Monday, August 8, 2016

Musical Toys: Why Baby Grand Piano is a Must Have for a Toddler

Baby musical toys are a fantastic toddler gift. Not only they are fun to play with but also offer subconcious education in music and sound. Remember that babies react to music from their earliest days. It can help them calm down. It can make them fall asleep. It is also not uncommon for them to react to it with a smile. Most of baby toys - including those making sound - focus on touch which could include pressing a button, turning something around or pressing a switch. From early days it helps understanding cause and effect but also familirise with different types of sound. Here are a few great ideas to for musical toys.

Kids piano: Fun and Easy Learning

Almost every parent today wants their child to be a talented and accomplished individual, often registering them in several classes that range from judo to spelling. Before you go that far, why don't you start some basic education at home. There won't be a professional teacher there or professional musical instruments but in early development stages toy piano is going to be just enough. These kids pianos have tinny sound resembling bells rather than piano but the tones they make are natural - just like in the real instrument. Only once you have found out that your kid enjoys to learn the piano, enroll them in a kids piano class. This process will help you ensure that he/she enjoys from learning the arts.

Apparently, learning is lifetime and may come at any age, but toy piano is simply a something that parents should consider for their children. Many people find it elite and special seeing children at an early age being able to amazingly play musical instruments.

Baby Grand Piano - Just The Right Fit

Not sure which piano to choose from our offer? A baby grand piano may be the right choice. It is more natural than its smaller versions and has more keys to play with. The benefit of a toy baby grand piano is that it can fit both the space you have and the available budget. You will pay over $200 for it but that's still less than thousands of dollars for the real grand piano. Whether you play to practice or for fun will give you and your child a lot of enjoyment. The sound (although tinny just like any other toy piano) can turn your house or apartment into a concert hall. Our store offers Schoenhut and Vilac pianos, both including grand pianos


The demand for musical toys has seen a constant rise in the past decade and credit for this can be given to the findings of various studies. These studies have helped in creating awareness amongst the parents about the benefits of these toys. Therefore, the popularity of toy piano, toy guitar or kids drum set has increased in Australia as well as other developed countries.

However, while buying any toy for your toddler it is important that you buy a toy of his or her choice, avoid imposing your choice as this can lead to loss of interest. Durability is another factor which should be taken into account while making any purchase. Buy toys according to the age of your child and last but not the least ensure that the toys are safe for the kid and are free of lead and mercury. There are a variety of musical toys available at reasonable price. All you need is to come and visit our site

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Mother and Baby Shop is undergoing a system upgrade tonight. It is supposed to make the website work faster. We will be fully operational tomorrow morning.

Saturday, May 21, 2016

Cherub Baby 4 in 1 Digital Thermometer - why so popular?

There are many cheap digital thermometers out there on the market and plenty of them available online but it is this particular thermometer that seems to be attracting Aussie mums. Cherub Baby 4 in 1 Thermometer has been on the market for quite a few years. It has earned quite a few awards which include Awarded choice Magazine Preferred Thermometer 2015 and 2012 Mother & Baby Awards. Despite recommended retail price of $60, its popularity remains very high.

The quality of this baby thermometer is so high that it has earned hospital grade and has been listed on ARTG (Australian Register for Therapeutic Goods). It is recommended by many hospitals and midwives in Australia. It also gets great reviews on the internet. Bub Hub readers have given it 93% BH Star Rating with most giving it a 5 star review. Popular Aussie review website rates it even higher giving it 5 stars. The users often highlight the easy of use and reliability of the device.

At Mother and Baby Shop it makes one of the best selling products in our portfolio. We always try to ensure that we have a few of these in stock available at a competitive price as they make one of the best selling baby products online in Australia. Unlike many other stores on the internet, we do not drop ship this particular product but keep it in our own store to ensure accuracy of information on availability. We highly recommend this digital baby thermometer as it will service you well throughout early years of your child's life.

