Nursery and Baby Tips

Must-Have Nursery Essentials for Hassle-Free Feeding

Must-Have Nursery Essentials for Hassle-Free Feeding

New parents often find themselves feeding every three hours with a newborn. Maybe even more. And while the time between feeds might get longer as your baby gets older, those middle-of-the-night feeds never get any easier. Sometimes even the middle-of-the-day ones are hard, especially if you don’t have the right feeding essentials in your nursery to make life easier for you. So, here’s our nursery must-haves checklist for setting up a nursery that’s feeding-friendly for you and your baby. Electric recliner chair An electric recliner chair is at the top of any nursery must-have list. These chairs have all the bells and whistles to make feeding much more effortless. The benefit of an electric recliner chair is that you can recline with the touch of a button. That means less chance of disrupting the baby if they’re drifting off in your arms. It also minimises pressure on the core muscles, essential for all new mums, particularly those who’ve had a caesarean birth.  The Frankie Electric Recliner Gliders – available in three luxe teddy fleece shades – are a premium choice with premium features. From the hands-free convenience of a 180-degree swivel to the sophisticated wooden base and, of course, the electric recline, this is a nursery essential for parents who value style and functionality.  Also in the iL Tutto range are the Chelsea and Henry Electric Recliners. These chairs offer similar features to the Frankie Recliners, with the same 180-degree (each side) swivel motion, in-built USB charging ports and electric recline. It comes down to personal style and choosing the chair that best suits your nursery space. For a limited time, the entire range of iL Tutto Electric Recliner Chairs is 15% off*, helping you save on your nursery room essentials. Terms and conditions apply. Feeding pillow A feeding pillow is a nursery room must-have, whether you’re breastfeeding or bottle-feeding your baby.  Feeding pillows help position your baby in a more ergonomically friendly position, which can reduce strain on your arms, neck and back. This is particularly helpful during long feeding sessions. If you’re breastfeeding, a feeding pillow can also help position the baby correctly, encouraging a better latch and potentially reducing nipple pain and discomfort. While you may only need to use the feeding pillow for a few months, they’re often designed to be multi-functional. You can use them during tummy time or to help support your baby while they learn to sit.  When choosing a feeding pillow, look for a removable and washable cover. It must be firm enough to hold your baby at the right height but not so firm as to be uncomfortable. Finally, feeding cushions come in different shapes and sizes. Read reviews and ask other parents to decide which best suits your needs. Burp cloths/towels Babies can be messy… particularly when they have a tummy full of milk! Any seasoned parent will tell you that a baby can vomit at any moment and you might not even realise that it’s happened. Burp cloths or towels are an absolute nursery essential for cleaning up baby messes. Keep them handy by your nursery chair while you’re feeding so you can grab them at any moment. Better yet, keep one on your lap or your shoulder, and you’re already a step ahead. For the parents If you’re breastfeeding, you have everything you need to feed your baby on hand at all times. With bottle feeding, you only need a few extra things come feeding time. It’s quite simple, really.  It’s us – the parents – who have more needs while feeding! We need snacks, water and entertainment. A table next to your feeding chair will make your life much easier. You can keep your snacks, water bottle, phone, book, magazine or whatever else you need in close reach while feeding.  For this reason, we included side pockets in the Frankie Electric Recliner Gliders. You can store everything from your burp cloths or spare dummies to your own personal must-haves. With USB A and USB C charging ports in all iL Tutto Electric Recliner Chairs, you can always charge your devices, even if you’re buried under the baby for hours. iL Tutto nursery essentials From nursery chairs to cots, change tables and our innovative CoZee Co-Sleeping Bassinets, we have your nursery essentials covered for feeding and beyond. Designed in Australia with parents' needs in mind, our range is stylish and practical to make your parenting life easier. Explore our range of Electric Recliner Chairs and start your nursery on the right foot. 

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Baby Cot 101: A Guide for New Parents

Baby Cot 101: A Guide for New Parents

If only babies came with a manual. They don’t. And we can’t help you with that. What we can help you with is some of the tips and products you’ll need to help make new parent life that much easier. Things like baby cots and everything you need to know about them. In this blog we’ll share the ins and outs of baby cots. Like why – and when – to lower them, important points about cot safety and what to consider when choosing a cot. You’ll be an expert before you know it! Cot or bassinet? The first question most new parents have about where their baby will sleep is if they need a cot or a bassinet. A newborn is perfectly fine sleeping in a cot. However, a bassinet is often a more convenient option for the early months due to the small size. Bassinets are also often portable and can be moved from room to room, ideal for when you want to keep your baby close to you around the house. The CoZee Co-Sleeping Bassinets are the perfect solution that can also be secured to the bed for a simple and safe co-sleeping solution. By the time your baby starts rolling or outgrows the bassinet, whichever comes first, they’ll then need to move to a baby cot. This will generally happen around five months of age but can vary from baby to baby. Choosing a cot When you’re buying a cot for your baby, the first thing you need to check is that it complies with the Australian safety standards for cots, AS/NZS 2172-2003. The Australian cot standards are rigorous and give you peace of mind that your baby is safe while sleeping. Beyond the cot safety standards, the baby cot you choose comes down to personal preference. Two popular cots in the iL Tutto range are the Fuori Cot and the Hygge Cot.  The Fuori Cot features a minimalist Scandinavian aesthetic in a white and light oak colour scheme. The Hygge Cot has a cosy, Nordic-inspired look courtesy of its bevelled edges and similar light oak and white sand colouring. Both these baby cots offer two mattress base heights and teething rail covers. They also effortlessly convert from a cot to a toddler bed as your baby grows, ensuring longevity for your investment. Matching chests are also available for both cot styles, with each chest doubling as a changing table. Cot bedding Once you’ve chosen your baby cot, you’ll also need to purchase a mattress. This should fit snugly against all sides of the cot without any gaps to ensure a safe sleep surface for your baby.  Any bedding that you use in your cot should be tightly fitted so as to keep the cot free from loose items that could pose a suffocation hazard. Accidents do happen so it’s always best to buy more than one set of bedding to have spares on hand when needed. A waterproof mattress protector will also help to keep your baby’s mattress in good condition. When the cot is in the lower position it’s often easier to remove the mattress from the cot when changing the sheets. This helps to save your back from bending over too much.  Adjustable mattress heights Speaking of mattress positions, this is one of the most useful features of modern baby cots. The highest setting is for newborns in cots. It makes it easier for you to lay your baby down without having to bend too far down. This is especially handy when they’re asleep in your arms and any sudden movements can undo all that hard work of getting them off to sleep. You know it’s time to lower the cot when your baby is able to sit up independently. The lower position is the safest position as it ensures they can’t pull themselves to standing and then topple out of the cot. When assembling the cot and changing the mattress position, always follow the manufacturer instructions.  Cot and sleep safety tips A cot that meets the Australian safety standards is one thing but there are also other steps you can take as a parent to keep your baby safe while they sleep. In addition to safe sleep recommendations, always position your baby cot or bassinet away from blinds, curtains and cords. Also refrain from hanging objects, such as mobiles or other loose objects, over the cot. It’s a good idea to routinely check your baby cot to ensure that nothing has come loose or been damaged through wear and tear. Find your perfect baby cot from iL Tutto Designed with the needs of modern parents in mind, iL Tutto cots are the ideal combination of style and functionality. Explore the cot range and start designing the perfect nursery for your baby.

