Brands we love – Tinkles and Belle

There are so many amazing brands with unique and beautiful products.

I’m starting this feature with one of my favourites Tinkles and Belle.

A unique online store catering to babies first needs.

I was first attracted to Tinkles and Belle when I saw their adorable little feet and hands printed onto cot linen.

Since then the cot set range has increased and now boasts this beautiful monocrome set that bear uses , limes, apricots and the original handprints sets.

What I really like about this set is that the duvette will fit comfortably in a large cot.

Tinkles and Belle also stock the softest baby blankets that are large enough to cover a big toddler. Tiny feet embroidered with the wording ‘feet me with love ‘ in the one corner.

Another great product they supply are the hooded bath towels that are soft and juicy enough for even the wettest toddler. Bear is quite a big boy and I find he outgrew his first hooded towels by a year. These have a generous size hood and wrapped warmly around him.

The high quality baby onsie range hosts the little feet and are a must for all little people. Bear wears his to bed as pajamas.

Tinkles and Belle stock the Pure Beginings range of natural baby products ( another one of our favourite brands) and beautiful baby shower hampers are available with all your favourite spoils.

For more information contact :


Kids Book club … raising a tribe of readers

As a writer I’m also a reader and self professed lover of books.

As an educator I know the power of words and how a good book can change a child into a reader overnight.

So I’ve spent hours reading to my bears.

I read to bear daily and there is no sight more beautiful than him sitting alone reading his books.

So , when I first saw kids book club I knew this was a product I wanted to investigate further.

A small monthly subscription rate to have a beautiful book or three ( depending on your budget) delivered to your door.

You can read more about the different age categories and budget options available at

Mom’s… this is one of the cutest book subscriptions I’ve seen in 26 years of parenting.

Bear opened a package containing his two age appropriate books. A colouring in Easter hunt bag , crayons and a huge packet choc o block full of Easter themed activities.

Included in our parcel was an introductory pack.

This pack contained: a colour in draw string bag that bear loves to wear on his back and is perfect for storing the books you want to take out with you.

There was a little wooden kids book club badge

and the adorable tribe mountain. The tribe mountain is there to collect little tribe critters that come with your subscription.

Two be safe stickers for the car were also included.

Aside from the hours of reading pleasure , each months activity pack is structured to keep your kids challenged and busy.

kids book club well done on helping mammas to raise readers❤

Soapify jelly soap sensory play

I recently met the amazing Kerryn from Soapify handmade soaps.

This dynamic creative mom and business woman dropped of a box of spoils for bear and i to sample….most too gorgeous for us to want to use.

Within the box was a tub of her bath jelly.

The bath jelly is normally used to make bubbles in the bath as the warm water softens the jelly.

But in our home we first needed to use it to play with.

Kerryn had dropped off some cute dinosaurs and so we tipped the jelly into a bowl.

I hid the dinosaurs under the jelly mass and showed bear to squish the cool jelly between his fingers.

He immediately tried to grab the dinosaur, which by now was slightly slippery and ended up squishing the jelly on his hands.

We laughed as bear dug the dinosaurs out one by one , talk about having fun bathing future paleontologist.

Next he prodded, polled and squished the pleasantly smelling blue jelly globule.

I’d run a bath before starting so when I saw bear had had enough I simply moved him to the bath to continue playing and making bubbles.

So much fun in a little tub .

For more information contact Kerryn at

Fisher Price – the best possible start

Prima Baby is thrilled to announce we are now proud distributors of the world-famous baby products brand, Fisher-Price.

Known globally as one of the leading developmental toy companies from America, Fisher-Price was established in 1930 and has grown from strength to strength, now including line of baby products that will give your child ‘the best possible start’.

Fisher-Price has always been notorious for the best in children’s toy products, and we have no doubt the baby products will meet the same standard of quality that moms have been trusting for generations.

From feeding products to gifting, décor, clothing and toys, the Fisher-Price range is an exciting new development for South African moms, allowing access to products that are quality guaranteed for newborns to toddler, all not previously available in SA.

The Fisher-Price baby ranges will be available instore from April 2018 through Prima Baby.

How to apply lip balm

Little bear and I decided to do our first beauty review together. has to be one of my favourite brands and we were lucky enough to receive some spoils that included a yummolicious smooth lip balm.