Monday, May 16, 2016

How Can a Baby Play Pen Help a Busy Mum

Not so long ago baby playpen was quite common among parents. Even our grandparents used baby playpens on day to day basis. However, in the past few years, their popularity has declined because of certain worries among parents that they are “locking” their kids and restrain their freedom to explore.

Some claim that using a baby play pen will cause “neurological disorganization” and draws a link between parents who use baby play pens and those who “chained children to bedposts or locked them in closets” causing them to become “idiots [who] only grew to half their normal size.”. This kind of crazy comparison leads parents to the other extreme where, to avoid being child abusing monsters, will not place their children in large secure areas with toys for short periods.

We do not seem to worry about the damage we might be doing to our children when we confine them to a pram or a car seat or a toddler high chair or a fenced playground. Thus, we see no reason why a medium to large playpen cannot be part of a range of gear used to keep our children safe and facilitate everyday life, when used in moderation. Of course, we agree it would be wrong to keep a child in a playpen all day. Besides, the baby in such cases is smarter than us and if left there for too long, they will loudly inform us that it is time to do something else. However, we do not support the view that using play pens for a reasonable amount of time is harmful.

The playpen is a safe place to leave your child when you need to have a shower or hang out laundry or any other time you cannot directly supervise them. It then becomes a real life saver. If you have let them spend time in the playpen from a young age you child will most likely enjoy this space (provided you make it fun and do not use it as a punishment place) and happily play while you are busy. If your baby is in the playpen for short periods of time, and other times free to explore more freely, you are damaging them no more than if you sometimes restrict your baby’s movement when walking to the shops, or driving to a park.

You can get the bulk of your chores done in one go and then are better able to give your child all your focus later, rather than splitting your attention all day. By spending time on independent play, your child is learning valuable emotional and physical skills, feeling confident in your absence and experimenting autonomously.

Like so many things in life, moderation is the key. A playpen should not be a place to dump your baby while you lounge around drinking wine and sneering at parents who say babies are hard work. But if you use your playpen for short periods of time, to allow your baby to play in a secure and safe environment, when you cannot be as hands on as you need to be, you won’t regret adding one to your home.

Monday, March 28, 2016

Pigeon Peristaltic Teats vs. NUK Anti Colic Teats

You may be thinking to shift your baby’s feeding from breast to bottle. If so, then you should keep few things in mind while choosing a teat for your little one.

Nipple confusion is a very critical factor when you shift your baby from breast to bottle, especially if you want to continue breastfeeding beside using a bottle for additional feeding. You definitely want to select a teat that would allow your baby to maintain his or her natural feeding behavior. Luckily, you have a couple of options to choose from, when it comes to providing best feeding experience for your baby.

You can choose Pigeon Peristaltic Teat or NUK Anti Colic Teat, depending on your preferences and needs for your baby feeding habit.

Pigeon Peristaltic Teat

Pigeon Peristaltic Teats is a new generation teat that provides calming and soothing feeding experience to your baby. Pigeon Peristaltic Teats designed to closely resemble mother’s nipple during feeding. This shape preventsthe child from nipple confusion while shifting him or her from breast to bottle. Pigeon teats have been designed to mimic and promote the natural sucking action of babies. This is called 'Peristaltic motion'.

Pigeon Peristaltic Teat comes in four different sizes to choose from depending on your baby’s age. S-size is for small (0-3 months) babies with slow flow. M-Size is for 2 to 3 months old babies with variable flow need. Y-Size is also for 2 to 3 months old babies who don’t like M or L size flow. L-Size is for 3 months and older babies.

All Pigeon Peristaltic teats are made of BPA-free PP plastic in an ergonomic design. So you don’t have to be worried about any BPA effects on your child’s health. They also fit Pigeon baby bottles however remember that some of them have been specifically designed for wide neck or slim neck bottles.

NUK Anti Colic Teat

NUK Anti Colic Teat is also designed to resemble mother’s nipple during breastfeeding to avoid nipple confusion for the child. NUK teat fits in the child’s mouth naturally and facilitates the development of baby’s mouth muscles. The NUK Shape is also perfectly right for baby’s jaw.

