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Our Babies & Kids Gear Hot Topics section covers everything from car seat safety to the benefits of cloth nappies, baby wearing, buying highchairs and everything in between!

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Testing Baltic Amber jewellery for authenticity

Testing Baltic Amber jewellery for authenticity

Is your baby’s Baltic Amber necklace the real deal? There's a lot of amber on the market in New Zealand right now and at first glance it's difficult to tell if it's genuine Baltic Amber or plain amber, copal, or plastic. Try one of these tests to determine if the amber you have is authentic.
What to do with an expired car seat

What to do with an expired car seat

Is your child’s car seat about to expire? You might be surprised to know that more than 40,000 child car restraints expire each year in New Zealand. You’ll also be surprised to know that the majority of these end up in landfill, despite over 90% of a typical seat being recyclable. Find out how you can recycle or repurpose your kids expired or damaged car seats.
Buying guide to babies thermometers

Buying guide to babies thermometers

Would you know if your baby’s room or bath was too hot for them or whether they were running a temperature? Unlike adults, babies aren’t able to tell us how they’re feeling, so thermometers designed for babies and small children are important pieces of equipment that help take out some of the guess work. Check out these useful tips on things you need to know about thermometers for babies.
Scooter buying guide & safety tips for toddlers

Scooter buying guide & safety tips for toddlers

Hard to believe that kids push scooters have been around for over a century. Yet kids still love receiving their first scooter and have so much fun once they’ve mastered how to get along. Check out these tips on what to look for when buying their first scooter and some important safety advice.
Buying guide to highchairs

Buying guide to highchairs

Are you on the look out for a highchair? It’s often difficult to know where to start! We’ll help you find a highchair to suit your baby or toddler and guide you through the things you’ll need to consider before you make a purchase.
8 Reasons to choose a baby or toddler sleeping bag

8 Reasons to choose a baby or toddler sleeping bag

Specially designed baby sleeping bags feature a lot of advantages over the sheets and blankets that are normally used for cot bedding. Recent studies have shown that baby and toddler sleeping bags have lots of positive benefits. Here are 8 reasons to help you decide what kind of sleepwear is best for your baby or toddler.
5 Ways to prepare a great bedroom for toddlers

5 Ways to prepare a great bedroom for toddlers

Creating a great bedroom for toddlers that won’t be outgrown too quickly, can take a lot of creativity and planning. By allowing your toddler input into the design of their room, you can create an engaging space that reflects their personality, and where they will want to spend time. Check out these 5 easy ways to help prepare your toddler’s room.
Swimming nappies

Swimming nappies

So what’s all the fuss about swimming nappies? Are they really necessary? We take a look at what swimming nappies are used for, what features to look for and other options.
9 good reasons to use reusable nappies

9 good reasons to use reusable nappies

Reusable nappies have come a long way since the days of pieces of cloth and safety pins! There are now plenty to choose from and they are easier to use than you may think. Cloth nappies may not be everyone’s first choice, but here are 9 reasons why reusable nappies may be suitable for you and your baby.
Importance of sunglasses for kids

Importance of sunglasses for kids

Sunglasses are not only for adults. We should teach kids from an early age about the importance of wearing sunglasses so that they develop good habits that last for life. Sunglasses maybe a fun fashion accessory, but they can also save your kids skin and help prevent eye problems as they get older by blocking out the sun's powerful ultraviolet rays (UVR).
Buying guide to buggies

Buying guide to buggies

Who would’ve thought there’s so much to think about when buying a buggy (pushchair, pram or stroller)! As well as sticking to your budget, there are so many different types, different brands and different features you’ll need to consider when buying the best buggy to suit you and your little one. Check out these useful tips.
Tips on washing & caring for modern cloth nappies

Tips on washing & caring for modern cloth nappies

Modern cloth nappies are widely available these days, but it’s still important to take good care of them. Check out these useful tips on washing and drying modern cloth nappies and how to keep them in tip top condition.
Has you child's car seat expired?

Has you child's car seat expired?

Did you know that kids’ car seats expire after 5 – 12 years from the date of manufacture? Once a seat expires, or has been in an accident of any scale, the life span becomes zero. The car seat then needs to be disposed of safely, to prevent other people from using the seat again.
Do your kids car seats have more germs than a toilet?

Do your kids car seats have more germs than a toilet?

Who would have thought that your child’s car seat could harbour more germs than your toilet, but a survey carried out by scientists at the University of Birmingham discovered just that. Are you aware of the risks?
10 steps to ditching the dummy

10 steps to ditching the dummy

The longer you leave it to ditch your child’s dummy, the more attached they will become to it. Bite the bullet while they're young and the agony will be less in the long run (although it may not feel like it at the time!). Make a start and follow these 10 simple steps.
Modern cloth nappies explained

Modern cloth nappies explained

Does the talk of modern cloth nappies leave you slightly confused? Rarpz Design explains modern cloth nappies, the types of fabrics used and what trifolds, soakers and boosters are used for.
7 Reasons why babies sleep better in merino

7 Reasons why babies sleep better in merino

Who doesn’t love a sleeping baby! Here are 7 great reasons why babies sleep better in merino. Whether you’re using a merino blanket, merino sleeping bag, merino wrap or an underlay made from merino wool, they can all help your baby to sleep more soundly, sleep for longer and wake up less.
10 Benefits of babywearing

10 Benefits of babywearing

Babywearing is all about carrying your baby close to you in a sling or baby carrier and has been practiced for centuries around the world. It’s a great way for parents to bond with their baby and can be used for many different reasons and in all kinds of situations. Find out more about some of the benefits of babywearing for both you and your baby.
Setting up an eco-friendly nursery

Setting up an eco-friendly nursery

Nothing can prepare you for the momentous, life-changing event of having a baby, but you can consider a number of things your new little one will need ahead of time – including the nursery! Creating an eco-friendly nursery is a lot easier these days.
Getting the best out of your pouch sling

Getting the best out of your pouch sling

Pouch style slings are widely recognized as one of the easiest of the baby carriers to use. Find out how to wear a pouch sling and make it work for you and your baby.
Car seat safety for kids in NZ

Car seat safety for kids in NZ

Are you sure you’re using the appropriate car seat for your little one? Do you know when to change from a rear-facing seat to a front-facing seat or when it’s ok to use a booster seat? Find out more about kids car seat safety laws in New Zealand.
5 Tips on swaddling your baby

5 Tips on swaddling your baby

Thinking about swaddling your baby, but not sure if it’s for you? Swaddling your baby is a great way to calm them and help them feel secure. It also helps newborns sleep in those early months. These useful tips help to explain some of the benefits of a swaddling your baby and how to wean them off their swaddle before it becomes a problem.
Is it time to ditch the buggy?

Is it time to ditch the buggy?

Is it time to stop using your little one's buggy? Find out more about the long-term physical and social effects it may have as your child gets older.
Kids Gear – cleanliness and hygiene

Kids Gear – cleanliness and hygiene

Kids are messy from the word go, so make sure your essential baby and kids gear stays in tip top, hygienic condition with these handy hints.

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