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Safe Co-Sleeping with the CoZee Breeze Co-Sleeping Bassinet

Safe Co-Sleeping with the CoZee Breeze Co-Sleeping Bassinet

There are so many reasons why parents choose to co-sleeping with their baby. Getting in and out of bed to feed and settle a newborn adds to the exhaustion new parents feel. With baby in arm’s reach, they minimise their sleep disruption in even the smallest way. Safe co-sleeping is about creating the right environment for your baby to sleep safely. By following some simple guidelines and using the right products, like a CoZee Breeze Co-Sleeping Bassinet, co-sleeping is safe. Learn more about how to co-sleep with your newborn safely, including important considerations, safe co-sleeping products and helpful tips. What is co-sleeping? Traditionally, co-sleeping means sharing a bed with your baby. The baby and parents share the same mattress or sleep surface. While this is very common, experts such as Red Nose recommend that babies have their own sleep surface. Sharing a mattress with your baby can introduce many risk factors that wouldn’t be otherwise present if your baby was sleeping in their own cot or bassinet. Having said that, co-sleeping can be beneficial for both parents and babies. It not only makes night time feeding and settling easier, you can also get a better night sleep, knowing that your baby is close by. This may also help to foster a sense of security and attachment for the baby.  There are safe co-sleeping methods.  A safe co-sleeping bassinet gives you the best of both worlds. The bassinet can securely attach to your bed keeping your baby within arm’s reach. But your baby also has their own sleep surface away from the bed. You can wake up to feed during the night without needing to get out of bed. And then when you’ve finished feeding, you can lie your baby back down in their bassinet. With your baby close, you can sleep more easily and minimise the impact on your already disrupted sleep. How co-sleeping bassinets work The CoZee Breeze Plus Co-Sleeping Bassinet comes with rocking legs. These can be added to the base of the bassinet so you can easily rock your baby to sleep. Both CoZee Breeze Plus Co-Sleeping Bassinet models feature breathable mesh sides for airflow. The transparent mesh allows you to easily monitor your baby through the night. Both models fold down in 30 seconds and come with a convenient travel bag, replacing the need for a port-a-cot in the newborn months. As with any bassinet, once your baby starts rolling or outgrows the bassinet, it’s time to move them to a cot. As a guide, this will usually happen at around five months of age but all babies are different so this may happen sooner or later. Always follow safe sleep recommendations No matter where you put your baby to sleep, it’s crucial that you always follow safe sleep recommendations. These recommendations were developed based on research into sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) and how to prevent it.  Babies should always be placed on their back to sleep with nothing covering their head and face. They should be in a smoke-free environment and always sleep in a safe space for every sleep, day and night. Ideally, babies should share a room – but not a sleep surface – with their parents or caregivers for the first six months. The recommendations also suggest breastfeeding babies, if possible.  Sleep soundly with CoZee Our range of co-sleeping bed bassinets were designed with modern parents in mind. If you choose the CoZee Breeze Plus, you have all the features you need for safe co-sleeping. Much like our nursery chairs and nursery furniture, the bassinets also suit a contemporary, minimalist aesthetic so you don’t need to compromise on style. Explore the CoZee range and sleep soundly with your baby safely within arm’s reach.

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The Fundamentals Of Safe Sleep

The Fundamentals Of Safe Sleep

Hello there, wonderful parents and parents-to-be, I have been questionably gracefully frolicking through this incredible journey of motherhood for just over a year now, and oh, what an adventure it has been! It sure is a journey and adventure, just like everyone tells you, filled with joy, an immeasurable amount of love, a photo library that's overflowing, and yes, its fair share of worries that tag along. Stepping into the world of motherhood has unfolded numerous lessons for me, drawing from my experiences as both a paramedic during the unpredictable nights and days, and now, as a mum trying to find her groove as a toddler mum to a very adventurous little guy who seems to hold no fear about anything. Navigating the newborn phase can sometimes feel like you're trying to assemble IKEA furniture without the instructions—confusing, frustrating, but oh-so-rewarding when you get it right. On reflection, I can see how hard we were trying to find our groove as new parents, understanding what felt right for our family, discerning what worked and what didn't. Each step, each decision, was a learning curve, teaching us more about ourselves and our son than we ever imagined possible. Through many conversations with new parents, one topic seems to continue to come to light, and that is safe sleep for babies, particularly how to dress newborns for sleep. I get it; I too found myself thinking about this every night before bed, wondering what to dress Sullivan in, wondering if he would be warm enough or too warm. Then, during the night, constantly putting a hand down his back to check. So much second-guessing around the topic of newborn sleep and what’s the safest practices. I do want to highlight that if you are in the newborn trenches trying to navigate this, or soon will be, I promise it gets easier, and you will become surer of yourself. Trust your instincts; they make us pay close attention to things for usually good reason. I wanted to share some wisdom to help you find that delicate balance between keeping your newborn close in those early days to create that strong bond, as well as for the convenience of those overnight feeds and nappy changes, all whilst ensuring they are sleeping safely and soundly. Because the perfect sleeping space goes beyond aesthetics and comfort; it's about providing a safe and secure environment that promotes healthy sleep habits right from the start. Back is best: Just like how we all have that one side of the bed, babies need their special sleep position too—and it's on their back. This helps to ensure their airways are nice and open and protected should they have little spit-ups of milk throughout the night. As babies develop and learn to roll, you might find they develop a preference for sleeping on their tummies. Just like adults, babies will sleep where they are most comfortable. However, it is still recommended that at the beginning of the night when placed into their sleep space, they are laid on their back. Once your baby is showing signs of starting to roll, it's time to ditch the swaddle and let their arms be free. Closeness counts: Having our newborns close to us, especially in those first few months, not only facilitates bonding, aids in convenience for those middle-of-the-night feeds and nappy changes but can also enhance sleep safety. It also allows for easy monitoring of your little babe throughout the night because I know you’ll be checking on them a few times, pinching yourself that they are real and here! Experts recommend that your new baby sleeps in your room for the first 6 months of their life. Keep in mind that every family's setup will be unique, so find what works and feels right for you, using these recommendations to help guide your decisions. Something that can help make room sharing a dream is a bedside co-sleeper, like the CoZee Breeze Plus Bassinet. Co-sleepers are an absolute game changer. The CoZee Breeze Plus enables you to have your baby within arm's reach for said feeds and nappy changes, and I love the transparent sides so you can very quickly peep on bub for some reassurance throughout the night. It can be attached to the side of your bed with the side rail lowered, so you can easily get them in and out without having to get out of bed…genius. A bare necessity: Creating a minimalist sleep space isn’t just chic; it's safe. So, whilst I know all those soft toys your baby will be gifted are beautiful and treasured, they are best kept out of your baby's sleep space whilst they are sleeping in it. All they need is a fitted sheet on their mattress and perhaps a mattress protector underneath for those accidental explosions or little spit-ups, something that has been thought of and included in the CoZee range. If you are worried about your baby being cold while they are sleeping, you can pop a light blanket over them, ensuring it is tucked tightly under the mattress and it only reaches the height of their chest so they can't accidentally wriggle down or pull the blanket up. Their sleep space should stay bare until about 7 months old, where you can introduce a comforter if that is something you wish to do. A firm and snug space: Why firm, you ask? Imagine sleeping on a marshmallow. Sounds dreamy, but swap to baby context, and it’s a big safety risk. This is the same for soft surfaces such as beanbags, loungers, and pillows. Red Nose states that babies need a supportive surface to ensure their little lungs can breathe easily and to keep their little bodies in just the right position. A firm mattress ensures no unwanted dips or soft spots can disrupt your baby’s breathing or sleep. And why flat? This isn’t just about preference; it's about providing a stable environment that supports their delicate spinal development and ensures they remain in a safe sleeping position throughout the night (not accidentally rolling). While we want to make sure the mattress is flat and firm, we also need to make sure it’s a snug fit in their cot or bassinet, without any gaps. I love that the iL Tutto Fuori and Hygge cot mattresses embody these exact safety principles, whilst providing the perfect balance between firmness for support and softness for comfort for our sleeping babes. Likewise, the CoZee Breeze Plus bassinet prioritizes safety without compromising on comfort. A standout feature I particularly love about the CoZee Breeze Plus is its adjustable heights and the option to set one end at an incline. This can be so helpful for our little refluxy bubs and is far safer and aesthetically pleasing than propping one end up on some books (hello, yes, I’m speaking from personal experience). Dressing for the occasion: Figuring out how to dress your baby for bed can seem like a puzzle that I know us new parents stew over, especially when considering room temperature and not wanting to over or underdress. That’s the goal, isn’t it, trying to keep them comfortable yet not too hot and not too cold. But how do I master that, you ask… Firstly, let's talk about the ideal room temperature. There are measures we can implement to ensure our babies are kept comfortable without needing to pile on lots of layers to keep them warm. If you opt to use a newborn swaddle sleeping bag, which might I add are so convenient, each brand will typically give a guide for how best to dress your baby depending on the different tog ratings and room temperature. This takes the guesswork out of it, however, there might be a buffering period of trial and error to get the sweet spot and that’s okay, you’re doing great! Remember, every baby is unique, and what works for one family may not work for another. These tips are here to guide you toward creating a safe sleep environment for your little one. Listen to your baby and trust your instincts; you know your baby best. Enjoy every cuddle, every late-night feed, and even those moments when sleep seems like a distant dream. I promise these moments are fleeting, and before you know it, your little one will be on to the next big adventure. Sending you all the love, strength and a few extra coffee beans if needed, as you navigate this beautiful, sometimes challenging, but always rewarding journey of parenthood.  

