Eotton's Top 5 Picks

Eotton's Top 5 Picks

Jacquie Xidis

We know how bombarded you can feel after online shopping for hours – there’s so much variety, so many brands, so many uber cute jackets and adorable hats. So, today we’re rounding up our top 5 picks, to make the shopping a touch easier

1 If you can look past THIS jacket then you're a stronger woman than I

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Fresh Ideas for a Teething Bub

Fresh Ideas for a Teething Bub

Jacquie Xidis

The weather is warming up and so are we! Today on the blog, we’re sharing our favourite 3 recipes for popsicles you can make for your teething little one to reduce the pain and keep their mouths occupied and soothed by the coolness!

  1. Spinach, kiwi, apple, honey

For a twist on mummy’s green smoothie, let your little one enjoy the Spring tastes of this green popsicle, softened by the fruits and honey. Simply blend up half an apple, a kiwi fruit (skins off), a handful of spinach and a tiny glug of honey. Pour into a popsicle mould et voila!

  1. Beetroot, celery, cucumber, apple

For a less sweet version of this teething saviour, try using a small piece of boiled beetroot, half a stick of celery, half a cucumber and a quarter of an apple, blend it up and then freeze

  1. Orange, mango, milk

The sweetest of the bunch for last (and our favourite)! Pop half a cup of milk into a blender, along with a few chunks of frozen mango and half an orange. Mix up your milky treat and watch as your baby devours it!

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Introducing Ellie the Elephant

Introducing Ellie the Elephant

Jacquie Xidis

We were told the story of how Monty the Money found poor Ellie the Elephant lost and alone in Tasmania – she had turned the wrong way in her efforts to get to Africa, and had ended up very lost indeed! With Monty on her back, the two adventurers crossed the Bass Strait and made it to Sydney where George the Giraffe was waiting for the pair with some good food and a warm place to stay.

It was there, after supper, that Ellie’s story was told…

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How to Introduce Organic/Natural Products into Your Baby's Routine

How to Introduce Organic/Natural Products into Your Baby's Routine

Jacquie Xidis

There can be no shadow of a doubt that Eotton is extremely proud to be 100% Oeko-Tex100 certified cotton throughout each and every product we offer – from booties to blankets, onesies and toys, your little one will be sure to be protected from the nasty chemicals of other fabrics by choosing Eotton. 

We are such firm believers in the benefits and brilliance of providing organic products to our babies that we feel that you shouldn’t stop there – we certainly aren’t! Here are some of our favourite natural products we recommend using for your baby and toddler to create a holistically natural environment:

Coconut Oil

No doubt you’ve been saturated with information on how wonderful coconut oil is for our skin, our health, our insides, but it’s difficult to sometimes make the connection between what’s good for us and what’s good for our babies. Coconut oil is brilliant for treating nappy rash, for moisturising our baby’s supple skin, and we’ve even read that it’s good for treating fungal infections! What a wonder product!

A Natural Sponge

Sea sponges are wonderful for soft skin such as your child’s, just be sure not to rub your baby too hard with the sponge, as the porousness of the sponge means that you really do only need a light rub to reap the benefits. A natural sponge is highly absorbent which allows for a more luxurious lather, again helping to generate a soft wash for your child’s sensitive skin.

Non-scented, organic shampoos and conditioners

There is no need to introduce more chemicals than your child will already be exposed to in their daily lives, and certainly not on something so close to their face. An organic shampoo and conditioner, such as the Australian organic brand, Sukin, is wonderful for your baby. 

Organic is an ethos, a lifestyle, a foundation. Enjoy an organic and natural upbringing for your child.

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Introducing Monty the Monkey

Introducing Monty the Monkey

Jacquie Xidis

A few weeks ago, you found out that roaming around Australia is the amazingly plush giraffe, George. George the Giraffe has a big group of fun friends, namely his best mate, Monty the Monkey, who is as boisterous and excitable as you think!

Your toddler might find it fun to know that one day, while jumping from tree branch to tree branch, Monty missed grabbing on to the nearest tree and ended up actually swinging all the way to Tasmania! After he picked himself up from the thump, Monty the Monkey ended up making friends with all the wonderful wildlife hiding in the tops of trees in some of Tasmania’s incredible forests!

