For the moment

What will my life look like without you as close? What happens when you grow up?

This holiday I'm making time to read, to play. I'm pulling myself away from the house work long enough to be present with them now. Because when you're stuck in the never ending tiredness, the never ending washing, the never ending parenting you easily forget it won't last forever and when you wake up and its over you'll wish it did. 



Hot dry summers. Swimming in the dam, salt sitting in the mud ready to be used on the leeches you knew would come. The local pool, playing in the creek. Boat rides, catching fish. Camping. And jumping on the trampoline with a sprinkler. 

I had so much fun on our trampoline, it was massive and had an Olympic mat that bounced you so high flips became easy, back then I had no fear. For years and even as I became a teenager I played on that trampoline. My old yellow trampoline is long gone, but I have a new one in my life. It doesn't seem to have the bounce mine did, maybe I'm not as strong... I'm certainly no longer fearless but my kids are. Lets make some new memories.


8 week old Olive

Olive is 8 weeks old and growing in front of my eyes. She's easy going and perfect. She doesn't cry much and happily sleeps with the noise of Charlie and Harper fighting playing.

I feel really relaxed with Ollie, I think that comes from experience and being realistic in what I expect from a newborn. I go to bed expecting to be woken up by a hungry baby every two hours so when it happens I don't feel disappointed she didn't sleep longer. I've been sleeping her in the pram during the day because it's easy, she seems to settle better in the pram and I'm able to move her around the house as I move. It's also really important to get her use to sleeping in a pram before Kinder starts, soon we'll be out everyday and Ollie needs to learn how to sleep on the run.

Harper and Charlie have taken to Olive better than I could have imagined. They love her and are so caring and gentle. Honesty I'm shocked I always imagined Charlie being super jealous, but she keeps surprising me with her awesomeness and just wants to help.

Olive is smiling and cooing and getting perfect rolly poly legs and arms. She has super head control and loves baths. She is a total spunk and I love her like crazy.


BABYBJÖRN Baby Bouncer Soft Review

Testing particulars:

Product: BABYBJÖRN Baby Bouncer Soft

Colour: Brown/Chestnut

Time frame: 3 Weeks

Testing Location: Melbourne

Tested by: Olive 1 week old to 4 weeks old

Product Specifications:

Age and weight: From birth to approximately two years.
Min. weight: 3.5 kg

Max. weight: 13 kg
 When the product is used as a bouncer, the maximum weight is 9 kg.
 Highest position up to 9 kg.
 Middle position up to 9 kg.
Lowest position up to 7 kg.
When the product is used as a chair, the maximum weight is 13 kg.
 Highest position up to 13 kg. 
Middle position up to 10 kg.

Lowest position up to 7 kg.
It is not dangerous to exceed the recommended maximum weight for a position, but the bouncing function will not work as well.


All materials are kind to your baby's skin and safe to taste. Free from health-hazardous substances and certified according to Oeko-Tex® Standard 100, Class I for baby products. 

All padding: 100% polyester
Fabric: 100% cotton
Organic Cotton
Fabric: organically grown cotton. The fabric complies with a global textile standard for organic cotton.
Fabric: 100% polyester

Weight and Dimensions:

Weight: 2.1 kg
 Highest position: 39 x 79 x 56 cm 

Transport mode: 39 x 89 x 11 cm

Product Care:

Machine wash, 40°C. Wash separately with a gentle, bleach-free detergent. Do not tumble dry. To remove the fabric seat, simply loosen the two elastic bands at the bottom and pull the fabric off the frame.

Our Experience:

On opening the box I was impressed to find BABYBJÖRN has lived up to their high standard with another great design. This sleek bouncer will appeal to most people with an array of colour choices to fit with any home decor. Even without reading the instructions it takes no longer than a couple of minutes to discover how the Bouncer Soft works. I adjusted the Bouncer Soft to the lowest setting and placed Ollie in. She slept peacefully and seemed happy but I'm not yet convinced as all my children slept through anything for the first week. I'm eager to see how she goes once the sleep coma wears off.
As time goes on, Ollie spends more time awake and I find I enjoy using the Bouncer Soft more and more. I use it while I shower to keep a well meaning toddler from poking her. I use it when I need to grab a nappy from the other room and don't want her left on the floor. As we approach the third week I find Olive needs to be upright after a feed to help with reflux problems, so now I use it after feeds when I don't have the time to hold her.

The first really standout feature of the bouncer is how easy it is to fold away, I can definitely see myself taking it with us when we go on holidays. I also love how easily it slips off to be washed especially when using with a newborn (ours was covered in vomit the second time I used it). It's so easy to use I find myself no longer using our swing as it has a seatbelt and sometimes takes more time than I have with three children under five. Another great feature is the bouncer's ability to be turned into a chair when the child outgrows the bouncer feature. And let's not forget that no batteries are needed. 

I would happily recommend the Bouncer Soft to anyone looking for a convenient, comfortable bouncer that will outlast others.

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Disclosure: BABYBJÖRN provided me with the Bouncer Soft for this review. I was not compensated for this post, all opinions are my own.