Mother’s Day Wish List

With Easter and all that chocolate well and truly behind us, it’s time to start thinking about Mother’s Day. Here are some suggestions from our wonderful sponsors.

There are various approaches to gifts and Mother’s Day. You can hope that your family hits the jackpot and bestows on you lots of extra love AND a longed-for special something (that does not resemble a kitchen appliance in any way). Alternatively, you can look forward to the objects d’art that your kids create at kinder or school and the amazing treasures they buy at their school Mother’s Day stall. Or you can hope that another adult (with impeccable taste) helps your kids make some gift decisions. Personally, I love the treasures the kids have made themselves, especially when they are supported by a little extra that I have been eyeing off in a favourite store.

Take the guess work out of it this year. Here’s how. Print off the following list, get out your highlighter and circle a couple of things you’d like. Next, leave the list somewhere it will be noticed (preferably by someone with a credit card who knows how to shop online) and hey presto, your Mother’s Day gifts might include a silver pendant, a silk top or the world’s best hammock…..alongside the moneybox encrusted with seashells, glitter and love made by your five year old, of course!


We’ve long been fans of the fantastic range from Apple & Bee and personally, I have a soft spot for their apple pattern. I acquired a green apple print bowling bag a little while ago and have had lots of appreciative comments. So it only seems natural to add to the collection with a make-up case. Big enough to hold all your toiletries and make-up, the apple print case includes pockets and a mirror and is eco-friendly to boot! Eco Child stocks a large range of Apple & Bee bags and accessories. The Apple Circle Case is $54.95.


Expectant mums should be taking full advantage of Mother’s Day, just to get into practice! A nappy bag is an essential and with so many beautiful bags to choose from, it’s not only a baby must-have but also a style statement. Thankfully, designers have realised that most mums ditch their handbags in favour of a nappy bag. So the days of cutesy designs are long gone and instead there are plenty of chic designs that handbag lovers will be happy to tote around everyday. For example, you can bring out your inner rock chick with the gorgeous new crinkle patent Nico tote from Il Tutto. We previewed the Nico tote in February – not just for looks, this bag is roomy, features a zip-out inner lining that can be easily cleaned, a change mat and a plastic zip pocket for wet things. This bag is only launching mid-April so be the first to be carrying one. The Nico will be available at Bébé for $249, just in time for Mother’s Day.


When I was first pregnant, the thought of racing out to buy a whole new wardrobe of maternity clothes was quite exciting. What I didn’t expect was to be still wearing those same clothes after my baby was born. I naively took my pre-baby jeans with me to the hospital, fully expecting everything to bounce back! Thank goodness for designers like Mishka’n’Milka who know how to make expectant mums and new mums feel fashionable and glam. For the perfect Mother’s Day piece, try the Stowaway silk top in rich jewel tones of purple or fuchsia or in wardrobe-staple black. Perfect teamed with jeans and ballet flats or dressed up with tailored pants. The Stowaway silk top is $180 and is available from Cedarleaf.


For those who want to hit the metallics for winter, you can’t go past the Rachael Ruddick Bronte Baby Bag in Gunmetal. Featuring lots of pockets, a water-resistant lining, a padded leather change mat and spots for things such as your mobile phone, the Bronte Baby bag will surely evoke some mother’s group envy! The Bronte Baby bag is $495 from the Kido Store.


For mums who like a giggle, switch the usual bedtime stories for This Little Piggy Went to Prada – nursery rhymes have never been so fashionable. This humorous book has been described as perfect for the woman who is more accustomed to singing Missoni’s praises than singing lullabies. With fashionista takes on traditional nursery rhymes, it’s sure to make you laugh. This Little Piggy Went to Prada is available from Urban Child.


Before having kids I did not consider a raincoat an essential wardrobe item. I figured, why bother when you can stick with a more stylish woollen coat and carry an umbrella? Then one rainy day, as I was attempting to push my double pram uphill while juggling shopping bags, a kinder bag and an umbrella while still getting saturated, I realised that a raincoat was a winter necessity. You can make a style statement in the rain with the latest imports from Denmark,  Danefae raincoats. We promise you won’t find a more flattering raincoat! Danefae coats are exclusive in Australia to Baby Goes Retro.


What mum doesn’t deserve to put her feet up on Mother’s Day? Although with the Fatboy Headdemock you might not ever want to move. This is unquestionably the ultimate piece of outdoor furniture and I think if I was lucky enough to get one, I’d make it a ‘mum-only zone’. Made from heavy-duty water and stain resistant nylon, the Fatboy Headdemock is $715 and is available from Metro Mum. Mention Babyology at the checkout and our lucky readers will get a $10 gift voucher for orders over $50 or a $20 voucher for orders over $100.


I have reviewed the keepsake jewellery from Koolaman before and since that time I have received the Mia pendant from my own kids (maybe hinting in Babyology posts does work!). The simple, hand stamped silver pieces can be worn everyday and with children’s names and birth dates, they make a beautiful Mother’s Day gift. The Mia pendant (above right) is $140, the Eliza necklace (above left) is $120. For those who don’t want to wear their heart on a necklace, Koolaman also make stunning silver key tags. Order directly through Koolaman Designs.


How hip can a baby sling be? Pretty fabulous according to a certain celebrity Sunday that gets around Nashville in a divine Market Sling from Serena & Lily. The Market Sling has no belts, buckles or straps. You buy according to your size and the sling can be popped on in a flash. As a mother who has wrestled with baby carriers before (all for a two minute dash into kinder) the thought of no adjustable bits is heaven and the fact that these are so pretty is also very appealing. Serena & Lily slings are available through Shophouse for $239.


If you want to get organised this Mother’s Day, the Inner-B
Pregnancy & Baby Organiser
is a stylish solution for the modern
mum-to-be, aimed at helping you think ahead. Not just about the changes
your body will make but the things you need to organise along the way.
It lets you keep track of all your records and information in one place
from appointments and ‘to do’ lists, to receipts and shopping. Available at Urban Baby for $44.95.

Katrina Whelen

Katrina studied planning and design, did the hard yards working in a big office building and then traded it all in for a relaxing (!) life at home with four children. She now fills her time with writing, completing a degree in genetics and taxiing her children around Melbourne to their various sporting commitments (not necessarily in that order).

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