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I was looking after my friend’s son recently and made him a yummy lunch, then I started reminiscing, remembering making plates of fun food for my kids to help motivate them to eat. I didn’t have all the clever little dinnerware and gadgets that are now available. I’ve put together this list of Fun Baby & Toddler Feeding products just in case you didn’t know about them, all of these are available online.

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This exquisite children’s blanket is made exclusively from Anlaby merino wool, a family heirloom that will be treasured and loved.

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  • LaTanya

    We have a beautiful crochet blanket that my grandmother made for me, that I will pass on to my son for his family one day.ReplyCancel

  • Catherine Heald

    Anlaby Giveaway-My granny knitted a jumper for my brother about 20 years ago. About 15 years ago she suffered a stroke which left her without the use of one of her hands. I’m expecting my first son any day now and this jumper is the last thing she was able to make. I can’t wait for the baby to wear it!ReplyCancel

  • michelle harris

    we have a old crotchet blanket of my grandmothers i now have 2 grandchildren myself and when they visit,they always ask or that blanket,i would never dispose of it,its ull of loveReplyCancel

  • Rebeka Lambrinakos

    Our family heirloom isn’t a physical item and this is why I’d love the Anlaby’s Woodlands Friends Blanket. Our heirloom is our middle name, Maree which has been passed down four generations so far. My newborn daughter now shares the middle name tradition :)ReplyCancel

  • Maria Braund

    My Christening Outfit. All 3 kids of mine have worn it.ReplyCancel

  • Julia Burford

    Our piano. It was given to my parents by an old family friend, and it is being passed down to me soon. I plan on keeping it and passing it down to my kids :-)ReplyCancel

  • Sharon

    We have a case as an heirloom in our family. My grandmother gave my mother a houndstooth overnight case to take to hospital when she had her four children. I have taken the case when I had my 4 children,as have my 2 sisters and my 2 sisters in law. My mother has recovered the case with decoupage and the case continues on. It has now also been used by my own daughter and daughter in law when they went to have my 4 grandchildren. There is more to come….We love family traditions.ReplyCancel

  • Liz

    I have a blanket that was knitted by my grandmother which will be handed down. My mum also made some bunny rugs when my son was born. I have kept one for all my children <3ReplyCancel

  • Katrina Angus

    I sadly do not have an heirloom to pass down, but would love the opportunity to win this to start one in our family. Lovely ideaxxReplyCancel

  • Trina Joy

    I unfortunately do not have an heirloom but would love to start one with a beautiful Anlaby’s Woodland Friends blanket. My 5 year old loves snuggling under blankets but nothing as beautiful as this. Thanks for the opportunity :)ReplyCancel

  • Kim

    It’s a toss up between an old post sorting box/cabinet that came from my Grandmas house from when she was a child. My aunt had it once Grandma passed away and now it’s with my sister and she will pass it down to one of her children or my Grandmas engagement ring which she gave to me and my husband used it for our engagement ring as that was the ring I wanted. I will pass this on to my daughterReplyCancel

  • Sonya

    My grandmother had a lovely wooden bassinette that she used with her 4 children, then my mum used it with her 3 children, and I have used it with my 4 children. I only hope that one day they will be able to do this also, as a special family heirloom passed down through the generations. Adding a special baby blanket to this would be a lovely addition, so I would love to win this prize thanks :)
    Also I have used family names as my children’s middle names, with a special occurrence being that the eldest of the 5 generations being girls, who alternate the names Nance and Jean (originally as the first names, then being passed on as the girl’s middle name) so hopefully that can continue also.ReplyCancel

  • Amy Wren

    My Great Aunt’s Eternity ring. It was my great great Aunt’s who passed it to her sister (my grandmother, before she left England for Australia in the 60’s), who passed to my mother, who will pass onto me when Mum is ready to part with it.ReplyCancel

  • felicity

    The most treasured item that i would pass down to my daughter is my mother in laws epern its like a vase,its old a bit cracked but with some flowers its beautiful,hopefully it teaches my daughter that its ok not to be perfect,shes still badeautiful.As for my son i have no idea as he is about to be a father himself i thought this blanket would be perfect,its like giving him a big cuddle when i cant be there.ReplyCancel

  • anna donato

    My photo albums. Photos are like souls. Photos are my history, my family and my friendsReplyCancel

  • Jess Powell

    My wedding dress! I used the fabric & had it made into a little dress which my first daughter wore for her first birthday and i will have one made for her baby sister also :)ReplyCancel

  • Belinda Irvine

    A wedding ring… It is a plain rose gold band that was worn by my Great Auntie, and passed down to me… This is the oldest heirloom I have, so I used it as my wedding band, and plan on passing it on to my son for his childrenReplyCancel

  • Caroline

    In our family we have a beautiful wind up statue of a wee girl in a garden that was bought in Oberammergau. It plays Happy birthday. Every member of the family gets this played to them, either in person or on the phone) on their birthday no matter where in the world the live by my parents. It will be passed down to me when they sadly pass on to continue the traditionReplyCancel

  • My Grandad came out on the 5 pound boats from uk to Australia and he passed away a couple years ago but gave me his original suitcases that he came with and I keep my baby’s clothes in it stacked in her room. It means a lot to us and one of the kids will have it when they move out one day:)ReplyCancel

  • Gail Johnson

    I have our family heirloom which is a beautiful red cedar pianola. My Grandfather (who died before I was born) saved up every cent he could, which took many years back then, to buy it so his youngest daughter could learn to play the piano & ANYONE could play the rolls & sing. He wanted the love of music to be passed onto generations. I have 4 grown up daughters & would love this beautiful heirloom for my grandbabies, to pass onto each family as they are born. I already have 1 beautiful grand-daughter and more on the way. *Much more portable than a pianola!ReplyCancel

  • Laura

    We have an antique up right organ that has been in the family for over 100 years. There is always a fight over who gets it next!ReplyCancel

  • melissa

    Memories past from one generation to the next.ReplyCancel

  • Janine Smith

    My husband’s grandmother made a teddy bear for every grandchild and great grand child. She passed before we had kids so ours won’t get one which is heartbreaking.ReplyCancel