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Celebrating mums on International Women’s Day

Celebrating mums on International Women’s Day

Parents are at the heart of the iL Tutto brand. Every decision we make, every product we design is about making parents' lives easier. And that’s how it will always be. We know that for the majority of families, mums are the ones taking on the role of primary caregiver. This International Women’s Day we want to give you insight into the iL Tutto business and how we’re inspired by those mums. The mums breastfeeding at all hours. The mums juggling newborn nap times with the needs of a busy toddler. The mums who make our family lives hum so perfectly. The inspiration behind iL Tutto When Leanne Boyd and her husband started their first business importing and distributing baby goods, her youngest child was four months old. What started as a hobby of sorts while she was raising her young children, evolved into the couple buying the iL Tutto business in 2007. “At that time iL Tutto was a nappy bag brand,” she recalls. “We loved the iL Tutto brand and we were keen to start producing our own products. Ultimately, we decided to steer the brand towards nursery products.” The evolution of the brand into nursery was driven by a gap Leanne and her husband identified in the market. That is, for stylish nursing chairs that people were proud to display in their homes. “The brand focus is about combining practicality with the style that parents are searching for,” she explains. “Our products evolve beyond the newborn stage so they’re not just purchases for the short term. It’s furniture you can use in your home for many years to come.” Support when mums need it most The iL Tutto range today reflects what mums need and want. That is, stylish, high quality baby products that are designed to support their unique needs. Jess Carroll is a Nurse, Paediatric Sleep Consultant and mum of three. She works with parents to teach, support and empower them as they navigate the sleep journey with their baby. She’s also an advocate of the iL Tutto brand, recognising that the nursery chairs are so much more than a chair for a new mum. “The chairs are just divine,” she says. “While you’re creating a calming sleep environment for your baby, it’s also important that you’re comfortable. Gentle rocking in a chair is a really lovely way to wind down with your baby before you pop them into their cot for a restful sleep.” After working with so many families over the years, Jess says that many mums still feel a stigma about getting the support they need. “When you have a baby, your life changes in an instant,” she explains. “No one can prepare you for just how much it will change. There’s still a stigma around mums putting themselves first but self care, whatever you need to do to fill your own cup, is so important. Every other parent is out there trying to figure it all out in the same way you are.” Always evolving One thing that we truly value at iL Tutto is our customer feedback. We’re always listening to our customers and taking that feedback on board to evolve our products. “With each design we release, we consider what our customers are telling us and introduce features that will make their lives easier,” says Julie Georgiadis, iL Tutto Marketing Director. “Our latest collection – the Frankie Electric Recliner Glider Nursery Chairs – is the perfect example of this. “Parents were telling us they wanted somewhere in their nursery chair to store things like storybooks for reading to their toddlers while feeding the baby. We added discreet yet functional side pockets for this.” The Frankie range also includes a wider base for a smooth glide, bolster cushions for lower back and feeding support and USB ports for charging. For mums with a compromised core, the electric recline steps in to do the heavy lifting for her. “Frankie takes everything that our customers love about each of the other chairs in our collection and combines it all in a single, stylish chair. This is about understanding what parents want, what mums need and delivering on that.” Extending the support Our support for women, mothers and families goes beyond the features in a nursery chair. Leanne says that as a small family business, each member of the team is like a member of the extended family.  “Many of our staff work flexibly around school pick ups and drop offs,” adds Julie. “Even staff who don’t have children have access to the same flexibility.” When the business was looking to extend their support into the community, it made sense to look at ways to support women and families.

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The essentials of self-care for new mums

The essentials of self-care for new mums

Becoming a mum for the first time is one of the single biggest changes you’ll experience in your life. You realise just what ‘busy’ actually means and experience a love truly like no other. When a woman becomes a mother, the focus is on the baby. Everyone wants to have a newborn snuggle and ask how the baby is sleeping and feeding. But what about mum? Self-care for new mums is something that most don’t think about until they're on the edge of burnout. Or when they’re out of the newborn phase and into the next stage of motherhood, when their babies are now big kids and more self-sufficient. But any mum will tell you that taking time out for yourself, even if it’s just a bath on a Saturday night, is one of the best things you can do for yourself and your baby. We share our tips for mum self-care to help you take the time you need to look after yourself while you’re looking after your baby. A shower can be self-care Yes, self-care can be weekly massages and facials. But it can also be a shower or a cup of tea in the garden by yourself.  Does a shower recharge your batteries? Does it make you feel like you’re ready to face another sleepless night?  New mums know that sometimes showers are hard to come by in those early days and weeks. But if a shower ticks all your mother self-care boxes then go for it. Likewise if it’s an afternoon walk or a cup of tea that you actually get to drink while it’s still hot. What you do for self-care in the newborn phase will likely look very different to your motherhood self-care at other stages. And that’s completely ok. Accept offers of help One of the biggest barriers that gets in the way of self-care for new mums? Speaking from experience, it’s accepting offers of help.  If a friend visits and offers to hang out your washing or do the dishes, let them. If someone asks you if there’s anything they can do to help, give them a job. People don’t offer to help if they don’t mean it and if you say no, the offers will dry up very quickly. Your friends who are mums will remember what it’s like to be so desperately tired but still needing to function as a human being. They probably wish someone had offered to do their dishes or laundry… or regret saying no when they did. Take the help. You’ll be so grateful you did. Set yourself up for success The nursery chair you buy for your baby’s nursery isn’t actually for your baby. It’s for you. Your nursery chair are to help make feeding and rocking your baby to sleep a more comfortable experience for you. Many mums love the convenience of an electric recliner, such as the Chelsea Electric Recliner Glider Chair. It has all the features of a traditional nursing chair, with the mod cons of push button recline. It also features an in-built USB port so your devices never run out of battery while you’re buried under a sleeping baby. A glider chair, like the Billie Recliner Glider offers the same comfort with spring-loaded recline. This means you can easily move between reclining and sitting positions without needing to use your abdominal muscles.  Motherhood self-care is about the whole picture. Not just the indulgent moments of free time to feel like yourself again. Invest in yourself and your back will thank you later! Here for mums At iL Tutto, we’re deeply committed to supporting mums in their journey. Whether it’s self-care for mums, sharing your breastfeeding stories or tips for co-sleeping, we want you to feel supported. That support extends to our nursery chairs, all designed with the needs of new mums in mind. Designed in Australia and loved by parents around the world, iL Tutto is helping new mums care for themselves, one feed at a time. Explore the range and discover products that will care for you while you care for your baby.

