2015 Christmas Gift Guide: Gifts For One-Year-Olds

Christmas is a fun time of year when you’re one.  Lots of twinkling lights, baubles to pull on, parties to look cute at and presents to unwrap.  At Babi Pur, we have everything you need to make Christmas extra special for the little toddler in your life.  From festive cloth nappies, organic clothing and pram shoes to cute wooden toys and adorable dolls, it’s all here at Babi Pur.  Here are our top ten gifts for one-year-olds at Christmas:

1) Tots Bots Easyfit v4 Festive Fling Nappy

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Cecilia Meets Ula from Tula – Photo Blog

If you don’t already know Tula is fantastic babywearing brand of ergonomic baby carriers, toddler carriers, woven wraps and ring slings.  They’re known for their supremely comfortable carriers that come in the most beautiful patterns and prints.  Cecilia loves babywearing and she LOVEs Tula so when she heard that Tula’s creator, Ula, was coming to her home town of Edinburgh…. well, here’s the story.

Ceclia writes

So yesterday was a happy day for Isla and I. A lovely Scottish mama organised a playdate with Ula’s children and our little ones – Ula is Tula ’s creator and owner.
The kids had great fun playing in the park together, having ice cream and just being kids- I loved spending time with Ula and talking babies, raising children and of course, talking TULAs.

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Tula Baby Carrier Review

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This week Cecilia reviews the  Tula baby carrier.. read Cecilia’s review below….

When pregnant with baby number 3 I had a lovely lady who runs a sling library showed me a few types of slings.  I fell in love with a stretchy wrap and a few woven wraps.  However I politely declined any Information on buckle carriers as I thought I was a ‘wrap sort of girl’.
Fast forward a few months, baby was here and growing, when the time came to retire the stretchy wrap, I found it was a little time consuming to wrap with a woven then completely unwrap to feed
Then wrap up again
Then unwrap for a nappy change
Then wrap up again
Having another 2 very active children to run after I decided I needed something more practical in addition to the woven wraps, that is when the idea of a buckle carrier came to my mind.  I asked a few friends to try on their few different types of buckle carriers and the Tula stood out by a long way for its comfort and practicality.

Very easy to put on, the Tula has two buckles to be fastened and that’s it, one shoulder buckle and one waist one, no complicated crossing over straps to manoeuvre from one side to the other, it really is straightforward.

The thick padding is lush, it has fully padded waist straps as well as fully padded shoulder straps making the Tula super comfortable on your back and shoulders.

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Baby feels almost weightless I feel like I am carrying a little feather around not a baby, yet Isla feels very close and secure.

It is hand made from 100% cotton, Isla has sensitive skin especially on her neck and face so material is important.

It is comfortable under my arms, I can either use it very snuggly under the arm or I can adjust the straps so that it doesn’t dig on my breasts when they are full (of milk).

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Babyhawk Mei Tai Carrier Review

Some of you will have read my review of the Hanababy stretchy wrap, which mostly amounted to an Ode to Babywearing.

I still love wearing my baby, but she’s grown heavier now, and when I put her in the stretchy, she’s down by my tummy in an hour! It’s time to say good bye to my Hana wrap (so sadly) and look for something sturdier.

It might seem like the natural successor to a stretchy wrap is a woven wrap, with all the possible ties, but a woven wrap is significantly more work than a stretchy. With my Hana, I could tie it up and pop her in and out all day. With a woven wrap, you have to tie the baby into it, so you have to redo it all if the baby wants out and then back in.

My feeling right now is that I have enough work already. I need something easy.

The Babyhawk (Mei Tai carrier)

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Mei Tais are very popular. The original Babyhawk style is a panel of fabric with arm straps and a waistband, which are tied in various positions depending on how you’re carrying your baby. You can also get “half-buckle” versions of Mei Tais, like the Babyhawk OhMei which has a buckle for the waistband. I prefer the flexibility (and look) of the tied straps, so I’m reviewing the more traditional version.

My first impression was that it came in a far smaller package than I had expected! And after a while of using it, it wraps up even smaller now that it’s broken in and the fabric is softer, so it’s really convenient to have with you, in a backpack or even in a changing bag.

It comes with an excellent instruction book. The instructions are thorough, clear and easy to follow.

I was a little nervous that the Mei Tai would prove too small for me.

Since having my daughter, I’ve put on considerable weight and would be a size 18 easily, but the straps were definitely long enough to tie comfortably around my waist with plenty of material to spare.

