Mummy Confession: I have a hard time letting go of things I’ve bought for babies, especially the “big ticket” items.
Disclosure: This post is not affiliated, sponsored, or otherwise endorsed by Tree Hut Village.
We’ve all done this, I’m sure. After having one child, and unsure about time between children, we put the car seat, the high chair, and maybe even other large items in storage. They gather dust and appear useless until needed again for years. It’s either that or sell on buy/sell pages for a few dollars more than nothing
Did you know, though, there is a way to make some extra money off of those unused baby products you’ve packed away in storage, just in case you need it again?
Introducing Tree Hut Village, a parent-to-parent lending community! I’m excited to tell you all about this new platform, and hope you are as excited as I am about this opportunity to help others, and maybe make a little back in your pocket as well!
What is Tree Hut Village and why was this community created?
Tree Hut Village is Australia’s first parent to parent baby equipment
hire platform.^ It is a community designed to allow those who wish to hire their baby equipment to parents.
This initially was designed with traveling parents in mind, as they have the choice to either drag their bulky equipment around in and out of travel locations, or hire from a company. It can be quite a lengthy and expensive process to hire from big companies. Tree Hut Village provides a simple 3 step, all online, process for both lending and selling.
Listing your items is completely free, and there is no cost to start up. Tree Hut Village only deducts a 15% administration fee after you have approved a booking. I have to say that’s amazing, for the fact that they connect you to a community that would otherwise be very difficult to manage yourself!
I love the community that Tree Hut Village has created for parents, and the opportunity to support local families while we travel!
Why the name “Tree Hut Village”?
^Tree Hut Village was the name chosen because the creators wanted to express what’s important to them:
– Fewer items go to landfills (“the tree”)
– Enabling giving back to the community (“the hut” stands for tangible things)- that’s why we partnered with charities like St. Kilda mums
– Parents helping parents to travel hassle free or to earn some extra
How can I participate in this community? Why should I participate?
Firstly, you need to go online and register with the platform, and you just start either listing items you would like to lend (they must comply with Australian standards and be no more than 6 years old), or selecting items you would like to borrow.
The lending process is merely three steps:
1. List an item (it’s completely free!)
2. Approve bookings as they are requested.
3. Connect with borrowers when and lend your baby equipment.
Again for someone borrowing, just three steps required:
1. Search for an item and check its availability.
2. Book and pay via the security of the website.
3. Connect with the lender and confirm pick-up details.
Both lenders and borrowers are able to leave reviews, and the listing will remain active until changed by the lender themselves.
You should participate because it’s a good way to make use of your baby equipment while it is just around collecting dust! Be a part of the community and help others who would like to either trial a product before they buy it, use equipment while they travel rather than hiring elsewhere, or just have an item for a shorter period of time rather than buying it. We all know that baby equipment can be expensive to buy outright, and it’s only used for a small portion of time!
The community is growing, and it would be amazing to see people from all over Australia offering to lend their unused baby equipment in order to help others!
The Baby Bjorn Carrier One Outdoors is a carrier for newborns up to children the age of three. It is described as the perfect carrier for family days out. I had the chance to try it out indoors, outdoors, and on an adventure through a torrential downpour. I have described a few of the features of the carrier below, as well as how I found this specific feature to work personally. I have also included pictures of each feature so it is easy to find.
Multiple Carrying Configuration
: The Carrier One Outdoors is a 4 position carrier, allowing for inward front carrying, in addition to special newborn height position, back carrying, and front carrying outward facing as well. It is approved and tested as a, “hip-healthy baby carrier” by the International Hip Dysplasia Institute.^
I could place both my giant infant (10kg) and my tiny toddler (under 15kg) easily into the carrier facing towards me, and my toddler into the back carry position as well. I had to ensure I adjusted the carrier appropriately to take the weight off of the shoulder straps and place them more on my hips. Once I did this, it was a lot easier to manage.
My infant thoroughly enjoyed front facing in the front, but it did make it a bit harder on my back, because he wouldn’t stop kicking. I believe it’s recommended not to front face them for too long, as it puts more pressure on your back as well as provides no escape for bub from overstimulation. I found about fifteen minutes was decent. At the same time, my back didn’t feel strained like in other carriers with a different, less supportive configuration.
Its fairly easy to adjust from forward facing to back carrying as well, which is a nice change from trying to do this with other carriers. (The video at the bottom is a bit better at showing how to go from forward carrying to back carrying)
Do you know why I love adjustable things? It’s because of the height and build difference between my husband and I. We can both easily wear this carrier with nearly a foot height discrepancy and differing builds. Check out all these parts that make it comfortable to wear for both baby and the person carrying the little one.
