baby : 7 months

posted on: Tuesday, July 31, 2012


Just quietly, we hadn't really babyproofed the living room yet. I know, I know.


Even though she's been wiggling backwards and doing her own version of baby yoga for quite a while we were taken a little by surprise last week.
 

One day the lady still wasn't sitting up on her own, then the next day she was, and then the day after that she was crawling and trying to pull herself up. On the lounge, on the toy trunk, on the random camera tripod sitting in the corner of the living room. Oops.

Let's just say that it was very lucky that I happened to be walking past just as miss lady pulled herself up on the tripod. I lunged for it as it started to fall while she held on and swung around and under the centre pole -- she wasn't letting go for anyone. After I had steadied it she just kept hanging on. Upside down.

Ohmy lady.



she loves sticking out her tongue and making la, la, las and i! sounds. very cute.

She does bump her head from time to time when she's scooting about the house but seems unfazed by this so far. I can't say the same about her reaction to the hideous head cold that she had for 15 days. Who knew a cold could last that long in a tiny babe? Especially when she's being breastfed. But hang around it did, causing all manner of  disruptions to her sleep. Sad face. When she was sleeping she was so blocked up that she sounded like a little old man snoring.

We used a cool mist humidifier in her room and a baby nose spray to try to clear her nose a bit. She was kind of cute with the nose spray -- she didn't like the nozzle going up her nose but liked the water going down her throat (through her nose) so she'd kind of stick her face forward like she was getting a drink of water. Ha.


Thank goodness she is all better now and acting like her sprightly old self.


If you fancy catching up on the lady's babyhood here is when she started rolling, 6 months, 5 months, 4 months, 3 months, 2 months, 1 month and newborn.

{feather-patterned suit by bonds, similar feather coveralls from bonds.com.aumap and birds poster from frankie magazine but you can purchase a large print from judy kaufmann on etsy. custom made patchwork quilt by tina magee sews on etsy.}

room for kids : made in sweden

posted on: Monday, July 30, 2012





Eep! I was perusing the always beautiful bleubird blog when I came across the bright rooms in this little abode, which is currently for sale in Sweden. Isn't it gorgeous? So light and modern with perfectly balanced interior styling. Not to mention those delicious chalk white floors.

Want.

this parenting caper : siblings

posted on: Thursday, July 26, 2012


Did you grow up with brothers and sisters?


I know it is way too early to call it, but when I look at our kiddos I can not imagine how they could ever fall out with each other. I know it could happen, but I just can't imagine it -- they light up around each other and I can see that everything is more fun for them when the others are around. (Although that wasn't the case at first.)


I honestly feel so lucky to witness their friendship and feel certain that they'll be around for each other when we're old and gone, if only because... well, why wouldn't they?


So today I'm wondering, are you close to your siblings? Or if you have wee ones, are they close to each other? What do you think makes for good (or bad) sibling relationships? I'd love to hear!

my favourite and my best : dollhouse moment

posted on: Tuesday, July 24, 2012


I have become more than a little obsessed with dolls and dollhouses of late so when I came across this house in mid-play it really caught my attention. All those tiny details! Sigh.


When I was small I made a house or two but my friend Emma had an awesome multi-level affair stocked with all manner of furniture and accessories that we played with for hours. So much fun.

Do you have dollhouse in your space (yours or your kiddos)? Or did you when you were a wee one? Do you collect miniatures now? I'd love to hear.

dollhouse from dress factory

room for baby : raw sugar

posted on: Monday, July 23, 2012


Do you prefer a more sophisticated look in the nursery? Opting for neutrals is an easy way to create a refined feel and keep a consistent colour scheme throughout the entire home.


Realistically it might be hard to get away with a neutral palette when the wee ones reach toddlerhood, but in the early days most babies are happy with minimum extras.


And selecting one feature item like an oversized stuffed animal, can bring a fun, playful presence to a nursery corner while keeping the scheme clean. 


You can see more of Robyn and Joe's nursery (and their cute maternity shoot) on On to Baby. Do you prefer keeping a uniform theme throughout your interior space? Or are you more of a colour junkie? I'd love to hear!

All images by Studio 1208 Photography.

fun stuff : ouders van nu cover kiddos

posted on: Saturday, July 21, 2012

A few months ago the parenting magazine Ouders van Nu (Parents of Now) contacted me about using a picture I took of the preschooler and the lady on their cover. I hope it will be a nice keepsake for the littles when they're older.

