Category Archive : Tools Of The Trade

I used to be quite a hardcore gamer during my uni years. I was traditionally a PC gamer, but still enjoyed some console gaming every now and then. I mostly played role-playing games (RPG’s) like Elder Scrolls, Fallout and even Runescape (pretty excited they have released an app!), real time strategy (RTS) games like Starcraft, Warcraft and Age of Empires and turn based strategy games like Heroes of Might and Magic and Civilization. When I was with mates, generally we would play some fighting games like Tekken or Smash Bro’s.

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Picking the right pram can be a mind boggling experience, and quite overwhelming initially. I remember going into the baby store for the first time, list in hand of things to look at, and the 3 most important things we had on our list were: Car seat, bassinet and pram. Once we got to the pram section, the first thing we noticed was the sheer amount of prams available, then we noticed the price tags! Then we noticed the additional add-ons for each pram which only increased the price tag! And being new parents we found ourselves confused at what features did we actually need, versus what is just a gimmick. We left the shop deciding that we probably need to research more, as well as figure out pram sizes and what would fit into our car.

Fast forward a lot of researching later, we ended up on the BabyBee website and ordered ourselves the BabyBee Rover. Having used it for a good year now, lets see how it has stood up to the test of time (and baby).

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If you are doing your research into baby prams and strollers, then you are going to come across the name Baby Jogger a few times in your search. Baby Jogger have a number of different prams out there depending on your need, but this review is going to look specifically at the Baby Jogger City Tour because it is a stroller that my wife and I purchased and have used for a good 6 months (at the time of writing this review). And while your intention of purchasing this pram is probably similar to ours (lightweight and travel friendly), be sure to read through this review to see if it is going to meet your needs.

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When it comes to figuring out the things you need when you have a baby, it’s pretty overwhelming to know what is actually needed versus what is just gimmicky and going to collect dust. And considering the cost of some items, you want to know whether you will get your moneys worth. So in this post I’ve put together a list of items related to sleeping and the bedroom, based on my experience, that were essential to our first year with our daughter. My main criteria for whether something is a necessity is if we got a good amount of use from the item, it made life easier and it was worth the price.

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When prepping for baby to arrive, you want to make sure that you are well equipped to tackle any poo, pee, spit up and everything else that comes along with caring for baby. Because now, you have this little tiny human who can’t look after themselves, and need our help to do all the things that we as adults often take for granted. The challenge though is figuring out what you actually need, and what my wife and I found through this journey is that you don’t need a lot! We thought that this was the most important aspect of caring for baby, and that we would need a lot of things, but after a few weeks in, we realised that there were only a few real necessities.

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When we were preparing for baby to arrive, my wife and I had no clue about what to buy. And to be honest, it was a little overwhelming. She was doing the research, I was doing the research, but we kept asking ourselves – do we actually need any of these things? Now at the time, because we were unsure we thought to ourselves ‘OK we’ll get these things anyway’, but now that we look back, half the stuff was either unused, or used a handful of times only, and even then there are alternative options for some things they try to sell you. And while all of our circumstances will be different, in many cases it will be better to wait until baby is here to purchase those few extras. So in the first of a series of posts, lets start with the essentials for transporting baby.

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Someone you know is becoming a new dad, and you want to mourn for their old life and their old selves, because you know that having a baby really does change a person. But (depending on your circle of friends), that might be considered inappropriate, so you decide to find them a gift instead. Or, they’ve just recently had a baby and their birthday is coming up,  but you know any cash or gift cards you throw their way will probably end up on the house or towards the child (and it’s the father’s birthday, not the baby’s!) So how do you pick something that’s more appropriate than the grave and tombstone you originally picked out, and will bring back a glimmer of life in this person you know?

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Play time is crucial for a baby’s development as it allows them to explore the world around them in a fun way that encourages them to keep trying new things. It also allows them to make sense of the world, and begin to connect that their actions have an impact on people and objects in their environment. If you have read my article ‘How To Play With A Newborn, you will have read of some nice simple strategies that I had tried to help develop my bond with my daughter. But as they continue to grow, we inevitably get to a point where we want some toys to help us play with baby, and hopefully where baby is able to play on their own for a bit.

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