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Grey nursery furniture for neutral styling without compromising comfort

Grey nursery furniture for neutral styling without compromising comfort

The grey nursery trend is still as popular as ever. And for good reason! Grey is timeless, stylish and calming. Building your nursery styling around grey nursery chair gives you so many options. You can carry the grey styling throughout the nursery to create a soothing sleep retreat or you can add pops of colour to bring your little one’s personality to life in their space. We explore grey nursery inspiration, including high-quality and functional grey nursery chairs from the iL Tutto range and tips for selecting accents and accessories to complement your style. Furniture first When styling a nursery, it’s best to start with the big items, like your nursery chair, cot or bassinet.  Grey is a staple colour in the iL Tutto range. From grey nursery rocking chairs to grey gliders, it’s a popular, versatile and chic colour.  One of the best sellers in the range is the Billie Recliner Glider Nursery Chair, available in Pure Grey. The ergonomic design features a spring-loaded recline and provides next level comfort and support. The Paige Recliner Glider and Willow Recliner Glider, both available in Pure Grey, have similar functionality and comfort with unique design features. Paige offers a high backrest and a clean, minimal design, while Willow provides plush cushioning to sink into. For a high-tech addition to the nursery, consider the Chelsea Electric Recliner Glider Chair in Grey Frost or the Henry Electric Recliner Glider Chair in Pure Grey. Both offer luxury and comfort with push-button electric recline and an in-built USB port.  A more traditional style in the range, the Olivia Rocking Chair with Ottoman features a beautiful, on-trend Shadow Bouclé fabric. When you no longer have a need for a rocking chair, the rockers can be replaced with the included legs to give you longevity for your chair.  Choosing the right shade of grey With so many shades of grey, which is best for your grey neutral nursery?  One important consideration is the undertones of the grey. Cooler greys have blue undertones that pair beautifully with crisp whites and pastels. Warmer taupe-tinged greys lend well to accent colours like buttery yellow or sage green. Also, remember that the lighting in a room will reflect different grey tones. Lighter dove greys are ideal for rooms with soft light. Deeper charcoal is best for rooms with warmer light. The size of the room may also impact your choice as lighter greys will visually open smaller spaces. Accenting your grey nursery furniture Once you’ve chosen your grey nursery furniture, you can then play with accents. Whether that’s tonal grey nursery accessories, contrasting prints or pops of colour through soft furnishings. The sky’s the limit with how you style. Choose white accents, such as curtains, cushions or lamp shades to crisply complement the grey while also brightening the space. Or opt for bedding and pillows in contrasting prints and colourful solids to highlight the grey backdrop. Or punctuate the grey with bright artwork, toys and accessories in primary hues. Some popular grey nursery colour combinations include: Baby blue or peach for a light and airy feel. Cherry red or bright orange for a bolder vibe. Rainbow colours dotted through the room for a playful whimsy. If you prefer to maintain the neutral shades in the room, incorporate natural wood finishes and touches of greenery. This also helps to provide a connection to nature in the nursery. Explore the possibilities of grey with iL Tutto Grey is a cosy backdrop for your baby’s nursery. And much how grey pairs perfectly with any colour, it also pairs with every stage of childhood and into the teen years for an effortless room transition. As your baby grows and their interests and personality develop, you can easily swap out the accent pieces and build on the grey foundations. Looking for more grey neutral nursery ideas and inspiration? Explore the iL Tutto full range of nursery chairs to find the perfect grey nursery chair for you and your baby. The award-winning range is designed in Australia to support parents as they embark on the most exciting journey of their lives.

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How to Keep Calm and Enjoy a Stress-Free Christmas with Kids

How to Keep Calm and Enjoy a Stress-Free Christmas with Kids

It’s the most wonderful time of the year. But it can also be the most stressful time of the year, especially when you have little kids. Seeing your family enjoying Christmas brings new meaning to the season. But it can also add to the stress of Christmas. From the disrupted routines to the overstimulation, the neverending Christmas events and the endless expectations, managing Christmas stress is a job in itself. We share simple tips to navigate the festive season with ease, ensuring a stress-free Christmas for you and your little elves. 1. Maintain your routine Disruptions to your routine during the festive season are inevitable. There’s the late nights, Christmas celebrations and, for toddlers and up, the sheer excitement of the impending arrival of the big guy in the red suit. While there’s not a lot you can do about the disruptions, you can still try to maintain some semblance of a schedule. That may mean keeping mealtimes consistent. Or sticking to bedtimes on the nights when you’re home. Kids thrive on routine this will help to give some stability. 2. Start a family Christmas tradition Family traditions are far more beneficial for kids than something for them to look forward to each year. Those fun little rituals can actually help to encourage their sense of identity and belonging. At Christmas time, family traditions can become the anchors of a memorable Christmas. Your family traditions don’t need to be extravagant. Something as simple as baking and decorating cookies or wearing a silly hat for the photo with Santa. Your traditions can also evolve as your children get older. These are the moments that your kids will look back on with such fondness. Plus, having something exciting to look forward to can also help with your own stress at Christmas. 3. Imperfectly perfect Perfection is not the prerequisite for a wonderful family Christmas. Especially when you have little kids. There’s a good chance that they’ll break an ornament or cry when they see Santa. On Christmas Day they’ll be a catastrophic combination of overtired and overexcited. They’ll likely look at the incredible spread on the Christmas table and just want a bread roll with butter. No amount of stress can change any of this. It’s imperfectly perfect. And these are likely the moments that will make for your most cherished memories. Have realistic expectations and try to go with the flow. 4. Simplify the festivities If you’re really looking for a stress-free Christmas, keep it simple. Focus on what brings joy to you and your family and do more of that. This might mean fewer decorations or saying no to an invitation but it might be exactly what you need to reduce the frenzy of the season. Sometimes – for whatever reason – you can’t opt for a simple approach. In this case, it’s all about balance. Prioritise the activities and traditions that matter the most and adjust or let go of less important ones. This isn’t necessarily about doing less. It’s about doing what’s right for you and your family, focusing on connection, joy and balance. 5. Practise self-care Amidst the whirlwind of holiday activities, self-care often takes a backseat. But it’s actually at the heart of a stress-free Christmas. Yes, it’s challenging to find time for self-care when you have a baby or young children. But taking time for yourself isn’t a luxury. It’s a necessity. Take time out for your morning coffee. Go for a walk each day. Run a bath once the kids have gone to bed. Do some relaxing Christmas activities, like Christmas craft or baking (without the kids to minimise the stress!). Do whatever works for you to find some space to breathe and recharge. Even though it’s for the baby, the nursery can also often be your sanctuary. With the right nursery chair, you can lie back and read while the baby naps during the day. Or even recline and have a little nap yourself, away from possible interruptions. Merry stress-free Christmas from iL Tutto At iL Tutto, we’re on a mission to support parents. Usually that’s with quality, Australian-designed, award-winning. But we’re also here for the milestones and special events of life with kids. Merry Christmas from the iL Tutto family to yours. We hope it’s stress-free and magical.