Now, if only I could read the cover lines! Are you from the Netherlands? Can you tell me what they say?

Hope you're having a lovely weekend :)

giveaway : fisher price puppy playhouse

posted on: Wednesday, July 18, 2012


This post is sponsored by Nuffnang.

Given my love of vintage the wee ones may be a little deprived when it comes to fresh-out -of the-box toys. So when we were sent a shiny new Fisher Price Puppy Playhouse and Puppy Learning Car to test drive, the kiddos were quite star struck with the fantastic plastic features. 


 I asked the four year-old preschooler -- who was not going to miss out on the action even though the box says these goodies are for littles 6 - 36 months -- exactly what he liked about these toys. "I like both of them," he told me. "I like that the window (on the car) opens and closes."
"The bird's favourite colour is yellow and the cat's favourite colour is red," he decided of the characters that appear in the car window.


Both the car and the playhouse have musical features which are quite catchy (and surprisingly not annoying to me). The Puppy Learning car has 20 different audio features and the Puppy Playhouse sings the alphabet and has 40 different audio features. 


The lady liked the music well enough but was also just happy to baby-handle everything when the music was turned off  (there is an off button) and push the chunky green car along. Actually she was trying to grab it with her new hand skills, but it's bewheeled so she kind had to reach out after it. And she was more than thrilled to give everything a big baby slobber. Of course she also wanted to play with whichever one her brother had. Lucky there were two.


But the combination of lights, number and alphabet sounds really captured the preschooler's imagination. “When the song comes alive, everything else comes alive!" he said of the Puppy Playhouse. "Like they all go moving together in one go. See, first it's the cat's turn, then it's the pup dogs turn, then it's the window's turn." Nothing was actually moving when he said this, it's how he imagined it to be. And I'm not too sure why the window gets a turn but I question not when he's so entranced. 


This is the song he made up while he was playing with the car: "The puppy mobile, the puppy mobile,choo!choo! The puppy mobile. They're going on the water and across the sea. The puuuuppyyy mobile. I love my puppy mobile!"
And when miss lady finally got the toys all to herself I noticed that she focused right in on spinning the weather wheel on the top of the Puppy Playhouse with her tiny fingers, making the little house (literally) sing.

So yeah, they really liked them.


And we have one Puppy Playhouse and one Puppy Learning Car to give away. Hoorah! Just comment on this post telling us why you'd like to win. (Open to Australian postal addresses only.) Good luck! 


p.s Do you think our wee ones will grow up to fancy the Fisher Price toys of today for their littles the way we value the Fisher Price toys of our childhood now? I wonder.

ETA: Winner will be drawn by random on the 1st August 2012. Please leave your email address on your comment or email it to bron@babyspace.net.au. This giveaway is open within Australia only. If the winner is not contactable within 24 hours the giveaway will be redrawn.

THIS GIVEAWAY IS CLOSED. CONGRATULATIONS A. HOBBY!

"Oooh - I'd like to win them for Christmas presents for my new son and new niece who will be the perfect ages by then! Head start to Chrissie present buying.....YES PLEASE! (who wouldn't want that...... xmas seems to get bigger every year!)"

not-for-profit love : sponsors

posted on: Tuesday, July 17, 2012


It's with great pleasure that I introduce this month's not-for-profit sponsors. As per last month, this July baby space is donating 50% of all sponsorship dollars to AFESIP and the Somaly Mam Foundation to help women and child survivors of human trafficking. If you'd like, you can read more about my hopes to raise money on our not-for-profit page.


Rock-A-Bye Baby Equipment Hire is a Sydney-based baby goodies store that hires out and sells practical and high-end baby equipment making must-haves and luxury items more accessible for mamas travelling through Sydney or for those of us on a budget. Isn't that a great idea? Danni who runs the online store is a mama herself who is always adding wonderful new items such as the Stokke Sleepi Cot and The Arm's Reach Co-Sleeper. I think if I had been able to hire the co-sleeper at the end of last year I would have got one for the little lady for sure. There was just not enough room in our bed for four!


Stokke Sleepi Cot to hire from approx $129 AUD and Arms Reach Co-Sleeper to hire from approx $39 AUD from Rock-A-Bye-Baby Equipment Hire.