  • Lisa

    we lost treasured items during our emigration from the UK and unfortunately have nothing to pass down to our daughter born here, I would love the chance to give her something that should could pass down to her children with stories of life and loved ones from England she’ll never meet, something to add to what will be her Australian heritageReplyCancel

  • Melanie

    My great grand mother Tess (Jessica) was a very talented violinist and I have her treasured antique violin. I will pass it onto my daughter one day.ReplyCancel

  • Twyla

    we have many traditions, books are big with our family. We have holiday things and a special silver cup that will go to each baby in turn.ReplyCancel

  • Julia

    I have done some family research tracing the family tree and I have some stories from parents and some aunts and uncles and I plan to put together a book that I will pass on to my kids. I talk to them a lot about the familyReplyCancel

  • Natasha

    My Oma (Dutch grandmother) received a pair of pink glass drinking glasses from her grandmother, and were amongst the few possessions she brought with her to Australia in 1947 and she has now passed these onto to me her eldest granddaughter And I hope, I too have the privilege of passion these onto my granddaughter (in many years to come). These are precious to all of us as they are so fragile yet link many women across continents and generationsReplyCancel

  • Annette Ashby

    My mother had a special dinner set which she got when she was married in 1945 and was used on very special occasions like Christmas- all of us (6 kids) have a plate or bowl from the set and will pass them down through the generations.ReplyCancel

  • Bobbie-Lee

    When I was 13 my great Aunty sent me her cooking book (she lived in America) it contained recipes that my grandmother and great aunty grew up having made for them from their mother and teir grandmother. Its a very special book to me as it gave me my love for cooking and to keep the special book to be passed on from me.ReplyCancel

  • Raelene

    I have been given a beautiful rung which belonged to my great great aunt which will be passed down to my daughter. Love the idea of passing down a family heirloom.ReplyCancel

  • Cathy Hill

    I bought my daughter a large personalised musical snowglobe for her first birthday with the intention of her passing it on to her daughter one day.ReplyCancel

  • We dont have an item passing down the generations, but we do have a name. Every first born male in the family carries Leslie as a middle name. 4 generations so far.ReplyCancel

  • karina l

    My engagement ring! It has so much sentimental value to it and I would love to pass it down to the future generations!ReplyCancel

  • Kirsty Booth

    My husbands grandparents had to flee war torn Czechoslovakia with nothing but the clothes they were wearing, so instead of an item we have an amazing story that I will be sharing with my boys when they are old enough. Having an heirloom blanket to pass down would be great, we could snuggle under it as I tell them about their history.ReplyCancel

  • Rosalyn Hill

    My hubands grandfathers desk still sits in our house. He got it for his 21st from his parents and left it to my husband when he died. It’s definitely our most precious heirloom and we look forward to giving to our children when they are older.ReplyCancel

  • I am 8 weeks pregnant after having a miscarriage 4 months ago. My mum has finally decided that I’m far along enough to start giving me some of the things of mine that she put away. The two best things are all of my books, including my Beatrix Potter Peter Rabbit books. She saved them for over 30 years. Then we were looking in her wardrobe the other day and she pulled out a tiny little woolen red jacket that was mine about 34 years ago. And we both just started to cry.ReplyCancel

  • Jillian

    both my daughters wore their Great Grandmother’s & Grandmothers Engagement rings on their Wedding Days & I hope they will pass those on to their daughters to wear on their Weddind Days too. I have just taught myself to crochet & just completed a bear & in the process of making a cot blanket for our new Grandchild expected soon. Hoping they will become heirlooms too.ReplyCancel

  • Gabi

    Each of my Nanna’s grand daughters have worn her antique watch for their weddings. A lovely tradition I hope to continue with the generations to come.ReplyCancel

  • Leizl Mowbray

    We have a beautiful oak cot that was passed down through my Dad’s side of the family. He slept in it, me & my 2 sisters slept in it & my nieces & nephew have slept in it. I remember playing with my dolls as a child, placing them in the cot dreaming of the day when I would place my own child to sleep in such a treasured heritage piece. Unfortunately I moved to Australia, and it was too expensive to bring the cot over when my bubs was born. It was a sad moment but my baby is my greatest treasure and the love from the family is his greatest heritage.ReplyCancel

  • Donna Milne

    I have two things that will be passed down, the first being a christening gown that I had made for my 3 kids and since then all the nephews and nieces have worn this outfit. It has travelled around the world. The second item is my nanna’s childs tea set. She would have been 111yrs old this year and she played with it as a child. I didn’t receive it until I was married but I now keep it safe to pass to my daughter.ReplyCancel

  • Ann

    My christening gown and my grandmother’s silver.ReplyCancel

  • Vivienne

    I have inherited my great grandmothers engagement ring. The ring was passed down to my grandmother and upon her death the ring was passed to my mother and since my mother passed away I now have the ring and would like to pass that down to one of my children who will pass it on to one of theirs.ReplyCancel

  • Vicky a

    A locket which has been passed down from my dads side of the family over the last 3 generationsReplyCancel

  • Christine Burgess

    We don’t have one as such…but I guess 30 – 40 year old hot wheels cars that my husband & his brother used to play with, that now my 6 boys have & continue to play with will no doubt be passed on to their kids.ReplyCancel

  • Tracy

    We have a poem by Rudyard Kipling that has been passed down in our family ”IF” ( Mann is my maiden surname) which is the one line ‘you will be a man, my son’ along with many traditions like Monday night Family Night where we ate together as a family for many years. Red plate acknowledgement meal when someone does well in the family on that day, always sitting at the dining table for meals and giving thanks all day, my grandmothers ring, my nana’s Soetkoekie recipe, too many to mention. But no blanket airloom yet?ReplyCancel

  • Nicola wood

    A lemon yellow and white coloured baby blanket that my great grandma knitted for me. It’s the only item we have after we left the uk to come to aus as a holiday (and ended up staying!) all our belongings were put in storage which flooded. It was the only thing my mum brought with us. I used it with my daughter when she was born. It’s so precious and I can’t wait to give it to my daughter when she has her own babyReplyCancel

