CHRISTMAS GIFT GUIDE 2019

This year, we thought we would put together our top gift ideas for kids to help you spread some Christmas cheer! These are all toys or games that we have used as a family and we wouldn’t recommend anything that we didn’t enjoy!

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1. LITTLE LIVE RAINGLOW UNICORN VET SET (Ages 4+)

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAAlegria loves the Rainglow Unicorn Vet Set which comes with five magical accessories to help treat your special patient. Alegria loves listening with the Sparkle Scope to hear the unicorn’s heart beat in tune with her horn. You can also use the Furmometer to take her temperature and hear her sigh! The Rainglow can be used in two modes – play mode where she is happy and healthy and vet mode where you can use your accessories to make her feel better.

RRP: $95.00 (We saw it for $69 at Target https://www.target.com.au/p/little-live-rainglow-unicorn-vet-set/62676144) Website: https://www.moosetoys.com/

2. SPACETALK, CHILDREN’S ALL-IN-ONE MOBILE PHONE, SMART WATCH AND GPS (Ages 4-12 years)

SPACETALK IMAGE 5SPACETALK, a children’s all-in-one mobile phone, smart watch and GPS tracker that both parents and children will LOVE. We have been using it for 4 months and love it! With the SPACETALK we are able to keep connected  with the kids without them having access to the internet and the nasties of social media.

SPACETALK’s enhanced school mode feature, enables parents to specifically select which
watch functions to disable during school hours, such as incoming and outgoing calls,
messaging, step counter, location and stopwatch.

RRP: $349 (They have $50 off at the moment with the code SPACETALK299 and free shipping) Website https://www.spacetalkwatch.com/products/spacetalk

3. TREASURE X (Ages 5+)

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAIsaac loves digging through the wax smash and dig layer and discovering his Treasure X mini collectable! He also followed the treasure map to search for for Real Gold Dipped Treasure (or did he find a trap?) After searching through the Treasure X: King’s Gold – Mini Beast Pack, Isaac enjoys playing with the resusable magic rock!

RRP: $15.00 Website: https://www.moosetoys.com/au/our-toys/treasure-x/kings-gold-hunter-pack/

4. REALLY RAD ROBOTS MiBRO RADIO CONTROLLED ROBOT (Ages 5+)

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAIsaac is all over his MiBro robot! He loves it! He loves pranking us by sneaking the MiBro into a room and using the Really RAD Remote to speak through Mibro and add filters to his voice so we don’t realise that it is him!! He also loves spying with MiBro and use him to listen in on our conversations!

MiBro comes with a range of awesome accessories to keep your kids entertained! There is an attachable blaster to blast away enemies, or you can use his tray to deliver refreshments! The tray also transforms into a goal and can be used to score the winning goal with the included ball.

RRP: $70 Website https://www.moosetoys.com/au/brand/really-rad-robots/

5. MAGIC ADVENTURES GLOBE (Ages 5-10)

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAAlegria and Isaac LOVE the Magic Adventures Globe and they have no idea they are learning whilst they are playing! Using the stylus, children can tap on the 10″ interactive learning globe and experience new places, languages, cultures, animals, geography, habitats and more through high-quality BBC videos. Featuring a 2.7″ integrated video screen, animations and live-action videos fully immerse kids in the curriculum to provide a better understanding of the world through more than 5 hours of videos.
Alegria and Isaac loved playing the interactive games called Around the World, Quiz Show and Where in the World where they explored the globe, challenged each other (and us) and solved mysteries.

6. ROCKIT TWIST (Ages 4-10)

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERABoth Alegria and Isaac love to twist, turn, play and learn with the RockIt Twist rotatable, single-player game system. It comes with three profiles if you want to buy one (we got one each for the kids because we wanted it for travel) and the four sides have colourful, light-up controls that include buttons, dials, a spinner, slider, switch and D-pad to provide a totally unique way to play exciting video games. During game play, one of the eight game controls will light up to indicate when each control is needed throughout a game.

There are 12 preloaded games across five game play categories that have three levels of difficulty that help kids learn skills including literacy, maths, problem-solving and creativity all while having fun! This is the perfect games for travel as there’s no need for Wi-Fi so kids can play anywhere (perfect for long car trips).

There are also game packs (sold separately) that include more games, plus a new RockIt Pets virtual pet and a RockIt Pets figure.

Rechargeable batteries are included (thank you Leapfrog!).

RRP: $89.00 (but prices vary depending on the stockist) Website https://www.leapfrog.com/en-au/products/rockit-twist

7. COOL MAKER GO GLAM NAIL STAMPER (Ages: 8 to 11)

GO GlamThe Cool Maker Go Glam Nail Stamper has put the OMG in DIY!  Alegria loved this all-in-one nail kit, which meant that she could easily stamp and style custom manicures in minutes. The kit comes with five patterns and two nail polish colours so she could mix n’ match to personalise looks with enough product to give at least 12 manicures. The nail polish formula is completely non-toxic and kid-safe. 