It was here, deep in a forest, that Monty met Ellie the Elephant, who had gotten lost on her way trying to find Africa. Using Ellie as an incredibly bumpy sort of taxi, the two explorers made their way across the Bass Strait, back to their Sydney home. George the Giraffe was so excited to find that Monty had brought with him a friend, and the three became thick as thieves as they continued adventuring (they even convinced Ellie the Elephant to stay in Sydney for a while before she goes off towards Africa again!).

If your little one has any adventures with Monty the Monkey or his friends, let us know by tagging us on Instagram or Facebook!

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Introducing George the Giraffe

Introducing George the Giraffe

Jacquie Xidis

Imagination abounds in the realm of little ones and their playtimes, and it is essential to us at Eotton that creativity is never quashed, but rather continually and constantly nurtured. That’s why, with our “Introducing…” campaign, we will be periodically embedding personality to our wonderful organic baby toys.

From George the Giraffe (catch his introduction on our Instagram) to Monty the Monkey, Helen the Hippo and Rufus the Rabbit, we have a whole host of wonderfully quirky toys and their cool personalities to engage and inspire your little one!

Today’s introduction is dedicated to our favourite, George the Giraffe, who’s humour is as grand as his neck. If he’s not found munching on leaves from the tallest of trees, George the Giraffe spends his time with the other toys, telling jokes and spinning funny stories out of what he sees from his perch way up high. Rest assured he didn’t miss when Helen the Hippo tripped and fell with a great splash in the river! Or else when Rufus the Rabbit had his little rabbit hole covered in by a cheeky hare kicking up the dirt!

We can’t wait to hear about all the fun your little one has with George the Giraffe. Report back on all of the adventures they get up to by tagging us on Instagram or Facebook!

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Christmas in July Ideas

Christmas in July Ideas

Jacquie Xidis

While the rest of the world celebrates Christmas in July with watermelon shaped into Christmas trees, BBQs and cordials, here in Australia we finally have the cold (though not always white) Christmas all the festive movies boast about!

 

Granted, Christmas is generally the furthest thing from anyone’s mind in July, and while it may not be a priority for you, it can become a fantastic and fun tradition for your little kids! We’ve taken all the effort out and done it for you, all you have to do is bring your glitter and Christmas carols and enjoy!

 

So, to make Christmas in July a wonderful and magical experience for you and your toddler, try some of these festive ideas:

  • If your toddler is just getting to the stage where they love songs and can remember some tunes, Christmas in July is a perfect time to introduce some Christmas carols that you can both sing all through July, and then keep tight until December again!
  • Salt dough decorations are easy, and for a fun twist, why not try making peanut butter edible play doh? Poke a hole in the top of a cut-out star shape, and tie a ribbon to hang around the house
  • While your little one is having a nap, get your craftiness out and make a Snowman in a Jar (credit: Creative Playhouse) for your child to be surprised by and bring to life when they’re awake! Using some leftover salt dough from before, pop a large ball of dough in a jar, along with two glitter pipe cleaners, some ribbon for a scarf, sultanas for the buttons and an orange pencil broken at the tip for the carrot nose!
  • For a quick and adorable Christmas in July snack, chop the top off of a strawberry and then also cut the tip of the strawberry off. With whipped cream (or yoghurt for a healthier alternative), dollop some between the base and the tip of the fruit and sandwich them together. One quick little dollop on the tip to make a fluffy tail and voila! A Santa hat!

Tag us (@eottonau) in any of your Christmas in July celebrations!

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Toddler-Friendly Places to Travel in Europe in Winter

Toddler-Friendly Places to Travel in Europe in Winter

Jacquie Xidis

We know Winter in Europe isn’t for another 6 months, but what better time to start planning a trip than now? Last week we discussed our Summer European wanderlust list, and this week we’re chatting about our favourite places in Winter!

  1. London, England

You can’t go wrong with London as a toddler-friendly city in Europe! Enjoy a ride from a double decker bus, or a trip to Hamley’s toy store (magicians and staff engage kids and toddlers alike in new toys, paintings and glitter!). There’s also the daytime disco for under 5’s called Big Fish Little Fish, or else check out London Zoo or the Science Museum, as their interactive exhibitions never fail to impress eager hands and eyes!

  1. Dublin, UK

Touted one of the most walkable cities in the UK, Dublin has a plethora of parks to chase away the weariness after spending all morning in kid-friendly the Irish Emigration Museum. It’s not all rowdy pubs – Dublin boasts interactive events and museums all across the city, our pick being Dublinia, an interactive Viking museum!

