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Bathroom Safety and my review of Dreambaby® products

Bathroom Safety and my review of Dreambaby® products

Do you have a mischievous and inquisitive toddler? I sure do! One thing that I’ve realised recently is the importance of home safety. One room in particular – The Bathroom! Pre-kids I had no idea just how many dangers were lurking in my bathroom that little hands can quite easily access. So I wanted to talk to you about some products that I use and that have really helped keep me and my little family safe. 

We have been using Dreambaby® products as they have many bathroom safety and care items to help keep your child safe and cared for in what is one of the most dangerous rooms in the home. 

Slippy wet floors and bathtubs can be such a hazard, especially with children around which is why we use Dreambaby® Watch-Your-Step® Anti-Slip Bath Mat with “Too Hot’ Indicator. Its textured surface is designed to place on the floor of your bath to help ensure a safe and secure bathtub environment. It’s also Decorated with fun Aussie animals including a colour changing starfish which cleverly alerts you if the water is too hot which Rosie loves! it’s sturdy and held firmly in place by multiple suction cups. Durable and with an easy-to-clean surface and perfect for most baths. 

Another super handy item is the Dreambaby’s® Croc, Turtle and Duck Room & Bath Thermometers. These new Thermometers give a fast and accurate temperature reading, whilst doubling as a safe and fun toy for little ones! I always used to worry about water temperature so this is a super helpful item and the fact it doubles as a toy is even better!

Like many other parents of 2 year olds, this is when toilet training time tends to kick in. Creating a safe environment for our little ones can help build their confidence in becoming fully potty trained. I found The Dreambaby® 2-Up Step Stool is another bathroom item, which provides great help with toilet training, brushing teeth or simply looking in the mirror. Sure-grip surface coverage ensures a secure grip for covered and bare feet. I really like how the two small steps reach perfectly to the bathroom sink, the kitchen bench and other just-out-of-reach areas and of course the fact it’s easy to clean.

Another thing that’s helping our toilet training journey with Rosie is The Dreambaby® Easy-Clean Toilet Seat. It helps take the stress and mess out of toilet training. The cushioned seat comes away from the base for easy cleaning while the handle on each side makes it simple to manoeuvre and gives children something to hold. Which gives them a sense of security during this potentially “tricky” time.

The bathroom is also a place of self-care and teaching our little ones the correct hygiene is a very important lesson as part of their daily routine. Taking care of baby’s gums and teeth should start as early as possible to promote a lifelong commitment to healthy dental habits.

So we have been using The Three Stage Baby Gum & Tooth Care. 

The Stage 1 Brush is ideal for babies who have or who are just about to start teething. This brush consists of a textured rubber end, with no bristle, to gently massage sore and tender gums. A soft, slow rubbing motion on your baby’s gum can alleviate the intensity of the “teething” stage, whilst preparing baby for the next stage of toothbrush. 

The Stage 2 Brush is designed for the developing teeth stage, when crevices are starting to form on the gums, as teeth begin to erupt.  Again, this brush is intended for gently brushing and stroking of the gums, whilst the small rubber points work to clean gums, tooth rims and new tooth areas. 

The Stage 3 Brush is the perfect “first” real toothbrush for your baby. The gentle bristles insure great oral hygiene for developing teeth, every morning and night. This stage is the most important; to ensure younger children enjoy teeth brushing, and to start them on their journey to maintaining their own developing teeth and mouth.

Another item we have used whilst on the go recently during a family trip up the central coast is Dreambaby® 10 Piece Essential Grooming Kit. This kit is packed with the essential items to help keep your baby groomed and healthy. It includes: 1x Storage Case, 1x toothbrush, 1x comb, 1x brush, 1x scissors, 1x nail clippers, 4x emery boards. Perfect for trips away or family holidays.

Keeping your little ones safe and happy is every parents priority so assess what you can improve on in your home and check out the great range of products from Dreambaby®.

Overall we are so happy with how well their range fits into our busy lives and makes bathroom fun much safer.

I’d also love to hear any tips or tricks you use when it comes to safety around the home so please drop me a message or comment below.

For more bathroom safety tips and Dreambaby® bathroom safety solutions Visit the Dreambaby® web site at www.dreambaby.com.au

Or check out Dreambaby®’s YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/Dreambabytv/search?query=Bathroom

Be sure to check out there socials too and show them some love.

