Rose Reviews-The REDSBABY JIVE 3 PLATINUM PRAM, as Single and Double Pram.

Rose Reviews-The REDSBABY JIVE 3 PLATINUM PRAM, as Single and Double Pram.

After the news of our surprise fourth pregnancy, we were going to need a pram upgrade – one that could accommodate a newborn and an 18-month-old toddler.

Choosing a pram is not only important but also a pretty personal decision – I didn’t know where to start at first, but it all comes down to your needs for both you and your family. If you think about exactly how you want to use it and what you will need it most for helps with making the decision.

For me what was important was:

  1. First and foremost is had to convert from single to double for both my newborn and toddler.
  2. It needed to be lightweight and easy to fold.
  3. To look good – hey I had to be honest here, I really wanted a sexy, stylish looking pram and why not?!
  4. As a double I wanted something easy to maneuver and not too wide after all I have 4 girls in total and more often than not they hang by each side of the pram.

After testing out quite a few double prams in stores, we tried out the Redsbaby from a friend who had one – we went with The Redsbaby Jive 3 Platinum in the Glacier Grey which is available as a single with the option to buy the second seat conversion kit to convert your pram into a double.

What’s included?

The single pram comes with the bassinet, regular seat which is suitable for up to 20kgs, pram organiser, reversible seat liner, rain cover and the UPF50+ Sun & Sleep Shades.

The Second seat – Comes as an additional accessory kit that you buy if and when you need it. It comes with a second seat that accommodates up to 17kgs and the R+L upper adaptors and R+L lower adaptors.

Is it compatible with a Car Capsule? Yes.

I wanted to use a car capsule this time around to make things easier to pop Esme into the pram especially as active little Octavia was 18mths, so I like that the JIVE3 was compatible with Britax, Maxi-Cosi, Joie and Nuna capsules you just need the Redsbaby Capsule Adaptors, which I was able to hire from Amanda at Hire for Baby Joondalup (there are branches all over the country) with the capsule – I went with a Maxi-Cosi Capsule.

What it’s like to use and maneover…

It’s beautifully light-weight for a double pram and maneuverability is really good, I do long walks almost daily – its a super smooth ride (in the single-mode it’s a dream ride). It is easy to push and get around, even doing well on grass. The Jive 3 is pretty slim and compact in comparison to other doubles we road-tested and the weight seems well distributed with the two kids on board. Being a slimmer double means it has been so much easier to fit and move around especially in aisles at the shops, in busy areas or in a coffee shop.

  • The handle is adjustable, I’m 175cm / 5’9 so I found it adequate.
  • Harness easy to adjust and foot rest adjustable and decent length.
  • Its got a one-handed recline to get from upright to flat which is great.
  • The top seat can be parent facing too which I like. Its got a lot of different configurations for the seat but I feel that you will find a couple that you like and stick to them – so it’s handy but not something I’d fuss over.
  • Heaps of ventilation – can open up panels in canopy which is especially great for hot Aussie summers.
  • Puncture-proof wheels – like who would have time for a flat with two kids on board?!
Redsbaby Jive3 Platinum in double mode with Bassinet.

Folding the pram in single and double.

The Redsbaby Jive 3 does fold up in single mode with the seat in place, which I love and it’s super easy. It clicks into place and is lightweight to pick up- pram as a single is only 8.5kgs.

When it’s in the double mode you do have to remove the top seat and adaptors before it can be folded down, so it does take a little longer. Once folded it’s pretty compact – which is what we needed to fit into our car and it still leaves us some boot space which other double prams wouldn’t allow.

I linked two folding videos below for the Jive 3 Platinum that I used from Redsbaby to check out for yourselves!

DOUBLE mode or SINGLE pram mode.

Quality

I cannot fault its overall quality, its so well made – our pram gets a right beating from the car to big long walks, baby spews, poos and food and so far so good, we have currently had it a year now, with regular use. It really is beautifully made and can be seen in all the details.

