One Fine Baby
Over the weekend, the One Fine Baby baby fair was on at Moore Park in Sydney. Showcased as ‘the most stylish baby fair in Australia’, the Royal Hall of Industries was packed with over 100 brands, both boutique and major. More than just a marketplace to buy goods for you, your bump or your toddler, the One Fine Baby baby fair provides its attendees with unique ideas for the next exciting stage of their lives.
The parking situation was simple and stress-free, and the whole event was run really well. After registering our attendance, we were given free samples from a few of the vendors as well as a bag to carry everything around in. It was pretty surreal to be surrounded by so many other pregnant mamas-to-be and rather comical seeing the hordes of them walking towards the venue. It wasn’t until I was among all those bellies that I realise how nice it was to know that all those women and I are going through the same journey – sure, our experiences will vary dramatically, but each of us had something incredibly special and real in common. It was a really warm feeling (and now the idea of joining a Mother’s Group is starting to make a whole lot more sense to me).
Although there were hundreds of people at the event, Pete and I were able to move around easily and weren’t at all bothered by the crowds. All the stalls looked great and I could have bought one of absolutely everything. The main things that we wanted to look at were the vendors that were selling Australian, handmade products as well as sussing out the prams and car seat companies that were on show. We didn’t go to the fair to necessarily buy anything, but more to know what was out there, what we need that we may not have thought of yet, and what products best suit us. That is why One Fine Baby is such a great event, because even if you don’t go there with the intention of purchasing anything, you still take so much away from it!
Spoiler alert, we did end up buying something though..
lil Soph & Co.
We stumbled across a really sweet looking stall, lil Soph & Co. Founded by Sydney-sider, Kirsten, lil Soph & Co. offers a range of quality, handmade products that are super funky in design, as well as being incredibly durable and practical. I was drawn to this stall because of the colours and prints that were on display, as well as just how professional yet accessible this brand and products felt. Kirsten also provides a custom-design service where you can discuss a special design that you wish to order! The brand offers bandana bibs, blankets and wraps, burp cloths, teething rings, onesies and cushions for you and your little one!
For our little man, Pete and I bought an organic cotton burp cloth. On one side is a funky, boho pattern (that I utterly swooned over) and on the other side is cotton towelling. It is double-layered and the perfect size to fit nicely over your shoulder, ideal (and super absorbent) for when it come to spit-up, spills and any other baby messes! Plus, it is just so freaking gorgeous.
Here are some other vendors that Pete and I loved:
Developed and founded by Australian mum and Children’s Nutritionist, Rennae, Grabease is a product and brand that was born when she went in search for the perfect self-feeding utensils for her own children. From their website, “developed in California by a problem solving Mama, Maya Shalev of Elli and Nooli, Grabease are revolutionary for toddler self-feeding. Not only are they toddler sized, they are a developmental tool that encourages motor skill development, independence and boosts baby’s self-confidence, making it so much easier for everyone at mealtimes.”
With their short-handled, ergonomic handle, the cutlery sets are perfect for little hands. With approval and recommendations from occupational therapists, the Grabease sets also feature a choke guard, non-toxic BPA free plastic as well as being available in six gorgeously fun colours! The handle is the pièce de résistance with its tear-drop shape, working with your bub’s vertical hand-hold.
New Zealand company Woolkin create pure wool and timber toys for your little ones – and let me tell you right now, they are deadset wonderful. With the desire to create toys made without toxins and phthalates, Woolkin has designed their range with environmental and ethical values in mind as well as wanting to offer children bright, fun and engaging products! Each of the toys are made with 100% pure New Zealand wool fibre that is ethically produced and offer the benefits of natural materials. The range is antibacterial, breathable, fire resistant and even offer sound absorption.
Pete and I fell madly in love with Brave Dave the Fire Engine, whose ladder you can slip out of its holder and manoeuvre. The range of toys all come flat packed with quick and simple click-and-lock assembly, so if your little one is that little bit older you can have fun whilst putting it together!
Pete was beside himself when we came across this booth. Little Snapbacks specialise in custom hats that are made just for kids! Founded and created by a Sydney mum, Little Snapbacks offer premium quality and perfect fit for your little one, focusing on highlighting and celebrating every child’s individuality. Each and every hat comes embroided with your bub’s name on it, with sizes available for children aged 0-10 years old and a wide range of colour combinations to choose from!
