Saturday, April 30, 2011

Super wetsuits for babies and kids!


MY two children have been fortunate to be able to roadtest two fabulous products from Konfidence – one of the leading manufacturers of swimwear for babies and children.
The Konfidence Babywarma (pictured below) is a flexible, 2mm‑thick, soft neoprene wetsuit for babies aged 0-24 months. It allows little ones to stay warmer in the pool for much longer than normal, plus it is totally UV protective and provides a higher grip surface when carrying your baby, compared with bare skin.
The wetsuit has a hidden flap design offering flexibility to adjust the suit as your baby grows.
The suit opens flat so it’s easy to get on and off, while the flap at the bottom allows for quick nappy changes and works perfectly with the Konfidence range of adjustable and reusable swim nappies that fit from age three to 30 months. I tried the reusable, one-size-fits‑all nappy with the Babywarma on my youngest and they both fit very snug and comfortably, but with obvious room to grow.
For older children, there is the Kids Warma wetsuit (pictured above), which fits children from age two to seven years. It is made from soft, 2.5mm-thick neoprene with adjustable shoulder straps to make it easy for kids to get on and off, and can be worn with a buoyancy jacket over the top or a UV sun shirt underneath.
One of the best features is the sleeveless vest design allowing the arms freedom of movement during swimming lessons.
When my daughters tried out their wetsuits, it was clear that when swimming their bodies naturally remained flat on the surface providing the ideal position for swimming strokes such as freestyle.
My daughter’s swimming teacher was very impressed with both wetsuits and encouraged other parents to consider them for their children, particularly the Babywarma for little ones who are still getting used to the water.
The Konfidence wetsuits come in a range of colours as well. With the cooler months approaching, the wetsuits are ideal for the pool or the beach, allowing your children to stay safe, protected, warm and happy in the water.
The Babywarma retails for $39.95 while the Kids Warma retails for $44.95, and both wetsuit designs come in three different sizes.
Order online and check out the full range of products at

Stay safe around your pool

Is your backyard pool safe? New pool laws aim to ensure fewer children die unnecessarily from drowning

Learning to swim is a vital life skill that every child should learn, especially if you have a backyard pool. But alongside this is the importance of pool safety.
New pool safety laws have been introduced in the past year, and every backyard pool must now be registered with your local council.
Pool owners should check the register to ensure their pool is listed. If it’s not on the register you have until this Wednesday, May 4, to list it, otherwise you could be hit with a $2000 fine.
Under the new pool laws, every pool must have a pool safety certificate, issued by a licensed pool safety inspector.

Friday, April 22, 2011

Easter around the world

From bonfires to spanking, Easter traditions around the world are both fun and fascinating

Yippee! It’s Easter!

I bet your kids have already had their fix of chocolate eggs before tomorrow’s traditional surprise from the Easter Bunny.
If you’re a regular church goer, then your kids are going to learn and appreciate the Christian beliefs of the resurrection of Jesus.
But as with many Christian holidays, Easter has a secular side as well.
The ancient Saxons celebrated the return of spring with a festival commemorating their goddess of offspring and springtime, Eastre.
Eastre’s earthly symbol was a rabbit, which later became the Easter Bunny.
The egg is a pagan symbol of the rebirth of the Earth in celebrations of spring, and it has been adopted by Christians as a symbol of the resurrection of Jesus.
Around the world Easter is celebrated in many different ways.

Monday, April 18, 2011

Mums speak out

What does a Blue Quandong tree have in common with families of the Far North?

Imagine a grand Blue Quandong tree in the Daintree Rainforest.
Blue Quandongs are the giants of the rainforest. They are an integral part of the canopy layer, hiding the sun from the plants below it.
Imagine that the strong, thick roots of the tree are our major capital cities, our parliament, our leaders – standing firm for centuries, with long, deep roots to be nurtured from a variety of sources and minimal threat to its endurance.
Now imagine the Far North is the canopy, reaching out for attention, open to the elements, at the mercy of the wind, being swayed to and fro by a transient lifestyle, and its fruits there for the taking.
As the wind picks up, branches drop and so the canopy changes with the times.
We wave for attention to the roots down below, but don’t get as much nourishment as the branches below us.
Perhaps my analogy is a little exaggerated, but Cairns is feeling neglected.

Friday, April 8, 2011

The great divide

Bridging the communication gap between you and your teenage daughter is possible, with the help of a new book

The easiest way to give my father post traumatic flashbacks, is to remind him of when I was a teenager.
I was a typical teen who tried to grow up way too fast. I thought I was sooo mature and was desperate to fit in with the cool crowd.
I didn’t tell my parents anything about my life.
In fact I practically stopped talking to them for many years, and anything that did come out of my mouth was a lie.
On my 18th birthday I thought all my dreams had come true, because my parents had another event on the same night.
I convinced them that I was responsible enough to have a party on my own with just a few close friends (which actually was the plan).
But word spreads fast in a small town and soon the party of few was a party of many.
The next morning I looked out my bedroom window to see my brother trying to lift the wheelie bin out of the pool (and all of it’s contents!).
When I finally “escaped” living with my parents (that is when I was accepted into University which, to me, was the equivalent of freedom), it finally dawned on me that Mum and Dad were on my side.
I dread to think what life will be like in another ten or so years when I will have two teenage daughters.
That’s why I felt compelled to interview Michelle Mitchell.

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Mums on the run

Mums across the Far North are no longer running on empty, they’re running with a purpose

A conversation among the mothers at my little one’s playgroup has sparked inspiration for me this week.
Not only for something to write about, but inspiration for living life to the fullest.
I know it’s cheesy, but I like cheese (preferably the blue brie kind).
The mothers I chatted to wouldn’t dream of eating blue brie, because they’re all super healthy and actually ‘enjoy’ running (yeah, crazy huh?)
As one mum announced “I’m going to do a marathon!” - the others replied “I’ve done a marathon!”, “I love running!” and on it went.
Then I recalled another friend who has taking up training to compete in local triathlons.
I asked the obvious question: “Why?”
“I don’t know, I guess it’s just something I wanted to try, and now I’m addicted!”
And she’s not alone.
Mothers everywhere are beating the pavement in the early morning hours in order to beat their baby fat, and they’re gaining newfound energy and vitality.