09 October 2018

I’ve just had a girlfriend call in with her nine-month-old twin babies. Double delight. That, coupled with the fact that I have a few nephews due to become dad’s this month, has had me focusing on little people of late.

With my nephews it’s been a case of looking for gifts to buy and with my girlfriend it’s been a matter of observing what she’s pulling out of her car to use while tending to her babies. High chairs, for example, look a little different to what my children sat in when eating and spitting out rusks and pureed vegetables; and baby monitors are certainly moving with the times – like the one I sourced in Babycity, offering the ability to see, as well as hear, baby.

Some things haven’t changed so much though, like decisions around when to transition toddlers to beds, and old-fashioned fun things that continue to appeal despite the lure of technological toys. The road-map mat I found in Spotlight is a case in point. Many a model of matchbox toy – accompanied by the mandatory brmm brmm noises – was driven over the road map my children had. Back to the beds’ discussion, for those looking for beds for littlies, Sylvia Park Lifestyle offers furniture shops with a range of options such as starter beds, bunks with trundle beds underneath to pull out for when friends stay, and bunks too.

There’s no need to look far for baby gift ideas either – Babycity’s an obvious choice for a whole host of ideas, yet there’s delights to be found at Spotlight and Ezibuy too, for example. While it’s the norm for me to buy books as presents for little people, I may well be tempted this time to turn the page and purchase something different. How cute is that monkey from the Design Store, or that mobile from Babycity. More double delight! (Oh, and if the little one you are buying for happens to be a fur baby, then Animates is your place.)

1.WAM lady bug library bag, $14.99, from Spotlight |2. Snow, single bedframe (white), $199.50, from PK Furniture |3. Captain single trundle bed with drawers, $399.50, Furniture Now |4. Minions unique bath towel, $20, from Spotlight |5. Lolli Living musical mobile set – sparrow, $79.99, from Babycity |6. Big City mat, $29.99 to $41.99, from Spotlight |7. ELC Blossom farm touch feel cube, $27.99, from Babycity |8. Fuddlewuddle monkey, $59.99, from The Design Store |9. Next leather t-bar pram shoes, $29.00 from Ezibuy |10. Trumpet chair, various colours, $99, from NOOD |11. Philips AVENT video monitor, $249.99, from Babycity |12. Next cloud blanket, newborn, $46, from Ezibuy.

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