  • We have a crocheted cream wool blanket used at the Christenings in the family, passed down from God Mother to God Child in each generation. When my middle son was little he had a blanky that he used to carry around and he called it a ‘ZeZah’, the christening blanket is now called ‘Mummy’s ZeZah’ My family used to grow superfine wool in the Mudgee Region and we lost the farm in the 1990’s, I miss the wool and still work in woolsheds but it’s just not the same. We scour Vinnies weekly to search for woollen jumpers lovingly made by someone elses’ Grandma. I would love to win this blanket to start a tradition of passing down a blanket withing our immediate family, starting with my children’s children. Fingers crossed xxxxxReplyCancel

  • Jo

    My great-grandmother’s engagement ring has been passed down the generations from her to my grandfather, who passed it on to my father. Wearing it connects me with her pioneering spirit. Passing it on will keep her memory alive.ReplyCancel

  • sharon brown

    We have a shawl knitted by my great grand mother which each of our 5 children have used. It will be passed on to one of our grand daughters.ReplyCancel

  • Karla Oleinikoff

    My Grandmother received a Royal Albert Tea Set when she got married in the 30’s, which went to my mother, and has now been passed on to me, which will be passed on to my daughter. The set is absolutely beautiful, and I’m honoured to have such an heirloom in my safe keeping.ReplyCancel

  • Renee Ballantyne

    My grandmothers wedding band simple but very much treasuredReplyCancel

  • Kat Taylor

    One of our family heirlooms are my husband’s 40 year old, threadbare ‘Bobby’ panda and my little brown dog, which our 5year daughter old loves!ReplyCancel

  • Leanne

    My family (as yet) doesn’t have something to hand down from one generation to the next. However I would love to change this and this blanket would be an awesome start to it :)ReplyCancel

  • Jane

    My most treasured family heirlooms are a series of photos taken by a travelling photographer (on horseback) in the 1920s of my family and the workers during shearing season on my families property. The photos were published in a book that documented “Stationlife in NSW during the 1920’s”. I can stare at it for ages imagining what life would have been like back then and am filled with pride at how hard working and brave my ancestors were. They are truly treasured.ReplyCancel

  • Debs

    My nan is 94 and a while ago when we were reminiscing we spoke about a little spotted china tea set I used to play with when I would visit her. It used to be Nans when she was a young girl. For my birthday this year Nan gave me this little tea set. I would have to say it is the most precious possession I own. My mum played with it as a girl and I’m not afraid to let my daughter who is 7 play with it. What makes this an Heirlooms is that it has been played with and enjoyed for 4 generations of little girls not just placed on a shelf to look at.ReplyCancel

  • Maria Stringer

    My husbands baby shawl which was made in England, our two babies were christened with it and I expect my grandchildren will use it too!ReplyCancel

  • Sarah

    My grandmothers glory box. It was her grandmothers and then my nana passed it to me. I have four sons so hopefully there will be a granddaughter for me to pass it down to.ReplyCancel

  • Darla

    My wedding photos.ReplyCancel

  • Karen oliver

    My mother purchased a wedding veil when my oldest sister was married; mum had 4 daughters. Every daughter wore the veil and future daughter in laws on their wedding day. That was over 40 years ago. Her granddaughters have worn the veil on their special day just like my daughter did. Mums great grandchildren will now where the precious and very special veil on their day, and generation after generation. We all cry when it is worn as she was suddenly taken from us way to early but she can watch from above.ReplyCancel

  • Sue Somervillw

    WW1 war letters from family members and family photos all precious and replaceable.ReplyCancel

  • Debbie

    We have a cane bassinet that has been through several generations, incl cousins in each generation, it just gets shared around ?ReplyCancel

  • Gillian Harridge

    My great grandfather’s saddles, they are handmade and make you gasp they are so beautiful. They represent our family history.ReplyCancel

Lactation biscuits are a moist and yummy cookie that will help to boost and maintain a breastfeeding mums milk supply.

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  • Katie

    I’ve tried a couple of different recipes for lactation biscuits and they work a treat! Made it much easier to juggle going back to work with expressing to maintain my supply & breastfeeding on my days at home- well worth the effortReplyCancel

  • Saw these via twitter… i have a banana/nut/flax/chia slice that I make that is DELISH and it has lots of milk boosting properties! It’s on my blog and my kiddies LOVE it too!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Ooh they sound really yummy too, Bek!.:)ReplyCancel

  • Carissa

    As a midwife I thoroughly recommend these cookies in boosting supply.
    A recipe I also share a lot is “Tigers milk”

    1 cup full cream milk
    1/2 cup acidophyllis yoghurt
    1 Tablespoon complan powder (or milk powder)
    1 banana
    1 tsp yeast flakes
    +/- ice cream
    Mix in a blender. Makes 3-4 cups which you should drink over the day.

    Its really really important to keep bf mums well fed and watered, something thats not always easy to rememberReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      ooh yum a drink is a clever idea!ReplyCancel

This is a guest post by Sarah, from Project Mum There is no doubt that the leap from one child to two children is wonderful but extremely challenging as you try to juggle the needs of a demanding toddler with those of a newborn baby. I gave birth to my second son a month ago […]

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  • sarah stevens

    Thanks for the ideas. I know we should all know some of this stuff already, but I guess from lack of sleep and frustration (when your two year old is going nuts when you are taking care of a baby) it is not easy to think of these things. So it is awesome to have someone help turn the light bulb on in our brains. I usually read to my daughter while I am feeding, but it doesn’t always help. Then she starts getting into trouble because she knows that she can. Love your website and again thank you for posting ideas on your blog.lReplyCancel

    • Thank you for your lovely message Sarah, I agree sometimes you just need somebody to let you know what they do to help you through the process. I feel for you, I had 2 year old twins when trying to feed my youngest, they can get up to mischief!!ReplyCancel