NUK Anti Colic teat is designed to provide an air-system which reduces the amount of the air to be swallowed by the child during bottle feeding. This process decreases the chances of baby getting abdominal pain due the air swallowed.

NUK Anti Colic teats also come in different sizes and vary in flows. Sizes M and L both are for 6 to 18 months old babies. M-Size has moderate flow for the babies who don’t swallow fast. L-Size is for the babies with fast flow needs. Sizes S and M are available, for 0 to 6 months old babies, with less flow for little ones.

Make your choice

Both brands provide some common features like design and shape of the teat which resemble mother’s nipple during breastfeeding. Because of this ergonomic design and shape, the baby doesn’t feel nipple confusion. Both brands are made of BPA-free plastic and have different sizes to provide your baby’s required flow.

However, if your baby is sensitive to abdominal gas, and frequently gets abdominal pain or fullness, you should consider NUK Anti Colic teat to ease your baby’s stomach.

On the other hand, if you feel your baby is sensitive to sucking behaviour and may resist bottle feeding if it’s too hard for them, then you may choose Pigeon Peristaltic teat that provides extra help to your baby’s jaw and tongue while sucking.

Saturday, March 12, 2016

To My Door 4 Mums - new kids magazine online

To My Door 4 Mums is a new magazine for mums of babies, toddlers and younger kids. It gives you an option of buying, selling and swapping your products. They help interested parties get in touch and leave it up to them how they conduct a transaction. For more details please visit . If you are looking for brand new baby products online from Australia or an online toy store in Australia, please do not hesitate to visit us at .

Thursday, February 25, 2016

Why do babies suck a soother or their own thumb

Babies feel a natural urge to suck. A Soother, teether, pacifier or dummy is one of these helpful baby things that help with relaxing your child. The NUK Soother shape depends on a mother's nipple during breastfeeding and adapts ergonomically to the baby's jaw. It is delicate and adaptable with enough space for the tongue and places no pointless weight on the jaw and teeth. Orthodontic shape of NUK dummies fits the infant's sense of taste.

NUK Soothers are a very high quality baby supplies that have been designed and manufactured using dental wellbeing specialists. While your little one sucks on the dummy, she developes her muscles and culminating the coordination between the jaw, sense of taste, tongue and lips. This also helps with developing proper breathing and adequately anticipates misalignment of the teeth. Dummy clips are the perfect method for guaranteeing your infant/baby does not drop or lose their spurious when you are out, sparing you the expense of replacing lost dummy.

Remember that infant's mouth changes gradually in the young months of their life. In order to ensure that a dummy fits consummately at any stage, NUK provides different sizes of dummies. Remember that soothers need to be cleaned each time before use. Pigeon Cleanser is a sample product that disinfect soothers. Others use more natural methods, for example putting it into a microwave sterilizer.

Until what age can you expect children to such on dummies or their own thumbs? Remember, that regardless of their age, they do it because it calms them down. It could be when they try to fall asleep, it could also be when they have just finished crying and need something to calm down. Don't get too comfortable with that habit though. Sooner or later you will have a major problem though when sucking thumb or dummy becomes the favourite and the only way of comforting.

The good news is the most of babies will be done with thumb sucking by the age of 1. The real problem begins when they still suck thumbs after turning 4 as it may negatively affect their jaw line or teeth development. If you are concerned about thumb sucking you can always try a spray like Thumbs Away that can be bought in most of pharmacies. Yes, we have tried this and it works for some time but more persistent babies will simply lick the spray off their thumbs and keep sucking on them.

And what about the dummy? Yes, it also can become a problem when your child is 3 or 4 and still does not want to give it up. Remember, that the older your child is, they more they can understand. Explaining them that they should stop is something that will work in a longer term. Restricting the use of dummy and gradually reducing the periods that it is being used is also a good way. In the end, remember that children will sooner or later drop it by themselves - mainly because of changes in the shape of their jaw. As a result, the soother will become uncomfortable for them and they will simply not enjoy it anymore.