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Must-Have Nursery Essentials for Hassle-Free Feeding

Must-Have Nursery Essentials for Hassle-Free Feeding

New parents often find themselves feeding every three hours with a newborn. Maybe even more. And while the time between feeds might get longer as your baby gets older, those middle-of-the-night feeds never get any easier. Sometimes even the middle-of-the-day ones are hard, especially if you don’t have the right feeding essentials in your nursery to make life easier for you. So, here’s our nursery must-haves checklist for setting up a nursery that’s feeding-friendly for you and your baby. Electric recliner chair An electric recliner chair is at the top of any nursery must-have list. These chairs have all the bells and whistles to make feeding much more effortless. The benefit of an electric recliner chair is that you can recline with the touch of a button. That means less chance of disrupting the baby if they’re drifting off in your arms. It also minimises pressure on the core muscles, essential for all new mums, particularly those who’ve had a caesarean birth.  The Frankie Electric Recliner Gliders – available in three luxe teddy fleece shades – are a premium choice with premium features. From the hands-free convenience of a 180-degree swivel to the sophisticated wooden base and, of course, the electric recline, this is a nursery essential for parents who value style and functionality.  Also in the iL Tutto range are the Chelsea and Henry Electric Recliners. These chairs offer similar features to the Frankie Recliners, with the same 180-degree (each side) swivel motion, in-built USB charging ports and electric recline. It comes down to personal style and choosing the chair that best suits your nursery space. For a limited time, the entire range of iL Tutto Electric Recliner Chairs is 15% off*, helping you save on your nursery room essentials. Terms and conditions apply. Feeding pillow A feeding pillow is a nursery room must-have, whether you’re breastfeeding or bottle-feeding your baby.  Feeding pillows help position your baby in a more ergonomically friendly position, which can reduce strain on your arms, neck and back. This is particularly helpful during long feeding sessions. If you’re breastfeeding, a feeding pillow can also help position the baby correctly, encouraging a better latch and potentially reducing nipple pain and discomfort. While you may only need to use the feeding pillow for a few months, they’re often designed to be multi-functional. You can use them during tummy time or to help support your baby while they learn to sit.  When choosing a feeding pillow, look for a removable and washable cover. It must be firm enough to hold your baby at the right height but not so firm as to be uncomfortable. Finally, feeding cushions come in different shapes and sizes. Read reviews and ask other parents to decide which best suits your needs. Burp cloths/towels Babies can be messy… particularly when they have a tummy full of milk! Any seasoned parent will tell you that a baby can vomit at any moment and you might not even realise that it’s happened. Burp cloths or towels are an absolute nursery essential for cleaning up baby messes. Keep them handy by your nursery chair while you’re feeding so you can grab them at any moment. Better yet, keep one on your lap or your shoulder, and you’re already a step ahead. For the parents If you’re breastfeeding, you have everything you need to feed your baby on hand at all times. With bottle feeding, you only need a few extra things come feeding time. It’s quite simple, really.  It’s us – the parents – who have more needs while feeding! We need snacks, water and entertainment. A table next to your feeding chair will make your life much easier. You can keep your snacks, water bottle, phone, book, magazine or whatever else you need in close reach while feeding.  For this reason, we included side pockets in the Frankie Electric Recliner Gliders. You can store everything from your burp cloths or spare dummies to your own personal must-haves. With USB A and USB C charging ports in all iL Tutto Electric Recliner Chairs, you can always charge your devices, even if you’re buried under the baby for hours. iL Tutto nursery essentials From nursery chairs to cots, change tables and our innovative CoZee Co-Sleeping Bassinets, we have your nursery essentials covered for feeding and beyond. Designed in Australia with parents' needs in mind, our range is stylish and practical to make your parenting life easier. Explore our range of Electric Recliner Chairs and start your nursery on the right foot. 

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Baby Cot 101: A Guide for New Parents

Baby Cot 101: A Guide for New Parents

If only babies came with a manual. They don’t. And we can’t help you with that. What we can help you with is some of the tips and products you’ll need to help make new parent life that much easier. Things like baby cots and everything you need to know about them. In this blog we’ll share the ins and outs of baby cots. Like why – and when – to lower them, important points about cot safety and what to consider when choosing a cot. You’ll be an expert before you know it! Cot or bassinet? The first question most new parents have about where their baby will sleep is if they need a cot or a bassinet. A newborn is perfectly fine sleeping in a cot. However, a bassinet is often a more convenient option for the early months due to the small size. Bassinets are also often portable and can be moved from room to room, ideal for when you want to keep your baby close to you around the house. The CoZee Co-Sleeping Bassinets are the perfect solution that can also be secured to the bed for a simple and safe co-sleeping solution. By the time your baby starts rolling or outgrows the bassinet, whichever comes first, they’ll then need to move to a baby cot. This will generally happen around five months of age but can vary from baby to baby. Choosing a cot When you’re buying a cot for your baby, the first thing you need to check is that it complies with the Australian safety standards for cots, AS/NZS 2172-2003. The Australian cot standards are rigorous and give you peace of mind that your baby is safe while sleeping. Beyond the cot safety standards, the baby cot you choose comes down to personal preference. Two popular cots in the iL Tutto range are the Fuori Cot and the Hygge Cot.  The Fuori Cot features a minimalist Scandinavian aesthetic in a white and light oak colour scheme. The Hygge Cot has a cosy, Nordic-inspired look courtesy of its bevelled edges and similar light oak and white sand colouring. Both these baby cots offer two mattress base heights and teething rail covers. They also effortlessly convert from a cot to a toddler bed as your baby grows, ensuring longevity for your investment. Matching chests are also available for both cot styles, with each chest doubling as a changing table. Cot bedding Once you’ve chosen your baby cot, you’ll also need to purchase a mattress. This should fit snugly against all sides of the cot without any gaps to ensure a safe sleep surface for your baby.  Any bedding that you use in your cot should be tightly fitted so as to keep the cot free from loose items that could pose a suffocation hazard. Accidents do happen so it’s always best to buy more than one set of bedding to have spares on hand when needed. A waterproof mattress protector will also help to keep your baby’s mattress in good condition. When the cot is in the lower position it’s often easier to remove the mattress from the cot when changing the sheets. This helps to save your back from bending over too much.  Adjustable mattress heights Speaking of mattress positions, this is one of the most useful features of modern baby cots. The highest setting is for newborns in cots. It makes it easier for you to lay your baby down without having to bend too far down. This is especially handy when they’re asleep in your arms and any sudden movements can undo all that hard work of getting them off to sleep. You know it’s time to lower the cot when your baby is able to sit up independently. The lower position is the safest position as it ensures they can’t pull themselves to standing and then topple out of the cot. When assembling the cot and changing the mattress position, always follow the manufacturer instructions.  Cot and sleep safety tips A cot that meets the Australian safety standards is one thing but there are also other steps you can take as a parent to keep your baby safe while they sleep. In addition to safe sleep recommendations, always position your baby cot or bassinet away from blinds, curtains and cords. Also refrain from hanging objects, such as mobiles or other loose objects, over the cot. It’s a good idea to routinely check your baby cot to ensure that nothing has come loose or been damaged through wear and tear. Find your perfect baby cot from iL Tutto Designed with the needs of modern parents in mind, iL Tutto cots are the ideal combination of style and functionality. Explore the cot range and start designing the perfect nursery for your baby.

