of this pregnancy which means excitement, impatience and puffiness is at its peak while the tiredness creeps back in. Often, I feel the pull of coffee, but since I have restricted myself to one a week, I’m choosing more wisely about where I drink it.

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Not one for exploring new food places on my own, I stole my sister from campus to join me. After seeing beautiful images of egg waffles on Instagram that reminded me to go back to Hong Kong, Haven specialty coffee, in Sydney seemed an obvious choice. Not only do they take your coffee peculiarities extremely seriously (there’s a charted ordering guide and everything), they also have an egg waffle menu!

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I opted for the middle of the line “interesting but not too weird” option of Hokkaido Red Bean & Matcha, paired with a mocha. My sister on the other hand opted for something from the lunch menu which was rather tempting too; cured salmon with avocado with poached eggs on toast…the twist? Poached strawberries atop the salmon and avo combo. It added a bizarre tart flavor without interrupting the texture of the dish…all rather strange.

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My mocha had a beautiful dark chocolate coffee flavor without marching into the murky waters of “bitter and burnt”that often sits opposite the powdered artificially sweet spectrum that’s common place. Topped with messy chocolate syrup and nuttiness, I had no complaints with my coffee of the week. Ah maybe all this healthy eating is the true cause for my more egg on legs aesthetic. Thank god for black monochromatic shift dresses and head shots.

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BREAKFAST CLUB

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Variety packs were for 90’s rich kids. Besides I couldn’t have a father who disagreed more with the concept of breakfast cereal at dinner time. I never understand it but I suppose it could be irritating for a chef to return home late to his two daughters, legs folded on the couch, eating cornflakes while watching non-sports related shows on TV. It was essentially a tween’s idea of a good lazy Friday night.

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As far as I could tell, we were being as close to model citizens with as minimal effort as possible. Mum didn’t have to make dinner, coco pops or anything deemed too unhealthy never made it to our pantry ; our meal choice must have been a healthy one, and we weren’t out in society causing a ruckus. Now that I think about it, we were the kids in footloose before Kevin Bacon came to town.

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As the years have passed, breakfast foods have diversified and my discovery of the meal “brunch” will still not diminish my love of a lazy breakfast. Perhaps even more so having a little boy who very rarely deviates from rice bubbles or cheerios to have the occasional slice of toast or crumpet, even when mother dear makes pancakes.

 

So today while off to visit my sister and poke fun at her as she worked; “hello person I have never met before, you look like you would offer great customer service” , I wandered past the Peter Alexander display window and saw their new breakfast themed clothing! Not to be greedy and request one of everything from my fairy godmother, I have a top 4 list.

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Kellogg’s Cos Clutch bag – AU$45.95
Toucan Sequin sweater – AU$79.95
Fruit Loops Sleep Tee – AU$79.95
Coco Pops long sleeve Tee – AU$69.95