Australian kids have never looked so good. And there is a reason for that – well, I’ve managed to narrow it down to 10… of my favourite baby-related businesses. Sure, one of them is based in New Zealand (Merino Kids), but Australia often claims all the best of that country as our own (just ask Collette Dinnigan or Russell Crowe). And another (Dwell Studio) is from the US, but has recently made its way to our shores thanks to local distributor, Luxury Labels. So for a taste of what’s in store, check out these stylish shops and cool finds:
1.) Tuchuzy Kids: 86 Gould St, Bondi; (02) 9365 5371
I can’t tell you how excited I was when Tuchuzy took what used to be a sideshow in the men’s store (which is next to the oh-so-fashionable women’s section) to centre stage in its very own shop. Now there’s a great place to not only kit out my baby in the coolest threads but also buy presents for friends with bubs.
Simple, stylish designs that are created with love — that pretty much sums up what Bholu is about. And not only does Jodie Fried’s beautiful company produce dreamy homewares for adults but a children’s range which includes cot sheet sets, lamp shades and toys.
I’m all for anything that makes life simple. And time and time again I find that nature’s answer is often the easiest solution. Case in point: sleeping bags for babies. While there is constant chatter in my mother’s group about “togs”, I’ve got a Go Go Bag by Merino Kids and because it’s made of merino wool, it allows my baby’s skin to breathe when it’s warmer during the day and keeps him toasty when it’s cooler at night. Perfect.
Really, this is one of the best edited collections of children’s ware that I’ve come across so far. And the great news, for those of you who don’t live in Sydney, is that you can buy online. How did mums manage before the internet!
I LOVE the concept behind this online store. Casey Arnaud has filled the site with great travel finds for kids that have to meet these five criteria: ethical, charitable, traditional, educational and collectable. It means your child can have a rich cultural experience even if you don’t have the time or money to hop on a plane every six months.
6.)Rock your baby
This was one of the first Australian companies to start creating cool clothes for kids way back in 2002 and it’s still one of the best. While many stores stock the range (such as my beloved Tuchuzy Kids, above), you can also buy online. I love the devilish hoodies.
I confess: I went crazy buying a whole host of Dwell Studio products about three days before my baby boy was born. I bought two blankets, a set of soft toy building blocks, a sheet set…
When I see advertisements for children’s birthday parties I often cringe. The colours are so garish, the ideas often tacky (and overly commercial) and the cost prohibitive. (Wait ‘til you have a three-year-old – I hear you say!) So I fell in love with not only the beautiful stationery that Nathalie Rivet creates for Imprintables but her birthday party ideas, such as kite parties, which are all about (stylish) old-fashioned fun.
I don’t think I’ve met a person yet who doesn’t love these cute and slightly retro designs. And because founder Alex Riggs designs and prints all the cotton fabrics, they’re not only distinctive but unique. Oh, and a portion of product and profit is donated to those in need, such as children in Aboriginal communities.
This all-in-one nappy wallet is without a doubt one of the best products I’ve used since my baby boy was born six months ago. I have a wardrobe full of fashionable handbags and I didn’t really want to go out and buy a nappy bag. The Melobaby fits easily into all my handbags, is gender neutral (so my husband has no excuses not to use it!) and it’s incredibly well designed from a user’s point of view.