Zipper Adjustment For Small Baby and Big Baby/Toddler: Until I read into it, I discovered there was a zipper that I needed to move in order to fit my larger baby into the carrier comfortably. I may have tried to fit my large infant with the newborn insert and wondered why it was so hard. So, just be sure you set the right zipper up before squeezing baby into the carrier! Zippers are well labelled as to the requirements for use, so just unzip from the indicated space and zip to the required size. For tiny newborns, there is also a button and loop to attach on the outside for more cozy carrying.
Adjustable waist and clip: I found this little detail of the hook for the waist clip completely brilliant! No fussing around with buckles or trying to push together two bits and not able to reach the back to close it properly. One easy hook, adjust the waist properly with the belts, and you’re done. Simply face the mesh portion towards your body, slip the carrier over your head and against your chest, and you are good to get baby fitted into the carrier.
Adjustable Shoulder Straps Everything about this carrier lets you adjust to your proper fit and comfort. The thicker fabric, with a similar style to the belt, allows you to pull to adjust the shoulder straps. The black portion on the shoulder strap is actually a place to adjust the carrier around your shoulder blades. The black bits slide up and down along the lanyard-style adjuster (as seen in photos). This black strap that goes across your back also adjusts by pulling the black strap to the most comfortable tightness.
Quick release clips: The carrier has four clips which easily attach to secure Baby into the carrier, and also make for a nice and easy quick escape in case you need to put down a sleeping baby, or unload a child after carrying them through a rainstorm. I love this feature, because it means I can transfer a still-sleeping baby from carrier to cot much easier! Anything that makes it easier for mum is amazing!
Bottom Zipper (for use in certain carry positions) Sometimes you need to unzip the bottom of the carrier for certain positions (Such as forward facing while wearing baby on the front position). Please refer to the carrying positions guide in the carrier for the appropriate use of these zippers.
Baby Bjorn Teal Strap (for Forward Facing)
Pull on the Baby Bjorn labelled teal strap when forward facing your baby, so they are more comfortable see and their face isn’t covered. I discovered this after wondering why it wasn’t more tailored to facing forward. Upon investigation, this definitely comes in handy. Silly me!
The materials used in this carrier are great! They make a beautiful, breathable and soft carrier for both baby and mum (or anyone else using it)! Here are some of the highlights!
Breathable Material: The mesh fabric used is great for keeping sweating from Baby wearing to a minimum, and keeping baby cooler. I love the mesh between bubs and whomever is carrying, as that will help with the cooling as well! I found it was great for the warmer weather we have been having, it kept bub and mum both cool enough.
Easy to Wash: Though the fabric is good for repelling dirt and easy to wipe clean, the website says that it can be washed at 40C and dries quickly.^ This is great, because you don’t need your carrier out of commission solely to wash!
Quickly Dries: This material also makes it a lot quicker to dry than the conventional Carriers. I have proven this in my experience through a downpour. The material did repel a bit, so mum and bub weren’t as wet from the carrier as well as the rain itself! It took a few hours to dry before I would wear it again, even in the muggy weather.
Soft, Comfortable, Beautiful Fabrics: One of the first things I noticed- it’s so soft! The gorgeous turquoise colour is a big plus as well! I believe this one comes in either black or turquoise. Though I’m usually in favour of the darker colours, the turquoise is beautiful, and did I tell you it’s soft?! My husband agrees the colour isn’t too feminine or masculine for either mum or dad to wear it. I am personally of the opinion that dads look much better baby wearing. 😜
(I haven’t found in other Carriers)
I love all the great things in just the carrier itself, but in addition to that, you also get these included (and two are part of the carrier itself). I found these all useful!
Storage/Carry Bag: The first thing I realised removing it from the box is that it comes inside a bag! This makes it so much easier to take along in case you decide to pack it away, it’s easy to do! I was glad it wasn’t an option extra, as I remember needing to find something to carry my Ergo along with us.
Pocket for keys, phone, etc: Another feature that popped out to me was the pocket, which isn’t directly behind baby’s back like other carriers I’ve tried. It’s a separate pouch on the belt of the carrier. It can move around the belt, and be used to hold th excess belt as well. It is made of the same lovely fabric as the outside of the carrier.
Pocket for Instructions/Handy Instructions: Get this, there is a tag with the instructions for the positions the Baby Bjorn Carrier One Outdoors offers! This tag tucks into a handy pocket on the carrier, so, for people like me who get flustered at figuring things out, we’ll have somewhere to look. Such a great idea! I found it especially handy to figure out when I needed to unzip the bottom portion or how to figure the newborn/baby zipper.