  • Oh I love those sensory bottles! I am all out of toddlers now (my youngest is 3) but you know what, I think she would still get a kick out of one of those. And we do have a couple of toddlers who visit, so maybe I can still justify making one :)ReplyCancel

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    Thanks Sarah for featuring Craftulate!ReplyCancel

  • Hayley

    There are some great ideas here. Where did you buy the. Blank board books from?ReplyCancel

  • […] flash cards that he can play with to learn the alphabet. There are some other fun ideas at Project Mum you might like to check […]ReplyCancel

  • Sarah

    I’ve made the sensory bags and the bottles for my Playgroup for the same reason – we have a lot of 2 and under littlies. Filling a bottle with baby oil and glitter works GREAT! Use a mixture of fine and chunky glitter, and add sequins, beads, foil scatters, googly eyes – anything that is interesting to look at. Or try mixing blue water with baby oil to make a wave bottle. Tip – Use a hot glue gun to seal the lids and use powerade bottles – the tougher plastic will bounce when dropped.ReplyCancel

  • What a great collection of ideas! Awesome!ReplyCancel

  • […] Keep the kids busy with some colour books, these craft ideas for toddlers or these clever busy bag ideas.  […]ReplyCancel

I have received quite a few emails asking for help in preparing for babies arrival and checklists of everything needed for bub.  So I took this all one step further and created the ultimate Pregnancy and Baby Planner.   This planner is a digital download, available instantly after purchase.  It is designed to keep everything […]

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  • Melanie

    This is amazing and just what I am needing, this pregnancy has been a struggle and I am on a lot of medication at the moment, I also can’t keep a few food down so will be great to record it in the daily schedule food box, when I start to get sick I can look back and work out what food doesn’t agree with me. You think of everything thank you Kat, I love the planner.ReplyCancel

  • Jacqui

    Just brought this, Kat it is amazing…. thank you.ReplyCancel

  • i was just thinking yesterday to message you about something like this :) thanks for all your work you help me out so much you are an inspirationReplyCancel

    • Your very welcome, hope you enjoy the planner. I certainly wish I had something like this when I was pregnant. :)ReplyCancel

      • this is my second and i am not quite as organised as i feel i should be. I have MS and cant do to much without feeling tired on the best of day now im pregnant running round after and 2 year old and working parttime i think im a glutten for punishment :S im sure this will help me out tremendously do you have any good ideas for potty training my little girl likes sitting on the potty and knows when she is doing something but hasnt put the two together yetReplyCancel

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  • Olivia

    Loved reading this! It really did help me through my pregnancy. It also directed me to getting this awesome bassinet – .

    Thank you for such a great post!ReplyCancel

So you all know our first pregnancy we had twins, and I am such an impatient person I couldn’t wait to find out what we were having so I could prepare their room and buy their clothes.  We had a boy and a girl.  Because they were sharing a room together we made it gender […]

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  • Jess @ myheartisyourhome

    Some of these ideas are just beautiful!
    I LOVE the curtain in the first nursery… so pretty!ReplyCancel

  • Darisa Franks Hashim

    I love the alphabet in the frames in the nursery. Where did you purchase the frames? ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous

    I love the alphabet wall and was interested in doing something similar in my daughters nursery. Where did you purchase the letters from?ReplyCancel

It’s only been 8 years since I had a baby, but I used most of what I had from the twins and wow, I have noticed so many great new gadgets on the market that I wish I could have used when my kids were younger. Then…I made all the kids baby food, one big […]

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  • I loved the concept of the freezer pods for my twins but the truth is the portions were never bit enough for my two. They both ate alot when they first started eating pureed veggies. My two had bumbos they got them a little late but they really helped the girls were both sitting up on their own with in a week. They loved being fed in them and sitting in them in front of the tv. I have a cute photo of one of them falling asleep in one. We had battery operated swings for the twins I would have died without them.ReplyCancel

  • Nat

    Just a might want to remove the bit about putting a Bumbo on the bench…it is not recommended and many children have gotten hurt from falling out of it and down to the floor :(ReplyCancel

Sangenic – Nappy Wrapper System Everything you need to lock away germs and odours and make baby changing time simple When closer to nature read that I was looking after my niece for 4 days late last year they wanted to send me one of their Sangenic Nappy Wrapper Systems to try and review.  I […]

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  • One essential item I couldn’t do without in the nursery? There isn’t just one! But definitely high on the list is this sangenic nappy wrapping system. I did not have one with my first two bubs. I would love one now as my third bub is due in May. Fingers crossed!!ReplyCancel

  • lisa

    I used to think baby wipes were the one thing you couldn’t be without in a nursery then I,ve just read your post. now I think it must be a nappy system. It looks perfect for me as I live on rural property and am reliant on hubby to take our rubbish to the dump. Sometimes it sits around for a while waiting and I was dreading the left over nappy smell. Looks like a nappy system is going on the wish list.ReplyCancel

  • I couldn’t live without my changetable that i can remove from my cot no bulky changetables taking up spaceReplyCancel

  • We had one of these with bub number 1 and loved it!ReplyCancel

  • Stephanie Veljanovska

    My Change Table but more for the Organising Factor rather than Changing Bubs. I normally Change him on the Couch.ReplyCancel

  • One thing I couldnt be without in baby’s nursery is a nappy changing station, complete with a nappy disposal system!!ReplyCancel

  • OOOO been after one of these for ages!!ReplyCancel

  • Rebecca Waters

    i would love this, as I’m expecting my first child in may, this would make changing time a whole lot easier.ReplyCancel

    • Susan

      I’m all for making the difficult job of mothering easier in any way possible so that we can enjoy the benefits and having a sweet bub.ReplyCancel

  • with the stinkers that my boy does this would be tremendous!ReplyCancel

  • I have double the love but unfortunately double the dirty nappies!!!ReplyCancel

  • Jessica G

    I’ve often wondered if these are worth the $, so to win one would be fantastic! As my bub gets older & stinkier, I definitely see the value in them more every dayReplyCancel