With the Babyhawk Mei Tai, you can carry your baby at the front, on your hip or on your back. Back and hip carries are fantastic for a nosey baby like mine who gets tired of looking at your chest. A back carry, especially, frees you up to do things made awkward by having a baby attached to your front!

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I thought the back carry would take some serious practice but it really didn’t. I was so suspicious of how easily it worked that I refused to carry her that way until I’d been to a sling meet and had someone tell me I was actually doing it right. I was.

I couldn’t recommend the Babyhawk Mei Tai more. It’s wonderful to have your baby so close, and so secure, while you’re able to move freely and use your arms. It’s quick and easy to tie, so you’re not spending ages getting it right. It’s small and easy to carry around when it’s not in use, and super supportive, so even with my bad back, I could carry her for a good 90 minute walk without any discomfort or pain, and my daughter finds it easy enough to fall asleep in, too, and that’s always a plus.

Jacqui

Close Caboo Carrier Review by Josie & Elizabeth

Close (formerly Close Parent) Caboo Baby Carrier Review

A few months ago we were given the opportunity to send the yet to be released Close Caboo carrier out for testing.  We had what we thought was the perfect candidate, Josie had recently given birth to little baby Elizabeth.  However when we offered the Caboo carrier to her she was. . . . . erm, lets say less than enthusiastic.  Read on for her full review of the Caboo carrier.

Close Caboo baby carrier review by Josie & Elizabeth

When Babi Pur asked me to review the new Close Caboo sling for them I have to say I was a little reticent.  I’ve tried lots of slings but have never really used them much, let alone enjoyed wearing them.

‘Are you sure?’ I asked Jolene; ‘I have bad shoulders and wearing slings gives me tension headaches.  I’m a bit of a hard customer to please.’  Well, three weeks and much baby wearing later I have to say that I love it!  There, I’ve said it – I love the new Caboo carrier. It’s easy to use, snugly and so comfortable that I look forward to carrying Elizabeth around in it.  I wear it around the house, whilst gardening and it’s a god-send when supermarket shopping with three young kids.

I pop Elizabeth into the sling and off we go for a walk through the woods in the evening whilst Roger puts our boys to bed.  It gives us half an hour of quiet time together (and me such much needed exercise).

As I’m sure most of you readers know, baby wearing is becoming increasingly popular, and for good reasons.  Babies who are carried are found to be happier, more contented and less prone to anxiety.  Carrying them upright in a sling allows them to burp in their own time, leaving your hands free to carry on with those wonderful chores us parents are inundated with.  A sling-cuddled baby feels secure and well loved; and the close contact with mum or dad is vital, especially in those early few weeks.  And slings are so versatile – they can be worn by anyone and can hold babies of all shapes and sizes.

The Caboo carrier is based on the long wraparound style slings, but with a much improved design – like upgrading from a boxy old 80s banger to a power-steering-led new car.  The old way works, but the new design is so much simpler, smoother and more effective.

The baby is held in the same way as the wrap-style slings; with the straps between the legs and the weight distributed across both your shoulders and a cross of fabric at your back.  But there’s no fiddling around with long loops of cloth trying not to drag the ends in the mud as you negotiate a wriggly baby and complicated origami of knots.  Just slide the Caboo over your head, pop your baby in, tighten the straps and off you go.  I’m still trying to get used to the breastfeeding position, I’ll let you know how I get one.  Of course, as with any sling, the more you wear it the better acquainted you become.  You work out little tips and tricks to help make it all more comfortable, and I’ve shared a few of mine below.

Slings are a great, if ancient, invention and rightly so.  With their new Caboo carrier Close Parent have take the basics of sling wearing and carried it on to another level of comfort and versatility.  I would thoroughly recommend this sling to any parent, and I will say it again; ‘I love it!’

Tips and Tricks:

  • Check often that your baby’s nose is clear and that they have free air flow.
  • Think ahead with your clothing. It’s easier to wear a jacket or cardigan that you can do up over your baby than a warm jumper that you end up sweltering in but can’t take off because your baby is asleep.
  • Equally, don’t overdress your baby; your body heat will keep her warm.
  • If you are too hot, chances are your baby is too hot (and possibly grumpy) as well.
  • Make sure that your baby is high up near your chin when you put her in the sling as she will drop with the natural stretch of the fabric and her weight.
  • Check the straps are not twisted and are well spread out over your shoulders to distribute the baby’s weight evenly over your upper body.
  • If you feel her weight pulling on your shoulders bend over (whilst supporting your baby’s back with one hand) and push her up towards your chin, pull the fabric cross down at the back and then tighten the side straps.  This will place your baby higher, ensuring the weight is distributed more evenly across your shoulders.