  1. Nuremberg, Germany

Try and catch the gorgeous and infamous Christmas Markets in Nuremberg (or indeed anywhere around Germany!), but don’t despair, there’s more to do with toddlers throughout the other Winter months, such as the Toy Museum or take a canal boat ride (all covered so you don’t freeze!)

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Toddler-Friendly Places to Travel in Europe in Summer

Toddler-Friendly Places to Travel in Europe in Summer

Jacquie Xidis

Making memories with your little ones is just so special, and whether you’re travelling further afield than Australia because of family overseas, or else just want to spread your child’s wings at a young age (lucky toddler!), we have your list of toddler-friendly places in Europe for your Summer escape!

  1. Peniscola, Spain

On the Eastern coast of Spain, Peniscola is a wonderful family town. From the beach to the castle, little kids will never be bored of this beachside escape. Buy some wooden paddles and balls from a local store and have your hand at hitting and catching the ball with your toddler! The only difficulty in Spain is that their eating routine is much different to in Australia; even Spanish children tend to eat dinner towards 8pm, with lunch late at 2 or 3pm.

  1. Nice, France

With creperies around every corner, as well as ice cream and lazy days in the sun by the beach, Nice really does present the perfect option for both you and your little one to enjoy a no doubt much-needed break, with the beautiful French Riviera as your picture-perfect background.

  1. Lisbon, Portugal

What three-year old wouldn’t jump at the chance to ride a tram up and down the gorgeous hills that define the Portuguese capital?! And with the beach just a short train ride away, kids will delight at popping in and around market stalls along the coast. The perfect amalgamation of city and coast.

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Brand Reps - the How and Why

Brand Reps - the How and Why

Jacquie Xidis

Brand reps. It’s a term thrown around across all industries and, in a very real way, relates to the use of influencers to leverage a brand. But why would mums and their bubs be interested in this whole concept?

There is exponential growth in the rise of the mummy blogger and with that comes a whole industry aligned with commercialising your blog or Instagram account with brand deals and brand representative opportunities. Usually, these negotiations are fairly informal, but involve an exchange of free products for photos uploaded onto Instagram within a set time frame. It is up to the individual situation as to whether this relationship is a one-off or is for a set time-frame. 

There are a few ways brand rep deals can happen for you and your baby: the approach, the competition, the DM.

THE APPROACH

Think of ‘the approach’ as being scouted by a brand. Most likely, the brand will be actively looking to use some of their followers, or other accounts, as brand reps. Generally, the brand will either comment on your most recent Instagram post or else message you privately, to find out if you are interested in the opportunity to receive a few free goodies in exchange for posting photos on your account and tagging the brand. For this strategy to work in your favour, you not only need a fair few followers but you also need frequent uploads and an engaged following, whether that be in terms of likes or comments, or better yet, both! 

THE COMPETITION

Very popular in recent years, ‘the competition’ strategy works in that brands will sometimes post a brand rep contest photo on their Instagram, with the instructions that a follower must re-post this photo and use the relevant hashtag along with the caption describing the age and personality of your little one!

THE DM

This is the least likely approach to resolve in you becoming a brand rep, however it shows initiative and your account may have been under the radar for a brand to pick up on. This involves you scouting the brands, so to speak, and privately messaging them on Instagram or via email if available to offer your baby as a brand rep. In your message, ensure you detail your baby’s age, size, name and a personality trait that will charm anyone!

How can you ensure your little one is picked to be a brand rep?

Well, for starters, post often on your account and maintain an integrated theme, whether that be a minimalistic colour palette such as Eotton holds, or else a portfolio of smiley bubba photos. Over a thousand followers is a near must – however, don’t mistake large followings for assured brand rep postions, as it is most important that your following is engaged and comments/likes! Tag brands your baby is wearing even if you haven’t been chosen as a brand rep, so as to get the attention of brands who may be impressed and want to use you in future. And, most importantly, ensure your photography and posts are a showcase of your best work – clear photos that the brand can use on their own social is exactly what the brand is looking for, so ensure that you do not use blurry photos or photos of your child crying etc.

Brands want to see your best photos and your best smiles and personality shining through an Instagram feed (we know, it’s tough to get that perfect picture, let alone show off how boisterous and fun your little one is in a still photo!).

Eotton is always on the look-out for future brand reps, and have had the pleasure of (so far) working with four beautiful bubbas and their mums! Good luck on your foray into the brand rep world!

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