  • Eunice

    For me, it will be the changing table. I’ve been getting back aches from wearing baby and carrying him, so the change table reduces the frequency of me bending up and down.. Of cos, this system will be useful!ReplyCancel

  • NB2112

    What a fantastic idea, there are so many nifty things that i must research before our first baby arrives! It is overwhelming actually how many things there are!ReplyCancel

  • NB2112

    i think that this nappy disposal system is one thing i couldn’t be without in my babys nursery. It makes life easy, mess free and hygenic!ReplyCancel

  • Jenny S

    My essential nursery item is a night light! No tripping over things because you’re too scared to turn on the light in case it wakes up bubba! :)ReplyCancel

  • Michelle M

    This system would be awesome for my friend and new mum, as a baby gift. They would absolutely love it.ReplyCancel

  • I would love one of these, especially if it hides the smell of a number 2. Nappy bags dont do a thing and i bag everything more than once.ReplyCancel

  • My essential nursery item would be a book for my boys to read whilst they are getting changed. Without one their little hands go straight down for a play below 😉ReplyCancel

  • With two in nappies this would be a blessing for our household!ReplyCancel

  • One of these nappy disposal systems would be fantastic so i could stop triple bagging nappies as the current method fails to keep the smell downReplyCancel

  • I think our nappy bin was fantastic when my 2 were little!ReplyCancel

  • I am due end of April and this would just be perfect for the new babies nursery as it would help out a lot rather than walking from one end of the house to the other to put into a bin especially as I will be having a cesaraneReplyCancel

  • Jodie

    Would have to be my change table, so easy to have everything right there all organised and you don’t have to pick baby up just to go to the cupboard to get something you forgotReplyCancel

  • Bec

    Definitely a mobile above the change table or some toys to keep them occupied while changing them! :)ReplyCancel

  • A mobile above the change table to distract himReplyCancel

  • I couldn’t be without my nappy change station. Everything close at hand where it is needed, and this item definately wouldn’t go astray!!ReplyCancel

  • Billie MacGinley

    Totally agree with the people who have said the mobile above the change table, although we didn’t put it up until our boys started to roll, so it was an entirely new toy to distract them with!ReplyCancel

  • joe

    A Sangenic Nappy Wrapper System with its unbeatable quality and style will keep baby and mama content mile after mile.ReplyCancel

  • tammy

    would be lovely for my sister– whos due with her first baby soon <3ReplyCancel

  • Bev

    i cant live with out the nappy stacker, with twins its so handy to have the nappies organized and readyReplyCancel

  • Ashley

    Definitelythe mobile above the change table, our little one hated having his nappy changed. It was a perfect distraction.ReplyCancel

  • The one thing I could not have lived without is my girlfriend. She would often drop off a lunch for me and hold my daughter while I ate it. Good Girlfriends are the best.ReplyCancel

  • Rebecca Buttery

    Definetly a little box of toys I had beside the change table I could grab to distract bub while I changed her. But a Sangenic nappy wrapper system would just be heaven!ReplyCancel

  • Elisha Casagrande

    Definitely photos of our puppies and our family. Daily reminders to our baby of those that love and support them.ReplyCancel

  • Kristy Philpott

    My change tabel, it has everything I could ever need stacked underneath, so it is always right there ready to go.ReplyCancel

  • My good old rocking chair, well used in the middle of the nightReplyCancel

  • Katherine

    I love having a chest of drawers as our change table. Makes it so easy to pull out the top drawer with everything I need right there, ready to go, but then push it closed and everything is tidy and packed away where those little hands can’t pull it all out to play…!!ReplyCancel

  • ACasa

    A nightlight. How many times I walked into that room during the night…we had a pale green light… really soft glow. Just perfect for the 10pm, 11:30pm, 12:00pm, 2:00am, 2:45am feeds. Ahh the memory.ReplyCancel

  • Lisa

    Great idea. This is so handy, it’s right up there with the many strategically placed mobiles to entertain and distract bubReplyCancel

  • Tanya

    My favourite thing in a nursery has to be a night light. Great for quickly checking on bubs or for midnight feeds.ReplyCancel

  • Definitely need a nappy bin with a good system. For my first boy we didn’t have anything like that and just used nappy bags that were usually left in a pile on the floor until someone picked them up at the end of the day. These systems are so must better and more hygienic.ReplyCancel

  • Jaie

    definitely a change table that has shelving under to keep everything you need on hand well organised!ReplyCancel

  • definately toys to keep bubs occupied when she was at the movement stage!ReplyCancel

  • nadine

    drawers under the changetable for all the necessary bits and bobs.ReplyCancel

  • Jess

    My best friend is pregnant and I couldnt be more excited – Not a mother myself but I seem to be the walking bible for friends and family due to having younger siblings that are 8 -12 years below me. I think you can not live without a basket full of whipes, creams, powder a few nappies etc – so that you can grab the basket and go to where baby is rather then moving the baby if they are asleep or are settled.ReplyCancel

  • Melissa White

    A change table! My back has thanked me for it :)ReplyCancel

  • Hannah

    excellent giveaway! I’ve grown children now and could have done with one of these, but my pregnant friend would love this!ReplyCancel

  • Dan

    Baby number five is on the way so this would be awesome as my youngest will still be in nappies as wellReplyCancel

  • A change table with shelving to keep everything close at hand ReplyCancel

  • nappy wipes not only to they clean bums they clean faces and hands and feetReplyCancel

  • Karla Thompson

    Baby #2 due any day, I couldn’t do without a my comfy feeding chair.ReplyCancel

  • Melissa Jones

    I can’t do without wet wipes, which has multifunction. Sometimes I use them to clean the change table too.ReplyCancel

  • Kel Kelly

    Wetwipes!! They are so multi-purpose and handy to have.ReplyCancel

  • Change table at the right height to prevent a broken back! ReplyCancel

  • Dawn Taylor

    When any of my friends have a baby I buy them a start up set of organic shampoo, bathwash, and those kind of products to last for the first three months of the babies life. I couldn’t afford any of those products when mine were born, but would have loved themReplyCancel