Thoughts and feelings overall…

So last but not least its a damn good looking pram, I get comments on it all the time. I know that’s not the MOST important thing but I really wanted a sexy pram this last time around! Superficial yes but the truth haha! BUT this pram is also practical, glides easily and the fact it looks good too – bonus.

I can’t fault much but when the pram is just in single mode the basket is large but when the second seat is in – it does take up most of the basket space at the bottom, so there isn’t heaps of room to carry heaps of extra stuff. It does come with the caddy, drink cup holder and a pocket on the back of the top seat so that help but its not loads of space. It doesn’t really bother me that much as I don’t tend to carry loads of stuff with me – it’s like the more kids I had the less I knew I really needed – but everyone is different.

The top seat fully reclines flat if need be but the bottom seat doesn’t, its on a slight recline but to be honest Octavia has still often napped comfortably in her seat on the bottom but I wanted to point that out.

So all in all, I love my Redsbaby pram. I love it as a single and it would make a great first pram – looks great, comes with so much included for the price and the fact that it can convert to a double, when you are ready to grow as your family does it a huge bonus!

Truth be told I was more fussy about a pram when I had my first child than with my fourth… I think I just became more relaxed in general knowing that you really don’t need unnecessary bells and whistles and that you rarely use everything like I once ‘thought’ I would.

If there is anything else I could include or questions I could answer let me know here or hit me up in my DMS on Instagram over at @roseoates_

Rose xo

Baby Esme 6 weeks. Images by Fox and Wildling Photography
Thanks to Fox and Wildling Photography for the beautiful Images
Putting together our Playroom – simple, affordable and practical.

Putting together our Playroom – simple, affordable and practical.

Our Playroom. Image Fox & Wildling Photography

It’s where the Wild Oates play…

Not all playroom rooms can be created equal with good reason! Every family is different, with children that learn individually and spaces that will differ from house to house. That doesn’t mean you cannot create a space that not only encourages play and imagination but works with your home, budget and compliment your style too.

When I created this space in my mind I wanted it to be simple, still fit in with the overall aesthetic of our home, be easy to keep tidy and did not cost an absolute fortune to put together.
It needed to grow with the kids AND as much as I love looking at play spaces with everything on display it wasn’t for me as they only stay tidy for minutes – I don’t want to see the mess, so it meant cupboards with doors for me haha.

I drew up a rough sketch of what I had in mind and went through the existing toys, games and craft supplies BEFORE buying anything first. I culled broken toys they didn’t ever play with.

  1. FIND YOUR THEME – Search the net, Pinterest, Instagram for inspiration and ideas of the look you want to achieve. Think about what your home looks like, the existing furniture and toys you want to keep and tie in. Consider whether you want the playroom to fit in with your home’s overall look or if you are happy to create a themed wonderland specifically designed around the kids.
  2. DECLUTTER – Go through the kids existing toys, games, craft, books and supplies BEFORE buying anything first. You don’t want to have to create space and storage for things they don’t use or like. I culled broken toys and donated toys they grew out of or never played with anymore. If they are old enough even get them involved in the process – they know what they love .
  3. MEASURE – Measure everything! Measure the room or the space you are working with, this is really important for especially if you need to buy any furniture or storage. Once I decluttered I knew what I had to work with and store , so knowing my room dimensions made it easier to find a unit or cabinet that would fit the wall and our needs. Dont forget to measure shelving / cupboard spaces before you run out and buy containers and storage items, the last thing you want is to come home only to find they dont fit or work in the space.
EKET Cabinet combination with feet, white, 280x35x72 cm

These are the EKET cabinets from @ikea_australia that I used.
There is 4 cabinets each with 2 doors and 1 shelf, 70x35x70 cm which I placed side by side and cost $115 each.

On a tighter budget? I have found some gems on Facebook Marketplace, gumtree and even the odd verge collection find – for little or free! I love a bargain! Might just need a lick of paint to give it new life!