Bear automatically took the lead and decided to show me how to use it.

Here is bears guide to applying lip balm:

Step 1

Make a O with your mouth and start in the centre of your bottom lip.

Step 2

Work the balm from side to side. Don’t forget the cracks in the corners.

Step 3

Lick the balm and bite some to taste. ( It’s ok! Aunty Dorea only uses natural products so your mamma won’t freak out …much😛)

Step 4

Now do the top lip. GET in those corners. They crack quickly.

Step 5

When you done always put the lid on.

If you haven’t tried the Bubiroo natural lip balm yet it’s something to add to your list. No handbag should be without one. Easy to apply, smooth and not oily.

Why your toddler should be colouring in

We recently received two large colouring sheets from

Beautiful large simple images printed to a large sheet of white paper.

There were two separate designs. A stunning toddler sheet full of all things kids love and a ocean sheet full of under the sea creatures.

Bear was delighted the minute we opened the carton tube containing his suprise and dragged us all in to colour with him.

So many uses for the colouring sheets.

I love these sheets. They are fantastic to keep the kids busy. Would accomadate several children in a classroom setting and best of all could be used as kiddy table cloths at both birthday parties or restaurants.

We used one , once it was coloured, to cover a gift to a friend from bear and you could even use them to cover school books or files.

But why is colouring important?

Today, especially with the advanced technology our children are exposed to , it’s important to encourage your toddler to colour in.

Here are six learning benefits of colouring in activities.

1. Fine Motor Development:

Colouring in helps your child to develop good finger grip. It provides an opportunity to practice holding a pencil the correct way and aids in developing those fine motor muscles in their hands, fingers, and wrist.

2. Concentration:

The length of a child’s concentration develops and improves over time. Colouring in requires a good concentration and by focusing on one task , for example colouring the tree green, can help a child develop his or her overall concentration levels.

3. Colour Recognition:

Colouring in activities encourages colour awareness. Using different colours gives a child an opportunity to explore different colour combinations and lets them see how they can change the appearance of the picture by using these colours.

4. Hand & Eye Coordination:

Colouring in aids in the development of hand & eye coordination as your child learns to colour within the lines. When children first start colouring they will have a tough time keeping within the lines but as they progress their skill increases.

5. Sense of Pride and Achievement:

Children should be given every opportunity to gain self-confidence and a sense of self-worth. If they can create something that they are proud of, this will help in the positive development of their personality.

Children should be given every opportunity to gain self-confidence and a sense of self-worth. If they can create something that they are proud of, this will help in the positive development of their personality.

Children should be given every opportunity to gain self-confidence and a sense of self-worth. If they can create something that they are proud of, this will help in the positive development of their personality.

6. Creativity:

Colouring in stimulates creative thinking. Children learn to plan as they decide the colours they need in their picture and in what order they are going to colour things in. As their confidence grows, they are more likely to take risks and experiment with colour, patterns, and special effects with pencil or marker strokes.


For over 70 years Foppapedretti has been synonymous with quality, function and safety – and this year sees the Italian-based company releasing their brand new stroller/car seat combo into the world of baby travel gear – the Foppapedretti Bikini.

With world-famous travel gear products such as the 3-Chic and the Piuleggero already in the SA market through Prima Baby, the Bikini answers the modern woman’s request for convenience, trend and quality, whilst still maintaining the compact combo-style approach to travel gear systems.

And the Bikini offers just that:
– Stroller seat/carry cot combo
– Chassis
– Car Seat
– Diaper Bag

Also included in this beautiful combo is a foot muff, storage basket, rain cover, reversible options for the seats and all the adjustability to keep baby at ultimate comfort levels.


Foppapedretti was formed 70 years ago by the Italian Ezio Foppa Pedretti – a young man with a fierce passion for wood.
It was 1945, and Ezio was spending all his time dedicating to crafting children’s toys from off-cuts of wood from his uncle’s factory. By 1946, the determined young carpenter had enrolled the help of his sister, brother and mother and started up the Foppapedretti Toy Factory.
The rest is history as the company grew from strength to strength, expanding to embrace other materials and aspects of a child’s development, yet they are still today one of the leading makers in authentic wooden toy products.

See more of their story at

The Bikini is available is a powerful grey and a funky green at,,,,, Hamleys stores and selected Kids Emporium stores.