  • kelly mccabe

    my sister has just had a beautiful baby girl, would love to win this for her :)ReplyCancel

  • this would be so handy with new bubs on the way!ReplyCancel

  • Nicole kent

    My calendula cream…I use it on everything from nappy rash, to eczema, to sore cracked nipples! I love this stuffZ,ReplyCancel

  • Wet wipes-so handy!!ReplyCancel

  • Sudocream. That stuff is a miracle worker for bottons and rashes etc for the body. I swear by it.ReplyCancel

  • Dannielle Hall

    my essential item would have to be my glider chair! it was a god send when i was breastfeeding and spent many sleepless (but comfy) nights in it!ReplyCancel

  • jay2abbey

    Baby wipes are a must have.ReplyCancel

  • Mick Gillies

    Being short I would be lost without my nifty little single step to give the height and reach I needReplyCancel

  • petrie46

    nappy wipes and washer power and room deodrantReplyCancel

  • Dean Brandt

    I find that the antibacterial gel that I use on my hands before and after changing bubs is a must have in our nursery.ReplyCancel

  • Rocking chair, cuddles and night time storiesReplyCancel

  • My nursery must have is a rocking chair. It made the middle of the night cuddle sessions alot more comfortable. A close second place would be a well stocked, well laid out change table.ReplyCancel

  • Change TableReplyCancel

  • This looks amazing!ReplyCancel

  • Jessie Hay


  • with my third it was the rocking recliner chair (didnt have one with the first 2 as there was no room) it helped with the night feeds and right next to that being a well stocked bedside table with water, paw paw cream, nibbles, breast pads, books just about everything you would need so you didnt have to get up or wake hubby up in the middle of the nightReplyCancel

  • Change table as it has saved my back!ReplyCancel

  • Lea

    Soft light and comfy chair, to make night time feeding calmer and easierReplyCancel

  • My change table as it used daily sand it stores so much out of reachReplyCancel

  • Trish

    My IKEA rocking chair and foot rest – perfect for feeding and especially those times bub just wants to cuddle in the early morning!ReplyCancel

  • My rocking chair…I spend all my day sitting there,making the baby go to sleep..other times i kick back and relax there,go to facebook, enter competitions etc!I love it………ReplyCancel

  • Stacey Shailer

    The change table – a saviour after I had an emergecy c-section with my first and later on when I was heavily pregnant!ReplyCancel

  • Michelle

    the rocking chair – soothing a baby with a bit of motion (and saving my back in the process!!)ReplyCancel

  • Sharee

    Just had bubba number 5, this is such a versatile, great idea.ReplyCancel

  • Keiza07

    The one essential nursery item I couldn’t do without is my combination chest of drawers and change table. With limited space in the nursery I love the extra storage I get for babies things and the practicality of the furniture, everything has its purpose.ReplyCancel

  • Katrina06

    A soft light so when baby wakes at night I can still see without baby fully waking or startling from sudden brightness.ReplyCancel

  • flickadee

    Nappies!!!! by far I couldnt live without nappies for my bub in the nursery, who wants to go bashing though the house looking for Nappies at 3amReplyCancel

  • A night light, a can barely see in the dark as it is :)ReplyCancel

  • Christy van Heerden

    a good nightlight for 3am feeds. The overhead light is way to bright and wakes bub up!ReplyCancel

  • Wipes! Essential for so many things!ReplyCancel

  • Rebecca


  • Narelle

    his sophie the giraffe – keeps his hands from touching poo when i change him!!ReplyCancel

  • Jessie

    Corn flour for nappy rash, best remedy I have found with my 3 boysReplyCancel

  • Definitely the Changing Table!ReplyCancel

  • simone

    curash cream it gets rid of all rashes fastReplyCancel

  • couldnt go a day without wipesReplyCancel

  • Lauren

    Baskets for orgainizationReplyCancel

  • melissa

    baby wipes…not just for the obvious bum change but great for a quick wipe over of dusty furniture, toys etcReplyCancel

  • melissa

    whoops! I just read the entry for the day before! wipes are the way to go!ReplyCancel

  • Anneliza

    A change table- makes it so much easier on my back.ReplyCancel

  • Sarah Morrison

    The fan! Lifesaver at drowning out my noisy neighbours on weekends during nap time!ReplyCancel

  • Judith Senese

    This is such a wonderful and useful competition… thank youReplyCancel

  • One thing I couldn’t live without in my baby’s nursery is the cot – kind of obvious LOLReplyCancel

  • closer to nature are one of my favourite baby brands. i couldnt live with out my steriliserReplyCancel

  • Tina

    nappies :)ReplyCancel

  • Cot, change table, nappies, wipes and a nappy wrapper system are essentials.ReplyCancel

  • nappies, wipes and cot :)ReplyCancel

  • Rebekah

    A well stocked change table is essential!ReplyCancel

  • wipes, wipes and more wipes. sometimes disposable gloves would be good too heheReplyCancel

  • Katie

    Definitely the change table with a drawer!ReplyCancel

  • My daughter is expecting her first bubba and the one thing I suggest is a comfy rocking chairReplyCancel

  • Maria Pennisi

    Two hands are needed for wriggly, wriggly babies.ReplyCancel

  • SGladman

    Talcum powder, I know it might sound simple but often it’s the smallest things in life that can have the biggest impact.ReplyCancel

  • You can never have enough wipes!ReplyCancel

  • A night light and baby wipes.ReplyCancel

  • My change table! I have a bad left arm and being able to change my son without having to bend is a godsend!ReplyCancel

  • LM

    my daughter is having her first baby and from my experience with my own 3 children, i would say a change table and somewhere hygenic to put the napies, nothing worse than bending over changing nappies on a bed and having no where to put the soiled nappiesReplyCancel

  • Melissa Tulett

    Nappies! (a well stocked up amount in an organised changetable!)ReplyCancel

  • Emma

    our battery operated baby rocker! it was the best thing to settle my daughter – we even sometimes used it during the night!ReplyCancel