I went with Ikea cabinets as they were more affordable to achieve a custom look/fit for the room plus kids are hard on stuff and especially while they are younger I didn’t want to spend a fortune on furniture – that will definitely cop a hit or a 1000!

Our walls were bad, couldn’t even handle blu tack without peeling so Craig and my brother Dario put up @easycraft.panels from Bunnings. I love the look they give and they also are harder wearing than the bare walls especially for a kids space – not to mention they can take hits and don’t chip.

Rug @missamaraloves similar pattern linked
Sweet little books @kmartaus
Rattan flowers @junimoon_store
Where the wild ones play @avaandharperco
Print @thenewdevine
Pram @my_darling_valentine
Pot @mowglistudio

Book stand – is a Lid holder from Kitchen Dept: Ikea

Basket Robert Gordon

Pot and hanger Bunnings Pot hanger

We didn’t do this all overnight, it started with the walls first and slowly I added pieces bit by bit. The walls were the most expensive part of this room but definitely worth it for us – as one day it won’t always be the ‘playroom’ and probably end up a teen retreat instead.

Rose xx

Book shelf – Flisat from @ikea_australia can be found HERE

Custom Height Ruler Measure My Tribe
Name Plaque Zilvi Custom Name Plaque, Rattan Dolls Bassinet Tiny Harlow Bassinet Image: Fox and Wildling Photography
4 of my favourite Perth family friendly Cafes.

4 of my favourite Perth family friendly Cafes.

Coffee. The universal fuel for parents everywhere. Every parent needs a good cup of coffee and some good food that someone else has prepared. We also want to be able to eat and drink in a relaxing environment where we feel the kids are not only catered for, but are welcome and not going to get bored in under 5 minutes…

So with little ones in tow – where to go?

Luckily Perth is full of places that welcome us and our tiny humans in with open arms. Here are just four of the many Perth family friendly cafes and restaurants to try!

SISTAS BURNS BEACH

This is one of my personal favourites; Sistas at Burns Beach. Set right in front of one of our beautiful beaches – here you will not only find a kid and dog-friendly venue but great coffee, freshly pressed juices, babycinos and delicious food with the very hearty portions. Let us not forget the friendly, accommodating staff who will have you feeling like one of the locals in no time.

Sistas Burn Beach is the perfect place to have a coffee and bite to eat with the family and afterwards there is the option of heading to the beach, take the kids for a play at the huge park and playground right across the road or even go for a ride or walk on the coast path all in one location.

Maybe you’re a Dog parent? Well rest assure your furry children will also feel quite at home here, water bowls available and they even have doggy treats on the menu that can be ordered for your special furry family members.

Octavia and I, in front of the mural at Sistas Burns Beach Photo – Insta hubby Craig

Inside they also have a selection of indoor plants and gorgeous children’s clothing available to purchase. This is a busy Perth family friendly cafe and it is easy to see why!

Find Sistas Burns Beach Cafe on INSTAGRAM or on FACEBOOK

Address: 35 OCEAN PDE, Iluka Western Australia 6028

Opening Hours: 7:30 AM – 5:00 PM

Get this for family Sistas have a baby Sista – Lil’ Sistas Yanchep in the outer northern suburbs

Located: 99 Lindsay Boulevard, Yanchep, Wanneroo

ESPREZZO

Esprezzo cafe is located inside the complex at Noranda shopping complex and has been embraced the local community. Focusing on fresh healthy food, organic fair-trade coffee and tea and friendly, personal customer service.

The coffee is incredible so be sure to have a cup to go along with the cutest babycinos for your mini. There is also a little play area for kids with chalkboard, books and some toys, plenty of high chairs and a toilets/parent room just adjacent to the cafe. Between 8 am – 2 pm they have a Kid Menu available, including Kids bacon and Eggs, toasties, Kid friendly pressed juices and milkshakes.