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Safe Co-Sleeping with the CoZee Breeze Co-Sleeping Bassinet

Safe Co-Sleeping with the CoZee Breeze Co-Sleeping Bassinet

There are so many reasons why parents choose to co-sleeping with their baby. Getting in and out of bed to feed and settle a newborn adds to the exhaustion new parents feel. With baby in arm’s reach, they minimise their sleep disruption in even the smallest way. Safe co-sleeping is about creating the right environment for your baby to sleep safely. By following some simple guidelines and using the right products, like a CoZee Breeze Co-Sleeping Bassinet, co-sleeping is safe. Learn more about how to co-sleep with your newborn safely, including important considerations, safe co-sleeping products and helpful tips. What is co-sleeping? Traditionally, co-sleeping means sharing a bed with your baby. The baby and parents share the same mattress or sleep surface. While this is very common, experts such as Red Nose recommend that babies have their own sleep surface. Sharing a mattress with your baby can introduce many risk factors that wouldn’t be otherwise present if your baby was sleeping in their own cot or bassinet. Having said that, co-sleeping can be beneficial for both parents and babies. It not only makes night time feeding and settling easier, you can also get a better night sleep, knowing that your baby is close by. This may also help to foster a sense of security and attachment for the baby.  There are safe co-sleeping methods.  A safe co-sleeping bassinet gives you the best of both worlds. The bassinet can securely attach to your bed keeping your baby within arm’s reach. But your baby also has their own sleep surface away from the bed. You can wake up to feed during the night without needing to get out of bed. And then when you’ve finished feeding, you can lie your baby back down in their bassinet. With your baby close, you can sleep more easily and minimise the impact on your already disrupted sleep. How co-sleeping bassinets work The CoZee Breeze Plus Co-Sleeping Bassinet comes with rocking legs. These can be added to the base of the bassinet so you can easily rock your baby to sleep. Both CoZee Breeze Plus Co-Sleeping Bassinet models feature breathable mesh sides for airflow. The transparent mesh allows you to easily monitor your baby through the night. Both models fold down in 30 seconds and come with a convenient travel bag, replacing the need for a port-a-cot in the newborn months. As with any bassinet, once your baby starts rolling or outgrows the bassinet, it’s time to move them to a cot. As a guide, this will usually happen at around five months of age but all babies are different so this may happen sooner or later. Always follow safe sleep recommendations No matter where you put your baby to sleep, it’s crucial that you always follow safe sleep recommendations. These recommendations were developed based on research into sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) and how to prevent it.  Babies should always be placed on their back to sleep with nothing covering their head and face. They should be in a smoke-free environment and always sleep in a safe space for every sleep, day and night. Ideally, babies should share a room – but not a sleep surface – with their parents or caregivers for the first six months. The recommendations also suggest breastfeeding babies, if possible.  Sleep soundly with CoZee Our range of co-sleeping bed bassinets were designed with modern parents in mind. If you choose the CoZee Breeze Plus, you have all the features you need for safe co-sleeping. Much like our nursery chairs and nursery furniture, the bassinets also suit a contemporary, minimalist aesthetic so you don’t need to compromise on style. Explore the CoZee range and sleep soundly with your baby safely within arm’s reach.

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The Fundamentals Of Safe Sleep

The Fundamentals Of Safe Sleep

Hello there, wonderful parents and parents-to-be, I have been questionably gracefully frolicking through this incredible journey of motherhood for just over a year now, and oh, what an adventure it has been! It sure is a journey and adventure, just like everyone tells you, filled with joy, an immeasurable amount of love, a photo library that's overflowing, and yes, its fair share of worries that tag along. Stepping into the world of motherhood has unfolded numerous lessons for me, drawing from my experiences as both a paramedic during the unpredictable nights and days, and now, as a mum trying to find her groove as a toddler mum to a very adventurous little guy who seems to hold no fear about anything. Navigating the newborn phase can sometimes feel like you're trying to assemble IKEA furniture without the instructions—confusing, frustrating, but oh-so-rewarding when you get it right. On reflection, I can see how hard we were trying to find our groove as new parents, understanding what felt right for our family, discerning what worked and what didn't. Each step, each decision, was a learning curve, teaching us more about ourselves and our son than we ever imagined possible. Through many conversations with new parents, one topic seems to continue to come to light, and that is safe sleep for babies, particularly how to dress newborns for sleep. I get it; I too found myself thinking about this every night before bed, wondering what to dress Sullivan in, wondering if he would be warm enough or too warm. Then, during the night, constantly putting a hand down his back to check. So much second-guessing around the topic of newborn sleep and what’s the safest practices. I do want to highlight that if you are in the newborn trenches trying to navigate this, or soon will be, I promise it gets easier, and you will become surer of yourself. Trust your instincts; they make us pay close attention to things for usually good reason. I wanted to share some wisdom to help you find that delicate balance between keeping your newborn close in those early days to create that strong bond, as well as for the convenience of those overnight feeds and nappy changes, all whilst ensuring they are sleeping safely and soundly. Because the perfect sleeping space goes beyond aesthetics and comfort; it's about providing a safe and secure environment that promotes healthy sleep habits right from the start. Back is best: Just like how we all have that one side of the bed, babies need their special sleep position too—and it's on their back. This helps to ensure their airways are nice and open and protected should they have little spit-ups of milk throughout the night. As babies develop and learn to roll, you might find they develop a preference for sleeping on their tummies. Just like adults, babies will sleep where they are most comfortable. However, it is still recommended that at the beginning of the night when placed into their sleep space, they are laid on their back. Once your baby is showing signs of starting to roll, it's time to ditch the swaddle and let their arms be free. Closeness counts: Having our newborns close to us, especially in those first few months, not only facilitates bonding, aids in convenience for those middle-of-the-night feeds and nappy changes but can also enhance sleep safety. It also allows for easy monitoring of your little babe throughout the night because I know you’ll be checking on them a few times, pinching yourself that they are real and here! Experts recommend that your new baby sleeps in your room for the first 6 months of their life. Keep in mind that every family's setup will be unique, so find what works and feels right for you, using these recommendations to help guide your decisions. Something that can help make room sharing a dream is a bedside co-sleeper, like the CoZee Breeze Plus Bassinet. Co-sleepers are an absolute game changer. The CoZee Breeze Plus enables you to have your baby within arm's reach for said feeds and nappy changes, and I love the transparent sides so you can very quickly peep on bub for some reassurance throughout the night. It can be attached to the side of your bed with the side rail lowered, so you can easily get them in and out without having to get out of bed…genius. A bare necessity: Creating a minimalist sleep space isn’t just chic; it's safe. So, whilst I know all those soft toys your baby will be gifted are beautiful and treasured, they are best kept out of your baby's sleep space whilst they are sleeping in it. All they need is a fitted sheet on their mattress and perhaps a mattress protector underneath for those accidental explosions or little spit-ups, something that has been thought of and included in the CoZee range. If you are worried about your baby being cold while they are sleeping, you can pop a light blanket over them, ensuring it is tucked tightly under the mattress and it only reaches the height of their chest so they can't accidentally wriggle down or pull the blanket up. Their sleep space should stay bare until about 7 months old, where you can introduce a comforter if that is something you wish to do. A firm and snug space: Why firm, you ask? Imagine sleeping on a marshmallow. Sounds dreamy, but swap to baby context, and it’s a big safety risk. This is the same for soft surfaces such as beanbags, loungers, and pillows. Red Nose states that babies need a supportive surface to ensure their little lungs can breathe easily and to keep their little bodies in just the right position. A firm mattress ensures no unwanted dips or soft spots can disrupt your baby’s breathing or sleep. And why flat? This isn’t just about preference; it's about providing a stable environment that supports their delicate spinal development and ensures they remain in a safe sleeping position throughout the night (not accidentally rolling). While we want to make sure the mattress is flat and firm, we also need to make sure it’s a snug fit in their cot or bassinet, without any gaps. I love that the iL Tutto Fuori and Hygge cot mattresses embody these exact safety principles, whilst providing the perfect balance between firmness for support and softness for comfort for our sleeping babes. Likewise, the CoZee Breeze Plus bassinet prioritizes safety without compromising on comfort. A standout feature I particularly love about the CoZee Breeze Plus is its adjustable heights and the option to set one end at an incline. This can be so helpful for our little refluxy bubs and is far safer and aesthetically pleasing than propping one end up on some books (hello, yes, I’m speaking from personal experience). Dressing for the occasion: Figuring out how to dress your baby for bed can seem like a puzzle that I know us new parents stew over, especially when considering room temperature and not wanting to over or underdress. That’s the goal, isn’t it, trying to keep them comfortable yet not too hot and not too cold. But how do I master that, you ask… Firstly, let's talk about the ideal room temperature. There are measures we can implement to ensure our babies are kept comfortable without needing to pile on lots of layers to keep them warm. If you opt to use a newborn swaddle sleeping bag, which might I add are so convenient, each brand will typically give a guide for how best to dress your baby depending on the different tog ratings and room temperature. This takes the guesswork out of it, however, there might be a buffering period of trial and error to get the sweet spot and that’s okay, you’re doing great! Remember, every baby is unique, and what works for one family may not work for another. These tips are here to guide you toward creating a safe sleep environment for your little one. Listen to your baby and trust your instincts; you know your baby best. Enjoy every cuddle, every late-night feed, and even those moments when sleep seems like a distant dream. I promise these moments are fleeting, and before you know it, your little one will be on to the next big adventure. Sending you all the love, strength and a few extra coffee beans if needed, as you navigate this beautiful, sometimes challenging, but always rewarding journey of parenthood.  

