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Christmas Toy Review #4: Micro Scooters

Christmas Toy Review #4: Micro Scooters

As you know, this year I’m on the hunt for gifts that I can get for BOTH of my children. Stuff that they will love, play with together and (if I can help it) get them outside. In our family, there is nothing quite more loved than our scooters. We took them to Hawaii (read about it here) and have used them in place of our pram for over a year. They get the kids active and are just generally the coolest things you can give to kids. The problem is, like bikes, as they grow, so does the need to upgrade their scooters. There is nothing greater in the scooter world than a Micro.  If there is something I’ve learned these last few years as a parent, you get what you pay for. The quality, design and service provided by Micro is second to none. I’ve always wanted to get my kids a Micro, and was utterly thrilled when I recently had the opportunity to try them out for my own children, and am excited to share our findings with you today!

Micro Scooters

In case you don’t know, buying a scooter is kind of like buying a car. There are literally thousands of models out there, but you need to find one that suits your needs, budget and taste. Scooters come in all shapes and sizes, and the micro offerings are no different. In the past, we have used cheaper versions, but now we were ready to invest in the best. The problem is, Ella and Huddy are both at very different stages, skills and physical make up. Ella is super tall, but also still needs support to transition her to a two wheeled version. Micro made it easy, suggesting the perfect type for each of my children. Still having three wheels was our preference and they catered for our needs with no problems. Here is what we chose!

Hudson: 3 Years: Mini Micro Deluxe

The Mini Micro Deluxe is the reimagined version of the world renowned classic Mini Micro preschooler scooter. It features an adjustable t-bar, raised silicon deck for stability, and an anodised finish that looks great and protects from rust.

The Mini Micro Deluxe’s intuitive ‘lean and steer’ scooting style is perfect for younger children and helps your child’s balance and co-ordination which are vital for the development of early motor skills. It’s lightweight and therefore perfectly suited for little ones as it enables them to negotiate pavements, steps and doorways without the help of us Mums and Dads!

The brake is the best. It has been ingeniously designed so even the slightest pressure put on it will bring the scooter to a gentle halt. This is something Huddy needs! The Mini Micro Deluxe’s 3 wheels and sturdy deck provide stability, giving your child the confidence they need to master scooting.

Specifics:

• For ages 2 – 5 years
• Adjustable handlebars
• Unique silicon raised deck
• Anodised stem protects from corrosion
• Develops balance skills
• Stable 3 wheel design
• Intuitive lean-to-steer action
• Lightweight design
• Wide non-slip deck, low to the ground
• Quality non-marking wheels
• Comes in  Pink, Blue, Green, Red, Yellow, Purple, Aqua and Orange
• Please note: Mini Deluxe Red has a pink brake and pink deck logos

Ella: 5 years old: Maxi Micro Deluxe

The next step up from the Mini Micro Deluxe, the Maxi Micro Deluxe 3 wheel scooter is the ideal next stage kids scooter for kids who want all the fun, stability and good safety design of the Mini but are ready a larger, cooler and more robust scooter.

The Maxi Micro Deluxe version has a new weight limit of 70kgs, a unique deck with raised silicone Micro grip, and an anodised stem which not only protects your scooter from corrosion but provides a stylish look.

Your little one can cruise the pavements,  parks smoothly and confidently on their Maxi Micro Deluxe scooter, while further developing their balance and co-ordination skills.

With an adjustable handlebar the Maxi Micro Deluxe is the ideal scooter for the fans of the mini who want to keep riding what they already love.

Specifics:

• For ages 5-12 years
• New 70kg weight limit
• Anodised metallic finish
• Raised silicon non-slip deck
• Adjustable handlebar height
• Intuitive lean-to-steer action
• Superior stability
• Vibrant range of colours: Purple, Red, Green, Black, Blue, Pink, Yellow and Aqua
• Please note: Maxi Deluxe Aqua has a pink brake and pink deck logos

My kids fell in love with their scooters at first sight. I could not recommend Micro more highly. There is nothing better than a Micro Scooter. The perfect Christmas present for any boy or girl.  It is certainly a Christmas choice that will bring you and your family so much joy. All you need is a scooter for yourself!

I’ll finish with some action shots of the kids cruising and having the time of their lives!

Micro Scooters

Micro Scooters

Micro Scooters

Friday Find: Baby Eames @ Matt Blatt

Friday Find: Baby Eames @ Matt Blatt

I’ve had loads of compliments about the Baby Eames Replica table and chair set in my house, so I thought I’d share the love with you this week as my Friday Find. Purchased from Matt Blatt, this stylish, practical and affordable kids’ set looks great in the corner of any room. It’s easily cleaned, light weight, and if you are  fan of designer furniture, then this is for you. We purchased the classic white set, but it the chairs are also available in a range of colours.

