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The latest and greatest reviews on awesome kids' gear (books, toys and parenting tools)

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A cost effective and super easy-to-clean silicon pump - a great tool for expressing mamas. Baby Puree Recipes, Pureed Food Recipes, Baby Food Recipes, Three Month Old Baby, Cool Baby Stuff, Food Grade, Kids And Parenting, Just Love, Breastfeeding

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What do you do when you have a three-month-old baby and Wellington on a Plate rolls around, bringing with it abundant opportunities to attend adult-only events? If you’re a breastfeeding mum (which helps a lot with balancing out the calories you might — hypothetically — consume at a chocoholic high tea) you break out the breast pump. I mean, I guess you could miss everything, but that’s lame. When the Little Monkey was a baby I forked out for an electric Avent breast pump. It did the job…

  Third Birthday, Drinking Water, Kids And Parenting, Drink Bottles, Things To Think About, Cool Designs, Activities, Ticks, Kiwi

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Is there anything worse, in a house with a toddler, than discovering a mysterious puddle on the floor? The most common puddles around here (fortunately) are the kind made by drinking water, so the quest for a good, leak-proof water bottle is a noble cause. As well as being anti-spill, I had two more criteria: it had to be easy for the child to use independently; and dishwasher friendly. Low cost would have been nice but — for such a frequent-use item — I’m happy to pay more for something…

The Incredible Book Eating Boy, by Oliver Jeffers is a great kids' book with enticing illustrations and a clever story. It is both entertaining and encourages reading. Oliver Jeffers, Single Words, Classic Books, Great Books, Children's Books, Kids And Parenting, Kiwi, Clever, Encouragement

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A great kids' book with enticing illustrations and a clever story that is both entertaining and encourages reading

  Planet For Kids, Sleeping Through The Night, 9 Year Olds, Lonely Planet, Book Activities, Kids And Parenting, Kiwi, Puzzles, Globe

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We finally seem to have found a way for Action Man to sleep through the night. Unfortunately, the key seems to be… No day naps. Action Man is an awesome kid, but he is full on into life from 6am in the morning, so by lunchtime I’m exhausted, and so is he. He’s been a post-lunch napper since he was six months old, and letting go of this quiet time is not my plan. The biggest challenge then is how to keep quiet time, but prevent a tired 3-year-old from going to sleep. I sat down while he was…

  Classic Books, Read Aloud, Great Books, Kids And Parenting, Kiwi, Tractor, Farmer, Really Cool Stuff, Childrens Books

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That winter the rain comes. It rains and it rains. It fills up the river and blocks up the drains. It is raining heavily as I write this. There’s something very pleasant about cuddling up on a couch on a wet day. Nice and dry, with story about other people in a flood. This book has a really nice rhythm for a read aloud. And every so often the repeated refrain. Farmer John’s tractor lies locked in the shed. Rusty yet trusty and orangey red. The premise of the story is that a family gets stuck…

I've just discovered this fabulous book, and keep raving about how great it is, only to have friends say "oh yeah, we love that one, we've had it for ages. Reluctant Readers, It's Almost, Kids And Parenting, Kiwi, Just Love, Parents, Thoughts, Game, Amazon

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I've just discovered this fabulous book, and keep raving about how great it is, only to have friends say "oh yeah, we love that one, we've had it for ages."

  Running With Stroller, Mountain Buggy, Good Job, Second Hand, Kids And Parenting, Kiwi, Distance, Baby Strollers, Parents

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Why review a six-year-old stroller, you ask? Well, because like cars, unless you have very specific requirements, strollers should be bought secondhand.

This Timex watch is a great first watch for little people. It features an adju Best Kids Watches, Cool Watches, Learn To Tell Time, Birthday Goals, Cool Toys, Awesome Toys, Timex Watches, Stylish Watches, Little People

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One of our birthday goals each year is to give a gift which shows we recognise our children are maturing and have reached a new stage of life.