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Celebrating mums on International Women’s Day

Celebrating mums on International Women’s Day

Parents are at the heart of the iL Tutto brand. Every decision we make, every product we design is about making parents' lives easier. And that’s how it will always be. We know that for the majority of families, mums are the ones taking on the role of primary caregiver. This International Women’s Day we want to give you insight into the iL Tutto business and how we’re inspired by those mums. The mums breastfeeding at all hours. The mums juggling newborn nap times with the needs of a busy toddler. The mums who make our family lives hum so perfectly. The inspiration behind iL Tutto When Leanne Boyd and her husband started their first business importing and distributing baby goods, her youngest child was four months old. What started as a hobby of sorts while she was raising her young children, evolved into the couple buying the iL Tutto business in 2007. “At that time iL Tutto was a nappy bag brand,” she recalls. “We loved the iL Tutto brand and we were keen to start producing our own products. Ultimately, we decided to steer the brand towards nursery products.” The evolution of the brand into nursery was driven by a gap Leanne and her husband identified in the market. That is, for stylish nursing chairs that people were proud to display in their homes. “The brand focus is about combining practicality with the style that parents are searching for,” she explains. “Our products evolve beyond the newborn stage so they’re not just purchases for the short term. It’s furniture you can use in your home for many years to come.” Support when mums need it most The iL Tutto range today reflects what mums need and want. That is, stylish, high quality baby products that are designed to support their unique needs. Jess Carroll is a Nurse, Paediatric Sleep Consultant and mum of three. She works with parents to teach, support and empower them as they navigate the sleep journey with their baby. She’s also an advocate of the iL Tutto brand, recognising that the nursery chairs are so much more than a chair for a new mum. “The chairs are just divine,” she says. “While you’re creating a calming sleep environment for your baby, it’s also important that you’re comfortable. Gentle rocking in a chair is a really lovely way to wind down with your baby before you pop them into their cot for a restful sleep.” After working with so many families over the years, Jess says that many mums still feel a stigma about getting the support they need. “When you have a baby, your life changes in an instant,” she explains. “No one can prepare you for just how much it will change. There’s still a stigma around mums putting themselves first but self care, whatever you need to do to fill your own cup, is so important. Every other parent is out there trying to figure it all out in the same way you are.” Always evolving One thing that we truly value at iL Tutto is our customer feedback. We’re always listening to our customers and taking that feedback on board to evolve our products. “With each design we release, we consider what our customers are telling us and introduce features that will make their lives easier,” says Julie Georgiadis, iL Tutto Marketing Director. “Our latest collection – the Frankie Electric Recliner Glider Nursery Chairs – is the perfect example of this. “Parents were telling us they wanted somewhere in their nursery chair to store things like storybooks for reading to their toddlers while feeding the baby. We added discreet yet functional side pockets for this.” The Frankie range also includes a wider base for a smooth glide, bolster cushions for lower back and feeding support and USB ports for charging. For mums with a compromised core, the electric recline steps in to do the heavy lifting for her. “Frankie takes everything that our customers love about each of the other chairs in our collection and combines it all in a single, stylish chair. This is about understanding what parents want, what mums need and delivering on that.” Extending the support Our support for women, mothers and families goes beyond the features in a nursery chair. Leanne says that as a small family business, each member of the team is like a member of the extended family.  “Many of our staff work flexibly around school pick ups and drop offs,” adds Julie. “Even staff who don’t have children have access to the same flexibility.” When the business was looking to extend their support into the community, it made sense to look at ways to support women and families.

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The essentials of self-care for new mums

The essentials of self-care for new mums

Becoming a mum for the first time is one of the single biggest changes you’ll experience in your life. You realise just what ‘busy’ actually means and experience a love truly like no other. When a woman becomes a mother, the focus is on the baby. Everyone wants to have a newborn snuggle and ask how the baby is sleeping and feeding. But what about mum? Self-care for new mums is something that most don’t think about until they're on the edge of burnout. Or when they’re out of the newborn phase and into the next stage of motherhood, when their babies are now big kids and more self-sufficient. But any mum will tell you that taking time out for yourself, even if it’s just a bath on a Saturday night, is one of the best things you can do for yourself and your baby. We share our tips for mum self-care to help you take the time you need to look after yourself while you’re looking after your baby. A shower can be self-care Yes, self-care can be weekly massages and facials. But it can also be a shower or a cup of tea in the garden by yourself.  Does a shower recharge your batteries? Does it make you feel like you’re ready to face another sleepless night?  New mums know that sometimes showers are hard to come by in those early days and weeks. But if a shower ticks all your mother self-care boxes then go for it. Likewise if it’s an afternoon walk or a cup of tea that you actually get to drink while it’s still hot. What you do for self-care in the newborn phase will likely look very different to your motherhood self-care at other stages. And that’s completely ok. Accept offers of help One of the biggest barriers that gets in the way of self-care for new mums? Speaking from experience, it’s accepting offers of help.  If a friend visits and offers to hang out your washing or do the dishes, let them. If someone asks you if there’s anything they can do to help, give them a job. People don’t offer to help if they don’t mean it and if you say no, the offers will dry up very quickly. Your friends who are mums will remember what it’s like to be so desperately tired but still needing to function as a human being. They probably wish someone had offered to do their dishes or laundry… or regret saying no when they did. Take the help. You’ll be so grateful you did. Set yourself up for success The nursery chair you buy for your baby’s nursery isn’t actually for your baby. It’s for you. Your nursery chair are to help make feeding and rocking your baby to sleep a more comfortable experience for you. Many mums love the convenience of an electric recliner, such as the Chelsea Electric Recliner Glider Chair. It has all the features of a traditional nursing chair, with the mod cons of push button recline. It also features an in-built USB port so your devices never run out of battery while you’re buried under a sleeping baby. A glider chair, like the Billie Recliner Glider offers the same comfort with spring-loaded recline. This means you can easily move between reclining and sitting positions without needing to use your abdominal muscles.  Motherhood self-care is about the whole picture. Not just the indulgent moments of free time to feel like yourself again. Invest in yourself and your back will thank you later! Here for mums At iL Tutto, we’re deeply committed to supporting mums in their journey. Whether it’s self-care for mums, sharing your breastfeeding stories or tips for co-sleeping, we want you to feel supported. That support extends to our nursery chairs, all designed with the needs of new mums in mind. Designed in Australia and loved by parents around the world, iL Tutto is helping new mums care for themselves, one feed at a time. Explore the range and discover products that will care for you while you care for your baby.