Overall, I found that I loved this carrier, and really enjoyed all the features! I was thoroughly impressed with the ease of putting it on, as well as taking it off. My infant now gets excited when he sees this carrier- I’m not kidding! Plus, it has made getting him to sleep a whole lot easier, with less struggle.
I have rated the carrier according to my Mummy Confessions Scale here for a quick glance synopsis:
Overall Carry Rating: 4/5 for me, a short person with average build. Ease of Use: 4/5 as it took me a little looking around to get the hang of it. It’s fairly straight forward though. Little Baby Rating: Unable to judge, as I don’t have a tiny baby. Baby Carry Rating: 4/5 as it’s fairly easy to even get a squirming baby in, it is comfortable and supportive Toddler Carry Rating: 5/5 for front Carry while facing inwards. Back Carry Rating: 3.5/5 as I can’t quite manage to get it easily from front to back carry as described, but I’m sure with practise it will be fairly easy. Baby Sleep Rating:5/5 Baby fell asleep in this nearly every time I put him in, big plus for the terrible sleep cycle we have been at lately! Features: 5/5 There are so many! Sit Down Rating: 4/5 You can sit at a slight incline, but you need to support bubs head a little. Transfer Rating: 5/5 It is super easy to remove baby and try to keep them sleeping if you need quick escape, or to get out in th middle of a rainstorm and into the car.
I personally like the ease of use, build quality and the features of the Baby Bjorn Carrier One Outdoors. It’s also comfortable to wear, and judging by my babies reactions, comfortable to be carried in.
Baby Bjorn have come pmwith another great product.
I give it 5/5 😀.
For further information on this carrier, as well as other carriers available, check out Baby Bjorn Australia’s website here. Australians can also find it fairly discounted at the moment here.
Thank you so much for the chance to review your carrier, Baby Bjorn! I love discovering new products that make Mummy-ing easier!
^Information obtained on Baby Bjorn Australia’s website
Its been a long time coming, but we won these as a part of an Australia Day Giveaway with Munchkin, so I thought it would be great to tell you about them and what we thought. This has not been sponsored by Munchkin and all thoughts and opinions are my own.
Click Lock Bite Proof Sippy Cup
This great sippy cup has been thrown, dropped, tipped, and knocked over multiple times in the period that we have owned it. So far, it has stood the test of time! This cup comes with 100% leak proof guarantee, and I will say that I have never known a cup to have that guarantee as of yet.
The Click lock means it makes an audible “click” when it is properly put on, so better than trying to thread and turn, hoping it has locked enough to prevent spills. The plastic form is easy to grip with the bumps on the outside, and it’s easy to tip and sip. It’s fairly easy to clean, and no parts to have to disassemble. Another great thing about this, is that you can buy replacement spouts for this cup, to continue using for a longer time! This cup is also top-rack dishwasher safe according to the Munchkin website.
The first thing I noticed about this duck that is different to any other I have bought is that the hole in the bottom is sealed. Sealed! To those who have experienced mould issues with bath toys, this is a huge bonus on a small toy! No need to hot glue this one closed, or worry about health issues because of hidden mould.
The sealed part at the bottom is actually a temperature gauge, too! It says “HOT” when the water is too hot, or stays blue if it’s cool enough. Sure, it doesn’t squeak or spit water, but honestly the whole draw of this is that it’s a duck. My bubs loves just splashing around with this toy and chewing on him. I was super impressed about the sealed hole, and it’s dual purpose! This was an instant favourite in the house!
White Hot Duck Tub
This inflatable bath for bubs is so great for my baby keen to sit, splash, and not fill up the entirety of the bathtub. Not to mention, it’s especially adorable, easy to deflate and pack away (unlike those giant baby baths), and simple enough to put into the big bath or keep out separately. My small bathtub easily accommodated this squishy yellow bath, and it’s honestly perfect for the stage we are in right now. I should have used it sooner, as it would have saved my arms and back reaching over the tub to keep my baby upright.
My baby is about the size of a one year old, and fits perfectly inside, but he’s not squished. It’s cushioned and the bottom of the inside is textured, so it makes a great transition bath between the big tub and baby bath, or just use it as a baby bath! There is a suction cup on the bottom for securing it in place in the tub, on the floor, or sticking it to the shower wall for storage if you don’t want to deflate it.