Socials @dreambabysafety #dreambabysafety 

Enjoy!

Danielle Lauren

xoxo

Spring Cleaning

Spring Cleaning

As a busy mum sometimes my jobs pile up without me even realising it. I’m a very organised person (well I like to think so) and love a good sort out but sometimes there isn’t enough hours in the day which I know all you mamas can relate too. As we are coming up to spring here in Australia I decided to have a big clear out, and tidy up every room in my house.

It was a daunting task but it had to be done. I cleaned kitchen cupboards, bathrooms, bedrooms, endless supply of clothes to give to charity and slowly but surely my house was becoming much cleaner and a lot more organised. Don’t get me wrong I tidy weekly, sometimes daily but there is no better feeling than a nice clean home. Am I right?

One thing that I feel like I constantly have to tackle is my floors. As you fellow mamas know they do not stay clean for long. I didn’t realise how much damage my toddler could do with a granola bar! I’m forever vacuuming, mopping, sweeping. I swear its easier to just keep them dirty but well you know…germs – I definitely do not want them hanging around.

One item that I have recently tried out is the VAX steam mop – Not only is it quick and effective it also can be used on different floors. Whether that be your bathroom, kitchen or even your carpets for a freshen up. The Vax Steam Fresh is a powerful steam cleaner ideal for hygienically cleaning sealed hard floors, which combined with specially formulated Vax Steam Detergent, breaks down grime, neutralises odours and eliminates 99.9% of harmful bacteria. It breaks down grease and grime which leaves floors sparkling. I also really like how lightweight and easy to use it is. It’s only 3.0kg and took very little time to set up and get started on my floors.

One feature I also LOVE is the detachable handheld steamer making cleaning grout within your tiles or shower super easy. No more scrubbing for what seems like hours. See some before and after photos below which show just how clean it makes tiles and floors.

Not heard of Vax before? Vax is a complete floorcare brand offering a range of products for all in home cleaning tasks. They provides products that provide both efficient and effective results.

If you would like to give this or any of their other products a try then Vax is sold through a range of retailers including;Bunnings Warehouse, Harvey Norman, The Good Guys, JB Hi-Fi Home, Bing Lee etc.

Cleaning made easy! Be sure to give it a go and let me know what you think.

Happy Cleaning

xoxo

Danielle

A magical unicorn party…. on a budget!

A magical unicorn party…. on a budget!

There is no doubt that there is a new trend around. Everywhere I look there are UNICORNS!

Slippers, clothes, bags, jewellery and not to mention the delicious UNICORN food! Cakes, milkshakes, bagels and even coffee! It is a trend I have been loving so as it was approaching to Rosie’s first birthday I just knew exactly what the theme was going to be!

First up was DECORATIONS. In every shop I went to there was some form of fun unicorn decorations to be had! However it was KMART AUSTRALIA that supplied most of my goods. (KMART IS MY FAVOURITE!)

I knew I had to have these napkins the moment I saw them and at a great price of $2 per pack. Total Bargain and As for plates we went with this pretty pink, purple and silver pattern. Not technically unicorn but VERY dreamy.

    

I blew up some pink and white balloons and attached them to the ends of our Happy Birthday Banner and hung this up above our table. We enjoyed a bbq on the day as well as food with sprinkles! Fairy bread, cupcakes, marshmallows. Lots of sweet treats to be had. We managed to find many different Unicorn pieces that we could reuse for Rosie’s bedroom. Such as frames, light up box and dreamy sleepy eyes.

   

THEN THERE’S THE CAKE….A friend had volunteered her time to bake a cake for Rosie’s party. I was thrilled as she makes the most delicious grazing boards so knew this would be good. I didn’t expect just how good! Take a look at this nothing short of STUNNING unicorn cake which is covered in edible glitter. As good as it looked it tasted even better. WINNER. I know if I had of attempted this it would of failed as I’m no good in the kitchen. I do try though. If you would like Sarah to do a cake for a party in Sydney – Let me know!

  

Another addition to the party was this giant wooden photo prop that I made Rob make (he is so handy). I decorated it with wooden letter pack from Kmart (IS THERE ANYTHING THEY DON’T DO) and a pack of gems. I encouraged all our guests to stand behind and take photos so that we would have a nice keepsake to look back on. They turned out great!