Photo Esprezzo

Esprezzo check the website HERE or take a look at some of the amazing food and coffee on INSTAGRAM

Opening Hours: 8:00am – 5:00pm (Mon-Sat)

Kitchen closes at 2 pm (Cabinet food still available after this time)

Address: Noranda Village S/C, Benara Rd Noranda

ROAR BAR AND GRILL

At Roar Bar and Grill, you can tell this restaurant was created by parents for parents! Here they are passionate about having a space that is for the whole family to enjoy a good meal, relax and ensure everybody is entertained!

Photo Roar Bar & Grill

Not only do they have a delicious menu for both the kids and the parents, but the standout and point of difference is the amazing playground and shaded bouncing pillow. There is plenty of seating to keep a close eye on your little ones while you get to finish enjoying your meal in full, without ANY complaints of the kids being “bored”, if anything they won’t want to leave. Perth family friendly cafes at its finest!

Photo Roar Bar and Grill

With a relaxed, comfortable atmosphere and friendly service Roar Bar and Grill is worth a visit.

High Chairs and all parent/children facilities are available.

Located: 23 Port Kembla Dr, Bibra Lake WA 6163

Weekdays : Monday to Wednesday 7am to 3.30pm
Thursday to Friday 7am to 9pm

Weekends: Saturday 7am to 9pm
Sunday 7am to 9pm

Find them them online HERE or on Instagram

MASONMILL GARDENS

Masonmill Gardens is just an all-round beautiful place to visit with kids and family. The restaurant opens for breakfast and lunch till 4 pm with simple yet delicious favourites on the menu and options for Kids sized breakfasts and lunch. Alternatively, head down for tea or coffee and choose a piece of cake from their large selection before checking out all the activities you can do while here!

Masonmill Gardens has a playground which has a cubby house, rope ramp, stepping logs and slide. The play area is fully fenced off and protected by a safety gate that leads to an undercover patio area.

Masonmill Gardens playground. Photo Masonmill Gardens

While there definitely check out the Koi pond, which is fed from a natural underwater spring. You can even get a bag of Fish food from gift shop or main restaurant for $2.50 and feed the Koi fish!

The Koi Pond. Photo Masonmill Gardens

But there is still more! On the grounds across from the coffee shop there is MINI GOLF and bouncy castle which is free for the kids only haha

Mini Golf opening hours:

Saturday        9:00 pm – Last round at 3:30 pm
Sunday           9:00 pm – Last round at 3:30 pm

Prices

Adults (16 years +) $18
Children $12
Family (2 Adults 2 Children) $45

Check out Masonmill Gardens online HERE

Location: 40 Masonmill Road, Carmel WA 6076

The “Socially Acceptable” number of kids.

The “Socially Acceptable” number of kids.

Our family… with one more due 2021. Photo- LALU photo
The “socially acceptable” number of kids.

I had NO idea but when you get people on the topic of children, the number you want to have or whether to have any at all, it brings out huge amounts of opinions in people. It’s a topic that should and shouldn’t get throw around and its thought to be acceptable to comment outright on somebody’s sex life. Crazy right?

Here’s what’s not acceptable is the belief that it is okay to comment on somebody’s choice whether to have kids or the amount which they have or may want

Personally this is how I’ve heard it go way too many times…

1 Child – It’s not enough “when will you have another? “Are you having any more?” “They will be lonely…”

2 Children – the perfect number especially if you have a boy and a girl because if you have 2 of the same sex – are you going to try for a girl? (or boy?)

3 Children – Acceptable but you are done now, right? Unless you have all one gender then you simply NEED to have another.

4+ plus – Oh wow don’t you guys have a TV? Oh wow, that’s a big family! You guys aren’t going to have anymore now, right? Oh was it planned?
You need to keep your legs closed (all of these I’ve heard in my last 26weeks)

NO kids / I don’t want kids. Well that’s a statement that most commonly prompts total disbelief! “When are you going to have one?” “Oh but eventually right?” “You will regret it later in life!” “Why not?”

