Where and how long have you lived in Sydney’s east:

We’ve lived in Bondi Beach, North Bondi and Tamarama for the past 5 years.

How many children:

We have two kids, Asher who is almost 5 and Mila who is 2.

Favourite Park:

Marks Park which overlooks Tamarama and South Bondi, the views of the cliffs on either side are incredible. It really feels like you are on top of the world!

Favourite Beach:

You can’t beat North Bondi on a warm summer’s day with its toddler pool and rock pools to explore.

We’ve met the occasional octopus there too. (Only once was it a Blue Ringed one…)

Favourite kid friendly cafe:

Shuk in North Bondi. There’s a designated area for kids outside – it’s small but has one vital ingredient: a fence around it!

Favourite Coffee Spot:

Harry’s makes an excellent coffee every time.

Favourite date night place:

We are definitely overdue for a date night, so I’m going to say Catalina, not that we have ever been but at least I am dropping a massive hint.

Favourite Local Day Out Activity:

Building sand castles and splashing in the water at North Bondi.

Favourite Local Shop:

Abode on Hall Street always has some delightful, colourful and unique gifts.

Favourite wet weather location:

We have recently discovered the Des Renford swimming pool in Maroubra, it has 3 pools, HIIT classes and a creche, so I get to exercise before the kids swim.

Describe an ideal day in Sydney’s eastern suburbs for you?

For me, it would be a child-free day inside Westfield during the crazy sales period. However for my family, it would be a morning at Parsley Bay, home for a rest and then to North Bondi for an afternoon swim followed by fish and chips on the grassy knoll.

What area of the east have you yet to explore much but would like to?

We hardly ever go more than a 100 metre radius of our home in Tamarama. I would like to see more of Watsons Bay but the lack of parking puts me off.

Work or SAHM:

I’m a WAHM! I work from home 3 days a week and the rest of the week its all about the kids (and the washing).

I’ve just launched a company selling a unique muslin baby sleep sack called the inbetweenie with my good friend Jane Sundstrum. Our company is called Girl + Boy and website is www.girlandboyco.com. The aim of our inbetweenie is to provide parents with a safe alternative to swaddling, meaning it is hip healthy and safe once your baby starts to roll. The design is based on our experiences with our own babies: Jane’s daughter Claudie hated being swaddled and she found there was nothing which would keep her cosy in the night, it was all either arms out sleeping
bags or tight swaddle suits, and my daughter Mila had infant hip dysplasia. Infant hip dysplasia is actually a very common childhood condition, however if it is undetected or untreated it can leave your child needing a series of operations including hip replacements starting at the age of 13, and can leave them walking with a life long limp.

In recent years there has been an increase in cases of hip dysplasia, and medical professionals blame the influx of tight swaddling suits and an emphasis on improper swaddling on this rise. Jane and I both really feel there is a new wave of baby sleepwear on the horizon and we hope that our product is a vanguard of this positive change. We have also partnered with the national organisation for hip dysplasia, Healthy Hips, who has endorsed our product design.

We donate $1 from the sale of every sleep sack to this worthy charity.

Motherly advice:

Well if there is one thing I feel I can impart some knowledge on it’s about the risk of hip dysplasia in babies!

One in 50 babies are treated for hip dysplasia in Australia currently, but not that many parents know about the condition.

Mila spent 6 months in a brace and we visited the hospital every 2 weeks for most of that time for check ups and scans with her orthopaedic surgeon and orthotist. So my advice is to make sure you don’t swaddle your baby across the hips, as this can cause hip dysplasia.

For more info on the muslin sleep sacks and how to buy go to www.girlandboyco.com 20% off discount site wide with the code INTRO.

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