  

We also decided to do our own cake smash shoot. I have seen some really creative shots and wanted ours very simple yet floral, and a little bit magical. I bought a Woolworth $4 sponge cake and topped it with whipped cream and sprinkles. I really wasn’t prepared for how messy this would get. Rosie just loved playing with the cake and within minutes it was everywhere. She just made a mess, didn’t really eat much. We bought a $3 Unicorn hairband (Kmart again) as her head piece. Usually she would rip it off but she was way too interested in the cake!

  

  

 

All in all the party went so well and we didn’t spend a fortune. You can find all of the goodies bought for Rosie’s party at Kmart Australia by visiting their website

www.kmart.com.au

Rosie had a wonderful party and so did we. It was so nice to celebrate her first year of life. I best get thinking for next year’s theme!

Magical Unicorns dust to you all!

Danielle

xoxo

 

 

Getting a good night’s sleep and what’s really lurking in your mattress?

Getting a good night’s sleep and what’s really lurking in your mattress?

Sleep. Oh how I love sleep. Actually I have always loved my sleep, I have been gifted with being able to sleep anywhere, at anytime. Pro-Napper if you will.

I’m a girl that needs a solid 8 hours minimum. That is just what I need to function. I also love early bed times and early mornings. I always find I’m at my most productive in the mornings so I like to make the most of that time. (I’m totally THAT annoying cheery morning person) However when you add babies and children into the mix (or your snoring partner for that matter) Then broken sleep is pretty much a given.

Now whatever your choice of sleeping arrangements are all we really want is to get a nice restful sleep and wake up feeling refreshed. If I’m honest I can’t remember the last time I woke up ‘refreshed’. I only ever feel awake and ready for the day once I have had 2 cups of coffee now. (Please say that’s not just me?) We spend 1 third of our life sleeping. New parents lose between 450-700 hours of sleep in the first year of their child’s life – all parents understand the frustration and loss of sleep that bed wetting can cause for both themselves and their child.

So when I was recently invited to a Protect-a-bed Slumber session in Sydney. I was SO excited to be able to attend and I wanted to share all the tips, great products and also a few gross facts with you all.

Firstly did you know humans sweat up to 1L of body fluid per night and lose millions of skin flakes each night. After 5 years, half the weight of a mattress can be made up of our own body fluids, skin cells, mould and bacteria that seep into our bedding. This is seriously gross right? I just thought I dribbled a lot on my pillow! Eww!

And let’s talk about Dust mites, They lurk in an unprotected mattress and are a major cause of asthma and allergies. As much as 30% of the population are actually allergic to dust mite. (Despite their tiny size, dust mites produce 10-20 waste particles per day!) WAIT – they poop on my mattress. Seriously GRIM.

So let me tell you a little about Protect-A-Bed. They are committed to healthy sleep solutions and believe that ordinary, everyday products can be extraordinary. A quality assured Protect-A-Bed mattress protector is like an insurance policy for your mattress. Number 1 in the world for a reason, Protect-A-Bed® protects your mattress, a long-term investment, from everyday accidents, spills and stains, perspiration and skin flakes that contribute to the growth of dust mite mould and bacteria allergens. Their Products are designed and suited for the whole family.

So I decided to try out their mattress protector and was eager to see how this product shaped up. I used the Traditional cotton quilted mattress protector which states best for everyday comfort, with all the benefits of cotton, plus the added benefit of extra support and padding. What I loved about this was how soft and comfortable it was. A lot better than my previous mattress protector. It’s also machine wash and tumble dry safe. Which makes for a very happy mama! Also – Its waterproof! If you’ve ever suffered from any form of urinary incontinence, you’re not alone. Estimates are that 4.6 million Australians suffer from some form of urinary incontinence, so it is not an uncommon concern. Night time accidents are an unspoken issue and cause of stress – but it doesn’t have to be. Pop a protect-a-bed mattress protector on and you know it’s not going to stain your mattress.

A stand out for me within the protect-a-bed range was that they are approved by the National Asthma Council Australia Sensitive Choice Program and Red Nose (Sids and Kids). After trialling this product I would certainly recommend this to friends, family and all parents out there.

We could all improve the quality of our sleep. Sometimes all it takes is a few small changes.

Changes that have seriously helped me and my family are:

  • Reducing screen time – It is so easy to reach for your phone or put the TV on before bed. But swap the ipad for a book and see what it does for your sleeping habits.

