There are some little treasures to be found locally, from charming books to irresistible outfits and everything in between for babies and toddlers.
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Mini Dreamers, found at Bowerbird Design Market, is the brainchild of South Australian mother and grandmother, Julie Le Cornu and mother of three, Nel. Julie is a self-confessed optimist who writes and illustrates books to help children learn about life. Gracie Blob is a story about happiness, and finding it within yourself. A great bedtime read with your little one.
When Nel was a new mum, she had the best intentions of filling a baby journal with all those milestones, but the craziness of having a newborn soon took over and it fell by the wayside. She designed baby record books in an easy, fun and quick way for parents to keep reminders of all the firsts and favourites. The calendar comes with 100 stickers to easily document moments like the first night in the cot and first splashes in the bath over the first 13 months. Parents can use the stickers alongside notes they jot themselves.
A dribble bib is a necessity for teething bubs and these gorgeous bibs available at The South Australian Collective are stylish options. The wildflowers bandana dribble bib by Wildflower Lane is a whimsical floral print that doesn’t take things to an overly cutesy level.
It’s hard to go past this adorable Iced Vovo bandana dribble bib by Love Em. We dare you to try to looking your bub in this and not feel nostalgic for that jammy, coconutty goodness.
This has to be the perfect touch to any nursery – something that won’t date and can be used for the next generation. The Wild Baby Animal prints from Out of the Cot are chic, stylish and unisex. The set of three monochrome prints fits perfectly into any room of any theme.
Children love to mimic those everyday tasks we adults call a to-do list. Give your child licence to use their imagination with this adorable Australian Post Box toy from The Infant Boutique. They can pen letters to post – it comes with wooden stamps, envelopes and postcards. It’s the perfect place to get in early for those requests to Santa.
Where’s the best spot in the house for getting messy with crayons? The bath, of course. Tiger Tribe’s Bath Crayons, from The Infant Boutique, are perfect for little hands and are made for use on smooth, wet surfaces. They’re easy to clean up and will keep your little artist entertained.
Dress to impress with Nature Baby’s Margot gingham dress from Living by Design. The delightful design is made from organic cotton and is perfect layered with a little coat, tights and Mary-Jane shoes in winter, or just as it is in the warmer months.
This next one is made for cool days. The shwrap™ from Jujo Baby is a unique design perfect for moving baby between the cot, pram and car seat, without the need to unwrap a swaddle. A favourite of breastfeeding mums for a handy cover-up, should they want it.
Adelaide author Michael Martucci wrote Mining and Me on a plane ride home from the mines. Michael’s father worked as a FIFO in the oil and gas industry and Michael himself is following in his footsteps as a health and safety specialist in a remote South Australian mine. It’s not hard to see where the inspiration came from for this delightful read. A must for FIFO families and any tots who love diggers.
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