RRP: $34.99 Website: https://www.spinmaster.com/product_detail.php?pid=p30733&bid=cat_coolmaker

8. KINETIC SAND SANDISFYING SET (Ages 3+)

sandAlegria and Isaac love to mix, shape and squish the Kinetic Sand in the Kinetic Sand Sandisfying Set!  It’s mesmerising for everyone and we really enjoyed making sand effects using the handy tools and molds.

RRP: $39.99 Website https://www.spinmaster.com/product_detail.php?pid=p30730&bid=

9. SOGGY DOGGY GAME (Ages 4+)

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERASoggy Doggy is a fun, family game that always ends in fits of giggles! You fill the tub with water and race around the board trying not to get splashed! Top tip, put the game on a towel for easy clean up!

RRP $29.99 Website: https://www.spinmaster.com/product_detail.php?pid=p21259&bid=

10. TRAVEL JOURNAL (Ages 5+)

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Whether you enjoy occasional overnight stays or months of adventures on the road, weekends away or international adventures this travel journal is packed with 80 journal pages to document your daily experiences. The kids (and grown-ups) in your family will have a wonderful time documenting the highlights and happenings of each and every day (they can draw, write or attach a photo)and enjoy looking back on the memories in the months and years to come. Each journal has 80 days of journal pages, reusable Packing Checklist, reusable Address book, 6 pages of fun activities all spiral bound with a protective plastic sleeve.

RRP: $24.95 Website: Travelling With Kids


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Bed wetting and Toilet Training – Travelling Tips for Families

We have spoken to many travelling families about the logistics of toilet training and dealing with bed wetting on the road and whilst it is a very common problem, it can make life difficult!

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To help you enjoy your time away from home, we have compiled our list of top tips to help you get some shut eye, protect your mattresses and enjoy dry sheets (and kids) in the morning.

Here are our SIX TOP TIPS on staying dry!

Mattress protection

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There are a variety of pads and covers available to protect your bed and pillow, (and
underwear pads that can be used for one off occasions – e.g. school camps, holidays,
sleepovers) but a good quality mattress protector that doesn’t leak is going to be a sleep (and sanity) saver whilst on the road.

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We use the Signature® Tencel® Mattress Protector from Protect-A- Bed, which is made from odourless wood-based fibres, stays cool in summer and warm in winter. It is absolutely waterproof (and breathable) and has saved our mattress more than once! What we were impressed with was that the Protect-A- Bed is ideal for people with sensitive skin, rhinitis, or eczema. The range is approved by the National Asthma Council, Australia Sensitive Choice Program and Red Nose (Sids and Kids) as well as the Eczema Association and is Sensitive Skin Tried and Tested. Best of all you can machine wash them and throw them in the dryer.

Making the bed in layers will allow you to pull off the wet sheet / mattress protector
layer (if an accident happens) to reveal a dry, fresh sheet / mattress protector layer so that you can get back to sleep and deal with it in the morning.

Also, just as a side note – if you can’t wash due to your location- there are disposable mattress pads that you can buy to put in the top layer. However, it’s important to have a full length mattress protector on top of the mattress.

If you are wondering why mattress protectors are essential, here are some gross facts about your bed from Protect-A- Bed that will have you buying a mattress protector STAT!

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  • Humans sweat up to 1L of body fluid per night and lose millions of skin flakes each night. After 5 years, half the weight of a mattress can be made up of our own body fluids, skin cells, mould and bacteria that seep into our bedding. Pass me a bucket!
  • Dust mites lurk in an unprotected mattress and are a major cause of asthma and allergies. As much as 30% of the population are actually allergic to dust mites – despite their tiny size, dust mites produce 10-20 waste particles per day!

Nappy or Pull-Up’s

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If you are worried about laundry, and you’re only away for a short period then nappies and pull-ups are sanity savers! It is unlikely that a child will become dry wearing these, but they are perfect for hotel stays and accommodation where you don’t have access to washing facilities. A word from the wise, sometimes they leak so pop a mattress protector in your case so you don’t have to explain yourself to the hotel receptionist. Been there, done that!

Staying Hydrated

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Drinking plenty of fluid throughout the day is very important for your child, and restricting the amount of fluid your child drinks in the evening is thought to be unhelpful and may even delay the process of being dry at night.

Bedwetting alarms

Bedwetting alarms are a useful and successful way to treat bedwetting, but may take 6 – 8 weeks to work. These alarms are available for hire from the Royal Children’s Hospital in Melbourne and other hospitals around Australia. You will need a referral from your GP to see a paediatrician before you can hire a bedwetting alarm.

Medications

Whilst most children with bedwetting do not need to take medication, there are some
occasions when it is recommended. You should talk to your doctor about a treatment plan for your child.

Encouragement and Motivation

It goes without saying that it is very important to be patient and to encourage your child.
Most importantly, punishing or making fun of a child for wetting the bed will only make the situation worse – be sure to explain this to brothers and sisters as well.

Some parents have great success with reward charts, others find it adds stress and causes disappointment to kids who are desperate to be dry and have no control over it. Charts alone have been known to have little success, but in combination with a bedwetting alarm can be useful.

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We hope that you find these tips useful. Please make sure that if bedwetting is worrying you or your child then you should seek medical advice and grab yourself a mattress protector from Protect-A- Bed!

Good Luck and Happy Travels x

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