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Grey nursery furniture for neutral styling without compromising comfort

Grey nursery furniture for neutral styling without compromising comfort

The grey nursery trend is still as popular as ever. And for good reason! Grey is timeless, stylish and calming. Building your nursery styling around grey nursery chair gives you so many options. You can carry the grey styling throughout the nursery to create a soothing sleep retreat or you can add pops of colour to bring your little one’s personality to life in their space. We explore grey nursery inspiration, including high-quality and functional grey nursery chairs from the iL Tutto range and tips for selecting accents and accessories to complement your style. Furniture first When styling a nursery, it’s best to start with the big items, like your nursery chair, cot or bassinet.  Grey is a staple colour in the iL Tutto range. From grey nursery rocking chairs to grey gliders, it’s a popular, versatile and chic colour.  One of the best sellers in the range is the Billie Recliner Glider Nursery Chair, available in Pure Grey. The ergonomic design features a spring-loaded recline and provides next level comfort and support. The Paige Recliner Glider and Willow Recliner Glider, both available in Pure Grey, have similar functionality and comfort with unique design features. Paige offers a high backrest and a clean, minimal design, while Willow provides plush cushioning to sink into. For a high-tech addition to the nursery, consider the Chelsea Electric Recliner Glider Chair in Grey Frost or the Henry Electric Recliner Glider Chair in Pure Grey. Both offer luxury and comfort with push-button electric recline and an in-built USB port.  A more traditional style in the range, the Olivia Rocking Chair with Ottoman features a beautiful, on-trend Shadow Bouclé fabric. When you no longer have a need for a rocking chair, the rockers can be replaced with the included legs to give you longevity for your chair.  Choosing the right shade of grey With so many shades of grey, which is best for your grey neutral nursery?  One important consideration is the undertones of the grey. Cooler greys have blue undertones that pair beautifully with crisp whites and pastels. Warmer taupe-tinged greys lend well to accent colours like buttery yellow or sage green. Also, remember that the lighting in a room will reflect different grey tones. Lighter dove greys are ideal for rooms with soft light. Deeper charcoal is best for rooms with warmer light. The size of the room may also impact your choice as lighter greys will visually open smaller spaces. Accenting your grey nursery furniture Once you’ve chosen your grey nursery furniture, you can then play with accents. Whether that’s tonal grey nursery accessories, contrasting prints or pops of colour through soft furnishings. The sky’s the limit with how you style. Choose white accents, such as curtains, cushions or lamp shades to crisply complement the grey while also brightening the space. Or opt for bedding and pillows in contrasting prints and colourful solids to highlight the grey backdrop. Or punctuate the grey with bright artwork, toys and accessories in primary hues. Some popular grey nursery colour combinations include: Baby blue or peach for a light and airy feel. Cherry red or bright orange for a bolder vibe. Rainbow colours dotted through the room for a playful whimsy. If you prefer to maintain the neutral shades in the room, incorporate natural wood finishes and touches of greenery. This also helps to provide a connection to nature in the nursery. Explore the possibilities of grey with iL Tutto Grey is a cosy backdrop for your baby’s nursery. And much how grey pairs perfectly with any colour, it also pairs with every stage of childhood and into the teen years for an effortless room transition. As your baby grows and their interests and personality develop, you can easily swap out the accent pieces and build on the grey foundations. Looking for more grey neutral nursery ideas and inspiration? Explore the iL Tutto full range of nursery chairs to find the perfect grey nursery chair for you and your baby. The award-winning range is designed in Australia to support parents as they embark on the most exciting journey of their lives.

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How to Keep Calm and Enjoy a Stress-Free Christmas with Kids

How to Keep Calm and Enjoy a Stress-Free Christmas with Kids

It’s the most wonderful time of the year. But it can also be the most stressful time of the year, especially when you have little kids. Seeing your family enjoying Christmas brings new meaning to the season. But it can also add to the stress of Christmas. From the disrupted routines to the overstimulation, the neverending Christmas events and the endless expectations, managing Christmas stress is a job in itself. We share simple tips to navigate the festive season with ease, ensuring a stress-free Christmas for you and your little elves. 1. Maintain your routine Disruptions to your routine during the festive season are inevitable. There’s the late nights, Christmas celebrations and, for toddlers and up, the sheer excitement of the impending arrival of the big guy in the red suit. While there’s not a lot you can do about the disruptions, you can still try to maintain some semblance of a schedule. That may mean keeping mealtimes consistent. Or sticking to bedtimes on the nights when you’re home. Kids thrive on routine this will help to give some stability. 2. Start a family Christmas tradition Family traditions are far more beneficial for kids than something for them to look forward to each year. Those fun little rituals can actually help to encourage their sense of identity and belonging. At Christmas time, family traditions can become the anchors of a memorable Christmas. Your family traditions don’t need to be extravagant. Something as simple as baking and decorating cookies or wearing a silly hat for the photo with Santa. Your traditions can also evolve as your children get older. These are the moments that your kids will look back on with such fondness. Plus, having something exciting to look forward to can also help with your own stress at Christmas. 3. Imperfectly perfect Perfection is not the prerequisite for a wonderful family Christmas. Especially when you have little kids. There’s a good chance that they’ll break an ornament or cry when they see Santa. On Christmas Day they’ll be a catastrophic combination of overtired and overexcited. They’ll likely look at the incredible spread on the Christmas table and just want a bread roll with butter. No amount of stress can change any of this. It’s imperfectly perfect. And these are likely the moments that will make for your most cherished memories. Have realistic expectations and try to go with the flow. 4. Simplify the festivities If you’re really looking for a stress-free Christmas, keep it simple. Focus on what brings joy to you and your family and do more of that. This might mean fewer decorations or saying no to an invitation but it might be exactly what you need to reduce the frenzy of the season. Sometimes – for whatever reason – you can’t opt for a simple approach. In this case, it’s all about balance. Prioritise the activities and traditions that matter the most and adjust or let go of less important ones. This isn’t necessarily about doing less. It’s about doing what’s right for you and your family, focusing on connection, joy and balance. 5. Practise self-care Amidst the whirlwind of holiday activities, self-care often takes a backseat. But it’s actually at the heart of a stress-free Christmas. Yes, it’s challenging to find time for self-care when you have a baby or young children. But taking time for yourself isn’t a luxury. It’s a necessity. Take time out for your morning coffee. Go for a walk each day. Run a bath once the kids have gone to bed. Do some relaxing Christmas activities, like Christmas craft or baking (without the kids to minimise the stress!). Do whatever works for you to find some space to breathe and recharge. Even though it’s for the baby, the nursery can also often be your sanctuary. With the right nursery chair, you can lie back and read while the baby naps during the day. Or even recline and have a little nap yourself, away from possible interruptions. Merry stress-free Christmas from iL Tutto At iL Tutto, we’re on a mission to support parents. Usually that’s with quality, Australian-designed, award-winning. But we’re also here for the milestones and special events of life with kids. Merry Christmas from the iL Tutto family to yours. We hope it’s stress-free and magical.

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