When you have your first baby, you want them to meet all the milestones as quickly as possible. Roll over, sit up, start solids - everything is a race. Phil And Teds, First Baby, Kids And Parenting, Kiwi, New Zealand, Poppy, How To Look Better, Clever, Parents

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When you have your first baby, you want them to meet all the milestones as quickly as possible. Roll over, sit up, start solids - everything is a race.

  Awesome Toys, Cool Toys, Young Engineers, Computer Coding, Family Board Games, Old Games, Great Christmas Gifts, Little People, Kids And Parenting

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I happened to come across Robot Turtles during a blog reading session nearing Christmas last year. The idea of the game is that it introduces computer coding concepts to children in a fun, family board game. It is recommended for ages 4+ and with that recommendation I thought it would be a great Christmas gift for the (then aged 4) Young Engineer. Our experience is that it is a fun, easy to understand game. The basic premise is that kids (called Turtle Masters) are aiming to get their Turtle…

The Ergobaby is a comfortable and convenient SSC - a must-have in our household. Cool Baby Stuff, Baby Wearing, Baby Gear, Kids And Parenting, Infant, 4 Months, The Originals, Kiwi, Children

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“Babywearing” is a word that does not usually feature in the vocabulary of people without small children. Initially it sounds ridiculous, and conjures up images of babies as fashion items, but the imagery quickly wears off and it’s just another word in the rapidly acquired language of parents (see also: poonami). I’ve already written about our ring sling, but the chief babywearing equipment in our household is definitely our Ergobaby carrier. This fits into the soft structured carrier…

  Curious Kids, Classic Books, Great Books, Dark Skin, Kids And Parenting, Kiwi, Childrens Books, Clever, Parents

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As a friend said as she read the book to her toddler the other week: The lead character is a girl with dark skin. It’s terrible that I even notice that… But we do, because diversity is still sadly lacking in many kids’ books. It’s a tricky thing, because a good book with a white, male protagonist is still a good book. But when almost every book has a white, male protagonist… Well, it’s not so good. This book is not about diversity — it’s just a great book about a curious kid — but Andrea…

  Rosie Revere Engineer, Rosie The Riveter, Old Love, Two Year Olds, Kids And Parenting, Kiwi, The Help, Parents, Engineering

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Buy from Amazon | The Book Depository (affiliate links) We often find ourselves changing the gender of characters in children’s books, as there’s still an overwhelming trend towards the bulk of them being male. This book isn’t overtly about gender equality, instead (perhaps more powerfully) it simply supports the idea that girls can do cool, technical things. Rosie Revere, Engineer is a charming story about a young girl who is initially scared off inventing cool gadgets by failure, but who…

I like to describe our parenting style as negligent. Parenting Styles, Kids And Parenting, Retractable Baby Gate, Baby Gates, Ticks, Cool Baby Stuff, Baby Gear, Kiwi, Compact

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I like to describe our parenting style as negligent. I mean, hopefully we aren't actually neglectful, but sometimes we can be a little cavalier.

Wooden Puzzle Worm - cute compact and cheap. This toy is a clever puzzle that keeps little fingers busy, and because it's so small it can live at the bottom of your bag for boredom emergencies. Awesome Toys, Cool Toys, Wooden Puzzles, Worms, Kids And Parenting, Kiwi, Fingers, Kids Toys, Compact

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When you have young kids the only thing you can predict is the unpredictability. Which is why my minimalist nappy bag aspirations have gone out the window.

  Baby Toys, Kids Toys, Cool Toys, Awesome Toys, Kids And Parenting, Great Gifts, Kiwi, Simple, Super Easy

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Oballs are the sort of toy that I look at and assume is a gimmick… And then I see them in the hands of an infant and realise they’re really quite genius. We have two of these little balls, and both were gifts. One is the traditional model shown in the picture; the other has a few wee rattly bits to provide even more excitement. I’m really glad we were given them, as though they’re very popular I never would have thought to buy one myself. Here are all the reasons they’re awesome: All the…