Replica Eames Kids Table -$115

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Replica Eames Kids’ Chairs – $55 – available in red, white and light blue..

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Stylish and practical..especially for Daddy / Daughter date night…

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For more information, and to see their entire range, visit Matt Blatt here.

kate

Friday Find: Cre8tive kids Art & Craft @ Kmart

Friday Find: Cre8tive kids Art & Craft @ Kmart

Ella is a real toddler now, and her curiosity and enthusiasm for creating and exploring has simply exploded. She loves to paint, draw, glue and pretty much do anything that involves craft. It’s gorgeous to see, and as a Primary School teacher, we are both very much at home with coloured paper and a pair of scissors. You could go nuts looking for ideas that are suitable for a two year old, and whilst most $2 shops have a great range, recently I’ve come across the Cre8tive Kids range at Kmart.

I recently purchase Ella a splash mat, set of water colour paints and plaster paint set. Each of them were $2 and she has spent hours of fun painting and creating her own little masterpieces. The range is huge, from felt balls and pipe cleaners, to paints, paper and sequins. It’s nice to know that there is an affordable range of products, with the quality that will last longer than a toddler’s attention span!

Here is a snippet of Ella having fun with her plaster paint set. They come in a range of characters, for this one she chose horses..

The splash mats are thick and easy to clean…

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The plaster set comes with figurines, brushes and paint..

 

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Reminds me of ‘The plaster fun house’ as a kid..

 

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Hours of fun…

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I’ll certainly be heading back to Kmart to stock up on more Art and Craft Items in the coming months. The full range is not available online, but you can find a selection of the larger items here.

Happy Crafting!

kate

Friday Find: Childcare Bed Guards

Friday Find: Childcare Bed Guards

The Korber household is in the thick of all things toddler. Tantrums, toilet training and moments of intense sleep meltdowns. After the (sudden) birth of Hudson, toilet training took a back seat after a few weeks of progress. When we moved back into our house, the need for Ella to move to her ‘big girl bed’ was a priority, as we moved the cot into Hudson’s room. The timing seemed right, she was ready, and well, we just wanted to set her new room up with the bed we had purchased. We have found lots of things challenging as new parents, like everyone, but one thing that has gone relatively smoothly (touch wood, touch wood), is her move to a big girl bed.

Ella has taken to it quite well, and whilst she doesn’t sleep right through every night (she never did anyway), there have been relatively few tantrums, and no falling out of the bed. This has been mainly due to the fabulous bed guards that I discovered in Baby Bunting. A friend of mine (thanks Amy) recommended them to me a while ago. The best thing about these guards is that they can be put up at night, and go back down during the day. That way it doesn’t look like she is living in a hospital. They come in various colours and a couple of sizes to match your type of bed. I went with the 120cm white model and they have been great.

Here is what you can expect…

Folds up when you need it…

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Folds down when you don’t…

 

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Hidden in the day time..

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Best of all, they are currently reduced for $29.95! You can purchase them here. 

kate

 

To the toilet…Day 3

To the toilet…Day 3

Well after day 3 I can describe the toilet training process in three words. Tears, tantrums and torture. Funnily enough that doesn’t describe Ella’s experience, but rather my own. Albeit a little dramatic I know. After day 2, I was left wondering if Ella would ever get it, and to be honest I was clinging to the idea of being able to get it all done in three days. Like everything else to do with parenting, you cannot find pick up an experience of one Mother and expect to replicate it in the same way. Whether positive or negative, we are all different and our children react in different ways. There is so much information out there, and so much pressure to add to it. I felt pressure from many angles to start toilet training with Ella, and given the fact that she will be getting a sibling in five weeks, I figured that the time was right. She was showing the right signs and so off we went….

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What I should have realised it that, like everything else, things don’t always go perfectly to plan. Ella has come through three full days at home with small steps towards being toilet trained. She is not fully there, and I expect that she won’t be for some time.  I tried it all…. cool underwear, stickers, reward charts, positive reinforcement. She is able to tell me when she is going to the toilet, and I know that this is a great step. However she can’t solely use the toilet and I have had to make the decision to slow things down and just try again in a couple of weeks. She may well regress when her little brother or sister arrives, but that is fine. They say that you shouldn’t put your toddler back in nappies if you choose to take a break, but I’m going to compromise and use pull ups.  You have to be able to stay sane through the whole process and I don’t want it to become negative for either Ella or myself.

I’m going to take the advice of some great friends and not be hard on myself. Sometimes you think they are ready and they are not. She has made some great gains, and I’ll just keep plugging away. She will get there in the end, and like all things parenting, we will find our own way.