If you regularly check out the giveaways on baby space then you'll already be familiar with Dragonfly Toys from their Patchwork Baby Quilt giveaway. Tracie and Linda at Dragonfly Toys are mamas who are dedicated to finding toys that enhance the magic of childhood with beautiful play things and products that are in keeping with Steiner education philosophies. They also stock books for littles and parents, like The Complete Buddhism For Mothers, which is one of my parenting bibles.


The Complete Buddhism For Mothers by Sarah Napthali, approx $35 AUD plus shipping and the Spiel and Holtz Wooden Stacking Boat, approx $88 AUD plus shipping from Dragonfly Toys.


Tots 'N' Tales is a Sydney-based family run store full of stylish and fun wall decor, baby bags, carriers and nursery accessories. I am loving their simple nursery rugs, and aren't these decals fun? The large tree would be a fabulous jumping-off point for starting a nursery. 


House Rules Wall sticker, approx $99 AUD plus shipping and Cherry Blossom Wall decal approx $150 AUD and Alimrose Designs dolls (pictured at top) from approx $24 AUD plus shipping from Tots 'N' Tales


Babatude Boutique stocks an array of gorgeous items from sweet baby booties to nursery d├ęcor.You can browse through categories such as free global shipping (yes please!) to charity, fair trade and organic. I have been looking for more of these soft knit donut and cupcake rattles for ages. The little lady will absolutely love them.


Knit donut rattles, approx $17 AUD (with free shipping!) and Shivali leather change bag approx $288 AUD plus shipping from Babatude Boutique.


Happy shopping!

my favourite and my best : giant map of the world

posted on: Monday, July 16, 2012


"Woah!" Is what the preschooler said when he spied this awesome world map wall sticker. I must say I agree with him. Do you have a world map up in your wee one's space? Do you think they'd like one?

World map wall sticker, approx $149.95 AUD from Little Living

room for baby : trophy deer

posted on: Wednesday, July 11, 2012


Belinda from Nest Design Studio spied this artistic wee corner on House*Tweaking.




"Just because you don’t have a whole room to dedicate to your bub doesn’t mean you can’t have a stylish space for your little one. Dana created this sophisticated corner to snuggle down in."


You can read all about the details in Dana's baby corner on House*Tweaking.

giveaway : everywhere friend

posted on: Wednesday, July 4, 2012


Miss Rose was sent a friend.


We decided to call her Alice.

She came with a nice little letter addressed personally to Rose, signed by Alice, telling her that she can take her anywhere and everywhere.


They quite like each other: Alice and Rose.


Would you like to give an Everywhere Friend to a wee one in your life?


Stuck On You have one for you too! Choose a rabbit, bear or a hippo valued at $49.95 AUD complete with a personalised letter.

All you have to do is:

1. Visit Stuck On You and pick which friend you would like, the bear, the rabbit or the hippo.

2. Like or already be a liker of baby space on Facebook or a follower of baby space through Google Friend Connect.

 3. Comment on this post (not on Facebook) telling us which friend you'd like and what you'd name him/her.

Please leave your email address on your comment or email it to bron@babyspace.net.au Winner will be chosen by random on the 18th July 2012. This giveaway is open internationally. Please make sure you leave your email address and/or check back on this post on the above date. If the winner is not contactable within 24 hours the giveaway will be redrawn. 

THIS GIVEAWAY IS CLOSED. CONGRATULATIONS REBECCA! 
Rebecca said, "Ivy would love the bunny. We would call her Autumn. Thanks so much. Already a facebook liker xx" 

room for kids : little einstein

posted on: Tuesday, July 3, 2012


"Hi baby space readers! It's Nicole from Little Liberty. I'm so proud to be able to share this uber trendy room I just completed today for a lucky little 6 year old boy who has a fascination with numbers and loves Lego. 



I love the use of black in boys' rooms -- however you work it it always turns out really cool and has an edge to it. I'm obsessed with this chalkboard wallpaper and now want it for my son Archie's room -- it is truly spectacular. I also love these wooden numbers (I can't stop saying '2, 4, 6, 8 dig in don't wait').


I found the numbers makes the entrance to the room more interesting. And I can't leave this post without mentioning the amazing dice storage boxes I found -- they are full to the brim with Lego -- aren't they fun?"



I think this wallpaper would be amazing in a wee girl's space too. Thanks Nicole!
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