This also has the “white hot” blue dot that turns white and indicates “HOT” if the water is too warm for baby. My bubs loved splashing around in this, and I can tell this will be a favourite! One negative is that it doesn’t come in a size big enough for me to fit 😜
Fresh Food Feeder
I had a similar one for my first baby, and love the concept of this product! Put in various fruits, foods, cooked vegetables, or even a cube of breast milk for those pesky teething problems. It’s great for the exploration of new foods with the security of knowing they can’t swallow giant chunks. It’s easy enough to clean, and no parts to take apart, or places for food to get trapped that I can tell. It also comes with a plastic cover so you can contain the mess, or bring it with you for later.
My baby loved the simple grip, and though he’s not big on any food at the moment, he enjoyed testing the flavours and squishing the mesh to get a proper feel for the food inside. Obviously this is not a mess-free product, but it is a lot less messy than handing your child a banana (trust me)! I also, again, love that it prevents bub from taking sizeable bites that could see them choking. We intend to use this for our fruits and cooked veggies as bub explores the world of food. Pair with a quality bib for best results!
Miracle 360 degree Cup
Amazing! This isn’t your typical sippy cup. I used to have another brand with a similar idea, which claimed to be no-spill and foolproof, but my then 9-month old managed to flip it upside-down and soak the carpet. Totally unimpressed mother. I have since been skeptical of any of these so-called “just like a cup, but no-spill” since. Let me tell you, this cup has been tossed around, flipped upside-down, and it hasn’t spilled! Not a drop! I am really astonished with whatever technology went into this cup, and my kids love it! There is now fighting over it, because it is that cool.
The great part about this cup is also that they can drink from any side of it, like a normal cup, so it gives great practise for little lips, without the worry of water everywhere. It is fairly easy to clean, and is top-rack dishwasher safe according to the Munchkin website. This cup also comes in a handled form and stainless steel (which looks pretty neat). Pretty cool options to have, and a good quality. So, plenty of options for toddlers of all stages!
I had one of these with my oldest, and still use it to this day. I purchased it in the US while I was out that way, so it is essentially the same. I’ve found this one to be great, because spills always happen with little ones when they grab a fistful of snacks from anywhere. It’s a little hard for the smaller toddlers to get their hands into, but in that, it seems to lessen the amount that they can grab (and therefore spill) out of my child’s hands as she grabs her snack.
The top keeps it inside during a bumpy car ride, and the handles are great for kids to keep a grip on it. If I happen to put it into the nappy bag, it stays contained within reason (obviously crumbs can escape and I don’t recommend tipping it upside-down and shaking it furiously). It does stay fairly spill-proof besides that though! So much better than an open plastic container! And no need to pass back and forth for me to open it up for them. The lid is fairly easy to remove, and I haven’t (yet) had the issue of my child removing it, which is great. Easy to wash, and top-rack dishwasher safe, according to the Munchkin website.
These products were all great, and my kids have loved every one of them. I would definitely recommend these to anyone in the market for products along these lines, especially that inflatable duck tub…the best! I will say I am jealous of the range on the United States website for Munchkin products, and I hope to be able to find a lot more of it in stores or online!
I hope this helps someone who may be eyeing products and wondering what they are all about. Munchkin has a great range, and I would say these are some very awesome products!
Feel free to check out their website with all their great products here. This is a US website, and I don’t believe they ship to Australia, though, but most of these products can be found in grocery stores, department stores, or baby stores.
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Mummy Review: I just got these Sipahh Straws and I may have to hide them from my kids, because I love them!
*Disclosure– The following products were provided, but my review and opinion are my own.
When I first came to Australia, one of the family members I stayed with was in love with these straws, but I had never seen anything like it. I mean, I had seen chocolate powder mixes or syrup even, to add to your drink. I had never heard of people putting the flavour in a straw and just drinking your milk out of it! How fun!
Well, *Sipahh Straws has done it! And wow, what a variety of flavours! The best part has to be that each straw contains less than 1/2tsp of sugar! This is a little less worry for me as a parent, as I already fret over the sugar intake of the children in this house.
(In comparison to one other unnamed milk drink mix with 8g sugar per serve, Sipahh has 1.8g per serve.)
One of my children is a major milk-a-holic and was literally bouncing up and down when I explained these to her, and she was keen to try every flavour. We settled for a couple. Now, for those of you who have pickier children, I hear you. My eldest is the pickiest I know, and refuses to drink milk, but given these, she has almost warmed up to the idea of trying it. (This is the kid who won’t try anything, but more on that later.) This is an excellent idea for those pickier kids, though.
The straw itself has little flavour gems inside, and something on the top and bottom to prevent choking hazards, and to keep the goodness in the straw itself. The milk is flavoured as you drink through the straw, so much easier than measuring out amounts and trying to get it to blend into the drink itself. Each straw has a pre-measured portion, and it’s more than enough for a cup of milk!