  • Ensure a clean and clutter free bedroom space – Perfect time for spring cleaning. A tidy room is a tidy mind. The more peaceful your room. The calmer and more restful nights sleep you could have.

More information on their range of products can be found on the Protect-A-Bed website:

www.protectabed.com.au

And where to buy their products?

https://protectabed.com.au/collections/all

For being such fabulous readers you can also enter code: SYDNEYMUMS for free shipping!

Also at selected mattress retailers, if you purchase a Protect-A

Bed® mattress protector, together with a new mattress, and both items are shown on the same sales receipt, Protect-A-Bed guarantee the mattress sleep surface against staining.

See details at:

https://protectabed.com.au/pages/warranty-information

Have a good night, sleep tight and don’t let the bed bugs bite.

Danielle Lauren

xoxo

Spooky ideas for you and your family to try this Halloween!

Spooky ideas for you and your family to try this Halloween!

Ok ok! I just love Halloween! The fun foods, crafty games and exciting costumes. It really is a spooktastic time of year for big kids and small!

This year i feel like i  have reallllly got into the spirit of things. It is Rosie’s first Halloween so why not go all out!

Here are some super spooky ideas for you and your family to try this Halloween.

We made these creepy Chocolate and Orange ice cream shakes finished off with squirty cream and Oreos! We used pipe cleaners and googly eyes to decorate the glasses and bought some fun Halloween straws from our local supermarket. They tasted seriously yum (i may or may not of drank both)

 

When i think of Halloween i think about PUMPKINS! We made a table of horrors finished off with our poorly pumpkins! They were super easy to carve (hats off to you super carvers) and we used all the seeds inside the pumpkins to make it look like they were being sick. Simple but effective and the kids are guaranteed to love it! Little miss Rosie sure did!

Sweets, Candy, treats and chocolate! Halloween is a time we can treat ourselves (along with Easter, Christmas, Birthdays and well…. a rough Monday) and as much as we love a healthy treat we went all out and made this SNAKES AND LADDERS sweet station!  Kids big and small will love creating something fun with sweets! We all know kids have amazingly creative imaginations and what a fun way to get into the spooky spirit!

Another easy peasy idea if you are having a Halloween party is to give out SWEET CONES. These are just piping bags filled with goodies and tied at the top with ribbon or pipe cleaners. An alternative to the usual party bags.And a craft idea for your party is to paint paper plates! This guy is too cool with his crepe paper hair do!

Did you know that YOU can win a CARNIVAL CRUISE! Carnival Cruise Line are the experts in fun! So many exciting activities on board including a Spooktastic halloween party. Each year Carnival hold huge festivities on the ship! So much fun for the whole family.
To enter go to Http://bit.ly/EscapeWithCarnival

I hope you all have a scaretastic halloween this spooky season and i hope i have inspired you to get into the spirit of things. (See what i did there….Spirit?) Hehehe

Happy Halloween

Danielle Lauren

xoxo

 

A play corner fit for a princess (also know as “The Kmart corner”)

A play corner fit for a princess (also know as “The Kmart corner”)

We had a busy weekend sorting out a little corner for little miss. Rosie is very excited about her new play area (Not as excited as me though!) Pretty much everything in it is from Kmart. Oh how i love that place. You just can’t quite walk away from their bargains! Affordable and oh so pretty! Win Win. I love their eyelash range (or are they cows udders?) The eyelash play mat is my favourite, When it gets dirty…which will be a lot i’m sure, i can just throw it in the wash. Easy Peasy.

Their cushions for children’s rooms are so fun and colourful. With different patterns and shapes (Who doesnt want a strawberry shaped smiley face cushion in their life!)

I like to keep my house fresh and tidy but also lived in. It’s not one of these “show homes” but that’s the way we like it. I love making my house homely and updating it but life on maternity leave means you need to do it on a budget (Can we seriously win the lotto already!?!) That’s why i love places like Kmart and Ikea. I call it “Affordable luxury”

 I also love stalking Instagram for ideas. There are so many great hacks and upcycles that you can do with outdated or old furniture. It’s also a really cost effective way of updating your home.

Hopefully Rosie gets lots of joy out of her play area. It will probably change too but for now. I love it.

Let me see your play rooms/corners! What are your must have items? Any storage ideas for hiding toys? Also any tips for baby proofing those storage box corners?

Post your ideas in the comments!

Happy Playing 🙂

Danielle Lauren xoxo