It is not okay to comment on someone else’s personal choice
Yet some people seem to think it’s appropriate to ask deeply personal questions or make these statements.

Just stop. Think before you speak.

Children, no children its none of anyone’s business.

Put kindly, it simply doesn’t affect you and often there is a huge range of reasons that are behind these decisions, some being incredibly personal, even distressing.

And if you receive these comments or statements YOU don’t need to provide a explanation whatsoever. NONE.

You do you.
Your life, your choice.

Have you received these comments yourself before? Feel free to share them here or join the discussion over on my Instagram post HERE

Rose x

Photo- Fliss and Co
Baby Sleep Consultant – Our journey to getting a good night’s sleep.

Baby Sleep Consultant – Our journey to getting a good night’s sleep.

Butter wouldn’t melt right!? Octavia Knight 2 weeks old. Photo La lu Photo

Sleep. Something I took for granted and should have appreciated in my pre-motherhood days way more than I did.

My husband and I had our third daughter Octavia in September last year. I was that person that had two other children that had just naturally slept well through the night.

So having my third baby, I naively assumed Octavia would be the same – oh how wrong I was.

By nearly six months, Octavia was still waking every 2 hours or more during the night and only catnapping during the day.

Sleep deprivation was once used as a form of torture, so why was this miniature human torturing me?
Her naps barely gave me the time to run around to do a few chores and make a cup of coffee.
I was exhausted every day, and the fatigue was becoming overwhelming.

I spent the little time my baby was sleeping wondering what I was doing wrong.

What did sleep felt like again? I was drinking all the coffee, wishing my husband was capable of breastfeeding and googling “how to get my baby to sleep”.

One late night scrolling through Instagram for the thirtieth time, I found the account that would save my sanity and help give both Octavia and I the sleep we both desperately needed.
I had stumbled across Hayley from Slumber and Sprout.

In the newborn love bubble – tired but bursting with love. Photo Lalu photo

Hayley is a fellow Perth mum, certified paediatric sleep consultant and owner of Slumber and Sprout. She provides easy to follow tips, an abundance of advice on her socials. She offers a variety of packages to help get your little ones sleeping soundly through the night and napping well through the day.
I learnt so many new things about babies and sleep; for example, how much day sleep our bubbas actually need

  • 3 months: 4 – 5 hours
  • 6-7 months: 3.5 – 4 hours
  • 9-11 months: 3 – 3.5 hours
  • 12 months: 2.5 -3 hours
  • 18-24 months: 2 – 2.5 hours
  • 3 years: 1 hour

Our little humans will also go through FIVE sleep regressions by the age of two. At four months, 8-10 months, 12 months, 18 months and 24 months!

How did it work?

I started by explaining my babies current sleep situation, and Hayley devised a plan to set up healthy sleep habits and resolve the sleep issues, based personally on our family.
It is not a one size fits all approach which I loved, because as a mum of older children, Octavia’s sleep needed to work around school runs and other extracurricular activities.
I had access to a private portal online to log all of Octavia’s sleep and activity throughout the day. Hayley closely monitored her progress and made suggestions accordingly.

With just the simplest of changes within two weeks, Octavia was napping during the day like a champ!
Soon Octavia went from waking every two hours and only cap napping, to now waking only once a night and having solid naps during the day.
In turn, Craig and I stopped feeling like coffee-fuelled zombies every day, and the whole mood of the household lightened.

I found it hard to ask for help at first, but I’m so happy I did. It doesn’t matter if you are a first-time mum or you are a mum of many, each child is different, so there is no shame in getting some help and support if you need it, especially when it comes to getting a good nights sleep!

Need some help getting your little one sleeping too?

Hayley provides a range of packages and services including in-home sleep consultations here in Perth

You can find out more about these services on her website HERE

Or follow Hayley and Katie on Instagram for daily tips and advice @slumberandsprout

Indi and Scarlett gushing over their new sister. Photo La Lu Photo