Not only will your child be beyond excited to have something with their own name on it (I still get excited when I find ‘Leah’ on things, and as I type this, I am wearing my ‘Leah’ neckalce), but the hats are UPF50+, rated ‘excellent’ in sun protection!
Cub + Scout
I love a bag. I love needing to buy a bag. I love discovering pockets and running through a mental list of what personal item I would put in each compartment. I love a bag. Like many of the products I have mentioned today, CUB + SCOUT was created out of personal experience and the realisation of a gap in the Australian market; “born out of its two founders’, Pip Reed and Christina Phillips, fruitless search for a carryall bag that paired aesthetic style with functional design for those on the go”. Created for new mums, CUB + SCOUT offers a versatile, lightweight and functional bag that was also stylish and oh-so-good-looking.
When I saw the CUB + SCOUT booth, I had to wait to have a look at the bags because they were so packed – and for good reason! The ‘Leader’ Carryall bag is where it’s at people. Made from durable and washable neoprene, the ‘Leader’ is incredibly roomy with the perfect amount of both large and small pockets as well as free space (for those moments when you just need to chuck things in!). What I was most excited by was ‘The Mum Set’ which comes with the ‘Leader’ Carryall, the Pouch and the Change Mat. I have never thought of myself as a particularly stylish woman, but I know that this bag is a step in the right direction.
Pete should do promo work for iCandy. Seriously. As soon as we found out we were pregnant, he told me that he wanted an iCandy pram – so you can imagine how excited he was when I told him that they were going to be at the baby fair. Ecstatic. I am a novice when it comes to prams, with my only requirements being that it be light and easy to collapse; I am not a tall person, nor am I a strong one so those features are vital for me. When we got to the iCandy booth, I asked for a demonstration so that I could see it in action – and by god, it is brilliant. I cannot speak highly enough of this wonderful, clever, ergonomic, functional, versatile pram.
Where do I even begin?
We fell in love with the iCandy Peach. The seat unit is the biggest on the market by way of being able to grow with your child. What I loved hearing is how much research and feedback goes into the company’s design process. The hood of the pram has been extended which gets rid of the need for parents to hang a blanket or sheet over the face of the pram for when bub is sleeping. There is also a netted peephole at the top of the hood to improve oxygen and air flow so that your bub isn’t breathing stale, still air. The basket is large and easily reachable. The handle is easily adjusted by a large button in the centre of the grip, and the movement is smooth. The seat itself is incredibly easy to attach and detach while remaining secure and firm when it is in place. To collapse the pram, all I have to do is pop the seat out, release the pram handle so it is all the way down and pick the pram up by the handle in the basket which completes the fold of the collapsed pram. It’s pretty much a single motion and that is fine by me. More than fine. It’s everything to me. They have also cleverly included a pocket at the back of the seat unit that is able to fit a couple of nappies, wipes, bottle, keys, wallet and phone for those days where you don’t want to carry anything, or if you are off to exercise. There are also extender bars which means you can have the unit sitting higher in case your child is sick or grizzly and in need of more frequent attention. It also allows the pram to be used as a high-chair, able to be pushed up directly against the table at the appropriate height!
There is also the option for the Carrycot attachment which is a horizontal unit for newborns. The carrycot has also been approved as a bassinet for when you are travelling, which eliminates having to bring along (often bulky) travel bassinets when you are on the move.
Also, a few notes to leave you with:
– cravings this week include nacho cheese flavoured tortilla chips, tuna and avocado sandwiches and cherry tomatoes by the punnet
– for all you mamas out there that are due in late summer like me, I strongly suggest that you invest in some stretchy playsuits. Mum and I went to the shops yesterday and, in Cotton On at the moment there are really cute jumpsuits that are absolutely perfect heading into summer with a belly that just will not stop growing. For me, it has been a game changer. I am wearing my jumpsuit today and I am loving myself sick. I can sit cross-legged in the park for lunch comfortably, the stretchy fabric means there is absolutely no pressure on my belly and it is so light that the heat is barely a worry (not really.. but it makes it a lot more manageable)