Gorgeous Baby Gift – Nappy Bike Tutorial

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I am so delighted that my guest blogger Lee-Anne from New Zealand has offered to share a tutorial of her very clever creations – Nappy Bikes or Diaper Bikes depending where in the world you are. Check it out – just HOW cute they are! Imagine walking into a baby shower with this – you would be the talk of the day.

Lee-Anne has prepared step by step instructions for you to be able to make these amazing gifts yourself for your friends and family.

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Items you will need:

• 48 nappies/diapers (I like to use the Budget brand as they are plain white and don’t clash with the overall look of the bike! They are also the nappy I have used for my 4 babies and I think they are good quality. Keeps the costs of the gift down too. Medium size 6-11kg. I find that the newborn size don’t roll as well and most babies don’t stay long in that size)
• 2 bibs or burp cloths with cute designs on the front
• 2 muslin wraps/swaddling cloths
• A pair of socks for on the handlebars
• A sippy cup with handles
• A teddybear or similar (you could buy a newborn outfit and dress the bear if you wanted to add more to the gift)
• Rubber bands
• Till paper roll (I don’t know what it is called – the paper you put in the cash register!)
• Cellotape and double sided sticky squares
• Curling ribbon and ribbons/trims to use for decoration
• Fake Flowers
• Cellophane for wrapping

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Begin by rolling each nappy starting at the patterned front band so that the gathered back is on the outside of the roll and secure with a rubberband. When you get half way, pull on the end to straighten the nappy out a bit so it rolls easier. For the two back wheels you will need 14 nappies each wheel and for the larger front wheel, you will need 20.

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Start by putting a big rubberband around 7 nappies (one in the middle and 6 around the outside). Then slot the rest in going around in a circle – leaving one out. Tie tightly with curling ribbon. Turn the nappies so that the fronts are neat on the outside of the wheel. Squash the last nappy in after you have tied tightly – this increases stability.

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Measure the till roll paper around your wheels and cut three strips. Decorate the paper with ribbon, sticking on with double sided tape or glue. Place the strips around the wheels – securing the join with a thick piece of cellotape.

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Now you are ready to decorate your bike! I always like this part the best! Roll the muslin wraps along the length and secure each end with a rubberband.

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Take your big front wheel and thread one wrap through the wheel. Thread the handles of the sippy cup through the wraps and secure with a rubberband.

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Adjust the ‘handlebars’ so that they are pointing flat as they should and cover the rubberband with a bow of ribbon (or a flower or some other decoration).

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Tuck one of the bibs in over the wheel under the cup. You can stick a bit of cellotape under it to hold it if you want. Lastly, arrange a sock on each of the handlebars. Next one I make I am going to attach shiny coloured ribbons to the ends – it reminds me of a tri-cycle that I had when I was little!

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A similar thing happens with the back wheels. Take a piece of cardboard kitchen towel tube or similar and cover it with a piece of your wide ribbon. Use it to keep the back wheels separated. Thread the wrap through the wheels and then attach and tuck under the front wheel.

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Make the seat out of the second bib, securing on each wheel with some tape. Pop the teddy on top and you are done!

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I put it on a cakeboard before I wrap up for stability and then finish with cellophane, curling ribbon and a flower.

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How amazing is that Just a Mum readers!!! Everything included in the bike is practical for a new Mum whether it is baby number one or six! I would have been delighted to receive this when I had my babies. I imagine it would be hard to use the stuff that’s in it – so that is another good reason to buy the next size up from newborn nappies so they can enjoy looking at it for a bit longer.

The colour scheme is totally up to you, pink, blue, yellow or green, it would look gorgeous in any shade so even if you do not know the sex of the baby this is such a lovely gift idea.

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Thanks so much to Lee-Anne for sharing this tutorial with us, if only I was having another baby one day!

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Kiwi Mummy Blog review – Star Wars Deluxe Darth Vader Costume

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I cannot tell you the excitement levels in our house when a proper Star Wars Darth Vader Costume arrived!! Currently my husband and 9 year old son are watching all of the movies so the girls have picked up on it and we seem to have star wars figurines, Legos, books & posters all over the place so it could not have come at a better time.

I was delighted to review this costume as so often I look at costume websites when various dress up days come around and wonder if they are worth the cost? is the quality ok? will it last? and most importantly for us will it do for different ages & sizes?

So the box arrived and the little ones gathered around for the grand opening – a bit like Christmas! And we were not disappointed, its the real deal. Much to our delight the mask fits the kids & the adults with a few modifications and the costume fit both my small 6 year old and juuuuust fit the 9 year old – I would say it would fit from ages of 4-7 at least quite comfortably (This one is a size Small USA size 4-6).

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Sadly our Light Saber has seen better days so we did not include that in the photos – but we had lots of “I am your Father” moments!

All we needed were some black shoes and you could use black gloves if you had some to complete the look. We modified the helmet strap slightly to fit smaller heads which was easy enough to do, and the kids said it was comfy and light to wear, as was the costume.

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To answer my questions above:

Is it worth the cost?

I believe it is, personally there is no way I could make this costume with all the detail anyway, but certainly the cost of the materials if you could even source them and the time involved why not buy one that arrives already made up & looks like the real deal!

Is the quality ok? Will it last?

The stitching & fabric work is really good, I would suggest if you have time once you receive it you hang it up for a day or so for the wrinkles to drop from the packaging, but the embellishments are well attached & of good quality. It will last as well as any costume – if its in the sandpit all day everyday it might not last as long as if you just use it for special occasions & hang it up!

Will it do a range of sizes?

As I said above my 6 year old and 9 year old got into it! My six year old is little so around a 4-5 year olds size and it was a little large on her but still looked good, so we got my 9 year old to carefully try it on and it was tight but fit – he would be the size of an average 8 year old. So you will certainly get use out of it for some years if you buy this size for them when they are young.

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You can order these and lots more awesome costumes at http://kidscostumes.co.nz. Pretty much any theme that is popular in your house can be found there. They also have their stock here onsite in NZ which is perfect for me as my kids tend to not give me a lot of advance warning of needing these things – their website states a 3 day delivery time so that is awesome and so much better than waiting weeks for something to come from overseas!

Thanks so much to http://www.kiwimummyblogs.co.nz for hooking us up – I have 3 very happy kids and I can see this costume will be one of the more popular in the dress up box!

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