So if you too are thinking about toilet training, I hope that the following lessons help give you some perspective if you need it…

  • Yes, staying home for a few days is worth it, but don’t be too hard on yourself if you get to the end without having a child who is ‘perfectly’ toilet trained.
  • Yes, it is worth reading the information that is out there, but in the end I talked to my friends whose advice got me through.
  • Sometimes good intentions are enough
  • Sometimes we need to stop and take a break
  • Like all things, she will get there in the end. It’s more important that she feels good about the whole process rather than being rushed into it.
  • It’s not a race, even though it feels like it.
  • It feels great to be giving myself a break from all the talk about poo and wee. And lets face it, not smelling like them is a bonus too….

So with that, my three days of toilet training are over. Sort of. Good luck to anyone who is going through the process with your toddler. It’s full on, but I guess that is the true definition of being a Mum!

kate

To the toilet…day 2

To the toilet…day 2

Well today I’m feeling it. I’m not sure if it is meant to be this way, but it feels like we have taken one step forwards and five steps backwards. I guess that is normal. I’m hoping that this is all part of the plan and Ella will ‘click’ tomorrow. The cabin fever is getting to me a bit and you certainly have to keep your whits about you.

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The lessons I’ve learned after day 2:

  • You can’t really leave their side. It’s easier for them to come everywhere with you. Even to the toilet yourself.
  • Keep the toilet door and light on. It’s incredibly frustrating trying to open the toilet door with a peeing toddler in your arms
  • It makes sense to just take her to the toilet rather than using the potty. I’m hoping this will pay off in the long run.
  • I’m finding it difficult to think of other words to use in my day apart from poos, wees and toilet
  • The step ladder / seat is a great investment
  • The stickers seem to be a draw card
  • You will have lots of false alarms
  • Eucalyptus is a great sanitiser, and smells great too
  • I’ve put a bottle of hand sanitiser next to the basin, just to make sure that I’m clean too

So with day 3 looming, I’m hoping and praying that Ella will get it tomorrow. I know it’s not fool proof, but it has to be better than today. If I wasn’t pregnant, I would be sitting down to a rather large glass of wine right now….

kate

To the toilet….Day 1

To the toilet….Day 1

So this week, as we ate chocolate galore we decided that it was time to tackle toilet training. We had pondered the idea for weeks. Should we? Shouldn’t we? Could we be bothered? Is Ella ready?

The cons included: being 34 weeks pregnant (ie. does Mum have enough energy?), living at my Mother in Laws (i.e. accidents in their house) and having to tackle the challenge pretty much on my own, as Dan has to work his magic finishing our house. The pros included: the obvious, only having one child in nappies once the baby arrives which also means a hefty saving! It’s also a fairly big milestone in the life of a child, and one that would help develop independence and self confidence.

Ella has been ‘showing all the signs’ in recent weeks and has had a keen interest in the ‘weird, smelly thing’ that people seem to frequent all the time. So with the ANZAC day long weekend looming, I’ve bitten the bullet and decided to bunk in for three days and tackle the challenge of toddler toilet training.

Each day I’m going to share how we have faired…both Ella and myself. I’l be sharing our challenges and lessons I’ve learned along the way! I’m not advocating any particular approach, or claiming to be an expert in any way. It’s just one Mum’s reflection on one of the hardest parts of raising a toddler. I expect to find myself feeling and experiencing the full gamete of emotions over the next few days!!!

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So far, I’ve prepared myself with the following:

  • 20 + pairs of undies. I started with ten and have quickly realised that you need more. Many more pairs. I’ve got a combination of normal underwear and terry toweling pairs to soak up the mess.
  • Rewards: Stickers, stickers and more stickers. I’ve made a chart for each toilet and the potty which we have kept in the living room. I’m also going to give Ella small easter eggs as a reward. Good timing hey!
  • Wipes and more wipes. You can’t flush them down the toilet, but I know I will need them.
  • Towelling Nappies – soaks up accidents and you can just throw them in the wash.
  • I’ve also filled the basin with Napisan and bleach so I can throw soiled undies in and do a few loads throughout the day.
  • Information from both the Royal Childrens’ Hospital and the ‘Three Day’ program. That said, I’m keen on taking from these what feels right, and won’t be doing ‘everything’ that they say. This might sound arrogant or foolish, but like all things parenting, I’ve learnt to go with the flow and do what feels right. Right now that means getting Ella to be toilet trained during the day. I’m leaving night time to later…

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Some of the lessons I’ve learned already:

  • Don’t flush wipes down the toilet unless you want to call a plumber
  • When they say you need 20+ pairs of underwear, they mean it
  • You need to keep repeating ‘tell me when you need to do poos or wees’ more times than you care to remember
  • Roll up the rug!
  • Perhaps don’t let your toddler sit on the couch…
  • Invest in some disposable bed liners  / puppy pads to use in the car or place on the couch. I’ve learned this one the hard way!

‘They’ say it takes three days to toilet train a toddler who is ready. Day 1 has been pretty predictable so far. More good than bad! Let’s hope I feel the same way tomorrow!

kate