  • A change table is the one essential item I couldn’t live without in my babies nursery.ReplyCancel

  • Karen C

    The mobile above the change table. Without it, my son would squirms like crazy (and without a nappy on, that can get messy). With it, he is mesmerised and I can put a nappy on without dramas.ReplyCancel

  • Baby wipes for sure! They are a modern miracle, (not just for babies bottoms) and i couldnt live without them! :)ReplyCancel

  • A night light so I can see where I’m going during those midnight feeds when I’m half asleep.ReplyCancel

  • Glennie

    A baby monitor! I’m a worry wart and it’s important to hear every little noise. Handy especially if I’m up the other end of the house.ReplyCancel

  • pictures on the wall for my baby to look at, ones of his siblings as well as us, so he sees them first thing when he wakes up in the morning.ReplyCancel

  • A lamp with low voltage bulb for late night feeds and nappy changes!ReplyCancel

  • Catie Fielder

    I love my glider rocking chair, its great while breastfeeding especially for those overnight feeds and its also awesome for cuddles before bed.ReplyCancel

  • Kaz Purtill-Wright

    Having my son after two girls, I quickly decided that an essential nursery item was a dry face washer to put over his doodle as soon as I take his nappy off because he would always wee on me.ReplyCancel

  • Sally B

    Perfect prize with baby number two on the way!ReplyCancel

  • Definitely a nappy disposal system that is efficient!ReplyCancel

  • J.k

    I couldn’t do without my Huggies wipes and the container it comes in! Something simple but essential so there is no sound from the plastic wipes bag when changing baby at night! However I frequently put the nappy down and forget to throw away after a night feed only to go in in the morning to a bad smell :/ this bin system would be fantastic!

Those many years ago when I was pregnant with my twins I was so grateful to receive practical gifts at my baby shower, such a nappies, lotions, Tupperware (maybe that’s when the obsession began) and baby wipes.  It wasn’t long after the twins were born I learnt that they reacted to a particular brand of […]

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  • julie mcdonald

    I carry Kleenex Wet Wipes in my handbag at all times but have a box of Huggies wipes in our four wheel drive. I spilled raspberry cordial on the back seat of my car once and just sopped up the excess then left 3-4 wipes sitting on top of the stain. After an hour, the colour was completely gone with no trace of stain. They are brilliant things!ReplyCancel

    • they would of been perfect to pick up the sticky cordial…versatile!ReplyCancel

  • Lisa Barton-Collins

    My favourite is to clean the car interior. I must buy some more! Looking forward to meeting you on Saturday!

  • Shelley

    Most wipes contain parabens and other nasties so you really shouldn’t use on your face. All of the other ideas are great though!ReplyCancel

  • s. davey

    clean outside of toilet and kids potty training seatReplyCancel

  • mamafox

    I can’t imagine not having wipes in my life now. Especially in the car. Saved us when travelling with a car sick baby, wiped down the leather upholstery, wiped down the child, less time on the side of the road in the rain :)ReplyCancel

  • Sindi

    I find wipes are great if your animals or child have had a wet ‘accident’ on carpet. Just leave a few over the mark and they should soak up. If it is a lot, try clean with a damp cloth first then leave the wipes on for a few hours/overnight. They will turn yellow and it is amazing how much they soak up.ReplyCancel

    • That is a great tip Sindi, never thought of leaving them on a wet spot overnight. Thanks for sharing :)ReplyCancel

  • Rachel

    The shocking use for baby wipes I have found is they cut through grease on your hob splashback/tiles. I’ve tried many sponges/products to remove the grease from our stainless steel cooker hood but nothing comes close to baby wipes!! Makes me wonder what’s in them and we’re using them on our babies bottoms!ReplyCancel

    • That is very scary indeed. 2 of my kids have very sensitive skin and there was one popular brand that always hurt their skin.ReplyCancel

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  • Angelina

    I wouldn’t recommend using it for toilet paper as tr alcohol and other chemicals could be very harsh and harmful to such delicate sensitive areas 😉ReplyCancel

    • Terri-Ann

      Considering wipes are for babies bums, can’t see why couldn’t use as toilet paper, as long as not flushing them…. … I have damaged my leather lounge from using baby wipes on it.ReplyCancel

    • blu-k

      yes, and they are not biodegradable so should not be flushed down the loo.ReplyCancel

  • Donna


  • […] of wipes, and as such, Swipes can replace most of these, around the house and out and about. I read this list from The Organised Housewife, and as she accurately states, “Please remember, using wipes as […]ReplyCancel

  • Jackie

    I love baby wipes. I found they even got permanent marker off my plasma TV! I have 3 boys and the first thing I turn to when they make any kind of mess is the baby wipes!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Wow permanent marker on the plasma, my heart just skipped a beat, so pleased you could get it off!!ReplyCancel

  • Katrina Jefferson

    I use nappy wipes to clean inside the window sills and fly screensReplyCancel

  • Kristen

    I use baby wipes to clean spit up stains or other things off of microfibre furniture! I have cleaned up water stains,ReplyCancel

Over the next 2 weeks on the blog I want to share with you some of my tips to organise for a new baby.  Unfortunately I didn’t take photo’s of my nursery organisation when the kids were little (that was 10 and 8 years ago), but I will certainly find some great inspiration for you […]

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  • Sarah

    I’m so excited you will be doing some posts on preparing for a baby. My husband and I have been trying for almost 2 years now. I have started putting a few bits and pieces away and have even thought about making a start on the room that will be the nursery (part of my ‘if you built it, they will come ‘ mantra) although some ppl have told me they think this is crazy. Would love to get you and your readers opinions :) ReplyCancel

    • Kelly

      Sarah, I did the same thing. My husband and I tried for three and a half years before we fell pregnant. People also said we were crazy and were “jinxing” ourselves. We were so excited when I finally did fall pregnant, we started telling people straight away, and I had a lot of people criticising us for that. My advice is do whatever you and your husband want! Ignore the haters! :)ReplyCancel

  • Pregnant atm and having trouble setting up for baby with a roaring 2 year old, cannot wait to see other posts :)ReplyCancel