Another positive is that they come individually wrapped, so no fretting over a stale taste! They actually made their way into stockings at Christmas this year because of that, and the kids who received them were stoked! So, might I suggest adding them to party bags, Christmas stockings, or any variety of gifts as a little bonus!
Not sure what flavour you love? They have variety packs, or individual flavours for sale, so you can sample and choose the ones you love! In my personal opinion, you can’t go past the chocolate mint. Honestly, these would also be great to drink with a milkshake, or an iced coffee, too, which I will have to try at some point!
Many parents I spoke with love these straws, and their kids do, too! As a matter of fact, one child pounced on these when I was sharing the wonderful flavours with some mums. It was hilarious, and a good indication of how much they are loved by the children who have tried them.
One downside I have to say, is that they do not ship internationally at the moment, so my American friends will be missing out a bit. Hopefully soon their goodness will be available to you!
I have a wonderful piced of news to share with you, too (my Aussie readers):
Sipahh Straws have given Mummy Confessions readers a whopping 50% off coupon code on your first order! Just enter the coupon “mummyconfessions” (shown below) as you checkout and save! This is valid until April 30, 2017. Check out their website here! (Please note, they only ship within Australia.)
I hope you can use this, an enjoy them as much as we have!
Mummy Review: Little Bellies has a great snack range, and I was excited at the opportunity to provide a review in exchange for some samples. This has no effect on my opinion of the products, and the opinions and recommendations here are my own. Please read my disclosure policy for further information.
So, my Bub has started solids, and along with that bittersweet moment I have discovered some great products that have popped up since my last child! One of these such products is the Little Bellies organic snack range.
These snacks are certified organic, and either low to no added sugar or salt and no artificial nasties! Some even boast the label for gluten and wheat free, which I know is truly helpful for some parents and their children.
I loved discovering these new products, as they remind me of the US Gerber Puffs which my first absolutely loved! I loved the way they would melt while she ate them, and that they were good for babies and children to eat. These Little Bellies snacks do just that!
Suitable for babies from 9 months on, they have a range of crunchy, melt-in-the-mouth snack foods that are an absolute essential for my pantry! Now, onto the specific types! (They do have more in their range than shown here, so check out their other products in your local grocery store!)
These ones are certified organic, low in sugar & salt, gluten & wheat free and have no artificial nasties. The flavours here are corn and pumpkin.
My Taste Tester wasn’t willing to give the pumpkin ones a go, but loves the corn puff flavour! They’re crunchy and melt easily in your mouth, so great for bubs 9 months and over, even if they don’t have their teeth! These flavours seem the mildest of the lot, so perfect for the younger ones who prefer the blander tastes. My Taste Tester adeed she would prefer them flavoured strawberry. 😂
These ones are certified organic, low in sugar & salt, gluten & wheat free and have no artificial nasties. The flavours here are blueberry and baked apple cinnamon. (I am aware they also have this in carrot flavour.)
These were a big hit! My Taste Tester absolutely loves the blueberry ones, and enjoys the crunch as she finishes the bag. They also melt quite well afterwards. The blueberry flavour do seem to colour her a bit purple though, so just have a wipe handy so they don’t stain your white top. 😜 I’m a fan of the baked apple cinnamon ones, as they smell and taste delicious! The flavour is very slight, but nice, and the Apple ones don’t have the colouring effect of their purple sidekick.
These ones are certified organic, have no added sugar or salt, and have no artificial nasties. The flavours here are banana and berry & apple.
My Taste Tester absolutely loved these! She’s a big fan of popcorn, so these are the perfect alternative! Not only do they have a similar softness, crunch, and melt in the mouth goodness of popcorn, but they have no kernels! My Taste Tester polished off the banana flavour quite rapidly, and munched a little on the berry & apple, which I have to say have a nice flavour. The berry and apple have a slight colouring to them, but I found no issues with them colouring fingers and faces here. The soft corn was also the least messy, and left practically no crumbs when eaten.
So, overall, my Taste Tester and I were quite impressed with the range of goodies here from Little Bellies, and will definitely have to keep some in our pantry for later!
Little Bellies also has more snacks than just these, so be sure to check them out on your next shopping trip! They have rice cakes, hoops and loops, and gingerbread men to name a few more. These tasty treats can be found at your local Woolworths or Coles stores either online or in-store. Go and pick up a pack today!
Don’t forget to enter to win ten packs of these goodies by leaving a comment on the linked post here about your essential for Starting Solids! Feel free to use the entry below, but comment on the linked post, not here 🙂 Competition ends on Sunday!