  • naomi

    The one thing i had to keep reminding myself was that the shops will still exist after the baby is born. don’t stress too much about having everything. my baby is 8 months now, i have not had to buy a shampoo/baby lotion/bath wash for him and probably won’t have too cause i brought heaps and then i got given heaps too.ReplyCancel

  • Bridget

    The feet thing is apparently because of the relaxin in your body to help the pelvis loosen for birth, but it works on all the joints in the feet too! Just be glad you started off at 5, I started off at size 10 and after 3 pregnancies I’m a size 12…ReplyCancel

  • Brea

    thanks for the advice. We are expecting our twins in June. Will definitely take on some of your tips. ThanksReplyCancel

  • Nat

    Our problem with clothes was NOT growing out of them. My 1 year old has sat usually on the 2nd %ile for her weight (just jumped to 10th on her birthday) so when we tried to ‘buy ahead’ in seasons, nothing ever fitted her. The 000 we bought for her to wear when she was a month old (as per everyones advice…dont buy much in 0000 as they outgrow it quickly) fits her now at 12mths old.

    We did the immediate family only on birth day. She was a planned c-sec & was born at 10am, and not back on the ward til 11am. We told everyone to come in the afternoon visiting hours (from 3pm) which gave us all that time alone, just the three of us to bond as a family. My parents in particular were a bit put off by not being able to be waiting for us, but it was important to us. That arvo it was just parents, siblings, and my grandparents allowed to visit.

    Next time around, I will be putting money aside for regular foot massages, the swelling is shocking and so painful. I like you had no morning sickness but the fatigue was horrible.ReplyCancel

  • Samantha Hall

    Thanx so much for the great tips – i had twins seven years ago – and am now 33 weeks pregnant with one boy – these tips were a great reminder on things !! :) and I’ve asked my mom to help cook some meals for the freezer! :)ReplyCancel

  • kirsty

    I’d also add don’t be afraid to tell people to leave. As lovely as visitors are it’s so tiring at the start. Both you and bubs needs their rest. We actually told all family we didn’t want any visitors in hospital so we could get used to being three not two. They all understood.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Kirsty that is a great idea. And as you say family and friends will understand.ReplyCancel

  • Jade

    I found the practical things like being ahead in homeloan repayments, the next 1/4 in land rates & water, electricity & phone. long lasting groceries 3 months supply bucket of washing powder, tissues, toilet paper, long life milk cleaning stuff. So if bub comes early or if complications before arrival or even if your have nothing go wrong but are just sleep deprived you don’t have as many things to do & remember & find time for.
    This time 3 rd I’m focusing on paying off camera, getting a front fence, baby gates for kitchen, $ repainting lounge room + new floorboards in lounge room. Kids play area more safe. Have all gear for baby so making life easier at home when I’ll have two under two.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Fantastic ideas, Jade! I love them.:)ReplyCancel

  • Krystal

    My husband and I have already decided no visitors while in hospital unless I’m feeling up to it. I’ll be having a CS so will be in for five nights and I know pain wise the first three days will be the hardest and I don’t want to have to deal with anyone but my beautiful husband. I remember my sister was still being stitched up in the delivery room when she said to me “call the family and invite them down” and that started a conga line of visitors that didn’t stop for weeks. I would have found it utterly exhausting. My best friend actually put visitors on a roster, offering particular timeslots for a small group of immediate family and very close friends. Not surprisingly the only people who didn’t respect this were people not on that list who decided to rock up to the hospital anyway, and always at inconvenient times when she was in tears, trying to breast feed a hysterical, starving baby who couldn’t latch. Her husband ended up having to put the “do not disturb” sign on the door and let the nurses know the roster to stop uninvited people bursting in on her she was sitting there topless.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Ooh no your poor friend! I like your plan Krystal.:)ReplyCancel

  • Sarah

    It’s a good idea to insist that if visitors are coming in the first 4-6 weeks that they bring food with them, even if it’s just a pull apart and some coffee. It’s hard enough dealing with visitors without feeling like you have to cater for them. I don’t visit families with newborns unless I am armed with a wholesome dinner (like a casserole with meat and plenty of vegies) and some sort of baked treat like lactation cookies.

    The feet thing is just a combination of the relaxin hormone and excess weight. Mine went from 8 to 9-9.5. I had a lot of fluid and was over 100kg when my son was born. My joints did not like it at all.ReplyCancel

    • Krystal

      Totally agree with this. I remember one day breaking into my sister’s house with my mum while she was out and cleaning the place from top to bottom. We filled up the freezer with some frozen meals we’d prepared (lasagne, casserole etc) and stocked her up on the essentials. She’d gotten completely overwhelmed by the little things (like sterilising the mountains of bottles, washing all her clothes and the babies clothes and linen), and just keeping on top of things in general while her partner was off doing his own thing and not doing much to help.

      When she got home she opened the front door to a sparkling house that smelt lemony fresh, saw mum and I sitting on the couch with cups of tea and burst into tears. Once she calmed down she left the baby with us and went to bed where she slept for five hours. She said that one day was the turning point for her, she’d been exhausted, depressed, overwhelmed and over it, but when she woke up she felt like the ‘reset’ button had been hit.

      I hope if I’m in the same situation someone does that for me.ReplyCancel

      • Katrina

        Wow what i beautiful thing to do! Your sister is very lucky to have your mum and yourself.:)ReplyCancel

      • Gayle

        That is so fantastic to do that!!!
        She felt like she could breathe again and be on top of things!!!ReplyCancel

  • Dannielle

    Oh this has come at a perfect time for me.. I’m 27 weeks pregnant with my first and as of a month ago no longer working due to health issues!! Your posts are helping motivate me to get a little bit of housework done each day.. since I’m a stay at home wife there is now no excuse!! Can’t wait to read your tips on organising for bub!!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Oh such an exciting time for you Dannielle!.:) And so happy to hear you are enjoying the blog. Looking forward to sharing more tips and ideas with you.ReplyCancel